Crescent City faith notes for October 28, 2015 _lowres

Photo provided by National Council of Jewish Women -- The National Council of Jewish Women, Greater New Orleans Section, recently surprised its president, June Leopold, with a thank-you celebration at the home of Linda Friedman. From left are Susan Kierr, June Leopold and Phyllis Nitzkin.

  • MEN’S PRAYER BREAKFAST: Knights of Peter Claver Council 73 at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church will hold a men’s prayer breakfast from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the church, 772 La. 44, Reserve. The Rev. Charles Andrus will lead.
  • NATIONAL COUNCIL OF JEWISH WOMEN: The National Council of Jewish Women Greater New Orleans Section has received a donation from the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust in support of its 2015-16 NCJW Way: Learning to Lead program. The program brings together a cohort of women, new to NCJW for an intensive yearlong seminar that culminates in a trip to a national NCJW meeting. Participants design and participate in a community service project and commit to a two-year term of NCJW board service. The 2015-2016 NCJW Way participants are Arianna Baseman, Shayna Blum, Fran Dinehart, Maddie Fireman, Dana Keren and Nora Udell. The trustees of the Tolmas fund are Lisa Romano and Vincent Giardina. Oscar Judah Tolmas was a New Orleans native who served as a naval officer during World War II. Upon discharge, he pursued several career paths, including law, real estate development and horse racing. He died Dec. 2, 2013, at the age of 93. In his will, he formed the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust to help other tax-exempt charities with their missions, leaving all of his estate to the trust.
  • GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP: A grief support group will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, at the Archdiocese of New Orleans Retreat Center, 5500 St. Mary St., Metairie.
  • ‘WAITING IN HOPE’: The Rev. Joe Krafft will lead a retreat with the theme “Waiting in Hope: Advent as a Season of Joyfully Increasing Our Longing for the Lord’s Arrival” Friday through Sunday, Nov. 6-8, at the Archdiocese of New Orleans Retreat Center, 5500 St. Mary St., Metairie. A $225 offering is suggested. For information, visit retreats.arch-no.org, or call (504) 887-1420.
  • ‘FOR WHAT ARE WE THANKFUL?’: The Rev. Louis Arceneaux will lead a retreat with the theme “For What Are We Thankful?” Friday through Sunday, Nov. 13-15, at the Archdiocese of New Orleans Retreat Center, 5500 St. Mary St., Metairie. A $225 offering is suggested. For information, visit retreats.arch-no.org, or call (504) 887-1420.
  • ‘REHABBING GRATITUDE’: Sister Judith Gomila will lead a program on “Rehabbing Gratitude” Tuesday, Nov. 17, at the Archdiocese of New Orleans Retreat Center, 5500 St. Mary St., Metairie. A $35 offering is suggested. For information, visit retreats.arch-no.org or call (504) 887-1420.
  • THE KING’S MEN: The King’s Men group in Slidell is sponsoring a retreat for men, Catholic or not, Thursday through Sunday, Nov. 12-15, at Chico State Park in Ville Platte. The outdoor, experiential retreat will provide opportunities for men to explore their roles as leaders, protectors and providers. There will be daily Mass, confession, inspirational talks and gourmet meals. Participants in the “Into the Wild” retreat will learn topography, self-defense, survival skills, outdoor construction, fishing, wild-game food preparation and more. They will sleep in bunk houses or cabins. For information, visit www.intothewildweekend.com.
  • BLACK SAINTS CELEBRATION: The annual Black Saints Celebration will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 1835 St. Roch Ave., New Orleans. Before the noon prayer service, led by Bishop Fernand Cheri, there will be an 11 a.m. parade to the church from St. Roch/ Harold Sampson Jr. Park at 1800 St. Roch Park Ave. A reception will follow the church service. For information, call (504) 861-6207 or email bcatholics@arch-no.org.
  • PJ LIBRARY: Bonnie Lustig, regional affiliate for the PJ Library program, will present a free storytime for babies from 1 month to 3 years old, and their parents, when the Jewish Community Day School Jewish Babies Club meets from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, in the second-floor Beit Midrash at the Jewish Community Day School, 3747 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie. PJ Library is a national program that works closely with local community partners to distribute Jewish children’s literature and music . To reserve a spot, email Lauren Ungar at Lungar@jcdsnola.org.