March 19 is the feast of St. Joseph, and it’s a big deal in New Orleans. We are one of several areas of the country, most in the northeast, where descendants of Sicilians organize St. Joseph’s altars. The tradition dates to the middle ages, when residents prayed to the saint to end a severe drought in Sicily, promising a feast in return. The altars appear in churches, schools, and homes. I stopped by one at St. Stephen’s Church in the Uptown area, now part of Good Shepherd Parish.