The blessing of the Easter Basket has been a cherished Catholic ritual for centuries among families of Eastern European origin and adopted by people of all ethnic backgrounds who enjoy this richly symbolic custom. Traditional foods to be included in the basket are lamb or ham, kielbasa, boiled eggs, dyed or plain, Pascha (a special Easter bread), butter, cheese, salt. Often a candle is included to be lit during the blessing at church. After Easter Sunday’s Resurrection Mass, the family and guests would share this blessed fare and exchange good wishes.  Our Easter Basket Blessing here at St. John’s will take place on Holy Saturday at noon.  Please come and bring your baskets of food!