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St. Joseph's Day Altar At St. Cletus

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

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"!

St. Cletus Catholic Church St. Joseph's Day Altar, Gretna Louisiana

The artistry these congregants make with dough:
St. Cletus Catholic Church St. Joseph's Day Altar, Gretna Louisiana

Eggs tucked in:
St. Cletus Catholic Church St. Joseph's Day Altar, Gretna Louisiana

Local symbols, like these oysters (complete with pearls):
St. Cletus Catholic Church St. Joseph's Day Altar, Gretna Louisiana

St. Cletus Catholic Church St. Joseph's Day Altar, Gretna Louisiana

St. Cletus Catholic Church St. Joseph's Day Altar, Gretna Louisiana

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:
St. Cletus Catholic Church St. Joseph's Day Altar, Gretna Louisiana

The altar at St Joseph had a chocolate gator; here is one of bread:
St. Cletus Catholic Church St. Joseph's Day Altar, Gretna Louisiana

The Stations of the Cross:
St. Cletus Catholic Church St. Joseph's Day Altar, Gretna Louisiana

St. Cletus Catholic Church St. Joseph's Day Altar, Gretna Louisiana

St. Cletus Catholic Church St. Joseph's Day Altar, Gretna Louisiana

St. Cletus Catholic Church St. Joseph's Day Altar, Gretna Louisiana

The clock, middle left is at 3:00, the time people traditionally believe Jesus died on the cross:
St. Joseph's Day Altar at St. Cletus, Gretna LA

St. Cletus Catholic Church St. Joseph's Day Altar, Gretna Louisiana

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.

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