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St. Joseph’s Day 2013

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Easter traditions in New Orleans

Archbishop Gregory Aymond talks about New Orleans Easter traditions, St. Joseph’s altars, and Pope Francis.

(News with a Twist – 3/28/13)

In many other cities it’s just March 19, but in New Orleans it’s Saint Joseph’s Day. You can see beautiful altars in homes and churches all over town and our photojournalist Justin Abshire introduces us to Maria-Kay Chetta and Jack Siciliano at the St. Francis Xavier Church altar in old Metairie.

(News with a Twist 3/19/13)

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St. Joseph’s Day Altar In A Bar!

From the outside looking in one may think this is the least likely place to find an altar dedicated to St. Joseph, but year after year regulars and neighbors know they can find one inside the Marigny’s Lost Love Lounge.

Nick Scramuzza, owner of the Lost Love Lounge says, “When I was a child I grew up right outside the French Quarter, and on my block there were three or four altars every year. This whole area was still Sicilian Italian, and as time went on and people moved and the older folks died away the altars kind of disappeared into churches and special halls.”

St. Joseph’s Day is Scamuzza’s favorite day of the year at the bar. He expects hundreds of people to come and visit his altar and says he’s even got friends and family arriving from out of town.

“St. Joseph himself is the patron saint of Sicily. In the middle ages there was a terrible drought in Sicily, so the Sicilians prayed to St. Joseph and on St. Joseph’s Day it started raining.”

Monday afternoon, Archbishop Gregory Aymond stopped by the Rouses in Metairie to bless the store’s St. Joseph Altar.

The grocery store chain has four of the altars in the New Orleans area.  All of them were built by employees.

At the Metairie location, workers were thrilled to see the Archbishop stop by.  They say the practice of having the altars is all about tradition.

“We love to be able to participate in a local tradition like this, especially because our family is Italian.  My grandfather is the son of Italian immigrants.  We’re a 3rd generation grocer.  It’s so special to my family to paricipate in this Italian tradition,” said Allison Rouse.

Tuesday morning, Fr. Reale of the Immaculate Conception Church on Baronne Street will bless the altar at the Warehouse District store at 9:00.  Customers may also get a lucky fave bean immediately after the blessing.

444 Metairie Road

Monday, March 18 9AM – 7PM
Tuesday, March 19 8AM – 6PM
Public feeding in the cafeteria Tuesday at 11AM

Hours and dates: Date(s) open to the public: March 19, 2013 Time of Mass: 7:20 a.m.

Time of altar blessing: 8 a.m.

Time(s) open: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Comments: Spaghetti dinner served in the Tom and Gayle Benson Mall from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

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Chef David Greco, actor Vincent Pastore from the Sopranos, and Peter Gilberti from the Italian American Walking Club join Susan Roesgen to talk about upcoming events.

(News with a Twist – 3/7/13)

captureThis year’s St. Joseph’s Day parade will roll on Saturday, March 9 at 6PM through the French Quarter and CBD.

There are actually two different parades! Click here to see the two parade routes.