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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Save the Date for The Olive Mass!

Posted: July 07, 2016 | Author: Fr. Leo

On behalf of The Table Foundation (the non-profit group of Grace Before Meals), I'd like to invite you to the most exciting event for "faithful foodies" in our country - the first Mass in the United States offered for people in the food world. 


But first, here is a little background.The Catholic Church offers a spiritual gathering for various professionals groups. For example, The White Mass is for Medical Professionals; The Red Mass is for Legal Professionals; The Blue Mass is for Law Enforcement & Emergency Responders.  But what about Food Professionals?  How can the Catholic Church support, pray for, celebrate, honor and encourage those involved in the Food, Beverage and Hospitality Industry? In Italy, there are special Masses at the Vatican for Chefs, dedicated on the Feast of St. Francis Carraciolo.

Painting of St. Francis Caracciolo, Patron of Italian Chefs, with Christ and a chef. (Image Source:

To help fill this void, The Table Foundation will host The Olive Mass: "Celebrating Food & Blessing Those Who Prepare and Serve It." It will be held on Monday, September 26, 2016 at the Cathedral of St. Louis in New Orleans at 10:00 am. At this liturgy, we will also honor Chefs for Peace - a professional group of Christian, Jewish and Muslim Chefs who work in the Holy Land promoting peace and brotherhood by sharing food. 


This Mass and the following reception in the historic Ursuline Convent are free and open to anyone and everyone who works in the food world - whether you're a food producer, chef, line cook, restaurant owner, beverage provider, server, dishwasher or avid faithful foodie - you are welcome!

More details to come, but here's a snapshot of the events surrounding The Olive Mass. Please note that a dedicated webpage will launch next week with ways to RSVP and purchase tickets, so stay tuned to my Facebook and Twitter pages for the launch of the ticket sales!

UPDATED: September 14, 2016

Sunday September 25
3:00 p.m. - Board Meeting for The Table Foundation (closed event)
5:30 p.m. - Traveler's Mass (Immaculate Conception Church)
7:00 p.m. - The Table Foundation Fund Raising Dinner at Shaya Restaurant (Tickets, Limited to 50 people).

Monday September 26
10:00 a.m. - The Olive Mass Cathedral of St. Louis in New Orleans, LA (Open to all but RSVP).
12:00 a.m. to 2:00pm - Reception at the Ursuline Convent (free but RSVP). 

Hotels: Participants are free to make their own travel and lodging preparations. No hotel or group rate has been reserved. 

Go to and RSVP today!

Please spread the word, make your reservation, support your favorite chef and send him or her to The Olive Mass, and most importantly, pray for us. More information to come, but if you are interested in supporting The Table Foundation, click here.  If you are interested in being a Sponsor for The Olive Mass or to reserve a group table, contact the Grace Before Meals team at 443.541.2370 or at