St. Joseph Altar @ Christ the King Catholic Church/School, Omaha [20 March]

St. Joseph Altar

09:30 - 15:00

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Christ the King Catholic Church/School
654 S 86th St, Omaha, Nebraska 68114
On the Solemnity of St. Joseph it is the custom to decorate his altar with homemade breads, cakes, pastries, cookies, fruit, etc. Once a uniquely Sicilian custom originating in the middle ages, this tradition has spread to the entire universal Church. Bakers show off their skills and inspire souls, sometimes fashioning their baked goods in the shapes of crosses, lambs, lilies, flowers, and other Christian symbols. After viewing the craftsmanship of these donated goods, all of the foods are blessed after a special Mass and the “Tupa-Tupa” ceremony in which parish children dressed as St. Joseph, Mary or other Saints take part. The foods are then hand delivered to the homeless shelters and nursing homes in need and also serve as dessert for the customary free-will offering spaghetti luncheon that takes place afterwards. All donations to the luncheon will be given to our parish St. Vincent de Paul Society to assist those in need. Sponsored by our Knights of Columbus and Ladies Guild.

How to take part:

Baked Foods & Fruit
Please donate all baked gods and fruit for the St. Joseph Altar to the designated tables near the Rectory door by 1 PM on Sunday, March 19th. All foods are welcome but only homemade foods in clear cellophane and fruits will be displayed.

Deliveries to the Poor
To assist in the delivery of the foods to the poor on March 20th, please contact Parish Evangelization Director Brandon Harvey by phone (402-391-3606 x215) or by email ([email protected])

Sunday, March 19th
4PM — 7PM: Viewing of the beautiful St. Joseph ALtar in church

Monday, March 20th
9:30 AM: Special Mass in Honor of St. Joseph

10:30 AM: Blessing of the St. Joseph Altar at «Tupa-Tupa» Ceremony (all children wishing to take part should come dressed as St. Joseph, Mary, or another canonized Saint. These children will receive diretions for the ceremony and will then lead the congregation to the luncheon where these «saints» will be among the first to dine.)

11 AM — 1 PM: Free-will Spaghetti Luncheon in the Parish Center (all donations will be given to help the poor through our St. Vincent de Paul Society)

11 AM — 3 PM: Packaging and Delivery of Food Items (times depend on the volunteers' schedules)
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