• FITNESS CLASSES: Westbank Community Ministries will begin a free 13-week Strategies to Trim and Reduce program at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, at Faith Presbyterian Church, 2525 Apollo Drive, Harvey. Exercise, diet and lifestyle advice and group support will help participants improve their health, trim weight, improve blood pressure and reduce the risks of chronic disease. To register, call (504) 368-2525. Free child care will be provided
  • ‘JOY OF THE GOSPEL’: Father Fred Kammer, director of the Jesuit Social Research Institute, will present a lecture, “Joy of the Gospel,” at 7 p.m. Feb. 17 in Ignatius Chapel in Bobet Hall at Loyola University, 6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. The lecture is part of a Lenten series about the spirituality of Pope Francis, who called an Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy to last from Dec. 8 to Nov. 20.
  • ‘THE PATH OF POPE FRANCIS’: Father Jeremy Zipple, executive editor of America Films, will present a lecture, “Living Mercy: The Path of Pope Francis,” at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 in Ignatius Chapel in Bobet Hall at Loyola University, 6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. The lecture is part of a Lenten series about the spirituality of Pope Francis, who called an Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy to last from Dec. 8 to Nov. 20.
  • DIVINE MERCY CONFERENCE: In conjunction with the year of mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis, a Divine Mercy Conference will be held Feb. 26-27 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 4640 Canal St. On Feb. 26, the program begins at 7 p.m. with speakers Mike Hammer and Jerry Christopher Jr., followed by Mass at 8 p.m., celebrated by Father Steve Bruno. A holy hour and confession follow from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. On Feb. 27, Karen Stoehr gives witness at 9 a.m., then Dominican Father Mariano Veliz gives witness at 9:30 a.m., with confessions at 10 a.m. and Mass at 11 a.m. For more information, see DivineMercyNOLA.com.
  • ‘SPIRITUALITY OF ENCOUNTER’: Thomas Ryan, professor and director of the Loyola Institute for Ministry, will present a lecture, “Pope Francis’s Spirituality of Encounter,” at 7 p.m. March 2 in Ignatius Chapel in Bobet Hall at Loyola University, 6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. The lecture is part of a Lenten series about the spirituality of Pope Francis, who called an Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy to last from Dec. 8 to Nov. 20.
  • ‘THE FRANCIS EFFECT’: A film dealing with changes in the Catholic Church under the leadership and vision of Pope Francis will be presented at 7 p.m. March 9 at Loyola University, 6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. The screening is part of a Lenten series about the spirituality of Pope Francis, who called an Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy to last from Dec. 8 to Nov. 20.