NEWPORT BEACH — An all-male choir from France will perform Saturday at a Newport Beach church.
The touring Les Petits Chanteurs d'Aix-en-Provence will sing during evening Mass and perform a special half-hour concert afterward at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church.
The young French singers, however, won't be entirely out of place. The church on Mar Vista Drive, off Eastbluff Drive near Jamboree Road, has become a magnet for Orange County's expatriate French community, many of whose members are Roman Catholic.
Once a month at Our Lady Queen of Angels, Mass is given in French. Catechism classes are taught there in the language. And members of the county's French expat community gather at the church regularly for potlucks, and the sharing of home-cooked dishes that offer a respite from American fare.
Between 50 and 100 French Catholics belong to an association known as the Catholic French Community of Orange County, said Bernard Prat, the association's spokesman and co-founder, who lives in Santa Ana. He believes that the true number of French Catholics in O.C. is much higher.