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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 church and the chapel, please click here.

For current and past worship aids, 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

 


 

Zooming at St. Denis

Faith Formation, Prayer, and Fellowship
Weeknights via Zoom

 

Tuesday, June 22 at 7:30 p.m.

Fr. John will lead our Scripture Reading and Sharing Group, which is reading through the Book of Psalms in sequence through Psalm 150.  At each meeting, the participants take turns reading the Psalms; they share what touched their hearts or grabbed their attention; and they pray with the Psalms. 

To join them, please click on the following Zoom link shortly before 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday: 
https://zoom.us/j/93717806023?pwd=QjkzNDFtRGcyc0E2U3dFQm1LVzl6Zz09
(The same link is used for every Tuesday night Zoom meeting.)

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Wednesday, June 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Our nine-week Christian Parenting Course concludes this Wednesday, when the parents will gather via Zoom to share their experiences with the course; to ask questions; and to discuss the future of this new community of parents.  In addition, Fr. John will join them.   

Although the current round of our Christian Parenting Course is concluding, we plan to start a new round of the Course later this year.  The Course consists of a 90-minute Zoom meeting every week for nine weeks.  Each parent receives a free workbook; and each meeting includes prayer, a relevant and entertaining video (20-30 minutes), short workbook exercises, and small-group discussions.  For an overview, please watch this introductory video.

For more information or to sign up for the next round of the Course, please send an E-mail (with the subject line:  “New round of Christian Parenting Course”) with your mobile phone number and E-mail address to Deacon Dennis at this address:  Parenting@StDenis.org.  You also can call the Pastoral Office at (909) 861-7106 for more information. 

To attend this Wednesday’s session, please click on the following Zoom link shortly before 7:30 p.m.:  https://zoom.us/j/96494715018?pwd=a2ZMcVkwY1p6bG94UGZBdTZXMEFjUT09.  (The same link will be used for every Wednesday night Zoom meeting.)

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Thusday, June 24 at 7:30 p.m.

During the summer, our Young Adult Ministry Group is meeting via Zoom every other Thursday, rather than every Thursday.  This Thursday (June 24), they will meet via Zoom at 7:30 p.m. for fellowship, prayer, and faith formation.

To join them on Thursday, please click on the following Zoom link shortly before 7:30 p.m.: 
https://zoom.us/j/97666579912?pwd=L0djQUtqNGxHL01oMklTZEdwRGswdz09
(The same link is used for every Thursday night Zoom meeting.)

 


 

Together in Mission



 

This month, Archbishop José Gomez invites every Catholic to make a commitment to Together in Mission for 2021. 

Last year, Together in Mission raised $14 million, which was distributed to 67 poor parishes and 74 poor Catholic schools throughout the Los Angeles Archdiocese.  The poor parishes and schools used the money for educational programs, emergency projects, operational support, service to the poor, and outreach programs.

This year’s theme is “Forward with Faith.”  Our financially struggling parishes and schools were severely impacted by COVID-19.  As we emerge as one Catholic family from this pandemic, the call to help those in need is deeper and louder.

The archdiocese’s goal for Together in Mission this year is $15.35 million; and St. Denis has been asked to raise $114,875.  Last year, we exceeded our parish’s goal despite the pandemic; and we sincerely thank everyone who contributed last year and who will contribute this year to Together in Mission.

You do not have to donate any money now.  Instead, we are asking every household and family to make a new pledge this year to Together in Mission.  You can then take the rest of the year to fulfill your pledge. 

You may make a pledge in any of the following ways:
(1)  with the information that was mailed to your home;
(2)  with the pledge envelopes that are available in the pews and in the vestibule of the church;
(3)  visiting TogetherInMission.org/give;
(4)  calling 213-637-7672 (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.);
(5)  texting Forward21 to 213-397-0682.

However you make your pledge, please be sure to identify St. Denis Parish as your parish so that St. Denis will be credited with your pledge and donation.

Thank you for supporting Together in Mission.

 


 

Christian Parenting Course
(via Zoom)


 

St. Denis has started a new Christian Parenting Course to help parents raise their children in this challenging, secularized world.  The Christian Parenting Course is led by our deacon couple, Dennis and Christina Shin, and a team of facilitators.  Parents meet via Zoom each week for nine weeks.  (The current round of the Course is on Wednesday evenings from 7:30-9:00 p.m. from April 28 through June 23.)

The Course is based on FamilyLife’s “Art of Parenting,” which teaches parents: 
            (1)  how to deal with the real-world challenges of raising children today; and
            (2)  how to make faith the core of their parenting.

Each parent receives a free workbook; and each meeting includes prayer, a relevant and entertaining video (20-30 minutes), short workbook exercises, and small-group discussions.

Couples (fathers and mothers) are encouraged to take the course together so that, together, they can put into practice what they have learned.  Single parents also are welcome; and a father or mother can take the Course even if his or her spouse (or significant other) does not take the Course.  Those who take the Course by themselves may want to invite a friend who is a parent to take the Course with you.  Then, you and your friend can compare notes and support each other as you put into practice, with your respective families, what you have learned.

Although the current round of our Christian Parenting Course is closed for new signups, we plan to start a new round of the Course later this year.  For more information or to sign up for the next round of the Course, please send an E-mail (with the subject line:  “New round of Christian Parenting Course”) with your mobile phone number and E-mail address to Deacon Dennis at this address:  Parenting@StDenis.org.  You also can call the Pastoral Office at (909) 861-7106 for more information. 

 


 

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)

                       Sunday Mass Worship Aid with Readings (6/20/21)

Our livestreamed 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.”


Obligation to attend Masses on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation

With the reopening of California in the wake of the pandemic, Archbishop José Gomez has reinstituted the obligation for Catholics to attend Mass in person on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation. 

However, those who have serious and legitimate reasons (e.g., illness; underlying health conditions that render them susceptible to illness; significant fears of becoming ill; etc.) are dispensed from this obligation (and, thus, are not obliged to attend Mass in person). 

Please note that watching a livestreamed Mass does not fulfill the obligation to attend Mass in person.  However, if you are unable to attend Mass in person, we encourage you to participate in our livestreamed Masses.  We livestream one or two Masses every day simultaneously to our YouTube channel and Facebook page


COVID-19 Reminders


Seating inside the church and in the courtyard

On June 15, 2021, we changed the seating inside the church so that more than half of the pews have normal seating, the way we used to prior to the pandemic.  However, we also have four pew sections on the sides reserved for socially distanced seating because we know that children under 12 are not vaccinated and that others are not fully vaccinated for various reasons.  In addition, we have socially distanced seating in our courtyard for those who prefer not to sit inside the church.

Inside the church, people (age 2+) who are not fully vaccinated need to wear a face covering.  Also, the priest and other ministers will continue to wear face coverings even if they are fully vaccinated.

For the health and safety of everyone, and in accordance with the guidelines of the Los Angeles Archdiocese, Holy Communion will be offered only in the form of bread, and only on the hand, not on the tongue.


Confessions in the courtyard:

Monday through Saturday:  After the 8:00 a.m. Mass 
                                        (except for the following Saturdays:  June 5, 19, and 26)
Friday:             5:00-6:00 p.m.
Saturday:         3:00-4:30 p.m.

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

If you cannot go to a priest for Confession during this pandemic, Pope Francis encourages you to confess your sins directly to God and make an “Act of Perfect Contrition”:

“If you don’t find a priest to go to confession, speak to God.  He’s your Father.  Tell Him the truth. ‘Lord. I did this and this and this.  Pardon me.’  Ask His forgiveness with all your heart, with an act of contrition, and promise Him, ‘Afterward I will go to confession.’  You will return to God's grace immediately.”  (This quotation is by Pope Francis and is from this article.)

Here is another article with more information about how to make an “Act of Perfect Contrition.”


Church and chapel hours
(except holidays)

Sunday:  6:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Monday through Thursday:  7:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Friday:  7:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday:  7:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. 


Holy Hour and Eucharistic Exposition and Adoration in the church
(with seating inside the church and in the courtyard) 

Friday:             8:30-9:30 a.m.  Eucharistic Exposition and Adoration
                       7:45-8:45 p.m.  Holy Hour 
                            Holy Hour Worship Aid (6/18/21)
                            Holy Hour Worship Aid (6/18/21)-LARGE FONT

 


 

Links for Livestreamed Liturgies

The livestreamed videos below are from our St. Denis YouTube Channel.  If you would like to watch more videos on our YouTube Channel, please click here.    

If you would like to watch our videos on Facebook, please click here

 

Upcoming Mass(es):

Mass, Tuesday at 8:00 AM (6/22/21)

 

Recent Daily Mass:

Mass, Monday at 8:00 AM (6/21/21)

 

Recent Sunday Masses:

Mass, Sunday at 11:00 AM (6/20/21)
Worship Aid

 

Mass, Sunday at 5:30 PM (6/20/21)
Worship Aid

 

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

 


 

Vatican:  COVID-19 vaccines are “morally acceptable”

Archdiocese of Los Angeles:  “Strongly encourages” Catholics
to receive a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine

The Vatican’s doctrinal office, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), has determined that it is “morally acceptable” for Catholics to receive the vaccines against the COVID-19 virus.  This judgment is deeply rooted in the Catholic moral tradition.

On December 21, 2020, the CDF stated:

All vaccinations recognized as clinically safe and effective can be used in good conscience with the certain knowledge that the use of such vaccines does not constitute formal cooperation with the abortion from which the cells used in production of the vaccines derive . . . the morality of vaccination depends not only on the duty to protect one's own health, but also on the duty to pursue the common good.

In the absence of other means to stop or even prevent the epidemic, the common good may recommend vaccination, especially to protect the weakest and most exposed.
 

Therefore, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles strongly encourages Catholics to receive a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine for the sake of ourselves, our loved ones, and the common good.

If some of the faithful do not receive the vaccine, the Vatican says that those persons “must do their utmost to avoid . . . becoming vehicles for the transmission of the infectious agent.”

For more information, please see the following documents from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB):

USCCB – U.S. Bishop Chairmen for Pro-Life and Doctrine
https://www.usccb.org/news/2020/us-bishop-chairmen-pro-life-and-doctrine-address-ethical-concerns-new-covid-19-vaccines

USCCB – Moral Considerations Regarding the New COVID 19 Vaccines
https://www.usccb.org/moral-considerations-covid-vaccines

USCCB – Answers to Key Ethical Questions About COVID 19 Vaccines
https://www.usccb.org/resources/Answers%20to%20Key%20Ethical%20Questions%20About%20COVID-19%20Vaccines.pdf

USCCB – Moral Guidance on Vaccine
https://www.usccb.org/prolife/biomedical-research

USCCB – Statement on the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine
https://www.usccb.org/news/2021/us-bishop-chairmen-doctrine-and-pro-life-address-use-johnson-johnson-covid-19-vaccine
 

Please also watch the following webinar:

Webinar - “Love Your Neighbor and Get Vaccinated:  Science, Ethics and the COVID-19 Vaccines”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5AhnQSkOp0&t=6s 

The one-hour-long webinar discusses the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines, as well as the impact the pandemic has had on parishes around the state.  If features Dr. Charles Binkley, MD, Director of Bioethics, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University; Fr. Luke Dysinger, OSB, MD, DPhil., Professor of Church History and Moral Theology, St. John's Seminary; and Mr. Isaac Cuevas, Director of Immigration and Public Affairs, Archdiocese of Los Angeles. 

 


 

COVID-19 Funeral Assistance from FEMA

FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) is providing financial assistance for funeral expenses related to COVID-19.

To be eligible for funeral assistance, you must meet these conditions:

  • The death must have occurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.
  • The death certificate must indicate that the death was attributed to COVID-19.
  • The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien who incurred funeral expenses after January 20, 2020.
  • There is no requirement for the deceased person to have been a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien.

To apply, please call the dedicated FEMA toll-free hotline at 844-684-6333 (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern Time).

For more information, please go to the relevant FEMA webpage.

 


 

 

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

 
 

Teen Confirmation
Information

 
 

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

 

 


 

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6/21/21
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