Calendar – December 23, 2017

Deadline: Submissions due Thursday (10 days before each issue)
(504) area code unless noted

Dec. 27-Feb. 17


ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA, healing Mass, Dec. 27, 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. Celebrant: Dominican Father Mariano Velez.


GOD’S SPECIAL CHILDREN, next Mass, Jan. 7, 2 p.m., St. Francis Xavier Church, 444 Metairie Road, Metairie.

SPECIAL HEALING MASS, Jan. 7, 1 p.m. with sacrament of anointing to commemorate the birthday of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos. Celebrant and homilist: Redemptorist Cardinal Joseph Tobin. St. Mary’s Assumption Church, 919 Josephine and Constance, New Orleans. 525-2495.

ST. RITA’S MARY GROUP, with MIR, monthly Peace Mass, Jan. 11, 7:30 p.m. Celebrant:Father Kevin DeLerno, parochial vicar at St. Edward the Confessor. Confessions, 6:30 p.m.; patriotic rosary, 7 p.m. Music by Jamie Diliberto. 7100 Jefferson Hwy., Harahan.

JOURNAL TO THE SELF, a one-day retreat, Jan. 13, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jumpstart your New Year with personal reflection and therapeutic writing. Experience ten journaling techniques that bring more meaning to your personal writing, improve your mental and physical health, and boost your creativity. $65 per person due at registration. Deadline: Jan. 5. to register; for more information. North Shore Pastoral Center, 4465 Hwy. 190 E. Service Rd., Covington.

ANNULMENT WRITING WORKSHOP for persons seeking or responding to an annulment in the Catholic Church, five sessions, 7:30-9 p.m., Jan. 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6, 20, Providence Hall at Our Lady of Divine Providence in Metairie. Cost $25 for materials. Register:; 861-6243.

WITNESS TO LOVE MARRIAGE PREP TRAINING, Office of Marriage and Family Life and St. Rita Church in Harahan, offering new Witness to Love training for clergy and parish marriage preparation. Jan. 26, 6:30-9 p.m., St. Rita, Harahan. $55 a person or $65 a couple includes program materials, online resources and ongoing support for parishes. Visit:

SPIRITUALITY FOR THE SECOND HALF OF LIFE, program of faith reflection on the meaning and possibilities of the second half of life transition and beyond. Tuesdays, Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30 and Feb. 6, 10 a.m.-noon, with Dominican Sister Noel Toomey. Northshore Catholic Center, 4465 East Hwy. 190 Service Road, Covington. Cost $50. Register:; email:, call 861-3254.

IMMACULATA 2018 CONFERENCE, Men of Immaculata (Baton Rouge), 3 world-class Catholic speakers at their men’s conference Saturday, Feb. 17, 7 a.m.-4 p.m., St. George Church, 7808 St. George Drive, Baton Rouge. Speakers include EWTN’s and Catholic Radio’s Dr. Scott Hahn, Jesuit Father Mitch Pacwa, Matt Fradd. Registration: $60/$30, adults/students by Feb. 17. Go to


Sisters of the Congregation of St. Joseph, appointed Kathleen (Kate) Theriot to associate director. Theriot, a native of Houma, assumed her role in October 2017 and is first lay person to serve the congregation in this capacity. She worked for the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux for 32 years, primarily in human resources, first as associate director and later as director. She left in 2010 to concentrate on her professional consulting and executive coaching business, Coaching for Change, LLC.  Kate holds a bachelor of liberal studies and a master’s of pastoral studies from Loyola University New Orleans and is a board-certified life coach and spiritual director. She became an associate in 2014, meaning she intentionally lives the mission of unity and spirituality of the congregation, partners with the congregation in serving the “dear neighbor,” participates in faith sharing and community with the sisters and other associates, deepens their personal relationship with God, neighbor and all creation and offers life experiences and gifts to enrich the community and the world. The congregation has associates nationwide with concentrations in areas where they live and work, including Baton Rouge, Houma and New Orleans; Cleveland and Cincinnati, Ohio; Detroit and Kalamazoo, Michigan; Chicago and LaGrange Park, Illinois; Crookston and the Twin Cities, Minnesota; Wheeling, West Virginia; and Wichita, Kansas. Theriot will work with local associate coordinators and associates in these areas and others to build on and expand the program.

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