Attendees Asked to Bring Non-Perishables for Together We Cope
ORLAND PARK, IL – (February 22, 2016) A long standing Italian American tradition, Saint Joseph’s Table, will be held on Sunday, March 20 when the Sons of Italy of Orland Park Leone D'Oro Lodge 2700 and Orland Park Village Trustee will host a Saint Joseph Table at the Orland Park Civic Center, 14750 South Ravinia Avenue. The event begins at 1 p.m and ends at 4. Food will be served from 1 p.m. til 3:30 pm. All are welcome to attend.
One of the most beloved saints among Italian-Americans, Saint Joseph was the foster father of Jesus and is the patron saint of workers and the protector of the family. He is honored with a feast day on March 19.
“I’m very excited to be working with the Sons of Italy on this great event --- inviting the community to come together to enjoy a simple pasta dinner,” said Orland Park Village Trustee Dan Calandriello. “This event hopes to bring neighbors together; foster a small town feel for Orland Park. Community members will come together to share a meal and enjoy live music” he added.
The Saint Joseph Table tradition dates back to the Middle Ages when there was a severe drought in Sicily. The people prayed to their patron, Saint Joseph, asking for relief from the famine. When the rains returned the people used their crops to give thanks and share their good fortune.
In the tradition of the Saint Joseph Table, attendees are asked to bring non-perishable food items for the Together We Cope Food Pantry. “The Sons of Italy is excited for the Saint Joseph Table and looks forward to helping out a deserving organization. We had a great time last year and look forward to building on that success at the second annual Saint Joseph’s Table” said Sons of Italy in America, Orland Park Leone D'Oro Lodge 2700 President Paul Loparco.
There will be pasta, salad, bread and desserts served with pop, water and coffee. Live entertainment will be provided by Sandburg High School students throughout the event.
Located in Tinley Park, Together We Cope helps southland residents in temporary crisis by providing food, shelter, clothing and referrals. The non-profit helps people from 27 southland communities in Bremen, Orland, Palos and Worth Townships.