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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. 

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A ‘Pieta’ for Southern California

The first ever Vatican approved re-creation made from a mold of Michelangelo’s Pieta will be unveiled Dec. 14 during the 4 p.m. Mass at Bishop Alemany High School (11111 Alemany Drive, Mission Hills), presided over by Bishop Jerald Wilkerson. The recreation comes as a donation from Richard G. Stewart and family.

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Our Lady of Guadalupe celebrated at St. Louise

St. Louise de Marillac recently celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe welcoming Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop Alexander Salazar, who celebrated Mass for the school and parish communities. First graders retold the story of Juan Diego and Our Lady for the congregation during Mass and also were lectors.

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Korean volunteer group honored by SVDP-LA

On Nov. 22, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles (SVDPLA), granted a merit award to the St. Basil Korean Conference of Charity, a Korean group that has been feeding Skid Row’s homeless every Saturday morning for the past two decades.

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Mary Star of the Sea High School student body raises $1,200 to assist fellow student

During the month of November, the student body of Mary Star of the Sea High School in San Pedro collected $1,200 to aid a fellow student’s growing healthcare costs. Since leaving school in September, sophomore Chris Joya has undergone two rounds of chemotherapy to help combat a cancerous brain tumor.

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Sir Daniel

Daniel Joseph Donohue, a Catholic philanthropist who supported Catholic high schools in low-income areas, backed programs serving the poor and was instrumental in the construction of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, died Dec. 3. He was 95.

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US asks Vatican to help relocate Guantanamo inmates

On Monday, the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met briefly with his Vatican counterpart, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, to discuss issues of common concern and to seek the Holy See's aid in relocating Guantanamo detainees.

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For Archbishop Chaput, Holy Family holds lesson on immigration

Faithful Catholics “need to remember that the Holy Family too was once a family of immigrants and refugees,” Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia said on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

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Final report: Vatican thanks women religious, stresses focus on Christ

The Vatican has published the results of its apostolic visitation examining the quality of religious communities across the U.S. in a report described as realistic yet encouraging.

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Christmas and the love of God

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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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