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Pray for the canonization of JPII

God our Father, you reward all who believe in you. May your servant, John Paul our Pope, vicar of Peter and Shepherd of your Church, who faithfully administered the mysteries of your forgiveness and love on earth, rejoice with you for ever in heaven. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen!

St. Joseph Novena Day 8

Prayers for Day 8

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St. Joseph Novena Day 2

Prayers for Day 2

Have you visited the Virtual St. Joseph Altar yet?  vsja

4th Annual St. Joseph Altar Blog Fest

The Virtual St. Joseph Altar BLOG is holding its 4th St. Joseph Altar Blog Fest!
March is the Month of St. Joseph and what better way to give him honor than with your very own St. Joseph Altar. Sounds intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. There are certain guidelines that will help you get started, but remember, it’s your Altar and it should reflect you and your family. Our first home Altar was very simple: a cake, some cookies, and coloring pages by the kids! It’s a family affair, so be sure to get everyone involved.

The Feast Day will be here before you know it, so start planning!

A bit of history will help you begin your planning, and here are some altar photos for inspiration.

For some real inspiration, be sure to check out the 1st2nd and 3rd Annual St. Joseph Altar blog fests!

To join in the celebration, simply make a blog post about your Altar. Include whatever details you like and of course, some pics. When you are done, link it here. Linking will begin on March 19 and continue till the end of the month.

Simple or extravagant, we want to see it! So come back on, or soon after, March 19 to link your Altar post. In the meantime, head to the Virtual St. Joseph Altar for all the info you need to get started planning your Altar.

Grab the button above for your blog, link it back to 4th St. Joseph Altar Blog Fest, and be sure to spread the word!

Virtual St. Joseph Altar opens Tuesday

The 2013 Virtual St. Joseph Altar opens Tuesday and will remain open through the March 19 Feast of St. Joseph.

The Virtual St. Joseph Altar is my online version of the traditional Sicilian St. Joseph Altars of New Orleans. The first Virtual St. Joseph Altar went online in February of 1999.

Visit the Altar and make your virtual offeringsRequest prayers for prayers for deceased loved ones. Or make general prayer requests.

There’s lot of other things to keep you busy: prayers, history, recipes, photos, links, and more. Don’t miss the mini 3d Virtual St. Joseph’s Altar craft.

Because of the continued prayers and support of so many, the Virtual St. Joseph Altar gets bigger and better each year!

I welcome the many faithful visitors who have been coming to the Virtual St. Joseph Altar since its very beginnings, and a warm welcome to those who are new to the Altar. 

Thank you all for helping to spread devotion to St. Joseph. Viva San Guiseppe!

Prepping for St. Joseph’s Day

It’s never too early to get ready for St. Joseph’s Day. The 2013 feast day will be here before you know it. I’ve been sprucing up the Virtual St. Joseph Altar a bit. This year the Altar will be adorned with brand new food images for your virtual offerings. I’ve added a new item, one of my favorites, an artichoke. Here is a sample of what you can look forward to:

 

 

If you are thinking about setting up your own Altar, the Virtual Altar can help, with recipesphotoshistory, and lots more. Don’t forget to spread the word!

The Virtual St. Joseph Altar will open for virtual offerings on February 19, 2013
and remain open through the 2013 Feast Day.

Info on the  4th annual St. Joseph Altar Blog Fest will be posted in February.  Check out the 1st, 2nd and 3rd St. Joseph Altar Blog Fests for info and ideas.

 So, what you are doing to get ready for St. Joseph’s Day?

Our 2012 St. Joseph Altar

This post is part of the 3rd Annual St. Joseph Altar Blog Fest. If you made an Altar for St. Joseph’s Feast Day, and would like to be included, make a blog post about your St. Joseph Altar, including details and pics, then link it here. Linking is open and will continue till March 30. Head over to the Virtual St. Joseph Altar blog for all the details!

We use our upright piano for the base of our Altar. By strategically placing a couple of sturdy boxes, turned upside down, I add a few more levels. One of our school desks is used for the front of the Altar. Covered with a nice table cloth we’ve got a multi-level nice size altar. Our altar this year is not as big as it has been. Audrey made the beautiful, and delicious, cross cake. Crozet made the chocolate crown of thorns.

Viva San Giuseppe!

Cool kids’ crafts for St. Joseph’s Day

I’m double-posting from over at the Virtual St. Joseph Altar blog:

3D Cut & Color Virtual St. Joseph Altar

Cut, color, and create your own mini St. Joseph’s Altar. This fun family craft will help you and your little ones learn about the lovely St. Joseph Altar tradition. Complete instructions included on the pdf download. Send me a photo of your 3d Altar and I will post it right here on the Virtual St. Joseph Altar blog.

This craft has been used by PSR classes, homeschool co-ops, and individual families wanting to teach children about this beautiful tradition.

St. Joseph Novena with Free Download!

Don’t let the title fool you — this is a really fun craft to get little ones involved in a Novena to St. Joseph. Lacy at Catholic Icing has posted a great kids’ prayer craft, complete with lilies for St. Joseph, for the upcoming feast day.

Keep in mind: If you are planning a novena to end on the March 19th Feast Day, you’ll need to start on March 11.

Enjoy!

Compliments of Vee at Paper Dali. One of her earliest creations, and one of my favorites!

3rd Annual St. Joseph Altar blog fest

Get ready for the 3rd Annual St. Joseph Altar Blog Fest.

Less than two weeks till the feast day!

The Altar Fest is always lots of fun as each family contributes their own unique ways of honoring St. Joseph. The best way to find out what it’s all about is to check out last year’s fest. See what others are doing and share ideas. Grab a button for your blog and join in the festivities!

March is the Month of St. Joseph and the ultimate way to give honor to St. Joseph is with your very own St. Joseph Altar. For details, head to the Virtual St. Joseph Altar Blog.

Linking will begin on March 19 and continue till the end of March.

The 2012 Virtual St. Joseph Altar is open!

Viva San Giuseppe!

 The penitential nature of Lent makes finding inspirational family activities somewhat difficult. Forty days is a very long time to the smaller members of the household. One bright spot in our Lenten journey is the March 19 Feast of St. Joseph. In the tradition of the St. Joseph Altars of New Orleans, we prepare our own small Altar on our dining room table in honor of St. Joseph for his feast day each year.

The St. Joseph Altar is Sicilian in origin. During a terrible famine, the people of Sicily pleaded to St. Joseph, their patron saint, for relief. St. Joseph answered their prayers, and the famine ended. In gratitude, they prepared a table with foods they had harvested. After paying homage to St. Joseph, they distributed the food to the less fortunate.

The Altar is set up in three tiers, representing the Holy Trinity. A statue of St. Joseph is placed on the top tier, usually surrounded by flowers, greenery & fruit.

No meat is prepared for the Altar. This is probably because St. Joseph’s Feast falls in the Lenten Season and also because meat was a rarity to the Sicilian peasants. Breads, cakes and cookies, baked in symbolic Christian shapes, are prepared for artistic placement on the Altar. Pastries in the shapes of monstrances, chalices, crosses, doves, lambs, fish, bibles, hearts, wreaths and palms adorn the tiers of the Altar. Symbols of St. Joseph – such as lilies, staffs, sandals, ladders, saws, hammers and nails – are also used. There is symbolism in many of the items on the Altar. Breadcrumbs represent the sawdust of St. Joseph the Carpenter. Twelve whole fish represent the apostles. Wine is symbolic of the Miracle at Cana.

The Altar is a medium of petition and thanksgiving. Petitions of the faithful are written on pieces of paper and placed in baskets on the Altar. Photos of deceased relatives & friends may decorate the Altar as well.

As with any tradition, our St. Joseph Altar has evolved and gathered life from each member of our family. Certain children have certain cookies or cakes they prepare each year. In addition to our traditional dining room table Altar, we now have the first and only interactive St. Joseph Altar on the world wide web – The Virtual St. Joseph Altar. A few adaptations have been made, but the Virtual Altar still offers many of the basics, not to mention a clean kitchen.

St. Joseph is our good friend. He has answered our prayers many times and I am confident that he will continue to do so. Viva San Giuseppe!

For more information on the St. Joseph Altar tradition visit The Virtual St. Joseph Altar.

“Live from Jasper’s” this Saturday!

We’re really gearing up for St. Joseph’s Day now!

For those in the Kansas City area: I’ll be talking about St. Joseph Altars on “Live from Jasper’s Kitchen” with Jasper Mirabile, Saturday, 11 to noon on KCMO Talk Radio 710.

For details on how to listen live online, visit KCMO.

St. Joseph Altar Blog Fest reminder

2011 st joseph altar blog festDon’t forget! The 2nd annual St. Joseph Altar Blog Fest will begin linking on March 19 and continue through the entire month. March is the Month of St. Joseph and the ultimate way to give honor to St. Joseph is with your very own St. Joseph Altar.

For all the nitty gritty details, visit the Virtual St. Joseph Altar blog. For lots of great ideas, check out last year’s Blog Fest.

I can’t wait to see all of your Altars! Viva San Giuseppe!

E-book giveaway at the Virtual St. Joseph Altar blog

The Virtual St. Joseph Altar blog is giving away an electronic copy of Viva San Giuseppe: A Guide For St. Joseph Altars.

With over 40 pages of recipes, stories of faith, Altar background, and history, this little out-of-print booklet is a handy reference for anyone setting up a St. Joseph Altar.

Enter by leaving a comment on the Virtual St. Joseph Altar blog. Be sure to leave your email!

Contest ends next Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at noon.

Don’t comment here! Your comment must be on the Virtual St. Joseph Altar blog!


Links of the month: It’s all about Lent

catholic icing lent link up
I’m joining in Lacy’s Liturgical Lent Link-Up being held at Catholic Icing. Last year’s Lent link-up was great fun, so here we go again. Lacy’s going to have separate link-ups for Holy Week and Easter, so this one is all about Lent!

To makes thing a bit simpler for the link-up, I’m using this “links of the month” post in which I’ve collected all of Homeschool Goodies‘ best Lenten projects and ideas into one place. Enjoy!

I’m getting lots of mileage out of this post! Sharing also with Angie’s Helpful Homeschool Hints.

hhhHelpful Homeschool Hints is a place to share great homeschooling tips, ideas, projects, or even just how to stay sane when things get busy. So, hop over to Many Little Blessings, host of this weekly link up, to join in the fun and see all the other great posts for this week!

2nd Annual St. Joseph Altar blog fest

st. joseph altar blog fest

Get ready for the 2nd Annual St. Joseph Altar Blog Fest.

This is an early post, but I want to get you all planning and thinking!

The 1st Annual St. Joseph Blog Fest was a great success, and lots of fun. Check out last year’s fest. That’s the best way to find out what it’s all about. The Altar Fest is a fun way for us to see what others are doing and share ideas. Grab this nifty button to promote the fest on your blog!

March is the Month of St. Joseph and the ultimate way to give honor to St. Joseph is with your very own St. Joseph Altar. For details, head to the Virtual St. Joseph Altar Blog.

Linking will begin on March 19 and continue till the end of March.

Virtual St. Joseph Altar is open!

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The Virtual St. Joseph Altar is my online version of the traditional Sicilian St. Joseph Altars of New Orleans. The first Virtual St. Joseph Altar went online in February of 1999.

The Virtual St, Joseph Altar is open now through the March 19 Feast of St. Joseph.

Visit the Altar and make your virtual offerings, Request prayers for prayers for deceased loved ones. Or make general prayer requests.

And, there are lot of other things to keep you busy: prayers, history, recipes, photos, links, and more. Don’t miss the mini 3d Virtual St. Joseph’s Altar craft.

Because of the continued prayers & support of so many, the Virtual St. Joseph Altar gets bigger and better each year!

I welcome the many faithful visitors who have been coming to the Virtual St. Joseph Altar since its very beginning, and a warm welcome to those who are new to the Altar.

Thank you all for helping to spread devotion to St. Joseph. Viva San Guiseppe!

Evann Duplantier
Virtual St. Joseph Altar