February 13, 2020

Sicily Journal

From Immigrants to Leaders

In Metairie Louisiana the Elenians & Bocce Club partner for St. Joseph’s Day

Elenians making St. Joseph Altar Cookies

That favorite time of year again, and a labor of love for Italian families….St. Joseph Day.  Many families, Catholic Churches and schools are starting to gather their supplies, treasured ornamental items, and baking for St. Joseph Altars.  This is a time honored tradition that started right here in our New Orleans Area, and let’s make this one our own.  It is an incredible opportunity for our clubs to share our Italian/Sicilian heritage and appreciate the unique offerings of each organization. 

3 great ways to participate: 1. Altar Donations Items & Planning, 2. Assist Elenians’ Italian Cookie Making, 3.  Day of St. Joseph Evening Meal’s Meatless Dish Donations & Altar Attendance.  3 Sign Ups online for designating contributions & RSVP attendance: ( click links below or go to Sign Up Genius and search under ElenianClub@gmail.com)

Make Italian Cookies March 8th 11am

Elenians are purchasing the ingredients and we need you and maybe your tools, like cookie sheets, heavy cutting boards, dough scraper, aprons, and loving hands. 

St. Joseph Altar is traditionally all donated items and this sign up lists many items you can select to donate/volunteer.  Non-perishable Items should be brought to the Bocce Club Sunday, March 15th, after the St. Patrick’s Parade 5pm.  Fresh items are requested for 4pm to 6pm Thursday, March 19th at The Bocce Club of Metairie, 2340 Severn Ave.  We will gladly make arrangements to pick up donated items if need.  We plan to open doors soon after for viewing, and at 6:30pm to share our bounty to members of the contributing Italian organizations and families. 

Generation to Generation

Altar Prep & Display March15th 5pm   

St. Joseph Day brings Italians together to be thankful of our heritage & homage.  It makes it special that we come together and contribute to the altar, then send prayers of thanks to San Giuseppe that watches over us.  The Bocce Club of Metairie will host the Altar at 6:30pm on March 19th and sharing the bounty that we create.  Our efforts do both for recognition of needy and poor and show efforts directly with Bocce Club to maintain its status as our ancestors intended. Our meal is your achievement…we need you, please contribute your God given heritage talents.  

The Bocce Club of Metairie, 2340 Severn Ave., will host the Altar at 6:30pm on March 19th and sharing the bounty that we create.  RSVP with this link for the St. Joseph Day Meal – Thursday March 19th

Thank you for supporting the Italian loving community! 

It makes it special that we come together and contribute to the altar, then send prayers of thanks to San Guiseppe that watches over us.  This is an incredible opportunity for our clubs to share our Italian heritage. 

Who has the willpower not to start eating now.

The Bocce Club is a beacon in the Italian community of Southeast Louisiana. It was built in the 1970s to provide a community center for Italians and Sicilians in Jefferson Parish and Southeast Louisiana. Congrats to both the Bocce Club for providing a place for the Elenians St. Joseph Altar and to the Elenians for promoting the valuable asset to the Italian Community.

Several generations have been born since the time of “Little Italy” of the French Quarter, and now the Italian connections may be more electronic than next door.  No matter how fraction… Let’s get to know US better.  The metropolitan area has a unique reach in the New Orleans regional area and even across the lake.  Let’s come together.  Our Italian clubs recognize the necessity of reassembling & maintaining our heritage for this area as generations evolve, and the Bocce Club does just that with an excellent space and family oriented game fun.   Get as close to the pallino or suffer the raffa! 

Please direct your questions to Lisa Ingraham at the ElenianClub@gmail.com

To assist with planning, please reserve your volunteer slot on the links provided.  

Bocce League Play on Wednesday and open play on Thursdays

Please Sign Up & RSVP attendance, but direct your questions to Lisa Ingraham at the ElenianClub@gmail.com

Thank you for supporting the Italian loving community!

Success for Bocce is our heritage reward.