PRAYER FOR THE HOMELESS: An interfaith prayer service to remember the homeless people who died on the streets of New Orleans in 2014 will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1802 Tulane Ave., New Orleans.
This prayer service also will honor the ongoing collaborative efforts of the many community organizations serving the homeless, including UNITY of Greater New Orleans and Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans, and the commitment of our spiritual leaders to the continued work that must be done to ensure that no one is without shelter in our city.
Participating faith leaders include the Most Rev. Gregory Aymond, archbishop of New Orleans; the Rev. Buddy Noel, Archdiocese of New Orleans Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs; Deacon Ronald Guidry, St. Louis Cathedral; Rabbi Robert Loewy, Congregation Gates of Prayer, Metairie; Imam Refeeq Nu’man, Masjidur Rahim, New Orleans; the Rev. Dr. Walter Baer, Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, New Orleans; Deacon Maggie Dawson, St. Martin Episcopal Church, Metairie; the Rev. Jerry Bass, Parkview Baptist Church, Metairie; the Rev. Ronald Unger, Christ the King Lutheran Church, Kenner; Parviz Mojgani, Baha’i Community of New Orleans; and the Rev. Jim VanderWeele, Community Unitarian Universalist Church.
OUR LADY OF DIVINE PROVIDENCE 50TH ANNIVERSARY: Our Lady of Divine Providence Parish, celebrating its 50th year, will have a Festival of Lights at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 12 starting in the church at 1000 N. Starrett Road, Metairie. The festival begins with the choir singing, then departs to the parking lot in small groups on a Bethlehem walk around four stations, ending with the choir singing Christmas carols in the church.
Events planned for next year include a 50th Anniversary Dance from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 23.
There are also 50th Anniversary Christmas Ornaments and Car Bumper stickers. The Anniversary Committee is also in the process of collecting recipes for the 50th Anniversary cookbook, as well as taking orders for the books. For information, call Bonnie McGuinness at (504) 469-4213.
CHRISTMAS AT ST. STEPHEN’S: Familiar and unfamiliar sacred music of the season will be presented during “Christmas at St. Stephen’s” at 4 p.m. on Gaudete Sunday, Dec. 14, at St. Stephen Church (Good Shepherd Parish), 1025 Napoleon Ave., New Orleans.
The program will include compositions by Adolph Adam, Johann Sebastian Bach, Carson P. Cooman, Calvin Hampton, Jan Kern, Franz Liszt, Nicola A. Montani, John Francis Wade and Pietro A. Yon, as well as Gregorian chant.
Performers will include sopranos Phyllis Treigle and Melissa Brocato; mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Evans; tenors Kevin Rouchell and Bart Folse; the Good Shepherd Choir; and organist Brian Morgan.
Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. For information, call the rectory at (504) 899-1378.