• San Fernando religious ed coordinator to run NCCL

    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.”

  • ¡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.

  • A Christmas candlelight celebration brings back the true spirit of Advent

    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.

  • LA billboard aims for bold statement on persecuted Christians

    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.

  • St. Victor’s hosts Latin Mass celebrations for Advent

    St. Victor Church in North Hollywood is hosting a traditional Tridentine Mass at 7 p.m. on Sundays during Advent. The Tridentine Mass, often referred to as the Latin Mass, is celebrated according to the 1962 Roman Missal — the way it was celebrated before Second Vatican Council liturgical reforms. In 2007, Pope Benedict XVI made it easier to celebrate the “extraordinary form,” an effort to reach out to Catholics who prefer this traditional Mass.

  • ‘Do this in remembrance of me’: Three priests celebrate nearly 300 years of life

    Msgrs. Felix Diomartich, Richard Murray and John Fosselman have spent their lives serving others. These three priests — who are preparing to celebrate 100 years of life — have brought Catholics in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles closer to God through their words and through the sacraments. Their tireless example continues to inspire the faithful to be more like Christ.

  • On the road to the priesthood: Eight ordained to the transitional diaconate

    ENCINO — Auxiliary Bishop Alexander Salazar ordained eight men to the transitional diaconate Nov. 22 at Our Lady of Grace Church.

  • Jim McDonnell sworn in as sheriff

    In his remarks after being sworn in as the 32nd sheriff of Los Angeles County on Dec. 1, Jim McDonnell didn’t mince words about the troubled agency. “This organization has been through a long period of uncertainty and trauma — too long,” he said with some of his native Brookline, Mass., accent still intact, even after more than 30 years of police work in Southern California, mostly rising through the ranks of the Los Angeles Police Department to first assistant chief before becoming chief of the Long Beach Police Department.

  • ¡Que viva la Virgen!

    Parishioners throughout the Archdiocese of Los Angeles continue venerating Our Lady of Guadalupe leading up to her Feast Day, Dec. 12. The December celebrations to honor the Virgin also include the Spanish-language play “La Virgen de Guadalupe, Dios Inantzin,” presented by the Latino Theater Company at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4 and 5 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels (555 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90012). General admission is free to the public and reserved seating is available for $35. Tickets: www.thelatc.org or (866) 811-4111.

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Appreciating the gift of memory

Anne Hansen

Why do we hold on to so many things in closets, garages and storage units? What is it about the birth announcement of an adult child or the high school diploma of an elderly grandparent that keeps these objects carefully saved rather than discarded? They are of no use to anyone and take up space. Yet they are precious and difficult to part with.



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January 27, 2015

  • Tuesday, January 27

    St. Basil Choir Practice, 7 p.m., St. Basil Catholic Church, 3611 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. The choir sings at the 9 a.m. Mass every Sunday.

    BabyWise Maternity Tour, 7-8:30 p.m., Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, Mission Hills. Holy Cross Medical Center is opening their maternity unit to expectant mothers for walking tours and short informational presentations. These “Baby Wise” maternity tours are free. Expectant mothers are asked to call during their fourth month of pregnancy to schedule a tour. For questions about the tour, call Holy Cross’ Health Resources Center coordinators at (888) 432-5464.

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