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Past St. Denis Events




Blessing of Animals
Saturday, October 9 at 8:30 a.m.


In honor of St. Francis of Assisi, whose feast day is on October 4, Fr. John and Deacon Dennis will bless your animals (such as pets) on Saturday, October 9 at 8:30 a.m. in our lower parking lot.  Please note that all animals must be on a leash or in a cage, crate, bowl, or other container.



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.



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:  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:

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)



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.




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



Divine Mercy Sunday, April 11


This Sunday, which is the Second Sunday of Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday, we will have our usual Mass schedule:  a 5:30 p.m. Vigil Mass on Saturday and Masses at 7:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.  The 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. Masses also will be livestreamed simultaneously to our YouTube channel and Facebook page.

At 2:00 p.m., we will have our Divine Mercy Celebration, including Eucharistic Exposition and Adoration, the Divine Mercy prayers, and Benediction.  And this Divine Mercy celebration also will be livestreamed.  Therefore, please join us in person or via our livestream.
     Divine Mercy Sunday Celebration Worship Aid



Easter Celebration for children
Saturday, April 10 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
in the lower parking lot

Parents, bring your children (recommended ages 12 and under) to St. Denis for our Easter celebration.  In the parking lot, we will have 14 different stations related to Jesus’s resurrection appearances as well as his Ascension into heaven and his sending of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. 

Festive Easter music will be playing; and the children can participate in various fun activities and games.  In addition, the Easter Bunny will be there to ensure that the kids have a good time.    

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.)  



Holy Week at St. Denis


St. Denis Now, Episode 10: Holy Week at St. Denis

Holy Week Schedule

(Liturgies in boldface also will be livestreamed simultaneously to our YouTube channel and Facebook page.)  

Palm Sunday, March 28
  (usual Sunday Mass schedule, with palms distributed at every Mass)
  5:30 pm  Vigil Mass on Saturday
  7:00 am, 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 5:30 pm Masses on Sunday
                    Worship Aid
                    Gospel for Palm Sunday

Holy Monday, March 29
  8:00 am    Mass, followed by Confessions in the courtyard
 11:00 am   Chrism Mass (livestreamed from the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels)
                    Please click here to find the livestream link at the Cathedral’s YouTube channel
  6:30 pm     Mass

Holy Tuesday, March 30
  8:00 am    Mass, followed by Confessions in the courtyard
  6:30 pm     Mass
  7:30 pm     Lent/Easter Bible Study Group meeting via Zoom
                    focusing on the Passion narrative in Mark, chapter 15
                    Zoom link:

Holy Wednesday, March 31 
  8:00 am     Mass, followed by Confessions in the courtyard
  6:30 pm    Mass
  7:30 pm    Taizé Prayer Service  (prayer, song, and Taizé meditation)
                    (with the priests, deacons, Patrick Zubiate, and Connie Salazar)
                    Taizé Prayer Service Worship Aid

Holy Thursday, April 1
  8:00 am    Morning Prayer  (chant and a cantor), followed by Confessions in the courtyard
                   Morning Prayer Worship Aid
  7:30 pm    Mass of the Lord’s Supper  (cantors, organ)
                   Mass of the Lord’s Supper Worship Aid
  8:30-9:30 pm    Eucharistic Adoration  (silent)

Good Friday, April 2
  8:00 am    Morning Prayer  (chant and a cantor), followed by Confessions in the courtyard
                   Morning Prayer Worship Aid
 12:00-2:00 pm    Seven Last Words of Jesus on the Cross  (cantor, piano)
                   Seven Last Words of Jesus on the Cross Worship Aid
  2:30 pm    Celebration of the Lord’s Passion
                    with adoration of the Cross and Holy Communion
                    (vocal quartet, piano, cello)
                   Celebration of the Lord’s Passion Worship Aid
                   Gospel for Good Friday
  4:00 pm    Divine Mercy Novena
                   Divine Mercy Novena Guide for Good Friday
                   Divine Mercy Novena - 9 Days
  4:30 pm    Stations of the Cross  (using the words of Pope Francis)
                   Stations of the Cross using the the words of Pope Francis Worship Aid
  7:00 pm    Stations of the Cross  (using the words of St. Alphonsus Liguori)
                   St. Alphonsus Liguori Stations of the Cross Worship Aid
  7:30 pm    Celebration of the Lord’s Passion
                    with adoration of the Cross and Holy Communion
                    (vocal quartet, piano, cello)
                   Celebration of the Lord’s Passion Worship Aid
                   Gospel for Good Friday

Holy Saturday, April 3
  8:00 am    Morning Prayer  (chant and a cantor), followed by Confessions in the courtyard
                   Morning Prayer Worship Aid
  7:30 pm    Easter Vigil Mass
                    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



Taizé Prayer Service, Wednesday at 7:30 PM (3/31/21)
Worship Aid



Lent at St. Denis


Catholic Relief Services’
Operation Rice Bowl

Through CRS Rice Bowl, families learn about how our sisters and brothers around the world overcome hardships such as hunger and malnutrition, and how through Lenten alms, we have the power to make the world a better place for all.  Your donations help to provide lifesaving support to more than 159 million people in more than 100 countries. 

What does your donation provide?

  • $40 helps purchase infant scales to measures babies’ growth
  • $80 helps raise chickens to provide eggs for protein and income
  • $120 contributes toward a household garden for family nutrition

Seventy-five percent of donations will be used to help overcome hunger and malnutrition abroad; and 25% of donations will stay in the Los Angeles Archdiocese for hunger and poverty alleviation efforts.

For more information, please click here.  To donate, please click here


Tents for the Homeless

Many homeless people live on the streets and have no shelter.  Our goal is to distribute at least 50 three-person tents to homeless people who are living on the streets.  Each tent costs $35. 

To donate financially, please put your donation in an envelope, write “Tents for the Homeless” 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 new or used (but clean) three-person tents at the Pastoral Office or with one of our custodians.

All donations are requested by Friday, April 2 (Good Friday).

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

Thank you for your support!  



Lenten Series:  “7 Deadly Sins and 7 Lively Virtues”

Fr. Dennis will lead this Lenten series on the first four Wednesdays in March from 7:30 p.m.-8:15 p.m.  He will reflect on and discuss each of the deadly sins and the corresponding lively virtues, which offer antidotes to the sins and lead us on the right path to healing and happiness. 

The schedule is as follows:

March 3           Introduction; pride

March 10         Envy, anger

March 17         Sloth, gluttony

March 24         Greed, lust




2020 Tax Statements

To obtain a 2020 year-end tax statement for your financial donations to St. Denis, please submit a request to Therese Martinez at, or leave a message for her by calling the Pastoral Office at (909) 861-7106. 

Please include the following information with your request:

  • Full name
  • Mailing address
  • Telephone number
  • E-mail address
  • Envelope number 

In addition, please indicate whether you would like the tax statement E-mailed or mailed to you, or if you would like to pick it up from the Pastoral Office. 

Please allow two weeks for processing. 

Thank you for supporting St. Denis with your prayers and financial donations.



First Sunday of the Month (February 7)

Building and Maintenance Fund

Our beautiful church and other buildings need ongoing repairs.  Therefore, on the first Sunday of every month, we take up a special collection for our “Building and Maintenance Fund.”  To donate, please mention the “Building and Maintenance Fund” on your envelope or in the notation section of your check; or donate to the Fund via Online Giving (click on “Building Fund”) or via PayPal (fill in the dollar amount and type “Building and Maintenance Fund” in the “Write a Note” section). 

Thank you for generously supporting St. Denis.



World Mission Sunday at St. Denis
(January 31, 2021)

Pope Francis invites the entire Church to support mission dioceses in Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands, and parts of Latin America and Europe, where priests, religious and lay leaders serve the world’s most vulnerable communities.

As little as . . .

  • $25 helps support a catechist for a month in remote Latin America.
  • $75 provides for the work of religious Sisters caring for orphaned children in Africa.
  • $100 assists poor children in boarding schools in Asia.

As always, your prayers are your most treasured gift to the missions.

Please keep the Pope’s missions in your prayers and be generous in this Sunday’s collection for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith. 

Special envelopes for the collection are available near the collection boxes.  Alternatively, you may write “World Mission Sunday” 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 “World Mission Sunday:  Propagation of the Faith”; or donate via PayPal by clicking here and writing “World Mission Sunday” in the note section.



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, 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; and please do not forget to select St Denis as your parish.



Respect Life

Join a Nationwide Nine-Day Novena for Life
from January 21-29

The novena starts on Thursday, January 21 and continues through Friday, January 29.  Each day’s intention is accompanied by a short reflection and suggested actions to help build a culture of life.  For more information and to sign up, please go here.


Watch OneLife LA’s Virtual Program

OneLife LA is the annual gathering by the L.A. Archdiocese that celebrates the joy of life and promotes the beauty and dignity of every human life from conception through natural death.  This year’s event was a one-hour livestreamed program on January 23, and included speakers, musicians, and more.  To watch the program, please click here.


Celebrate a Requiem Mass for the Unborn
with Archbishop Gomez

This beautiful, solemn Mass, which included music written especially for this occasion, was celebrated by Archbishop José Gomez from the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels on January 23.  To watch this special Mass, please click here.



Vocation Sunday:  January 10

Newly ordained priests for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles (August 8, 2020)

Religious Sisters

Fr. Mike Perucho, who is the Associate Director of Vocations for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, will preach about vocations at all of the Masses for Sunday, January 10, including the 5:30 p.m. Saturday Vigil Mass.  In addition, he hopes to bring current seminarians to every Mass.  After each Mass, Fr. Mike and the seminarians will be available to meet with people who are discerning a vocation to the priesthood or religious life. 

To contact Fr. Mike, please call him at (213) 637-7515 or E-mail him at  For more information about vocations, please go to the Vocations website for the Archdiocese:  For those discerning a vocation to the diocesan priesthood, religious priesthood, religious brotherhood, or religious sisterhood, please check out these resources.   



Christmas Season
Solemnities and Feasts

Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph
Sunday, December 27 

(usual Sunday Mass schedule)
5:30 p.m. Vigil Mass on Saturday, and Masses on Sunday at 7:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m.,
11:00 a.m. (also livestreamed), 1:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m. (also livestreamed)

Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God
Friday, January 1

(a civil holiday and not a Holy Day of Obligation)
6:30 p.m. Vigil Mass on December 31
9:00 a.m. Mass on January 1 (also livestreamed)

Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord
Sunday, January 3

(usual Sunday Mass schedule)
5:30 p.m. Vigil Mass on Saturday, and Masses on Sunday at 7:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m.,
11:00 a.m. (also livestreamed), 1:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m. (also livestreamed)

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord
Sunday, January 10

(usual Sunday Mass schedule)
5:30 p.m. Vigil Mass on Saturday, and Masses on Sunday at 7:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m.,11:00 a.m. (also livestreamed), 1:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m. (also livestreamed)



“Trunk or Treat”

Saturday, October 31 from 2:00-4:00 p.m.
in the lower parking lot

Parents, bring your children (recommended ages 12 and under) dressed in costumes to St. Denis for “Trunk or Treat.”  You can park in an upper parking lot, bring the children to the lower parking lot, and accompany them as they trick or treat.  In the lower parking lot, about 20 parishioners with their vehicles will have their trunks open and decorated for Halloween; and they will distribute to the children wrapped candy and other treats in plastic bags.  Also, Halloween-themed music will be playing in the lower parking lot.

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.)  In addition, those distributing the treats will wear disposable gloves.

Parents should screen the candy and other treats before the children eat them (e.g., to ensure that the children are not allergic to the ingredients, such as peanuts or other nuts).  In addition, before the children eat the candy and other treats, the wrapper should be sanitized; and the person opening and eating the candy or treat should sanitize his or her hands.


Did you know that Halloween has Catholic origins?  Click here for more information.



Installation of Fr. John as Pastor on October 10

On Saturday, October 10 at the 5:30 p.m. Mass, Bishop David O’Connell will officially install Fr. John as the pastor here at St. Denis.  The Mass will be livestreamed via our YouTube channel and Facebook page.  Afterward, we will have a little celebration.  Please join us if you can—either in person or via our livestream. 

Mass of Installation of Fr. John Palmer as Third Pastor of St. Denis Church at 5:30 p.m. (10-10-20)

(Worship Aid with Readings)



54-Day Rosary Novena

August 15 – October 7

Our Lady of Fatima

From now through October 7, we are praying a 54-day Rosary Novena for our Church, our country, and our world, and for an end to the pandemic.  The first 27 days are prayers of petition; and the second 27 days will be prayers of thanksgiving. 

You can participate in this novena by praying the Rosary every day wherever you are—e.g., at home, when you drive to work, when you are exercising, etc.  In addition, each day, some parishioners are meeting in our courtyard (with strict social distancing) to pray the Rosary together. Weekdays (Monday through Friday), they are meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the courtyard; and on Saturday and Sunday, they are meeting at 6:30 p.m.

For general instructions on praying the Rosary, please click here or here.  For particular instructions for praying this 54-day Rosary Novena, please click here



Monsignor Jim Loughnane Tribute

Msgr. James J. Loughnane, P.A.
February 7, 1937 to September 17, 2018

On the occasion of Monsignor Jim's Second Anniversary of his passing, we remember him fondly with this video tribute.



Fr. Vincent Returned to India on Monday, July 27

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

The time has come for me to say “Thank you” and “Good bye” to you.  As you know, my visa to stay in the United States is for five years.  By July 30th, my Visa expires.  I spent all of my five years with all of you loving and wonderful people of St. Denis Parish.  Truly you are great.  In fact, I am very sad to go away once and for all from such a loving, caring, and kind people.  I never felt that I am from India, but always felt one with all of you.  You all accepted me as I am and one among you. There are no words to express my sincere thanks and gratitude for your love, care, and concern.  Please accept my sincere and heartfelt thanks for everything that you have been to me and for the orphan children.

I would like to thank Fr. John, our pastor, for his kind heart for inviting our parishioners to support the cause of the orphan children.  Also I sincerely thank Fr. Dennis for his sociability with the people and his helping hand when necessary.  In a special way I would like to thank each and every one of the pastoral staff members who were so good to me in all the ways possible.

Please continue to pray for me and the orphan children.  Already my bishop in India has assigned me to a new parish.  I will be the pioneer to this parish.  I have to develop this parish as well as take care of the orphan children.  Your kind and generous help is always welcome.  I would appreciate very much if you would continue to help me in this regard.  My E-mail is:  You may contact me any time you like.  As soon as I know it, I will give you my residential address.  

I assure you of my sincere prayers.  May the good Lord Jesus bless you and all your family members with good health and happiness all through your lives.  

Once again, a million thanks to you and all your family members; and please continue to pray for me.

Yours sincerely in the Lord,

Fr. A. Vincent



St. Denis Has Reopened (7-7-20)

After being closed to the public for almost 12 weeks, St. Denis has reopened.  However, the reopening is happening gradually and in steps in accordance with the guidelines and requirements of the CDC, the State of California, the County of Los Angeles, and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.  

Our primary concern is for the people of St. Denis—for the health and safety of the priests, staff, parishioners, and visitors.  We don’t want them to get sick or be infected with COVID-19.

Therefore, strict social distancing (including face coverings) will be observed; and attendance in the church will be limited to 100 people. 

People who have COVID-19, who have been exposed to COVID-19, who live with someone who has COVID-19, or who have one or more symptoms of COVID-19 (such as fever or chills; cough; shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; fatigue; muscle or body aches; headache; new loss of taste or smell; sore throat; congestion or runny nose; nausea or vomiting; diarrhea; etc.) must stay home and must not come to the church.

Furthermore, people at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 are strongly encouraged to stay home and not come to the church.  Those at high-risk include:
  -  People 65 years and older
  -  People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility
People of all ages with underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, including:
  -  People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
  -  People who have serious heart conditions
  -  People who are immunocompromised
       -  Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications
  -  People with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher)
  -  People with diabetes
  -  People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
  -  People with liver disease

In addition, 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 foregoing reasons and other reasons, many parishioners who normally attend Mass at St. Denis will not do so at this time.  If you do not attend Mass in person, we encourage you to participate in our livestreamed Masses.  We livestream Masses via our Facebook page and then upload the video shortly thereafter to our YouTube channel.


Monday through Thursday:  Mass at 8:00 a.m. (also livestreamed)

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

Saturday:  Masses at 8:00 a.m. (also livestreamed) and 5:30 p.m. (Sunday Vigil)

Sunday:  Masses at 7:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. (also livestreamed), 1:00 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. (also livestreamed) 

Everyone who attends Mass has to have a valid ticket, sit in his/her assigned seat, wear a face covering, and follow all of the other rules for preventing the spread of COVID-19. 

No one can be admitted to the church for Mass without a valid ticket for that Mass.  People without valid tickets will not be admitted, and will be asked to return to their homes.

Information about obtaining tickets for Mass and the other requirements for attending Mass are set forth here.


Monday through Saturday:  Confessions in the church and the courtyard after the 8:00 a.m. Mass 
Friday:  Confessions in the Hall from 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Saturday:  Confessions in the Hall from 3:00-4:30 p.m.  

Furthermore, you may call the Pastoral Office (909-861-7106) to schedule confession with a priest at another time.

Additional details about confessions are set forth here.

Church Hours:

Monday through Saturday, the church opens for the 8:00 a.m. Mass and remains open until 10:30 a.m. for visitors and private prayer.  The church is then closed for cleaning and sanitizing.

As described below, the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, which is part of the church, is also open from 3:00-5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Blessed Sacrament Chapel Hours: 

The chapel is open from about 9:00 or 9:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday.  The chapel is open for visitors after weekday morning confessions are completed and after the chapel has been sanitized following the confessions.

In addition, the chapel is open from 3:00-5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Visitors may enter the chapel through the open door that faces the church’s lower parking lot.

When visiting the chapel, people need to maintain strict social distancing of at least six feet and wear face coverings. 

The pews in the chapel are temporarily closed, because with their seat cushions, they are too difficult to clean multiple times per day.  Instead, people may sit in the available chairs, which are spaced at least six feet apart around the perimeter of the chapel.  Consequently, seating in the chapel currently is limited to nine people.   

Holy Hour and Eucharistic Exposition and Adoration:

On Friday morning, the church is open for silent Eucharistic Exposition and Adoration from 8:30-10:30 a.m. (ending with a simple benediction).

On Friday evening, the Holy Hour begins around 7:45 p.m. (i.e., after the 7:00 p.m. Mass).  The Holy Hour is open to the public and also is livestreamed.  To attend the Holy Hour, please obtain a ticket for the 7:00 p.m. Mass because these tickets are valid for both the Mass and the Holy Hour. 



May Crowning
Livestreamed at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 16

Please join us for our annual May Crowning, which is a traditional way to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary, who is Queen of Heaven and Earth.  Our May Crowing will be livestreamed on St. Denis’s Facebook page from inside the church, which is still closed because of COVID-19.  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.  Shortly afterward, we will upload the video to St. Denis’s YouTube channel.   

May Crowning, Saturday (5-16-20)
May Crowning Worship Aid, Saturday (5-16-20)



Coronavirus Update (5-14-20)

No Masses at St. Denis Catholic Church

On March 19th, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an Executive Order that everyone in California (with a few exceptions) should stay home to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus.  In order to comply with this Executive Order, and for the safety of everyone, the church and the Pastoral Office are closed.

Until this Executive Order is lifted and life returns to normal or semi-normal, there will be no public Masses and no public gatherings or meetings at St. Denis.  (Nevertheless, someone is answering our main telephone number (909-861-7106) from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.)

Archbishop José Gomez has indefinitely dispensed all Catholics in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles from the obligation of attending Sunday Mass.  Thus, at least for now, no one is obliged to attend Sunday Mass.

Until our public Masses resume, you are encouraged to participate in the Holy Mass via the Internet.  Every Sunday, St. Denis livestreams two nonpublic Masses:   a Mass at 10:30 a.m. (with cantor and organ/piano) and a Mass at 5:30 p.m. (with contemporary music for youths, young adults, and others).  We also livestream a nonpublic Mass every weekday (Monday through Saturday) at 8:00 a.m.  (Please see the “Livestreaming/Media Schedule” above for further details about St. Denis’s livestreamed Masses.)

For information about livestreamed and televised Masses from the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels and elsewhere, please click here.

When viewing an online or televised Mass, please participate as much as you can—e.g., by saying the responses and prayers aloud and by standing, kneeling, and sitting at the appropriate times.

Although they are not able to celebrate public Masses, St. Denis’s priests are celebrating nonpublic Masses for the daily Mass intentions, for our parishioners and parish, and for our country and world, that this coronavirus pandemic will end soon.

In accordance with the Archbishop’s instructions, the priests at St. Denis are unable to offer confessions at this time unless a person is dying or in extremely extraordinary circumstances.  Click here for detailed instructions regarding what to do if you can’t find a priest for confession. 

For those who have scheduled weddings, baptisms, and Quinceaneras in May and June, someone has already called or will call them personally to discuss various accommodations and options.

For more information and updates, please check our website ( regularly. 

For the most updated information and resources on how to limit the impact of the coronavirus, please visit the Archdiocese’s emergency preparedness webpage,

During this time of trial, Archbishop Gomez has asked us to pray a “Prayer in the Time of the Coronavirus,” which is set forth below and which he wrote for this moment.  In addition, I recommend praying the Rosary every day.  (For instructions on praying the Rosary, please click here or here.)   

In this difficult time, God is still with us and hasn’t abandoned us.  May He help all of us to persevere and not lose faith; and may He bless you and your family. 

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Fr. John Palmer
St. Denis Catholic Church



Celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 10
with a special 5:30 p.m. Mass

Bishop David O’Connell, the auxiliary bishop for our pastoral region, will celebrate Mass with the St. Denis community at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 10.  As part of the homily, he will offer a special guided meditation for healing for mothers and all people who are suffering because of the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown.  Please join us for this special Mass, which will be livestreamed via St. Denis’s Facebook page on Sunday, May 10 at 5:30 p.m., and will be uploaded to St. Denis’s YouTube channel shortly thereafter.



To get free access (beginning on Saturday, May 9) to this virtual Easter retreat, please sign up at:  An E-mail with a link to access the retreat will be E-mailed to you before May 9.



Archbishop Gomez to host virtual town hall meeting for families

Archbishop José H. Gomez will host a virtual town hall meeting for families this Wednesday, May 6, at 12 p.m. PT.

The theme of the town hall is “Better Together,” and Archbishop Gomez will be joined by three expert guests, Helen Alvaré, Dr. Aaron Kheriaty, and Christina Lamas. The event, available through internet or phone, will be interacive with families able to submit questions and comments to Archbishop Gomez and his guests.

“These weeks of stay-at-home orders have brought us together as families like never before,” said Archbishop Gomez said. “It is beautiful to be together, and in many ways, our homes have become our domestic churches, where we especially feel the presence of God in our lives. But we also know that we are facing challenges in our families — fear, uncertainty, all sorts of anxieties and stresses. This town hall will give us a chance to come together to pray, to share our experiences, and to talk about how we can strengthen our faith and families as we move forward in these difficult days.”

Archbishop Gomez said he is especially concerned to hear from the faithful about how their families have been effected by the coronavirus. He invited his expert guests to offer practical guidance and help in dealing with challenges, and how to grow in prayer and build community, he added.

The panel invited by Archbishop Gomez for the virtual town hall includes Helen Alvaré, one of the Church’s leading authorities and advocates for women and families, Dr. Aaron Kheriaty, a top psychiatrist and Catholic ethicist specializing in children and families, and Christina Lamas, a national Catholic youth leader.

This virtual event will take place both on the phone and online.

Here’s how you can participate:



Join the U.S. and Canadian bishops in seeking Mary’s help with the coronavirus pandemic

At 12:00 noon Pacific Time on Friday, May 1, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will join the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops in renewing the consecrations of the two nations to the care of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and seeking her intercession with the global health emergency. 

The faithful in the United States and Canada are invited to join their bishops for the brief re-consecration liturgy, which will be livestreamed at 12:00 noon on Friday via the U.S. Bishops’ social media platforms:  FacebookTwitter, and Instagram

In this time of crisis, we need to join together as one nation under God, and pray for Mary’s powerful intercession and God’s abundant mercy. 



A Message from Fr. John for Easter Sunday (April 12)


A Message from Fr. John for Good Friday (April 10)


A Message from Fr. John for Holy Thursday (April 9)


A Message from Fr. John for Palm Sunday (April 5)


A Message from Fr. John (3-23-20)
“All things work for good for those who love God” (Romans 8:28)


Be there.
Mourn the loss.
Rejoice in our hope.
Come as a family.
Come as a parish community.
All are encouraged to attend!


Advent Reconciliation Service
(15+ priests available for Confession)

Friday, December 20 at 7:30 p.m.
St. Denis Catholic Church
2151 S Diamond Bar Blvd, Diamond Bar
Followed by a celebration in the courtyard 


Examinations of Conscience from the U.S. Bishops’ Website 

The website of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops sets forth six different ways for us to examine our conscience based on our circumstances.  The links for the relevant pages are set forth below.

Examination of Conscience based on the Ten Commandments

2.  Examination of Conscience in Light of Catholic Social Teaching

3.  Examination of Conscience for Children

4.  Examination of Conscience for Young Adults

5.  Examination of Conscience for Single People

6.  Examination of Conscience for Married Persons


End-of-life issues: What Catholics need to know!

With the legalization of assisted suicide in California, Catholics need to know how to protect themselves and their loved ones at the end of life. Therefore, St. Denis will host a special training session on Saturday, November 9 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Potthoff Hall.

The training will provide vital information on: (1) Church teaching on end-of-life issues; (2) how to use advance directives to protect ourselves and loved ones, and to ensure that we are treated ethically in accordance with Church teaching; (3) how to find accessible, affordable, and ethical healthcare; and (4) how to care pastorally for those at the end of life.

The training session is called “Care and Prepare: Finding Loving Care at the End of Life”; and it is sponsored by the Los Angeles Archdiocese's Office of Life, Justice and Peace. This training will be especially helpful for senior citizens, for those who are terminally ill, and for everyone who cares for them and loves them.

Mass, Healing Service, and Conference
with Bishop David O'Connell


Saturday, October 5, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
(at St. Denis Church and Potthoff Hall)


10:00 a.m.
Mass in the church followed by a Healing Service with "Unbound Prayer"

1:00-4:00 p.m.
Three conferences in Potthoff Hall
Topics: "Why are we afraid to let God love us?"
"The redeeming love of Jesus"
"Our heavenly destiny of pure love"

A Parish Member Pass can be picked up in the Pastoral Office or in the vestibule of the church.
Non-parishioners: $20 through October 2; $25 at the door. 

For more information, please contact the Pastoral Office; go to and click on "Events"; or call SCRC at (818) 771-1361


15th Annual Los Angeles Catholic Prayer Breakfast
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
6:30 am Rosary & Mass
9:00 am Conclusion

The purpose of the Catholic Prayer Breakfast is to bring Catholics from throughout the archdiocese together in community to pray and celebrate our Catholic faith, as well as to provide an edifying keynote speech.

Registration is open now at St. Denis Pastoral Office

Tickets: $40.00/each
Includes breakfast and roundtrip bus transportation from St. Denis

Bus departs St. Denis lower parking lot at exactly 5:00 am.
Please arrive 15 minutes before departure.
Bus departs the Cathedral at 9:15 am.

Guest Speaker - Mike Scioscia 

Mike Scioscia made his Major League debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1980 with his last MLB appearance in 1992. He was selected for two All Star Games and won two World Series rings during his on-field career.

After his playing career, Mike spent time managing for the Dodgers minor league system before joining the Angel's in 1999. He is the Angel's all-time managerial leader in wins, games managed, division titles, and is the only Angel's manager to date to win a World Series Championship in 2002. While with the Angels', Mike arranged to have mass celebrated in Angel Stadium on Sunday game days, which was open to all players on both sides...yes, even the Yankee and Boston players!

View Photos from the 2018 Los Angeles Catholic Prayer Breakfast


Your Help Needed to Stop Abortion Expansion on College Campuses



SB 24 would create a fund for UCs and CSUs to provide medical abortions in their student health centers. This bill would require all UC and CSU student health centers to use the additional funding to provide students with medical abortions on campus. Last year, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles drew significant opposition to a similar bill SB 320. Although, the bill passed in both houses (Senate and Assembly) it was ultimately vetoed by Governor Jerry Brown. Today we are asking the Catholic community to join in a Statewide novena to oppose SB 24. 


Contact your state legislator to oppose SB24
If the link does not work, please try again in 24 hours; or contact your state legislators (state assembly member and state senator) by other means (such via telephone or letter).

Pray a novena to oppose SB 24

Fact sheet about SB 24

Text of SB 24



Your Help Needed to Oppose Limits to Sacrament of Confession



Dear Friends,

Our Catholic faith is essential to who we are, how we live, and the way in which we raise our families.

Today, our faith is under attack. We need your immediate help to save the Sacrament of Confession!

SB 360, a bill in the CA Senate, seeks to increase protections of children from abuse and neglect. We agree that keeping children safe is vitally important.

However, this bill claims it must change our sacrament to do so! This is a violation of our First Amendment right to practice our religion free from government interference.

Since 2002, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles has trained over 300,000 lay leaders in abuse prevention and reporting. There are mandated reporters present at every parish, school and hospital. We have updated buildings and policies to put the protection of children first.

We do not need to change the Sacrament of Confession in order to advance our shared goal of fighting child sexual abuse in our society.

In the Sacrament of Confession, we receive absolution for sins and the grace of God to sin no more. Confession strengthens our relationship with Jesus and provides therapeutic benefits to the community as people seek to live better lives.

SB 360 seeks to remove the privacy right to confession for priests and the thousands of lay people who work for the Catholic Church in California. We need your help to tell legislators that they cannot change the way we practice our faith!


1.  Send an email to your CA Senator to be sure he or she understands that we can protect children while also protecting our faith!

2. Call your CA Senator today to tell him or her that you OPPOSE SB 360.
    The legislature cannot change our sacraments!

"Confession is sacred — to every priest and every Catholic." - Archbishop José H. Gomez

Read the Full Statement Here 
Download Printable File

An Easter Message from Fr. John

Jesus Christ is risen today!  Alleluia!

Today we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has changed the course of human history.  Through his suffering, death, and resurrection, he has freed us from sin and eternal death, and has won for us new life.

And this new life doesn’t happen only after we die and enter heaven.  Our new life actually begins with our baptism, which unites us with Jesus.  Through baptism, we begin to die to our former selves; and we put on Christ, who is the resurrection and the life.

During our earthly lives, we need to embrace fully this new life that Jesus has won for us.  And we do this by living the way that he did—by living loving, generous, self-sacrificial lives for God and for other people.  Rather than living for ourselves alone, we live to glorify God and to help others, especially the poor, the needy, and those on the margins of society. 

And Jesus is with us every step of the way to help us to embrace this new life that he has won for us.  In particular, we encounter Jesus in four major ways every week and even every day.  First, we encounter him in Sacred Scripture, which is why we need to read the Bible regularly, and not just on Sundays. Second, we encounter Jesus through prayer, which is why we need to pray every day, and preferably several times a day.  Third, we encounter Jesus in the Sacraments, which is why we need to receive Holy Communion and go to Confession frequently.  Fourth, we encounter Jesus in other people and in our faith community, because, as Jesus says in Matthew 18:20, “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” 

Furthermore, we encounter Jesus in all four of these ways at every Mass, which is why going to Mass every Sunday is so important.  At every Mass, we encounter Jesus in Sacred Scripture, in prayer, in Holy Communion, and in the faith community.  If you don’t already attend Mass every Sunday, please start doing so.  This is a good first step to developing a close, personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

But attending Mass every Sunday (or even every day) is not enough.  To develop a deeper relationship with Jesus, we need to read the Bible every day. That’s why I strongly recommend reading the daily Mass readings each day. Reading the Bible in this way is easy because it takes only about five minutes per day.  Furthermore, the daily readings are readily accessible on the U.S. Bishops’ website (, where you can sign up to have them E-mailed to you every morning.  They also are available on smartphone apps such as iBreviary and Laudate.  And if you read the daily readings every day for three years, you will read about 90% of the Gospels, about 70% of the New Testament, and about 20% of the Old Testament. 

We also need the help of a strong faith community to develop a deeper relationship with Jesus.  We are blessed because St. Denis is a very friendly and active parish, and offers a range of activities and something for just about everyone, including children, teens, young adults, middle-aged adults, and seniors.  Please check out this website and our bulletin (especially the cover and page 2), which is available on our website, for an overview of everything that is happening at St. Denis.

For example, please note that we have a good Bible Study Group, which is studying Luke’s Gospel.  They meet every Wednesday in Potthoff Hall from 7:30-9:00 p.m., starting with a light supper at 7:00 p.m.  This Wednesday, they will study and discuss Luke chapter 9.  

We have several devotional prayer groups, which are listed on the cover the bulletin, including a Christian Meditation Group, which meets every Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. in the church’s “crying room” that is closest to the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  This Meditation Group will teach you the ancient Christian practice of silent meditation. 

In addition, we have a very active Knights of Columbus and Women’s Council, which are service-oriented fellowship groups.  We have an active Cursillo Group, which has an upcoming retreat for men from April 25-28 and a retreat for women from May 2-5.  And on Sunday, April 28, we will start a new cycle of GriefShare to help those who are mourning the death of a loved one.

Finally, if you are just starting to get involved in the parish, I recommend joining Alpha, which meets in Potthoff Hall every Saturday morning from 9:00-10:30 a.m. (beginning with a free continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m.).  Alpha participants explore the Christian faith by eating a meal, watching a thought-provoking video, and discussing a different faith-related question each week.  All are welcome, including active and inactive Catholics, non-Catholics, agnostics, and atheists.

Jesus Christ is risen today!  May you and your family have a very blessed and joyful Easter.



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