Grand jury decisions in Ferguson, Mo., and Staten Island, NY, have stirred up racial tensions across the nation. Los Angeles is no exception. In light of these developments, The Tidings brings you this special report on Operation Progress, an initiative to change the lives of children and adolecents in Watts.
The faithful packed the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Simbang Gabi — Filipino for “Night Mass” — is an annual tradition held nine days before Christmas to prepare for the celebration of the birth of Jesus.
“They were children of someone, they were friends of others, they were related to others, they inspired us, they had questions and doubts, they had concerns about life and death.” — Father Chris Ponnet
“Sir Daniel has touched the lives of countless people who have never met him or even known his name. His generosity and concern for so many organizations in so many aspects of Church life have made those organizations what they are today,” said Msgr. Sal Pilato in a rosary vigil eulogy he delivered at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels on Sunday.
Daniel Joseph Donohue, a Catholic philanthropist who supported Catholic high schools in low-income areas, backed programs serving the poor and was instrumental in the construction of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, died Dec. 3. He was 95.
¡Que viva la Virgen! Thousands celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe at 83rd annual feast day procession and Mass
Scores of young boys dressed as miniature Juan Diegos and little girls donning multi-colored hair ribbons and traditional Mexican-style dresses marched beside Aztec and Matachines dancers, indigenous drummers, mariachi musicians and everyday Catholics along Cesar Chavez Avenue in East Los Angeles on Dec. 7 during the 83rd annual procession and Mass honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe.
ENCINO — Under crystal-clear skies and a full moon, Notre Dame High School students reenacted the events leading up to the Nativity. The first-ever “A Christmas Candlelight Celebration!” took place on the evening of Dec. 4 at the Holy Spirit Retreat Center in Encino. Students acted out important moments in the lives of Joseph and Mary, including the Annunciation, the Visitation, the birth of Christ and the Gifts of the Magi.
At the annual fall meeting of the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership on Nov. 21, the NCCL’s board announced that Margaret Matijasevic, San Fernando regional coordinator of Religious Education here in the Los Angeles Archdiocese, would be the national organization’s next executive director starting Jan. 5, 2015. Matijasevic — the first woman to head the NCCL, which was founded in 1967 as a result of Vatican II’s call for a more holistic catechesis — told members how just the week before a local religious educator had shared her faith journey over a meal. It was a story of discernment, with a deep seed instilling a sense of restlessness as God was preparing her heart for “newness.”
A new billboard campaign in Los Angeles leading up to Christmas is hoping to raise awareness of persecuted Christians both locally and around the world.
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