• Holy Innocents Church to host community Thanksgiving celebration

    This coming Thanksgiving, Nov. 27, Holy Innocents Church in Long Beach will celebrate a long-standing and valued parish tradition by offering free hot meals for parishioners and members of the surrounding community.

  • St. Catherine Laboure Church honors parishioner who earned new LEM national certification

    The parish community of St. Catherine Laboure Church in Torrance recently recognized parishioner Jeannie Nestojko for being among the first people in the United States to earn the new national certification as a Lay Ecclesial Minister (LEM) from the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership (NCCL).

  • SS. Peter & Paul Church to kick off 150th anniversary celebrations on Nov. 29

    Saints Peter and Paul Church in Wilmington will kick off the 150th anniversary celebration of the parish with a solemn Mass celebrated by Abbott Eugene Hayes, the superior of St. Michael’s Abbey of the Norbertine Order, at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 29. The service will be followed by the raising of the anniversary banner, announcements of future anniversary events, and a reception in the parish hall.

  • South Coast Interfaith Council to present upcoming parish events

    The South Coast Interfaith Council (SCIC) will present the 2014 Long Beach Area CROP Walk on Oct. 26 to raise funds to support charitable efforts to help ease and prevent hunger worldwide. The fundraiser will start and end at St. Cyprian Church, 4714 Clark Ave., Long Beach.

  • St. Philomena parishioner professes as Maryknoll Sister

    Sister Abby Avelino professed her final vows as a Maryknoll Sister on Sept. 26, at Assumption Chapel, Maryknoll Sisters Center in Maryknoll, N.Y.

  • St. Francis Med Center designated as Approved Stroke Center

    On a typical summer day in July, 36-year-old Rosina Espinoza suddenly felt dizzy. Though she initially thought it was an anxiety attack, she realized it was something more when she tried in vain to reach for a bottle of water. Then she noticed dampness on her arms and legs, and realized she couldn’t speak clearly.

  • Mary & Joseph Retreat Center to offer several day retreats this fall

    This fall the Mary and Joseph Retreat Center in Rancho Palos Verdes will present a variety of day retreats, including the chance to learn about St. Francis of Assisi via theater performance and a Spanish-language meditation workshop.

  • Holy Family offers Mass in American Sign Language

    This past summer Holy Family Church in Artesia launched a new program to help accommodate the needs of an underserved segment of the Catholic community: deaf and hearing-impaired worshipers.

  • Pro-life parish youth group forms at Holy Innocents

    Young parishioners from Holy Innocents Church in Long Beach recently launched “Life Boats,” a new pro-life parish youth group devoted to embracing their motto — “Going against the flow” — in a collective effort to end abortion.

  • Mary Star School celebrates 100 years

    In 1914, Father Patrick McGrath — “as an act of deep faith, hope and love” — remodeled the old Mary Star of the Sea Church on Ninth Street in San Pedro. 

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Spiritual, but not religious? Who to blame for declining church attendance

Father Ronald Rolheiser, OMI

It’s no secret that today there’s been a massive drop-off in church attendance. Moreover, that drop-off in church-going is not paralleled by the same widespread growth in atheism and agnosticism. Rather, more and more people are claiming to be spiritual but not religious, faith-filled but not churchgoers. Why this exodus from our churches?

The Holy Father visits the Holy Land

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November 29, 2014

  • Saturday, November 29

    Day of Healing with Father Jerry Thompson, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., St. Bruno Parish Hall, 15740 Citrustree, Whittier. $20, includes lunch and Healing Mass. To register, go to www.scrc.org or call (818) 771-1361.

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