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ADVENT MISSION, Marianite Sister Judy Gomila, “Reclaiming Christmas,” Dec. 3-5, 7 p.m. Confessions heard on Dec. 5. St. Anselm, 306 St. Mary St., Madisonville. (985) 845-7342.
CATHY GIANFALA, singer/songwriter Christmas concerts, Dec. 7, 1 p.m., Clearview Mall; Dec. 15,
1-3 p.m., Mule’s Religious Store, 2627 David Drive, Metairie. www.cathygianfalacarriere.com.
ARCHDIOCESE OF NEW ORLEANS RETREAT CENTER, Day of Prayer “Living in Hope,” Dec. 4, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Presenters Dr. Paul Ceasar and Darryl Ducote. $35. “Becoming a Woman of Faith,” Dec. 11, 6-8 p.m. Lorraine Hess offers “Don’t Just Do Something. Sit There!” $20 includes refreshments. 5500 St. Mary St., Metairie. Retreats.arch-no.org. Register: 267-9604.
DAUGHTERS OF ST. PAUL CHOIR, “Glorious Night Christmas Concert” Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in New Orleans as part of a seven-city U.S. tour. McAlister Auditorium at Tulane University. Sponsorships/tickets: Pauline.org/NOLAconcert or call 887-7631.
KREWE DE VOIX CHAMBER CHOIR, a program of English choral music from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I era, featuring carols, motets and hymns of the period. 12-voice all-professional ensemble specializing in Renaissance and Baroque music, Krewe de Voix kicks off its third season with composers of the late English Renaissance. Two performances, Dec. 7, 7 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 1329 Jackson Ave., New Orleans; Dec. 8, 7 p.m., Marigny Opera House. Free admission. www.krewedevoix.com.
MERCY FAMILY CENTER, Color of Hope Gala, Dec. 8, Messina’s at Lakefront Airport, New Orleans. Proceeds benefit Mercy’s community-based mental health and educational services for children, adolescents, adults, families. Details: www.mercy.net/MFCgala.
OFFICE OF MARRIAGE AND FAMILY LIFE, local training for the “Witness to Love” marriage preparation model, Dec. 8, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., St. Rita in Harahan. (Noon Mass for Feast of the Immaculate Conception). Those desiring to prepare couples for marriage welcomed. Registration: witnesstolove.org/neworleans-2, David Dawson, email@example.com, 861- 6247.
OFFICE OF JUSTICE AND PEACE, open house for pastors, lay leaders interested in Parish Ambassador Corps sponsored by Catholic Relief Services to promote global solidarity, Dec. 8, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Siena Room at St. Dominic Parish, 775 Harrison Ave., New Orleans.
MAGNIFICAT, West Bank chapter breakfast, Dec. 8, 9 a.m.-noon with Mercedarian Sister of the Blessed Sacrament Dulce Maria Flores. Cafe Hope at Timberlane Country Club, 1 Timberlane Drive, Gretna. Tickets: $20. Details: 913-4903.
ROSARYVILLE, Emmaus Christmas Celebration, Dec. 9, 2-5 p.m. $10 a person. New Year’s Eve Bunco party, game starts 9 p.m. Kateri Kidz Corner open for children ages 5-12, with food, games. Bring own alcohol. At midnight, fireworks over pond. $40 a person for bunco; $15 a child Kateri Kidz Corner. (225) 294-5039, ext. 103, www.rosaryvillela.com.
GARDEN DISTRICT CHRISTMAS CONCERT, Dec. 9, 4 p.m., preceding the 5 p.m. Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel, 1307 Louisiana Ave. New Orleans’ finest musicians perform familiar and unfamiliar works by Adolphe Adam, Jehan Alain, Georges Bizet, Benjamin Britten, Charles Gounod, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Cesar Franck, Calvin Hampton, Nicola A. Montani and Pietro A. Yon. Free admission; free-will donations will be accepted. 227-3793.
HANDEL’S MESSIAH, Dec. 12, 7 p.m., with Symphony Chorus of New Orleans, professional soloists, Chalmette High School Voices Chorale and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. Holy Name of Jesus Church, 6367 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans; and Dec. 15, 7 p.m., Chalmette High School Cultural Arts Center, 2600 Palmisano Blvd., Chalmette. Tickets: SymphonyChorus.org and at the door.
COUNCIL OF CATHOLIC SCHOOL COOPERATIVE CLUBS (CCSCC), 76th annual luncheon, Dec. 13, doors open at 10:30 a.m. $45 a person. Copeland Towers Suites & Conference Center, 2701 Severn Ave., Metairie. Club presidents introduced; awards for club scrapbooks, Club of the Year. Details: 259-5178.
ST. LUCY MASS, 91st annual Mass honoring St. Lucy of Syracuse, the patron saint of eye diseases, Dec. 15, 4 p.m., St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 1139 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans. Free, secure parking in rear of church. The St. Lucy relic will be offered for veneration immediately after Mass.
ST. DOMINIC, Mothers’ Club Coat and Blanket Drive co-sponsored by St. Dominic’s S.I.G.N. Club. Coats, blankets, hats and scarves in all sizes and in good condition or new ones can be donated through Dec. 5. Look for the drop-off box by the faculty office at the school, 6326 Memphis St., New Orleans.
ACADEMY OF THE SACRED HEART, “It’s All About the Baby,” Christmas concert fundraiser, Dec. 7, 7-8:30 p.m., Shades of Praise interracial Gospel choir sings with Academy of the Sacred Heart choirs. $20 advance purchase; $25 at the door; free will offering. Children 12 and under free.
JESUIT HIGH SCHOOL, Evening of Advent Reflection, “Why Wait?” featuring Jesuit Father Frank Reale, Dec. 12, 7 p.m. Confessions start at 6:30 p.m. Reception follows in Student Commons. 4133 Banks St., New Orleans. Register at www.jesuitnola.org.
ST. FRANCIS XAVIER, Advent Morning of Reflection, Dec. 8, 8 a.m.-noon. Father Joe Palermo, pastor, presents “Being Mary in the Martha-paced Season of Advent.” Which of two sisters, friends of Jesus are you like? How do we get balance between activity and spirituality? Mass at 8 a.m., followed by a continental breakfast, two talks, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, reflection time, reconciliation. 444 Metairie Road, Metairie.
ST. BENILDE, fifth annual Men’s Club Chili Cookoff Trifecta, Dec. 8, noon-6 p.m. Tasting begins at 12:30 p.m. $10 a person for unlimited chili and lagniappe. Kids 10 and under free and have an inflatable. Teams compete for best chili, cornhole champ, jalapeno eating champ and a Louisiana Lagniappe category. 1801 Division St., Metairie.
ST. PIUS X, blood drive, Dec. 9, 8 a.m. -2 p.m., co-sponsored with St. Pius X Junior Girl Scouts. Donors receive family blood coverage for a year, or blood coverage for self and up to three designated individuals, a free T-shirt, health screening, including cholesterol testing. Donors eligible for drawing of a HP Ink Jet printer. 615-4895.
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH, celebrates 30 years since its first Mass celebrating Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dec. 12, 6:30 p.m., with Los Parientes from San Antonio, Texas, and Danza Divina Misericordia (Indian Dancers) from Houma, Louisiana. Celebrant: Father Jimmy Jeanfreau; homilist Father Salvador Galvez, the priest in 1988 with the late Msgr. Ray Hebert to celebrate that first Mass. Procession and reception follow the Mass. 4401 7th St., Marrero, 341-9516.