San Gabriel News — 04/11/2014

PROCESSION FOR ST. JOSEPH — Soldados y Californios de So Cal re-enactors recently led a procession for St. Joseph's Day at San Gabriel Mission. The colorful costumed walkers went from Mass at the historic old church to the parish center where the mission's Italian group served free pasta for lunch according to tradition. Proceeds from baked goods’ sales at the St. Joseph's table support improvement projects at the 243-year-old mission.

Catholic Charities San Gabriel honors volunteers at May 12 event

Catholic Charities San Gabriel Region will host its 30th annual Volunteer Recognition and Dinner May 12, 6 p.m. at Quiet Cannon Center in Montebello.

About 200 volunteers will be recognized for their commitment to serving others, in their parishes and their communities. The evening will also shine a spotlight on Catholic and community leaders who are involved in the Giving Bank Ministry of Holy Family Church in South Pasadena and Macy’s Logistics and Operations Partners in Time (PIT) committee.

Established in 1977, the Giving Bank has worked closely with Catholic Charities for many years and provides emergency food, clothing and assistance to the needy in Pasadena, Alhambra and El Serreno.

Macy’s PIT committee members have shared their time and talents for the children and families of Catholic Charities and the San Juan Diego Center throughout the year.

Dinner tickets are $100 per person. Contact Mary Romero at Catholic Charities, (323) 266-3130 or


Dominican Day/Walk-A-Thon at San Gabriel Mission High School

Students, faculty, staff and parents at San Gabriel Mission High School were joined recently by neighboring elementary schools when they laced up their walking shoes to support their Dominican roots at the annual Dominican Day/ Walk-A-Thon.

Walkers raised more than $4,000 to support the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose’s Adult Day Care Center. In addition to host San Gabriel Mission High, participants included San Gabriel Mission, Santa Teresita, Sacred Heart and St. Ignatius Elementary Schools.


St. Andrew’s to host benefit auction and fair trade sale in May

St. Andrew Church in Pasadena will be busy in early May with two special events: “A Night in the Spirit of St. Andrew” on May 3 and the Fair Trade Sale on May 4.

“A Night in the Spirit of St. Andrew” is the second auction benefit for the church and will be held at the historic Pasadena residence of Carlos and Joan Javelera. The evening will features appetizers, light dinner and auction items with proceeds benefitting the more than 70 ministries at the parish.

Some auction items include: a private Sunday Mass for 20 guests in the sacristy chapel followed by a special BBQ prepared by Father Paul Sustayta, pastor, and an authentic paella dinner prepared by Father Jose Corral, associate pastor; a tour of the St. Andrew Church’s 140-foot-high bell tower; and a private baptism in the historical church baptistery. Tickets for the evening event are $75 and more details are at

On May 5, St. Andrew’s Justice and Peace Committee will hold its second annual Fair Trade Sale at the school auditorium on Chestnut Street, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Artisans from around the world will display their wares such as unique Mother’s Day gifts, jewelry and assorted houseware items.


Bosco Tech students ‘Relay for Life’

Don Bosco Technical Institute (Bosco Tech) and the City of Rosemead will host the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life at the athletic track of Rosemead High School for a 24-hour event from 9 a.m. April 12 to 9 a.m. April 13.

“Our student leaders are working jointly with the City of Rosemead on the Relay,” said Miguel Flores, Bosco Tech coordinator of youth ministry. “Since both groups have experience putting on successful relays in the past, we’re working together on one larger event that we’re confident will have even farther reaching results. We’re so proud of the maturity and dedication of our young people who are committed to the American Cancer Society’s work.”

In addition to the overnight relay, the event will feature live music, youth activities, a midnight Mass and a celebratory breakfast for cancer survivors. For more information, contact Flores, (626) 940-2087 or


Holy Family offers Catholic Communication Toastmaster Club

Small group setting, office interactions, public speaking, interpersonal skills, talking to your spouse. For more than 10 years, the Catholic Communication Toastmaster Club at Holy Family in South Pasadena has helped the fearful, guided the unsure and promoted effective communications and leadership skills.

It’s one of the few Toastmaster organizations to be based at a Catholic Church, and according to President Mary Elizabeth Ohde, watching numerous club members grow and flourish is a constant joy.

“We are a fun group of people who really want to excel in our careers as well as personal situations,” she says. “People come and learn leadership skills and confidence, and that allows them to navigate the world better.”

Members discuss, deliver speeches, give feedback and have homework. “This is a way we can use our faith more effectively, to be better evangelists of the faith,” Ohde explains.

Admission is free at the club which meets the second and fourth Thursdays of every month, 7-8:30 p.m. at Holy Family’s pastoral center. For information, call Ohde, (323) 257-8989.


Iowa and us in a Year of Mercy

Kathryn Jean Lopez

It was in the general-purpose room of St. Francis of Assisi Church in West Des Moines that Donald Trump made his last pitch to Iowa voters, inside a caucus room. He wanted to make sure people remembered that not only will he build the wall on our border with Mexico, but that he’s the only candidate who will make Mexico pay for it.


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  • Saturday, February, 6

    Second Annual Sisters of Notre Dame Nun Run 5K & 1-Mile Fun Run, 8 a.m., Hosted by the Sisters of Notre Dame and La Reina High School and Middle School in Thousand Oaks. Course starts on Dover Avenue in Thousand Oaks and finishes in front of La Reina School. Open to runners and walkers of all ages and ability levels. Professional chip timing technology will be provided to 5K runners by Vendurance Sports. Participants will receive a free T-shirt (while supplies last); pancake breakfast available after the race. Pre-registration is $35 per person for the 5K, and $25 for the 1-Mile. All proceeds support the Sisters of Notre Dame Life and Ministry Fund, allowing the sisters to continue their ministries in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. For more information, contact Chloe Vieira at, or visit 

    Math Competition for Middle School Students & Problem-Solving Workshop for Teachers, 7:45 a.m., Don Bosco Technical Institute, 1151 San Gabriel Blvd., Rosemead.A mathematics competition for fifth through eighth grade students. The 44th annual event will offer awards for the highest scoring individual and teams. Participants must register by Feb. 2 Space is limited. The cost is $8 per individual and $5 per person for teams of four or more, up to 15. Check-in begins at 7:45 a.m.; one-hour test starts at 9 a.m. Free activities offered and food available for purchase. Award ceremony follows the competition at 11 a.m. For more information, contact Valeria De Luna at


    San Fernando Regional Day of Prayer for the RCIA, 1 - 4:30 p.m., St. John Baptist De La Salle Church, 16555 Chatsworth St., Granada Hills. An afternoon of prayer for those who will celebrate the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion this Lent. Catechumens, candidates, sponsors and team members will come together in prayer with Bishop Joseph V. Brennan. To register or for more information, contact Sandy Cole at (818) 368-1514 or


    Second Annual Valentine's Dinner/Dance, 7 p.m., St. James School - O'Gorman Center, 4625 Garnet St., Torrance.Dance music from the 50's to the present; $20 per person. Proceeds will benefit our seminarians. For more information, call the parish office at (310) 372-5228, or Ely at (310) 944-3355.  


    Snowflake Swing Dinner/Dance, 6 p.m. to midnight,St. Francis of Assisi Church, 1523 Golden Gate Ave., Los Angeles. Great food, door prizes and dancing (assorted music), featuring the LA Trio. Tickets $25; RSVP by Feb. 2. For reservations, call Liza at (323) 664-1305 or Renee at (213) 413-3036. 

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