The Italian American Heritage Society cordially invites you to share in the time-honored tradition of the Saint Joseph Altar. The Saint Joseph Altar is Sicilian in origin. During a terrible famine, the people of Sicily pleaded to Saint Joseph, their patron saint, for relief. Saint Joseph answered their prayers and the famine ended. In gratitude, they prepared a table with foods they had harvested, and after paying homage to Saint Joseph, the food was distributed to the less fortunate.