Lily of the Mohawks
July 14 is the feast of the first Native American saint, Kateri Tekakwitha. “The Lily of the Mohawks,” Kateri was born in 1656 in a village along the Mohawk River called Ossernenon, now Auriesville, New York. Her father was a Mohawk chief, her mother a Christian Algonquin raised among the French.
When Kateri was four, a smallpox epidemic claimed her parents and brother. She survived, but her face was disfigured and her vision impaired. She was baptized by a Jesuit missionary with the name Kateri (Catherine) on Easter Sunday 1676. Kateri’s family and village ostracized and ridiculed her for her conversion and holy life. She fled to Canada, taking refuge at St. Francis Xavier Mission in the Mohawk Nation at Caughnawaga on the St. Lawrence River, near Montreal.
She gave herself totally to God in long hours of prayer, in charity, and in strenuous penance. She told a missionary that she often meditated on the great dignity of being baptized. She was powerfully moved by God’s love for all human beings and saw the dignity of each of her people. She practiced extremely severe fasting as penance for the conversion of her nation. Kateri Tekakwitha died in 1680 at the age of twenty-four the afternoon before Holy Thursday. She was beatified in 1980 and canonized in 2012. Kateri Tekakwitha, known as “Lily of the Mohawks,” for centuries has been a symbol of hope for the long-oppressed Native Americans.
Teen Confirmation 2018-2019
The confirmation process is open to all high school youth. In our parish, preparation to receive the sacrament of confirmation is a two-year process, during which participants learn more about their Catholic faith and how to serve God as active disciples of Jesus Christ. We provide the time and space away from distractions to allow our confirmation candidates to grow in their personal relationship with God and to develop an understanding of their place within a faith community.
Vacation Bible Camp 2018
For children ages 5 – 11
July 30 – August 3 (Monday – Friday)
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Conference Center Hall
The annual Vacation Bible School is one of the most popular activities for the children of our parish. This year, at “Splash Canyon,” children will learn that God keeps His promises! They’ll look into the Bible, God’s Holy Word, and explore five Bible accounts where God is faithful and gives us hope and life now and forever. God promises He is with us today and always—no matter how wild the ride.
For complete details and the registration form, go to the Vacation Bible Camp page.
Religious Education Program Welcomes You!
Registration (2018-2019) for New Families Now Open
Saturday, July 14, and Saturday, July 28
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Religious Education Office in the School building
A child’s journey of faith begins in the home. The Religious Education program assists parents with the sacred responsibility to educate their children in the Catholic faith. Our religious education team is dedicated to being a partner in your family’s faith formation and to sharing the Gospel message of Jesus with all the children and families of our parish.
For complete details and registration forms, go to the Religious Education page
Rooted in Diversity, We Grow in Unity
Saturday, August 25, 2018
8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
American Martyrs Church
1431 Deegan Place
The Los Angeles Archdiocese is a diverse community that encourages the inclusion and full participation of all in the liturgical life of the church. This symposium examines the challenge of ministry in a culturally and linguistically diverse community and explores ways to unite our communities in worship, while honoring the beauty of our many worship traditions.
All are welcome to come, learn, and share your experiences.
Download the flyer for details and the day’s schedule.