Calendar: July 1- August 18

OUR LADY OF THE ANGELS, massive, indoor garage sale fundraiser, July 19, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; July 20, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. In the parish hall behind the church, 6851 River Road, Waggaman. 436-4459.

SUMMER NOVENA, “Grant Me the Serenity,” July 20-28, Our  Lady of Guadalupe Church, 411 North Rampart St., New Orleans. With Oblate Father Richard Sudlik who will discuss the “Serenity Prayer.”

FEMININE GENIUS: WHO ME? Speaker Janice Charbonnet, who serves CCRNO (Catholic Charismatic Renewal of New Orleans) women’s team. She, who with her husband speak at Willwoods marriage retreats and facilitate a program teaching married couples how to pray together, will speak on her journey from skepticism to true empowerment. From Canada, she has lived in Mandeville since 2008. Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 501 Holy Trinity Drive, Covington. Wine and cheese social begins at 6:30 p.m. Details:, (985) 892-0642.

ANNUNCIATION HIGH SCHOOL, Alumni Association annual reunion luncheon, July 21, 10 a.m. (doors open), Jefferson Downs. Class of 1939 graduates Rose Manale Avegno, Ann Ard Hartman and Thalia Brunet Adams have attended every AHS reunion luncheon will celebrate their 80th graduation anniversary with the 50-year reunion of class of 1969. Avegno has three daughters who graduated from AHS. Details: 874-8728, (601) 740-1798, 454-0724.

FREE KIDNEY SCREENING, July 27, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, 1923 St. Philip St., New Orleans. National Kidney Foundation performs free urine and blood test, blood pressure, body mass index (BMI) and health education. Refreshments provided. Sponsored by St. Peter Claver Health and Wellness Ministry. Appointments required at 861-4500.

NEWMAN ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA, annual conference, Aug. 1-3, University of Holy Cross. Special presentation Aug. 1 by coordinator David Delio on “The Newman Idea”; inaugural election of its board of directors; book sale of members’ books. Visit or register at

ARCHDIOCESE OF NEW ORLEANS RETREAT CENTER, upcoming retreats: Aug. 2-4, “When Faith and Suffering Bring Hope” presented by Father Paul Hart. Cost: $350; minimum donation $250; Aug. 9-11, “Twelve-Step Spirituality and the Joy of Good Living” by Jesuit Father Len Kraus. Cost: $350; minimum donation $250; Aug. 14-17, “Jesus Is Interested in Me” with Father Richard Buhler, $470; minimum donation $325. A Day of Prayer Aug. 13, “The Power of One” presented with Marianite Sister Judith Gomila, $35. Registration: 267-9604.

HOPE FOR HAITI, gala supports Mont Carmel Parish in Haiti, Aug. 3, 7-11 p.m., St. Dominic Gym, 775 Harrison Ave., New Orleans (behind the church). Parish partners with this Catholic parish in Haiti to help it recover from hurricane damage. Food, beer, wine. Casual attire, Tickets: $75 a person; $40 for ages 35 and younger.

SEND-OFF FOR HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES, college students and their families, Aug. 4, Mass at 6 p.m. followed by dinner in cafeteria. RSVP: (985) 202-0232. Mary Queen of Peace Church, 1501 Causeway Approach, Mandeville.

ST. ELIZABETH’S GUILD, general meeting and luncheon, Aug. 8, 11 a.m., The Rooftop on Basin, 501 Basin St., New Orleans.  Details on upcoming Sept. 27 Volunteer Activists Awards Luncheon. The guild supports children’s programs serviced by Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans. 782-9919 or visit

THE CATHOLIC BOOK STORE, world premier book signing for Sister of St. Joseph Helen Prejean’s new book “River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey,” Aug. 10, 1 p.m., St. Rita School cafeteria, 65 Fountainebleau Drive, New Orleans; entrance and free parking on Broad Place.  Free and open to public. Sister Helen offers reflections on book and sign copies. Pre-order “River of Fire” online or at bookstore and pick up book at the signing. Copies of “River of Fire” and her other books will sold at the book signing. Details:

UNDOING RACISM ROSARY CRUSADE, community conversation led by People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond on how systemic racism impacts us, Aug. 10, 9 a.m.-noon, followed at noon by a rosary to help church overcome racism. Topics: how systemic racism impacts community, relationships, behaviors and organizing. This is carrying the torch from St. John Paul II who, as pope in 1985, offered an apology to black people for the church’s involvement in racism. St. Mary of the Angels Catholic Church, 3501 North Miro St., New Orleans. Details:

HEAVENLY HOSTS OF STARS, annual Sisters of the Holy Family Gala, Aug. 18, Hyatt Regency New Orleans Hotel, Celestin Ballroom. Concert by legendary group “The Whispers” with Sharon Martin, Wanda Rouzan and Dwight and Connie Fitch. Patron party: 5:30-6:45 p.m. Tickets: $125; sponsorships start at $300. Details: 241-3088,

L’UNION FRANÇAISE, oldest Franco-American society in New Orleans that promotes and preserves French language and culture, recognized New Orleans Catholic high school students in a French language program for at least three years who have excelled and demonstrated enthusiasm and interest in it. Recognized at their schools, were: Academy of the Sacred Heart, Wesley Warren; Brother Martin High School, Robert Patrick McDonald; Cabrini High School, Gillian Gourges; De La Salle High School,  Natalia Morris; Jesuit High School, Davis Laibe; Mount Carmel Academy, Caroline Sauter; St. Mary’s Dominican High School, Amaya Wiltz; Ursuline Academy, Maria Isabel Frey Ribeiro. L’Union Française conducts adult French conversation classes in beginning, intermediate and advanced levels at 4522 Prytania St. in spring, summer, fall. Details: 899-4477,

ARCHBISHOP RUMMEL, at Rummel Day on campus, 1971 alumnus John “Jay” Lauricella, posthumously received the school’s “Alumnus of the Year” award. His sister Sandy Lauricella Anzelmo accepted his award. Lauricella was lauded for his admiration, support and involvement in Archbishop Rummel High School over the years since graduation. Longtime faculty member  Joey Boh was recognized as this year’s Legacy Award winner for his 36 years as a classroom teacher, athletic coach and avid  school supporter.

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