Crescent City faith notes for July 22, 2015 _lowres

Photo provided by Office of Racial Harmony - The Archdiocese of New Orleans Office of Racial Harmony recently held a three-day Racial Sobriety Certification Training. Shown are, from left, founder of Racial Sobriety, Father Clarence Williams, CPPS, author of 'Racial Sobriety, a Journey from Hurts to Healing'; and trainers Tina Baldera, of Alexandria, Virginia; Sister Teresa Rooney of the Office of Racial Harmony; and Rudy St. Louis, of Baltimore, Md. An additional 16 workshop participants were certified to lead the Introduction to Racial Sobriety workshops which facilitate a discussion on finding one’s own 'voice' in creating a SOBER conversation on racial issues. SOBER stands for 'Seeing Others as Being Entitled to Respect.' For information, call the Office of Racial Harmony at (504) 861-6272.

  • SISTERS OF THE HOLY FAMILY: A concert to benefit the medical and retirement needs of the elderly Sisters of the Holy Family and to sustain their long-standing ministries will be held Aug. 2 at the Hyatt Regency, New Orleans, 601 Loyola Ave. The Sisters of the Holy Family, in partnership with honorary Chaircouple Gayle and Tom Benson and presenting sponsor the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, will host the benefit concert from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 2, preceded by a patron party from 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., both at the Hyatt. Tickets are $75, and sponsorships begin at $250. The concert will feature Davell Crawford, Sharon Martin, Connie and Dwight Fitch, Wanda Rouzan and the Young Pinstripe Brass, accompanied by the Chris Severin Band. Band, Norman Robinson is the master of ceremonies and Leah Chase, known as the queen of Creole cuisine, will be the celebrity chef. There will be a guest appearance by actress Vanessa Williams who played the order’s founder, Mother Henriette Delille, in the movie ‘Courage to Love.’ The Sisters of the Holy Family was founded in 1842 by Delille, a free woman of color. She, along with her companions Juliette Gaudin and Josephine Charles, began a ministry of educating slaves and caring for the sick, elderly and the marginalized. For 173 years, they have continued the mission of serving the poor and disenfranchised, the sick and the elderly through education, health care, pastoral ministry, prison ministry and housing for low-income senior citizens. For more information, contact Barbara Maynard at (504) 241-3088.

TIKKUN OLAM: The Jewish community of Greater New Orleans is organizing a service day, Rebuilding New Orleans a Hammer and Nail at a Time, on Aug. 9 in partnership with St. Bernard Project to commemorate 10 years of rebuilding since Hurricane Katrina. The day will consist of working on several houses throughout Orleans Parish from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and breakfast, lunch, water and snacks will be provided throughout the day. It costs $50 per volunteer for St. Bernard Project to staff a home project and more than $25,000 to remediate the average home in the community, according to JGNO. There is no charge to volunteer, and help is needed to sponsor building supplies, trained St. Bernard Project staff oversight and volunteer supplies for the day. To sign up, to donate or to learn more, visit tikkunolam.

TRIDENTINE MASS: The Roman Rite Mass, known as the “tridentine” or Latin Mass, will be offered at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Stephen Church (Good Shepherd Parish), 1025 Napoleon Ave., New Orleans. The celebrant will be the Rev. Garrett O’Brien. 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.

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