• Kid elves to fill Christmas baskets in Solvang

    Children wearing elf hats will help prepare Christmas baskets for disadvantaged families Dec. 16 at Old Mission Santa Ines in Solvang. 

  • A cross-cultural experience

    Cherry Jia, Jessica Jin, Katherine Guo, Sunny Yu, Catherine Zhang, Kelly Yi, Rita Fan and Joyce Wu enrolled in grades 7-10 at La Reina in Thousand Oaks last fall. The girls first learned about La Reina during a visit made to China by teacher Kathryn Quist and Robin Fontana, junior high assistant principal.

  • A warm place for the homeless in Oxnard

    On Dec. 1, St. Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles opened Winter Warming Shelter at the Oxnard Armory, located at 351 South K Street, Oxnard. The shelter, now in its 13th year, will operate daily from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. through March 31, 2015. The Ventura Winter Shelter is a safe haven that assists homeless individuals during the coldest months of the year. It was started in reaction to widely publicized reports of homeless men and women freezing to death on park benches and heating grates.

  • Encountering Jesus Christ in Advent

    Advent can be a time of excessive busyness and stress as we prepare for Christmas Day, but it also provides us an opportunity for reflection and renewal of spirit as we ponder and celebrate the miracle of God becoming one with us through the birth of Jesus.  

  • Answering questions about the faith in Camarillo

    Do you have questions about faith, the meaning of life and death, or the teachings of the Catholic Church? As a mature adult, are you trying to find ways in today’s complicated world to understand the Catholicism you may have encountered as a child?

  • Mary Health 50th anniversary dinner, dance and concert gala

    Celebrating its golden anniversary in 2014, Mary Health of the Sick Convalescent and Nursing Hospital in Newbury Park will hold its 50th Anniversary Dinner, Dance and Concert Gala on Nov. 8 at the Sheraton, Agoura Hills.

  • Ethical care ‘end-of-life’ seminar set Oct. 25 in Ventura

    “Ethical Care at the End of Life,” a seminar addressing hospice trends, palliative sedation, physician-assisted suicide and more, will be held Oct. 25 at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Ventura.

  • La Reina offers middle school in 2015

    In an effort to provide “a seamless transition from middle school to high school,” La Reina High School will offer a middle school for girls to include grades 6-8 beginning in fall 2015. Founded in Thousand Oaks by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1964, La Reina currently offers enrollment for grades 7-12.

  • Catholic Charities Ventura County board holds annual retreat

    Catholic Charities’ Santa Barbara Region/Ventura County advisory board recently held its annual retreat at San Buenaventura Mission in Ventura, hosted by Father Tom Elewaut, pastor and board chaplain.

  • ‘Understanding the Complexity of Suicide’ talk set at Padre Serra

    “Myths, Truth, Hope and Healing: Understanding the Complexity of Suicide” will be addressed Oct. 15, 7 p.m. at Blessed Junípero Serra Church, Camarillo.

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Christmas and the love of God

Archbishop José H. Gomez

Jesus came into this world as a child, vulnerable and dependent. 

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December 18, 2014

  • Thursday, December 18

    Christmas Shop at Holy Grounds, 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., St. Monica Catholic Community, 725 California Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 566-1500.

    Our Lady of Grace School Christmas Concert, 7 p.m., Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 5011 White Oak Avenue, Encino. (818) 342-4686.

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