St. Joseph students create a feast-day feast for 144,000

St. Joseph students recently celebrated the feast day of the school’s patron saint by packing 24,000 meals for people living in the African nation of Burkina Faso.

Students at St. Joseph High School celebrated the annual Feast of St. Joseph Tuesday with a day-long celebration that included Mass, multiple community service projects, and a school-wide meal pack in partnership with Catholic Relief Services.

Bishop Frank Caggiano and the Rev. Eric Silva celebrate Mass on the feast day of St. Joseph.

Bishop Frank Caggiano opened the day alongside the school’s Episcopal Chaplin, the Rev. Eric Silva. The school also welcomed more than 200 grandparents of current students for a reception following the Mass.

Students were divided into five groups and rotated around the school to different stations, which included: meal-packing, Easter service projects, and a street festival lunch, said Jessica Costa, Director of Marketing & Enrollment at the school. In all, students packed 24,000 meals to be delivered to the African nation of Burkina Faso (that’s enough food to feed 144,000 people). Students also created 250 Easter baskets to be delivered to organizations within Fairfield County, and 400 paper lilies to be delivered to the residents of St. Joseph Manor in Trumbull.

“St. Joseph Feast Day is an important tradition involving the entire school community, one we look forward to each year,” Costa said. “We thank our alumni, parents, and grandparents for their support, as well as Bishop Caggiano, our Episcopal Chaplin, Father Silva and Campus Ministry Director, Jordan Smith for planning such a special school-wide event.”