Crescent city faith notes for Dec. 23, 2015 _lowres

Photo provided by Knights of Columbus Msgr. Henry C. Bezou Council 8546 — GUMBO WINNER: Among the chefs competing in the gumbo cookoff at St. Francis Xavier Parish in Metairie were, from left, David McDonald; Johnny Beckmann; Tim Fox, first; Allen Lorio, second; David Garlipied; and Nathan Galland. Lex Allain also competed, coming in third.

  • LATIN MASS: The extraordinary form of the Mass, the “Tridentine” (Latin) Mass, will be offered at St. Stephen Church (Good Shepherd Parish), 1025 Napoleon Ave., New Orleans, at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. The Good Shepherd Choir will be heard in this Missa Cantata, under the direction of Brian Morgan, director of music/principal organist, in the Gregorian “Missa de angelis.” Phyllis Treigle will be soprano soloist, with Bart Folse as chanter. For further information, call the Rectory Office at (504)899-1378.
  • PRAYER SESSIONS: “Lord, Teach Me To Pray,” a three-part prayer series for women seeking a deeper relationship with Christ, is now open for registration. Part One, “Praying Christian Virtues,” begins in early January. Participants learn to meditate using the prayer method of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Small groups meet weekly with trained facilitators for about two hours and pray privately every day, with assigned passages from Scripture. For more information on locations and to register, call (985) 634-2856.
  • CATHOLICS RETURNING HOME: The evangelization committee at St. Edward the Confessor Church, 4921 W. Metairie Ave., will host “Catholics Returning Home,” a six-week program giving inactive Catholics an understanding of today’s church and introducing them to others who are thinking of returning to their religious roots. The weekly series meets 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 7, in the Parish Center and continues every Thursday through Feb. 11. For more information, call the parish office at (504) 888-0703.