• The Faces of God: Nativity Church, Torrance

    Nativity Church is nestled in residential Torrence, surrounded by houses on all sides.  Two weeks after Christmas, a drive down the neighborhood’s Engracia Avenue showed the influence of this parish: nearly every other house still had its front lawn Nativity scene lit and on display.  Pastor Fr. Hung Tran says this is a yearly event.

  • San Gabriel Mission Cemetery vandalized

    Under the cover of early-morning darkness on Jan. 21, a man climbed over the 7-foot-high brick wall of San Gabriel Mission Cemetery and wreaked havoc.



  • Changes ahead for Office of Religious Education

    Following nearly three decades of service, Sister Edith Prendergast, RSC, will be retiring as director of the archdiocesan Office of Religious Education, effective June 30. She will be succeeded by Father Chris Bazyouros.



  • 15,000 march for human dignity

    The first annual OneLife LA, heralded as a celebration of the dignity of every human life from conception to natural death, drew thousands from all over Southern California to Downtown Los Angeles.



  • Archbishop leads state legislature in prayer

    SACRAMENTO — Archbishop José H. Gomez thanked state legislators for their work on behalf of immigrants during a Jan. 13 interfaith prayer service at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament.



  • Catholic Education Foundation appoints new executive director

    Archbishop José H. Gomez and Timothy J. Smith, president of the board of trustees of the Catholic Education Foundation, announced a new executive director Jan. 12. Kathleen M. Ash, who had been the associate dean of the School of Education at Loyola Marymount University, began serving the foundation this month.

    Ash has more than 20 years of experience in education and in nonprofit sectors. She’s a graduate of St. Bernard High School, received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and her master’s degrees from the University of Southern California and LMU.

    Ash recently sat down with The Tidings to share her thoughts about her new role at the Catholic Education Foundation.


  • A school grows in La Puente

    “I’m not a book teacher,” she proudly acknowledged. “The kids love it. It motivates them. I want them to walk out of here with a knowledge base, but also a love for science. So if I make it fun and exciting and crazy, it is more fun for them. And I think it just sticks with them better. Definitely.”

    Mrs. Garcia is also sure of something else. With its new marketing-savvy principal and development administrative team this year, along with the enthusiastic support of the pastor, Father John Woolway, St. Louis of France School is turning a big page.

  • Blessed Junípero Serra: California’s first saint

    Just after canonizing the first saint of Sri Lanka, St. Joseph Vaz, Pope Francis announced that he would also be canonizing the first saint of California — Junípero Serra.

    “We are grateful to our Holy Father Pope Francis for this gift to California and the Americas,” said Archbishop José H. Gomez in a Jan. 15 statement. 

    Blessed Serra first served as a Franciscan priest and theology professor in Spain in the 1700s. However, as he learned of foreign missions in the Americas, Serra longed for something more.

  • Requiem for the Unborn set for Jan. 24

    People of all ages from across the archdiocese are expected to fill the pews at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Downtown Los Angeles 6 p.m. Jan. 24 for the annual Requiem for the Unborn Mass.


  • A centenary celebration of ‘The Valley of Fear’

    The victim’s wedding ring is missing. The audience is asked to question the significance of a missing dumb-bell and a calling card left at the scene of the crime bearing the message, ‘VV341.’



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Archbishop José H. Gomez

As I write, I’ve just read the sad news that 90 Christians have been kidnapped from two villages in Syria. Of course we were all shocked earlier this month by the news that 21 Coptic Christians were executed in Syria — killed, as Pope Francis said, “for the mere fact of being Christians.” 

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February 26, 2015

  • Sunday, June 7

    Third Order Lay Carmelite Community Q & A Meeting, 1-4 p.m., St. Jane Frances de Chantal Church located at 12930 Hamlin St. North Hollywood. The Order is located throughout the Los Angeles area and open to new membership.  If interested in the ancient tradition of contemplative prayer, community and service, come and have your questions answered.  For more information, contact Regional Director Herman Briones, (818) 521-6564.

    Rosary and Mass for Life, Rosary: 4:30 p.m., Mass: 5 p.m., St. Cornelius Church, 5500 E Wardlow Rd., Long Beach. Contact Sylvia Aimerito (562) 429-1965. Audiogirlministries.com.

  • Thursday, February 26

    Cultural Humility in Healthcare, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Mary & Joseph Retreat Center, 5300 Crest Rd., Ranchos Palos Verdes. Spirituality seminar for health care professionals led by Rev. Dr. Laura Krauss. $15 includes materials, lunch and snacks. 6.0 contact hours/CEUs for each session. (310) 377-4867. www.maryjoseph.org.

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