Calendar - November 30, 2013

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Nov. 30-Dec. 8

EVENTS
    FRIENDS OF ST. ALPHONSUS, annual International Creche Exhibit, Dec. 1-8, St. Alphonsus Church, 2025 Constance St., Irish Channel. Hours: Dec. 1, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Dec. 2-7, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Dec. 8, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; concludes with Dec. 8 caroling event at 3:30 p.m. 524-8116.
    ST. VINCENT’S INFANT AND MATERNITY GUILD, annual Christmas Mass and luncheon, Dec. 3, 10:30 a.m. doors open, Southern Yacht Club, 105 Roadway St., New Orleans. Mass, 11 a.m., followed by lunch. Bring an unwrapped gift for infants to youth age 14. Monetary donations accepted. 305-5141.
    SPIRITUALITY IN THE CITY, First Tuesdays speaker series, Dec. 3, 12:30 p.m. Hanukkah: Myth, History and the Light of Faith,” with Rabbi Ethan Linden, Chir Chadash Conservative Congregation. Immaculate Conception, Loyola Institute for Ministry, and Catholic Book Store. Lenes Hall, 130 Baronne St., parish center. Simple lunch at 12:15 p.m.
    ST. MONICA PRAYER GROUP, meets Dec. 4, after 5:30 p.m. Mass; Dec. 21, after
8:30 a.m. Mass. St. Dominic Church, 775 Harrison Ave.  Prayers for family members not practicing faith.
    ARCHDIOCESAN SPIRITUALITY CENTER, “Adviento – Esperando y orando con Maria,” 4 de Diciembre, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Presentadora: Sister Gloria Murillo. 2501 Maine Avenue, Metairie. 861-3254, asc/arch-no.org. Inscripción: $20. 
    LORRAINE HESS, Advent/Christmas family concert, Dec. 6, 7 p.m., St. Angela Merici’s Msgr. Kern Center, Metairie. Songs from her CD “Cradle in Bethlehem” and other CDs. Children invited to perform on stage. $2 from every CD sold benefits ACCESS Pregnancy. Donations such as pacifiers, bottles, receiving blankets, etc., accepted for ACCESS.             JOHN FINCH, Catholic music artist CD release party, Dec. 6, 7 p.m. (doors open 6:30 p.m.), Our Lady of Lourdes, 3924 Berkley St., Slidell. Free admission but love offering taken; CDs, T-shirts sold. (985) 643-4137.
    DAUGHTERS OF ST. PAUL, Baby Jesus Party, Dec. 7, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Pauline Books & Media, 4403 Veterans Blvd., Metairie. Nativity story sessions begin at noon and 1:15 p.m. 887-7631.

PARISHES
    ST. PETER, 2013 Advent Series, “Jesus and the Jewish Roots of Advent,” with Dr. Brant Pitre, Dec. 2-4, 7 p.m.; reception follows Dec. 4 in St. Mary’s Hall. Pitre is a professor of Sacred Scripture at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans; he has Ph.D. in theology from the University of Notre Dame and is the author of several articles and books. Love offering accepted.
    SALA, meeting/potluck Christmas supper, Dec. 3, 7 p.m., Msgr. Kern Center at St. Angela Merici. Bring a dish and new unwrapped gift for children up to age 18 for Ozanam Inn’s “Forgotten Angels” project. 50th Anniversary cookbooks sold.
    MARY QUEEN OF PEACE, annual Christmas Mini Market, Dec. 6, 5-8 p.m.; Dec. 7, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Parish Center. Handcrafted jewelry, frames, embroidered items, etc. Hands-on Christmas crafts for children.
    ST. PIUS “GALAvants Around the World,” gala, Dec. 6. Patron party, 6:30-8 p.m., rectory; gala and auction, 8 p.m.-midnight, Father A.T. Screen Gym, 6600 Spanish Fort Blvd., New Orleans. $1,000 raffle. 282-2811.
    ST. MARY OF THE ANGELS, first “Christmas Dance,” Dec. 7, 7-11 p.m.,  gym, 2225 Congress St. Tickets: $10 in advance and $15 at door include food, drinks, music. Raffle with prizes. 945-3186. 3501 North Miro St., New Orleans.

SCHOOLS
    ST. RITA, Home and School Association-sponsored Blessing of Parish Christmas Tree celebration Dec. 1, 6 p.m., community room. Pictures with Santa will be available for purchase in the school library too.  School choir will perform.  Light refreshments will be served. 7100 Jefferson Hwy., Harahan.
    ST. ELIZABETH ANN SETON, Home and School Association-sponsored Secret Santa Shop for students to shop for others, Dec. 2-3. Younger students should bring money in an envelope with the names of the people they will shop for so association volunteers can help them with choices.
    URSULINE ACADEMY, seventh-grade recorder consort and handbell ensemble, elementary school choir and high school choir perform Dec. 5, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Celebration in the Oaks in City Park. Ursuline’s Starstruck Children’s Theater, presents “Pinocchio,” Dec. 6, 10:30 a.m.; Dec. 7, 2 p.m., Academy’s auditorium. Alumnae Association’s Santa’s Workshop, Dec. 8, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Willow Street side of campus. Arts and crafts, live holiday music, photos with Santa, sweet treats, holiday shopping. Author Denise Walter McConduit of “D.J. and the Jazz Fest” and “D.J. and the Zulu Parade” fame will autograph her books. 866-9114, alumnae@ursuline neworleans.org.
    LOYOLA UNIVERSITY, Office of Mission and Ministry and Alumni Association, Silent Ignatian retreat, Jan. 17-19, Rosaryville Spirit Life Center, Ponchatoula. Cost: $250, includes private room, meals, supplies, individual spiritual director.
Space limited to 25 registered through Dec. 6.

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    ARCHBISHOP CHAPELLE, Breakfast with Santa, Dec. 7, 8:30 a.m. $35 includes breakfast, crafts, performances, Pictures with Santa.  $5 fee for each additional adult guest.  Online registration by Dec. 3.
    ROCKET DAY, fifth through seventh graders learn about rockets by designing, building and launching one, Dec. 7, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Ursuline Academy. Certificates to participants; prize for longest launch. Pizza, drinks, free admission. RSVP by Dec. 6, Mary Antee, 866-5292, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
    ST. CHARLES BORROMEO, annual school Christmas Boutique, Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Vendors contact: Andreé Roberts, (985) 725-1339 or school office, (985) 764-9232. Proceeds support school projects.
    BROTHER MARTIN, Ladies of the Shield seventh Holiday Home Tour, Dec. 7, noon-3 p.m. Four homes in West Lakeshore. Patron Party, 11 a.m.-noon, 7228 Ring St., Boutique/refreshments at 478 Amethyst St. 284-6700, www.brothermartin.com.
    MOUNT CARMEL ACADEMY, Breakfast with St. Nick, Dec. 8, 9 a.m. Santa Claus pictures, train rides, crafts, games. Admission: $12 in advance; $15 at door. Kids under age 1 free. 7027 Milne Blvd. New Orleans. 288-7626, ext. 217.
    HUNGER AWARENESS AWARD MEAL, Dec. 8, 6 p.m., Loyola University Danna Center. Tickets: $20. RSVP New Orleans Bread for the World, 458-3029, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Meal honors those who have made a difference in ending hunger and poverty in New Orleans.

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