Community invited to St. Joseph's Table
ELKHORN--Volunteers at St. Patrick Parish in Elkhorn are again are preparing for the annual St. Joseph Table buffet, which is set for 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, at St. Patrick School, 534 Sunset Drive, Elkhorn.
The meal is free, but donations will be accepted and given to a local charity. Between 300 and 400 people typically are served at the community meal. The public is welcome. The meal is prepared by volunteers in honor of St. Joseph, the patron saint of Sicilians.
The traditions behind the feast go back hundreds of years. According to CatholicCulture.org, legend says there was a famine in Sicily many centuries ago. The villagers prayed to St. Joseph, foster-father of Jesus, and asked his intercession before the throne of God.
Their prayers were answered, and with the ending of the dreadful famine, a special feast of thanksgiving was held in commemoration of the saint. This celebration became tradition. Wealth families prepared huge buffets. They then invited the less fortunate people of the village, especially the homeless and sick.