Several very special anniversaries were celebrated in December, one for a local church and another for a local sorority.

Sacred Heart

A reception in the parish hall followed a special Mass Dec. 27 to commemorate the 87th anniversary of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish. The Mass was celebrated by Bishop Shelton Fabre, of Houma-Thibodaux and former pastor of Sacred Heart, with the Rev. Miles Walsh, current parish priest.

Special guests recognized at the Mass were the Sisters of St. Joseph, who have a long history of service to the parish and school, and Sam Moran, the first baby christened at the church on Christmas Day 1928.

At the reception, guests dined on gumbo prepared by the Knights of Columbus Council No. 3298. Special decorations included the 50-inch Fontanini statues of the Holy Family donated to the parish by Dr. Carlton and Marlene Sheely.

Serving on the anniversary committee were Re DiVincenti, Corrie Hester, Jennifer Jones and members of the Knights of Columbus.

Mu Sigma

The Mu Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority culminated a week-long celebration of its 70th anniversary with a gala at L’Auberge Casino & Hotel Dec. 13. Special guests for the event included Bonita Herring, international president of Sigma Gamma Rho; Henry Etta O’Neal, Southwest Regional director; Mayor Kip Holden; state Rep. Dalton Honoré and Metro Councilwoman Chauna Banks-Daniel.

Along with recognizing Mu Sigma’s commitment to service in the community, Holden, Honoré and Banks-Daniel made presentations to the chapter as well as the Beta Alpha Chapter, which was also celebrating its 70th anniversary.

Mu Sigma was organized on Dec. 8, 1945, by Southwest Region Syntaktes Mary Scales Carter, of Houston, with the assistance of sorors from New Orleans. Charter members included Pansy Black, Pearl Ellis, Iceola W. Johnson, Sarah Owens, Mercedes Piper, Della E. Sanders, Evelyn G. Tilliston, Edity B. Smith and Doretha Wilbert. During the organizing of Mu Sigma, the Beta Alpha Chapter was chartered on the campus of Southern University. Its charter members included Gloria Bell, Rosebud Forteberry, Julia M. Rainey, Jesse L. Smith and Georgia Washington.

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