St. Joseph's Day Altar At St. CletusTuesday, 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"!
The artistry these congregants make with dough:
Eggs tucked in:
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 Stations of the Cross:
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.