Calendar – December 15, 2018

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Dec. 15-Jan. 13


SYMPHONY CHOIR NEW ORLEANS, with Chalmette Voices Chorale, presents Handel’s “Messiah,” Dec. 15, 7 p.m. Chalmette High Cultural Arts Center, 2600 Palmisano Blvd., Chalmette. Tickets: or at door.

ST. CLEMENT OF ROME, 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. 3978 West Esplanade Ave., Metairie. Details, call Greg Livaudais at 232-0131 or

ST. RITA, Home and School Association-sponsored annual Christmas party for students, Dec. 20, 1:15 p.m., gym, 194 Ravan Ave., Harahan. Performances by cheerleaders, choir and guitar classes followed by Christmas treats. Details: 737-0744.

ST. ANSELM, Christmas Mass schedule. Dec. 24, 4 and 6 p.m., in church, St. Joseph Hall and the Weseman Center; Dec. 25, 7:30, 9, 11 a.m. No evening Mass on Christmas Day. Dec. 31, 4  and 6 p.m.  Jan. 1, 9 and 11 a.m.; no evening Mass on New Year’s Day.  Details: (985) 845-7342.


MARRIED COUPLES RETREAT, registration open for January’s silent Married Couples League Retreat, Jan. 4-6, Abbey’s Christian Life Center, 75376 River Road, Covington. Conferences organized by the Abbey monks, common prayer and reconciliation included. Contact Karen and Clyde Messenger, (225) 661-9933 or Jeanne O’Neil, (225) 665-8223;

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.

NOTRE DAME SEMINARY, lay programs open house, Jan. 5, 10 a.m.-noon, 2901 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans. 866-7426, ext. 742. RSVP by Jan. 3. Classes begin Jan. 14.

OUR LADY OF PROMPT SUCCOR FEAST DAY MASS, Ursuline Sisters invite public to Mass on the Solemnity of Our Lady of Prompt Succor, Jan. 8, 4 p.m., National Shrine of Our Lady of Prompt Succor, 2701 State St., New Orleans. 

CATHOLICS RETURNING HOME, six-week series of listening sessions geared toward former Catholics who want to learn more about the faith or renew their faith. Starting Jan. 10, 7-8:30 p.m. Light refreshments served. St. Edward the Confessor, 4921 West Metairie Ave., Metairie. 888-0703,

NATIONAL SHRINE OF BLESSED SEELOS, Healing Mass, Jan. 13, 1 p.m., also celebrating the 200th anniversary of Blessed Seelos’ birth. Celebrant/homilist: Archbishop Gregory Aymond. Confessions before Mass, anointing of the sick, veneration of the relic crucifix. Gift shop open before and after Mass; free parking. 919 Josephine St., New Orleans. 525-2495.


RETROUVAILLE, Jan. 11-13 weekend for troubled marriages, to help support  married couples who are undergoing difficulties or experiencing coldness or distance in their relationship. Sponsored by the Catholic Church, Retrouvaille is open to couples of all faiths. William J. Kelly Retreat Center in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. For registration or details:

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