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January 22, 2016
A Message From Fr. Ethan
These days the Church, in a special way, remembers and honors the dignity and value of each and every life from the moment of conception all the way through natural death. On Saturday January 21st, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles celebrated the third annual OneLife LA event during the day at Exposition Park, and in the evening, celebrated the Requiem for the Unborn at the Cathedral. The theme for this year’s gathering was “Choose Love”. On Monday, January 23rd, the Church across the country observes a particular day of prayer and penance, called the "Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children". These events are opportunities for the Church to gather in the name of Jesus as His body, as his Church to celebrate life!!
God made each and every one of us in His own image and likeness (Gen 1:27) and has therefore bestowed upon us a dignity and value that can never be taken away. At times, however, our own culture threatens to attack our dignity; devaluing and dehumanizing our identity as children of God. This attack has, in certain circumstances, become institutionalized through legislation which supports and encourages actions and attitudes which do nothing but seek to separate us from the truth and love of God.
We are reminded, however, through this year’s OneLife LA theme to “Chose Love’!! Love is not simply an emotion or something that makes us feel good. Love is much deeper than that. Love is a choice; love is an action. St. John reminds us in his first letter when he says, “Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions” (1 John 3:18). At the heart of this choice, of this action, is sacrifice. We must look no further than the Sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross to see love in action; “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). Ultimately, we can say that love is a gift; it is a gift of self: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son” (John 3:16).
At times, we face many difficult choices in our lives: What to do with an unexpected pregnancy? How to respond when confronted by a parent or loved one who is suffering with a terminal illness? How can I help the homeless person who I continue to see walking the streets? What are the options when someone I know is struggling with a pornography addiction? How do I help the neighbor who is suffering from domestic violence? Sometimes these burdens seem greater than we can bear. The truth is that they are. There is not a simple answer or solution. But Jesus promises us that if we come to him, if we give him our burdens, he will give us rest. He asks us to learn from him because his yoke is easy and his burden is light. (Matt 11:28)
Therefore, let us pray for each other this week. Let us ask God to lead us into his rest and show us the way of peace. Let us pray that the Culture of Life may continue to grow in us and may help to renew our society; that we can always remember that we are the children of God. Let us continue to “Choose Love” so that through Jesus the promise of Isaiah might be fulfilled: “The people who sit in darkness have seen a great light, on those dwelling in a land overshadowed by death, light has arisen.” (Matt 4:15)
WHAT'S NEW AT OLPH
ONE LIFE LA 2017 - Join Archbishop Gomez and tens of thousands in downtown Los Angeles for the third annual One Life LA, an event celebrating the beauty and dignity of every human life. We will be sending a delegation from the parish to participate in this event. Join us for a family-friendly day of inspiring speakers, live entertainment, food trucks, and exhibits from community organizations. We will have a table after all Masses on January 7-8 with further information on the event and to sign up parishioners who want to participate.
OLPH SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - Grades K-8. Please join us for an Open House on Sunday, January 29, from 10 AM to 1 PM. Tour the campus, meet the teachers and learn what OLPH School can offer your family. Admission packets will be available at that time.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST - The Knights of Columbus will be serving delicious Breakfast Burritos and Pancake Breakfast in the parish hall from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. All are invited to come and enjoy breakfast with the Knights of Columbus Council 6016.
FAMILY FOOTBALL FUNDAY - The Knights of Columbus invite you to join them for Family Football FUNDAY on Super Bowl Sunday in and around the Parish Hall all day, from 10:00 a.m. through the final touchdown at 7:00 p.m. There will be football-themed games, prizes, and fun activities for all ages.
INFORMATION NIGHT ON THE PILGRIMAGE TO ASSISI, SIENA, AND ROME - You are invited to join with other members of our OLPH family on a pilgrimage to Rome, as well as Assisi and Siena, from September 25 – October 6, 2017. We are hosting an Information Night about the pilgrimage with Scott Scherer of the Catholic Travel Centre. Scott will lead a presentation on this exciting spiritual adventure and provide information on the itinerary, costs, and how to sign up. For those who are interested, it is not too late. Plan to join us for the Information Night!
MASS AND ANOINTING OF THE SICK AT THE CATHEDRAL - You are encouraged to bring them to the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels to receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. The Mass and Anointing of the Sick are cohosted by the Cathedral and the Western Association of the Order of Malta in observance of the 2017 World Day of the Sick. Bishop Edward Clark will preside at the Mass and Anointing. The Mass is also being held in observance of the Feast Day of Our Lady of Lourdes. The Mass is open to everyone, and you do not need to be sick to attend. Many healthy people find it fulfilling to pray alongside the sick. For more information, please contact: Chuck Huebner at CJHuebner@gmail.com or James Low at LPastour@aol.com.
BOOK CLUB WITH FATHER CRAIG - Father Craig will lead a discussion on a book that can inspire and nourish our spirits. The Book Club is scheduled for Tuesday, February 21, with one session in the morning at 10:00 a.m. and an evening session at 7:00 p.m. We will read The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis. Those who are interested are invited to order the book now and get a “head start” on your reading. Please reserve the date and join us.
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