• God’s mercy: A critical element of catechetical ministry

    This year, the church celebrates Catechetical Sunday on Sept 21, and will focus on the theme, “Teaching about God’s Gift of Forgiveness.” This special celebration affords us the gracious opportunity to reflect on the role that the whole community of faith plays, by virtue of their baptism in handing on the beauty of our faith story and being witnesses to the Gospel.

  • Vocational formation and the new evangelization: Creating a ‘Culture of Vocations’

    One of the main goals of the Office of Vocations of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles is to help create anew a “Culture of Vocations” within our local Church. If you go to Poland today, or Kerala, India, or Jalisco, Mexico, you will find a very definite culture of vocations.

  • ‘A sound, firm and visionary formation and education’

    St. John’s Seminary has been a sacred place for some 75 years, inspiring, forming and educating men who are called to serve the Church as priests of Jesus Christ. I am blessed to have spent my formation years there, and am grateful to God for that graced opportunity.

  • Recalling Sister St. George: Engineer of scholars and gentlemen

    When Sister St. George Skurla passed away on Feb. 9, it was the culmination of a life that was lived to the fullest. Sister not only knew and understood Carpe Diem, she was Carpe Diem!

  • The ice bucket challenge’s ethical surprise

    From Conan O’Brien to little kids inspired to help those in need, people across the country have taken up the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in the past few weeks. The campaign has achieved astronomical success, raising $53.3 million for efforts to find a cure to Lou Gehrig’s disease.

  • Labor Day: Consider (and help) our youth and young adults

    This year Pope Francis canonized Saints John XXIII and John Paul II. Both made immense contributions to the social teaching of the Church on the dignity of labor and its importance to human flourishing.

  • Vocational formation and the new evangelization: Ongoing discernment

    The 35-year old lawyer asks himself, “Do I leave the job that I love, sell my condo, and give up the life that I have been living to enter the Seminary? After all, I have been thinking about the priesthood since grade school.”

  • The progressive case against assisted suicide

    I've spent my professional life fighting to improve the lives of those living with a disability. I've pushed for services, treatment and medical coverage for those with disabilities while helping them establish independent lives.

  • What do Guatemalans think about their children?

    My husband and I have been going to Guatemala for the past eight years with friends to build homes with Habitat for Humanity. 

  • The Assumption: Why is it so hard for some to believe?

    Mary was assumed into heaven.

    It’s one of the more difficult teachings for converts to grasp. But there are ways to approach the Assumption so that non-Catholics may come to believe.

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Voices

A bluebird day: Commercial fisherman Captain Geordie King

Heather King

Back in New England, my brother Geordie’s been a commercial fisherman for more than 30 years. He developed his passion for boats as a kid, out fishing and pulling lobster traps with my father.

The Holy Father visits the Holy Land

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October 25, 2014

  • Saturday, October 25

    World Apostolate of Fatima Conference, 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. (noon Mass, Bishop Alexander Salazar presiding), Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W. Temple St., L.A. (310) 890-7912.

    Our Lady of the Angels Region Congress, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., St. Mary’s Academy, Inglewood; $. (310) 216-9587.

    “Sing to the Lord!” formation day for music ministers, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Mary Star of the Sea Church, 463 W. Pleasant Valley Rd., Oxnard; $. (805) 469-6293.

     “Ethical Care at the End of Life,” seminar addressing end-of-life issues, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 3175 Telegraph Ave., Ventura. (805) 642-6403.

    Holiday Boutique, to support Little Sisters of the Poor, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Jeanne Jugan Residence, 2100 S. Western Ave., San Pedro. (310) 548-0625.

    St. Pius-St. Matthias Academy Open House, 10 a.m., 7851 E. Gardendale St., Downey. (562) 861-2271.

    Requiem Mass, for children lost to miscarriage and stillbirth, 10 a.m., St. Therese Church, 510 N. El Molino St., Alhambra. (626) 733-2297.

     “Mission Music,” with De Angelis Vocal Ensemble, 2 p.m., Mission San Juan Capistrano Basilica, 31520 Camino Capistrano,; $. [714] 928-9567.

    St. Philip the Apostle School Fall Festival, 2-10 p.m., 161 S. Hill Ave., Pasadena. (626) 795-9691.

    “Touch & Heal,” Cathedral Chapel  benefit concert, 4:30 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. concert, Bishop Conaty-Our Lady of Loretto HS, 2900 W. Pico Blvd. Los Angeles; $. (323) 930-5976.

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