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September 29, 2019

Posted by Anne Wing

Meet our new staff members

Maria E. Natera is the new Business Manager.  Maria was born in Los Angeles, California and at the early age of five, together with her parents, one older sibling, and one on its way, moved all the way to South America to live in ... Read More »

September 22, 2019

Posted by Anne Wing

Continuing on from last week, sharing some reflections on the experience of the Convocation of priests at the end of August, one of the first things we did together in our small group conversations was to share our vocation stories. There was a lot of powerful sharing that took ... Read More »

September 15, 2019

Posted by Anne Wing

Many of our parishioners approached the priests of the parish before we left for our convocation at the end of August and wished us well. I was very touched by the care and encouragement many of you shared with me personally, as were Monsignor and Fr. Dan. Since our ... Read More »

September 8, 2019

Posted by Anne Wing

I don’t often make any observations in this column about the second reading, but this Sunday’s excerpt from the letter to Philemon is a pretty exceptional passage. It might not seem so at first, but consider its content carefully. 

Slavery was common in the time of Paul, and people ... Read More »

September 1, 2019

Posted by Anne Wing

As I’ve done in prior years, I thought it might be appropriate on this Labor Day weekend to reflect a little  on the nature and meaning of human labor from the perspective of our faith. 

Viewed a Catholic perspective, the nature and meaning of human labor takes on a ... Read More »

August 25, 2019

Posted by Anne Wing

This coming week will see a relatively extraordinary event taking place in the life of our local Church here in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Archbishop Gomez has called us together for the first time in almost twenty years, in an effort to “challenge us to a renewal of ... Read More »

August 18, 2019

Posted by Anne Wing

There’s an old adage attributed to Benjamin Franklin that goes something like “Nothing is certain, but death and taxes!” To that, as a pastor in a vibrant parish, I would add gossiping parishioners. “Nothing is certain but death, taxes, and gossiping parishioners!”

Oftentimes, the gossiping seems relatively harmless, but ... Read More »

August 11, 2019

Posted by Anne Wing

One of the most obvious statements one could make about the church right now, is that it is going through some incredible difficulties. I hesitate to say that these difficulties are the greatest we’ve faced in our history, because we’ve been through a lot. However, I think it’s fair ... Read More »

August 4, 2019

Posted by Anne Wing

This past summer when my family was visiting from Ireland, one of the things I did was to take advantage of their presence to work on some personal papers relating to my own healthcare and end-of-life matters. I should say up front that I see my doctor for a ... Read More »

July 28, 2019

Posted by Anne Wing

In these mid-year passages we are reading from Luke’s gospel, we find ourselves exploring different threads in the teaching of Jesus, connected by an overarching theme of relationship.  How we relate with one another is a central theme in the Lucan gospel.  As we consider some of the events ... Read More »