Christmas gumbo

The largest vat of gumbo you’ve ever seen was cooked and served at St. Paul the Apostle church in Lafayette, La., as part of a holiday dinner prepared by parishioners and Secular Franciscans ‘to feed those locally who may not have the means to have some joy,’ according to friar Juniper Crouch. About 200 guests dined on gumbo, rice, ham, potato salads, and sweets, and Pastor Robert Seay distributed toys to children.

In addition, ‘We had blankets available, some toiletries, clothing, and bike that was brought into usable condition,’ Br. Juniper says. This is the second time the parish and Seculars have collaborated on a Christmas meal for those in need.