COVENANT UMC HOMECOMING: Covenant United Methodist Church will celebrate its 24th annual homecoming at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, at 115 E. D’Amour St. in Chalmette.

Members Louise Byrnes and Edgar Quillin will be presented Homecoming Awards for their decades of service to the church. Former pastor, the Rev. Monica Monk, will be the guest speaker.

Following the service, food and beverages will be served in the church’s fellowship hall, and a song fest will be held in the sanctuary. Individuals and groups interested in performing in the song fest can call Richard Stierwald at (504) 495-3059 or Don Rodriguez at (504) 430-6388.

For information about the event, call Hugh or Carolon Craft at (504) 451-4248.

CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING: Samuel Gregg will present a lecture on “Catholic Social Teaching: Its Present Failures and Future Promise” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at Roussel Hall at Loyola University, 6363 St. Charles Ave, New Orleans. The lecture is free and is sponsored by the Center for Spiritual Capital in the College of Business at Loyola University New Orleans.

Gregg is research director at the Acton Institute and author of several books, including the award-winning “The Commercial Society,” “The Modern Papacy” and “Becoming Europe: Economic Decline, Culture, and How America Can Avoid a European Future.”

For information, call (504) 864-7028.

AURORA UMC PUMPKIN PATCH AND FAMILY FEST: Aurora United Methodist Church’s annual pumpkin patch will be open daily from noon to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17-31 at 3300 Eton St., Algiers. Admission is free. There will be a large variety of sizes and prices of pumpkins for sale, starting at $1.

Aurora UMC Family Fest will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25. Admission is free. There will be food, face painting, a fire truck, bounce house, music, games, pumpkin decorating and fun for the entire family. All proceeds go to support the church’s youth missions.

For information, visit the Facebook page “Aurora United Methodist’s Pumpkin Patch” or call (504) 394-5483.

BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS EXHIBIT: The Catholic Cultural Heritage Center will host the Exhibition Preview Party and Gala to celebrate the opening of “Praying for a Miracle: The Catholic Church and the Battle of New Orleans” on Friday, Oct. 10, with a Patron Party at 6:45 p.m. and Gala at 8 p.m at the Old Ursuline Convent Museum, 1100 Chartres St., New Orleans. For information, visit

The exhibit will be open to the public Saturday, Oct. 11. The museum is opened for self-guided tours Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, call (504) 529-3040.

MASS FOR VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE: Archbishop Gregory Aymond will celebrate the annual Mass for the Victims and Survivors of Violence at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, at St. Louis Cathedral. Families who have been affected by violence in the community are encouraged to bring a photograph of their loved one for display. All are invited to attend. For information, contact the Family Life Apostolate at (504) 861-6243.

BEGINNING EXPERIENCE: The Archdiocese of New Orleans will host a Beginning Experience weekend retreat Oct. 17-19 for widowed, separated and divorced people. To register, call (504) 606-8024 or (985) 438-6945.

RACHEL’S VINEYARD: The Rachel’s Vineyard ministry for healing after abortion will have a retreat Oct. 31 through Nov. 2 at the Archdiocese of New Orleans Retreat Center, 5500 St. Mary St., Metairie. The cost is $170 and financial assistance is available if needed. The confidential retreat for healing the pain of abortion is open to people of all faiths whose life has been touched by abortion.

For information and to register, contact Melanie Baglow at (504) 889-2431 or (504) 710-6458,, or Pam Richard, (504) 460-9360 or (985) 809-0773,

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