CATHOLICS RETURNING HOME: The St. Edward the Confessor Church Evangelization Committee will present the six-week Catholics Returning Home program beginning from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4, in the Parish Center at the church, 4921 W. Metairie Ave., Metairie. Inactive Catholics can gain an understanding of today's church and meet others who are contemplating a return. For information, call the Parish Office at (504) 888-0703.

CATHOLIC CHARISMATIC PRAYER MEETING: At 7:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, Catholic charismatic prayer meetings are held at Infant Jesus of Prague Church, 700 Maple Ave., Harvey. The celebrant will be the Rev. Michael Nam on Jan. 10. The sacrament of reconciliation is available before each Mass, which is followed by prayers for healing and fellowship. For information, call (504) 347-1002.

ROSARY FOR JUSTICE AND PEACE: A "Shield the Badge with Prayer" rosary for law enforcement and emergency personnel, firefighters and military will be recited at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at St. Joseph Church, 610 Sixth St., Gretna. For information, call (504) 367-7515.

HOLY SPIRIT WOMEN'S RETREAT: Mary Healy and the Rev. Bill Henry will be featured at the annual Holy Spirit Women's Retreat from Jan. 26-28 at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 1521 W. Pinhook Road, Lafayette. The theme is "Gather in Upper Room with Mary." Healy is a professor of sacred Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, and Henry is a pastor from Greenville, Mississippi. The cost is $105 for Saturday only or $145 for the entire weekend. To register, visit or call (504) 828-1368.