Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Wednesday of this week is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Every August 15 Catholics all over the world celebrate Mary’s glorification at the end of her life. A holy day of obligation, this feast day recognizes our belief that at the end of her life on earth, the body and soul of Mary was taken (assumed) by God into heaven. Pope Pius XII proclaimed this event to be a doctrine of Catholic faith on November 1, 1950, though for centuries this belief had already been embraced by many Catholics worldwide.
The Assumption of the Virgin (1670)
Bartolomé Esteban Murillo
Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia
Jesus Is Asking Me
Saturday, August 11, is moving day for Christian Morquecho. He will join other first-year students at St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo. His journey from altar server, with deep family roots at St. Joseph the Worker, to the seminary is a story he tells with joy and a bit of awe.
“I’m a cradle Catholic,” he says. “Growing up, God was always a part of my life. There were moments when I really felt God’s presence. In my junior year of high school (Crespi Carmelite), a priest asked me if I had ever considered becoming a priest. I didn’t really know what that meant, so I just kept it in the back of my head.” Christian revisited these thoughts frequently, especially during his junior year at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). There he talked to a priest of the San Diego diocese, who, unbeknownst to Christian, just happened to be the Vocations Director of the diocese!
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. For more about the Confirmation process, visit the Teen Confirmation page.
Religious Education Program Welcomes You!
Registration for New Families
Wednesday, August 15
3:00 p.m. –7:00 p.m.
Religious Education Office, 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. - 1:30 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.