ABBEY YOUTH FESTIVAL: The annual all-day festival for young people in grades 8-12 is 10 a.m. to 8:50 p.m. March 21 on the grounds of St. Joseph Abbey and Seminary College, 75376 River Road near Covington. Advanced registration is $30 through Sunday and includes an T-shirt. Registration onsite begins at 9:15 a.m. and is $35.
Featured speakers include the Rev. Mike Schmitz, from the Archdiocese of Duluth; speaker and singer-songwriter Jackie Francois Angel, of Orange County, California; a lunch concert at 11:50 a.m. by Beatboxer and comedian Paul J. Kim and Covenant 7; and headliners Mike Mangione and the Union at 5:30 p.m. The Festival also includes Mass with Archbishop Gregory Aymond at 3:45 and a candlelight Eucharistic adoration service and benediction at 8 p.m.
CAREGIVING SERIES AT FIRST BAPTIST: “Caring for Your Aging Loved Ones: Guilt-free Caregiving” is the topic of weekly classes presented from 5:05 to 6:30 p.m. Sundays at First Baptist Church, 16333 La. 1085 in Covington, upstairs in Room 502. The public is invited to attend any or all in the series. Topics include March 1, aspects of aging in place; March 8, levels of care; March 15, legal and financial needs; March 22, palliative care vs. hospice care and March 29, questions with a panel of experienced caregivers.
Register at www.fbccov.org or call (985) 892-2149.
LENTEN SERIES AT ST. JOHN OF THE CROSS: St. John of the Cross Catholic Church Lenten series “Stories of Faith and Family,” continues on Monday from 7-8:30 p.m. at 61031 Brier Lake Drive in Lacombe. The featured speaker March 2 will be Deacon Paul Augustin. His testimony includes cancer, a dream put on hold and a late-in-life baby. The series continues Mondays through Lent. For information, call (985) 882-3779.
WOMEN’S LENTEN REFLECTION: Catholic Women in Action will host a free morning of reflection on March 2 at Mary Queen of Peace Church, 1501 W. Causeway Approach, Mandeville. Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Ian Bozant at 9 a.m., with confessions at 9:45 a.m. Reflections will follow, featuring speakers Bozant, Marilyn Quirk and Paulette Renaudin. The morning ends at 11:30 a.m. Quiet rooms are available for young children. Light refreshments will be served.
RIGHT TO LIFE ORATORY: High school juniors and seniors can compete for prizes in the annual St. Tammany Right to Life Oratory Contests. Speeches, 5 to 7 minutes long, will be given March 14 at St. Luke Youth Center, 910 Cross Gates Blvd., in Slidell. Topics include abortion, euthanasia, infanticide and embryonic stem cell research. Prizes are $200 for first place, $100 second and $50, third. For information, call Mary Powell at (985) 643-9547.
LENTEN FISH FRIES: Fridays in Lent, a time of fasting, are marked locally by fish fries at area churches. A partial list follows:
- CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH: 1534 Seventh St., Slidell. The Men’s Club of Christ Episcopal Church in Slidell will host their annual Fish Fry on Friday, March 6, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dinners are $10 for dine-in or take-out, and will include fried fish, garlic mashed potatoes, coleslaw and a dessert. Beverages will also be available for sale. For information, call (985) 643-4531.
- ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST: 11345 St. John Church Road, Folsom. The Knights of Columbus will offer a fish fry Fridays from 4 to 7 p.m. Cost is $9 for dine-in or take-out plates of fried or baked fish served with hush puppies, coleslaw and cheese potatoes.
- OUR LADY OF THE LAKE: 316 Lafitte St., Mandeville. The Knights of Columbus Council 9240 will hold fish fries from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dinners, $9, are available for dine in or take out, and include fried or baked catfish, bread, soft drink, dessert and two sides. There also will be a food drive benefitting the Samaritan Center.
- ST. PETER CATHOLIC CHURCH: 125 E. 19th Ave., Covington. Knights of Columbus Council 12906 will host fish fries Fridays from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dinners include fried shrimp or Louisiana-raised catfish served with homemade coleslaw, a portion of potato salad or french fries and French bread. To place an order in advance, $10 for adults, $5 for children, visit www.kofc12906covington.org by 3 p.m. Friday.
- ST. ANSELM CHURCH: 306 St. Mary St., Madisonville. Beginning Fridays at 4 p.m. for drive-through and 5 p.m. for dine-in. Fried or baked catfish platters; shrimp platters; and seafood platters, which include a softshell crab. Also available are Caesar salad with shrimp, homemade gumbo and crawfish etouffée served over rice. Platters include French fries and hush puppies, two homemade sides, a dessert and drink. For information, call (985) 845-7342.
- ST. MARGARET MARY: 1050 Robert Blvd., Slidell. SMM Men’s Club offers fried catfish platter for dine-in or drive-through pick-up from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.