Jim and Michelle Licata, owners of Licata Florist, have been donating flowers to the Little Sisters of the Poor for the past 15 years. In a recent delivery of flowers to our Home, Jim caught a glimpse of our kitchen and the wheels started turning.
For years the Licatas were a part of the St. Joseph Society in a local parish whose annual tradition of preparing a St. Joseph Table gradually phased out because of its aging members. They missed this wonderful tradition and were hoping to find a way to renew this practice in honor of St. Joseph.
After several meetings, gathering of volunteers (many of whom belonged to the former Society and now live in other parts of the city), and lots of organization and team work, many St. Joseph devotees arrived in our kitchen every evening for over a week to cook, stir batters, bake and decorate cookies. They also baked homemade breads that were transformed into many amazing shapes, such as chalices, monstrances, fish, crosses and many other symbolic designs. Along with all the baking, a delicious free-will-offering spaghetti dinner was prepared.
Being a first time event, we had no idea of what the turnout would be, and to our great delight over 600 people attended and enjoyed every minute of this festive afternoon in honor of our good St. Joseph – patron, protector and provider of the Little Sisters of the Poor. Deo Gratias!!!