Religion calendar, Oct. 17-25, 2015 _lowres

Greg Lehman/Walla Walla Union-Bulletin via AP -- Rev. Peter Kalunian and EZ, a 5-yr-old bassett hound, share a little love before Kalunian pronounced a blessing on her during a Blessing of the Animals Oct. 4 n Walla Walla, Wash. Pets will be blessed Saturday Oct. 24 at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation in New Orleans.

Saturday and Sunday

  • OYSTER FESTIVAL: Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 2621 Colonial Blvd. in Violet is the site of the annual Violet Oyster Festival this weekend, with rides, music contests, craft fair and plenty to eat. For information, call (504) 682-7070 or visit


  • FAITH MUSIC FESTIVAL: 11 a.m., Slidell Heritage Park, 1701 Bayou Lane, Slidell. Bring your own food and drinks (no alcohol) or purchase food from booths. Food offerings thus include grilled hamburgers/hotdogs, jambalaya, chips, sodas, and more. Festival T-shirts will also be on sale for a nominal price. There will be multiple activities provided free to children attending, including face painting and other arts and crafts.


  • CHRISTIAN FORMATION: 9:30 a.m., Christ Episcopal Church, 1534 Seventh St., Slidell. An open house to introduce the teachers and program for children ages 4-11. The program’s theme, based on the Old Testament Hebrew Scriptures, will be about God’s faithfulness in keeping promises with His people.
  • FAMILY & FRIENDS DAY: 10 a.m., Deliverance Missionary Baptist Church, 6122 Hayne Blvd., New Orleans. Guest speaker will be Elder Tommy Blair of Gethsemane Temple Church.
  • KIRK FRANKLIN PRESENTS GOSPEL BRUNCH AT HOUSE OF BLUES: 10 a.m., House of Blues, 225 Decatur St.Kirk Franklin’s hand-picked performers showcasing contemporary music and new cuisine. $44.
  • Wednesday

    • SCRIPTURE 101: 10 a.m., Rosaryville Spirit Life Center, 39003 Rosaryville Road, Ponchatoula. The first four sessions will consist of a survey of the Old Testament and the second four sessions will cover the New Testament. RSVP by contacting, (225) 294-5039.

    Saturday, Oct. 24

    • PET BLESSING AND REFUGEE BENEFIT: The Episcopal Church of the Annunciation will hold a blessing of the pets and bargain sale to benefit Syrian refugees on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church, 4505 St. Claiborne Ave., at Cadiz Street in Broadmoor, New Orleans. The Rev. Duane Nettles will welcome pets for blessings. A sale of gently used household items, knicknacks and sundries will be held, and food and drink will be available for purchase. All proceeds will benefit Episcopal churches in Europe that are aiding refugees from Syria. Donations may be dropped off at the church by Friday, Oct. 23 (no clothes, please). For more information, call (504) 432-9257.

    Sunday, Oct. 25

    • CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF BATON ROUGE WORLD YOUTH DAY: noon, St. Joseph Catholic Church, 255 N. 8th St., Ponchatoula. Free.
    • PRESERVATION RESOURCE CENTER’S STAINED GLASS TOUR-A BEAUTIFUL ARRAY: 2 p.m., Holy Trinity Cathedral, 1200 Robert E. Lee Blvd., New Orleans. Tour three historic New Orleans churches. The luxury bus tour will depart from Holy Trinity Cathedral and tour destinations include Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, and St. James A.M.E. Church. $16- $20.