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Kid elves to fill Christmas baskets in Solvang

Children wearing elf hats will help prepare Christmas baskets for disadvantaged families Dec. 16 at Old Mission Santa Ines in Solvang. 

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Friars of the Sick Poor of Los Angeles welcome new brother

On Dec. 11, the Friars of the Sick Poor received a new member into their community. St. Catherine Parish in Reseda hosted the rite of investiture of the habit and profession of first vows on the vigil of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the friars’ patroness. 

Brother James took the name of James Joseph and will continue as coordinator for the poverty program in the parish and religion teacher at St. Catherine’s School.

Father Paul Griesbraber, pastor, celebrated the Mass. The friars, who have hope as a charism, assist the sick poor and marginalized. They encourage finding redemptive meaning in suffering.

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Catholic Big Brothers and Sisters

Sandra Estrella got a chance to be with her Little Sister Xochitl a few weeks ago at a Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters’ party. But her biological brother, Anthony, still waits for a Big Brother. 

Some boys have to wait over one year to be paired with an adult volunteer mentor. Xochitl and her brothers are sharing a small apartment with their family in the predominately Latino community in Pasadena.

Xochitl’s mother, Adriana, wants a better life for her four children and does whatever she can to keep them safe and in school. She called Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters three years ago in hopes of finding a male role-model for her three boys. 

“One of the obstacles for Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters,” Ken Martinet, president/CEO says, “is having enough male volunteers willing to befriend a young man in need.” 

National studies and agency evidence reports that having a mentor helps youth break the cycle of poverty largely due to having a Big Brother or Big Sister — they do better and graduate from school. Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters strives to have a Big Brother for Anthony so he can have a role model too.

Xochitl’s family received Christmas gifts from Sandra’s company, Primary Residential Mortgage, one of the Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters organizational supporters. Anthony got a Big Brother for the Day. He hopes he can have a permanent Big Brother soon since boys age out for being matched by the time they reach 15 years of age. 

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Korean volunteer group honored by SVDP-LA

On Nov. 22, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles (SVDPLA), granted a merit award to the St. Basil Korean Conference of Charity, a Korean group that has been feeding Skid Row’s homeless every Saturday morning for the past two decades.

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St. Anthony of Padua School vice principal and former Miss America publishes faith-based memoir

More than 35 students, parents and faculty members of St. Anthony of Padua School in Gardena gathered at a local library the afternoon of Dec. 3 to support a very special author for the launch of her first book: Angela Perez Baraquio, vice principal of St. Anthony’s and former Miss America 2001, who recently released her faith-based memoir “Amazing Win, Amazing Loss … Miss America Living Happily, Even After.”

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A sign of hope; Christmas tree illuminates St. Peter's Square

The 83-foot Italian tree in St. Peter's Square was lit for the first time this season at the unveiling of the Vatican's nativity scene, which Pope Francis called a sign of “light, hope and love” for the world.

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Investing with Catholic values? Knights of Columbus group to offer guidance

The Knights of Columbus fraternal organization aims to extend its Catholic values and financial expertise into a new subsidiary that will provide investment guidance to Catholic institutions.

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Papuan bishop makes emergency appeal amid severe food shortage

A Catholic bishop of Alotau, Papua New Guinea, has launched an appeal during a severe food shortage following a cyclone engulfing the Catholic diocese.

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Children of incarcerated parents celebrate Christmas

Following its tradition, the Los Angeles Archdiocese’s Office of Restorative Justice held a Christmas party for the families of incarcerated men and women at Fire Station #17 in Los Angeles on Dec. 20.

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December 28, 2014

  • Sunday, December 28

    Mass and rosary service in memory of the Holy Innocents, 2 p.m., Risen Christ Chapel, Holy Cross Cemetery, 5835 W. Slauson Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 670-0605.

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