Local Choral festival honors Sandy Hook community

St. Rose of Lima Church in Newtown, Conn., the parish of some of the victims in the Dec. 14, 2012 shooting that killed 26, will be the beneficiary of an April 6 concert by local choirs. — CNS/SHANNON STAPLETON, REUTERS

The City of Angels Community Choirs, founded by veteran Catholic parish choir director Richard Medrano, will host its inaugural choral festival next month in efforts to bring a measure of healing to the community of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Conn.

Proceeds from the free will offering taken during the April 6, 4 p.m., concert at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Hollywood Hills’ Hall of Liberty will be used to help defray festival expenses and to purchase a set of hand bells, which will have each bell inscribed with a name of one of the 26 Sandy Hook shooting victims who died at the school on Dec. 14, 2012. Plans are for the hand bells to go to St. Rose of Lima Church in Newtown, a parish home to many of the Sandy Hook victims.

Participants in the event include adult and children’s choirs from Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, Boys Scouts of America Troop 911 and the Youth Singers of America. Among local Catholic participants are choirs from St. Genevieve, Panorama City; St. Joseph the Worker, Canoga Park; St. John Eudes, Chatsworth; and St. Monica, Santa Monica.

The festival will include a combined choirs’ performance of Kurt Bestor’s “Prayer of the Children” synced with a video clip of the community of Sandy Hook. For more information on the City of Angels Community Choirs, a not-for-profit organization, log on to: www.coacc.net.

—Paula Doyle


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July 26, 2014

  • Saturday, July 26

    Bioethics & Eugenics Conference, presented by L.A. Archdiocese and National Bioethics Center, Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W. Temple St., L.A.; $. (626) 445-8481.

    Elementary Specialization, presented by Office of Religious Education, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (also July 27), La Purísima Concepción Church, 213 W. Olive Ave., Lompoc; $. (213) 637-7410.

    “Lord, How Can I Know the Way?” workshop and tour presented by Office of Family Life (Separated, Divorced & Widowed Ministry), led by Fr. Patrick Hill, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W. Temple St., L.A.; $. (213) 637-7249.

    Villanova BBQ, 90th anniversary kickoff, 12:30-3 p.m., 12096 Ventura Ave., Ojai; $. (805) 646-1464.

    “At the Table,” Mass and fundraiser dinner, 5 p.m., Mary & Joseph Retreat Center, 5300 Crest Rd., Rancho Palos Verdes; $. (310) 377-4867.

    St. John Paul II Awards Dinner, presented by L.A. Archdiocese and National Bioethics Center, Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, 120 S. Los Angeles St., L.A.; $. (626) 445-8481.

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