• Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Decision in United States v. Texas

    Our nation’s ongoing failure to address the immigration crisis is a humanitarian tragedy. For more than a decade, state and local governments, Congress, the President, the courts — and now the highest court in the land — all have failed in their responsibilities to address this issue. 

  • The mission of Catholic education — to make saints!

    I want to offer three reflections as you make this new beginning in your journey of life. I want to talk to you tonight about saints, prayer and love. 

  • After the latest mass shooting

    In the face of the mass murders in Orlando, Florida, this weekend, it is difficult to write. It is complicated and frustrating and it feels like we have already been through this before.

  • Coming to the end of life in California

    On June 9, California becomes the fifth state in the nation to allow doctors to prescribe lethal medications for patients who ask for them. With the new “End of Life Options” law we are crossing a line — from being a society that cares for those who are aging and sick, to a society that kills those whose suffering we can no longer tolerate.

  • Fundamental injustices in our society

    In some Church circles today we are seeing a return to the vision of a “seamless garment” or “consistent ethic of life.” Advocates ... recognize that the Church’s social witness must be founded on our common responsibility to defend the gift of human life at every stage and in every condition. 

  • The world as it should be

    Catholic social teaching gives us a vision of the world as it could be and as it should be. ... The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the most radical doctrine in the history of ideas. If the world believed what Jesus proclaimed ... every society could be transformed overnight.

  • ‘Telling our beads’ and what our beads tell

    The rosary is a part of the rhythm of my daily life. It has been that way for a long time now. My parents taught me to pray the rosary when I was a child. They always taught my sisters and I that we had a mother in heaven who loves us — just as we had a mother on earth who loves us.

  • The ‘realism’ of the Lord’s Prayer

    We have been reflecting on the words of the Lord’s Prayer during these weeks of Easter. Now, as we prepare for Pentecost and the coming of the Holy Spirit, we remember that the Spirit is given to us so that we can call God, “Abba! Father,” as Jesus taught us.

  • Our daily bread

    May is Mary’s Month. It is a new moment ... when we reflect on the love that our Blessed Mother showed to us in bringing Jesus into the world. As I was reflecting on this week’s column, I found myself wondering: Did Our Lady ever pray the Our Father?

  • Praying for holiness and the kingdom

    The Church’s saints have always recognized that the Lord’s Prayer is a summary of his whole Gospel. And each word and phrase in the prayer is a rich source for us to contemplate and reflect on.

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Voices

Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Decision in United States v. Texas

Archbishop José H. Gomez

Our nation’s ongoing failure to address the immigration crisis is a humanitarian tragedy. For more than a decade, state and local governments, Congress, the President, the courts — and now the highest court in the land — all have failed in their responsibilities to address this issue. 

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June 25, 2016

  • Saturday, June 25

    Los Angeles Foster Care and Adoption Information Meeting, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Children’s Bureau Foster Care & Adoption, 1910 Magnolia Ave., Los Angeles. Discover if you have the ability and resources to help a child in need. To RSVP or for more information, call (800) 730-3933. To request an information packet, go to: www.all4kids.org/program/foster-care.

     

    His Mercy Endures Forever, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Grand Ballroom, Long Beach Convention Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach. Presented by The Sower Metanoia. Speakers: Fr. R. Tony Richard from New Orleans; Lay evangelist Jesse Romero; Fr. Ismael Robles; Sower prayer ministry leader Sandra Burroughs, Noel Diaz, founder of El Sembrador. Praise & Worship- The Sower Band. Donation $25/person (Buy 3 tix get a 4th free). Info: (877) 714-5679, Spanish (818) 700-4938. Get tickets at www.sowermetanoia.com.

     

    New Rite of Matrimony Workshop by the Archdiocesan Office for Worship, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., St. Junipero Serra, 5205 Upland Rd., Camarillo. Speakers from the Bishops’ Committee on Divine Worship and the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (FDLC). Implementation of the new rite begins Sept. 8, 2016, and is mandated as of Dec. 30, 2016. To register, go to: www.fdlc.org.

     

    How Can This Man Give Us His Flesh to Eat?, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., St Madeleine parish, 931 East Kingsley Ave., Pomona. The many prophecies, antetypes and allusions to the Holy Eucharist and Holy Mass found in the Torah and in the Gospels--along with adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. A mini-retreat conducted by Tidings columnist Sean M. Wright. Register at the parish. Info: (909) 629-9495. 

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