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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

 

 


 


 

A New Approach to Faith Formation

Teaching children, teens, and adults how to have
a close, personal relationship with Jesus

Up until now, St. Denis’s faith-formation programs (Religious Education, Teen Confirmation, and Adult Confirmation) have focused mainly on preparing our children, teens, and adults to receive the sacraments, such as First Holy Communion, Confession, and Confirmation.  But we need to do more than prepare them for the sacraments—we need to prepare them for the rest of their lives.  Otherwise, like 80% of Catholics, they probably will stop attending Mass every week; they will stop receiving the sacraments; and they will stop practicing the faith.

Therefore, starting this year, our faith-formation programs—in addition to preparing children, teens, and adults for the sacraments—will teach them how to have a close, personal relationship with Jesus.  Jesus is with each of us through Baptism and through the power and presence of the Holy Spirit.  And he wants to have a close, one-on-one relationship with us every day for the rest of our lives.  Unfortunately, most Catholics don’t know this; and they don’t know how to develop or maintain such a relationship with Jesus.

Thus, from now on our faith-formation programs will intentionally and explicitly help the children, teens, and adults develop a close, personal relationship with Jesus.  Specifically, we will teach them how to meet Jesus in the Bible; in prayer; in the sacraments (such as First Holy Communion and Confession); in our faith community (including the parish and our Christian family); and in the poor, the sick, and the needy (Matthew 25:31-46). 

In addition, we will teach everyone in faith formation that a real relationship with Jesus involves give and take—a back-and-forth dynamic.  For example, in prayer, we talk with Jesus throughout each day; and he communicates with us through the Holy Spirit.  We talk with him about our daily cares and worries, about the good and bad things in our lives, and the decisions that we have to make.  And he communicates with us, helps and accompanies us, and leads and guides us every step of the way.  Moreover, when we have a close, one-on-one relationship with Jesus, we are never really alone or lonely because Jesus is with us and is there for us 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

I am working closely with our faith-formation directors and catechists to do all that we can to teach the children, teens, and adults how to have a real relationship with Jesus.  For example, each week, we will testify about our own close, personal relationship with Jesus by giving them a concrete example from the past few days about how we communicated with Jesus and how he communicated with us.  In particular, we will share some of the details of that communication, including whether we asked Jesus to help us or a loved one in some way, how Jesus may have answered our prayer, whether Jesus asked us to do something for him, and whether we followed through and did what he wanted us to do.  Thus, those in faith formation will start to realize that having personal relationship with Jesus is normal and happens every day, not just occasionally or on special occasions.

Furthermore, through weekly assignments, we will lead those is faith formation step by step to develop and grow in their own relationship with Jesus—e.g., by teaching them how to pray throughout each day, how to communicate with Jesus and how he communicates with them, how to discern what Jesus is calling them to do in their everyday lives, and why they need to follow through and do what Jesus wants them to do.

Everyone who leads faith formation at St. Denis is excited about this new approach; and during this new academic year, we look forward to preparing the children, teens, and adults not only for their sacraments, but also for the rest of their lives.

Please pray for everyone who is involved in St. Denis’s faith-formation programs, including the faith-formation directors, the catechists, and the children, teens, and adults.  In particular, please pray that the Holy Spirit will lead and guide us in everything, that He will protect us from all harm, and that He will draw us into a closer and deeper relationship with Jesus.

Thank you.

Sincerely yours in Christ,


Fr. John

P.S.  To enroll your child (pre-K through grade 8) in Religious Education or to enroll your high-school teen in Teen Confirmation, please click on the links in the “Faith Formation” section below.  

 


 

 

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

 
 

Teen Confirmation
Information and Registration

 

 

Adult Confirmation
Information and Registration

 

 


 

Young Adult Ministry (YAM)

Upcoming Events



 

Every other Thursday (next meeting on September 16)

YAM meets in person in the Hall at 7:30 p.m. every other Thursday for fellowship, prayer, and faith formation.  The next meeting will be on Thursday, September 16, when they will celebrate the one-year anniversary of the current version of YAM.  Future meetings will be on the following Thursdays:  September 30, October 14, and October 28.

Third Friday of the Month (September 17)

On the third Friday of every month, YAM meets in the church at 7:45 p.m. and participates in the Holy Hour, which is led by Deacon Dennis.  Afterward, YAM members hang out and often go out for food and refreshments.

Last Saturday of the Month (September 25)

On the last Saturday of every month, YAM takes a field trip to hang out and have fun.  Past destinations have included the 626 Night Market at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, the beach in Costa Mesa, the Irvine Spectrum Center, and the Santa Monica Pier.  Future destinations may include amusement parks, bowling, hiking, etc.  Plans for Saturday, September 25 will be posted here when they are finalized.

For more information, follow YAM’s Instagram account; E-mail YAM at StDenisYAM2151@gmail.com; or contact the Pastoral Office at (909) 861-7106.   

 


 

Zooming at St. Denis

Faith Formation, Prayer, and Fellowship
Weeknights via Zoom

 

Mondays at 7:30 p.m.

Every Monday at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom, one of our deacons or priests leads parishioners to reflect on and pray with the Gospel for the upcoming Sunday.  

The next meeting will be on Monday, September 13, when Deacon Al will lead parishioners to reflect on and pray with the September 19th Gospel, in which Jesus’s 12 disciples argued among themselves about who was the greatest.

To join this meeting, please click on the following Zoom link shortly before 7:30 p.m. on Monday, September 13:  https://zoom.us/j/96103613303?pwd=aVdsbSt3SUhhM2FHVmtBZW4rUHRsUT09.  (The same link is used for every Monday night Zoom meeting.)

In addition, please print out (or open in a separate tab in your web browser or on a separate screen) this handout, which you will need for this prayer meeting.

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Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m.

Every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom, Fr. John leads 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 one or two Psalms; they discuss the Psalms and how the Psalms speak to us in the 21st century; and they pray with the Psalms. 

The next meeting will be on Tuesday, September 14th at 7:30 p.m. 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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Second Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m.

To help parents raise their children in this challenging, secularized world, St. Denis has started a new monthly Zoom meeting for parents.  These Zoom meetings are led by Deacon Dennis and Christina Shin and our parenting ministry team.  The meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m.  Each meeting includes prayer, a talk or video on a relevant parenting topic, and small-group discussions.

The next meeting will be on Wednesday, October 13 at 7:30 p.m.; and the topic will be announced soon.  All parents are welcome, even those who did not participate in our Christian Parenting Course earlier this year.

To attend the meeting on the Wednesday, October 13, 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.)

For more information about the Wednesday night meetings or about the next round of the Christian Parenting Course, please send an E-mail 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. 

 


 

Los Angeles Catholic Prayer Breakfast

Tuesday, September 21, 6:30-9:00 a.m.



 

The 16th Annual Los Angeles Catholic Prayer Breakfast will be on Tuesday, September 21 from 6:30-9:00 a.m. at the Cathedral in downtown Los Angeles (555 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90012).  The program will begin with a Rosary at 6:30 a.m., followed by a Mass at 7:00 a.m., then breakfast on the plaza, and a keynote speech by Fr. Greg Boyle of Homeboy Industries. 

St. Denis has purchased a table for ten people, including Fr. John; and we may purchase a second or third table if demand for the tickets is strong.  Instead of renting a bus this year, we will carpool at 5:30 a.m. from the church’s lower parking lot. 

Tickets are $35 each.  To purchase tickets, please contact the Pastoral Office (909-861-7106), which is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day except Tuesday, when it is closed.

 


 

Feast of St. Lorenzo Ruiz

Sunday, September 26 at the 1:00 p.m. Mass



 

St. Lorenzo Ruiz is the patron saint of the Philippines and the Filipino people.  He was a martyr, and was the first Filipino saint to be canonized.

Although St. Lorenzo’s official feast day is on Tuesday, September 28, we also will celebrate his feast day on Sunday, September 26 at the 1:00 p.m. Mass.  The Mass, which also will be livestreamed, will include a procession and will be followed by fellowship in our courtyard, with refreshments provided by the Queen of Peace Rosary Group.

All parishioners are welcome to join in the celebration.

 


 

Kick-off Celebration
for St. Denis’s 50th Anniversary Jubilee Year


Date:               Saturday, October 9 (the Feast of St. Denis)
Time:              6:30-9:30 p.m.
Location:        St. Denis’s courtyard

 

Food & Drinks  |  Music  |  Entertainment and Dancing
Fellowship  |  50-50 Drawing

 

hamburgers and hot dogs
pasta and pizza
tamales and pulled-pork sandwiches
Filipino food and Chinese food
side dishes
desserts
drinks (including beer and wine)

All are welcome—including children and families!  

 


 

GriefShare:
help for those who are mourning
the death of a loved one

If you’ve lost a spouse, a child, a family member, or a friend, you’ve probably found that there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you feel.  This can be a confusing time, when you feel isolated and have many questions about things that you’ve never faced before.

Starting on Sunday, July 25, St. Denis’s GriefShare support group will meet weekly to help participants face these challenges and move toward rebuilding their lives.  The group will meet every Sunday from 1:00-3:00 p.m. in Room A in the Hall for 13 weeks with a different topic for each session, as set forth below.

Dates:            

July 25, 2021               Session One:  “Is This Normal?”
August 1, 2021            Session Two:  “Challenges of Grief”
August 8, 2021            Session Three:  “The Journey of Grief (Part One)”
August 15, 2021          Session Four:  “The Journey of Grief (Part Two)”
August 22, 2021          Session Five:  “Grief and Your Relationships”
August 29, 2021          Session Six:  “Why?”
September 5, 2021      Session Seven:  “Guilt and Anger”
September 12, 2021    Session Eight:  “Complicating Factors”
September 19, 2021    Session Nine:  “Stuck”
September 26, 2021    Session Ten:  “Lessons of Grief (Part One)”
October 3, 2021          Session Eleven:  “Lessons of Grief (Part Two)”
October 10, 2021        Session Twelve:  “Heaven”
October 17, 2021        Session Thirteen:  “What Do I Live For Now?”


Each GriefShare session will have three distinct parts: 

(1)  watching a video seminar featuring top experts on grief and recovery;
(2)  discussing with the group what was presented in the video and what is going on in their lives; and
(3)  discussing questions and comments from a workbook, which participants will use during the week for further study of the grieving process and for journaling about their emotions.

Just show up for one of the sessions, even if you missed the previous sessions.  You don’t have to sign up in advance. 

For more information, please contact Mike Shay at (714) 563-6510, or watch the following video:

 


 

Consecration to St. Joseph

September 30 – November 6

In a recent Apostolic Letter, Pope Francis proclaimed this year as the Year of St. Joseph to mark the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of St Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church.  In the Letter, Pope Francis described St. Joseph as a beloved father; a tender and loving father; an obedient father; an accepting father; a father who is creatively courageous; a working father; a father in the shadows; a father to Jesus; and a father for us.

To mark this Year of St. Joseph, Deacon Al will lead parishioners in 33 days of prayer and preparation, leading to their consecration to St. Joseph on Saturday, November 6 at 8:30 a.m.  During the 33 days of preparation, Deacon Al and parishioners will meet every Thursday from 7:30-8:30 p.m. from September 30th through November 4th.  Participants can attend the meetings either in person (in the church) or via Zoom.  The Zoom link for all of the meetings will be: https://zoom.us/j/97666579912?pwd=L0djQUtqNGxHL01oMklTZEdwRGswdz09

To prepare parishioners for their consecration, Deacon Al will use the following book:  Consecration to St. Joseph:  The Wonders of Our Spiritual Father by Fr. Donald H. Calloway.  You will need this book to participate fully in the 33 days of preparation.  The book is widely available—e.g., on Amazon.com (for $13.39), on Kindle (for $9.95), on Audiobook (for free with an Audible trial), and elsewhere.  The Pastoral Office has about 20 copies of the book; and they are available for $11.00.  For more information, please contact the Pastoral Office at (909) 861-7106.   

For an overview of the book by the author, please watch this video:

 


 

Jubilee Year for the 250th Anniversary
of the founding of Mission San Gabriel Arcángel



 

Mission San Gabriel Arcángel was founded in 1771 by the great Franciscan missionary Fr. Junípero Serra.  This mission is the first church in what is now the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.  And as Pope Francis has noted, St. Junípero Serra “was one of the founding fathers of the United States.”  Thus, this Jubilee Year recognizes not only the Church’s beginnings in Los Angeles, but also the Christian beginnings of America and the influence of Christian values in the formation of our national identity.

The Jubilee Year began on September 11, 2021 with an Opening Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles; and it will continue through September 10, 2022, when a Closing Mass will be celebrated at Mission San Gabriel Arcángel.

The theme of the Jubilee Year is “Forward in Mission.”  For more information about the Jubilee Year and upcoming events, please go to this website:  ForwardInMission.com.

 


 

Holy Land Pilgrimage

Saturday, November 27 – Sunday, December 5, 2021

(Note the slightly changed dates, which are one day earlier.)

 


Christmas tree lighting in Bethlehem.


Church of the Holy Sepulcher (interior).
 

The spiritual pilgrimage is hosted by Adriatic Pilgrimages, with proceeds benefitting St. Denis Church.

The itinerary includes Bethlehem, Mount of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, Via Dolorosa, Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Wailing Wall, Mount Zion, Nazareth, Cana, Bethany, Jordan River, Dead Sea, Samaria, Jacob’s Well, Christmas tree lighting in Bethlehem, Sea of Galilee, Mount of the Beatitudes, and Capernaum.  The cost is $2,199 (per person, double occupancy; single-room supplement is $399).  The cost covers the following:  roundtrip airfare from Los Angeles; accommodations at four-star hotels; daily breakfast and daily dinner; sightseeing in a private, air-conditioned motor coach; entrance fees and local taxes; a tour escort; and daily Mass where possible and when accompanied by a priest.  Travel insurance is available for $165.

All pilgrims must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and show proof of vaccination--no exceptions.

Interested parties can pay the $350 deposit upon registration and the final payment will be due on August 31.

For further details (including the registration form), please see this brochure.  If you have questions, please contact Petita Virata at pilgrims@StDenis.org or (909) 861-7106.

Online registration is supposed to be available at www.AdriaticPilgrimages.com/mytrip using Tour = YH21  Date=112821  Code=S  ID=59423 .  However, the online registration currently is not working properly. 

 


 

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.

 


 

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 (9/19/21)

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.

In accordance with the latest order by the L.A. County Department of Public Health, all people (age 2+) inside the church, the Pastoral Office, and the Hall need to wear a face covering.

For now, Holy Communion will be offered only in the form of bread.  To prevent the spread of germs, Communion on the hand is strongly encouraged.


Confessions

Monday through Saturday:  After the 8:00 a.m. Mass in the courtyard
Friday:             5:00-6:00 p.m. in the church*
Saturday:         3:00-4:30 p.m. in the church* 
*Fr. Dennis will be in the back pew of the church; Fr. John will be in his confessional booth.

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 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 (9/17/21)
                             Holy Hour Worship Aid - LARGE FONT (9/17/21)

 


 

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, Saturday at 8:00 AM (9/18/21)

 

Recent Daily Mass:

Mass, Friday at 8:00 AM (9/17/21)

 

Mass and Holy Hour, Friday at 7:00 PM (9/17/21)
Holy Hour Worship Aid
Holy Hour Worship Aid - LARGE FONT

 

Monsignor Jim Loughnane Tribute

 

Recent Sunday Masses:

Mass, Sunday at 11:00 AM (9/12/21)
Worship Aid

 

Mass, Sunday at 5:30 PM (9/12/21)
Worship Aid

 

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

 


 

Pope Francis:  COVID-19 vaccination is an "act of love"

This video by Pope Francis (and various cardinals and bishops) is in Spanish with English subtitles.

 


 

No Religious Exemption for the COVID-19 Vaccine

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles, in accordance with the Vatican and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), recommends that all members of the Catholic community who can receive a COVID-19 vaccine should do so.  The Archdiocese is not providing individuals with religious exemption letters to avoid vaccination against COVID-19.  Please see the information and links below to understand why the Archdiocese does not consider the COVID-19 vaccine to be morally objectionable and why it encourages all the faithful to get vaccinated.

“Receiving one of the COVID-19 vaccines ought to be understood as an act of charity toward the other members of our community.  In this way, being vaccinated safely against COVID-19 should be considered an act of love of our neighbor and part of our moral responsibility for the common good.”—USCCB, Moral Considerations Regarding the New COVID-19 Vaccines.

The following links might be helpful in understanding the morality of receiving the vaccine:

https://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_20201221_nota-vaccini-anticovid_en.html

https://www.usccb.org/news/2021/us-bishop-chairmen-doctrine-and-pro-life-address-use-johnson-johnson-covid-19-vaccine

https://www.cacatholic.org/CCC-vaccine-moral-acceptability

 


 

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.

 


 

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