CLERGY FOR A UNITED CITY: Clergy for a United City, a citywide interfaith group of nearly 100 pastors and leaders, recently introduced a pastoral letter calling for a united city and addressing the issue of Confederate monuments. Key signatures include the Rev. Shawn Anglim, First Grace United Methodist Church; Pastor Fred Luter, Franklin Avenue Baptist Church; Dr. Debra B. Morton, Greater St. Stephen Full Gospel Baptist Church; Dr. David Crosby, First Baptist Church; Dr. Torin Sanders, The Sixth Baptist Church; Rev. Antoine Barriere, Household of Faith Family Worship Church; and the Rev. C.S. Gordon, Jr., New Zion Baptist Church. The pastoral letter was read at the Clergy for a United City event held at First Grace United Methodist Church. The leaders recognized the complexity of this debate even within the clergy and acknowledge that many of their predecessors were key figures in securing the funding necessary to build the Confederate monuments. The group has shared the pastoral letter “to provide a spiritual and moral compass for this issue.” The letter reads, in part, “For some citizens, the confederate monuments are symbols of our history that ought to be preserved. For many others, these symbols are living reminders of slavery, our segregationist past and the still-bleeding wound that is systemic racism. In their current state, lacking any proper context, these monuments do not teach us about the past. They reflect a deafening silence about Jim Crow culture. As the spiritual leaders of New Orleans, we know the power of symbols, which is why we stand in support of their removal.” For information on Clergy United and to read the pastoral letter, visit www.nola clergy.com.
KATRINA CONCERT: 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, 1210 Governor Nicholls St., New Orleans. Featured: Treme? Brass Band and Gospel choir from Seattle, Washington. Free.
ARCHDIOCESAN KATRINA COMMEMORATION: A Parish Service Day will be held in conjunction with New Orleans’ citywide day of service on Saturday, Aug. 29. Church parishes are asked to identify needs at the parish or among parishioners and to invite families and individuals to take action to make a difference in the life of the parish and the lives of their neighbors. There will be a morning prayer and commissioning service and a closing prayer service and reflection questions.
HURRICANE KATRINA REMEMBRANCE: The Rev. Emile “Buddy” Noel, pastor of Our Lady of Prompt Succor Church, 531 Avenue A, Westwego, will dedicate the 4 p.m. Mass on Saturday, Aug. 29, to the first responders and citizens of Westwego, in remembrance of Hurricane Katrina. The phone number for the church is (504) 341-9522.
HURRICANE KATRINA PRAYER COMMEMORATION: “Challenged by Hurricane Katrina, Ten Years of Rebuilding, Woven Together in Faith,” 5 p.m. Aug. 29, Our Lady of Prompt Succor cafeteria, 2320 Paris Road, Chalmette. Auxiliary Bishop Fernand Cheri attends; speaker: Tony Fernandez.
TRIDENTINE MASS: The Roman Rite Mass, known as the “tridentine” or Latin Mass, will be offered at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, at St. Stephen Church (Good Shepherd Parish), 1025 Napoleon Ave., New Orleans. The High Mass will be offered for the repose of the souls of the victims of Hurricane Katrina on the 10th anniversary of the catastrophe. The Good Shepherd Choir will be heard in the Missa Cantata, under the direction of Brian Morgan, director of music and principal organist, in the Gregorian “Missa de Angelis.” Phyllis Treigle will be soprano soloist, with Bart Folse as chanter. For information, call the rectory office at (504) 899-1378.
‘KATRINA: A RESURRECTION JOURNEY:’ A special exhibit will run through Labor Day at the Old Ursuline Convent Museum, 1100 Chartres St. Sponsored by the Office of Archives and Records and the Clarion Herald, the exhibit features photos and sacred objects from Katrina to present day. Winners of the annual High School Student Art Competition also will be on display. Exhibit admission is $5. The museum is open for self-guided tours during the summer, Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the last admission at 3:15 p.m. For more information, call (504) 596-3035.
RCIA AT ST. CLEMENT: Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, RCIA, will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Sept. 2 at St. Clement of Rome Catholic Church, 4317 Richland Ave., Metairie. Anyone interested in joining the Catholic Church or with a desire to learn more about the Catholic faith, and baptized Catholics wanting to complete their initiation with the sacrament of the Eucharist or confirmation, are invited to register for RCIA. For information, visit scrparish.org.
PUBLIC FORUM ON ISLAM: The imams of the New Orleans area invite the public to hear their presentation of the faith and tradition of Islam and its message of peace and goodwill. There will be a welcome by Archbishop Gregory Aymond. The public forum will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, in Nunemaker Auditorium at Loyola University.