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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.

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

 

Monday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Deacon Dennis will lead parishioners to reflect on and pray with Sacred Scripture using the Gospel Reflection Process, which is described in this handout.  They will focus on next Sunday’s Gospel, which describes the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples at Pentecost. 

To join them, please click on the following Zoom link shortly before 7:30 p.m. on Monday: 
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) the handout, which you will need for this prayer meeting.

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Tuesday, May 18 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.  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, May 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Our Christian Parenting Course continues this Wednesday, when they will focus on building relationships.  Future sessions will focus on:  understanding and nurturing identity, preparing for mission, and the power of family.  Previous sessions focused on the goal of parenting, forming character, and applying discipline.

Led by Deacon Dennis and Christina Shin and a team of facilitators, parents meet via Zoom for nine Wednesdays from 7:30-9:00 p.m. from April 28 through June 23.  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.

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. 

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Thursday, May 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Every Thursday evening, our Young Adult Ministry meets via Zoom for fellowship, prayer, and faith formation.  It’s a great opportunity for young adults to meet each other, make new friends, and grow in the faith.

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.)

 


 

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. 

 


 

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

 


 

Cardinal McIntyre Fund for Charity

(Sunday, May 9, 2021)

The Cardinal McIntyre Fund for Charity serves the “neediest of the needy,” those for whom no other resources exist.  The Fund provides one-time assistance to individuals and families who are in crisis to respond to immediate, pressing needs, such as food and milk for three days, lodging for a night, emergency medical care, rent to tide someone over a financial crisis, and payment of a utility bill to keep the water or heat turned on for the week.  The beneficiaries are from our parish and other parishes in the Los Angeles Archdiocese. 

To donate, please use the special envelopes that are near the collection boxes.  Alternatively, please write “Cardinal McIntyre Fund” on your envelope or in the notation section of your check, and drop the envelope or check in a collection box.  In addition, you may donate via Online Giving—just go here and click on “Cardinal McIntyre Fund for Charity”; or donate via PayPal by clicking here and writing “Cardinal McIntyre Fund” in the note section.

 


 

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)

 


 

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 (5/16/21)

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 (5/14/21))

 


 

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 (5/15/21)

 

Recent Daily Mass:

Mass and Holy Hour, Friday at 7:00 PM (5/14/21)
Holy Hour Worship Aid

 

Mass, Friday at 8:00 AM (5/14/21)

 

Recent Sunday Masses:

Mass and Stations of the Resurrection, Sunday at 11:00 AM (5/9/21)
Mass Worship Aid
Stations of the Resurrection Worship Aid

 

May Crowning, Sunday at 2:00 PM (5/9/21)
Worship Aid

 

Mass, Sunday at 5:30 PM (5/9/21)
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.

 


 

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

5/15/21
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