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This Church is our heavenly Father's house, a place of solace and grace, so feel at home. Enter reverently, pray quietly, sing joyfully, listen attentively, give cheerfully, and come back gladly. We are a welcoming Catholic Community called by God to live out the message of Christ in love and service to all people. If you are new to our Community, WELCOME!
 


St. Denis Catholic Community
2151 S. Diamond Bar Blvd.,
Diamond Bar, CA 91765


For our schedule for Masses, Confessions, Eucharistic Adoration, Holy Hours, and hours for the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, please click here.

Pastoral Office is open
    9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    every day, except Tuesdays and holidays
     
Phone:  (909) 861-7106
Fax:  (909) 861-2697

 

 


 

 

Religious Education
(children in preschool through grade 8)
Information and Registration

 
 

Teen Confirmation
Information and Registration

 
 

Adult Faith Formation for Everyone
(including adults preparing for Confirmation)
Information and Registration

 

 

 


Zooming at St. Denis

Faith Formation, Prayer, and Fellowship
Monday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom

 

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Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

Adult Faith Formation for Everyone offers ongoing faith formation for all adults.  In a series of 12 classes, which are listed here, this program teaches you the essentials of the Catholic faith that every educated Catholic needs to know.  These vibrant and interesting classes are led by our priests, deacons, staff, and certified catechists.  Select which classes to attend based on your interests and schedule. 

For adults seeking the Sacrament of Confirmation, these classes will prepare you to be confirmed in 2021.

The topic for this week’s meeting is “The Sacraments (Part 1).”  To participate, please click on the following Zoom link shortly before 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday:  https://zoom.us/j/96494715018?pwd=a2ZMcVkwY1p6bG94UGZBdTZXMEFjUT09.  (The same link is used for every Wednesday night Zoom meeting.)

    For more information and to register, please click here or call the Pastoral Office at 909-861-7106.

 

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Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Every Thursday evening, young adults gather via Zoom for fellowship, prayer, and faith formation.  To join them, please click on the following Zoom link shortly before 7:30 p.m. on Thursday:  https://zoom.us/j/97666579912?pwd=L0djQUtqNGxHL01oMklTZEdwRGswdz09.  (The same link is used for every Thursday night Zoom meeting.)

 


 

Advent at St. Denis

   
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Advent Bible Study

Join us for a four-week Zoom course on the infancy narrative of Jesus in chapters 1-2 of Luke’s Gospel.  Learn about the Old Testament background of this text, the themes and events in these chapters, and the continuing relevance of this story for us today. 

This Advent Bible Study is being led by Manny De La Cruz, who is one of our most experienced catechists, and Fr. John.  Each session begins with prayer, followed by a reading from Luke’s Gospel, instruction and commentary on the text, small-group discussions, and then a video.

The meetings are via Zoom on the first four Tuesdays of December (December 1, 8, 15, and 22) from 7:30-8:45 p.m.  The Zoom link for all four meetings is:  https://zoom.us/j/93717806023?pwd=QjkzNDFtRGcyc0E2U3dFQm1LVzl6Zz09

All are welcome, including those who have never studied the Bible before.

 

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Tuesday, December 8

We will celebrate two Masses:

(1)  an 8:00 a.m. Mass, which will be livestreamed from the church with seating in the courtyard;
and
(2)  a 6:30 p.m. Mass, which will be livestreamed from the courtyard and will include music.

(Because of COVID-19, this solemnity is not a Holy Day of Obligation.)

 

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Saturday, December 12

We will celebrate two Masses:

(1)  an 8:00 a.m. Mass, which will be livestreamed from the church with seating in the courtyard;
and
(2)  a 5:30 p.m. Mass, which will be livestreamed from the courtyard and will include mariachi music and Aztec dancers.  (Please note that the readings for this Mass will be for Sunday, December 13.)

 

Advent/Christmas Celebration for children
Saturday, December 19 from 1:00-3:00 p.m.
in the lower parking lot

Parents, bring your children (recommended ages 12 and under) to St. Denis for our Advent/Christmas celebration.  In the parking lot, we will have 15-20 different stations, each with a different Advent/Christmas theme, including the Annunciation, the Visitation, Las Posadas (wherein Mary and Joseph can find no room in the inn),  the Birth of Jesus, the visit of the shepherds, and the visit of the magi. 

Advent/Christmas music will be playing; and the children can participate in various activities, including making Christmas ornaments and placing them on a Christmas tree in the courtyard.  In addition, children will meet and learn about St. Nicholas, who was the real-life inspiration for Santa Claus.    

You can park in an upper parking lot, bring the children to the lower parking lot, and accompany them as they move from station to station. 

Strict social distancing is required.  Everyone must wear a face covering; and people from different households must stay at least six feet apart.  (There will be markings on the ground to facilitate this.) 

 

Simbang Gabi Celebration
at the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Saturday, December 19,
followed by lighting of the outdoor Christmas trees and the Nativity Scene, with Advent/Christmas carols

In preparation for Christmas, we will celebrate Simbang Gabi at the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Saturday, December 19.  Simbang Gabi is a Filipino Christmas tradition, but people from all cultural backgrounds are invited to join in the celebration.

The Mass and all of the activities before and after the Mass will be livestreamed from our courtyard.

 

Festival of Lessons and Carols
Monday, December 21 at 7:30 p.m.

The Festival of Lessons and Carols is a service of Scripture and song that dates to the late 19th century.  In this service, we listen to nine Scripture lessons which recount the Fall, the promise of a Messiah, the Incarnation, and the Great Commission to preach the Good News.  Each lesson is followed by a carol or other song that reflects on the lesson’s message and a brief prayer.  (For more information from the U.S. bishops, please click here.)

The Festival of Lessons and Carols will be livestreamed from the church; and it will be led by our music ministry, with participation by our priests, deacons, and lectors.

 


 

Advent: 
Free Online Resources to Prepare for Christmas

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Free, Digital Retreat on “Unshakeable Joy”

Imagine having real, lasting, unshakeable joy in the midst of a world where nothing seems solid.  You can.

Joy isn’t found in the places where most people would think to look.  Joy doesn’t depend on a change in your circumstances, but a change in you.

Join Chris Stefanick alongside Cardinal-elect Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher to the papal household for Saint Pope John Paul II, Pope Emeritus Benedict, and Pope Francis, for a free online 26-day retreat.

  • Begins Sunday, November 29th
  • Daily videos and reflections that fit into your busy day
  • Access the retreat anywhere—on mobile, desktop, or tablet
  • Learn how to have joy, no matter the circumstances of life

To learn more and to sign up for free, please click here.

 

Daily Advent Gospel Reflections
with Bishop Robert Barron

Receive in your E-mail inbox each morning:

     (1)  the full Gospel reading for each day of Advent 2020; and
     (2)  a short reflection from Bishop Barron.

To learn more and to sign up for free, please click here.

 

“Best Advent of Your Life” with Matthew Kelly

Receive in your E-mail inbox each morning during Advent a short, inspirational video by Matthew Kelly. 

Matthew Kelly is an internationally acclaimed speaker, business consultant, and author of best-selling books.  He also is the founder of The Dynamic Catholic Institute, a Cincinnati-based nonprofit organization, whose mission is to re-energize the Catholic Church in America by developing world-class resources that inspire people to rediscover the genius of Catholicism.

To learn more and to sign up for free, please click here.

 


 

Helping the Poor

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Shoe Drive for the Homeless

Shoes are essential necessity of life that are often overlooked.  Tragically, homeless people tend to walk everywhere in all kinds of weather without adequate footwear.  They need decent shoes, boots, and socks just to navigate life.

Our goal is provide 300 pairs of shoes for those most in need.  Twenty dollars can buy a decent pair of walking shoes.

To donate financially, please put your donation in an envelope, write “Shoe Drive” on the envelope or in the notation section of your check, and drop off the envelope in one of the locked collection boxes in the courtyard or in the mail slot for the Pastoral Office.  You also can mail in your donation to:  St. Denis Church, 2151 S. Diamond Bar Boulevard, Diamond Bar, CA 91765.

Alternatively, you can drop off one or more pairs new shoes (not old or used shoes) at the Pastoral Office or with one of our custodians.

All donations are requested by Friday, December 18.

For more information, please contact Amy Siacunco at (909) 973-3194 or Tony Shatola at (909) 525- 8771.

Thank you for your support!  “A little compassion can go a long way.”

 

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Christmas Gift Basket Program for Poor Families

Our Christian Service Ministry will provide Christmas gift baskets for 42 poor families.  Each basket will include a ham, toys for the children, and a $50-$100 Walmart gift card.

If you would like to contribute financially to the Christmas Gift Basket Program, please put your donation in an envelope, write “Christmas Gift Basket Program” on the envelope or in the notation section of your check, and drop off the envelope in one of the locked collection boxes in the courtyard or in the mail slot for the Pastoral Office.  You also can mail in your donation to:  St. Denis Church, 2151 S. Diamond Bar Boulevard, Diamond Bar, CA 91765.  Alternatively, you can support the Christmas Gift Basket Program through online giving (just click on the fund called “Christian Service Offering”).  Please note that any excess money raised for the Christmas Gift Basket Program will be used by our Christian Service Ministry to help poor families and children in other ways in the future (e.g., for our Easter Gift Basket Program).

In addition, you can donate unwrapped toys for the children.  Toys are needed for children of all ages (from infancy through age 17).  You can drop off the unwrapped toys at the Pastoral Office or with one of our custodians.

All donations are requested by Friday, December 18.


Masses:

Monday through Thursday:  8:00 a.m. (also livestreamed)
                                         6:30 p.m.

Friday:             8:00 a.m. (also livestreamed)
                       7:00 p.m. followed by a Holy Hour (also livestreamed)

Saturday:         8:00 a.m. (also livestreamed)
                       5:30 p.m. (Sunday vigil with cantor, organ/piano)

Sunday:           7:00 a.m. (no music)
                       9:00 a.m. (cantor, organ/piano)
                       11:00 a.m. (cantor, organ/piano; also livestreamed) 
                       1:00 p.m. (cantor, piano)
                       5:30 p.m. (contemporary music with cantors, piano; also livestreamed)

                       A worship aid for the Sunday Masses will be posted here.

Our Masses and Holy Hours are livestreamed simultaneously to our YouTube channel and our Facebook page.  

"Permission to podcast/stream the music in these services is obtained from ONE LICENSE with license #A730717. All rights reserved.”

COVID-19 Reminders


Seating in the courtyard:

All seating for Masses and other activities is in our courtyard on a first-come, first-serve basis, with strict social distancing.  Thus, people must wear face coverings at all times and maintain at least six feet of separation from people from other households.  No tickets or reservations are needed.  

The chairs are cleaned after every Mass; and tents in the courtyard provide shade for about 80% of the chairs.

Depending on the weather and the time of day, you may want to wear a sunhat, sunglasses, sunblock, and bug repellent and bring an umbrella and a water bottle. You may also bring your own chair or a seat cushion.


Confessions in the courtyard:

Monday through Saturday:  After the 8:00 a.m. Mass 
Friday:             5:00-6:00 p.m.
Saturday:         3:00-4:30 p.m.  

On Saturday, December 5, there will be no confessions from 3:00-4:30 p.m. because a Quinceanera will be celebrated in the courtyard at that time.

You may schedule confession with a priest at another time by calling the Pastoral Office (909-861-7106).


Blessed Sacrament Chapel hours: 

Monday through Thursday:    8:30-9:30 a.m.
                                           4:15-6:15 p.m. 
Friday:             4:15-6:15 p.m.
Saturday:         8:30-9:30 a.m.

Enter the chapel through the open door that faces the church’s lower parking lot.  People need to maintain strict social distancing of at least six feet and wear face coverings.  Seating is limited to nine people. 


Holy Hour and Eucharistic Exposition and Adoration in the courtyard:

Friday:             8:30-9:30 a.m.  Eucharistic Exposition and Adoration
                       7:45-8:45 p.m.  Holy Hour (a worship aid will be posted here)    

 


 

Links for Livestreamed Masses and Holy Hours

 
 
 

 

 

 


Videos of all of our liturgies that were livestreamed or recorded from March 27 onward are available on St. Denis’s YouTube channel.

 


 

Zooming at St. Denis

Faith Formation, Prayer, and Fellowship
Monday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom


Mondays at 7:30 p.m.

Fr. Dennis leads parishioners to pray with Sacred Scripture using the Gospel Reflection Process; and they focus on the Gospel for the upcoming Sunday.  To join him, please click on the following Zoom link shortly before 7:30 p.m. on Monday:  https://zoom.us/j/96103613303?pwd=aVdsbSt3SUhhM2FHVmtBZW4rUHRsUT09.


Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m.

Fr. John continues his minicourse on Ignatian Spirituality, which is based on the teaching of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits.  Participants review and discuss materials from this Ignatian website. Then, if there is time, they pray the daily Examen, which is an Ignatian prayer.  (For an introduction to the five steps of the Examen, please go here.  For more information about each step, please go here.)

To join Fr. John, please click on the following Zoom link shortly before 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday: 
https://zoom.us/j/93717806023?pwd=QjkzNDFtRGcyc0E2U3dFQm1LVzl6Zz09


Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.

“Adult Faith Formation for Everyone” offers ongoing faith formation for all adults.  In a series of 12 classes, which are listed here, we will teach you the essentials of the Catholic faith that every educated Catholic needs to know.  These vibrant and interesting classes are led by our priests, deacons, staff, and certified catechists.  Select which classes to attend based on your interests and your schedule. 

For adults seeking the Sacrament of Confirmation, these classes will prepare you to be confirmed in January or February 2021.

To participate, please click on the following Zoom link shortly before 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday: 
https://zoom.us/j/96494715018?pwd=a2ZMcVkwY1p6bG94UGZBdTZXMEFjUT09

For more information and to register, please click here or call the Pastoral Office at 909-861-7106.


Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.

Every Thursday evening, young adults gather via Zoom for fellowship, prayer, and faith formation.  To join them, please click on the following Zoom link shortly before 7:30 p.m. on Thursday:  https://zoom.us/j/97666579912?pwd=L0djQUtqNGxHL01oMklTZEdwRGswdz09.

 


 

St. Denis Now

St. Denis Now is a video series in which Fr. John Palmer talks with different members of the St. Denis community about what’s happening at St. Denis.  All of the episodes are available on St. Denis’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.
 

Episode 5:  Bishop David O'Connell teaches us how to pray and speak with Jesus personally from our heart.  He calls this "The Prayer of the Heart."  This simple way of praying changed his life as a priest, and has changed the lives of many others who have learned to pray in this way.

 


 

 


Archbishop José Gomez invites every Catholic to make his or her commitment for 2020 to Together in Mission, which provides financial assistance to 67 poor parishes and 74 poor Catholic schools in the Los Angeles Archdiocese. 

This year, our parish has been asked to raise $129,494.  Last year, 488 parish donors helped us to raise $142,003; and we exceeded our goal for the first time in several years.  We sincerely thank everyone who contributed last year and who will contribute this year to Together in Mission.  

This year’s theme “Our Story is Alive” reminds us that our gifts to Together in Mission are an active demonstration of our faith and love for those in our Archdiocese who need our support.  Please make a pledge with the information that was mailed to your home, the pledge envelopes that are available in the pews, online at ourmissionla.org/give, or by calling 213-637-7672.

When making a pledge, please indicate that St. Denis is your parish so that your pledge and donations will count toward St. Denis's 2020 goal.

Your gifts to Together in Mission ensure that every Catholic living in the Archdiocese has a parish to celebrate their faith and access to a Catholic school education.  You are living your faith through your actions when you support Together in Mission. 

Thank you for your generosity.

Again, the website for Together in Mission is ourmissionla.org/give; and please do not forget to select St Denis as your parish.

 

 



Important notice

The 42nd Oberammergau Passion Play will be postponed due to the current situation caused by the corona pandemic. The basis for this is a decision of the district administration of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, which prohibits the performance of the event planned from 16.05.2020 to 04.10.2020. The health of our guests and participants is our highest priority, therefore the responsible persons have decided to postpone the premiere of the Passion Play, which was planned for 16 May 2020, until 2022. The premiere is now scheduled for May 21, 2022.


The health of the population is a top priority for the community of Oberammergau and the directing team around Christian Stückl as well. The Corona pandemic has made it impossible to complete this year's play without endangering the performers and guests. Furthermore, the perspective for this year is unclear. A postponement of only a few months seemed unacceptable to everyone involved.
 



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Reflections from
Fr. Dennis

(12/2/20)
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