Holy Innocents youth participate in Wrigley River Run

Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles Marie Andre (left) and Mary Elizabeth, principal of Holy Innocents School in Long Beach, are surrounded by students and parishioners getting ready to start the 1K Tadpole Trot on June 7. — Credit: CYRIL CRUZ

An energetic group of parishioners, staff members and a team of altar servers — known as the Knights of the Holy Altar — from Holy Innocents Church and School in Long Beach put on their running shoes the morning of June 7 to participate in the seventh annual Wrigley River Run 5K.

The 5K community event began and ended in front of Holy Innocents School, as it has for the last five years. In addition to altar servers Omar Caldera, Osvaldo Caldera, Isaac Camarillo and Moises Marquez (who finished seventh overall), numerous school children ages 10 and under and their families took part in the 1K “Tadpole Trot” the same morning.

Both runs are presented by the Long Beach Neighborhood Foundation (LBNF), a not-for-profit organization committed to improving conditions for at-risk youths. By participating in the run, both as participants and volunteers, Holy Innocents School becomes eligible for the organization’s grant program (see www.lbfoundation.org/Sponsors.html).

“This was a great opportunity to get some exposure for a group of young dedicated men serving God who are also dedicated to their physical health and well-being,” said Dr. Elsa Garcia, a parishioner and local physician who sponsored the Knights of the Holy Altar team members. 


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Easter and beyond

Anne Hansen

We move quickly from our major religious holidays each year. It’s not intentional. Life hurries along and as soon as the sun sets on one holiday the next is being touted by merchants looking to sell us whatever the next big day brings. To remain in the spirit of the religious holiday — in this case Easter — takes deliberate intention.

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April 25, 2015

  • Saturday, April 25

    Super Groovy 5K Run/Walk, 8 a.m., Woodley Park, 6350 Woodley Ave, Van Nuys. Sponsored by St. Euphrasia School, this year’s “Super Groovy” theme celebrates the school’s 50th anniversary of its founding in 1964 and serves as a tribute to that nostalgic era of peace and love — the 60’s. At the finish line, all runners and walkers will be puffed with clouds of psychodelic color. Registration $25-$40. For more information, contact Susie Sempelsz, (818) 488-1598. info@knights5k.org.

    5th Annual Car Show, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Junipero Serra High School, 14830 S Van Ness Ave., Gardena. Featuring classics, hot rods, and muscle cars as well as food, music, vendors and raffles. (310) 324-6675. la-serrahs.org.

    Challenge Weekend for Men, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and April 26, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Povorello Retreat House, 1519 Woodworth St., San Fernando. Presented by St. John Eudes and Our Lady of Grace Men’s Fellowships. Men will not board overnight; lunch is provided both days. $90 or donation. Register at knowingweekend.eventbrite.com. For more information, contact Fred Perez, (818) 749-5126.

    First Annual Sacred Heart High School Gala, 5 p.m., Los Angeles City College New Student Activities Center, 855 N Vermont Ave., Los Angeles. Proceeds from the event, themed “United to Empower,” will benefit the Comet Scholarship Fund.



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