Calendar – May 17, 2014

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May 17-27

OUR LADY OF GRACE, parish fair, May 24-25. May 24: pay-one-price bracelets start at 2 p.m.; rock climbing wall from 5-7 p.m.; kids’ dance from 7-10 p.m.; music at 8 p.m. May 25: car show, 1:30-5 p.m.; Battle of the DJs, 2-8 p.m.; cookoff competition at 3 p.m.; auction 4:30 p.m. 744 Hwy. 44, Reserve. (985) 536-2613.

CENTER OF JESUS THE LORD, former Houma-Thibodaux Bishop Sam Jacobs celebrates Mass May 25, 10 a.m., in celebration of the 19th anniversary of Father Emile Lafranz’s death. Fellowship will follow. Also, Mass June 6, 7-8:30 p.m. for the “Pentecost Operation Upper Room,” continuing June 7 from 7-8:30 p.m. with anointing of the sick and prayer for healing event; and June 8, 10 a.m., Pentecost multicultural celebration of unity. 1236 N. Rampart St., New Orleans, 529-1636.

50TH ANNIVERSARY OF FATHER BENJAMIN PIOVAN’S PRIESTLY ORDINATION, Masses May 27, 6:30 p.m., St. Joseph Church, Gretna (reception to follow); May 28, 6:30 p.m., Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Kenner (reception to follow); May 29, 6 p.m., Ascension of Our Lord Church, LaPlace. Also celebrates 35th anniversary of Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church. (Reception follows at St. Charles Catholic High School.) 343-2478.

GLORIFY, praise, worship, adoration, fellowship, May 29, 7 p.m., St. John of the Cross Catholic Church, 61051 Brier Lake Drive, Lacombe. Refreshments follow in the Msgr. Boeshans Community Center. 400-7544.

TERESIAN SISTERS ROCK ‘N BOWLARAMA, 12th annual event to benefit retired and elderly sisters of the Society of St. Teresa of Jesus, June 1, 6-9 p.m., Rock ‘n’ Bowl/Mid City Lanes, 3000 South Carrollton Ave., New Orleans. Live music from the band Cypress, food and silent auction. Tickets: $25 in advance; $30 at door. Those ages 21 and older are invited to attend. (985) 893-1470; 834-3668.

ST. MARY OF THE PINES RETREAT CENTER, June 15-20, Conference Retreat: “Come, Taste and
See the Good Things of the Lord!”
Has our yearning for God become like salt that has lost its flavor (Mt 5:13)? This retreat will utilize our senses through prayer, imagery and ritual to fully “taste and see the good things of the Lord” (Ps 34). It also will offer inspiration from Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos, a Redemptorist priest known as the “Cheerful Ascetic” – who died in the 1867 yellow fever epidemic in New Orleans. Redemptorist Father Byron Miller, presenter, is director of the National Shrine of Blessed Francis Seelos in New Orleans.
Suggested donation: $425. 3167 Old Hwy. 41 South, Osyka, Miss. (601) 783-0801.

INFERTILITY: YOU’RE NOT ALONE, July 26, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., daylong workshop about infertility from Catholic perspective, including medical causes, treatment options, emotional effects of infertility and discerning where the Lord may be leading you. St. Thomas More Activity Center, 11441 Goodwood Blvd., Baton Rouge. Cost: $10, includes lunch. Register: www.mfl Keynote speaker: Angelique Ruhi-Lopez, coauthor of “The Infertility Companion for Catholics,” sharing her personal testimony of infertility and discerning God’s will. Other speakers will be Dr. Rob Chasuk, CFCMC, who will discuss possible causes of infertility and treatment options available, including NaPro Technology, that are in line with Catholic Church teaching; Deacon Clayton Hollier of St. Thomas More Church, Baton Rouge, discusses spiritual effects of infertility and how to bear it with God’s grace and healing spirit; mental health professionals discuss emotional effects of infertility and give tips on how spouses can communicate with each other.

JULIE CRISTINA, a St. Mary’s Dominican chemistry teacher, received the Drake Award – for the second time – from the Louisiana Section of the American Chemical Society. The award is named after George L. Drake Jr., an organic chemist and research scientist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Southern Regional Research Center in New Orleans. A research leader for protective finishes in the cotton textile laboratory at Southern Regional and a prominent member of the ACS Louisiana Section, Drake was interested in recognizing high school teachers. Cristina, a Dominican alum, holds a master of arts in science teaching and a bachelor of science in secondary education from the University of New Orleans. Her other accolades include being the first recipient of Dominican’s St. Albert the Great Award and state winner of the Siemens Foundation Award for Advanced Placement Teachers. She was nominated by her former student and Dominican alum Stassi DiMaggio, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry and Kellogg Endowed Professor of teaching at Xavier University.

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