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Encountering Jesus Christ in Advent

Advent can be a time of excessive busyness and stress as we prepare for Christmas Day, but it also provides us an opportunity for reflection and renewal of spirit as we ponder and celebrate the miracle of God becoming one with us through the birth of Jesus.  

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New nurses learn — and teach — at Providence

The problem was daunting — to train 3,800 nurses in the rollout of the new electronic record system at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank along with four other hospitals in Southern California.

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Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at Our Lady of the Assumption

Our Lady of the Assumption Church will host the annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 26 at the Claremont church. All are welcome.

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Handel’s ‘Messiah’ in Santa Monica

Maestro Daniel Suk’s Dream Orchestra and Urth Caffé will join forces to present Handel’s famous oratorio, “The Messiah,” Dec. 5 in Santa Monica.

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St. Catherine Laboure Church honors parishioner who earned new LEM national certification

The parish community of St. Catherine Laboure Church in Torrance recently recognized parishioner Jeannie Nestojko for being among the first people in the United States to earn the new national certification as a Lay Ecclesial Minister (LEM) from the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership (NCCL).

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Big heart, big faith in Woodland Hills

By nearly all measurements, St. Mel Parish in Woodland Hills would be considered a small parish. With only 2,500 families, St. Mel’s is about half the size of other parishes in the area. As small as it may be, this parish is big in heart, with representatives from many different languages and cultures.

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Christians, Muslims unite for justice over couple burned in kiln

In the two weeks since a Christian couple was killed by a Muslim mob in Pakistan, local leaders from both religions have come together repeatedly to call for justice in the matter, and an end to the misuse of blasphemy allegations.

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Bishops stress comprehensive reform in wake of executive action

Undocumented immigrants who have been in country for five years, have children who are American citizens or legal residents and who pass a background check can apply for temporarily residency, according to President Barack. “You can come out of the shadows and get right with the law,” he said Nov. 20 while announcing a new executive action. “We need more than politics as usual when it comes to immigration; we need reasoned, thoughtful, compassionate debate that focuses on our hopes, not our fears.”

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Few topics are more manipulated than hunger, pope tells UN

Pope Francis on Thursday condemned the excessive consumption and misuse of food, saying that often the statistics surrounding the topic of hunger are twisted for the sake of national security.

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Statement on the announcement of presidential executive orders on immigration

Archbishop José H. Gomez

I am happy that some temporary relief is being offered to help parents and children who right now are living in daily fear that their families will be broken up by arrests and deportations. But the President’s actions today are no substitute for the comprehensive immigration reform our nation needs.

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