E-News from the Diocese of Louisiana
Volume 4, Issue 6 February 10 - 18, 2010
Aljuwani Mardi Gras Goings-on
Temporarily • Saturday, Endymion Parade:
Grace Church is continuing their
Replaces 25+ year tradition of selling hot dogs,
homemade chili, nachos, tacos, enchi-
Crockett ladas, and tamales, plus drinks, includ-
ing coffee and hot chocolate.
As we bid They’ll also have parking at $20 for
farewell cars, $30 for SUVs and trucks as well
and thanks as bathroom passes at $5 for all day,
to Carrie or tables at $30 which includes 4 free
Crockett for bathroom passes.
her dedica- Grace is located at 3700 Canal
tion to ECS, Street.
also been • Friday, Hermes Parade:
staring at Christ Church Cathedral will host
the void she a fundraiser for Heifer International during Hermes at 5:30 pm in Stuart Hall
will leave in (please use the 6th Street entrance). For $6 a person, it’s all you can eat
her wake. spaghetti, salad, bread and king cake. $1 soft drinks and bottled water will
ECS’s communications needs are be available, as well as $3 adult beverages. Join the fun at 2919 St. Charles
many, varied, and dynamic, so it Avenue!
behooves us to take careful stock
of how best to meet the communi- • Wednesday 11th through Tuesday 16th:
cations goals of our growing and Mardi Gras Spirits is one of St. George’s most important fundraisers and
evolving organization. traditionally the income is used to fund critical capital projects.
While we evaluate our long-term We look forward to seeing all of you this year. All are welcome to join us at
needs, Shakoor Aljuwani will be 10 am on Fat Tuesday for a Jazz Service featuring the John Parker Trio, as
serving as ECS’s interim commu- well as the St. George’s choir. Come fill up your soul before going out on the
nications point person. He brings parade route to fill up your bag with beads.
great energy, strong writing skills, For twenty-plus years, St. George’s has opened its doors and served as
and fresh ideas for our online restaurant and respite for parade goers in Uptown during Mardi Gras. The
presence to this role, and we are church will be open Wednesday the 11th through Tuesday the 16th — for
grateful for his willingness to serve specific hours or more information, please call Ed Brown at 504.259.2416 or
in this capacity. Shakoor will be the church office 504.899.2811. St. George’s is located at 4600 St. Charles
working closely with Arthur John- Avenue.
son, who continues to have overall
responsibility for ECS’s Communi-
cations and Development work. If
you have any news items, or want
to discuss our forthcoming website
redesign, please get in touch with
Please note that this is only one
half of Shakoor’s responsibilities,
as he will continue to work on our
federal advocacy efforts, with par-
ticular focus on Gulf Coast recov-
— Nell Bolton, Executive Director
The Rev’d Canon Mark Stevenson
Canon to the Ordinary [photo courtesy of John Massarini]
Rebecca Todd Pitre St. Martin Church in Metairie hosted a “Souper Sunday” before the
Publications Coordinator Superbowl, bringing in soup for Second Harvesters. Pictured are David
Kenn Elder Reeves, the Rev’d Priscilla Maumus and Trip Trask, who led the effort to
Web Coordinator reach the “souper goal”.
AROUND THE DIOCESE...
What’s So Lent Means Gumbo
at St. James
by Philip Wright
“Amazing Grace” is one of the For the 59th year, St. James Ba-
most requested hymns for many ton Rouge, will host “Gumbo during
occasions — for many it brings Lent” starting on February 19th and
comfort and encouragement. The going on every Friday through Lent.
Grace of God has changed the Dine-in meals of chicken or shrimp
lives of many people, but do we gumbo, sensation salad, homemade
really understand the power of the bread, dessert, and drink are served
Grace of God and how it has or can from 11 am to 1 pm on decorated
change our lives and the lives of tables in Bishops Hall, at Fourth and Florida Street.
those who seek it? Emily Kay, Gumbo Chair, says: “I truly enjoy opening the doors to the down-
A mixed retreat at SECC will focus town community for a wonderful jazz-infused lunch.” The new logo captures
on the power of God’s Grace that the essence of ‘pass a good time’ St. James style.”
has been experienced in stories To-go and drive-thru meals account for about 35% of over 500 meals served
from Holy Scriptures and in our weekly. Sancy McCool has been involved with “Gumbo” for 35 years, most of
lives. Those attending should bring the time with take-out orders. Orders can be phoned in on Fridays beginning
their prayerbooks and bibles. at 8 am. — simply call 225.387.5141.
This retreat is February 19th- “It’s a wonderful way to meet other church members as volunteers span
21st and will be led by the Rev’d several generations,” Sancy reports, “and it’s a wonderful way for those in the
Ernie Saik. The cost is $210 and a larger community of Baton Rouge to enjoy a delicious meal, accompanied by
$100 deposit is required. live music and smiling faces.”
Sign up at solomoncenter.org! For several years a group of 5th-graders from St. James Day School have
joined the 50-plus parishioners as ‘workers’ on Fridays. Quart containers of
EYC @ Christ Church, Slidell gumbo are sold on Sundays for take-home to serve, or freeze and enjoy on a
invites you to join them every cold winter night.
Wednesday in Lent for their The Rev’d Mark Holland says, “Gumbo offers St. James an opportunity to
show our hospitality and is an important part of our downtown ministry in Ba-
Light Lenten Supper.
Profits are used to support the Episcopal Church Women (ECW) and for
The cost is $7 per plate and all
outreach projects in our diocese and beyond.
proceeds will benefit
their Osage Mission Trip.
The program starts next
Wednesday at 6 pm. Save the Trinity
Home delivery available upon request. Date Music
MARCH 20, 2010 • Due to the Mardi Gras Parades:
“Safeguarding God’s Children” Feb.11: No Evensong
Corrections Train the Trainer
Christ Church, Covington
Feb. 14: No Concert
Feb. 15: No Taize
• The ECW Northshore Deanery Feb. 16: Mardi Gras Celebration, but
Over the past several years the
meeting is scheduled for Saturday, no organ or labyrinth
Diocese of Louisiana has held a
March 6th, not March 7th.
number of training sessions to certify
• Bishop-Elect Morris Thomp- • The Trinity Artist Series will pres-
individuals across the diocese to train
son will be the keynote speaker ent a wonderful concert on Saturday,
others in the Safeguarding God’s
for the ECW annual meeting, Feb. 20th at 3pm: “From Bach to
Children program. We currently have
March 14th and 15th. He will also Blues”, with Sophie Kuhn, soprano
14 trainers certified for this important
be celebrating the Eucharist, install- in recital. Harry Mayrone, pianist
ing officers, and receiving the UTO and other special guests will perform
It would be wonderful if each con-
Spring Ingathering. There will also features such as “Habañera” from
gregation and school could nominate
be presentations by Kathy Alber- Carmen, “On My Own” from Les
at least one person for this training.
gate, St.Paul’s, N.O., about the Miserablés and selections by Duke
Larger institutions might consider
Red Thread mission to Haiti, and Ellington.
more than one nominee so that they
someone from Trinity, Morgan City Donations for Grace Child Center or
might be of service to the whole dioc-
about their medical mission to Haiti. Loaves and Fishes, Africa are wel-
• Happening # 65 is Friday, Feb- come at the door.
Registration materials will be mailed
ruary 26th through Sunday, the
shortly to all parishes and schools
28th at the SECC. Registration is • Also, please note that Bach Around
within the diocese. You can also find
between 5 and 6 pm, with dinner the Clock starts Friday, March 19th at
these materials on the Resources
at 6. It’s important that the kids get 7 pm snf continues all day Saturday
page of edola.org.
there on time, because the actual March 20th, ending at Midnight. Over
For more info, please call
Happening won’t start until every- 200 performers — music, dance,
(225.706.6634) or email (jhirstius@
one is present. yoga, theatre, poetry and more!
edola.org) Jennifer Hirstius