The other altar we visited on St. Joseph’s Day (we’re Jewish so St. Joseph’s Day altars are not something we do, but was a great experience) was at St. Cletus in Gretna. This one wasn’t quite as large overall, but was *so* fantastic — there were more memorial cakes here, and more local symbols included.
Oh, and yesterday I mentioned the story about stealing lemons — there was actually a couple at this church holding an infant wearing a onesie that said “Lemon Baby”!
The artistry these congregants make with dough:
Local symbols, like these oysters (complete with pearls):
Twelve fish for the twelve Apostles — there were other signs about, describing the meaning of the symbols and dishes; one was that toasted breadcrumbs are used on top of pasta to represent carpenter’s sawdust:
The altar at St Joseph had a chocolate gator; here is one of bread:
The clock, middle left is at 3:00, the time people traditionally believe Jesus died on the cross:
This altar was just amazing, amazing.
We had lunch here, too, with spaghetti, stuffed artichoke…delicious. Bag of cookies for the boys, too– very nice.