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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

 

 


 

Christian Parenting Course
(via Zoom)


 

St. Denis is starting a new Christian Parenting Course to help parents raise their children in this challenging, secularized world.  The Christian Parenting Course will be led by our deacon couple, Dennis and Christina Shin, who have two adult daughters.  Participants will meet via Zoom for nine weeks on Wednesday evenings from 7:30-9:00 p.m. from April 28 through June 23.  The Zoom link for all of these Wednesday meetings will be: 
https://zoom.us/j/96494715018?pwd=a2ZMcVkwY1p6bG94UGZBdTZXMEFjUT09

The Course will be 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 participant will receive a free workbook; and each meeting will include 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 will 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.

For further information and to sign up to receive your workbook, please send 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.

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Movie for the Christian Parenting Course



 

The movie, Like Arrows, is a thought-provoking, emotional story about the realities of parenting today.  It’s also an important and necessary introduction to our Christian Parenting Course.  (A trailer for the movie is available here.) 

The movie is available on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and YouTube.  In addition, those who participate in our Christian Parenting Course will be able to watch the movie for free. 

 


 

May Crowning
2:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 9

The month of May is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Therefore, on Sunday, May 9 at 2:00 p.m., we will have our annual May Crowning, which is a traditional way to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary, who is Queen of Heaven and Earth.  We will sing Marian hymns, pray the Rosary, recite a Marian litany, and crown with a wreath of flowers our beautiful statue of Mary, Queen of the Angels. 

The May Crowing also will be livestreamed simultaneously to our YouTube channel and Facebook page.  Thus, we hope that you will join us either in person or via our livestream.

May Crowning Worship Aid

 


 

Stations of the Resurrection

  

 

Every Sunday from April 11 through May 23 (Pentecost), we will pray the Stations of Resurrection at 12:00 noon.  The Stations of the Resurrection are similar to the Stations of the Cross, but they focus on Jesus’s Resurrection appearances as well as his Ascension into heaven and his sending of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.  The Stations of Resurrection, which also will be livestreamed, are intended to help us to reflect more deeply and prayerfully on Jesus’s Resurrection.  Please join us every Sunday either in person or via our livestream.

For more information about the Stations of the Resurrection, please see this Catholic New Agency article and this Wikipedia article.

Stations of the Resurrection Worship Aid

 


 

New Bible Study Group

The Passion and Resurrection of Jesus

 

The Gospel stories of the Passion and Resurrection of Jesus are at the core of the Christian faith, revealing the nature of God, the person of Jesus, and the path of every disciple.  Explore these essential stories in our six-week Zoom course; and embrace the Cross and Resurrection in your own life.

The Bible Study Group will be led by Manny De La Cruz, one of our catechists, and by Fr. John.  Each session will begin and end with prayer, and will include readings from the Gospels, instruction and commentary on the readings, small-group discussions, and relevant videos.

The Group will meet via Zoom at 7:30 p.m. for six Tuesdays (March 23 and 30, and April 6, 13, 20, and 27).  The Zoom link for all six meetings is: 
https://zoom.us/j/93717806023?pwd=QjkzNDFtRGcyc0E2U3dFQm1LVzl6Zz09

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

Links for videos of previous meetings are set forth below:

March 23:  Passion narrative in Mark 14  (no video available)
March 30:  Passion narrative in Mark 15  (click here for the video)
April 6:      Resurrection narrative in Mark 16 and Matthew 28 (click here for the video)
April 13:    Resurrection narrative in Luke 24  (click here for the video)
April 20:    Resurrection narrative in John 20  (click here for the video)
April 27:    Resurrection narrative in John 21  (click here for the video)

 


 


 

Easter Sunday Schedule


Easter Sunday, April 4

  7:30 pm    Easter Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday, April 3
                   with an extended Liturgy of the Word and
                   celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation
                   (Baptism, Confirmation, First Holy Communion)
                   (vocal quartet, organ, piano, trumpet)
                   Easter Vigil Worship Aid

  7:00 am    Easter Mass  (cantor, organ)
  9:00 am    Easter Mass  (cantor, organ, trumpet)
11:00 am   Easter Mass  (vocal quartet, organ, trumpet)
  1:00 pm    Easter Mass  (cantor, piano, violin)
  5:30 pm   Easter Mass  (cantor, piano, violin)
                  Easter Sunday Worship Aid

 


 

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 (5/9/21)

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.”

No one is obliged to attend Mass on Sundays or Holy Days of Obligation because Archbishop José Gomez has indefinitely dispensed everyone in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles from this obligation for the duration of the pandemic.

COVID-19 Reminders


Seating inside the church and in the courtyard:

The available seating in the church has been reconfigured to allow more people to sit inside when we celebrate Mass and other liturgies.  Therefore, all of our Masses (including all Sunday Masses) are being celebrated inside the church, with overflow seating in the courtyard.  

Of course, because of the pandemic, seating inside the church is still limited.  Thus, if you want to sit inside the church, please arrive early for Mass (especially Sunday Masses).

Seats are available in the courtyard for all Masses and other liturgies.  Tents in the courtyard provide shade and protection for about 80% of the chairs.  Those sitting in the courtyard may want to wear a sunhat, sunglasses, and sunblock and bring an umbrella and a water bottle.  For cold days, we recommend wearing a coat, gloves, a scarf, and hat.  People may also bring their own chairs or seat cushions.

No reservations or tickets are needed to sit in the church or the courtyard.  All seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Strict social distancing

Strict social distancing is required inside the church and in the courtyard.  Specifically, people must wear a face covering and maintain social distancing at all times (i.e., at least six feet of separation between people from different households, although people from the same household may sit together). 


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.

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.”


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 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 (4/30/21))

 


 

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, Friday at 8:00 AM (5/7/21)

 

Mass and Holy Hour, Friday at 7:00 PM (5/7/21)

 

Recent Daily Mass:

Mass, Thursday at 8:00 AM (5/6/21)

 

Recent Sunday Masses:

Mass and Stations of the Resurrection, Sunday at 11:00 AM (5/2/21)
Mass Worship Aid
Stations of the Resurrection Worship Aid

 

Mass, Sunday at 5:30 PM (5/2/21)
Worship Aid

 

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

 


 

Get On The Bus

Each year the “Get On The Bus” Program reunites children with their incarcerated mothers and fathers for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.  Locally, Get On The Bus brings via bus about 400 children (and their guardians/caregivers) to visit their parents in prison.  Unfortunately, because of the pandemic, there will be no bus trips this year; and there were no bus trips last year.

To help children stay connected with their incarcerated parents, Get On The Bus this year will give each child with an incarcerated parent a “Stay Connected Kit,” which will include stationery and stamps so that children can communicate throughout the year with their parents who are in prison.

Each “Stay Connected Kit” costs $15; and you can donate to this initiative through the Center for Restorative Justice, which sponsors Get On The Bus.  To donate, please go to PayPal here; and use the pull-down menu to specify that your donation is for Get On The Bus. 

For more information about Get On The Bus, please click here.  For more information about the Stay Connected Kits, please click here.

 


 

Damien High School

Damien High School is an all-boys Catholic high school in La Verne.  If you have a son who is in high school, or who is about to attend high school, you may want to enroll him at Damien.  (The school’s website is here.) 

About 75-80% of Damien graduates attend four-year colleges; and about 18-23% of graduates attend two-year colleges.  An average of 25% of graduates matriculate at out-of-state colleges.

In the past three years, Damien graduates have matriculated at a wide range of colleges and universities, including all of the campuses of the University of California, most of the Cal. State campuses, as well as private schools such as U.S.C., Stanford, Pomona, Princeton, and Yale.

Damien High School’s Spring Open House is on Sunday, May 2 from 2:00-4:00 p.m.; and it will include an athletic and extracurricular showcase for incoming and prospective students and families. 

Please go to this page to: 
   - RSVP for the Spring Open House;
   - schedule a virtual tour;
   - schedule an in-person campus tour; or
   - schedule a virtual chat with the Admissions Department.

 


 

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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Reflections on the Daily Mass Readings from Fr. Dennis

5/7/21
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