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.
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.
St. Francis Center is a nonprofit 501(c)3 corporation serving the needs of the homeless and near-homeless in downtown Los Angeles. The Center’s mission is to serve extremely low-income residents in the spirit of Saint Francis of Assisi.
This coming Thanksgiving, Nov. 27, Holy Innocents Church in Long Beach will celebrate a long-standing and valued parish tradition by offering free hot meals for parishioners and members of the surrounding community.
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.
Beneath the ongoing unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, are deep-rooted societal conflicts that are boiling over, say local leaders, and the Church has an opportunity to be at the forefront of reconciliation.
Late last year, Pope Francis announced that starting Nov. 29-30 — the first weekend of Advent this year — and ending Feb. 2, 2016 — the World Day of Consecrated Life — would be a “Year of Consecrated Life.” The term often brings to mind priests belonging to religious orders such as Jesuits, Franciscans and Dominicans along with sisters (women religious) and brothers.
It’s no secret that today there’s been a massive drop-off in church attendance. Moreover, that drop-off in church-going is not paralleled by the same widespread growth in atheism and agnosticism. Rather, more and more people are claiming to be spiritual but not religious, faith-filled but not churchgoers. Why this exodus from our churches?