SURVIVING THE HOLIDAYS AMID DIVORCE: A one-night program for people experiencing the pain of separation or divorce during the holidays will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, in Classroom UC-203 at Celebration Church, 2001 Airline Drive, Metairie. The registration fee is $5, which covers the cost of a workbook. Child care is available. For information, contact Don Hensel at (504) 717-0914 or or visit

CATHOLIC SCHOOL COOPERATIVE: New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond will be the keynote speaker when the Council of Catholic School Cooperative Clubs holds its annual luncheon at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 6 in the Mardi Gras Ballroom of the Landmark Best Western Hotel, 2601 Severn Ave., Metairie. The program includes the introduction of club presidents and presentation of awards for scrapbooks and the club of the year. The cost is $45 per person; reservation deadline is Nov. 10. For information, call Michelle Dennis at (504) 957-7965 or Ansley Hammons at (504) 220- 1545.

RETREAT FOR HEALING AFTER ABORTION: The Rev. Joseph Palermo will facilitate a Rachel's Vineyard retreat for people seeking healing after abortion Nov. 10-12 at the Archdiocese of New Orleans Retreat Center, 5500 St. Mary St., New Orleans. The cost is $170, with financial assistance available. To register or for information, contact Pam Richard at (504) 460-9360 or or Donna Scheuermann at (504) 258-9183. 

THANKSGIVING FUNDRAISER: The St. Ann's Men's Club will raise money for the parish's St. Anthony Ministry with a Thanksgiving luncheon from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, in the cafeteria of the school, 4921 Meadowdale St., Metairie. The meal, featuring turkey and stuffing with gravy, is available with a donation of $5 or five cans of food. Dine-in and takeout. For information, visit or email

CHRISTMAS ESSAY: The Council of Catholic School Cooperative Clubs is sponsoring its annual “Keep Christ in Christmas” essay, poetry and poster contest, which is open to students in grades 3-12. Entries are due by Nov. 13 to the Office of Catholic Schools, 7887 Walmsley Ave., New Orleans. For details, call Rhea Woods, (504) 494-3501.

CABRINI FEAST DAY: The Rev. Tony Rigoli will lead a Mass celebrating St. Frances Xavier Cabrini's Feast Day at 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 13, at Cabrini High School, 1400 Moss St., New Orleans. Cabrini died Dec. 22, 1917, in Chicago after founding 67 institutions, including orphanages, schools and hospitals, to care for the poor, uneducated, sick and abandoned, especially Italian immigrants.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING: FBI Special Agent Michael Forrester and Debbie Shinskie, director of the Archdiocese of New Orleans Respect Life Office, will give a presentation on human trafficking from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 15 in the school cafeteria at St. Andrew the Apostle Church, 3101 Eton St., Algiers. The free event is for adults only. For information, call the parish office at (504) 393-2334.

EVENING OF HEALING: Sister Briege McKenna, who has an international ministry of praying for healing, will hold an Evening of Healing from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at St. Benilde Church, 1901 Division St., Metairie.   This free event is sponsored by the Catholic Charismatic Renewal of New Orleans and is open to the public. For information, call (504) 828-1368 or

HOLY SPIRIT WOMEN'S RETREAT: Mary Healy and the Rev. Bill Henry will be featured at the annual Holy Spirit Women's Retreat 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 $85 for Saturday only or $125 for the entire weekend until Nov. 29, when the prices will increase to $105 and $145. To register, visit or call (504) 828-1368.