The following article, written by Jill Gugino, appears on The Buffalo News.
St. Joseph’s Day is a big day for Sicilians and Italians alike. When we immigrated to the new country from the old we brought with us some very beautiful and sacred traditions. Some were steeped in faith and some in superstition, but all were brought forth from the foundation of giving and helping those in need.
As the legend goes, Sicily was suffering a tremendous drought and the people were starving: no water, no crops and no food. Prayers were abundant and promises made to St Joseph. Please bring forth rain and when the crops are harvested a feast will be shared and all will be welcome. We will feed the poor, the rich, the lonely, the young and old alike. There will never be a fee for it is meal of thanksgiving for blessings bestowed.
St. Joseph was a unique man in that he adopted a child who was not born of his blood. He loved and cared for a child who was owned by the world. Continue reading at The Buffalo News.