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Dec. 17-Jan. 27
CHRISTMAS CAROLING IN JACKSON SQUARE, annual event in front of St. Louis Cathedral, Dec. 17, 7 p.m. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Free event; song sheets provided for carols by candlelight. Sponsored by Patio Planters of the Vieux Carre. Winners of Patio Planters best Christmas French Quarter door decorations will be announced.
A FESTIVAL OF NINE LESSONS AND CAROLS, Dec. 17, 4 p.m., Immaculate Conception Church and St. Patrick’s Church sponsor. A free service of Scripture readings and choir music. Held at Immaculate Conception, 130 Baronne St., New Orleans. Details: 529-1477, ext. 222 or 243.
TOWN OF BETHLEHEM FONTANINI DISPLAY, Christ the King Parish Church continues legacy of deceased Father Jose Ladra, now encompassing an 18-foot-by-18-foot space. Open for viewing after Christmas Eve Mass through Jan. 15 before and after all Masses or by appointment. Groups are welcomed. Call 361-1500.
ST. JOSEPH ABBEY CHURCH, holiday Mass schedule: Christmas Eve Mass Dec. 24 at 11 p.m.; Christmas morning Mass 7:30 and 11 a.m. New Year’s Day Mass: Jan. 1, 11 a.m. Visit www.saintjosephabbey.com/prayer-schedule for details. St. Joseph Abbey Church is located at 75376 River Road in St. Benedict.
CATHOLICS RETURNING HOME, a new, six-week session of classes for former Catholics who wish to return to their faith or learn more about it, will begin Jan. 4 from 7-8:30 p.m., in the parish center at St. Edward the Confessor, 4921 West Metairie Ave., Metairie. For details, call 888-0703.
ARCHDIOCESAN VOCATION OFFICE, training sessions for both existing and new Parish Vocation Ministry Coordinators. Jan. 9, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Northshore Catholic Center, Covington; Jan. 10, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Blessed Trinity, New Orleans; Jan. 22, 6:30-7:30 p.m., St. Joan of Arc, LaPlace; Jan. 24, 6:30-7:30 p.m., St. Philip Neri, Metairie; Jan. 29, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Archdiocesan Permanent Diaconate Center/Infant Jesus of Prague Mission, 700 Maple St., Harvey.
ASCENSION OF OUR LORD, Knights of Columbus Council 9623 is giving away a one-week vacation to one of multiple destinations. Donation: minimum $10 a ticket which includes admission to the parish St. Valentine’s dance. Deadline to purchase tickets is Jan. 27 at the Valentine dance in Don Bosco Hall. Proceeds support the Knights’ charitable works. For details, call Larry Larousse at 462-3668.
ST. JOSEPH ALTAR LECTURE, Jan. 27, St. Tammany Parish Library, 1123 Main St., Madisonville, Jan. 27, 10 a.m.-noon; and 2-4 p.m. Historian Sandra Scalise Juneau will present two, free lectures on the tradition of St. Joseph altars, trace the history, explain the symbolism of this ancient tradition as brought to Louisiana by Sicilian immigrants and demonstrate the intricate technique of carving “Cuccidata” (fig cake designs). A film of vintage St. Joseph Altars will be shown. Reservations: (985) 845-4819.