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St. Joseph Table abound across Chicagoland

The St. Joseph Table at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

Each March, dozens of Italian families, organizations, parishes and businesses in the Chicago area open up their doors and their hearts to the less fortunate by setting up St. Joseph’s Tables. At press time, information was available only on the events in this listing. To be listed next year, call 708-338-0690 or email info@franoi.com.

PLEASE CALL FIRST TO MAKE SURE THE EVENT YOU’RE INTERESTED IN ATTENDING HASN’T BEEN CANCELLED.

MARCH 7
ST. JAMES CHURCH (Highwood) | Mostaccioli dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. | Suggested donation: adults, $8; children 4-10, $4; children under 4 free when purchased in advance, $1 extra at the door | Entertainment by accordionist Linda Iovino | 847-644-5129
ST. WILLIAM CHURCH (Chicago) | 4:30 p.m. Mass followed by a Pasta Dinner and Sweet Table with entertainment sponsored by the San Rocco di Potenza Society | Adults, $25; children 8 to 14, $8; under 7, free | Sponsored by the San Rocco di Potenza Society to benefit St. Rocco Feast and St. William School | Vincenzo Cataldo, 847-721-8124

MARCH 8
MAZZINI-VERDI LADIES CLUB (Franklin Park) | 2 p.m. St. Joseph’s Day Mass followed by dinner at 3 p.m. | Adults, $40; children under 12, $15 | Reservations required | Christina Gaddini, 708-457-0039
ST. EMILY CHURCH (Mt. Prospect) | Noon blessing followed by traditional meatless meal and sweets until 3 p.m. | Donations appreciated | Proceeds to benefit St. Vincent DePaul Society | 847-824-5049
ST. ZACHARY CHURCH (Des Plaines) | Buffet meal from 1:30 to 3 p.m. | Donations appreciated | 847-956-7020

MARCH 11
OLD NEIGHBORHOOD ITALIAN AMERICAN CLUB (Chicago) | Table from noon to 2 p.m. | Enza Raineri, 773-499-9723

MARCH 14
DIVINE SAVIOR CHURCH (Norridge) | 5 p.m. buffet meal and sweet table until all are fed | Suggested donation: Adults, $7; students, $5 | Proceeds to benefit Chalice International and a local organization, both of which provide services to the poor | 708-456-9000
ST. FRANCIS BORGIA CHURCH (Chicago) | 5 p.m. Mass in English and 7 p.m. Mass in Italian with buffet meal from many regions of Italy and sweet table after each Mass | Donations appreciated | Sponsored by ICF Branch #392 | Teresa Helfand, 773-763-0507
VILLA CESARE BANQUETS & EVENTS (Schererville) | St. Joseph’s and St. Patrick’s Day party | 6:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. | Dinner, open bar and entertainment | Adults, $45 | Reservations required | 219-322-3011, events@villacesare.com

MARCH 14-15
ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA CHURCH (Rockford) | March 14, blessing of altar after 4:30 p.m. Mass; March 15, altar on display from noon to 3 p.m. | Donations appreciated | 815-965-2761
ST. ROBERT BELLARMINE CHURCH (Chicago) | March 14, 5 p.m. Mass followed by buffet meal and sweet table until 8 p.m.; March 15, sweet table only after 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and noon Masses | Admission, $5; children under 7, $2 | 773-777-2666

MARCH 15
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH (Elmhurst) | 9:30 a.m. Mass followed by a buffet meal from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. | Donations appreciated | Proceeds to benefit St. Vincent DePaul Society. | 630-530-8515
OUR LADY OF POMPEII SHRINE (Chicago) | Masses at 8:30 and 10:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. with a buffet meal at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. | Reservations required | Donations appreciated | 312-421-3757
SACRED HEART CHURCH (Marengo) | Buffet meal and sweet table from 12:30 to 4 p.m. | Donations appreciated | Proceeds to benefit St. Vincent DePaul Society of Sacred Heart | Pasquale Passaro, 815-302-2991
ST. CELESTINE CHURCH (Elmwood Park) | Buffet meal from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Donations appreciated | Josephine Sangermano Townsend 708-452-4654
ST. PETER THE APOSTLE (Itasca) | 11 a.m. Mass followed by a procession and full dinner with sweet table from noon to 1:30 p.m. | Donations appreciated | Proceeds to benefit St. Vincent DePaul Society | 630-773-1272
ST. PHILIP THE APOSTLE (Addison) | Buffet meal from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Donations appreciated | Proceeds to benefit DuPage County charities | Sponsored by the Americans of Italian Descent of DuPage County | Gino Dattilo, 630-699-0299
ST. TARCISSUS PARISH (Chicago) | 11:30 a.m. Mass followed by procession, blessing and buffet meal with sweet table until 3 p.m. | Donations appreciated | 773-763-8228
SANTA MARIA ADDOLORATA CHURCH (Chicago) | 10:30 a.m. Mass followed by buffet meal from noon to 3 p.m. | Food or cash donations appreciated | 312-421-3122

MARCH 18
COLUMBIAN CLUB OF CHICAGO | Porretta’s Banquets (Chicago) | cocktails at 6 p.m. followed by a sit-down dinner at 7 p.m. | $75 | Reservations required | Jack Ross, 773-589-0908
ST. MARY OF SAMBUCA SOCIETY | Porretta’s Banquets (Chicago) | Blessing of the bread and sweet table at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner and music with Johnny Maggio at 7 p.m. | $50 | Reservations required | Donna Tagli, 708-751-2839
ST. STEPHEN PROTOMARTYR CHURCH (Des Plaines) | 6 p.m. Mass followed by buffet meal and sweet table | Donations appreciated | Proceeds to benefit the parish outreach program for homeless and needy | 847-824-2026

MARCH 19
BAR CAFE SAN FRANCESCO (Chicago) | Buffet dinner from 4 to 10 p.m. | Requested minimum donation: $10 | 773-283-1117
GRANT STREET GROCERY (Streator) | Table and altar from noon to 4 p.m. | Donations appreciated | 815-672-2167

MARCH 20
MISSIONARY SISTERS OF ST. CHARLES (Melrose Park) | First seating, noon to 3 p.m. (businessperson’s lunch); second seating, 4 to 8 p.m. | Buffet meal | Donations appreciated | 708-343-2162

MARCH 21
DIVINE PROVIDENCE CHURCH (Westchester) | Buffet meal. 5 to 8 p.m. | Donations appreciated | Sponsored by the St. Joseph Sodality, formerly of St. Domitilla Church | 708-692-3344
ST. EUGENE CHURCH (Chicago) | Buffet meal from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. or until the food runs out | Donations appreciated | Proceeds to benefit the parish’s Social Concerns Ministry | 773-775-6659
ST. JOSEPH CLUB (Chicago) | noon blessing followed by buffet meal until 4 p.m. | Donations appreciated | Ed Schmit, 773-908-6739

MARCH 22
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH (Chicago) | 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Traditional meatless meal with sweet table | Donations appreciated | Proceeds to benefit St. Vincent DePaul Society and other parish charities | Connie Gronek, 773-671-8025
OUR LADY OF ANGELS MISSION (Chicago) partnering with ST. JOHN CANTIUS CHURCH (Chicago) to be held at St. John Cantius | Traditional meatless meal from 2 to 3 p.m. | Our Lady of Angels| 773-486-8431 | St. John Cantius | 312-243-7373
OUR LADY OF MT. CARMEL PARISH & SHRINE (Melrose Park) | Noon Mass in English and Italian followed by procession with Holy Family to a 1:30 p.m. table featuring a buffet meal | free one-pound loaf of blessed St. Joseph’s bread per adult | Minimum donation: $10 (children under 12 attend free) | Sponsored by SS. Crocifisso & San Giovanni Bosco di Ciminna | Pete Camaci, 630-217-7415
ST. CHARLES BORROMEO CHURCH (Hampshire) | Buffet meal and sweet table from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Adults, $8; children 5 to 11, $4; under 5, free; families of seven or more, $25; $1 discount per family if you bring a donation for the food pantry | Proceeds to benefit St. Vincent DePaul Society | 847-683-2391
ST. MARTHA CHURCH (MORTON GROVE) | 11 a.m. Mass followed by blessing and buffet meal and auction from noon to 3 p.m. | Donations appreciated | Proceeds to benefit St. Vincent DePaul Society | 847-965-0262
ST. MONICA CHURCH (Chicago) | Mass at 3 p.m., followed by a blessing of the table and a buffet meatless meal | Minimum donation of $10 | A portion of the proceeds will benefit the church | Sponsored by ICF Branch 439 | Anna Tamburello, 224-315-2858
ST. PAUL OF THE CROSS CHURCH (Park Ridge) | Buffet-style spaghetti dinner with sweet table at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. | $8 for adults, $5 for seniors (65+) as well as children (6 to 14), and free for kids 5 and under | Proceeds to benefit local seminarians and novitiates and the needy | Jim Crago, 312-399-6269

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