March 19 is the Feast of St. Joseph, the most chaste spouse of our Blessed Mother. Thus, our Tuesday Bible Study celebrated the feast day by having a St. Joseph Table.
Even though I converted 50 years ago, I was not familiar with this tradition. It is an Italian custom, and there is no trace of Italian blood on either the maternal or paternal side of my family. However, I will pass this tradition on to my family. Many of us searched for stories about St. Joseph, and two ladies had personal accounts about St. Joseph's interceding in their family's lives. Other traditions associated with St. Joseph can be found here. The lady who brought the preserves noticed, when she took it out of her pantry, that it was made at the St. Joseph Monastery!
The lady who suggested this custom is a gracious hostess; she set the table with the lovely and fitting cloths. She also planned where the foods were set. It is quite lovely and eye-catching I think.