Calendar – December 8, 2018

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A GARDEN DISTRICT CHRISTMAS CONCERT, Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Dec. 9, at 4 p.m., preceding 5 p.m. Mass. 1307 Louisiana Ave., New Orleans.  New Orleans’ finest musicians with the Good Shepherd Choir. Mixture of the familiar and unfamiliar compositions 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-will donation will be accepted.  Details: 227-3793.

GOD’S SPECIAL CHILDREN, FAMILIES, FRIENDS, Dec. 9, 2 p.m., St. Francis Xavier. The Knights of Columbus and Daughters of Isabella from St. Francis Xavier will host their annual Christmas Party immediately after Mass in the cafeteria. The God’s Special Children bell choir will perform by playing a couple of Christmas carols.

ST. RITA’S MARY GROUP, with MIR, monthly Peace Mass, Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m. Celebrant: Father Christian DeLerno, pastor, St. Mary Magdalen.  Confessions, 6:30 p.m.; patriotic rosary, 7 p.m. 7100 Jefferson Hwy., Harahan. 

ALL SAINTS CATHOLIC CHURCH, special Christmas Blue Mass on Christmas Day at 10:30 a.m. This Mass is a Nativity celebration without all the joyous hymns to help individuals who are “blue” due to the loss of a loved one, a divorce, loss of job or other circumstances that can create sadness or depression. It allows individuals to discover their own sense of peace as they watch, wait and hope for the healing, comforting presence of our Lord. 1441 Teche St., Algiers. 361-8835.

ST. CLEMENT OF ROME, Metairie, eighth annual O Holy Night Nativity Exhibition, Dec. 15-16, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Antique, vintage and modern nativity sets from all around the world on display, free to the public. To exhibit your nativity, call Greg Livaudais at 232-0131 or

GOD’S NORTHSHORE BLESSINGS, has instituted two Masses for God’s Children (of all ages) with special needs and their families: Dec. 16, Our Lady of the Lake in Mandeville, and Dec. 23 at St. Luke in Slidell.

LOUISIANA OVATION VOCAL ENSEMBLE, annual Christmas Concert, “Christmas Around The World,” Dec. 16, 4 p.m., Lafon Performing Arts Center, 275 Judge E. Dufresne Pkwy., Luling. Tickets: $5 at the door.

INTERFAITH PRAYER SERVICE AND MEMORIAL, for the homeless who have died on the streets of New Orleans in 2018, Dec. 17, 5:30-6:30 p.m., with Archbishop Gregory Aymond presiding. Refreshments follow in church vestibule. St. Joseph Church, 1802 Tulane Ave., New Orleans. Details:


ST. ANN, The Men’s Cub will meet Dec. 17 at 7 p.m., in the cafeteria. Breakfast with Santa, Dec. 16 following 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Masses, cafeteria, 4921 Meadowdale St., Metairie.


LIVING THE GIFT OF MARRIAGE, marriage seminar by Dr. Mario Sacasa, that integrates Catholicism and marriage counseling tips, Jan. 4, 6:30-9 p.m. with light snacks served; Jan. 5, 8:30 a.m-4 p.m., with breakfast and lunch served. Vigil Mass follows at 4 p.m. Holy Family Parish, 155 Holy Family Lane, Luling. Deadline for registration is Dec. 17. Babysitting is available for $5 a child (maximum $10) a day for each family. $50 a couple.

LORD TEACH ME TO PRAY, free training retreat, Jan. 5, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Begins with 8 a.m. Mass. St. Pius X Church, 6666 Spanish Fort Blvd., New Orleans. Bring lunch. Register: 283-9292,

GULF COAST FAITH FORMATION CONFERENCE, Jan. 10-12, Pontchartrain Center, 4500 Williams Blvd., Kenner. An opportunity for professional and personal development in the area of faith formation. The 2019 theme, “Go Forth: That All May Be One” invites reflection on the words of Jesus and to reach out to all in the body of Christ. This gathering is open to any adult who would like to be inspired, encouraged and equipped for ministry and everyday life. Through a generous donation from the Knights of Columbus, partial and full scholarships are available.

JANUARY RESPECT LIFE GATHERING, “Conscience Protection and the Life Issues,” Jan. 10, 6:30 p.m., St. Dominic Church’s Siena Room, 755 Harrison Ave., New Orleans. Presenter: Debbie Shinskie, Respect Life Office of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Evening of prayer, networking, learning about conscience protection and life issues. Light refreshments provided.

PROUDLY PRO-LIFE DINNER, Jan. 10, cocktails at 6 p.m.; dinner at 7 p.m. Chateau Golf and Country Club, 3600 Chateau Blvd., Kenner. Honorees: the Scotton family – David Scotton, his parents, Susan and Jimmy, and his grandparents, Roy and Gail Daigle who are featured in the Louisiana Right to Life short documentary “I Lived on Parker Avenue.” Donation: $100. Details: 442-9079;;

ARCHDIOCESE OF NEW ORLEANS RETREAT CENTER, silent retreat “Legends of the Soul: Stories of Transformation on the Journey of Faith,” Jan. 11-13, with Father Joseph Nassal. $350; minimum donation $250. Silent retreat, “Crossing the Street to Heaven: Stop – Look – Go,” Jan. 18-20, presented by Oblate Father Anthony Rigoli. $250.

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