Keeping the faith in Rockford

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Rosie Scalise Sheridan hosts a St. Joseph’s Altar every two years, and the pandemic wasn’t going to stop her. This St. Joseph’s Day, she and several family members set up a drive-by, carryout altar at her home northwest of Rockford. “We had a steady stream of cars and 410 takeouts,” she reports. Each specially decorated bag featured pasta con sarde and traditional sides. Fr. James Ciaramitaro of St. Anthony of Padua Church blessed the altar, which was visible through the picture window of her home. Sheridan was “motivated to make it happen” because Pope Francis designated 2021 as the Year of St. Joseph.


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