A “Beginning Experience” Weekend will be held at the Holy Spirit Retreat Center in Encino for those who have experienced the loss of a spouse through death or divorce/separation. Many people who have suffered this loss feel left out by their church, uneasy around married friends and unsure of themselves and their futures.
On Jan. 31, Southern California Renewal Communities will host a special teaching event. “Light Dispelling Darkness: The World Turned Upside Down” will feature Tidings columnist Robert Brennan, who has more than 20 years of experience writing in the television industry. The event will include a discussion of how film and television depictions of the occult and supernatural have confused the boundaries between good and evil, in addition to other topics in spirituality today and a Q&A session with SCRC president Dominic Berardino.
St. Mel Parish in Woodland Hills is working with the Restorative Justice Office of the Los Angeles Archdiocese to provide ministry to youth in detention at Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall in Sylmar.
Throughout 2015, Holy Cross Medical Center is opening their maternity unit to expectant mothers on Tuesday nights from 7-8:30 p.m. for walking tours and short informational presentations.
On Dec. 11, the Friars of the Sick Poor received a new member into their community. St. Catherine Parish in Reseda hosted the rite of investiture of the habit and profession of first vows on the vigil of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the friars’ patroness.
Brother James took the name of James Joseph and will continue as coordinator for the poverty program in the parish and religion teacher at St. Catherine’s School.
Father Paul Griesbraber, pastor, celebrated the Mass. The friars, who have hope as a charism, assist the sick poor and marginalized. They encourage finding redemptive meaning in suffering.
On Dec. 27, San Fernando Mission Cemetery in Mission Hills will celebrate Holy Innocents Day.
The first ever Vatican approved re-creation made from a mold of Michelangelo’s Pieta will be unveiled Dec. 14 during the 4 p.m. Mass at Bishop Alemany High School (11111 Alemany Drive, Mission Hills), presided over by Bishop Jerald Wilkerson. The recreation comes as a donation from Richard G. Stewart and family.
An estimated 3,000 parishioners of Cristo Rey in Atwater Village celebrated the 75th anniversary of their church Nov. 23 — the Feast of Christ the King. Situated on Perlita Street in a busy neighborhood bounded by freeways, shopping districts, and the shadow of Griffith Park and the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles, Cristo Rey Parish held a celebration of the church that is indeed cherished as a perlita or “small pearl” in this busy community.
The problem was daunting — to train 3,800 nurses in the rollout of the new electronic record system at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank along with four other hospitals in Southern California.
On Oct. 26, some 1,000 runners and walkers took part in the fourth-annual 5k run/walk at Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Park to honor the memory of Conor Lynch. The Notre Dame High School cross-country runner was struck and killed on Oct. 19, 2010, jogging across Woodman Avenue near Addison Street while trying to catch up with his teammates during practice.
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