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Past St. Denis Events

 

Father’s Day

Sunday, June 19



 

At every Mass on Father’s Day (Sunday, June 19), we will have a special blessing for all fathers and a little gift for them. 

In addition, we have Spiritual Bouquet Mass Cards for Father’s Day in the Pastoral Office.  Just go to the Office, fill out a spiritual bouquet envelope, and pick up a special Father’s Day card.  Fathers who receive a Father’s Day Spiritual Bouquet will be remembered at St. Denis’s Masses from June 19-30 

(The Pastoral Office is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day, except Tuesday, when it is closed.)

 


 

Celebrating Jesus’s Resurrection
throughout the Easter Season

The Easter Season lasts 50 days—from Easter Sunday (April 17) through Pentecost Sunday (June 5).  During these 50 days, the Church invites us to meditate on, pray about, and enter into the mystery of Jesus’s Resurrection.

To help us to pray with—and enter into the mystery of—the Resurrection, we will focus on the Stations of the Resurrection throughout the Easter Season.  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.  These are the 14 Stations of the Resurrection:

1.  Jesus Rises from the Dead
2.  The Disciples Discover the Empty Tomb
3.  The Risen Lord Appears to Mary Magdalen, Apostle to the Apostles
4.  The Risen Lord Appears to Two Disciples on the Road to Emmaus
5.  The Risen Lord is Recognized in the Breaking of the Bread
6.  The Risen Lord Appears to the Community of Disciples
7.  The Risen Lord Breathes Peace and Gives the Power to Forgive
8.  The Risen Lord Strengthens the Faith of Thomas
9.  The Risen Lord Eats with the Disciples on the Shore of Tiberias
10.  The Risen Lord Forgives Peter and Entrusts Him to Feed His Sheep
11.  The Risen Lord Sends the Disciples into the World
12.  The Risen Lord Ascends into Heaven
13.  Mary and the Disciples Keep Vigil in the Upper Room for the Spirit’s Advent
14.  The Risen Lord Sends the Holy Spirit

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

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Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom during the Easter Season
(April 19 through May 31)

7:30 p.m.        Lectio divina on the Stations of the Resurrection  (via Zoom)
                       Led by one of our priests or deacons, parishioners will read, meditate on,
                       and pray with the Bible passages that describe the Stations of the
                       Resurrection.

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

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Fridays during the Easter Season
(April 22 through June 3)
6:30 p.m.        Mass  (note the new time; also livestreamed)
7:15 p.m.        Stations of the Resurrection  (also livestreamed)
8:00 p.m.        Holy Hour  (also livestreamed)

The worship aid for the Stations of the Resurrection is here.

 


 

First Sunday of the Month (June 5)
 

“Cantribution” Sunday

On the first Sunday of every month, we collect nonperishable food for 75 poor families from St. Madeleine Parish in Pomona.  If you have nonperishable food (such dry food or food in cans or jars), please bring it to Mass this weekend; and drop it off in a bin in the courtyard.

 

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 (click the "Donate" button below and fill in the dollar amount and type “Building and Maintenance Fund” in the “Write a Note” section).

 

 


Thank you for generously supporting St. Denis.

 


 

Parish Census



 

May is “Census Month” at St. Denis.  We are asking you to fill out a simple Census card with your contact information so that we can better communicate with everyone, including the many new people who have come to St. Denis since the pandemic started. 

All adults are requested to fill out a census card, even if you think that we have your contact information.  That’s because we don’t have complete and correct contact information for most parishioners.

Therefore, when you are in the church, please fill out one of the white census cards that are in the pews; and please return the completed card in one of the collection baskets or boxes. 

Alternatively, you can fill out an online census form by clicking here.

 


 

Mother’s Day

Sunday, May 8

At every Mass on Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 8), we will have a special blessing for all mothers and a little gift for them. 

In addition, we have Spiritual Bouquet Mass Cards for Mother’s Day in the Pastoral Office.  Just go to the Office, fill out a spiritual bouquet envelope, and pick up a special Mother’s Day card.  Mothers who receive a Mother’s Day Spiritual Bouquet will be remembered at St. Denis’s Masses from May 8-31. 

(The Pastoral Office is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day, except Tuesday, when it is closed.)

 


 

May Crowning

4:45 p.m. on Sunday, May 1

The month of May is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Therefore, on Sunday, May 1 at 4:45 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 in the courtyard.

Our teens have a Sunday Youth Gathering on May 1 from 4:00-5:30 p.m., and will participate in the May Crowning.  Please join us.

May Crowning Worship Aid

 


 

Divine Mercy Sunday, April 24

On Divine Mercy Sunday (April 24), 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. (Adult Choir), 1:00 p.m. (with Divine Mercy singers), and 5:30 p.m. (Young Adult/Youth Choir) 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.

Divine Mercy Sunday Mass Worship Aid with Readings (4/24/22)


At 2:00 p.m., we will have our Divine Mercy Celebration, including Eucharistic Exposition and Adoration, the Divine Mercy prayers, and Benediction.  The Divine Mercy celebration will be in the church and also will be livestreamed.  Afterward, we will go to the Hall for refreshments, music, and fellowship.  Please join us in person or via our livestream.

Divine Mercy Sunday Celebration Worship Aid (4/24/22)

 


 

Easter Celebration for Children
Saturday, April 23 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
in the Hall


Parents, bring your children (recommended ages 12 and under) to St. Denis for our Easter Celebration for Children in the Hall.  We will have 14 different stations corresponding to the 14 Stations of the Resurrection.  Each station will help your child to understand better, and to enter into, the mystery of Jesus’s Resurrection.  

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.    

 


 

Almsgiving at St. Denis



 

Making lunches for the homeless

Our Christian Services Ministry will make sandwiches and sack lunches in the Hall (rooms B and C) and will give them to Hope for Home, a service center for the homeless in Pomona on the following Saturdays:

Saturday, March 12 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon in the Hall (rooms B and C);
Saturday, March 26 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon in the Hall (rooms B and C); and
Saturday, April 9 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon in the Hall (rooms B and C).


If you would like to donate food, please drop it off at the Pastoral Office by 5:00 p.m. on the preceding Thursday (i.e., by Thursday, March 10; Thursday, March 24; or Thursday, April 7). 
The following food is needed:

Bread (whole-wheat preferred)
Chips (individually wrapped)
Cookies (individually wrapped)
Granola bars (individually wrapped)
Apples
Bottles of water


Monetary donations also are welcomed and appreciated.  These donations will help to cover the cost of items that we need to purchase or that have not been donated.  Please make the check payable to St. Denis Church; and write “Christian Service Homeless Lunch” in the notation section of your check or on the envelope.  Then drop the envelope in a collection box or basket; or mail your donation to St. Denis at 2151 S. Diamond Bar Blvd., Diamond Bar, CA 91765.  You also may donate via Online Giving (click on “Christian Service Offering” and mention “Homeless Lunch”) or via PayPal (click the "Donate" button below and mention “Christian Service Homeless Lunch”).

 

For more information, please E-mail Liz Fan at ChristianService@StDenis.org. 

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Backpacks for the Homeless

Many homeless people live on the streets and lack essentials.  Our Cursillo group plans to fill at least 100 backpacks with underwear, socks, and other essential items, and then distribute the backpacks to homeless people who are living on the streets.

To support this ministry financially, please put your donation in an envelope; write “Backpacks for the Homeless” on the envelope or in the notation section of your check; and drop off the envelope in one of collection baskets or boxes.  You also can mail in your donation to:  St. Denis Church, 2151 S. Diamond Bar Boulevard, Diamond Bar, CA 91765.

Alternatively, you may drop off the following items at the Pastoral Office or with one of our custodians.

Black socks for men  (size 6-12)
Men’s boxer shorts  (medium and large)
White socks for women  (size 4-8)
Women’s underwear  (medium and large)
Beanies  (medium and large)
Wipes
Toothbrushes
Toothpaste


All donations are requested by Friday, April 15 (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!  

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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.

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 140 million people in more than 100 countries. 

What does your donation provide?

  • $50 for seeds to help farmers grow healthy crops
  • $80 for a lamb to provide milk for a family
  • $150 for 10 vaccines for children
  • $170 for fruit trees that produce food and income

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.   

 


 


 

Easter Sunday Schedule

Easter Sunday, April 17
  7:00 am    Easter Mass  (cantor, organ)
  9:00 am    Easter Mass  (cantor, organ, trumpet)
11:00 am   Easter Mass  (Adult Choir, organ, trumpet)
  1:00 pm    Easter Mass  (Children’s Choir, cantor, piano, trumpet)
                    (Mass for families with children)
  5:30 pm   Easter Mass  (vocal quartet, piano, violin)

Easter Sunday Worship Aid with Readings

 


 


 

Holy Week Schedule

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

Passion (Palm Sunday), April 10
  (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 
  Sunday Mass Worship Aid with Readings
  Gospel Script for Palm Sunday

Holy Monday, April 11
  8:00 am    Mass, followed by Confessions in the courtyard
  6:30 pm     Mass
 7:00 pm     Chrism Mass (livestreamed from the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels)
                    (Mass will be livestreamed starting at 7:00pm)
                    The webpage for the Chrism Mass
                    with links to the livestream and the worship aid is here.

Holy Tuesday, April 12
  8:00 am    Mass, followed by Confessions in the courtyard
  6:30 pm     Mass
  7:30 pm     Lenten Reconciliation Service with 10+ priests
                    St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (1835 Larkvane Rd., Rowland Heights)
  7:30 pm     Gospel Reflection Group meeting via Zoom
                    focusing on the Easter Sunday Gospel (John 20:1-9),
                    which is in this handout  
                    Zoom link:
                    https://zoom.us/j/93717806023?pwd=QjkzNDFtRGcyc0E2U3dFQm1LVzl6Zz09 

Holy Wednesday, April 13
  8:00 am    Mass, followed by Confessions in the courtyard
  6:30 pm     Mass

Holy Thursday, April 14
  8:00 am    Morning Prayer (chant and a cantor), followed by Confessions in the courtyard
                   Holy Thursday Morning Prayer Worship Aid
  7:30 pm    Mass of the Lord’s Supper  
                    with washing of the feet
                    (Adult Choir, organ)
                   Holy Thursday Worship Aid with Readings
  9:00-10:00 pm    Eucharistic Adoration  (silent)

Good Friday, April 15
  8:00 am    Morning Prayer (chant and a cantor), followed by Confessions in the courtyard
                   Good Friday 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
  4:30 pm    Divine Mercy Novena
                   Divine Mercy Novena Guide for Good Friday
                   Divine Mercy Novena - 9 Days
  5:00 pm    Stations of the Cross  (using the words of Pope Francis)
                   Stations of the Cross with Pope Franis Worship Aid
  7:00 pm    Stations of the Cross  (using the words of St. Alphonsus Liguori)
                   Stations of the Cross with St. Alphonsus Liguori 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 16
  8:00 am    Morning Prayer (chant and a cantor), followed by Confessions in the courtyard
                   Holy Saturday 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)
                    (Adult Choir, organ, piano, trumpet)
                   Easter Vigil Worship Aid with Readings

 


 

Lent at St. Denis

Fridays evenings during Lent
March 11, 18, and 25; and April 1 and 8


6:00-8:00 pm  Fish Dinner
in the Hall

                        $10 for adults; $5 for children 12 and under

                        ●  baked fish, French fries, macaroni and cheese, pizza (cheese)
                        ●  choice of vegetarian sides, which will vary each week
                           (e.g., salad, rice, coleslaw, potato salad, vegetables, applesauce, pancit)
                        ●  lemonade, fruit punch, water, coffee, tea

                        Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and other ministries
                        (with proceeds benefitting St. Denis and other charitable causes)

7:00 pm          Mass (also livestreamed)

8:00 pm          Stations of the Cross (also livestreamed)

8:45 p.m.        Holy Hour (also livestreamed)


(We livestream simultaneously on our YouTube channel and Facebook page.)

 


 

Zooming at St. Denis


 

Gospel Reflection Group
Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom


For the next two weeks leading to Easter, the Gospel Reflection Group will meet via Zoom at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5 and on Tuesday, April 12.  Thereafter, the Group will resume meeting via Zoom on Mondays at 7:30 p.m. 

To join these Tuesday meetings on April 5 and April 12, please click on the following Zoom link shortly before 7:30 p.m.:  https://zoom.us/j/93717806023?pwd=QjkzNDFtRGcyc0E2U3dFQm1LVzl6Zz09.  (The same link is used for every Tuesday 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 meeting.

All are welcome.

 


 

Lenten Reconciliation Service

Monday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m.
 

Join us on Monday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. for St. Denis’s Lenten Reconciliation Service, which will include music and will be livestreamed.  After the Service, we will have individual confessions in the church, with about 10-15 priests hearing confessions.

 Penance Service Liturgy of the Word, Monday at 7:30 PM (4/4/22)

Lenten Reconciliation Service Worship Aid
 

Other Lenten Reconciliation Services (with 10-15 priests) include:

            ●          Wednesday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m.
                        St. Lorenzo Ruiz (747 Meadow Pass Rd., Walnut)

            ●          Tuesday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m.
                        St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (1835 Larkvane Rd., Rowland Heights)

 


 

“Cantribution” Sunday (April 3)

On the first Sunday of every month, we collect nonperishable food for the poor.  We give the food to St. Madeleine’s parish (in Pomona), which provides groceries to 75 needy families every week.  If you have nonperishable food (such dry food or food in cans or jars) to share with the poor, please bring it to Mass for Sunday, April 3; and drop it off in one of the bins that will be in the courtyard.

 


 


 

Lenten Gospel Reflections with Fr. Dennis
Wednesdays at 7:15-8:00 p.m. in the church (also livestreamed)
March 9, 16, 23, and 30; and April 6


Fr. Dennis will lead participants to reflect on the Lenten Gospels, and will use Bishop Robert Barron’s book, Lenten Gospel Reflections (2022 edition).  Starting on Monday, March 7, we will distribute 100 free copies of the book from the Pastoral Office, and also will distribute copies at the 6:30 p.m. Mass on Wednesday, March 9.  (Unfortunately, we cannot obtain more copies because the book is sold out.) 

If you don’t have the book, you can still receive Bishop Barron’s daily Gospel reflections in your E-mail inbox each morning simply by signing up here.  These E-mailed Gospel reflections are the same as the reflections that appear in the book.

If you can’t attend Fr. Dennis’s Lenten Gospel Reflections in the church on Wednesdays at 7:15 p.m., you can watch them online by viewing our 6:30 p.m. livestreamed Mass (and the subsequent Gospel Reflection at 7:15 p.m.) on our YouTube channel and Facebook page.

 


 

Retreat at St. Denis
with Fr. John

What a friend we have in Jesus!

Saturday, April 2, 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Potthoff Hall

Jesus said to his disciples:  “I no longer call you slaves . . . .
I have called you friends.”  (John 15:15)

Jesus is our friend; and being friends with Jesus changes how we relate to him and how he relates to us. 

Because we are friends, we can talk with Jesus at any time about anything.  For example, we can talk with him about our daily cares and worries, about the good and bad things in our lives, and about the decisions that we have to make.  And Jesus communicates with us, helps and accompanies us, and leads and guides us every step of the way.  Moreover, we are never really alone or lonely because Jesus is with us and is there for us 24/7.

As with any real friendship, our friendship with Jesus involves give and take—a back-and-forth dynamic.  Sometimes we ask something of Jesus; and he responds by answering our prayer one way or another.  Sometimes Jesus asks something of us; and we do what he wants or we don’t do what he wants.

Fr. John and others will share exactly how their friendship with Jesus works in their daily lives.  And he will teach retreatants two different ways to pray:  “Lectio Divina on Life” and “Gospel Contemplation.”

Join us for a beautiful retreat—and bring a relative or friend with you!


The theme song for the retreat is “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” which is featured in the following video:

The lyrics for this song are here.

 


 


 

The Church wants to hear from YOU!

Synod on Synodality

Pope Francis has summoned the Church to participate in a worldwide synod with the theme: “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission.”  Instead of an assembly of bishops in Rome only, Pope Francis invites the whole People of God to participate in the synod—to “journey together” with our brothers and sisters in Christ along the path of renewal, guided by the Holy Spirit.

St. Denis is participating in the synod through five Listening Sessions; and the remaining Listening Sessions are listed below.  Each Listening Session includes an overview of the synod, a reflection on a Gospel passage with small-group discussions, and additional small-group discussions on one or more topics.

Through these Listening Sessions, we will pray and reflect together on where we are as a Church and how the Holy Spirit is calling us to move forward. 

Everyone is invited to participate in one or more Listening Sessions:  young adults and seniors, active parishioners and those who have drifted away, as well as those who feel marginalized by the Church.  In order to reach those on the margin, we need active parishioners to invite family members and friends who have drifted away or who are disconnected from the Church to participate in the Listening Sessions. 

Listening Session 4:
Monday, March 28, 7:30-8:45 p.m. via Zoom

Zoom link:
https://zoom.us/j/96103613303?pwd=aVdsbSt3SUhhM2FHVmtBZW4rUHRsUT09

Discussion 4:  “Discerning and Deciding”

  • In recent years, how have we intentionally listened to the voice of the Holy Spirit as a Church?
  • In recent years, how have we identified needs within the Church and the world and how to address them?
  • In recent years, how have our decision-making processes encouraged or discouraged wider consultation within the Church?
  • How might the Church be invited to “journey together” more fully through individual and communal listening to the Spirit in the years to come?
  • How might the Holy Spirit be inviting our Church to “journey together” more fully through consultative decision-making in the years to come?

For a Participant's Guide with these questions, prayers, and an explanation about the synod, please click here.

Gospel Reading for Listening Sessions 4—John 15:1-11

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Listening Session 5:  
Tuesday, March 29, 7:30-8:45 p.m. via Zoom

Zoom link:
https://zoom.us/j/93717806023?pwd=QjkzNDFtRGcyc0E2U3dFQm1LVzl6Zz09

Discussion 5:  “Growing in Synodality”

  • What are you learning about communion through the Synod process?
  • What are you learning about participation through the Synod process?
  • What are you learning about mission through the Synod process?
  • How might the Holy Spirit be inviting our Church to form people to “journey together” to live communion, to achieve participation, and to be open to mission?

For a Participant's Guide with these questions, prayers, and an explanation about the synod, please click here.

Scripture Reading for Listening Session 5- Acts 2:42-47

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For an overview of the Synod on Synodality, please watch the following video:

 


 

Act of Consecration

to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
for Russia and Ukraine



 

Friday, March 25 is the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord.  We will celebrate the solemnity with our usual Masses at 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., with both Masses being livestreamed simultaneously to our YouTube channel and Facebook page.. 

At 9:00 a.m. on March 25, as recommended by the U.S. Catholic bishops and Pope Francis, we will make an “Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for Russia and Ukraine”; and this “Act of Consecration” also will be livestreamed.  Therefore, please join us in person or via our livestream at 9:00 a.m. for this “Act of Consecration”; or pray the “Act of Consecration” at another time on Friday, March 25. 

The “Act of Consecration,” which was prepared by the Holy See, can be found here

 


 

Zooming at St. Denis


 

“How to approach Lent in 2022”
with  Juan Diaz and Fr. John
Monday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom


During 2020, the world experienced a pandemic that transformed our way of life and yet allowed us to experience a living Passover during Holy Week.  Our lives were altered in a dramatic way—forcing us to protect ourselves by maintaining a distance from others, wearing masks (which silenced us), and, most significantly, by living in isolation and fear.  Two years later, we celebrate Lent in 2022 with new threats and challenges, but a new and higher calling for Truth—to be freed from the bondage of fear and to live in the freedom of love.

The Zoom meeting will be led by Juan Diaz with assistance from Fr. John.  Their hope is that you will gain a new perspective on Lent and a new appreciation of this holy season. 

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

Click here to download a copy of the PowerPoint slides.

Click here to download a copy of the U.S. Bishops' calendar for Lent 2022.


[The usual, weekly Monday night Zoom meeting that focuses on the upcoming Sunday Gospel will resume on March 14.]

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Scripture Reading and Sharing Group
with Fr. John
Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom


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.  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, March 8 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.)

All are welcome to join the Scripture Reading and Sharing Group, including those who have never studied the Bible.

 


 

Lent at St. Denis



 

Ash Wednesday (March 2)

  8:00 a.m.  Mass (also livestreamed)
12:10 p.m.  Mass
  6:30 p.m.  Mass (with music)
  8:00 p.m.  Mass (with music, also livestreamed)

Ashes will distributed after every Mass. 

Ash Wednesday also is a day of fasting and abstinence.

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Fasting & Abstinence

Fasting and abstinence are two ways that we repent for our sins.  We fast and abstain on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday; and we abstain on the Fridays of Lent.

Fasting applies to people from age 18 through age 59.  When fasting, a person is permitted one full meal as well as two smaller meals, which together do not equal a full meal.  Liquids are allowed at any time. 

Abstinence applies to people who are at least 14 years old.  Abstinence means abstaining from meat (including beef, chicken, and pork), although seafood is permitted.

In all cases, common sense should prevail.  Thus, the following people are excused from fasting and abstinence:  the physically or mentally ill, including individuals suffering from chronic illnesses such as diabetes; and pregnant or nursing women.

“Five Reasons to Fast This Lent:  In Our Need for Food, We Discover Our Need for Christ” by Emily Stimpson Chapman from the National Catholic Register.

 

Click here for more information about Lent at St. Denis.

 


 

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, November 14, 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 (except the weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s) 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:            

November 14, 2021    Session One:  “Is This Normal?”
November 21, 2021    Session Two:  “Challenges of Grief”
December 5, 2021       Session Three:  “The Journey of Grief (Part One)”
December 12, 2021     Session Four:  “The Journey of Grief (Part Two)”
December 19, 2021     Session Five:  “Grief and Your Relationships”
January 9, 2022           Session Six:  “Why?”
January 16, 2022         Session Seven:  “Guilt and Anger”
January 23, 2022         Session Eight:  “Complicating Factors”
January 30, 2022         Session Nine:  “Stuck”
February 6, 2022         Session Ten:  “Lessons of Grief (Part One)”
February 13, 2022       Session Eleven:  “Lessons of Grief (Part Two)”
February 20, 2022       Session Twelve:  “Heaven”
February 27, 2022       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:

 


 


 

Sunday Mass for Families with Children
Online Survey


Starting in February or March, St. Denis will have a regular Sunday Mass every month or every week specifically for families with children in grade 8 and younger.  At these “Sunday Masses for Families with Children,” children will actively participate in various ways, including:

            ●  singing in a children’s choir;
            ●  proclaiming the Word of God;
            ●  helping the ushers take up the collection;
            ●  bringing the gifts up to the altar; and
            ●  gathering around the altar for the Eucharistic Prayer.


For the homily, the priest or deacon will sit in a rocking chair on a rug at the bottom of the steps leading to the altar; and the children will gather around him on the rug.  Then, the priest or deacon will speak in a conversational way with the children about the readings, rather than preaching to the adults.

This monthly or weekly “Sunday Mass for Families with Children” will be either at 9:00 a.m. at 1:00 p.m., depending upon the preference of the parents.  To express your preference for having this Mass at 9:00 a.m. or at 1:00 p.m., please fill out our short online survey, which will take about 1-2 minutes to complete.  The online survey is at this URL:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfihv5EWdydSBwLI3bEuAN0Gz2qfDokzgbCQ46UaS3gdJhwmg/viewform

(If the hyperlink doesn’t work properly, just copy and paste the above URL into a tab in your browser and go to the survey to fill it out.) 

All parishioners, including those with no children and those with older children, are invited to complete the survey.  The deadline date for completing the survey is Wednesday, February 2

Thank you for participating in the survey.

 


 

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.

 


 


 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
(Monday, January 17)


For this civil holiday, we will have our usual Masses at 8:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.  The 8:00 a.m. Mass also will be livestreamed via our YouTube channel and Facebook page.

Please note that the Pastoral Office will be closed on Monday, January 17.

To watch Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” Speech, please click on the following link:

To read his “I Have a Dream” Speech, please click here

 


 

New Year’s Weekend Schedule


 

Friday, December 31 (New Year’s Eve)

8:00 a.m.         Mass 
(Seventh Day in the Octave of Christmas)  (also livestreamed)

5 - 6 p.m.        Confessions  (in the church)

7:00 p.m.        Mass  (Vigil of the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God)
                        (also livestreamed)

7:45 p.m.        Holy Hour  (also livestreamed)
                       Worship Aid

Pastoral Office will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


Saturday, January 1 (New Year’s Day)
Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God

(not a Holy Day of Obligation)


9:00 a.m.         Mass  (Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God) 
                        (cantor, piano; also livestreamed)
                        Worship Aid

5:30 p.m.        Mass  (Vigil of the Epiphany of the Lord)
                        (cantor, organ/piano)

Pastoral Office will be closed.

No Confessions today.


Sunday, January 2
Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord

Worship Aid

  7:00 a.m.       Mass  (no music)
  9:00 a.m.       Mass  (cantor, organ/piano)
11:00 a.m.       Mass  (adult choir, cantor, organ/piano; also livestreamed)
  1:00 p.m.      Mass  (cantor, piano)
  5:30 p.m.      Mass  (contemporary music with youth & young adult choir,
                        cantors, piano; also livestreamed)

Pastoral Office will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


The indicated Masses and services will be livestreamed simultaneously to our YouTube channel and Facebook page

If you are skittish about sitting inside in the church because of COVID-19, you can sit outside in the courtyard for any of our Masses.  And, of course, if you attend Mass in person (either inside the church or in the courtyard), you can receive Holy Communion. 

 


 

Christmas Mass Schedule


 

Friday, December 24 (Christmas Eve)

  8:00 a.m.      
Advent weekday Mass  (also livestreamed)

  3:30 p.m.       Christmas music
  4:00 p.m.      Children’s Christmas Mass  (also livestreamed)
                        (with children acting out the Nativity story,
                        Children’s Christmas Choir, cantor, organ, trumpet)

 7:00 p.m.       Community Christmas Mass
                        (vocal quartet, piano, violin)

 9:30 p.m.        Christmas music
10:00 p.m.      “Midnight-style” Christmas Mass at 10:00 p.m.  (also livestreamed)
                        (Adult Choir, organ, trumpet)


Saturday, December 25 (Christmas)

  7:00 a.m.
      Christmas Mass          
                        (cantor, piano)

  9:00 a.m.       Christmas Mass          
                        (cantor, organ, trumpet)

 11:00 a.m.      Christmas Mass  (also livestreamed)  
                        (Adult Choir, organ, trumpet)

  1:00 p.m.      Christmas Mass          
                        (celebrated in the courtyard)
                        (cantor, piano, organ, trumpet)

  5:30 p.m.      Christmas Mass  (also livestreamed)  
                        (vocal quartet, piano)


The indicated Masses will be livestreamed simultaneously to our YouTube channel and Facebook page

Christmas Worship Aid with Readings Worship Aid

Christmas Carol In-Pew Worship Aid

If you are able, please attend Christmas Mass in person.  You can avoid the crowds by attending Mass on Christmas Day (December 25), rather than on Christmas Eve (December 24), because the Christmas Eve Masses usually are much more crowded.  Furthermore, on Christmas Day, the least-attended Masses probably will be at 7:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 5:30 p.m.

If you are skittish about sitting inside in the church because of COVID-19, you can sit outside in the courtyard for any of our Masses.  And, of course, if you attend Mass in person (either inside the church or in the courtyard), you can receive Holy Communion. 

 


 

Advent at St. Denis




 

Rehearsal for Children’s Christmas Play at 10:00 a.m.
Rehearsal for Children’s Christmas Choir at 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, December 23 in the church


On Christmas Eve (Friday, December 24) at 4:00 p.m., we will have a special Christmas Mass for children and their families.  At this Christmas Eve Mass, children will act out the Nativity story in a Children’s Christmas Play, and will sing together in the Children’s Christmas Choir.  All children through grade 8 are invited to act in the Children’s Christmas Play by playing an angel or a shepherd; and they are invited to sing in the Children’s Choir.  To participate in these ways, the children must attend a rehearsal on Thursday morning, December 23.  For children who will act in the Children’s Christmas Play, the one-hour rehearsal will be at 10:00 a.m. in the church; and for children who will sing in the Children’s Christmas Choir, the one-hour rehearsal will be at 11:00 a.m. in the church.  Children can both act and sing at the Christmas Eve Mass if they attend both rehearsals on Thursday, December 23.

For more information about the Children’s Christmas Play, please contact Celia Flores via E-mail at cflores@stdenis.org or by calling the Pastoral Office at (909) 861-7106.

For more information about the Children’s Christmas Choir, please contact Patrick Zubiate via E-mail at pzubiate@stdenis.org or by calling the Pastoral Office at (909) 861-7106.

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Advent Scripture Course
(via Zoom)


Join us for a four-week Zoom course on the infancy narratives in Luke 1-2 and Matthew 1-2.  The focus will be on what can learn from the Holy Family (Mary, Joseph, and Jesus) about how to live our lives in the 21st century.  This is not a lecture course.  Instead, it is designed to help participants to read Sacred Scripture and apply it to their daily lives.  To facilitate discussions and sharing, participants regularly will break up into smaller groups.

The meetings will be via Zoom from 7:30-8:45 p.m. on the four Tuesdays of Advent (November 30 and December 7, 14, and 21), with a different focus for each meeting, as described below:

            ●  November 30:         What can we learn from Mary?
            ●  December 7:           What can we learn from Joseph?
            ●  December 14:         What can we learn from Jesus?
            ●  December 21:         What can we learn from the Holy Family?


This course will be led by Manny De La Cruz, who is one of our catechists, and by Fr. John.  The Zoom link for all four meetings will be:  https://zoom.us/j/93717806023?pwd=QjkzNDFtRGcyc0E2U3dFQm1LVzl6Zz09

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

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Advent Reflections by Fr. Dennis
(in the church and via livestream)


During the four Wednesdays of Advent, Fr. Dennis will offer Advent reflections in the church after the Wednesday evening Masses, according to the following schedule:

            ●  December 1:           7:15 p.m. Advent Reflection (after the 6:30 p.m. Mass)
            ●  December 8:           7:45 p.m. Advent Reflection (after the 7:00 p.m. Mass)
            ●  December 15:         7:15 p.m. Advent Reflection (after the 6:30 p.m. Mass)
            ●  December 22:         7:15 p.m. Advent Reflection (after the 6:30 p.m. Mass)

All of the Wednesday evening Masses and Advent reflections will be livestreamed simultaneously to our YouTube channel and Facebook page.  

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Christmas Carol Sing-Along
Monday, December 20 at 7:30 p.m.
(in the church and via livestream*)

*Unfortunately due to a Spectrum internet outage, we are unable to livesteam the Christmas Carol Sing-Along, but we will upload the video to YouTube.  Sorry for the inconvenience.

Please join us for a Christmas Carol Sing-Along in the church on Monday, December 20 at 7:30 p.m.  This Sing-Along will be a fun, family event for the entire parish (adults, youths, and children), and will be led by our music director, Patrick Zubiate, with organ accompaniment by Dr. Pat Rogers. 

We will sit in the pews and use handouts; and Patrick will stand in the middle on a podium to lead and conduct us.  We will sing familiar Christmas songs (both religious and nonreligious); and Patrick will teach us some new music and easy harmony.  In addition, he will have special activities for children.  Afterward, we will have refreshments and fellowship.    

Please bring your family and friends, and join in the fun!

St. Denis Advent/Christmas Sing-A-Long (12/20/21 at 7:30 PM)
Christmas Carol Sing-Along Music Handout

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Las Posadas
Outdoor procession on Sunday, December 19 at 6:30 p.m.
followed by a celebration in the courtyard
and refreshments in the Hall
(with a piñata for the kids)


After the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Sunday, December 19, we will celebrate Las Posadas with an outdoor procession reenacting how Mary and Joseph looked for room in the inn.  The procession will end at our Nativity scene in the courtyard, where we will sing Christmas carols and will light all of the outdoor Christmas decorations.  Afterward, we will have refreshments in the Hall with a piñata for the kids.

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Simbang Gabi Celebration
Saturday, December 18
Procession at 5:00 p.m. in the courtyard
Mass at 5:30 p.m. (in the church and via livestream)
Dinner at 6:30 p.m. in the Hall


In preparation for Christmas, we will celebrate Simbang Gabi with a procession at 5:00 p.m. in the courtyard; a livestreamed Mass at 5:30 p.m. in the church; and a light dinner (with soup, sandwiches, and desserts) at 6:30 p.m. in the Hall along with entertainment. 

Simbang Gabi is a Filipino Advent tradition, but people from all cultural backgrounds are invited to join in the celebration.

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Advent Reconciliation Service
(with individual Confessions)
Friday, December 17 at 7:30 p.m.


Join us on Friday, December 17 at 7:30 p.m. for St. Denis’s Advent Reconciliation Service, which will include music and will be livestreamed.  At the end Service, we will have individual Confessions in the church with about 10-15 priests. 

Advent Reconciliation Service Worship Aid (12/17/21)

Other Advent Reconciliation Services (with 10+ priests) include:

            ●          Monday, December 20 at 7:30 p.m.
                        St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (1835 Larkvane Rd., Rowland Heights)

            ●          Wednesday, December 22 at 7:30 p.m.
                        St. Lorenzo Ruiz (747 Meadow Pass Rd., Walnut)


The website of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops sets forth seven different ways for us to examine our conscience based on our circumstances, including examining our conscience based on the Ten Commandments, and six other ways.  Please click here for the links.

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.”

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Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
5:30 p.m. Mass on Sunday, December 12
(in the church and via livestream)
followed by dinner in the Hall


On Sunday, December 12, we will have our usual Masses for the Third Sunday of Advent at 7:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. (also livestreamed), and 1:00 p.m.    

Then, for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, we will have a special 5:30 p.m. Mass.  The 5:30 p.m. Mass will have mariachi music and Aztec dancers, and will be celebrated in English and Spanish.  Afterward, in the Hall, we will have a traditional dinner of tamales, rice, and beans plus a performance by the Aztec dancers.  All are welcome.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Worship Aid

If you would like to donate to defray the expenses for the mariachi music, the Aztec dancers, and the dinner in the Hall, please click here for more information.

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Advent/Christmas Celebration for children
Saturday, December 11 from 10:00-12:00 p.m.
in the lower parking lot


Parents, bring your children (recommended ages 12 and under) to St. Denis for our Advent/Christmas celebration.  In the parking lot, we will have about 15-20 different stations, each with a different Advent/Christmas theme, including the Annunciation, the Visitation, Mary and Joseph finding no room in the inn, the Birth of Jesus, the appearance of the angels, and the visits of the shepherds and the magi. 

Advent/Christmas music will be playing; and the children can participate in various fun activities, including making Christmas ornaments and placing them on a Christmas tree in the courtyard.  In addition, children will meet and learn about St. Nicholas, who was the real-life inspiration for Santa Claus.    

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.

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Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Wednesday, December 8


For this Holy Day of Obligation, we will celebrate the following four Masses:

            ●  Tuesday, December 7:        Vigil Mass at 6:30 p.m.
            ●  Wednesday, December 8:  Mass at 8:00 a.m. (also livestreamed)
                                                            Mass at 12:10 p.m.
                                                            Mass at 7:00 p.m. (with music and livestreamed)

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Worship Aid

 


 

Thanking the Living in November



 

Thanking and blessing
those who work in the public safety field
Sunday, November 21 at all of the Masses


On Sunday, November 21, at all of the Masses (including the 5:30 p.m. Saturday Vigil Mass), we will thank and have a special blessing for those who work in the public safety field (i.e., police officers, sheriff deputies, firefighters, correctional officers, 911 operators, and EMS personnel).

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First Responders’ Lunch
Tuesday, November 23


Since 2005, St. Denis has thanked our local first responders (firefighters, sheriff deputies, EMS personnel, and support staff) for their service by inviting them to come to St. Denis from  for a special lunch during the week of Thanksgiving. 

This year, the First Responders’ Lunch will be on Tuesday, November 23 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Hall.  The lunch will be a professionally catered and will include:

• roasted beef brisket with gravy, roasted whole turkey with gravy;
• jellied cranberry, mashed potatoes, stuffing, spinach topped with roasted yams;
• dinner rolls & butter;
• old-fashioned croissant bread pudding and pumpkin pie with whipped cream.


If you would like to thank our local first responders personally with a thank-you note or card, please click here for more information.  If you would like to donate to support the First Responders’ Lunch, please click here for more information.

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Thanksgiving Day Mass at 9:00 a.m. (November 25)

On Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 25), please join us for a special Thanksgiving Mass at 9:00 a.m..  The Mass will be livestreamed and will include music; a chance to share with each other who and what we are thankful for; a blessing of food that we will eat later that day; and an opportunity to donate nonperishable food for the poor.

Therefore, please bring to the Mass some food (such as rolls, a pie, or something else) that you will eat later in the day and some nonperishable food (such as food in cans or jars) that you will donate to the poor.    

The Greek word “Eucharist” means “thanksgiving” in English; and so, Mass with Holy Communion is a great way to start the Thanksgiving celebration.  

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Thanking and blessing
healthcare workers and caregivers
Sunday, November 28 at all of the Masses


On Sunday, November 28, at all of the Masses (including the 5:30 p.m. Saturday Vigil Mass), we will thank and have a special blessing for healthcare workers and caregivers (including doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers), who are on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19.

 


 

Remembering the Dead in November



 

All Saints’ Day  (Monday, November 1)

On All Saints’ Day, we remember and thank God for all of the saints who have preceded us and who have shown us the way to heaven.  This year, the Solemnity of All Saints is not a holy day of obligation because it falls on a Monday.  On Monday, November 1, we will have two Masses:

8:00 a.m. Mass  (also livestreamed)
7:00 p.m. Mass  (with music and also livestreamed)

All Saints' Day Worship Aid (11/1/21)

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All Souls’ Day  (Tuesday, November 2)

On All Souls’ Day, we remember and pray for all of the faithful departed.  On Tuesday, November 2, we will have two Masses:

8:00 a.m. Mass  (also livestreamed)
6:30 p.m. Mass

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Memorial video tribute for our deceased relatives and friends

We created a memorial video tribute for our deceased loved ones.  Parishioners submitted photos of their deceased relatives and friends; and we used those photos to create the following video:

The first part of the video is for those who died more than one year ago; and the second part of the video (starting at 5:46) is for those who died in the past year.

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Memorial Mass for deceased relatives and friends
Monday, November 15 at 7:00 p.m.


On November 15, we celebrated a special Memorial Mass (with music) for all those who have died, especially those who died in the past year.  We invited people to bring photos of their deceased loved ones, place the photos on a table near the altar before the Mass, and retrieve them after the Mass.  After Communion, there was a time for reflections, during which people shared some thoughts and memories about their deceased loved ones.  The Mass also was livestreamed; and a link to the video is set forth below:

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All Souls’ Day Novena  (November 2 – 30)

Our All Souls’ Day Novena began on November 2 (All Souls’ Day) and continues through November 30.  Each day, we pray at least one Mass for the dearly departed who are enrolled in the novena.

To enroll deceased relatives or friends in our All Souls’ Day Novena, please fill out and return one of the envelopes that are available in vestibule; call the Pastoral Office at (909) 861-7106; or stop by the Pastoral Office, which is open from 9:00-5:00 p.m. every day, except Tuesday.

 


 


 

Thanksgiving gift baskets for poor families

St. Denis’s Christian Service Ministry is collecting food items that will be used to assemble Thanksgiving gift baskets for poor families in our local area (i.e., in and around Diamond Bar).  The food items are needed by Sunday, November 14; and the gift baskets will be distributed on Saturday, November 20.

Suggested food items are listed below:

●  Unrefrigerated food in cans, jars, or boxes:  corn, green beans, green peas, soups, yams, fruits, cranberry sauce, Jell-O, pudding, chicken broth, mashed potatoes, stuffing.

●  Frozen food:  whole turkeys

●  Other items:  aluminum pans (for the turkey), turkey gravy, freshly baked pies


Monetary donations also are welcomed and appreciated.  These donations will help to cover the cost of items that we need to purchase or that have not been donated.  Please write “Christian Service Thanksgiving” on your check or envelope.  Then drop the envelope in a collection box or basket; or mail your donation to the Pastoral Office at 2151 S. Diamond Bar Blvd., Diamond Bar, CA 91765.  You also may donate via Online Giving (click on “Christian Service Offering” and mention Thanksgiving) or via PayPal (mention “Christian Service Ministry Thanksgiving”).

For more information, please E-mail Liz at ChristianService@StDenis.org. 

 


 

Consecration to St. Joseph

Meeting on Thursday, November 4 from 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Consecration on Saturday, November 6 at 8:30 a.m.



 

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 celebrate this Year of St. Joseph, all parishioners are invited to consecrate themselves to St. Joseph on Saturday, November 6 at 8:30 a.m. (either in person or via livestream).  The link for this livestream will be the same as the livestream link for the 8:00 a.m. Mass on November 6; and the link for this 8:00 a.m. Mass will be available on St. Denis’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.

To prepare parishioners for their consecration, Deacon Al has been leading them in 33 days of prayer, and has been meeting with them for six Thursdays in a row.  You can consecrate yourself to St. Joseph on November 6 even if you haven’t completed or even started the preparation, because you can complete the preparation after your consecration.  For more information, please attend the final Thursday meeting on November 4 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. either in the church or via Zoom.  The Zoom link for Thursday’s meeting will be: https://zoom.us/j/97666579912?pwd=L0djQUtqNGxHL01oMklTZEdwRGswdz09

To prepare fully for their consecration, parishioners are encouraged to use the following book:  Consecration to St. Joseph:  The Wonders of Our Spiritual Father by Fr. Donald H. Calloway.  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. 

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

 


 

Halloween/All Saints’ Day
“Trunk or Treat”

Saturday, October 30 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
in St. Denis’s 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.

We recommend having the children dress as saints in anticipation of All Saints’ Day, which is Monday, November 1.  For ideas about how to dress your child as a saint, please see the above photo with children dressed as various saints, or search on Google for images of “Halloween saints costumes.”  This is a great way to teach your child about the saints in general and about a particular saint.  Your child also could dress in a standard Halloween costume—such as a ghost, a superhero, an alien, a witch, a monster, etc.    

For the “Trunk or Treat,” we encourage everyone to wear a face covering; and those who will distribute the treats will wear face coverings and disposable gloves.

Finally, parents please 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). 
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Did you know that Halloween has Catholic origins?  Click here for more information.

 


 

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:

 


 


 

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:  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)

 


 

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:
                    https://zoom.us/j/93717806023?pwd=QjkzNDFtRGcyc0E2U3dFQm1LVzl6Zz09 

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 TMartinez@StDenis.org, 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 ourmissionla.org/give, 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 ourmissionla.org/give; 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 FrMikePerucho@la-archidocese.org.  For more information about vocations, please go to the Vocations website for the Archdiocese:  www.lavocations.org.  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.

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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:  frvincia@yahoo.co.in.  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.


Masses:

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.


Confessions:

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 (StDenis.org) 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, lacatholics.org/emergency/.

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
Administrator
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:  parishevangelizationleaders.org/events/.  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 

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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.

1.  
Examination of Conscience based on the Ten Commandments
http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/sacraments-and-sacramentals/penance/upload/Examination-of-Conscience.pdf

2.  Examination of Conscience in Light of Catholic Social Teaching
http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/sacraments-and-sacramentals/penance/examination-conscience-in-light-of-catholic-social-teaching.cfm

3.  Examination of Conscience for Children
http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/sacraments-and-sacramentals/penance/sacrament-reconciliation-children-examination-conscience.cfm

4.  Examination of Conscience for Young Adults
http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/sacraments-and-sacramentals/penance/sacrament-reconciliation-young-adults-examination-of-conscience.cfm

5.  Examination of Conscience for Single People
http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/sacraments-and-sacramentals/penance/examination-of-conscience-for-single-people.cfm

6.  Examination of Conscience for Married Persons
http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/sacraments-and-sacramentals/penance/sacrament-reconciliation-married-persons-examination-of-conscience.cfm
 

 


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 SCRC.org and click on "Events"; or call SCRC at (818) 771-1361



SAVE THE DATE

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


ACTION ALERT

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

 



ACTION ALERT

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!

PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO DO TWO IMPORTANT STEPS:


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 (usccb.org), 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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