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tMiIph.llliM,Hi,ilqlillllMIhll,q.liliiqflpdl - ........... MIXED ADC 010 15 SMALL TOWN PAPERS, INC. PAUL JEFFKO ~-~ 217~N-COrA ST / " SHELTON WA 98584-2263 / THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSgT'I'8 (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 121 - NO. 10 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, MARCH 10, 2017 $.35 A COPY @ 1 Hour @ 2:00 AM Sunday, March 12th I The Oscars Go Off-Script We all know what happened at the Oscars, right? I Bonnie and Clyde just couldn't get it right. Both of them knew something was wrong. had to do is look at their confused faces. However, they just ! went ahead and announced the wrong winner for Best Movie of the Year. They called up everyone from La La Land, handed them their trophy, and moments later the trophy was snatched back for the real winners from Moonlight. I wasn't surprised, most of the Hollywood celebs never do anything off-script. If it is on the paper, it must be so. Quotations from Chairman Meathead , [ "Hollywood is always used for bringing attention to i issues. That's basically what we're good for." -- Actor and Director Rob Reiner ' Lessons to be Learned "Children want the same things we want. To laugh, " to be challenged, to be entertained and delighted." -- Dr. Seuss The Right stuff "A conscience is what hurts when all your other ......... parts feel good." :I - Steve. wright Is Sess/ons in Troub/e over Russia Contacts? It appears that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions had two conversations with Russia's U.S. ambassador during last year's presidential campaign even though he insisted to COngress during his confirmation hear- :: (Continued on Page 10) i : THE POST-GAZETTE SATELLITE OFFICE 343 CHELS SQ., E. BOSTON Tues. 10:00 I1:00 AM to 2.'00 PM C.all for NOLA Knows How toHave a Parade! Coming up on Sunday, March 19% is the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Southie, spon- sored by the Allied War Veter- ans Council. You have probably noticed they've managed to get themselves in the news again this year. But we aren't here to complain about who is and isn't marching in Southie. We aren't even complaining about them actually marching on St. Joseph's Day this year. No, what we want to know is why we are letting New Orleans (hereon referred to as NOLA) not only beat us out for celebrating St. Joseph's Day with a parade, but also for having the Italian- and Irish-American communi- ties john forces for yet another parade! When asked to do a story on the St. Patrick's Day parade, I couldn't help but search for a St. Joseph's Parade in Boston. After all, the Gazette is the voice of Italian-Americans! Nada. HereTa~yway. But every-search turned up NOLAI Here is one bu Jeanne Brady example, from the website www. experienceneworleans. corn: The Italian-American March- ing Club was established in 1970 by Joseph Cardenia and friends. It is one of the larg- eat ethnic organizations in the southeastern United States. The membership totals has grown to 1,500 strong in the past few years. Their objective is to keep Ital- ian heritage prevalent in New Orleans, the destination of many Italians in the 1 gh and 20th cen- turies. The focal point of their organization incorporates the focal point of New OrIeans's festive culture -- the parade each St. Joseph's Day. The event begins with pizza, wine and Italian music, before the marchers who are dressed in black tuxedos march through the French Quarter. Locals and visitors line the streets to join the celebration and the marchers exchange salutations, hand out silk flowers and lava beans, as they dance and sing through the streets. Sounds like some fun we should be having! Butthis is the thing we reaUy should emulate (Continued on Page 7) Viva San Guiseppe! For the last five years, I have been writing to urge the Italian-American community to celebrate a beautiful, unique celebration, St. Joseph's Day. I am very happy to report that the celebration is growing rapidly across the United States. I think I have convinced most Italian-Americans that St. Joseph's Day is not just for Sicilians. As I have stated, Thanksgiving was first cel- ebrated in Massachusetts, yet it is celebrated by all Americans. While it is true the St. Joseph's Day table was first celebrat- ed in Sicily, Italy, today it is celebrated in all of Italy. I hope to see not only Italian-Ameri- cans, but all Americans, cel- ebrate St. Joseph's day just as most Americans celebrate St. Patrick's Day. St. Joseph was the foster father of Jesus Christ, the husband of the Blessed Mother, the patron of the Universal Church, etc. Those rifles alone qualify him for great honors among Christians. St. Joseph's Day is a very special religious celebration in Catholic coun- tries, especially in France and Quebec. For some inexplicable reason, Italians have adopted St. Joseph as one of their own. Until recently, St. Joseph's Day was a national holiday. The unique St. Joseph's Day table is a special part of the celebration. According to leg- end a aevere rought in West- ern Sicily?.~luring the Middle threatened to destroy all by Prof[Cav. Phillip DiNovo vegetation and caused a great number of people to starve. The people asked St. Joseph to pray with them to the Lord. They promised that each suc- ceeding generation would honor St. Joseph perpetually on his feast day if God would send them rain. The rain fell at the stroke of midnight and miracu- lously the land turned green and fish became abundant. God had sent the rain -- St. Joseph had interceded. Many Italian-Americans from all regions of Italy, and Americans in general, have a St. Joseph's table or serve St. Joseph's Day food. This is due to great publicity the Feast Day has received in a number of American newspapers, maga- zines, and other media. The cus- tom of St. Joseph's Table began in private homes. Individuals who received favors through St. Joseph's intercession would promise altars to honor him. At first it was a private affair, a simple table with a statue of St. Joseph with the Christ Child and traditional foods. In some areas of Sicily, there was a community altar as well as family altars. The Ix)or would be invited to attend the Community Altars. This part of the tradition is based on Scriptm'e, "But when you make a feast, call the poor and you will be blessed because they don't have the means to make recompense. There is also a beautiful religious tableau connected with the St. Joseph's Table Which is reminiscent of Biblical Times. The Holy Family and the Saints parade around the exterior of the house where the St. Joseph Table is held. Mary and Joseph knock and ask for shelter, but the door is slammed in their faces. The third time around, Jesus knocks on the door, Arho is there?" asks a voice from within the house. Jesus replies, "Jesus, Mary and Joseph." The door is then opened and all enter. The person playing the Child Jesus blesses the altar with a sprig of parsley dipped in Holy Water, making the sign of the cross. In actuality, the priest blesses the altar the night before. There are many other beautiful rituals such as washing the feet and special prayers, including a pause for special intentions and lighting candles. After prayers, the Holy Family proceeds to eat from the altar. There are toasts and may cries of'Viva San Gulseppel" Saint Joseph was a holy man and a great man. He was, and is, very special to God. His day is a cherished celebration. The traditional St. Joseph's Day feast varies across the nation with special St. Joseph liturgies, parades, dances, altars, dinners, etc. There is a bright side to the dreariness of March; it is March 19% St. Joseph's Day. It is a day of tradition; a promise kept that binds us and helps us to keep alive our Italian Heritage. Be sure to celebrate St. Joseph's Day this you with tradition. _~-.