A menu with Italian and Irish overtones, plus Pears Belle Helene
The altar itself is constructed on three levels, connoting the Catholic belief in the Trinity. There are breads baked in the forms of crosses, palm fronds, rosaries, and the crown of thorns, or in the shape of St. Joseph's beard or his staff, and these breads have great importance. Every visitor is given a piece of the bread to take home and keep all year to protect the family from starvation. Sicilians call the fava bean the lucky bean, and dried fava beans are also distributed.
At this, the largest St. Joseph Altar in Louisiana, devotions such as the Blessed Mother, Sacred Heart, and various saints are organized in sections. This is the Blessed Mother area. St. Joseph Church, Gretna, LA. Photo by Christie Bourg