Calendar: August 4 -25

GOD’S SPECIAL CHILDREN, Families and Friends Mass Aug. 4, 2 p.m., St. Francis Xavier Church, 444 Metairie Road, Metairie.

MUSICIANS’ CLINIC’S 2019 BLOOD DRIVE, Aug. 6, 13, 20, 27, noon-6 p.m., NOMC Administrative Office, 1525 Louisiana Ave., New Orleans; Aug. 18, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Deutsches Haus, 1700 Moss St., New Orleans. Goal: collect 500 pints of blood. Donors can also give anytime at any Blood Center location. Mention code L113. Donor sign up at:

PEOPLE PROGRAM, fall semester registration begins Aug. 13. This is a local non-profit run by the Congregation of St. Joseph that offers more than 100 creative leisure learning classes to persons 50 years and older. Class list: For $200, students can take unlimited courses from Aug. 26-Dec. 12 at 2240 Lakeshore Drive in New Orleans (284-7678) or  6201 Stratford Place in Algiers (394-5433). Registrations can be mailed in or processed on either campus.

MOTHERS’ MORNING OF REFLECTION, Aug. 17, 8:30 a.m.-noon, open to mothers with children in heaven, on earth, grandmothers, spiritual mothers and future mothers. Includes Mass, adoration, confession and conversation. Light refreshments provided. Featured speakers: Father Stephen Dardis, pastor, Holy Family Parish; Jill Cabes, wife and mother of four, vice president of Catholic Identity at St. Mary’s Dominican High School. Holy Family Parish,155 Holy Family Lane, Luling. Donation: $10 a person. Register: Childcare may be available at $10/child or $20 a family by reservation by Aug. 12.

NAIM, Kenner, St. Philip group, Aug. 17, spousal Mass, 4 p.m. St. Philip Neri Church, 6500 Kawanee Ave., Metairie. Pizza, salad and dessert follow. $10 pay at the door. Guests welcomed; Sept. 4, luncheon, meeting, 11:30 a.m.; Sept. 11 7 p.m., general planning meeting. NAIM is a Catholic self-help organization for widows and widowers offering emotional support through monthly meetings, socials and religious activities. Details: 454-0485.

MARRIAGE PREP, mentor couples training, Aug. 17, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., in the “In Home Marriage Preparation” program written by Jan and Lloyd Tate. Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Slidell. Cost: $125 a couple. Couples can register through their parish or online at:

CATHOLIC MEN OF CHRIST, present healing service for men and women, Aug. 23. It begins with praise and worship at 6:30 p.m.; introductions of Men of Christ and event facilitator Father Robert Cruz of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux.; a 7 p.m. Mass; 8 p.m. healing service. Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 1908 Short St., Kenner. Catholic Men of Christ has a prayer group that meets on Thursdays at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help; a monthly lay apostle rosary prayer group on the last Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. in the adoration chapel of St. Christopher the Martyr in Metairie. Details, call 650-6869.

FRESH FIRE 2019, “Anointing, Fall on Us,” day-long empowerment in the Holy Spirit with praise and worship, preaching and empowerment ministry, Aug. 24, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., includes lunch (by pre-registration through Aug. 21 at noon for lunch) and music by Jamie Diliberto and Tongues of Fire. Registration: $30 for adults; $10 for youth ages 18-30. Onsight registration doesn’t guarantee lunch. St. Benilde Cafeteria, 1901 Division St., Metairie. Speakers: Deacon Larry and Andi Oney, Johnny Bertucci and Casey Sprehe. Sponsored by the Catholic Charismatic Renewal of New Orleans., 828-1368,

MAGNIFICAT, Slidell breakfast, Aug. 24, 9 a.m. (doors open at 8:30 a.m.)- noon, Pinewood Plantation, 405 Country Club Blvd., Slidell. Speaker Sheila Ganucheau, “How to Stay Childlike in a Grown-up World.” Ganucheau shares her faith journey, her “whoopsidoodles” in life and tremendous love of the Catholic Church’s traditions and sacraments. Tickets: $20 (include breakfast),, and until Aug. 23 at Angels of Peace Gifts, St. Margaret Mary Church in Slidell and St. John of the Cross Church in Lacombe. (985) 502-0349.

DAUGHTERS OF CHRISTIAN CHARITY, 170th anniversary celebration, Aug. 25, Mass at 2 p.m., St. Henry’s Church, 801 General Pershing St., New Orleans. A reception follows.

Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong Memorial Jazz Mass, Aug. 4, 10 a.m., St. Augustine Church, 1210 Gov. Nicholls St., New Orleans. Featuring Treme Brass Band and St. Augustine Soulful Voices Choir. A second-line parade follows to the “Satchmo Summer Festival” at the old U.S. Mint. As well as a red beans and rice luncheon in the parish hall by donation. Details: 525-5934. Festival information

ST. MARY OF THE ANGELS, Undoing Racism Rosary Crusade, Aug. 10, 9 a.m.- noon. Morning of prayer and reflection about Catholic social teaching and racism. Rosary at noon. Led by People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond. 3501 North Miro St., New Orleans.

FETE-DIEU DU TECHE, fifth annual eucharistic procession on Bayou Teche, Aug. 15, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Marking the 254th anniversary of French-Canadian immigrants bringing Catholic faith to Acadiana. Father Michael Champagne coordinates and said “the Blessed Sacrament will be fixed on an altar on the lead boat under a canopy, with a pair of adorers in adoration between the towns visited.” Another boat will carry Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary statue. Eucharistic procession stops,  disembarks at makeshift altars along Bayou Teche for rosary recitation, benediction of blessed sacrament. If unable to boat, join Mass at St. Leo the Great in Leonville at 8 a.m. or drive to planned stops along Bayou Teche.

DINING BY DESIGN, 11th annual Cypress Springs Mercedarian Prayer Center’s fundraiser, Aug. 18, 4 p.m., L’Auberge Ballroom in Baton Rouge. Also, “Chillin’ and Grillin’ at White Oak Estate and Gardens in Baton Rouge on Aug. 17, 6-8 p.m. Details:, (225) 752-8480.

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