The following parishes, schools and entities of the Archdiocese of New Orleans will carry on the tradition of erecting St. Joseph Altars this month. The tradition, which is Sicilian in origin but carried on locally by Italian-Americans and people of all nationalities and faiths, includes baking cookies and cakes and preparing foods for the altar. The offerings accompany petitions to St. Joseph or are expressions of thanks for favors granted.
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ST. LOUIS CATHEDRAL (held at St. Mary’s Church/Old Ursuline Convent, 1116 Chartres St.): March 18, preview viewing 3-6 p.m. March 19, after 7:30 a.m. Mass at St. Louis Cathedral, Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond will bless altar at St. Mary’s Church (approximately 8:30 a.m.), with public viewing from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Meals will be served in the tent in the back garden from noon to 3 p.m. when the altar will close.
ANNUNCIATION, Bogalusa: B and C Hall, 139 Cumberland St., sponsored by the Bogalusa Italian-American Cultural Society. March 14, viewing from 6:30 p.m. till (wine and Italian cookies served), with blessing by Father Patrick Collum at 7 p.m. March 15, altar opens at 10:30 a.m. with pasta Milanese served beginning at noon.
ARCHBISHOP CHAPELLE HIGH SCHOOL, 8800 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie (gymnasium): March 18, blessing at noon and viewing till 9 p.m., with rosary at 8 p.m. March 19, viewing from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with Tupa Tupa at noon, followed by meals served in the cafeteria beginning at 12:30 p.m.
ASCENSION OF OUR LORD, 1900 Greenwood Dr., LaPlace: March 21, after 8:30 a.m. Mass, followed by blessing at 9:15 a.m. with viewing to noon; reopens 6:30-7:30 p.m., with Stations of the Cross at 7 p.m. March 22, viewing from 3:30-5:30 p.m. (Mass at 4 p.m.). March 23, Masses at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m., with viewing from 8:30 a.m.-noon. Italian cookies, baked goods, wine, candles and holy cards available for donation with proceeds going to the Saltillo, Mexico, missions. For more information, call the parish office, (985) 652-2615.
BLESSED FRANCIS SEELOS CHURCH, 3053 Dauphine St., New Orleans (Parish Hall): March 18, viewing 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; March 19, viewing 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Blessing at noon, followed by serving of meals.
BROTHER MARTIN HIGH SCHOOL (James B. Branton Chapel), 4401 Elysian Fields Ave., New Orleans: March 19, 7:20 a.m. Mass, with blessing at 8 a.m. followed by viewing until 7 p.m. Spaghetti dinner served ($8 per plate) in the Tom and Gayle Benson Mall from 4-7 p.m. Sponsored by Campus Ministry under leadership of Tom Baier, Sacred Heart Brothers Louis Couvillon and Carl Bouchereau, and Cissy Yakelis.
DE LA SALLE HIGH SCHOOL, 5300 St. Charles Ave. (school lobby), New Orleans: March 19, viewing 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Blessing at 9:15 a.m. “Tupa, Tupa” Holy Family playlet, rosary at 11:30 a.m.
DIVINE MERCY PARISH, 4337 Sal Lentini Pkwy., Kenner: March 17, viewing from noon to 7 p.m., with blessing at noon; March 18 and March 19, viewing from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
GOOD SHEPHERD PARISH (St. Stephen Church, 1025 Napoleon Ave., New Orleans): Viewing March 19, with blessing during the 8:30 a.m. Mass, celebrated by Msgr. Christopher H. Nalty, pastor. Viewing will continue until 6 p.m. with meals served beginning at 11:30 a.m.
HOLY CROSS SCHOOL, 5500 Paris Ave., New Orleans (third floor of administration building): March 19, viewing from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., with blessing after 9 a.m. Mass.
HOLY FAMILY CHURCH, 1220 14th Ave., Franklinton (church hall): March 18, viewing from 5:30 to 7 p.m. March 19, Mass at 10 a.m. in church, followed by altar blessing at 11 a.m. Viewing and meals from 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH, 130 Baronne St., New Orleans: March 17-19, viewing 6:30 a.m.-3:45 p.m.; blessing March 19, 12:30 p.m. Meals served in Lenes Hall after blessing.
MOUNT CARMEL ACADEMY, 7027 Milne Blvd., New Orleans (enter at marked gate): March 19 in Café Campbell, blessing at 7:30 a.m., followed by viewing until 6 p.m. Parking available on Milne Boulevard.
OUR LADY OF DIVINE PROVIDENCE SCHOOL, 917 N. Atlanta St., Metairie: March 17-19, viewing from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Blessing on March 19, 10 a.m. followed by reenactment of Mary and Joseph looking for room at the inn.
OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE, St. Jude Hall, 400 Basin St., New Orleans: March 19, blessing at 7:30 a.m. with viewing from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
OUR LADY OF LOURDES, 325 Westchester Blvd., Slidell, (school gymnasium): March 15, blessing at 11 a.m., with viewing and meals served from noon-6 p.m.
OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP, 1908 Short St., Kenner (Larose Center): March 18, blessing at 8 a.m. Viewing March 18-19 from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Meals served March 19 at 1 p.m.
OUR LADY OF PROMPT SUCCOR, 531 Avenue A, Westwego: March 19, blessing at 10 a.m. Viewing and meals from 11 a.m. until.
OUR LADY OF THE LAKE CHURCH, 312 Lafitte St., Mandeville: Public viewing March 15 with blessing after 4 p.m. Vigil Mass till 7 p.m.; March 16, viewing from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with meals served.
OUR LADY STAR OF THE SEA CHURCH, 1835 St. Roch Ave., New Orleans: Open to the public Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday (closed Monday) – March 15, blessing at 10 a.m. and viewing till 2 p.m.; March 16, 8 a.m. to noon; March 18, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; March 19, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Food from the altar will be delivered to area homeless shelters on March 20.
POPE JOHN PAUL II HIGH SCHOOL, 1901 Jaguar Dr., Slidell: March 19, viewing 9:30-10:30 a.m., with blessing during 10:30 a.m. Mass.
SACRED HEART, 28088 Main St., Lacombe: March 18, viewing 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 19, viewing begins at 9 a.m. with blessing at 4 p.m., and meals served immediately afterwards.
ST. ALPHONSUS, (St. Mary’s Assumption Church, 923 Josephine St., New Orleans): March 18, open at 3 p.m. with blessing at 3:30 p.m. March 19, open for viewing from 10 a.m. until altar is broken at 3 p.m with meals beginning at noon.
ST. ANSELM, 306 St. Mary St., Madisonville: March 15, blessing in St. Joseph Hall by Msgr. Frank Giroir following 4 p.m. vigil Mass. Viewing March 16 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., with meatless meals.
ST. AUGUSTINE, 1210 Gov. Nicholls St., New Orleans: March 19, viewing from 11 a.m. till with blessing at noon, followed by meals.
ST. CLEMENT OF ROME, 3978 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie: First graders sponsor. Viewing March 19, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., with blessing by Father Peter Finney at 10 a.m. after the school Mass.
ST. CLETUS, 3600 Claire Ave., Gretna (Jerome Hall): March 18, 6 p.m. rosary and blessing, open for viewing until 8 p.m. March 19, viewing 11 a.m.- 7:30 p.m., with food served.
ST. DOMINIC, 775 Harrison Ave., New Orleans: St. Dominic Rosary Altar Society hosting. March 15-19 from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Blessing, March 15 after 4 p.m. Mass.
ST. FRANCIS XAVIER, 444 Metairie Rd., Metairie (school auditorium): St. Joseph Altar Society sponsors. Viewing March 18, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; March 19, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., with “Tupa Tupa” at 9 a.m. Traditional pasta Milanese meals March 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in school cafeteria.
ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI, New Orleans: Altar at the home of Joseph and Mary Talamo, 6122 Patton St. March 18, blessing after 6 p.m. Mass with viewing 6:30-7:30 p.m. March 19, viewing from 1-5:30 p.m.
ST. GERTRUDE, 17292 Hwy. 631, Des Allemands (Father Mac Community Center): Sponsored by Ladies Altar Society and friends. March 16, blessing at 10:30 a.m., with viewing until 3 p.m. Meals served from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
ST. JANE DE CHANTAL, 72040 Maple St., Abita Springs (St. Jane Hall): St. Jane de Chantal community sponsors with theme “The Holy Family, Jesus, Mary and Joseph.” March 18, 7 p.m. Mass followed by blessing and viewing. March 19, viewing and meals served at 12:30 p.m. until food runs out.
ST. JOAN OF ARC, 529 W. 5th St., LaPlace: Blessing in Family Life Center March 18 at 6 p.m. (blessing at 6:15 p.m.), with viewing until 8 p.m. March 19, viewing from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. with meals served from noon to 2:30 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. “Feeding of the Saints” at 11:30 a.m.
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST, 11345 St. John Church Rd., Folsom: March 19, Benedictine Father Timothy Burnett blesses the altar at 8:30 a.m., with viewing until 11 a.m. in Jonathan Hall. Mass of St. Joseph at 11 a.m., then visitors served until 1:30 p.m.
ST. JOSEPH CHURCH AND SHRINE ON THE WESTBANK, 610 Sixth St., Gretna: Altar located in St. Joseph Complex at 7th and Newton streets. Sponsored by church, prepared by St. Joseph Women’s Club. March 18, 6 p.m. rosary procession followed by prayer service and altar viewing till 7:30 p.m. March 19, solemn Mass at 10 a.m. with Archbishop Gregory Aymond, celebrant. Doors open at noon with viewing until 6 p.m.
ST. JOSEPH, 1802 Tulane Ave., New Orleans: March 19, viewing 9 a.m.-6 p.m. in the church, with Mass and blessing at noon. Meals served beginning at 1 p.m.
ST. JOSEPH THE WORKER, 455 Ames Blvd., Marrero: March 19, viewing 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
ST. LUKE THE EVANGELIST, 910 Cross Gates Blvd., Slidell: Viewing in the Family Life Center March 18 from 6-8 p.m. March 19, Mass at 10 a.m. followed by blessing in the Family Life Center and meals served until 2 p.m.
ST. PATRICK, 28698 Highway 23, Port Sulphur (Family Life Center): March 23, blessing at 11 a.m. with viewing until 1 p.m.
ST. PETER SCHOOL, 130 E. Temperance St., Covington (St. Mary’s Hall): Hosted by Grandparents’ Club with in-home preparation parish-wide and participation by school and parish school of religion children. Altar set-up and viewing will be March 15 from 12-7 p.m., March 16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and March 17-18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Blessing March 19 at 9:30 a.m. with viewing until 3 p.m.
ST. RITA PARISH AND SCHOOL, 7100 Jefferson Hwy., Harahan (Msgr. Champagne Community Room): Public viewing March 18-19, sponsored by St. Rita Grandparents’ Club, Altar Society and Legion of Mary. Blessing March 17 by Father Kyle Sanders at 6 p.m. with the workers. Viewing March 18, 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. followed by rosary. March 19, 8:30 a.m.- 6 p.m. followed by rosary; feeding from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., then again from 3:30-6 p.m. Children’s artwork and essays about St. Joseph will be recognized during school hours.
ST. SCHOLASTICA ACADEMY, 122 Massachusetts St., Covington: March 19, 9:15 a.m. Mass followed by altar blessing at 10:45 a.m. Public viewing 4-7 p.m. in the cafeteria. Admission for meal by donation with proceeds toward scholarships benefitting Ben Bragg, Gabby Chaisson, Catherine Gensler ’13, Angelle Ulfers ’12 and Samantha Vinturella as well as donation toward fund for the late Meg McCourtney, a former SSA teacher. Contact Elizabeth Nuccio regarding altar sponsorships at firstname.lastname@example.org.
STS. PETER AND PAUL, 66192 St. Mary St., Pearl River: Public invited to March 18 Mass in honor of St. Joseph at 6:30 p.m., followed by viewing. March 19, blessing at 11 a.m. with viewing and meals until 5 p.m.
XAVIER UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA, 1 Drexel Dr., New Orleans (“Old Boardroom”, original chapel, in Administration Annex): March 19, viewing from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Enter on corner of Drexel and Pine Sts. Blessing by University Chaplain, Father Etido Jerome at 12:45 p.m. followed by Dr. Michael Homan’s presentation “Altars, Feasts and Sacred Spaces: How Sacrifice Makes Us Human.” Monetary donations go toward Xavier University of Louisiana Student Emergency Fund.
Home of ANDREW J. WILLIAMS, 724 Marengo St., New Orleans: 21st annual altar March 18, viewing 8 a.m.-6 p.m. with blessing by Msgr. Henry Englebrecht at 11 a.m. March 19, viewing from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. In memory of Dianne Kirsch Williams with donations in her name given to the Father Seelos Center; also to the American Heart Association in memory of Eddie Williams Sr.
Home of ANN DALE JEWELLER, 12 Saint Ann Dr., Mandeville: Public viewing March 15. from noon to 4 p.m. with blessing approximately 11 a.m. Food, music, culture, blessed fava beans, cookies.
Tommy's Wish Foundation, Young Men's Business Club, 1327 East Drive, Westwego; Viewing March 18 from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. and March 19, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. For more information, 504-348-9866 or www.tommyswishfondation.org. Donations accepted. Altar is in support of cancer research.
Home of NOOTE FAMILY, 208 Cougar Drive., Arabi; Viewing March 18 and March 19, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Feeding of the public on March 19 after 12:30 p.m.
Home of PLAIA-GERACI FAMILY, 100 Shannon Dr., Mandeville; Blessing and public viewing March 18, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.; serving the public March 19, 1 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Home of DAUSER FAMILY, 141 Woodlake Blvd., Kenner; Blessing and viewing March 18, 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. (Mass at 8 p.m.); March 19, starting at noon, with "Tupa Tupa."
ROUSES MARKETS will construct St. Joseph altars at various store locations. Archbishop of New Orleans Gregory Aymond will formally bless the altar at the Rouses store in downtown New Orleans (701 Baronne Street) on March 19 at 2 p.m. Here are the other Rouses altar locations: 4500 Tchoupitoulas; 2900 Veterans Blvd., Metairie; 2851 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna; 1410 St. Charles St., Houma; 204 N. Canal Blvd., Thibodaux; 2900 E. Milton Ave., Youngsville.
Family altar given by MARY GULIZO HENNEGAN FAMILY, 1721 Robin Drive, Marrero; March 19, 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
OUR LADY OF POMPEII CHURCH - Highway 442, Tickfaw; Viewing after Sunday Mass 11 a.m. on March 16; Open to the public after altar "Saints" have been served.
Home of CLEMENTIN FAMILY, 3533 Elysian Fields Ave., New Orleans; March 19 7 a.m - 7 p.m.