Service focus of Feast of St. Joseph

MADISON/JACKSON – Father Ricardo Phipps, top, delivers the homily at Madison St. Joseph High School on the feast of St. Joseph, Wednesday, March 19, in front of the St. Joseph’s altar the school puts together every year. Students and families donated food for the poor to decorate the altar. Above, Father Mike O’Brien blesses the St. Richard School and Parish St. Joseph’s altar. While St. Joseph has been putting up their altar for years, this is the first year for St. Richard. Tradition holds that the people of Sicily were saved from a famine after they prayed for the intersession of St. Joseph. Italian families have honored the saint’s feast day ever since, sharing their food with the poor. (Photos by London Hatten and Maureen Smith)