Walnut parish presents St. Lorenzo Ruiz musical Sept. 28

St. Lorenzo Ruiz Church will present a musical on the life of its patron saint, depicted in statue form at the Walnut parish. — SR. NANCY MUNRO, CSJ

The St. Lorenzo Ruiz Parish Community in Walnut has created an unconventional and ambitious way to celebrate the feast of their patron saint, Lorenzo Ruiz, and culminate the Year of Faith in a most meaningful way.

“A Man of God: Lorenzo Ruiz, His Life in Music,” a musical play depicting memorable and salient moments in St. Lorenzo Ruiz’s life, will be presented on his feast day, Sept. 28, 7 p.m. at the San Gabriel Valley Mission Playhouse.

The play, immersed in the beauty, culture and historical backdrop of Manila and Japan in the early 17th century, promises to elicit spiritual awakening, or a form of cathartic release, said Father Tony Astudillo, pastor of St. Lorenzo Ruiz Church.

“The compelling scenes of Christian persecution by the shoguns of Japan and the unbreakable and vindicable faith of Lorenzo Ruiz, an ordinary family man, and his martyr companions, towards the end of the play, will seem as though the denouement will mold itself into a rewarding climax,” said Father Astudillo.

The play is written and directed by longtime parishioner Naomi Cayaba-Lewis, head of the St. Lorenzo Ruiz Devotion Group. Bob Shroder, flutist, founder and conductor of the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra, is the musical director, and Auxiliary Bishop Oscar Solis and the Trinitarian nuns have offered to perform.

“The continuous effort of the parish to put St. Lorenzo Ruiz’s stance in the extraordinary context of courage in faith despite the ordinariness of his life shall hopefully inspire and bring him to the minds and hearts of all as set in this creative medium,” said Father Astudillo.

Tickets are $65, $55, $45 and $35, and may be purchased by contacting Bong Anonas, (909) 472-5297, or the parish office, (909) 595-9545. For more information, email slrdevotion928@yahoo.com.

 


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Archbishop José H. Gomez

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  • Saturday, February 13

    World Day of the Sick Mass, Mass and Anointing of the Sick, 12:30 p.m., Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels,  555 W Temple St, Los Angeles. Archbishop Gomez presiding with other bishops and priests. Special section designated for those in wheelchairs with volunteers available to help. Limited parking available for $8. Carpooling is encouraged. For more info: Chuck Huebner at cjhuebner @gmail.com or Jim LoCoco at flavialococ0@msn.com.

     

     

    Bosco Tech’s Yurak Memorial Run & Kids’ Fun Run, Check in begins at 8 a.m., Memorial Run at 9 a.m., Fun Run at 10 a.m., Bosco Tech, 1151 San Gabriel Blvd., Rosemead. Race registration is $35 per person. For school groups of 10 or more, the cost is $30. To register online, go to www.boscotech.edu/events or www.yurak.eventbrite.com; same-day registration available at check-in table. Included: racing fees, finisher medal, goodie bag and BBQ lunch. Plaques will be awarded to the top five male and female runners and to the fastest runner under 18.All proceeds to benefit Bosco Tech’s Yurak Athletic Center (YAC). 

     

    Cabrini Literary Guild “Sweetheart Bingo” Meeting, Sat., Feb.13 at Oakmont Country Club, 3100 Country Club Drive, Glendale. Meeting starts at 11 a.m., lunch at 12 p.m. ($30/person), and bingo social at 1 p.m. Bingo cards are $5 each, or $20 for five cards. For reservations, call (818) 790-3485.

     

    Footprints: Making Tracks for Neighbors in Need, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m., Bishop Amat High School track, 14301 Fairgrove Ave., La Puente. Catholic Charities San Gabriel Region will present this annual walk/run fundraiser to increase awareness about poverty, hunger and homelessness in the San Gabriel Region. Proceeds benefit those lacking basic needs, such as food, clothing, transportation and shelter. This is a come anytime, leave anytime event, with the first lap around the track to be led by Bishop David O'Connell. For more information, visit lentenfootprints.yolasite.com or contact Mary Romero at (213) 251-3582 or mromero@ccharities.org.

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