Calendar: Dec. 14-Jan. 15

ST. CLEMENT OF ROME, Nativity exhibition, Dec. 14-15, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. More than 100 antique and modern nativities from around the world on display. Vosbein Hall, 3978 West Esplanade Ave., Metairie. Free admission.

St. Tammany Art Association, opening reception for “Hand of the Master,” an exhibit of art from Benedictine monk Dom Gregory de Wit, Dec. 14, 6-9 p.m. St. Joseph Abbey Seminary Choir will sing Christmas carols. The  exhibit will run until Jan. 25. Fifteen of de Wit’s works are on loan from St. Joseph Abbey and others from collectors. (The majority of his art lives on the walls and ceilings of St. Joseph Abbey.) de Wit was  born in The Netherlands in 1892 and was inspired by Italian Byzantine mosaics. de Wit expert/archivist panel discussion  Jan. 18, 2020, 1-3 p.m., with Edward Begnaud, a historian/author who explores de Wit’s work at St. Joseph Abbey in “Living in Salvation”; author and art historian, Father Aelred Kavanaugh; and Mary Lee Eggart, artist, historian/archivist at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Baton Rouge, home to de Wit murals including the massive “Victorious Christ” that dominates the dome of the apse. The exhibit is in the main Miriam Barranger Gallery, 320 N. Columbia Street, Covington. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Blue Mass, Dec. 15, 11 a.m., St. Louis Cathedral. Honoring police, law enforcement, firefighters and other EMS officials.

STS. PETER and PAUL CHURCH, Advent mission, Dec. 16-19, 7 p.m. nightly, “Winter Lent  – Make Ready O’ Bethlehem” with Father Damian Zablocki. On Dec. 19, an Advent Mission concert experience by The Vigil Project featuring John Finch Jr., a vocalist, songwriter and parishioner of Sts. Peter and Paul Church. Features Mass, dynamic speakers, confessions, live music, authentic prayer. Also, Bambinelli blessing at all Masses on the weekend of Dec. 14-15. Father Travis Clark invites everyone to bring their baby Jesus from their home Nativity set to be blessed at any weekend Mass. Mass times: Dec. 14 at 5 p.m.; Dec. 15 at 7 a.m., 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.  6192 St. Mary Drive, Pearl River.

EVENING OF HEALING AND SONG, Dec. 20, 7-8 p.m. for the intercession of the Holy Family to pray for our own family during Advent, for physical healing and mental and spiritual healing for any brokenness families might be experiencing. Parents and children are welcomed. Sponsored by Divine Mercy New Life Prayer Group and Legion of Mary, in collaboration with Deacon Larry and Andi Oney’s Hope and Purpose Ministries. 4535 Sal Lentini Pkwy., Kenner.

St. Peter, annual Christmas choral prayer concert with St. Peter Teen Choir, Dec. 23, 4 p.m. 125 East 19th Ave., Covington. (985) 892-2422.

OPERA CREOLE, featuring Metropolitan Opera baritone Richard Hobson with Voices of Peter Claver directed by Veronica Downs-Dorsey in “Believing Without Seeing,” Dec. 29, 5 p.m. St. Francis Xavier Seelos Church, 3037 Dauphine St., New Orleans. This concert examines and celebrates the men and women who were enslaved and who passed on the faith through songs of emancipation, Christmas sacred music, gospel and American spirituals.

ST. DOMINIC, Mothers’ Club prepares 60-70 toiletry bags for needy local women and at Covenant House and Ozanam Inn. Please send donations to the school office within the next week.  Full-size items preferred.  What’s needed: chapstick, shampoo and conditioner, slipper socks, body lotion, deodorant, soap, hair brush, toothpaste, toothbrushes and combs. 775 Harrison Ave., New Orleans.

CATHOLIC DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAS (CDA), Court Madonna #1626  meets Jan. 5, 8:45 a.m., Our Lady Of Perpetual Help Church (Kenner) following 7:30 a.m. Mass. Group supports Catholic women participating in benevolent religious, charitable, youth and educational programs for justice, equality and advancement of human rights and human dignity. Meetings held the first Sunday of every month. Details: 450-4345.

Hispanic Apostolate, two-part Natural Family Planning class in Spanish, Jan. 15, Feb. 19, 7 p.m. Presenter: Karen Canales. 467-2550 or hispanicapostolate@arch-no.org. $35. 2525 Maine Ave., Metairie.

ROSARYVILLE SPIRIT LIFE CENTER, Rosaryville Book Club, Jan. 6, 2020- March 23, 10 a.m. Book: “Etty Hillesum: A Life Transformed” by Patrick Woodhouse. Email retreats@oppeace.org to register. Also, Men’s Road to Emmaus, Jan.  24-26. An uplifting experience that has profound effect on men’s lives. 39003 Rosaryville Road, Ponchatoula. 225-294-5039; www.catholicretreatcenter.org.

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