BACK-TO-SCHOOL BLOW-OUT: Divine Foundation Inc. will present its back-to-school blow-out from 9 am. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at 1449 N. Claiborne Ave., under the bridge. There will be health screenings, a dental bus and school supply giveaways, along with fun and games such as an old-school/new-school dance-off.

SKATE PARTY: The eighth annual Unity Skate Party will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, at Skate Country, 1100 Terry Parkway, Gretna. The event is open to all junior high, high school and young adult ministries in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Admission is $10 per person, with proceeds going toward scholarships for young people to attend events sponsored by the CYO Office. For information, contact Ansel Augustine at

GENERAL SYNOD MEETINGS: Meetings of the Ninth General Synod throughout the Archdiocese of New Orleans are an opportunity for participation in shaping the future of the archdiocese.

In New Orleans, a meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 18, at St. Pius X Parish, 6666 Spanish Fort Blvd. There will be a consultative session for young adults at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at Holy Name of Jesus Parish, 6325 Cromwell Place.

In Marrero, there will be a meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, at Mary, Queen of Peace Parish, 3500 Ames Blvd.

In Metairie, there will be a meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, at St. Philip Neri Parish, 6500 Kawanee Ave.

General information can be found at

GOSPEL MUSIC FESTIVAL: A free gospel music festival will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Carver Theatre, 2101 Orleans Ave., New Orleans.

The festival is sponsored by the Archdiocese of New Orleans Office of Black Catholic Ministries, along with The Historic Carver Theater Foundation, 2-Cent Entertainment, Second Harvest Food Bank and the Jazz and Heritage Foundation.

Participants are asked to bring nonperishable food for Second Harvest Food Bank. For information, visit or call (504) 861-6207.