• Big heart, big faith in Woodland Hills

    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.

  • Cathedral welcomes 3,000 for annual Mass honoring 117 Vietnamese Martyrs

    Approximately 20 busloads of Catholics from 14 parishes across the archdiocese poured into the plaza of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels the afternoon of Nov. 16 to enjoy a colorful, musical and dramatic celebration of the 117 Vietnamese Catholic martyrs.

  • ‘The wisdom of Sabbath’ at Catholic-Jewish Women’s Conference

    More than 200 people seeking wisdom and guidance regarding the religious ritual of Sabbath attended the 38th annual Catholic-Jewish Women’s Conference at the Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles on Nov. 11, the conference’s largest attendance turnout in more than 20 years.

  • Immaculate Heart Radio kicks off in Los Angeles

    If you turn your radio to AM 930, you’ll hear English-language Catholic programing broadcasting in Los Angeles for the first time in 14 years. 

  • DMJs celebrate golden and diamond anniversaries

    On Oct. 19, the Daughters of Mary and Joseph celebrated with five of their sisters who reached significant anniversaries in their years of religious life and service to the Church.

  • Resurrection Church welcomes pilgrim image of Our Lady of Guadalupe

    The parish community of Resurrection Church in East Los Angeles enthusiastically welcomed the arrival of “nuestra madre” (“our mother”) on Nov. 6 with a candlelight procession, Mexican dances and a celebratory Mass during this year’s first Los Angeles-area stop for the pilgrim image of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

  • ‘The Lord’s Gym’: Immaculate Heart Radio to begin broadcasting Nov. 17

    COVINA — Terry Barber and Jesse Romero broadcast their daily radio show out of a studio that probably isn’t much bigger than most of their listeners’ bathrooms. A picture of the Sacred Heart of Jesus hangs on one side, a crucifix on the other. Romero sits in front of a computer, and Barber stands up, constantly bouncing from one side of a microphone to the other. 

  • LA priest cleared by Vatican of sexual misconduct claims

    A Vatican tribunal has “definitively determined” that there is no proof of sexual misconduct by Monsignor Richard Loomis, a prominent Los Angeles archdiocese priest.

  • Louisville junior’s ‘Open the Door’ wins national PSA award

    The PSA begins with a girl in a white blouse turning a corner and slowly walking between lockers down a high school hallway. She has a shy expression that becomes more concerned as she goes by doors with posted black jagged letters saying “Bullied,” “Anorexic,” “Anxiety” and “Depression.”

  • Preventing Cyber Crime: Community rallies to protect children

    More than 400 educators, parents, and middle and high school students from across the archdiocese attended the sixth Annual Cyber Crime Prevention Symposium at the California Endowment Center in downtown L.A. on Oct. 29 to learn up-to-date information about staying safe online and how to avoid Internet predators, cyber bullies, malicious apps and more.

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Spiritual, but not religious? Who to blame for declining church attendance

Father Ronald Rolheiser, OMI

It’s no secret that today there’s been a massive drop-off in church attendance. Moreover, that drop-off in church-going is not paralleled by the same widespread growth in atheism and agnosticism. Rather, more and more people are claiming to be spiritual but not religious, faith-filled but not churchgoers. Why this exodus from our churches?

The Holy Father visits the Holy Land


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