Tag: new orleans

My Mom gets Order of St. Louis IX Medallion

On May 5, Archbishop Gregory Michael Aymond will award the Order of St. Louis IX Medallion to my Mom at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans. The Order of St. Louis IX award was established in the New Orleans Archdiocese more than 40 years ago to honor those members of the laity who have contributed their…

Joyeux anniversaire, Jeanne d’Arc

And, Happy Epiphany! Today is Joan of Arc’s 599th birthday! Thanks to Esther of A Catholic Mom in Hawaii for sending me to Maid of Heaven, which in turn led me to Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc: I have always wanted to do something related to Joan of Arc here in New Orleans. When I realized…

Flowers for All Souls

A lovely tradition in preparation for All Saints and All Souls Days that I grew up with is the cleaning of the family graves. Sounds weird? Not really. In New Orleans, and I am sure elsewhere – though not in the Midwest, families load up their cars with brooms, scrub brushes, buckets, and rags, and…

Solemn Novena to St. Ann

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: First Reading: Genesis 18:1-10 Psalm: Psalm 15:2-5 Second Reading: Colossians 1:24-28 Gospel: Luke 10:38-42 We attended Mass this morning at the St. Ann Church and National Shrine, located in Metairie, just outside New Orleans. Twice each year the Shrine holds a solemn nine-day novena. One of these special novenas, for…

Prayer for the Saints

From the Archdiocese of New Orleans: On All Saints Day in 1968, the New Orleans Saints were born, and not without the blessing of the local Catholic Church. Fearing that naming the team the “Saints” would be viewed as sacriligious, but with the desire to do so as the announcement would come on all Saints…

Hurricane Whodat

One thing is for sure, folks from New Orleans have a sense of humor! Hurricane Advisory Outlook for the Atlantic, Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico . . . Hurricane Whodat is predicted to make landfall on the Florida coast in the vicinity of Miami on 7 Feb 2010 at approximately 2200Z (5:00 PM EST).…

Happy Anniversary . . .

. . . to us! Bob and I were maried 23 years ago today, at the St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans. This is what we call our “Disney Land” shot. The Cathedral looks like a backdrop and the rays of the sun just finish it off — and this was before PhotoShop! BeauSoleil played…

No more waiting for the Robert E. Lee

A New Orleans landmark, dating back to 1965, is scheduled for demolition. I know, 1965 can hardly be called historical, but if you grew up in the lakefront area, the Robert E. Lee Theater was a major part of your life. Even more so for me, as I worked at the Robert E. Lee as…

Hurricane protection

Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to November 30, has officially begun. For protection against hurricanes New Orleanians turn to out Lady of Prompt Succor. Please keep everyone in areas frequented by hurricanes in your prayers. PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF PROMPT SUCCOR Our Lady of Prompt Succor, ever Virgin Mother of Jesus…

Some things never change

My oldest daughter and beau are visiting my Mom in New Orleans for Mardi Gras. They’re enjoying front row parade watching on St. Charles Avenue. Here they are inspecting today’s loot. Yep, some things never change.

A King Cake for Twelfth Night

The Feast of the Epiphany, also known as Twelfth Night, is celebrated on January 6 marking the arrival of the Three Kings at the birthplace of Our Savior. The king cake, baked in honor of the Magi, is traced back to several different cultures. In Latin America a figure representing the Christ Child is placed…

Mr. Bingle lives on!

Jingle, jangle, jingle Here comes Mr. Bingle With another message from Kris Kringle Time to launch your Christmas season Maison Blanche makes Christmas pleasin’ Gifts galore for you to see/Each a gem from MB! Blatant commercialism, but Mr. Bingle, Santa’s holly-winged, elf snowman helper, is fondly remembered by many New Orleanians. Created in 1948 as…

New Orleans – Blizzard 2008

My Mom called this morning to tell me she was in the middle of a blizzard! As a transplanted southerner, I of course knew better. But, really, for New Orleans, this WAS a blizzard! Here are some shots of the New Orleans Blizzard of 2008. It lasted about an hour. View of St. Charles Avenue…

New Orleans Television Book

Images of America New Orleans Television by Dominic Massa More than 50 years ago, with the flip of a switch and the turn of a dial, local television became an unforgettable part of New Orleans culture. For many viewers, the memories remain vivid, even if much of what they saw was in black and white.…

Vote for the New Canal Lighthouse

The New Canal Lighthouse, that sits on the shore of Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana, is the most endangered lighthouse in America. Built in the 1890’s, it was destroyed by Hurricanes Katrina & Rita. Jeld-Wen, maker of lighthouse doors and windows, is having a contest to see which lighthouse on their final list of contenders will…

Closing of Parishes in New Orleans

New Orleans Archbishop Hughes has released the Pastoral Plan detailing how the Archdiocese will restructure itself in the wake of Katrina. It is a very emotional subject and I see a wide range of reactions. It is a simple and good plan: • 25 parishes, including 6 that are currently operating, will close and merge…