After years of trying to find a new purpose for the flooded Our Lady of Lourdes church on Napoleon Avenue, the Archdiocese of New Orleans has decided to place the majestic building up for sale to a buyer that can be a good neighbor to the Catholic school next door.
Loyola University will host a free screening today of The Francis Effect, a documentary about Pope Francis, followed by a panel discussion with Catholic scholars.
On Thursday, churches across the greater New Orleans area celebrated St. Joseph’s Day. A celebration originated in New Orleans’ Sicilian community, the day pays homage to St. Joseph who, according to legend, saved Sicily from famine during the Middle Ages. St. Stephen’s church on Napoleon avenue had an elaborate altar while also serving free food outside the church.
The Jewish Community Center will present a series of three free documentary screenings this month, starting with showing Wednesday evening of “Little White Lie,” a Jewish woman who unexpectedly discovers her African-American heritage.
The Mercy Endeavors Senior Center is one step closer to moving out of the old St. Alphonsus convent and into a new home, after recently breaking ground on the new facility on Jackson Avenue.
With the Lenten season now upon us, Friday-evening fried-fish dinners will resume at the Blessed Pauline Center this week, parish officials said.
The Family Center of Hope at Watson Teaching Ministries on St. Charles Avenue will offer a free screening Wednesday, Jan. 7, of the “Shell Shocked” documentary that explores youth and gun violence in New Orleans, followed by a discussion with director John Ritchie afterward.
The Israelite Baptist Church in Central City is producing a live nativity scene next week, supported by City Councilwoman Stacy Head, the NOPD Sixth District, the Central City Partnership, the Young Men Olympians Benevolent Association and others.
The New Orleans Jewish Community Center will hold its annual Community Chanukah Celebration today, (Sunday, Dec. 14). The celebration will feature a free, family-friendly concert by international star David Broza.
St. Stephen Church will be holding a Christmas concert today featuring acclaimed performers Phyllis Treigle and Melissa Brocato; mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Evans; tenors Kevin Rouchell and Bart Folse; the Good Shepherd Choir; and organist Brian Morgan (Director of Music at St Stephen’s). Admission is free and open to the public, and donations will be accepted.
In order to pay for facility repairs to make the church safer for children, the New Church on South Carrolton and Freret will host a fundraising dinner next weekend with catering by Copeland’s. The event will feature WWL-TV’s Sally Ann Roberts as main speaker, a jazz band, and both a silent and live auction. Tickets are $20 per person.
Musician Paul Sanchez will perform tonight (Wednesday, Nov. 12) to launch another “Fun Under the Frescoes” concert series benefiting the restoration of the 150-year-old St. Alphonsus Church in the Irish Channel.
The New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra will perform a free concert this evening (Sunday, Nov. 9) at Trinity Episcopal Church in memory of Lionel Ferbos, the musician who had performed with them from 1970 until his death earlier this year at age 103.
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu issued an official welcome this week to Operation Save America, an anti-abortion organization that interrupted an Uptown church’s prayer service with its protests on Sunday and had plans to parade the alleged remains of a fetus around Jackson Square in the French Quarter.
The 25th Annual Feast of St. Henry block party and mass took place at St. Henry’s Catholic church Uptown on Saturday afternoon.