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.
The problem was daunting — to train 3,800 nurses in the rollout of the new electronic record system at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank along with four other hospitals in Southern California.
The parish community of St. Catherine Laboure Church in Torrance recently recognized parishioner Jeannie Nestojko for being among the first people in the United States to earn the new national certification as a Lay Ecclesial Minister (LEM) from the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership (NCCL).
By nearly all measurements, St. Mel Parish in Woodland Hills would be considered a small parish. With only 2,500 families, St. Mel’s is about half the size of other parishes in the area. As small as it may be, this parish is big in heart, with representatives from many different languages and cultures.
Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley has clarified his recent 60 Minutes interview, saying its “difficult questions” on women’s ordination and Vatican investigations of a Missouri bishop and a women’s religious conference needed more discussion and nuance.
I am happy that some temporary relief is being offered to help parents and children who right now are living in daily fear that their families will be broken up by arrests and deportations. But the President’s actions today are no substitute for the comprehensive immigration reform our nation needs.
Fall Concert: Paul Gilbraith, 7 p.m., Thomas Aquinas College, 10000 Ojai Road, Santa Paula. Free and open to the public. Gilbraith is a classical guitarist, Grammy nominee and Billboard “Top Ten” Artist. (805) 525-4417.
“Marymount Presents” Fall Theater Production, 8 p.m. and Nov. 22, 8 p.m., Grand Annex, 434 W Sixth St., San Pedro. Tickets: $10 general, $5 student/senior. The fall theatre production will showcase Marymount California University student talent. (310) 303-7223.