A blessed Christmas awaits archdiocesan faithful



St. Augustine Church, 1210 Governor Nicholls St., New Orleans, Christmas Angel Toy Drive continues. Toy collection ends Dec. 8 and will be distributed Dec. 15 at 10 a.m. in the parish hall for ages 3-12. Contact Debra Jackson. For more info, call the office, 520-0642, or the rectory, 525-5934.


St. Anselm, 306 St. Mary St., Madisonville, Breakfast with Santa, from 8:30-11 a.m. in the Weseman Center, sponsored by St. Anselm KC No. 15133. Free and open to the public. 


St. Joseph Church and Shrine, 610 Sixth St., Gretna, 12:30 p.m. Bring your camera and take pictures of yourself and your children with with St. Nicholas, Bishop of Myra and patron saint of children.


Ascension of Our Lord, 1900 Greenwood Drive, LaPlace, Advent Mission “Rejoice! Advent Reflections with Mary,” 6:15 p.m., Piovan Parish Hall, presented by Father Mark Toups, Sister Miriam Heidland and Father Josh Johnson. Includes a 30-minute video reflection, recitation of the Joyful mysteries of the rosary, refreshments and giveaways. 


St. Anselm, 306 St. Mary St., Madisonville, Advent Mission, 7 p.m. nightly, presented by Sister Judy Gomila on “Reclaiming Christmas.” Confessions heard Dec. 5. Free and open to the public.

St. Joseph Church and Shrine, 610 6th St., Gretna, Advent Mission, 7 p.m. nightly, presented by Oblate Father Peter Hammett.


St. Ann Church, 3601 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie, 7 p.m., “Candlelight Christmas Celebration: A Magical Night of Music,” featuring Trish Foti and Eric McCrary, along with the Children’s Choir, directed by Olga Ann Frank; the Youth Choir, directed by Eric McCrary; and the St. Ann Festival Choir, directed by Trish Foti.


Mary Queen of Peace Church, 1501 West Causeway Approach, Mandeville, 7 p.m. each night. “A People Prepared” meditation on St. Luke’s account of the birth of Jesus, presented by Dr. Gregory Vall of Notre Dame Seminary. For more information, email mqop@maryqueenofpeace.org or call (985) 626-6977.


St. Ann Church and Shrine, 3601 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie, hosts a 24-hour Prayer Vigil for Healing, Forgiveness, Peace & Thanksgiving beginning 8:30 a.m. Friday through Saturday, ending with 7:30 a.m. Mass. 6:30 p.m. Vigil Mass on Friday evening, for the Feast of Immaculate Conception, followed by talk at 7:30 p.m. on “My Soul Magnifies the Lord: Reflecting on Our Baptismal Dignity” by Dr. Tom Neal from Notre Dame Seminary. JPSO Sheriff’s Deputies will monitor the premises. Full schedule of events listed at https://stannchurchandshrine.org/24-hour-prayer-vigil.


Sacred Heart Parish, invites everyone to Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine, located at 62135 Fish Hatchery Road, Lacombe, to honor Our Lady’s request for an hour of prayer from noon-1 p.m. for priests and religious and a return to purity, on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

St. Francis Xavier Church, 448 Metairie Road, Metairie, will host an Advent Morning of Reflection from 8 a.m.-noon with Mass for the Immaculate Conception Feast at 8 a.m., followed by breakfast, and two talks by the pastor, Father Joe Palermo, on the topic, “Being Mary in the Martha-paced Season of Advent,” Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, time for quiet reflection, and the opportunity for reconciliation from 11 a.m.-noon.  Everyone is invited.  Call 834-0340 for additional information.


Ascension of Our Lord, 1900 Greenwood Drive, LaPlace, Christmas Mass of Remembrance, 6 p.m., families’ deceased loved ones announced as they receive an ornament as a token of remembrance. To participate, call parish office at (985) 652-2615 no later than Dec. 5.


St. Ann Church and Shrine, 3601 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie, 7 p.m. “A Christmas to Warm Your Heart” concert.


St. Anselm, 306 St. Mary St., Madisonville, Sounds of the Season Christmas carols, 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Weseman Center, including a visit from Santa Claus and refreshments.


St. Peter Church, 125 E. 19th St., Covington, Anointing of the Sick Dec. 15 at the 4 p.m. Vigil Mass. Children are invited to bring Baby Jesus from home nativities for “Bless Baby Jesus” at the Dec. 16 Mass at 9:30 a.m.; also, Knights of Columbus host Breakfast with Santa in St. Mary’s Hall after the 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Masses.


St. Joseph Church and Shrine, 610 6th St., Gretna, Christmas concert with the St. Joseph Holy Family Singers and Immaculate Conception Choir, at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph Church.


St. Francis Xavier Church, 448 Metairie Road, Metairie, will offer sacrament of reconciliation from 5:30-7 p.m. 


St. Peter Church, 125 E. 19th St., Covington, Blessing of parish Christmas tree following 5 p.m. Mass.



De La Salle High School, 5300 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, Breakfast with Santa and Holiday Boutique; breakfast 8:30-11:30 a.m., boutique 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Santa arrives at 9 a.m. Includes photos with Santa, breakfast buffet, children’s crafts from over 13 vendors, and performance by the Cavalier Band. Breakfast admission $15 for children and adults in advance by noon on Nov. 30. Tickets online at www.delasallenola.com/bws.

Holy Cross School, 5500 Paris Ave., New Orleans, “Caroling Under the Oaks” hosted by the Lady Tigers, 4-7 p.m. Free and open to public.


Mount Carmel Academy, Spotlight on the Arts, 7027 Milne Blvd., New Orleans, 6-7:30 p.m. Interactive experience for 4th-, 5th- and 6th-graders and their families creating 3-D Christmas ornaments in the Maker Lab; making ornaments out of clay; working in WMCA news broadcast as on-air talent or behind the scenes; receiving character makeovers with MCA’s drama club, enjoying Christmas favorites sung by vocal ensembles. Visual arts show and choral performances. Theatrical performance in the Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. For more information, visit mcacubs.com.


Mount Carmel Academy, 7027 Milne Blvd. (corner Robert E. Lee), New Orleans, Christmas concert, 6 p.m., in the Assembly Center. Several choral groups including Chorale, Encore, Celebration and 8th grade Fine Arts Survey. Also, the instrumental ensemble and handbell ensemble “The Bellas.” Open to the public. $5 tickets at the door. MCA students free with ID.

St. Paul’s School, 917 S. Jahncke Ave., Covington. The campus will be lit with thousands of candles, each candle including a prayer of a student, teacher or administrator. The celebration includes candlelight caroling in Founders’ Circle, a prayer service in Our Lady of Peace Chapel, a concert by the Saint Paul’s Band in the cafeteria, and a reception hosted by the Mothers’ Club. Luminaries are a tradition brought to St. Paul’s by the Christian Brothers who had lived and worked in New Mexico. The Roman Catholic belief is that the elaborately lighted pathway will help the spirit of the Christ child find its way into homes and hearts. It is free and open to the public.


Cabrini High School, 1400 Moss St., New Orleans, Chamber Ensemble Christmas Concert, 7 p.m. both nights, in the school’s Sacred Heart Chapel with performances by the Concert Choir, Gospel Choir, Studio Choir and Orchestra. Free and open to the public.


Academy of the Sacred Heart, Nims Fine Arts Center, 4301 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, “It’s All About the Baby” Christmas Concert/Fundraiser, 7 p.m., featuring Shades of Praise and the Academy of the Sacred Heart choirs. Free will offering or collection (benefit): $25 at the door. Children 12 and under are free. $20 for advance purchase tickets www.shadesofpraise.org/events/baby.

St. Mary’s Dominican High School, 7701 Walmsley Ave., New Orleans, Christmas Concert, 7 p.m., Sr. Ambrose Reggio O.P. Gymnasium, featuring Dominican Concert Band, Concert Choir and Jazz Band. Music selections will be “Christmas Lights,” a combination of Mannheim Steamroller and Trans-Siberian Orchestra classical and rock music, as well as “Christmas Festival,” with audience participation. The choir will perform in Latin, “O Magnum Mysterium.” Free and open to the public.


Archdiocesan Retreat Center Chapel, 5500 St. Mary’s St., Metairie, 4 p.m. Mass for Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, followed by “Home for Christmas” concert by Trish Foti, joined by Helen Maxwell and Zorica Dimova. Concert benefits the retreat center.

Holy Cross School, Student Center, 5500 Paris Ave., New Orleans, Christmas Boutique and Brunch, 10 a.m-2 p.m., catered brunch and shopping boutique with local vendors. $40 per person. Tickets: https://www.holycrosstigers.com/apps/pages/SpecialEvents.

Mount Carmel Academy, 7027 Milne Blvd. (corner Robert E. Lee), New Orleans, Breakfast with St. Nick, 9:30-11:30 a.m., in Duplantis Gym. Open to the public; includes full breakfast, games, and arts and crafts. Photos with Santa Claus available. Admission $8 for children one and up in advance, $10 at the door; $10 for adults in advance, $12 at door. Free under age one. Tickets, visit www.mcacubs.com.

St. Mary’s Dominican High School, 7701 Walmsley Ave., New Orleans, 21st annual “Breakfast with Baby Jesus,” 10 a.m.-noon. Presented by the Alumnae Association including storytelling with Mrs. Claus, Make-A-Craft stations, photos with Santa, merry elves, holiday songs with the Dominican choir, a Living Nativity presented by the Dominican drama club. Dominican president, Dr. Cynthia Thomas, will lead all in song before cutting birthday cake. $25 per family (up to three adults, $5 for additional adults). Advance registration at https://www.stmarysdominican.org/item/breakfast-baby-jesus-registration/ by Dec. 5.


Holy Cross School, 5500 Paris Ave., New Orleans, Holy Cross Band Christmas Concert, 7-9 p.m., in the Student Center-Atrium, Arena, Huddle. Admission $5 for adults, free for students and senior citizens.


Brother Martin Chorus Christmas Concert will take place in St. Catherine of Siena Church, 105 Bonnabel Blvd., Metairie, at 6:30 p.m.; the Crusader Chorus will perform Christmas carols and choral pieces. 

St. Scholastica Academy, 122 S. Massachusetts Ave., Covington, annual tree lighting and Christmas concert at 7 p.m. with performances by the SSA Choir in the chapel. Free.                                                                                                                                


Brother Martin High School, 4401 Elysian Fields Ave., New Orleans. The Crusader Band Christmas performance at 6:30 p.m. in the Robert M. Conlin Gymnasium and Tom and Gayle Benson Mall will include seasonal and symphonic pieces.

Holy Cross Choral Christmas Concert, 7-8 p.m., at St. Paul’s Episcopal, 6249 Canal Blvd., New Orleans. Free and open to the public.


St. Francis Xavier School Choir, Christmas concert in the church, 448 Metairie Road, Metairie,  at 6:30 p.m., followed by blessing of the outdoor creche and Christmas tree and refreshments.

Christmas events


Eucharistic adoration for our priests, seminarians, and healing in the Catholic church, Notre Dame Seminary, 2901 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans, 12:30-1:30 p.m.


“Tolton: From Slave to Priest,” Tulane University’s McAlister Auditorium, 7 p.m. each evening, presented by St. Luke Productions featuring Jim Coleman. Partnered with the Office of Black Catholic Ministries of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, the drama follows the life of Father Augustus Tolton, a son of slaves that later became the first U.S. African-American Roman Catholic priest. Suitable for ages 10 and up. Tickets ($25 general, $45 VIP) on sale at https://obcm.arch-no.org/tolton-from-slave-to-priest-1. For more information, call 861-6207.

DECEMBER 1, 8, 15

  Christmas New Orleans Style concerts, St. Augustine Church, 1210 Gov. Nicholls St., New Orleans, 4 p.m. Free, sponsored by New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corp. and French Quarter Festivals, Inc. More info at www.fqfi.org. Dec. 1, Philip Manuel; Dec. 8, Kim Che’re; Dec. 15, Lawrence Cotton Legendary Experience.


Archdiocese of New Orleans, Office of Black Catholic Ministries Gospel Choir Christmas Concert, 3 p.m., Corpus Christi-Epiphany Church, 2022 St. Bernard Ave., New Orleans. Free. Love offering accepted.


Cathedral Concert Series, St. Louis Cathedral, free and open to the public, sponsored by New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corp. and French Quarter Festivals, Inc. More info at www.fqfi.org. Dec. 3, Magnolia Sisters, 6 p.m., Cajun; Dec. 4, Leroy Jones, 6 p.m., jazz; Dec. 5, Harpist Rachel Van Voorhees, 6 p.m., classical; Dec. 6, Lyle Henderson and Emanuel, 6 p.m., Gospel; Dec. 9, Shannon Powell, 6 p.m., traditional jazz; Dec. 10, Topsy Chapman and Solid Harmony, 6 p.m.; Dec. 11, The Iguanas, 6 p.m., Latin; Dec. 12, Shades of Praise, 6 p.m., gospel; Dec. 13, 6 p.m., organist Emmanuel Culcasi, Young Artist in Residence and prize winner at more than a dozen international competitions, presents a holiday organ recital; Dec. 16, 5:30 p.m., St. Louis Cathedral Concert Choir and Orchestra presents Benjamin Britten’s cantata, Saint Nicholas Op. 42, conducted by Dreux Montegut, Cathedral music director. 


Catholic Women in Action, Northshore Morning of Reflection, “Behold Your Mother,” Mary Queen of Peace, 1501 W. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, 9 a.m. Mass, with Father Gary Copping, pastor St. Joseph Church, Gretna, celebrant. 9:45-11:30 a.m. Reflections with Patti Gallagher Mansfield. Sacrament of reconciliation available.


Eucharistic adoration for our priests, seminarians, and healing in the Catholic Church, Notre Dame Seminary, 2901 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans, 12:30-1:30 p.m.


“Discover Hope,” glorious night of Christmas music by the Daughters of St. Paul Choir, “The Real Sister Act,” Tulane University McAlister Auditorium, New Orleans, 7:30 p.m. Part of a seven-city U.S. tour. For sponsorships or tickets, visit Pauline.org/NOLAconcert or call 887-7631.


Advent Morning of Reflection, “The Lord and My Life: The Charismatic Dance!” at the National Votive Shrine of Our Lady of Prompt Succor, 2701 State St., New Orleans, presented by Father Sidney Speaks, parochial vicar of St. Matthew the Apostle, River Ridge. 8:30 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. presentations with coffee and donuts break, 11:15 a.m. quiet prayer and reconciliation, 11:30 a.m. Mass. Donations appreciated.

Christmas on the Bayou, presented by Cabrini High School, with 6 p.m. Mass in the gym, followed by events on Bayou St. John on Moss St., including a living Nativity and performances by Cabrini cheerleaders and the Eclipse dance team. The Cabrini Chamber Ensemble will lead candlelight caroling in anticipation of Santa Claus’ arrival. Everyone will follow Santa into the Cabrini cafeteria for hot chocolate, cookies and sweet treats compliments of the Cabrini Dads’ Club, then have complimentary pictures with Santa.


Jefferson Performing Arts Society Chorale, Christmas concert, 4 p.m., at St. Joseph Church, 610 6th St., Gretna. All are invited.


Catholic Women in Action, New Orleans Morning of Reflection, “Our Lady of Guadalupe: Heart of Women, Heart of the Church,” Notre Dame Seminary, 2901 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans, 9 a.m. Mass with Father Luis Rodriguez, pastor, St. Clement of Rome, celebrant; 9:45-11:30 a.m. reflections with speaker Dr. Jennifer E. Miller, moral theology professor. Reconciliation available.


“Advent Lessons and Carols,” Our Lady of Prompt Succor Church, 146 Fourth St., Westwego. Choirs from Immaculate Conception Church and School, Marrero; Our Lady of Prompt Succor Church and School, Marrero; and St. Joseph Church, Gretna. Free.

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