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St. Anthony's church honors a Sicilian tradition with a St. Joseph Altar

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ROCKFORD (WREX) -

One local church is honoring a yearly tradition by opening its doors to the community.

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Rockford hosted its St. Joseph Altar Sunday.

It symbolizes a Sicilian tradition. During a famine, people prayed to St. Joseph and when the rain finally came, food was given throughout Sicily. 

Since the 1960's, St. Anthony has been carrying on this tradition, making pasta and baked goods.

"St. Joseph is about feeding everybody opening the door so everybody is welcome," said Joan Gullo, a parish member at St. Anthony's. "That's why we open it up to the community."

The feast of St. Joseph is next Saturday, March 19 and there will be another altar held at the St. Ambrogio Society in south Rockford.

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