NEW ORLEANS - The following parishes, schools and entities of the Archdiocese of New Orleans will host St. Joseph Altars this week. The tradition, which is Sicilian and Roman Catholic in origin but is 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.
ANNUNCIATION, Bogalusa: B and C Hall, 139 Cumberland St., sponsored by the Bogalusa Italian-American Cultural Society. Open to the public March 18-19. March 18, 6-9 p.m. with blessing of altar at 7 p.m. March 19, altar opens at 10 a.m. with saints feeding at 11 a.m. and pasta Milanese meal from noon to 2 p.m. when altar closes.
ARCHBISHOP CHAPELLE HIGH SCHOOL, 8800 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie (gym): March 18, blessing at noon, followed by rosary at 7 p.m.; altar closes at 8 p.m. March 19, viewing from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with Tupa Tupa at noon, followed by meals served in the cafeteria.
ASCENSION OF OUR LORD, 1900 Greenwood Dr., LaPlace (Piovan Hall): March 18, altar blessing after 8:30 a.m. school Mass with viewing to noon; viewing reopens from 6-8 p.m. with Stations of the Cross at 7 p.m. March 19, viewing from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (Mass at 4 p.m.) March 20, viewing from 8 a.m.-noon. (8:30 and 10 a.m. Masses)
BLESSED FRANCIS SEELOS CHURCH, 3037 Dauphine St., New Orleans (parish hall): March 18, viewing 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 19, viewing 9 a.m.-4 p.m. with noon blessing, then meal serving.
BROTHER MARTIN HIGH SCHOOL, 4401 Elysian Fields Ave., New Orleans (James B. Branton Chapel): March 18, public viewing from 4-8 p.m., with Lenten fish fry in Tom and Gayle Benson Mall. (Information: www.brothermartin.com.) March 19, viewing 10 a.m.-4 p.m. with closing 4 p.m. Mass. Donations to altar and funds received from the dinner go to the Brothers of the Sacred Heart Missions in the U.S. and worldwide. Altar sponsored by Campus Ministry under leadership of campus minister Tom Baier, Sacred Heart Brothers Louis Couvillon and Carl Bouchereau, Cissy Yakelis.
CHRIST THE KING SCHOOL, 2106 Deerfield Road, Terrytown: March 18, viewing 9 a.m.-2 p.m., blessing at 9 a.m. by Father Michael Nam Hoang Nguyen.
DE LA SALLE HIGH SCHOOL, 5300 St. Charles Ave. (school lobby), New Orleans: March 18, viewing 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Blessing by Father Michael Schneller at 9:15 a.m. “Tupa, Tupa” Holy Family playlet, rosary at 11:30 a.m.
GOOD SHEPHERD PARISH (St. Stephen Church, 1025 Napoleon Ave., New Orleans): Viewing March 19, with blessing during the 9 a.m. Mass. Meals served from 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
HOLY CROSS SCHOOL, 5500 Paris Ave., New Orleans (library on the third floor of administration building): March 18, viewing from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 10 a.m. blessing.
HOLY FAMILY CHURCH, 1220 14th Ave., Franklinton (church hall): March 17, 10 a.m. Mass of St. Joseph, then 11 a.m. altar blessing. Viewing, meals 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
HOLY NAME OF JESUS SCHOOL, 6325 Cromwell Place, New Orleans: March 18, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. with blessing at 10 a.m.
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION (JESUITS) CHURCH, 130 Baronne St., New Orleans: March 18, viewing 6:30 a.m.-4 p.m. March 19, viewing at 7 a.m. (restricted from 1-3 p.m. due to a wedding) until 4 p.m. Vigil Mass with blessing during 8 a.m. Mass. On Palm Sunday, March 20, viewing from 7 a.m.-noon with Masses at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.
MOUNT CARMEL ACADEMY, 7027 Milne Blvd., New Orleans (enter at marked gate): March 18 in Café Campbell, blessing at 7:30 a.m., followed by viewing until 6 p.m. Parking available on Milne Boulevard. No meals served to public.
OUR LADY OF DIVINE PROVIDENCE SCHOOL, 917 N. Atlanta St., Metairie (Bahan Center): March 18, 9 a.m. Mass followed by blessing at 10 a.m. with reenactment of Tupa Tupa, viewing until 11 a.m.
OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE, St. Jude Hall, 400 Basin St., New Orleans: March 19, blessing at 7:30 a.m. followed by public viewing. Meals served at noon.
OUR LADY OF LOURDES, 325 Westchester Blvd., Slidell, (school gym): March 19, 11 a.m. blessing; viewing, meals served from noon-7 p.m.
OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP, 1908 Short St., Kenner (Larose Center): March 18, 10 a.m. blessing; viewing March 19, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. with Tupa Tupa at noon, meals served to the public at 1 p.m. Public viewing continues March 20 from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Cookies available, for a donation, March 21 at 3 p.m.
OUR LADY OF PROMPT SUCCOR, 531 Avenue A, Westwego: March 19, 9 a.m. Mass followed by 10 a.m. altar blessing in cafeteria and meals served at 11 a.m.
OUR LADY OF THE ANGELS, 6851 River Road, Waggaman: March 19, 9:30 a.m. altar blessing with viewing and meals 11 a.m.-7 p.m. including Des Allemands fried catfish, spaghetti with fennel, vegetable casseroles, homemade Italian bread, cakes, Italian cookies. Blessed St. Joseph candles, stuffed artichokes and Italian cookies available for a donation.
OUR LADY STAR OF THE SEA CHURCH, 1835 St. Roch Ave., New Orleans: Sponsored by Ladies Guild. Open to the public March 18, blessing at 9:30 a.m. with viewing from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. March 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
PLAIA-GERACI ALTAR, 100 Shannon Drive, Mandeville LA, in Old Golden Shores at the corner of Shannon and Monroe. Viewing starts at 1 pm Saturday, March 19, serving for the public starts after the rosary and the saints have eaten.
POPE JOHN PAUL II HIGH SCHOOL, 1901 Jaguar Dr., Slidell: March 17, blessing following the school’s 10 a.m. Mass. Students can partake in altar’s food during lunch.
SACRED HEART (Rouquette Hall), 28088 Main St., Lacombe: March 18, viewing 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; March 19, viewing at 9 a.m. and concludes with blessing at 4:45 p.m. Meals served afterwards.
ST. ANGELA MERICI CHURCH/SCHOOL, 901 Beverly Garden Dr. (Kern Center across Pomona Street): Public viewing March 18, 5-6:30 p.m. and March 19, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., with blessing at 10:30 a.m. Meals served from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
ST. ANSELM, 306 St. Mary St., Madisonville (St. Joseph Hall): Sponsored by St. Joseph Guild in St. Joseph Hall. March 12, blessing by Msgr. Frank Giroir after 4 p.m. Vigil Mass. Open for viewing: 5-6 p.m. March 13, viewing and meatless meal from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Leftover altar foods go to needy families, St. Joseph Abbey, the Carmelite sisters, Northshore nursing homes.
ST. ANTHONY, 2653 Jean Lafitte Blvd., Lafitte (church hall): March 18, 8 p.m. blessing followed by Mass in the hall. March 19, public viewing at 10 a.m. with meals served. Dedicated to Carrie Ann Thomassie, Ernest McEvers, Kip Parria, Kerry Rojas and Jules Nunez.
ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA, 234 Angus Dr., Luling: March 18, public viewing 5-7 p.m. March 19, public viewing 7 a.m., blessing at 11:30 a.m., closing for Mass from 4-5 p.m.; reopening 6-7 p.m.
ST. AUGUSTINE, 1210 Gov. Nicholls St., New Orleans: March 19, viewing from 11 a.m. till with blessing at noon, followed by meals in the garden courtyard.
ST. AUGUSTINE HIGH SCHOOL, 2600 A.P. Tureaud Ave., New Orleans: March 18, 9 a.m. St. Joseph Day Mass with altar viewing until 4 p.m. Altar honors school’s patron as well as that of the Josephite priests and brothers.
ST. BENILDE, 1901 Division St., Metairie (Teen Center): 10th annual altar March 19, viewing 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with 9:15 a.m. blessing.
ST. CHARLES BORROMEO, 13396 River Road, Destrehan (Borromeo Room): March 18, opens with 2 p.m. Tupa Tupa depicted by students, viewing to 7 p.m. March 19, 8 a.m. Mass in church, procession to Borromeo Room to open altar 9 a.m.-7 p.m. St. Joseph’s Altar Society sponsors.
ST. CLETUS, 3600 Claire Ave., Gretna (Jerome Hall): March 18, 6:30 p.m. rosary followed by blessing, viewing until 8 p.m. March 19, viewing 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., food served until runs out.
ST. DOMINIC, 775 Harrison Ave., New Orleans: St. Dominic Rosary Altar Society hosting. 9 a.m. blessing March 18, viewing until 6 p.m.; March 19-20, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
ST. ELIZABETH ANN SETON SCHOOL, 4119 St. Elizabeth Dr., Kenner: March 18, altar in former church with viewing after 9 a.m. Mass with Tupa Tupa and blessing until 7 p.m. Coincides with Divine Mercy Men’s Club Lenten Fish Fry on campus. March 19, viewing 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Proceeds go to St. Anthony Ministry for needy. Thanks to Divine Mercy Men’s Club, Knights of Columbus and Lisa Normand for altar.
ST. FRANCIS XAVIER, 444 Metairie Road, Metairie (SFX Gymnasium): St. Joseph Altar Society sponsors. Viewing March 18, 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m., closing with rosary; March 19, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., rosary. Tupa Tupa March 19 following 8 a.m. Mass. Traditional pasta Milanese meals March 19, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in cafeteria.
ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI, New Orleans: Altar at home of Joseph and Mary Talamo, 6122 1/2 Patton St. March 18, blessing after 6 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, friends. March 19, 10:30 a.m. blessing, meals served from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Viewing continues until 3 p.m. <
ST. JANE DE CHANTAL, 72040 Maple St., Abita Springs (St. Jane Hall): March 18, 5 p.m. Mass followed by viewing until 7 p.m. March 19, viewing noon to 4 p.m. with meals served until food runs out. Donations support St. Vincent de Paul Society that helps the poor.
ST. JOAN OF ARC, 529 W. 5th St., LaPlace (Family Life Center): March 18-19, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. viewing. Blessing noon March 18, then “Feeding of the Saints.” Meals served March 19, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., and 5-7:30 p.m. Donations given to charity.
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST, 11345 St. John Church Road, Folsom: March 19, viewing from 9-11 a.m., 10:30 a.m. altar blessing in Jonathan Hall. 11 a.m. Mass of St. Joseph, meals served until 1:30 p.m.
ST. JOSEPH, 1802 Tulane Ave., New Orleans: March 19, viewing 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in church, with Mass and blessing at noon. Meals served at 1 p.m.
ST. JOSEPH CHURCH AND SHRINE, 610 Sixth St., Gretna: Altar in St. Joseph complex, 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, altar viewing till 7:30 p.m. March 19, solemn 10:30 a.m. Mass with Archbishop Gregory Aymond, celebrant. Procession, altar blessing. March 19 viewing noon until 6 p.m.
ST. JOSEPH THE WORKER, 455 Ames Blvd., Marrero: March 19, 9 a.m. blessing, altar viewing 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
ST. LUKE THE EVANGELIST, 910 Cross Gates Blvd., Slidell: Viewing in Family Life Center March 18, 6-8 p.m. March 19, Mass at 10 a.m. followed by blessing at 11 a.m. in Family Life Center. Meals served until 2 p.m.
ST. PATRICK, 724 Camp St., New Orleans (Reynolds Hall): March 19, blessing at noon with viewing from noon-5:30 p.m.
ST. PATRICK, 28698 Hwy. 23, Port Sulphur (Family Life Center): March 13, 11 a.m. blessing, then viewing to 2 p.m.
ST. PETER SCHOOL, 130 E. Temperance St., Covington (St. Mary’s Hall): March 18, 8:30 a.m. Mass, blessing at 9:15 a.m. with viewing until 3 p.m. Meals served 2-4 p.m. or until food runs out.
ST. PIUS X MISSION, 8151 Barataria Blvd., Crown Point: March 18, blessing at 4 p.m. following Mass in Joseph Hall. March 19, public viewing 9 a.m., meals served from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. In memory of all priests who have served at St. Pius X and St. Anthony.
ST. RAYMOND AND ST. LEO THE GREAT PARISH, 2916 Paris Ave., New Orleans: March 19, altar blessing follows 4:30 p.m. Mass. Viewing after until 7 p.m. Traditional pasta served in auditorium.
ST. RITA PARISH, 7100 Jefferson Hwy., Harahan (Msgr. Champagne Community Room): March 18, 9 a.m. altar blessing. Students view during school day. March 19, public viewing, meals served 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., and 5-7 p.m.
ST. THOMAS, (Altar at Assumption of Our Lady Mission), 6951 Hwy. 39, Braithwaite: March 18, blessing at 6 p.m. with viewing until 7 p.m. March 19, doors open at 11 a.m. with Tupa Tupa then viewing and meals until 6 p.m.
STS. PETER AND PAUL, 66192 St. Mary St., Pearl River: March 19, blessing at 11 a.m. with Tupa Tupa. Viewing and meals until 4:30 p.m. followed by 5 p.m. Vigil Mass.
XAVIER UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA, 1 Drexel Dr., New Orleans (Music Building): March 17, viewing from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. with blessing at 12:45 p.m. by Josephite Father Etido Jerome, university chaplain. A sacred music program “Vi Adoro” follows to honor the St. Joseph’s Altar featuring a performance by University Ensembles, students and faculty of the Music Department.
BEAUREGARD-KEYES HISTORIC HOUSE AND GARDENS, 1113 Chartres St., New Orleans, St. Joseph Altar will be open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., March 18-19. Donations will go to the Bishop Perry Center, a ministry of the Archdiocese of New Orleans that helps those mainly living on the streets. Home ofChartres St., New Orleans, St. Joseph Altar will be open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., March 18-19. Donations will go to the Bishop Perry Center, a ministry of the Archdiocese of New Orleans that helps those mainly living on the streets. Home of
ANDREW J. WILLIAMS, 724 Marengo St., New Orleans: 23rd annual altar March 18, viewing 8 a.m.-6 p.m. with blessing by Msgr. Henry Engelbrecht. March 19, viewing from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donations go to Father Seelos Center in memory of Dianne Kirsch Williams and to American Heart Association in memory of Eddie Williams Sr.
LITTLE VIC’S, 719 Toulouse St., New Orleans: Official opening March 16, 2 p.m.; March 17, crawfish boil at noon; March 18, noon altar blessing; March 19, parade and block party 4 p.m. with live music, local art, raffles, IAMC St. Joseph Day parade.<
ROUSES MARKETS will present St. Joseph altars March 16-19: 5818 W. Main St., Houma; 601 Bertrand Dr., Lafayette; 6136 Johnston St., Lafayette; 91 Westbank Expressway, Gretna; 1545 Gulf Shores Pkwy., Gulf Shores; 2900 Veterans, Metairie; 3711 Power Blvd., Metairie; 701 Baronne Street, New Orleans; 4500 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans; 1644 Gause Blvd., Slidell; 204 N. Canal Blvd., Thibodaux.
LIONS CLUB, 2001 18th St., Kenner; this altar was formerly held in the home of Debbie and Doug Dauser in Woodlake Estates; March 18 blessing, viewing and refreshments served from 5:00 until 9:00 p.m.; March 19 Tupa Tupa starting at 11 a.m. with the full meal, viewing and entertainment until 7 p.m.
YMBC HALL, 1327 East Drive, Westwego; organized by Tommy’s Wish Foundation, Inc. to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Blessing by Deacon Wilfred Robichaux, March 18, 3 p.m.; open Friday after blessing until 8 p.m. Open March 19 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
ANNE DALE JEWELRY, 12 Saint Ann Drive, Mandeville; altar to benefit St. Tammany Parish flood victims, March 19, noon to 4 p.m.