• Catechist Commissioning: Called to share the faith

    Once again, the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels was filled to capacity as more than 2,000 catechists received their official certification marking the completion of leadership courses in religious education at the Sept. 14 Service of Prayer & Commissioning.

  • Interfaith effort to build Lynwood homes through Habitat for Humanity

    Greater Los Angeles faith communities from nearly every faith tradition are helping build four new homes in Lynwood September 11-13.   This is part of a national Habitat interfaith initiative.

  • St. John’s ‘Distinguished Alumni’

    Since 2008, men who have served the Catholic Church with dedicated heart and joyful spirit have been honored as Distinguished Alumni from St. John’s Seminary.

  • Working in the fields: Priests of today and tomorrow

    One is recently ordained to the priesthood; the other, a fourth-year theology student preparing for ordination in 2015. Both have received their principal formation for the priesthood at St. John’s Seminary, and from the internship and “in the trenches” experience the formation program requires. Here are their stories:

  • Seminary events: Getting to know you, and vice versa

    As part of its ongoing outreach to involve itself in, and welcome, the community at large, St. John's Seminary schedules events throughout the year, both social and informational, both on and off its Camarillo campus. Following is a sampling of events coming up in 2014-15.

  • California bishops endorse ‘Safe Neighborhoods Act’

    The “California Safe Neighborhoods Act,” which would implement much needed sentencing reform and improve public safety by investing in victim assistance and prisoner rehabilitation, was unanimously endorsed this week by California’s Catholic bishops.

  • St. John’s women: ‘They are very much part of our seminary’

    More than a few good women have influenced life at St. John’s Seminary over its 75 years. From women’s initial roles as housekeepers and office staff, to their inclusion as faculty in the late ’60s, to admittance of laywomen (and laymen) in the 2000s as graduate students alongside seminarians, women have made a difference both on and off the campus.

  • Seminary welcomes new rector, new professors

    The Mass of the Holy Spirit, celebrated at the beginning of each academic year at St. John’s Seminary, this year offered the chance to install a new rector — Msgr. Marc Trudeau, a 1991 ordinand from St. John’s. Seminary staff, faculty, students and board of directors members gathered to celebrate the occasion, with Archbishop José Gomez presiding at the Mass and installation.

  • New learning center, gym dedicated at St. Paul the Apostle

    Parishioners and students of St. Paul the Apostle Church and School in Westwood overflowed the pews during a morning Mass Sept. 7 to celebrate the blessing and dedication of the parish’s newly-completed learning center and gymnasium, which added 35,000 square feet of state-of-the-art school facilities.

  • Brown asked to veto SB 1053 by Catholic health leaders

    Catholic health care leaders are asking Gov. Jerry Brown to veto Senate Bill SB 1053, the “Contraceptive Coverage Equity Act,” for its discriminatory legislation which would force many religious entities like hospitals, schools and charities to go against the conscience of their members and provide insurance coverage for contraception and abortion.

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How we react to criticism and opposition

Father Ronald Rolheiser, OMI

Have you ever noted how we spontaneously react to a perceived threat? Faced with a threat, our primal instincts tend to take over and we instantly freeze over and begin to shut all the doors opening to warmth, gentleness and empathy inside us.

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  • Friday, September 19

    Pilgrim Virgin of Our Lady of Fatima, visit of image (continues through Sept. 21 at parishes throughout archdiocese), 8 a.m., St. Therese Church, 510 N. El Molino St., Alhambra. (626) 282-2744.

    ACCW Central District, guest speaker Fr. Allan Roberts, 11 a.m., St. Bernadette Church, 3825 Don Felipe Dr., L.A. (323) 293-4877.

    Bob Hurd in Concert, 7 p.m., St. Anthony Church, 2511 S. C St., Oxnard; $. (805) 469-6293.

    Concert: L.A. Children’s Chorus, plus trio from L.A. Master Chorale, fundraiser for ongoing church renovation, 7:30 p.m., St. Andrew Church, 140 Chestnut St., Pasadena; $. (626) 792-4183.

    “USC Caruso Center Church: Stained Glass Exhibit,” from conception to installation, presented by Cathedral Fine Arts Committee (to Oct. 26), Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W. Temple St., L.A. (213) 680-5200.

    “Following the Prescribed Path,” exhibit (to Nov. 23), LMU Laband Art Gallery, 1 LMU Dr., L.A. (310) 338-2880.

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