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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 
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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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