CHORAL DIRECTOR: Geraldine (Gerry) Biggs McGrath will...

CHORAL DIRECTOR: Geraldine (Gerry) Biggs McGrath will be honored for her 40 years as music minister and choral director at St. John Baptist de la Salle in a reception Sunday at the Granada Hills parish after the noon Mass.

McGrath directed the parish’s choir when it performed in 1991 before Pope John Paul II in the Vatican and leads a portion of the choir in the traditional Latin Mass performed the first Sunday of every month at the San Fernando Mission.

McGrath leads countless music and liturgy workshops, including musician retreats at St. Andrews Benedictine Abbey in Valyermo. She also organized a multidenominational choral festival now in its ninth year.

Born to musician parents, McGrath graduated in 1951 from college in Los Angeles, where she majored in choral conducting, piano and voice. She taught music at the now-defunct Our Lady Queen of Angels High School Seminary in Mission Hills from 1974-1989.


St. John Baptist de la Salle Church is at 16545 Chatsworth St.

ONE-MAN SHOW: Actor Richard Kline, who played neighbor Larry Dallas on the TV sitcom “Three’s Company,” will perform in “Yahrzeit,” a one-man play written by Richard Krevolin, next Saturday at Temple Aliyah in West Hills and on Dec. 16 at Congregation Beth Meir in Studio City.

The play, recounting a journey back to faith and family, was premiered this fall at Stephen S. Wise Temple. For ticket prices and information, call Temple Aliyah at (818) 346-3545 or Beth Meir at (818) 769-0515.

FOOTHILL CONGREGATIONS: In a meeting designed to discuss local concerns and to open lines of communication among religious leaders and their congregations in the Foothill area, Verdugo Hills Family YMCA is hosting an interfaith luncheon Tuesday at its facility at 6840 Foothill Blvd., Tujunga.

“This will be the first fully ecumenical gathering in this area in eight years,” said YMCA spokesman Jim Dubois. Information: (818) 352-3255.

PERRY ROAST: The Rev. Troy Perry, founder and moderator of the gay-oriented Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches based in Hollywood, will be roasted at a fund-raising dinner Dec. 9 at the Pickwick Banquet Center in Burbank.

Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alatorre will be one of the roasters, and the Rev. Nancy Wilson, pastor of the Los Angeles MCC church, will be the emcee. Friday is the deadline for reservations to the $65-a-plate dinner, said dinner organizers at Divine Redeemer Metropolitan Community Church in Glendale. Call (818) 500-7124 for more information.