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ACC Newsbriefs - December 4, 2015


Welcome to ACC Newsbriefs from the Archdiocesan Catholic Center (ACC) in Los Angeles. This weekly update (issued each Friday) brings news about the latest ministries, resources, events, workshops, etc. of the ACC departments and other entities. For more general information, please check the Archdiocesan website at:

http://www.la-archdiocese.org


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New This Week:


  1.       Year of Mercy Pilgrimage Churches


  2.       Catholic Cemeteries:  Christmas Prayer of Remembrance, Sunday, December 6, Across the Archdiocese


  3.       Holy Angels Parish in Arcadia and Our Mother of Good Counsel Parish in Los Angeles:  Advent Adult Continuing Faith Formation Series with Dn. Bruce Sago in December


  4.       Archdiocesan Youth Employment Services of Catholic Charities of Los Angeles:  Paid Internship and Career Training Opportunities for Youth


  5.       Mount Saint Mary's University:  "Communities of Mercy:  The Jubilee of Mercy in the Parish," Saturdays, January 16 and February 20


  6.       Vatican Exhibit:  "Vatican Splendors:  A Journey Through Faith and Art," Sunday, March 6, 2016, through Sunday, August 28, in Simi Valley; Discounted Advance Tickets Available Now Available Through Wednesday, January 6, 2016



Important Information and Continuing Events:

  7.       Loyola Marymount University Choruses:  Holiday Benefit Concert, Friday, December 4, in Redondo Beach


  8.       St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish in Santa Clarita:  "Caring and Sharing Christmas Festival," Saturday, December 5


  9.       Holy Spirit Retreat Center in Encino and Valyermo Dancers:  Advent/Christmas Dance Concert, Saturday, December 5; and Sunday, December 6


10.       Loyola Marymount University Choruses:  Gala Christmas Choral Concerts, Thursday, December 10, and Saturday, December 12, in Los Angeles


11.       Communication Department:  Upcoming Events


12.       Fr. Kolbe Missionaries:  Calendar of Events


13.       Office of Ethnic Ministry:  Simbang Gabi Celebration, Thursday, December 17, in Santa Monica


14.       Office of the Archbishop:  Installation of Bp. Joseph Brennan as Episcopal Vicar, Saturday, December 19, in North Hollywood


15.       Center for Religion and Spirituality at Loyola Marymount University:  Workshop Series on Movie Making and the New Evangelization, December and January


16.       Wordnet Productions:  Schedule of Upcoming Programs


17.       Mary and Joseph Retreat Center in Rancho Palos Verdes:  Calendar of Events


18.       Altadena/Pasadena Black Catholic Association:  "To Be Black and Catholic:  A Formation Series" Continues First Thursdays in Altadena


19.       Religious Education Congress:  Registration Now Open for 2016 Congress, Thursday, February 25, through Sunday, February 28, 2016, in Anaheim


20.       Mission Doctors Association:  Retreat for Those Considering Short-Term International Mission Work, Friday, March 4, through Sunday, March 6, 2016, in Los Angeles


21.       Southern California Partners for Global Justice:  Symposium 2016 on Human Trafficking, Saturday, March 5, 2016, in Los Angeles


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New This Week:


1.         Year of Mercy Pilgrimage Churches

Pope Francis has declared a Year of Mercy, beginning Tuesday, December 8, and running through Sunday, November 26, 2016, the Feast of Christ the King.  Several parishes in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles have been designated by Abp. José H. Gomez as Pilgrimage Churches:

San Gabriel Pastoral Region



Resurrection - Los Angeles

San Gabriel Mission - San Gabriel

Immaculate Conception - Monrovia

St. Lorenzo Ruiz - Walnut



San Fernando Pastoral Region



Our Lady of Lourdes - Northridge

St. Mary - Palmdale

Holy Family - Glendale

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary - Sun Valley



Our Lady of the Angels Pastoral Region



Christ the King - Los Angeles

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels - Los Angeles

St. John Chrysostom - Inglewood

St. Joan of Arc - Los Angeles



San Pedro Pastoral Region



St. Dominic Savio - Bellflower

St. Mary of the Assumption - Whittier

American Martyrs - Manhattan Beach

St. Anthony - Long Beach



Santa Barbara Pastoral Region



St. Louis de Montfort - Santa Maria

St. Raphael - Goleta

Santa Clara - Oxnard



For information about Year of Mercy events at these parishes, please contact the individual parishes.

For more information about the Year of Mercy, please access the website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops at:

http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/how-we-teach/new-evangelization/jubilee-of-mercy/index.cfm



2.         Catholic Cemeteries:  Christmas Prayer of Remembrance, Sunday, December 6, Across the Archdiocese


On Sunday, December 6, at 2:00 p.m., each of the 11 Catholic Cemeteries in the Archdiocese will conduct a Christmas Prayer for Remembrance for prayer, healing, and a reaffirmation of God's grace.  All are invited, especially those who have had someone close to them die this past year.  Please contact each cemetery directly for more information.



3.         Holy Angels Parish in Arcadia and Our Mother of Good Counsel Parish in Los Angeles:  Advent Adult Continuing Faith Formation Series with Dn. Bruce Sago in December



Holy Angels Parish in Arcadia and Our Mother of Good Counsel Parish in Los Angeles are both offering an Advent Adult Continuing Faith Formation series, "Nuts and Bolts of Our Catholic Faith," with Dn. Bruce Sago.  Each session, which runs from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., will feature a short teaching on a specific topic, followed by a question-and-answer session where attendees can ask questions about anything regarding the Catholic Church, including its faith, practices, and doctrines.  These events are free and open to the public; however, donations are gratefully accepted.  The schedule is as follows:

Holy Angels Parish in Arcadia:
Wednesday, December 9:  "Who are We Waiting For....Baby Jesus or the Risen Christ?"

Tuesday, December 15:  "Santa Claus and the Communion of Saints"



Our Mother of Good Counsel Parish in Los Angeles:
Monday, December 7:  "Who are We Waiting For....Baby Jesus or the Risen Christ?"

Monday, December 14:  "Santa Claus and the Communion of Saints."



For any questions, please call the respective parishes.  Holy Angels Parish is at (626) 447-1671.  Our Mother of Good Counsel Parish is at (323) 664-2111.



4.         Archdiocesan Youth Employment Services of Catholic Charities of Los Angeles:  Paid Internship and Career Training Opportunities for Youth

Archdiocesan Youth Employment Services (AYE) of Catholic Charities of Los Angeles has paid internship and career training opportunities for youth under various programs funded by the City and County of Los Angeles.  Presently, they have nearly 400 openings to serve youth and young adults, ages 16 to 24, with emphasis on out-of-school youth, including high school dropouts and graduates in need of job training.  AYE and its network partners offer an array of job and career services with full- and part-time job placement opportunities with business, healthcare providers, and community organizations.  Their Central and South Los Angeles locations have LAUSD PSA academic advisors.  Services include:



§  Job preparation and placement with paid internships and on-the-job training

§  Occupational training and credential programs (e.g. nursing assistant, computer training)

§  Education and career services, including GED/HiSET, tutoring, tuition, and materials

§  Support services including childcare, clothing, transportation, etc.



For more information, including a summary of the program requirements and online application, please access:

http://ayela.org/youth-services



5.         Mount Saint Mary's University:  "Communities of Mercy:  The Jubilee of Mercy in the Parish," Saturdays, January 16 and February 20

Mount Saint Mary's University offers its Ecclesia Program for all church ministers, whether lay or ordained, paid or volunteer.  The next workshop, "Communities of Mercy:  The Jubilee of Mercy in the Parish," will be held over two Saturdays, January 16 and February 20.  The sessions will be led by Ms. Cambria Smith Torterelli, Parish Life Director at Holy Family Church in South Pasadena; and Ms. Ellie Hidalgo, Pastoral Associate at Dolores Mission in Boyle Heights (Los Angeles).  Pope Francis tells us that "wherever the Church is present, the mercy of God must be evident.  In parishes...in short, wherever there are Christians, everyone should find an oasis of mercy." (Misericordiae Vultus, 12).  To support the efforts of parishes to reflect upon the call of the Jubilee Year of Mercy in their particular situation, Ecclesia offers this two-part series on theologically grounded, but very practical, ways to help create communities of mercy - both within the sometimes-conflictual parish community, and in the neighborhood in which the parish lives.  Particular attention will be given to conflict resolution and peacemaking, as well as to the vision of restorative justice.  Both sessions will The workshop will be held on the Mount's Doheny campus (near U.S.C.), from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Cost is $25 per person for each workshop, or $40 for both, if purchased together.  For each workshop, a rate of $20 per person is available for groups of five or more registering together.  For more information or registration forms, go to:

https://www.msmu.edu/student-life/spiritual-life/campus-ministry/ecclesia/



6.         Vatican Exhibit:  "Vatican Splendors:  A Journey Through Faith and Art," Sunday, March 6, 2016, through Sunday, August 28, in Simi Valley; Discounted Advance Tickets Available Through Wednesday, January 6, 2016

"Vatican Splendors:  A Journey Through Faith and Art" is an exhibit that includes historical and religious objects chronicling the history of the church.  This includes objects not normally on view to the general public, and many never exhibited before in North America.  This exhibit will be held from Sunday, March 6, 2016, through Sunday, August 28, 2016, at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley.  Discounted advance tickets are now available if purchased through Wednesday, January 6, 2016.  With a $3 discount per ticket, the discounted ticket prices are as follows:  Senior Citizens (ages 62 and older) $16; Adults (ages 18 through 61) $19; Youth (ages 11 through 17) $15;  Children (ages 3 through 10) $7.  These discounted advance tickets are now available for purchase (using the promotion code "parish") at:

http://www.reaganfoundation.org/tickets.aspx



For more information about this exhibit, please access:

http://www.reaganlibrary.com/vaticansplendors



Important Information and Continuing Events:


7.         Loyola Marymount University Choruses:  Holiday Benefit Concert, Friday, December 4, in Redondo Beach

The Loyola Marymount University Choruses will present a Holiday Benefit Concert on Friday December 4, at 8:00 p.m., in the Parish Hall of St. Lawrence Martyr Parish in Redondo Beach.  Appearing in the concert will be the Consort Singers, the Women's Chorus, and the Concert Choir, all under the direction of Dr. Mary C. Breden, Director of Choral Activities at the University.  The program will include seasonal favorites as well as the Fauré Messe Basse, Behold New Joy of Shawn Kirchner, Eric Whitacre's Sainte-Chapelle, and Gwyneth Walker's Rejoice!  A freewill offering will benefit the Breden Memorial Scholarship at St. Lawrence Martyr School.  For further information concerning the holiday concert, call the LMU Choral Office at 310-338-5154.



8.         St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish in Santa Clarita:  "Caring and Sharing Christmas Festival," Saturday, December 5

St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish in Santa Clarita is hosting a "Caring and Sharing Christmas Festival" to benefit a number of local charities.  It will be held on Saturday, December 5, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The event will include children's games, pictures with Santa Claus, and food booths, along with hands-on service projects that can be done by both children and adults.  For more information, please contact the parish at (661) 296-3180.



9.         Holy Spirit Retreat Center in Encino and Valyermo Dancers:  Advent/Christmas Dance Concert, Saturday, December 5; and Sunday, December 6



In conjunction with the Sisters of Social Service at Holy Spirit Retreat Center in Encino, the Valyermo Dancers present "Dancing Festival of Lessons and Carols" on Saturday, December 5, and Sunday, December 6, at the Retreat Center.  Performances will be as follows:  Saturday, December 5, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, December 6, at 2:00 p.m. only.  This ecumenical celebration of Advent and Christmas will consist of a program of ten danced global and multilingual carols in the sacred tradition and will be interwoven with poetry and seasonal scriptures.  Tickets are $15 per person.  For more information, please access:

http://www.valyermodancers.org/Dancing_Lessons___Carols_Concert_Dec__2015_.pdf

or contact Sr. Deborah, S.S.S. at (818) 784-4515 x3306.

The Valyermo Dancers' website is:

http://www.valyermodancers.org<http://www.valyermodancers.org/>

Their e-mail address is:

mailto:info at valyermodancers.org



10.       Loyola Marymount University Choruses:  Gala Christmas Choral Concerts, Thursday, December 10, and Saturday, December 12, in Los Angeles

The Loyola Marymount University Department of Music will present its annual Gala Christmas Choral Concerts on Thursday, December 10, and Saturday, December 12, both at 8:00 p.m. in Sacred Heart Chapel on the campus of Loyola Marymount University.  Appearing in the concert will be the Consort Singers, the Women's Chorus, and the Concert Choir, all under the direction of Dr. Mary C. Breden, Director of Choral Activities at the University.  The program will include seasonal favorites as well as the Fauré Messe Basse, Behold New Joy of Shawn Kirchner, Eric Whitacre's Sainte-Chapelle, and Gwyneth Walker's Rejoice!  Tickets are now on sale for these concerts.  Prices are $15 for Thursday, December 10; and $20 or $15 for Saturday December 12, with discount prices available to faculty, senior citizens, and students.  LMU students can purchase a ticket for either performance for $5 by presenting their current I.D. at the door.  For further information concerning the concerts, please call the LMU Choral Office at 310-338-5154 and for tickets, order online at:



http://www.lmucfa.com<http://www.lmucfa.com/>

or call 310-338-5466.



11.       Communication Department:  Upcoming Events

The Communication Department wishes to inform you of the following upcoming events:

84th Procession and Mass in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe "Mother of Mercy."  Sunday, December 6.  11:00 a.m.:  Process beginning at the corner of Cesar Chavez Blvd. and the 710 freeway.  1:30 p.m.  Holy Mass at East Los Angeles College Stadium, with Abp. José H. Gomez presiding.
84th Procesión y Misa en honor de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe "Madre de Misericordia" en Estadio del Colegio del Este de Los Ángeles.  11:00 AM - Procesión (Esquina de César E. Chávez Ave. y Autopista 710).  1:30 PM - Santa Misa, celebrante Arzobispo José H. Gomez.

http://archla.org/guadalupe



Abp. José H. Gomez also cordially everyone to the annual celebration in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  Friday, December 11, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles.  All of these celebrations will be in Spanish.  10:00 p.m.:  Rosary and Mariachi Performance.  11:00 p.m.:  Musical Tribute and Las Mañanitas.  12:00 midnight:  Midnight Mass.

www.olacathedral.org/guadalupe<http://www.olacathedral.org/guadalupe>



12.       Fr. Kolbe Missionaries:  Calendar of Events

The Fr. Kolbe Missionaries are sponsoring the following events:

Mother of Mercy. Sunday, December 6, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Marian Day in preparation for the Year of Mercy.  It will be held at the Fr. Kolbe Missionary Center in West Covina.  For more information, please access:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1041653349208979/

MI Women's Group.  Wednesdays, December 9 and 16, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Women are invited to pray the Scriptures through Lectio Divina.  It will be held at the Fr. Kolbe Missionary Center in West Covina.  More information is available at:
http://www.kolbemission.org/miwomen

Journey of Healing.  Wednesdays, December 9 and 16, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  A Biblical reflection series on Christ's healing ministry in the synoptic Gospels.  It is a journey from recognition to response with Christ.  The evenings will include discussion, prayer, reflection, and song.  They will be held at St. Joseph School in La Puente.

For more information on any of these events, please contact the Fr. Kolbe Missionaries at (626) 917-0040 or at:

FKMissionaries at gmail.com<mailto:FKMissionaries at gmail.com>

Their website is:

http://www.kolbemission.org/en



13.       Office of Ethnic Ministry:  Simbang Gabi Celebration, Thursday, December 17, in Santa Monica

The Filipino Community is celebrating Simbang Gabi in anticipation of Christmas.  It will be held at St. Monica Parish in Santa Monica.  Bp. Oscar Solis will celebrate mass on Thursday, December 17, at 7:00 p.m., followed by a catered dinner.  This event is free and open to the public; however, donations are gratefully accepted.  For more information and registration, please contact:



StMonicaSimbangGabi at gmail.com<mailto:StMonicaSimbangGabi at gmail.com>



14.       Office of the Archbishop:  Installation of Bp. Joseph Brennan as Episcopal Vicar, Saturday, December 19, in North Hollywood

The three new Auxiliary Bishops of the Archdiocese are being installed as Episcopal Vicars of their Pastoral Regions.  All are invited to the last of the three celebrations:

Saturday, December 19, at 3:00 p.m., at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in North Hollywood

Bp. Joseph Brennan to be installed as Episcopal Vicar, San Fernando Region

Priests who wish to concelebrate are asked to contact the Regional Office to arrange for seating.



15.       Center for Religion and Spirituality at Loyola Marymount University:  Workshop Series on Movie Making and the New Evangelization, December and January

The Center for Religion and Spirituality at Loyola Marymount University is sponsoring a workshop series on movie making and the New Evangelization to introduce participants to media production and the opportunities it presents those in ministry, education, and service, especially in communities marked by issues of social justice.  The next installments are:  "Making your Movie" with Mr. Luis Proenca, Saturday, December 19, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  "Sharing your Movie with the World" with Ms. Valerie Arias, Saturday, January 23, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  Each of these workshops is $25 per person.  For additional information, please contact the Center at (310) 338-2799 or at:

crs at lmu.edu<mailto:crs at lmu.edu>.

The website is:

http://academics.lmu.edu/extension/crs/projects/cinema



16.       Wordnet Productions:  Schedule of Upcoming Programs

Wordnet Productions has published its schedule of upcoming programs, including Fr. Michael Manning's series on the four gospels, starting in December.  Find more information at:

http://www.wordnet.tv



17.       Mary and Joseph Retreat Center in Rancho Palos Verdes:  Calendar of Events

Mary and Joseph Retreat Center in Rancho Palos Verdes is sponsoring the following events:

"Life in the Spirit:  The Kingdom Breaking Through" with Katherine Coolidge.  Saturday, December 5,  9:00am to 3:00pm.  Advent is a time of waiting but life goes on while we wait. Come spend time with John the Baptist, Mary & Elizabeth - explore how you are called to live AND wait for the coming of Jesus at Christmas. Bring your Bible, notepad and heart open to the movement of the Holy Spirit in Advent.  Lunch included. Cost: $50.

Printable pdf flier with Tear-off
http://www.maryjoseph.org/pdfs/12-5%20Advent%20Katherine%20tear.pdf
Click here for online registration

https://e-giving.org/Registration_v2.5/ViewEvent.asp?evntid=15416



"Christmas Tea and Carols."  Sunday, December 6, Tea 2pm; Concert 3pm.  Step back in time to the bygone era of carolers dressed in Victorian costumes. "A Holiday Affaire" will entertain you with Christmas favorites, after a delightful high tea with scones, finger sandwiches and desserts, prepared by our talented kitchen staff. Make this event a family tradition!  Cost for Tea and Concert: Adult $25; Children 4-12 $15; Children under 4 free.

Printable pdf flier with Tear-off
http://www.maryjoseph.org/pdfs/12-6%20Tea%20&%20Carols%20tear%20web.pdf
Click here for online registration

https://e-giving.org/Registration_v2.5/ViewEvent.asp?evntid=28754



9th Annual Nativity Exhibit: "The Animals at the Stable" with Ellen Mintz.  Sunday, December 6 to Monday, December 21 (various hours).  "Jesus our brother, kind and good, was humbly born in a stable rude.  And the friendly beasts around Him stood, Jesus our brother, kind and good."  Every year during our Nativity Exhibit we experience new and different ways to look at the celebration of the Birth. This year we are featuring the animals whose presence at the stable reminds all of their place in our World. From St. Francis' first celebration of the Christmas Mass with live animals and a manger for his altar to the English carol, The Friendly Beasts, both traditional and usual animals have populated nativity sets. Please join us this year for our annual exhibit and see what creatures come to the stable.  Call in advance for docent tours and field trip reservations.  Donations requested for docent led tours. Make our exhibit a Christmas Tradition with friends and family. Admission is free - Our Christmas gift to you!

Printable pdf flier with Tear-off

http://www.maryjoseph.org/pdfs/12-6%20Nativity%20clr%20web.pdf



Las Posadas con Marlene Velazquez.  Domingo 20 de Diciembre,  4:00 to 6:00pm.  Las Posadas son una festividad Navideña. La Navidad significa el nacimiento de Nuestro Señor Jesucristo. Y una de las formas de celebrarlo simbólicamente es haciendo "Posadas". Ven y celebra con nosotros una Posada para actuar por lo que pasaron José y María para encontrar posada en su viaje a Belén. Vamos a tener piñatas, aperitivos, y vevidas para todos. Costo: Adultos $5, niños 4-12 $2, niños menores de 4 son gratis.

Click here for online registration

https://e-giving.org/Registration_v2.5/ViewEvent.asp?evntid=28769



Las Posadas with Marlene Velazquez.  Sunday, December 20, 4:00 to 6:00pm.  In California, Christmas has been enriched with many elements from the Hispanic culture including music, food, piñatas and the Posada journey. Join us for a symbolic commemoration of Las Posadas as Mary and Joseph search for lodging on their journey to Bethlehem. We will have a piñata for the children as well as snacks and refreshments for all. Cost: Adults $5, children 4-12 $2, children under 4 free.

Printable pdf flier with Tear-off
http://www.maryjoseph.org/pdfs/12-21%20Las%20Posadas%20tear%20web.pdf
Click here for online registration

https://e-giving.org/Registration_v2.5/ViewEvent.asp?evntid=28770



Epiphany Concert with Tom Bellizia.  Sunday, January 3, 2016, from 3:00 to 5:00pm.  Our musical celebration of the Epiphany will be led by Tom Bellizia. Following the concert we will bless the Retreat Center using a traditional blessing. Chalk & holy water will be provided. Refreshments will be served. Cost: $20 per person.

Click here for online registration

https://e-giving.org/Registration_v2.5/ViewEvent.asp?evntid=28772



"Harmony and Peace: The Al-Anon Way" with Fr. Terry R. For Family and Friends of an Alcoholic.  7:00pm Friday, January 22, 2016 - 1:30pm Sunday, January 24, 2016.  Come aside for quiet space to revitalize your commitment to recovery, one day at a time. We do not make this journey alone. With help from our Higher Power and good friends extraordinary things can happen. Father Terry will provide inspiration, challenge and encouragement. Sharing our stories and our struggles with other retreatants is a highlight of this retreat. Non-denominational.  Cost: per person/shared $230 ($215 if paid before January 1) single room $335 ($320 if paid before January 1)

Printable pdf flier with Tear-off
http://www.maryjoseph.org/pdfs/1-22%20Richey%20Al-Anon%20tear.pdf
Click here for online registration

https://e-giving.org/Registration_v2.5/ViewEvent.asp?evntid=28773



"Journey Through Grief" with Sr. Laura Gormley, SSL.  Saturday, January 23, 2016, 9:00am to 3:00pm.  The loss of a beloved spouse, parent or relative, or close friend sends us on a journey of grief. On this journey we struggle with our hopes & fears, our longings & expectations, as we learn to accept our new way of being and moving forward with our individual lives. We will explore ways that may help us along this path. The retreat includes lunch.  Cost: $50 ($45 if paid in full by January 15) .

Printable pdf flier with Tear-off
http://www.maryjoseph.org/pdfs/1-23%20Grief%20tear%20web.pdf

Click here for online registration

https://e-giving.org/Registration_v2.5/ViewEvent.asp?evntid=28777

For more information about any of these events, please contact the Center at (310) 377-4867 or access:

http://www.maryjoseph.org



18.       Altadena/Pasadena Black Catholic Association:  "To Be Black and Catholic:  A Formation Series" Continues First Thursdays in Altadena

The Altadena/Pasadena Black Catholic Association presents a yearlong seminar series journeying through Black Catholicism.  The main speaker, Mr. Jared Anderson, will focus on Black Catholic spirituality, catechesis, and liturgy, as well as history, Catholic social teachings, and social justice.  Sessions will be held at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish in Altadena.  The series will continue on the first Thursday each month at 7:00 p.m. with occasional guest speakers.  The schedule of topics is as follows:

January 2016: Justice and Hope
February 2016: Catholic Social Teaching and Racism
March 2016: The Paschal Mystery
April 2016: The Black Christ
May 2016: A Black Catholic Understanding of The Church
June 2016: To Be Black, Catholic, and Womanist
July 2016: Black Catholic History
August 2016: Scripture in the Life of the Black Catholic

This course is free and open to all; however, donations are gratefully accepted.  People can go to any and all topics that interest them.  For more information, please contact Ms. Edwina Clay at (626) 840-3562 or Mr. Jared Anderson at:

janderson at stbernardym.org<mailto:janderson at stbernardym.org>



19.       Religious Education Congress:  Registration Now Open for 2016 Congress, Thursday, February 25, through Sunday, February 28, 2016, in Anaheim

Sponsored by the Office of Religious Education, the Religious Education Congress draws 40,000 participants over the course of this internationally-acclaimed four-day event.  Congress 2016 is scheduled for Thursday, February 25 (Youth Day); and Friday, February 26, through Sunday, February 28, 2016, with the theme "Boundless Mercy."  The annual Youth Day brings together 15,000 youth from all over Southern California and beyond.  Congress' international presence continues to grow, with participants attending from over 14 different countries.  For Congress 2016, there will be 312 workshops available to choose from, covering a vast range of topics and interests from spirituality and personal development to biblical studies, theology, and catechesis.  Over the weekend, participants will enjoy Morning Praise, workshops, evening liturgies, and a variety of prayer experiences with internationally-renowned leaders in the areas of liturgical music and worship.  Noontime and evening concerts offer additional opportunities for praise and worship.  For more information and registration, please access:

http://www.recongress.org




20.       Mission Doctors Association:  Retreat for Those Considering Short-Term International Mission Work, Friday, March 4, through Sunday, March 6, 2016, in Los Angeles

The Mission Doctors Association invites medical personnel considering short-term (one month to three months) international mission work to a retreat from Friday, March 4, through Sunday, March 6, 2016, at Loyola Marymount University.  For more information, please access:

http://missiondoctors.org/serve-short-term/



21.       Southern California Partners for Global Justice:  Symposium 2016 on Human Trafficking, Saturday, March 5, 2016, in Los Angeles

Southern California Partners for Global Justice will sponsor its Symposium 2016 on Saturday, March 5, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., on the Doheny Campus of Mount Saint Mary's University in Los Angeles.  "Price Tags = Red Flags.  Consumers:  The Demand Side of Modern Day Slavery" will focus on the causes of human trafficking.  Sr. Veronica Brand, R.S.H.M., the Non-Governmental Representative at the United Nations, will be the keynote speaker.  Cost is $10, but free to students.  For more information, please contact Sr. Diane Smith, C.S.J., at:

dsmith at csjla.org<mailto:dsmith at csjla.org>



or at (310) 889-2119.



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