BLACK SAINTS CELEBRATED: The Archdiocese of New Orleans Office of Black Catholic Ministries will celebrate Black Catholic Heritage with the annual Black Saints Celebration at 10 a.m. Saturday at AL Davis Park, 2400 Fourth St., in New Orleans.

Beginning at 11 a.m., those gathered, including people dressed as Catholic Saints and Catholic leaders of African descent, will parade from the park to St. Katharine Drexel Parish, 2015 Louisiana Ave, for a prayer service and reception. Father Maurice Nutt, C.Ss.R. will lead the service and preach. Information is available at or by calling (504) 861-6207.

100TH ANNIVERSARY MASS FOR SISTER SERVANTS: The 100th anniversary of the Ministry of the Sister Servants of Mary in New Orleans will be marked when Archbishop Gregory Aymond celebrates the Mass at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Anthony of Padua, 4640 Canal St. All are invited to attend.

ST. ANN EPISCOPAL SOUL-A-BRATION: All Souls Episcopal Church will hold its annual fundraising event Soul-A-Bration from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at 5500 St. Claude Ave.

The annual event includes dinner, including beer and wine, silent auction and performances by Troy Sawyer and The Elements and vocalist Mikhala Iverson. Councilman James Gray is master of ceremonies.

Admission is $25 per person.

For reservations, email or call (504) 218-8995.

CATHOLIC FOUNDATION DINNER: The Catholic Foundation Annual Dinner will be held beginning at 6 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Hilton Riverside, New Orleans.

The Catholic Foundation will honor Judge Jay Zainey with the Saint John Paul II Award at the annual event. The award, established in 1996, recognizes the stewardship exhibited by a Catholic layperson who has rendered unselfish volunteer service to the Archdiocese.

LSU Baseball Coach Paul Manieri will be the keynote speak for the event. For information or to make reservations, call (504) 596-3044 or email

NEW PASTOR AT METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY CHURCH: The Rev. Alisan Rowland was recently installed as pastor of the Metropolitan Community Church of New Orleans, 6200 St. Charles Ave. Rowland came to MCC New Orleans from San Diego in late August. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California-Riverside and a master’s degree in divinity from the Claremont School of Theology in Los Angeles.

The Rev. Tony Freeman, who served MCC for 18 years in many roles and is director of the Office of Church Life and Health for Metropolitan Community Churches, presided over the installation service. Freeman was Rowland’s first pastor with Metropolitan Community Churches and also led a caravan of donated supplies out to Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina to support local churches. For information, visit