In April of 2001, St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood served as the site of the greatest loss Brother Cesar John Paul Galan, FSP, would ever endure: the death of his brother Hector due to gun violence.
On Dec. 19, Archbishop José Gomez joined Adopt-A-Family volunteers as they made house calls to some of the poorest neighborhoods in Los Angeles, stopping by apartments on Skid Row to deliver Christmas gifts, groceries and clothing to families in need.
For Claudia and Alfonso Miranda, struggling to make ends meet is an everyday reality. The couple share a tiny, cramped single-room apartment with their three children, residing just outside of Downtown L.A., in a community where luxuries nearly always take a backseat to life’s basic necessities.
Grieving for victims versus “we’ve got to do something?” Hatred of Islamic extremists versus loathing all Muslims? And now the rank fear that even a place like San Bernardino, with its “out-there,” small-city charm, isn’t really safe — at least from homegrown terrorism.
Archbishop José H. Gomez officially opened the Year of Mercy Jubilee Door at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Downtown Los Angeles on Dec. 13. Churches around the world participated in similar events to mark the beginning of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, declared by Pope Francis to run Dec. 8 through Nov. 20, 2016.
St. Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles and the California Highway Patrol powered up some holiday smiles at the CHiPs For Kids annual toy giveaway
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles and the California Highway Patrol teamed up for the 27th Annual CHiPs For Kids Toy Giveaway for needy children on Saturday, December 12, 2015. While police and community tensions have run high this year, local CHP officers wanted to remind Angelenos that they care deeply about the community they serve, especially during the holidays when all families should have food on the table and presents under the tree.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti hopes to keep families together by asking the Supreme Court to uphold President Obama’s Executive Actions on immigration. Garcetti made the announcement Dec. 4.
The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has created a Year of Mercy website as a resource for parishes participating in the Jubilee Year of Mercy, which began Dec. 8. The website includes videos, a confessions finder, a list of the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, and a calendar of events for the Year of Mercy. The site went live Dec. 11.
Christian, Jewish, and Muslim leaders offered prayers and comfort at an interreligious gathering in San Bernardino on Monday in the aftermath of the mass shooting there last week.
Last week’s attack in San Bernardino County made it clear that victims of gun violence or other assaults need help.
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