• Dr. Maher Hathout

    Dr. Maher Hathout’s death earlier this month creates a void in the Los Angeles interfaith community, for he was not only one of the early leaders of interfaith dialogue in our city, but was also the titular head of the Muslim community here. On this sad occasion, the Quranic verse “From God we come and to him we return” [Sura 2.156] comes to mind. May you rest the sleep of the just, my friend.

  • Anaheim conference will underscore vital role of marriage

    Hosted by the Institute for Family Studies and the Wheatley Institution, the Home Truths conference aims to explain the vital role of marriage in the lives of adults and children as well as give insights into what makes strong relationships and marriages today.

  • Pope Francis to canonize evangelizer of the Wild West

    In a surprise addition to his fall 2015 trip to the U.S., Pope Francis is planning to canonize the founder of California's first missions, Bl. Junipero Serra.

  • Raising a son with Down syndrome

    “One of the reasons I started this site was to give the world an opportunity to see first hand what it’s like raising a child born with Down syndrome. I had this crazy idea that if I could give the world a window into the life of a family raising a child with special needs, it would help them see that people like my son are much more typical than they may think.”

  • AB 60 allows undocumented immigrants to apply for driver’s licenses

    AB 60 was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in October 2013. Authored by California Assemblyman Luis Alejo (D-Salinas), the bill was supported by the state’s police chiefs and insurance commissioner because it will ultimately result in more drivers who have passed all state-required driving tests on the road.

  • Archbishop celebrates Christmas Mass at Men’s Central

    The Christmas morning entourage had to practically shuffle sideways through the dingy corridor of Men’s Central Jail, module 1750. Built in the early 1960s and expanded in the ‘70s, the green-barred single cells lining one side and reserved for high security inmates are the oldest in MCJ. 

  • Children of incarcerated parents celebrate Christmas

    Following its tradition, the Los Angeles Archdiocese’s Office of Restorative Justice held a Christmas party for the families of incarcerated men and women at Fire Station #17 in Los Angeles on Dec. 20.

  • LA, San Diego faithful pray at US-Mexico border

    “My child is about to born and I don’t have a place to go; after jumping up the wall my wife was left alone,” sang the people on the Mexico side.

    “Do not keep pleading, come to our community where we will all work together for justice and dignity,” responded the choir on the U.S. side.

  • St. James parish community mourns lives lost in fatal car crash

    Friends, teachers and fellow parishioners at St. James Catholic Church and School in Redondo Beach knew 6-year-old Samuel Gaza as a “lively, funny and friendly” kindergartener who “had fun with everybody” and liked football. 

  • The conversion of a Catholic Worker

    “Just suddenly this light went off in my head, and I said to myself: ‘Oh, so that’s what Jesus would be doing if he were alive today. He would be feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, sheltering the homeless — and burning draft cards.'” 

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Appreciating the gift of memory

Anne Hansen

Why do we hold on to so many things in closets, garages and storage units? What is it about the birth announcement of an adult child or the high school diploma of an elderly grandparent that keeps these objects carefully saved rather than discarded? They are of no use to anyone and take up space. Yet they are precious and difficult to part with.



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January 25, 2015

  • Saturday, January 24

    Building Bridges through Intercultural Competency: A Symposium on the Future of Education and Ministry in the Church, 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Loyola Marymount University, 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles. Archbishop José H. Gomez of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles will deliver a keynote address, which will be followed by two panel discussions on issues of intercultural competency and diversity featuring experts and practitioners working in Catholic education and other ministries in Southern California and across the United States. For more information, please contact the LMU School of Education Office of the Dean at (310) 258-8768.

    Life in the Spirit Seminar, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (Registration 8:30 a.m.), Incarnation School Auditorium, 1001, N Brand Blvd., Glendale. Led by Fr. Bill Adams C.S.s.R. (818) 421-1354.

    Journey Through Grief, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Mary & Joseph Retreat Center, 5300 Crest Rd, Rancho Palos Verdes. (310) 377-4867.

    “One Life, One Light” Requiem for the Unborn, 6 p.m., Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 West Temple Street, Los Angeles.

  • Sunday, January 25

    44th Annual Whale Fiesta, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro. Free. Cabrillo Marine Aquarium celebrates marine mammals and the beginning of the migration of the Pacific gray whales along Southern California. Activities include building a life-sized whale out of sand, “Great Duct Tape Whale Contest” and “Whale Dynamics,” where participants will be transformed into a single “living whale.” (310) 548-7562.

    “Sisters of Selma: Bearing Witness for Change” with director Jayasri Majumdar Hart, 3-5 p.m., St. Bernadette Parish, 3825 Don Felipe Dr., Los Angeles. A discussion with Ms. Hart will follow the screening.  Free.

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