• CIVIL RIGHTS ADVOCACY: Jewish activists in New Orleans and 15 other cities participated recently in a legislative push to strengthen the Voting Rights Act. More than 40 activists from the local chapter of Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice gathered for a vigil at the Cabrini Bridge in New Orleans to demand congressional action on voting rights. In 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court, in the case of Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder, outlawed a key part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965: a requirement that certain states with a history of racial discrimination at the polls “preclear” any changes to voting laws with the federal government before implementing them. Congressional Democrats filed legislation June 24 to update the 1965 law.
  • HOLY SPIRIT CHURCH: Holy Spirit Parish Council members recently held a “Heat Up, Cool Down” fundraiser party. It was a pronounced a success due to generous donations and participation. The church is at 6201 Stratford Place in New Orleans.
  • ST. JUDE COMMUNITY CENTER FUNDRAISER: St. Jude Community Center will have its fifth annual Sounds of New Orleans Benefit Concert July 18 at the Mahalia Jackson Performing Art Center. A number of local musicians and singers will perform. All proceeds go to supporting the work of the Center with the homeless and needy. St. Jude Community Center is the collective work of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, Marianite Sister of Holy Cross, Ursuline Sisters and dedicated laypeople. Services include housing for working homeless women, a soup kitchen serving two hot meals per day, a food bank and more. Tickets are available at the St. Jude Gift Shop at 400 N. Rampart St. or by calling the rectory at (504) 525-155.
  • ALTAR SOCIETY MEETS: The St. Catherine Rosary Altar Society invites all men and women to its quarterly meeting, Sunday, July 19, after praying the rosary following the 9 a.m. Mass at 105 Bonnabel Blvd., Metairie. This will give people the opportunity to find out more about the altar society ministry and to meet new friends. The meeting will be held in the Melancon Center and coffee and sweets will be served.