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The storm before the calm

When Father Luis Rodriguez (in sunglasses), the pastor of St. Clement of Rome Parish in Metairie, went to Magazine Street Feb. 15 to take in the Krewe of Thoth, he spotted a parishioner, Jim Heneghan, who is a member of the 610 Stompers dance troupe.

In his quieter moments, Heneghan also is in formation to become a permanent deacon for the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

Above and below, students in the St. Mary of the Angels Head Start Program, run by Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans, held their own Mardi Gras celebration Feb. 13. The 3-year-olds paraded three times around the block at St. Mary of the Angels and tossed plenty of beads.

Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17, begins the church’s celebration of the 40 days of Lent.
See the Lenten guidelines for Catholics.  

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