Calendar – June 24, 2017

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June 23-July 16

LOUISIANA CATFISH FESTIVAL, June 23, 4:30-5 p.m. booth blessing with festival continuing until 11 p.m., June 24, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; June 25, 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Country store, souvenir booth, catfish platter booth, hot dog booth, sweets and nickel booth, games and more. St. Gertrude, 17324 La. 631, Des Allemands.
NEW ORLEANS CHILDREN’S CHORUS (NOCC), 18th annual Crescent City Choral Festival, June 23-27, with a final free concert at St. Louis Cathedral, June 26, 7:30 p.m. 13 choirs nationwide participate in the Crescent City Choral Festival. This nationally renowned youth choral music education program features four choirs for singers ages 5-18. Those interested in their child joining NOCC should call Teena Baudier at 482-2883.
MIR Group, 36th anniversary of reported events in Medjugorje. Mass and rosary June 24, 10 a.m., St. Francis Xavier, 444 Metairie Road. Celebrant: Father Anthony Odiong; music by Leper’s Road. Optional lunch of jambalaya, salad, bread, dessert for $10. Lunch tickets sold at Mule’s Religious and Office Supply, Westbank Religious Supply, or mail check to The MIR Group, One Galleria Blvd., suite 744, Metairie, LA 70001. Call 256-332, 
ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA, healing Mass, June 26, 7 p.m. followed by healing service, eucharistic exposition and benediction. Pray for spiritual, emotional and physical healing. Free, lit parking behind church, 4640 Canal St., New Orleans.
NAIM CONFERENCE-ARCHDIOCESE OF NEW ORLEANS, “Evening of Reflection” June 27, beginning with Holy Mass at 6 p.m. with Father Anthony Rigioli, pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe. All widowed persons invited, followed by a light supper in multi-purpose room, St. Pius X Church, 6666 Spanish Fort Blvd., New Orleans.

PEACE PRAYER WALK, June 27, 6 p.m., starting at St. Andrew the Apostle, 3101 Eton St., New Orleans. Rain date: Aug. 1. The walks are generally held the last Tuesday of the month in different neighborhoods of the archdiocese. 310-8772.

COPING WITH LIFE ALONE, Beginning Experience program at St. Angela Merici. “Have you lost your spouse due to death, divorce or separation and struggling with grief?” 10-week program Wednesday nights from 7-9 p.m. starting June 28. Parish hall adjacent to church parking lot, 835 Melody Drive, Metairie.  Cost: $35. Joey Caruso, 812-3300; Lynn Drewes, 390-3910.

ST. CHRISTOPHER, Knights of Columbus will recite the patriotic rosary June 30, 7 p.m., in preparation for birth of our nation. Inside the church, 3900 Derbigny St., Metairie. A reception follows in parish center. 

ABBEY ART WORKS, summer workshops beginning July 1. “The Shocking Truth About Color,” July 1, 8, 15, 22, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. with artist-in-residence Lyn Taylor, $210, exploring the Abbey Art Works Study Palette, the concept of “color space” and mixing color. Register: “Painting with Acrylics,” beginning July 3,10 a.m.-1 p.m., $350. Instructor Billie Bourgeois teaches various mediums and has students do mark making, observing and responding as they paint. Register:“Creative Landscape Painting & Mentoring,” with Alan Flattmann, $360 or $180 per month. He helps hone artists’ skills as they choose to work in pastel, oil or watercolor and stresses basic principles of composition, drawing, color, technique July 5-Aug. 23 on Wednesdays from 6-9 p.m. (985)809-6332, “The Art of Illumination,” Saturdays Aug. 5, 12, 19, 26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $210. Manuscript illumination with instructor Lyn Taylor, who leads participants through manuscript painting and gold leaf on paper. Discounts available. Abbey Art Works, located at 75376 River Road in Covington. (985) 789-6889 or visit

FOURTH OF JULY, CELEBRATION, St. Hubert’s Parish Hall in Garyville. Plate lunches of BBQ chicken, dirty rice, mac and cheese, salad, bread: 11 a.m. Hamburgers, hotdogs, smoked sausage po-boys, nachos, sweets sold all day, with pastalaya at 4:30 p.m. Car show at 2 p.m. ($25 car show registration.) Bingo starts at 5 p.m.: 10 regular games winning $50, 4 special games winning $75, and a blackout game for $200. Bingo card for 10 games is $20; or a 10-game-plus-blackout packet is $12; special games $2 each. A free fireworks display at 8:45 p.m.

JAZZIN’ ON THE RIVER, Archdiocesan Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP), annual fundraiser, July 8, 6:30-9 p.m., cruising aboard steamboat Natchez from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Tickets: range from $25-$75. Music by the Dukes of Dixieland, and restaurant raffle of (10) $100 gift cards to the city’s most renowned restaurant ($20 a chance). New fundraisers this year: decorated Top Hat raffle, for which 50 decorated Top Hats will be up for bidding, with the 51st a “Merry Widow” custom-designed hat, decorated by Yvonne LaFleur. Proceeds help St. Vincent de Paul’s Community Pharmacy that assists needy residents with free prescription medication and St. Vincent de Paul–Sr. Lory Schaff Adult Learning Center, which helps adults earn their GED diploma.

HOLY NAME OF JESUS CHURCH, Bastille Day celebration with noon Mass July 9, celebrating New Orleans’ and Louisiana’s French Heritage (counts as Sunday obligation). Bastille Day is French Independence Day. Jesuit Father Edwin Gros, pastor, will be main celebrant. Bilingual (French and English) Mass booklets provided.

ARCHDIOCESE OF NEW ORLEANS RETREAT CENTER, July 14-16: “Jesus Christ is Interested in Us” with Jesuit Father Richard Buhler; July 20-26: “Come to the Quiet,” directed retreat with the Spirituality Center. July 28: “Wine and Dine Gala 2017 with Chef John Folse, Chateau Golf
and Country Club, 3600 Chateau Blvd., Kenner. Purchase fundraiser 5500 St. Mary St., Metairie, 267-9604.


KNIGHTS OF PETER CLAVER (KPC), Ladies Auxiliary Court #394 at Our Lady of Guadalupe in New Orleans awarded five $500 scholarships and a certificate June 4 to high school graduates who are parishioners and plan to attend college in the fall. Since 2015, the KPC Ladies Auxiliary has awarded scholarships to deserving students in the parish who are planning to attend college. The only criteria to receive a scholarship is that the students must have made their confirmation at Our Lady of Guadalupe and be an active member of the parish by participating in the youth group, a member of the Jr. Daughters or Jr. Knights, serving as a Jr. usher, lector or eucharistic minister or altar server.

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