St. Joseph altars: A tradition of thanksgiving

Clarion Herald staff share their visits of several St. Joseph Altars across the archdiocese.

Msgr. Christopher Nalty, pastor at Good Shepherd Parish, congratulates Ashley and Chip Dupeire upon the baptism of their daughter, Eve Louise, March 19 at St. Stephen Church. The baptismal font is located at the foot of the St. Joseph altar. 

Archbishop Chapelle High School

More than 40,000 cookies were baked for the sixth annual St. Joseph altar at Archbishop Chapelle in Metairie. Alumni, parents, students and friends bake for the altar.

St. Patrick Church, New Orleans

The altar at St. Patrick Church on Camp Street was set up in a room near the courtyard, where a meatless lunch was served.

St. Angela Merici Church, Metairie
St. Angela Merici erected a beautiful altar featuring sheep cupcakes made by fourth graders, Stations of the Cross made of dough, and Holy Bible cake. A St. Joseph statue encircled with candles greeted attendees before they walked inside the gym to view the actual altar.

St. Charles Borromeo, Destrehan
SCB’s second altar included drawings of St. Joseph by the school children and a replica of the original “Little Red Church.”


Brother Martin High School, New Orleans
Many former teachers and students were remembered at Brother Martin’s beautifully appointed altar, including embroidered altar cloths, Easter basket cakes and a large Cathedral cake as the centerpiece.

St. Francis Xavier, Metairie
Many hours of love are offered each year by parishioners and friends of St. Francis Xavier in baking and presenting its altar.

St. Catherine of Siena, Metairie
St. Catherine, also celebrating 90 years, held their first St. Joseph Altar in thanksgiving for past and present members.


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