Nursing home holds St. Joseph Altar

Brandie Richardson

A religious tradition continues at Azalea Estates Assisted Living in Gonzales. Now in its third year, the St. Joseph Altar was held March 8 where dozens of residents were in attendance to participate in the Catholic tradition.

Reverend Jason Palermo of St. Joseph Catholic Church in French Settlement gave the blessing and offered confessionals to residents and those in attendance.

The St. Joseph Altar was started three years ago at Azalea Estates by Activity Coordinator Missy Marchand. Marchand, along with co-organizer Nell Bercegeay, continue to bring this tradition to residents year after year.

"It just keeps getting prettier and prettier every year," said resident Rezette Jenkins.

Bercegeay said this is her 16th year doing the Altar. She first started it at Heritage Manor, now the Gonzales Heath Center, and continues to do it every year because she likes providing senior citizens in the area with enjoyment.

"I get joy out of this," she said. "Just to see their faces and thanking us every time we go."

The event concluded with the reading of the Rosary and eating of the blessed foods on the altar.