St. Jude Mission – Father Simeon Gallagher OFM Cap will present a parish mission Monday, Oct. 15 – Thursday, Oct. 18. The morning presentations will start with an 8:15 Mass followed by a talk in the parish hall, and the evening presentations will include prayer at 7 p.m. followed by a talk in the church. For more information, call 225-766-2431.

Men’s Retreat – A men’s retreat, “Five Hour Spiritual Energy Boost for Men,” will be held on Saturday, Oct. 20 at Columbus Club Hall, 230 S. Irma St., Gonzales. Registration will be from 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. and the presentation, featuring Deacon Jodi Moscona, deacon assistant at St. Theresa of Avila Church in Gonzales, will take place from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Donations will be accepted. Required registration must be made by email

Women in Spirit – Desireé Honore Thomas, assistant commissioner of the Louisiana Division of Administration, will present “Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace” at the meeting of Women in Spirit on Thursday, Oct. 25, noon, at St. Joseph Cathedral, Fourth and Main streets, Baton Rouge. Women in Spirit is an opportunity for women to grow in their faith and fellowship. The meeting will include a complimentary lunch. To RSVP email or call the Cathedral office at 225-387-5928.

Holy Ghost Fall Fest – Holy Ghost Church, 507 N. Oak Street, Hammond, will hold its Fall Fest Friday, Oct. 26 – Sunday, Oct. 28. There will be food, entertainment and a trick-or-treat village from 5 – 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, visit

Magnificat Breakfast – Kathleen Beckman, president and co-founder of the Foundation of Prayer for Priests, an international apostolate for prayer and catechesis for the holiness of priests, will speak at the breakfast meeting of Magnificat on Saturday, Oct. 27, 9 a.m. – noon, at the Oak Lodge Reception Center, 2834 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd., Baton Rouge. Tickets are $22 each and must be purchased before Wednesday, Oct. 24 by mailing a check to Kathy Simoneaux, Magnificat, 9650 Victory Lane, Denham Springs, LA 70726-5858.

Women’s Retreat – Jean Gatz, author and parishioner of St. Jude Church in Baton Rouge, 9150 Highland Road, Baton Rouge, will present “Focusing on God to Survive the Stress of the Holidays and the Stress of life” on Saturday, Oct. 27 at St. Jude. Registration will take place from 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. at the parish hall, and the retreat will take place from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the church. There will be a $20 registration fee at the door. RSVP Charmaine Biossat at 225-766-2431 or email charmaineb@stjude by Monday, Oct. 22.

Grand Day – St. Joseph Cathedral, Fourth and Main streets, Baton Rouge, will host a Grand Day celebration on Sunday, Oct. 28 after the 10:30 a.m. Mass. There will be food, music, face painting, caricatures, ice balloons, a petting zoo, pony rides, a “round the block train” and more. For more information, call 225-387-5928.

Pro-Vita Dinner – Dr. Tom Neal, academic dean and director of intellectual formation at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans, will speak at the Pro-Vita benefit dinner and silent auction, “Let There Be Light” on Thursday, Nov. 8, 6:30 p.m., at the St. Michael High School gym, 17521 Monitor Ave., Baton Rouge. Tickets are $75 per person and $500 for a table of eight. Proceeds will provide scholarships for seminarians, religious and youth to attend the March for Life Pilgrimage in January. Register by visiting or mail registration to St. Michael High School, P.O. Box 86110, Baton Rouge LA, 70879. For more information, call 225-620-5291 or email youthmarch

Fran U Benefit – Franciscan Missionaries of our Lady University will host their annual fundraiser, “Fete des Fideles,” on Saturday, Nov. 10, noon, at L’Auberge Casino and Hotel, 777 L’Auberge Ave., Baton Rouge. Social hour and raffle will begin at 11 a.m. Tickets are $50 each or $500 for a table of ten. For more information, visit or call Elaine Crowe at 225-490-1637.

Born to Run – Woman’s New Life Center will host its Born to Run Baton Rouge on Saturday, Nov. 10 at North Blvd. Town Square. Runner sign-in will begin at 7:30 a.m. A 1-mile Fun Run/Walk begins at 8:30 a.m. and a 5K Run/Walk begins at 9 a.m. There will be a post “birth” day party with free food, music and fun for the family. Proceeds will benefit Woman’s New Life Center. To register, visit
borntorun. The last day for online registration is Monday, Nov. 5.