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FREE TAX PREPARATION, from University of Holy Cross (UHC) tax accounting students for low-to-moderate income New Orleanians on Fridays and Saturdays through April 13 (except March 8-9) from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. In conjunction with the IRS’ Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA). 4123 Woodland Drive, Room 1034, Algiers campus. Bring the following: proof of identification; Social Security cards for the individual, spouse and any dependents; birth dates for the individual, spouse and any dependents on the tax return; current year’s tax package (if one was received); wage and earning statement(s) Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R from all employers; interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099); copy of last year’s federal and state returns, if available; bank routing numbers and account numbers for direct deposit; total paid for daycare provider and the daycare provider’s tax identification number (the provider’s Social Security number or the provider’s business Identification Number). If filing a married joint return, both spouses must be present. These students have received training and are certified for basic tax returns. Most VITA sites offer free electronic filing. Find other VITA sites at (1) 800-906-9887. Details: 398-2230 or visit uhcno.edu.
ST. JOSEPH ABBEY CONCERT, international award-winning organist Emmanuel Culcasi will perform at a free concert Feb. 17, 3 p.m., St. Joseph Abbey Church. Culcasi is currently the Young-Artist-in-Residence at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans.
NOTRE DAME SEMINARY, Father Maximos Constans, senior research scholar at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts, presents, “Maximus the Confessor: A Bridge Between the Churches,” as part of the annual Dathel and John D. Georges Lecture for Orthodox-Catholic Relations, Feb. 20, 6:30 p.m. Free admission. 2901 South Carrollton Ave., New Orleans. 866-7426. Live stream on YouTube at www.nds.edu.
EVENING FOR MARRIED COUPLES, with Jason Angelette and Dr. Mario Sacasa, Feb. 20, 6-7:30 p.m. Talk about how to enrich your marriage; dinner with wine. Archdiocese of New Orleans Retreat Center, 5500 St. Mary St., Metairie. $60 a couple. Presented by Willwoods. Register: Jason Angelette at 830-3716 or visit www.FaithandMarriage.org.
OPIOID COMMUNITY FORUM, Feb. 28, ”You’re Not Alone,” with Archbishop Gregory Aymond and other speakers followed by a question-and-answer session. Doors open at 6 p.m.; speakers from 6:30-8:30 p.m. St. Angela Merici Gym, 901 Beverly Garden Drive, Metairie. Additional speakers: Dr. Kenison Roy, Avenues Recovery, discussing the brain disease of addiction; John Antonucci with Longbranch Healthcare, addressing how addiction affects families; Kevin Gardere from Bridge House will share his experience with addiction; Deacon Louis Bauer will share how the church has responded to the addiction epidemic through the Substance Addiction Ministry (SAM). Thirty resource tables with information about addiction treatment facilities, sober living houses, 12-step groups, interventionists, counselors, National Alliance on Mental Illness. Light refreshments provided.
OUTDOOR WAY OF THE CROSS, March 9, 11 a.m., St. Edward the Confessor parish grounds, 4921 West Metairie Ave. at Transcontinental, Metairie. Participants will carry a full-size cross, stop at each station to meditate, then plant the cross in front of the church. St. Edward also will hold a parish mission March 11-13, “Given Up for You,” presented by Brian Butler and Greg Moudreaux of Dumb Ox Ministries. Lenten fish fries are scheduled: March 15 and 29.
MAGNIFICAT, Metairie chapter breakfast, March 9, 9 a.m. with Karen Sheehy, a devout Catholic, wife, mother, motivational speaker, president of spiritual safariguide.com and a specialist with Women in the New Evangelization (WINE). 889-2431.
PASSIONIST FATHER CEDRIC PISEGNA, inspirational and motivational speaker and best-selling author, presents “Live with Passion!” March 11, 12 (includes reconciliation) and 13 (Mass), 7 p.m., St. Catherine of Siena Church, 105 Bonnabel Blvd., Metairie. He will preach at all Masses March 9-10, and at 9 a.m. Mass March 11-13. Love offering collected. Details: https://scschurch.com/news, 835-9343, www.frcedric.org.
MARRIED COUPLES RETREAT, March 16-17, St. Joseph Abbey’s Christian Life Retreat Center in Covington. Presented by Willwoods. Suggested donation: $275. 830-3716, www.faithandmarriage.org.
WORKSHOPS FOR NEW READERS AND EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION, basic workshops for readers will be presented this spring by the Office of Worship. Extraordinary minister workshops, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.: March 16, Archdiocesan Administration Building, 7887 Walmsley; March 30, Archdiocesan Administration Building, and Most Holy Trinity, 501 Holy Trinity Drive, Covington; April 6, Archdiocesan Administration Building; May 4, Archdiocesan Administration Building; May 11, St. John Bosco, 2114 Oakmere Drive, Harvey. Reader workshops, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.: March 16, Our Lady of Prompt Succor, 145 4th St., Westwego; March 30, St. Clement of Rome, 4317 Richland Ave., Metairie; Our Lady of Lourdes, 400 Westchester Blvd., Slidell. Presented by the Office of Worship, 861-6300 or email@example.com.
ST. DOMINIC, Grandparents’ Club-sponsored Mardi Gras Madness Bingo, Feb. 22, 6:30 p.m., St. Dominic Gym, with food, drinks, 50/50, parade of prizes, bingo (including blackout). Doors open at 6 p.m. 6361 Memphis St., New Orleans.