The St. Joseph Society of Donaldsonville is holding two events this weekend to honor St. Joseph’s Day, which is celebrated by Catholics on Friday.

Society members will march Saturday from the Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church parish hall to the church to attend 4 p.m. Mass, organizers said.

On Sunday, the group will host its annual St. Joseph Altar at St. Francis of Assisi Church Hall. The altar includes breads, cookies and meatless items to honor St. Joseph.

The blessing of the altar is set for 10:15 a.m., and the Ritual of the Saints is set for 11 a.m. at St. Francis church.

Free food will be served starting at 11 a.m.

Barbecue chicken lunches

Barbecue chicken plate lunches will be sold starting at 11 a.m. Saturday at Delaune’s Do it Center on La. 44 to raise money for the Galvez-Lake Volunteer Fire Department.

The lunches, which include barbecue chicken, beans, salad, homemade cookies and bread, will be $7.

In the event of rain, the lunches will be sold at the station on Joe Savario Road.

Nonprofit holds gala

A nonprofit group that helps families after a loss of a child is having its fourth annual gala and auction Friday at Elegant Affairs in Gonzales.

Erin Bourgeois, the Louisiana representative of the Shana Rae Project and the Zoe Foundation, said the Masquerade Gala and Auction starts at 7 p.m.

Bourgeois and her husband started a nonprofit group after the loss of their daughter in 2010. For information about the organization, visit

The gala will include music, food and a cash bar. Guests are asked to wear masks.

Tickets are $40 in advance or $50 at the door.

For tickets, visit

Jambalaya lunches

Companion Animal Rescue of Ascension is selling jambalaya lunches from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday to support its animal rescue efforts.

Lunches, which cost $6, will be sold at Walgreens, 1607 N. U.S. 61, Gonzales.

Fruit tree sale

The St. Amant FFA is taking orders for its annual fruit tree sale.

In addition to the fruit tree sale, the club is selling a variety of spring bedding, vegetable and herb plants from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 28 at the school’s greenhouse.

Plants also will remain for sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 30 to April 2 at the greenhouse.

Friday is the deadline to preorder fruit trees. All pre-ordered fruit trees will be available for pick up March 28.

For information, visit

Coping with Chronic Pain

The Ascension Counseling Center is starting a new support group called Coping with Chronic Pain, Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez said.

The support group for adults living with chronic pain will meet every Thursday for eight weeks beginning on April 2. The sessions will be from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Clients will receive education and training to manage chronic pain, including group discussion on numerous topics.

For information or to enroll, call Ava Gerald at (225) 450-1162 to schedule a half-hour intake session. Groups will be limited to 10 people.

Students of the Year

An East Ascension High School student was named a regional finalist in the state’s annual Students of the Year competition.

Parker Vige was one of the 12th-grade finalists.

The finalists will convene at the Louisiana State Museum in Baton Rouge on April 22 for an awards ceremony and the announcement of the state Students of the Year winners from three grade levels.

Students compete with their peers at the district level and may advance to the regional competitions. Students are selected based on criteria that measure academic achievement, leadership skills, character and service to their schools and communities. Regional selection committees also use student-made portfolios of accomplishments, along with student writing samples and interviews to assess the communications and critical thinking skills of each candidate.

Recycled Art Auction

River Region Art Association member Mark Erwin won first prize with his wax piece “River Habitat” at the Recycled Art Auction held March 5 by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge.

Contact Darlene Denstorff by phone, (225) 336-6952, (225) 603-1996; fax, (225) 644-5851; email, or ddenstorff@ Deadline: noon Monday.