St. Edward the Confessor School in Metairie is celebrating its 50th birthday.

The parish was established June 1, 1964, by Archbishop John P. Cody, with the Rev. Alvin J. O’Reilly as founding pastor.

Carved from the parishes of St. Christopher and St. Mary Magdalen, it is bounded by Interstate 10, the Illinois Central Railroad, Clearview Parkway and Elise Avenue.

Mass was celebrated in the East Jefferson High School auditorium until the temporary church (now St. Edward’s cafeteria) could be constructed. St. Edward School opened in 1965 for students from kindergarten through fourth grade; it now serves prekindergarten through seventh grade. The school’s Cochon de Lait festival will be Oct. 16-18.