For the fourth year members of the St. Joseph Senior Social Club will honor and celebrate the setting of the “St. Joseph’s Table” on Thursday, March 20, from 1 to 4 p.m. at St. Joseph Marello parish center.
“La Tavala de San Guiseppe” is a tradition that began in Sicily centuries ago in thanksgiving for the ending of a severe drought that resulted in countless deaths due to famine. The custom was continued in America by immigrants and descendants of Sicily, Italy.
The table which is constructed in three tiers to represent the Holy Trinity and Holy Family will be ladden with various foods that will be distributed to the needy. The Rev. Carlos Esquivel, pastor of St. Joseph Marello parish, will bless the table and the Rev. Joseph Sibilano will give the benediction.
Members and guests who are attending the celebration provide the food for the altar and luncheon. Attendees are asked to bring canned food or dry staples which will be placed at the foot of the altar and then donated to the St. John the Evangelist Church Food Pantry.
Traditional Italian music will be provided by Danny Argo and Friend Frankie.
The public is invited and reservations are limited and must be made by calling Maria Capolarella Montante at 570-655-2398. Reservations will close on March 15.
Committee members are Theresa Ormando, president; Maria Capolarella Montante, coordinator; Chester Montante, Rose Marie Amico, Eleanor O’Dell, Madelyn Amico, Marion Licata, Evelyn Levandowski, Sara Howanietz, Gloria Migatulski, Mary Policare, Dominick Policare, Felicia Bellanco, Sam Bellanco, Claire LaMarca, Dorothy Manganaro, Gertrude Kitchilinsky, Jack Hoover, John Reedy and Mike Boncheck.