St. John Paul II parish hall dedicated at Santa Rosa

Father Juan Gaspar, Santa Rosa associate pastor, and Andre Nicdao, principal, stand in Santa Rosa’s schoolyard adjacent to the new parish hall. — Credit: PAULA DOYLE

After more than 20 years of fundraising and prayers, the new parish hall named in honor of St. John Paul II at Santa Rosa Church, San Fernando, was dedicated Aug. 23. Auxiliary Bishop Gerald Wilkerson presided at the 6:30 p.m. Mass, where concelebrants included Oblate of Mary Immaculate Father Stan Zowada, pastor, and six other Oblate priests.

An estimated 800 parishioners attended the dedication service following the Mass, exiting the side doors of the church and walking across the new plaza to the adjacent parish hall for the outdoor ribbon-cutting ceremony and indoor blessing service.

The tile-roofed mission-style building houses a large central room for events, religious education and youth ministry offices and a transitional kindergarten classroom, which is scheduled to open in a few weeks pending required permits. “The former TK is about a block from the school, so now it will be part of the [onsite parish] community,” noted Andre Nicdao, Santa Rosa’s new principal.


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‘Digging a well together’

Father Ronald Rolheiser, OMI

Christian de Cherge, the Trappist Abbott who was martyred in Algeria in 1996, was fond of sharing this story: He had a very close Muslim friend, Mohammed, and the two of them used to pray together, even as they remained aware of their differences as Muslim and Christian.  

Aware too that certain schools of thought, both Muslim and Christian, warn against this type of prayer out of a sense that the various faiths are not praying to the same God, the two of them didn’t call their sessions together prayer. Rather they imagined themselves as “digging a well together.”

 

 

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January 31, 2015

  • Saturday, January 31

    Nine-Hour Novena and Mass, 6:45 a.m., Saint Joseph the Worker Church, 19855 Shermann Way, Winnetka. Sponsored by the Infant Jesus of Prague Apostolic Group. For more information, contact Leo, (818) 633-3926. www.IJPAG.com

    Nun Run 5K, 8 a.m., Race starts on Dover Ave. in Thousand Oaks. Registration $25-35 and includes Nun Run T-shirt and pancake breakfast. For more information, email events@sndca.org or visit www.sndca.org/nunrun.

    Charismatic Mass with Healing Service, 8:30 a.m., St. Luke’s Catholic Church, 9451 Broadway, Temple City. Mass will be celebrated by Father Mark Strader.

     

     

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