Calendar – May 12, 2018

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ST. JOSEPH CHURCH, Restoration’s “Mother Church Cookbook,” on sale for $25 at two locations: Gretna Art Walk May 12, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Gretna Farmer’s Market, on Huey P. Long Avenue between 3rd and 4th Streets,  and the neutral ground between 6th- 7th Streets. 458-6562. Also, a St. Joseph Gretna Reunion, for alumni from St. Joseph School, catechism or CYO, May 19, 7-10 p.m. The reunion benefits the St. Joseph Restoration Fund. It’s a pay-at-the-door affair, but RSVP Juliette Swiler at 361-0619 so enough food is prepared.

PENTECOST TRIDUUM, in preparation for Pentecost. Hour of Power prayer meeting May 18, 7 p.m. with praise and worship, teaching, prayer and testimonies followed by food and fellowship. “Operation Upper Room” prayer vigil for nine hours, May 19 beginning with Mass at 9 a.m., followed by eucharistic adoration with novena prayers to the Holy Spirit hourly, concluding with benediction at 7 p.m. A Multi-Cultural Mass of Unity Pentecost Sunday, May 20, at 10 a.m. Participants are asked to dress in red, representing the Holy Spirit. Center of Jesus the Lord at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 1307 Louisiana Ave., New Orleans. 529-1636,

TRICENTENNIAL CONCERT, May 19, 7:30 p.m., celebrating the music of New Orleans, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 8968 Hwy. 23, Belle Chasse. Featured will
be jazz (born in New Orleans), opera arias (the first opera house in America was built in the French Quarter) and selections from various cultures; a jazz band, soloists and OLPH’s Heavenly Chorus. No admission, but “free will” donations accepted. Details: OLPH director of music ministry, Debbie Fagnano,, 495-2141. 

URSULINE HISTORY TALK, Emilie “Lee” Leumas, director of Archives and Records for the Archdiocese of New Orleans, discusses the history of the Ursuline Sisters, May 21, 7 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 West Napoleon Ave., Metairie. This event is free of charge and is open to the public.

ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA, 7 p.m. healing Mass, May 23, with 6 p.m. confession and adoration followed by healing service, eucharistic exposition and benediction. Free, lit parking behind church, 4640 Canal St., New Orleans. Celebrant: Dominican Father Mariano Velez.

ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA PARISH, celebrates the ruby (40th) anniversary of the ordination of its pastor, Father Ronald L. Calkins, May 26, with Mass at 4 p.m. followed by a reception in  parish gym.

OUR LADY OF DIVINE PROVIDENCE, art show and auction with wine and cheese, June 1, 6 p.m., Bahan Center next to church, West Metairie Avenue at North Starrett Road, Metairie. Free admission (adults only), but food pantry donations accepted. Featuring 50 pieces of artwork (colored pencil and oil pastels) by Father Mike Mitchell, pastor, including scenes of local area Catholic churches. Parade of prizes, 50/50 raffle. Proceeds go to the Cuccia Center kitchen renovation.

REUNION OF AMERICAN ROSIE THE RIVETER ASSOCIATION, 20th anniversary convention, June 1-3 at Hampton Inn Convention Center, New Orleans. Nonprofit association seeks women who supported World War II on home front as riveters, electricians, inspectors in plants, sewers of parachutes and clothing for military, clerical workers, bandage rollers and volunteers collecting materials such as scrap metal. The association has 6,000 members. Details/membership call Mabel Myrick, corresponding secretary, (205) 647-9233,

DAMEANS, 50th reunion concert, June 3, 3-5 p.m. Doors open at 2:15 p.m. Ursuline Academy Auditorium, 2635 State St. (at Willow Street), New Orleans. The Dameans are a group of Catholic musicians who composed and recorded albums of liturgical music. The current members are Darryl Ducote, Mike Balhoff, Paul “Buddy” Ceasar, Gary Ault and Gary Daigle. The Dameans formed in 1968 and included Dave Baker; these young men were students at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans. Join them as they celebrate their 50th reunion in song. Tickets: $30, register online at, 267-9600.

BEGINNING EXPERIENCE,  new 10-week session for those who have lost a spouse due to death, divorce or separation and struggling with grief. “Coping With Life Alone” program starts June 6 on Wednesdays from 7-9 p.m. St. Angela Merici Parish conference hall adjacent to the church parking lot, 835 Melody Drive, Metairie. Cost: $35. 339-7776.

LANTERN LIGHT, inaugural gala, “Strolling Through New Orleans,” June 8, 7-10 p.m., the Alexander Room, 3200 Ridgelake Drive, Metairie. Dining with cuisine from local restaurants; dancing with performances by singer Sharon Martin, trumpeter and vocalist James Andrews, Chuck Stiebing; a 50/50 raffle and a chance to win great items donated from local organizations. Tickets: start at $100, with reserved seating and tables from $250-$5,000, available at Lantern Light at the Rebuild Center, weekdays, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., or Lantern Light began as a ministry in 2005 by the Conference of Presentation Sisters to work among the homeless and underserved. The sisters sought partnerships with other local organizations to create a multi-service recovery center, which is now the Rebuild Center at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Lantern Light Ministry assists guests in obtaining birth certificates, identification, provides mail service, employment services, prescriptions, case management services, an art program, emergency financial assistance, notary service and food stamp/Medicaid application assistance. The agency also hosts a Second Harvest Food Bank location that provides meals for 150 -200 families annually. Daily morning snack and lunch are distributed to the tune of 39,000 morning snacks and more than 51,000 lunches served in 2017. Details: 912-2157,


ST. RITA, Home and School Association, celebrates St. Rita’s Feast Day, May 17, with 8:30 a.m. Mass. Before Mass, sixth graders will share essays about St. Rita’s life and her virtues. All students will receive a cupcake in honor of the parish namesake. 7100 Jefferson Hwy., Harahan.  737-0744. Home and School Association’s Dine-Out May 22, 3-9:30 p.m., at Tutti Frutti, 9029 Jefferson Hwy., Suite C, River Ridge. Mention St. Rita before placing your order so proceeds can go to updating technology on campus.

BROTHER MARTIN, nine-hole Middle School Golf Outing, June 2, Bayou Oaks South Course at City Park, 1040 Filmore Ave., New Orleans. Registration 1 p.m.; shotgun start 2 p.m. Open to fifth- to eighth-grade boys and parent/guardian. Space is limited. Entry: $75 a two-person team (student, parent/guardian) before May 25; $80 a two-person team after May 25. Entry fee includes green fees, golf cart rental, food, drink. Walk-up registration available. Contact head golf coach Ron Brisbi ’67, 810-0121, 283-1561, ext. 3022.

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