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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ANNUNCIATION, Bogalusa: B and C Hall, 139 Cumberland St., sponsored by theBogalusa Italian-American Cultural Society. March 16, viewing from 6-9 p.m. (wine and Italian cookies served), and blessing by Father Patrick Collum at 6 p.m. followed by recitation of the rosary. March 17, viewing 9 a.m.-2 p.m., with rosary at 10 a.m. and feeding of the saints at 10:30 a.m., wine and cookies, and pasta Milanese.

ARCHBISHOP CHAPELLE HIGH SCHOOL, 8800 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie(gymnasium): March 18, blessing by chaplain Deacon Drea Capaci. Public viewing March 18, 4-9 p.m. and March 19 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Also March 19, prayer service before altar broken at 2:30 p.m. Students will tour altar from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

ASCENSION OF OUR LORD, 1900 Greenwood Dr., LaPlace: March 16, after 8:30 a.m. Mass, followed by blessing at 9:15 a.m. with public viewing to noon; reopens for viewing 6:30-7:30 p.m. March 17, viewing from 10 a.m.-noon and 3:30-5:30 p.m. March 18, viewing from 8:30 a.m.-noon, then altar broken.

BLESSED FRANCIS SEELOS CHURCH, 3053 Dauphine St., New Orleans(Parish Hall): March 18, viewing 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; March 19,8 a.m. Mass (English) in church, followed by 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, public viewing 8 a.m.-7 p.m., with blessing at 8 a.m. Spaghetti dinner served from 4-7 p.m.

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,(held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 4121 St. Elizabeth Drive, Kenner): St. Elizabeth Ann Seton fourth-grade students and various Divine Mercy ministries and parishioners Public viewing March 17 from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; March 18, after the 8 a.m. Mass (9-9:45 a.m.) and after 10 a.m. Mass from 11 a.m.-5:45 p.m.; and following 6 p.m. Mass (7-7:30 p.m.) March 19, viewing from 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

(St. Stephen Church, 1025 Napoleon Ave., New Orleans):Public viewing March 19, with blessing during the 9 a.m. St. Joseph Mass, celebrated by Msgr. Christopher Nalty, pastor. Lunch served to the public at 11:30 a.m.

5500 Paris Ave., New Orleans(Holy Cross Library, 3rd floor, Administration building): March 19, viewing from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

, 1220 14th Ave., Franklinton(church hall): March 19, Mass at 10 a.m. in church, followed by altar blessing, serving of the Saints. Public viewing and meals from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

HOLY NAME OF JESUS SCHOOL,6325 Cromwell Place, New Orleans(Cromwell Place entrance): March 19, public viewing from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with blessing at 10 a.m.

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION (JESUIT) CHURCH, 130 Baronne St., New Orleans: March 18, viewing noon-7 p.m.; March 19, viewing 8 a.m.-noon, with blessing during the noon Mass after which the altar will close. Meals to be served after Mass in Lenes Hall.

Italian Hall, 1910 Monroe St., Gretna: March 19, public viewing noon-6 p.m.

LOLA MAHLER & FAMILY, 29095 Highway 643, Vacherie: March 19, blessing at 7 a.m., altar will remain open until 6 p.m.

MOUNT CARMEL ACADEMY, 7027 Milne Blvd., New Orleans (enter at marked gate): Sponsored by Mount Carmel Academy March 19 in Cafe Campbell on campus. Blessing at 7:30 a.m., followed by viewing until 6 p.m. Parking available on Milne Blvd.

, St. Jude Hall, 400 Basin St., New Orleans: March 19, blessing at 7:30 a.m. with viewing until noon. Meals served at noon.

345 Westchester Blvd., Slidell, school cafeteria (portable building): March 17, blessing at 11 a.m., with viewing and meals served from noon to 5 p.m. For information or to donate, call Terri Lambert at (985) 285-1556.

1908 Short St., Kenner(Larose Center): March 17, altar opens with blessing at 1 p.m. and viewing until 9 p.m. March 18, viewing from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. March 19, viewing 9 a.m.-8 p.m. with celebration of the Saints at noon, then meals served until food runs out. March 20, cookies will be available at 3 p.m. in church.

OUR LADY OF PROMPT SUCCOR, 531 Avenue A, Westwego: March 19, blessing at 10 a.m. in school cafeteria. Public viewing from 11 a.m.

(school cafeteria, 312 Lafitte St., Mandeville, next to Chotin Hall): March 18, viewing and meals from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. with blessing at 9 a.m.

3368 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans: Sponsored by theGreater New Orleans Italian Cultural Society. Altar viewing (cafeteria) March 18, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; March 19, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., with St. Joseph Day Mass at 11 a.m. in church followed by blessing, then meals served.

1835 St. Roch Ave., New Orleans: March 17, blessing at 9 a.m. followed by viewing until 5 p.m.; March 18, viewing from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. March 19, viewing from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

843 Camp St., New Orleans: Sponsored by St. Patrick Church. March 17-19, with viewing from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Visitors will receive traditional St. Joseph bags, and blessed St. Joseph candles will be available. All food on the altar will be given to Ozanam Inn to be distributed to the needy they serve. All monetary donations will also be given to the Inn.

PLAIA-GERACI FAMILY, 100 Shannon Drive, Mandeville: Sponsored by Plaia-Geraci family, in Old Golden Shores. March 19, procession and feeding of the Holy Family between 11 a.m. and noon, serving the public 1 p.m. until 10 p.m.

RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD CHURCH, 9701 Hammond St., New Orleans: March 17, altar blessing at 3:15 p.m. in church, Vigil Mass at 4 p.m., and public viewing 3:30-5:30 p.m. March 18, viewing 8:30-11:30 a.m. with Masses at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. March 19, viewing from 8:30-11:30 a.m. with blessing and Tupa Tupa ceremony in church before the 9 a.m. Mass. In remembrance of parishioners and benefactors.

SACRED HEART,28088 Main St., Lacombe: March 18, viewing all day after 8 a.m. Mass in Rouquette Hall. March 19, viewing begins at 10 a.m. with blessing at 4 p.m. followed by serving of meals until 7:30 p.m.

SACRED HEART OF JESUS, Norco:Altar at the home of Tony and Clara Perret, 211 Mary St. March 18, viewing from 6-9 p.m.; March 19, 11 a.m. Mass and blessing, with public viewing from 1-9 p.m.

ST. ALPHONSUS,(St. Mary's Assumption Church, 923 Josephine St., corner Constance,New Orleans): March 18, blessing at 1 p.m. after the 10:30 a.m. Mass. March 19, viewing from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Altar will break at 11:30 a.m. after which meals will be served until runs out.

, 306 St. Mary St., Madisonville: March 17, blessing and viewing following 4 p.m. vigil Mass in St. Joseph Hall. March 18, public viewing, with meatless meals served from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

ST. AUGUSTINE CHURCH, 1210 Gov. Nicholls St., New Orleans: March 19, public viewing from 11 a.m. till with blessing at noon, followed by meals until run out.

ST. BENILDE,1901 Division St., Metairie: March 19, blessing at 9 a.m., with viewing from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. in school cafeteria. Holy cards and lucky beans given and holy candles available for a $3 donation.

3978 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie: First graders sponsor and build in school cafeteria. Public viewing March 19, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. with blessing by Father Peter Finney at 1:30 p.m.

ST. CLETUS CHURCH, 3600 Claire Ave., Gretna(Jerome Hall): March 18, blessing at 6 p.m. followed by rosary. March 19, viewing 11 a.m.- 7:30 p.m.

, 775 Harrison Ave., New Orleans: St. Dominic Rosary Altar Society hosting. Open to the public March 16-19 from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Blessing March 16 after Masses at 8:30 a.m. (school Mass) and 5:30 p.m. (CCD students).

ST. FRANCIS XAVIER, 444 Metairie Rd., Metairie: St. Joseph Altar Committee sponsors. Viewing March 18, 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m. with candlelight rosary at closing; March 19, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., closing with rosary. Formal adult 'Tupa Tupa' after 8 a.m. Mass. Meals March 19 in school cafeteria 11:30 a.m. until food runs out.

ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI, New Orleans: Altar at thehome of Joseph and Mary Talamo, 6122 Patton St.March 18, blessing at 6 p.m. with public viewing until 7:30 p.m. March 19, viewing from 1-6 p.m.

17292 Hwy. 631, Des Allemands: Sponsored by parish St. Joseph Altar committee. March 17, blessing at 10:30 a.m., with viewing until 3 p.m.Meals served from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

ST. JANE DE CHANTAL, 72054 Maple St., Abita Springs(St. Joseph Hall): March 19, blessing and viewing after 11 a.m. Mass followed by procession to St. Joseph Hall. Saints served at noon, followed by the public at 12:30 p.m. until food runs out.

ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST, 11345 St. John Church Rd., Folsom: March 19, viewing from 9-11 a.m. in Jonathan Hall. Mass of St. Joseph at 11 a.m. followed by altar blessing, then visitors served until 1:30 p.m. Italian cookies, St. Joseph medal and fava bean to devotees.

ST. JOSEPH, 610 Sixth St., Gretna: Altar located in gym at 7th and Newton streets. Sponsored by church, prepared by St. Joseph Women's Club. March 18, 6 p.m. candlelight procession followed by 6:30 p.m. Mass, viewing to 8 p.m. March 19, solemn 10 a.m. Mass, procession and altar blessing, with meals being served from noon-6 p.m.

, 1802 Tulane Ave., New Orleans: March 19, viewing 8 a.m.-7 p.m. in the church, with Mass and blessing at noon. Meals served until food runs out in the Rebuild Center behind church. Receiving non-perishables for food drive 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

455 Ames Blvd., Marrero: March 17, public viewing from noon-3 p.m.; March 18, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; and March 19, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Blessing March 16 after the 6 p.m. Mass and Stations of the Cross (no public viewing).

ST. LEOTHEGREAT, Leonville, La.: March 17, blessing at 7 p.m.; March 18, altar opens 8 a.m., meal served at noon.

(held at St. Mary's Church/Old Ursuline Convent, 1116 Chartres St.): March 19, Blessing by Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond at 8:30 a.m., with public viewing from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Meals will be served beginning at noon.

ST. LUKE THE EVANGELIST, 910 Cross Gates Blvd., Slidell: Viewing in the Family Life Center March 18 after all Masses until 7:30 p.m. March 19, 10 a.m. Mass in church, followed by altar blessing at 11a.m., with viewing and traditional meals served until 3 p.m.

ST. PATRICK,28698 Highway 23, Port Sulphur(Family Life Center): March 18, viewing 9 a.m.-3 p.m., with blessing at 11 a.m.

ST. PETER CATHOLIC SCHOOL, 130 E. Temperance St., Covington(St. Mary's Hall): Public viewing March 17 from 6-7 p.m.; and March 18 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. March 19, viewing from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. with altar blessing at 9:30 a.m.

ST. RITA PARISH AND SCHOOL, 7100 Jefferson Hwy., Harahan (Msgr. Champagne Community Room): March 19, sponsored by St. Rita Home and School Association. Father Kiff will bless the altar at 9 a.m., with viewing until 6 p.m. Meals served from 11 a.m. until food runs out. Visit for complete information.

ST. SCHOLASTICA ACADEMY, 122 S. Massachusetts St., Covington(Our Mother of Perpetual Help Chapel): March 18, 9:30 a.m. Mass following by viewing and serving of food from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. Admission for the meal served by donation. Proceeds will go to scholarship funds for Angelle Ulfers ('12) and Catherine Gensler ('13).

ST. FRANCIS VILLA,10411 Jefferson Hwy., River Ridge: Altar prepared by residents of the assisted living community. Viewing March 19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; blessing 10:30 a.m. with children reenacting Holy Family. Meals will be served from 2-4 p.m. Keepsake bags with fava bean, cookies, prayer card will be distributed. Altar bounty will benefitOzanam Inn.

WYNHOVEN HEALTHCARE CENTER, 1050 Medical Center Blvd., Marrero: March 19, public viewing 12:30-2 p.m. To offer donations, please call School Sister of Notre Dame Helene Robin at (504) 347-0777.

XAVIER UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA, 1 Drexel Dr., New Orleans(St. Joseph's Academic and Health Resource Center lobby, Main campus, corner Pine and Drexel): March 18, 12:30 p.m. Mass in chapel, located in the Administration Building (Bldg. 1), followed by blessing and viewing (across the street) from 2-6 p.m. March 19, viewing from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. with Tupa Tupa at 11:15 a.m. Altar will be broken at 6 p.m. (see campus map:

YOUNG MEN'S BUSINESS CLUB, 1327 East Drive, Westwego; benefits Tommy's Wish Foundation, in honor of Hailey Taylor & brain tumor research. Blessing by Deacon Will Robicheaux, March 17 at 6: 30 p.m.; viewing March 18 & March 19, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Home of ANDREW J. WILLIAMS, 724 Marengo St., New Orleans: March 18, blessing at 12:30 p.m. with viewing until 6 p.m.; March 19, viewing 8 a.m.-3 p.m., with blessing by Msgr. Henry Engelbrecht at 11 a.m.

Antioch Spiritual Church and Jah Worship Center, 2900 Grand Route St. John, NewOrleans:March 16-19, viewing between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m.; St. Joseph's feast service March 19, 7 p.m.

Family altar, 141 Woodlake Blvd., Kenner; March 18, blessing &Mass at 6 p.m.; March 19, Saints procession at noon, food served until 9 p.m.

Knights of Columbus 5747, 2107 Paris Road, Chalmette

Family altar, 4161 East Loyola Drive, Kenner; March 18, viewing only 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m; March 19, food will be served from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
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