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Announcements for April 18-19

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Sacrament of Confirmation

We shout with joy as our parish’s Teens and Adults celebrate the gifts of the Holy Spirit in the Sacrament of Confirmation Presided by Archbishop José Gomez this Sunday at St. Paul the Apostle Church
Teens:
David Laurenti
Brendan Nisperos
Nicolette Nuzzi
Anthony Talamantes
Karl Joshua Torres
Kendra Traynor
Serafina Trevino
Jake Weiler
Matthew Weiler
Erin Winarto
Adults:
Ashley Adams
Julia Collao
Alba Correa
Jody Gwyn Green
Rhoda Harris
Idalia Santos
Alberto Snaidero
Helen Yun
Marie Zalameda
Thank you for answering the call!

Celebrate Our Parish Feast Day
April 26th – Good Shepherd Sunday

Come celebrate our Parish Feast Day on April 26th, Good Shepherd Sunday with a Pancake Breakfast after each of the morning Masses. Plan to come, be there, stay and enjoy the gift of each other, to celebrate being part of a Parish Family.
Prepare the Scripture of the day, John 10:11-18. Oh! Do not miss this wonderful celebration day our Feast Day.

Single Parents Ministry Last Tuesday Of Every Month

The Single Parents Ministry is a group open to all parents who are facing or have faced the challenges of raising children on their own. We are a brand new ministry and welcome all single moms and dads to join us!
Our next meeting is Tuesday, April 28, at 7 p.m. in the Good Shepherd Room. Snacks and beverages will be provided.
Please be thinking about what needs you have for this ministry to provide to you and what types of activities you would like to see us initiate.
Please RSVP by either emailing Linda Echegaray at Lrechegaray@gmail.com or better yet, go to My Good Shepherd https://gsbh.ccbchurch.com to sign up for our group and RSVP at the same time!

Story of the Word – May 1 & 2

Mark your calendar for a very special event: “The Story of the Word: how we got the Bible and what we can do with it.” This will be a weekend retreat with Fr. Tom Welbers, to be held in the Good Shepherd Room at the Parish Center beginning Friday evening, May 1 at 7:30 – 9:30 p.m., and continuing on Saturday, May 2, beginning with a light breakfast at 9 a.m., and concluding at 3 p.m. Lunch will be provided. It’s free, but we need to know how many will be coming. RSVP as soon as possible to the parish office at (310) 285-5425.

Save The Date!

The Church of the Good Shepherd Staff wishes to acknowledge all service ministry volunteers with a reception on Friday, May 8, at 7:30 p.m.
Your invitation is forthcoming, so mark your calendar!

All Persons Feeling Young At Heart

On Saturday, May 9th, we will have the privilege of a dance group for our entertainment. Do not miss this! Program at 11 a.m. followed by lunch. More details next week. Please call the Parish Center at (310) 285-5425 to make your reservation.

A Day of Renewal & Prayer for Healing

Date: Saturday, May 9, 2015
Time: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: St. Jerome Parish Hall, 5550 Thornburn St., Los Angeles, CA 90045
Speaker: Bob Canton from St. Luke’s Catholic Church, Stockton.
Council Member: Vatican-based International Cath.
Charismatic Renewal Services (ICCRS)
Member of Assoc. of Christian Therapists
Member of Filipino Pastoral council, Stockton Diocese
No registration. Please bring a sack lunch.
For more information, contact Donatus or Murglen Muoneke at (323) 294-1940.

Have You Ever Thought About Becoming A Catholic?

Has this question crossed your mind or are you interested in completing your Sacraments of Eucharist and/or Confirmation? Feeling like you are in a small boat or on a stormy sea, looking for peace, for a meaningful life, a life of courage, energy, fire, passion? “Women – Men, do not wait if you hear God calling deep in your heart – Run! Pick up that phone now!” God so desires to be a part of your life.
Welcome To Our Inquiry Sessions
May 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Parish Center. No obligation. Give us a call or just come. We are here for you! For more information, please contact either Sister Virginia at (310) 285-5425 or e-mail vstehly@gsbh.org or, call Penny Lane at (310) 739-8762.

Sunday TV Mass for Homebound Catholics

9 a.m. every Sunday on KDOC Ch. 56. For cable/satellite TV Channel number, please check the listings in your area for “KDOC.” For your free copy of the Mass Prayer Book, write to: Heart of the Nation, 1126 S. 70th Street, Suite N601, Milwaukee, WI 53214 or call toll free: 1 (800) 430-0930.

First Holy Communion

The 5:30 p.m. Mass on Saturday, April 25 will be the celebration of First Holy Communion.

Bible Online

For the Bible online, in many different translations, and for many other sources for studying God’s Word, consider this website:  biblehub.com

California Safely Surrendered Baby Law

Implemented in 2001, and becoming permanent law in 2006, the purpose of the law is to protect newborns from being hurt or killed because they are abandoned by mothers who are frightened or under severe duress and who feel they have no place to turn for help. The law saves babies’ lives:  many newborns were safely surrendered in Los Angeles County this year alone. For more information, visit www.babysafe.ca.gov

Did You Know?

Administrative Handbook for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
For the first time, the Archdiocese has a Handbook that integrates a wide range of pre-existing resources, guides, manuals and other publications to offer a single comprehensive source of information on Archdiocesan administrative policies and procedures. This new resource also includes Chapter 9, a special section which provides detailed information about all of the Safe Environment policies, procedures, programs, forms and other resources utilized by the Archdiocese for the protection of our children and young people. Go to:  http://handbook.la-archdiocese.org/chapter-9.

Get On The Bus

Our goal is to reach $10,000 for the May 30 trip.
Your help would be greatly appreciated!
You can make a financial donation in several ways:
1) Drop your cash donation into one of the Get on the Bus “piggy banks” located in the Parish Hall.
2) Make a check to “Get on the Bus.” On the Memo Line, indicate our Church Code: CMC-01. Drop your donation in the collection basket or bring it by the Parish Center.
The Church Code ensures the funds are allocated to Good Shepherd.
3) If you are a FaithDirect subscriber, you can make a donation using the “One-Time Gift” option. In the Optional Information section, enter “Get On The Bus, Church Code: CMC-01″ in the Notes.
The Church Code ensures the funds are allocated to Good Shepherd.
4) Purchase Mother’s Day Cards at our annual sale on April 25 – 26 and May 2 – 3.
May you be blessed for your continued generosity to help bring children and their Dads together for a special Father’s Day visit.
Items for Children’s Travel Bags are still needed!
Please bring the following items suitable for our children going to see their fathers:
Magazines, Travel games, Playing cards, Books
10 Teenagers 13+
15 Ages 6 to 12
5 Ages 1 to 5
You can leave the items at the Parish Center or contact Melanie at moverby@gmail.com.

Musical Events At Good Shepherd

Approximately two years ago, a generous donation from a parishioner laid the foundation for funding organ recitals and other special musical events such as the “Christmas to Candlemas” service.
We try to recover the expenses through a minimum donation at the door. However, that does not always cover costs. My reason for writing about this is to give other parishioners the opportunity to donate toward the Musical Events Fund, which is not part of the general operating expenses of the parish. Plus, I would like to make everyone aware of some events coming up.
Saturday, May 16, at 7:30 p.m., I will be playing an organ recital (no longer than an hour), and the usual “donation” will go entirely to the Musical Events Fund to help underwrite future events.
In fact, there will be two more events after my recital in May.
Sunday, May 31 at 3 p.m., the children’s choir “Pueri Cantores” of San Gabriel Valley will be giving a concert. “Pueri Cantores” is an international organization formed in 1965 specifically to promote singing of liturgical music by students of high school age and younger. This particular choir will in fact be traveling to Rome for the international conference of the organization.
Our last event will be an organ recital Sunday, June 14, at 3 p.m., played by Cheryl Van Ornam of Richmond, Virginia.
More details about all of these programs will be in future bulletins.
Your co-worker in Christ,Terry Hicks

Save The Date May 1st – 3rd

The Good Shepherd Catholic School Book Fair
Our school will be having its annual book fair May 1st – 3rd before and after each Mass in the parish hall. Please stop by and browse their terrific selection of books to excite and inspire young minds. Books make a terrific gift for the young people in your lives and buying books at our book fair helps support our parish school.

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Announcements for April 12

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Thank You for Your Support

The staff at Church of the Good Shepherd would like to thank you for your generous donations in support of our parish community.
In an effort to acknowledge each individual’s contributions, we ask that, when using the blank donation envelopes in the pew rack, please complete the information requested on the envelope. This way, your contributions can be properly recorded in your account – this will make next year’s reporting and tax preparation that much easier for all of us.
May you continue to be blessed for your support of the Good Shepherd Parish Community.

Sunday Sip

Our monthly hospitality and fellowship “Sunday Sip” is today Sunday, April 12, after the 5:30 p.m. Mass.

Leadership Night

Our monthly Leadership Night meeting is Tuesday, April 14, at 7 p.m. Thank you to the Ministry Council members (Administration, Community, Faith Formation, Outreach & Social Justice, Spirituality, Prayer & Worship and Good Shepherd School) who continue to work towards the goals which serve the parish community.

Sunday TV Mass for Homebound Catholics

9 a.m. every Sunday on KDOC Ch. 56.
For cable/satellite TV Channel number, please check the listings in your area for “KDOC.” For your free copy of the Mass Prayer Book, write to: Heart of the Nation, 1126 S. 70th Street, Suite N601, Milwaukee, WI 53214 or call toll free: 1 (800) 430-0930.

Single Parents Ministry
Last Tuesday Of Every Month

The Single Parents Ministry is a group open to all parents who are facing or have faced the challenges of raising children on their own. We are a brand new ministry and welcome all single moms and dads to join us!
Our next meeting is Tuesday, April 28, at 7 p.m. in the Good Shepherd Room. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Please be thinking about what needs you have for this ministry to provide to you and what types of activities you would like to see us initiate.
Please RSVP by either emailing Linda Echegaray at Lrechegaray@gmail.com or better yet, go to My Good Shepherd https://gsbh.ccbchurch.com to sign up for our group and RSVP at the same time!

Cantribution

We will cancel this event for the month of April. Save all your generous Donation for the weekend of May 2-3

Get On The Bus

Our goal is to reach $10,000 for the May 30 trip.
Your help would be greatly appreciated!
You can make a financial donation in several ways:

1) Drop your cash donation into one of the Get on the Bus “piggy banks” located in the Parish Hall.
2) Make a check to “Get on the Bus.” On the Memo Line, indicate our CHURCH CODE: CMC-01. Drop your donation in the collection basket or bring it by the Parish Center.
The Church Code ensures the funds are allocated to Good Shepherd.
3) If you are a FaithDirect subscriber, you can make a donation using the “One-Time Gift” option. In the Optional Information section, enter “Get On The Bus, Church Code: CMC-01″ in the Notes.
The Church Code ensures the funds are allocated to Good Shepherd.
4) Purchase Mother’s Day Cards at our annual sale on April 25 – 26 and May 2 – 3.
May you be blessed for your continued generosity to help bring children and their Dads together for a special Father’s Day visit.
Items for Children’s Travel Bags are still needed!
Please bring the following items suitable for our children going to see their fathers:
Magazines, Travel games, Playing cards, Books
10 Teenagers 13+
15 Ages 6 to 12
5 Ages 1 to 5
You can leave the items at the Parish Center or contact Melanie at moverby@gmail.com.

California Safely Surrendered Baby Law

California’s Safely Surrendered Baby Law, www.babysafe.ca.gov, was first implemented in 2001 and became permanent law in 2006.
The purpose of the law is to protect newborns from being hurt or killed because they are abandoned by mothers who are frightened or under severe duress and who feel they have no place to turn for help.
The law saves babies’ lives: so far this year, six newborns were safely surrendered in Los Angeles County alone.

The Bible Online

For the Bible online, in many different translations, and for many other sources for studying God’s Word, consider this website: biblehub.com

Have You Ever Thought About Becoming A Catholic?

Has this question crossed your mind or are you interested in completing your Sacraments of Eucharist and/or Confirmation? Feeling like you are in a small boat or on a stormy sea, looking for peace, for a meaningful life, a life of courage, energy, fire, passion? “Women – Men, do not wait if you hear God calling deep in your heart – Run! Pick up that phone now!” God so desires to be a part of your life.
Welcome To Our Inquiry Sessions
April 20 and May 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Parish Center.
No obligation. Give us a call or just come.
We are here for you! For more information, please contact either Sister Virginia at (310) 285-5425 or e-mail vstehly@gsbh.org or, call Penny Lane at (310) 739-8762.

Story of the Word – May 1 & 2

Mark your calendar for a very special event: “The Story of the Word: how we got the Bible and what we can do with it.” This will be a weekend retreat with Fr. Tom Welbers, to be held in the Good Shepherd Room at the Parish Center beginning Friday evening, May 1 at 7:30 – 9:30 p.m., and continuing on Saturday, May 2, beginning with a light breakfast at 9 a.m., and concluding
at 3 p.m. Lunch will be provided. It’s free, but we need to know how many will be coming. RSVP as soon as possible to the parish office at (310) 285-5425.

What is Prayer Shawl Ministry?

Throughout the ages, shawls have symbolized shelter, peace and spiritual sustenance. The National Prayer Shawl Ministry, started in 1998, is an ecumenical movement with people praying as they create hand-knitted and crocheted shawls for those in need. The creation and presentation of a prayer shawl, like all acts of generosity, enriches the giver as well as the recipient. If you enjoy praying, knitting and/or crocheting, or would like to learn, please join our warm and friendly Prayer Shawl Ministry. We meet every other Saturday from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Parish Center.
We accept requests for individual Prayer Shawls, and we donate Prayer Shawls to the Good Shepherd Shelter for battered women and children.
For information or to make a monetary donation for yarn, please contact Cheryl Wunsch through the Parish Center Office at (310) 285-5425.

Did You Know?

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
It is most appropriate that Child Abuse Prevention Month is held during the Easter season. There is no better time than Easter to celebrate the protection of our most valuable gift from God – our children. For information on how you can become more informed and involved in keeping our children safe, and to learn more about the 2015 pamphlet, “Working Together to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse,” please go to: http://www.la-archdiocese.org/org/protecting/safeguard/

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Announcements for April 5, Easter Sunday

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Rejoice in the Lord! May all the beauty and glory of this blessed season fill our hearts with praise. The Good Shepherd Parish Community wishes our visitors and parishioners a Blessed and Happy Easter!

Congratulations to Our New Catholics!

The following were received into the Church at the Easter Vigil.
New Catholics                  Their Sponsors
Ana Greenwood                 Ron Greenwood
Angela Perino Augustus    Monica Showalter
Eric Cansler                        Joe Deluliis
Sasha David                       Richard Craig
David Foldvary                  Laura Horan
Rory Johnson                     Angela Vianello
Kerstin Leavitt                   Adam Christiansen
Brianna Little                    Karenlin Madoff
Michael Muncatchy          Jonathan Roumie
Jennifer Tsui                      Penny Lane
Bryce Warner                    Michael Smuck
Erika Wiese                       Anna Grimm
Our Parish celebrates with you, our Neophytes, new Catholics, as you continue this journey of love. You inspire us and gift our parish with new life. Our love and prayers are with you. May God bless you. We also thank your sponsors who walked this journey with you. May God bless them too for the love and care they shared with you.

Young At Heart

Young at Heart will meet on Saturday, April 11, at 11 a.m. Lunch at 11:45 a.m. followed by a movie. Come, bring a guest and enjoy the friendship.

Sunday Sip

Our next monthly hospitality and fellowship “Sunday Sip” will be next Sunday, April 12, after the 5:30 p.m. Mass.

Have You Ever Thought About Becoming A Catholic?

Have you ever thought about becoming a Catholic or completing your Sacraments of Eucharist and/or Confirmation? Feeling like you are in a small boat or on a stormy sea, looking for peace, for a meaningful life, a life of courage, energy, fire, passion? “Women – Men, do not wait if you hear God calling deep in your heart – Run! Pick up that phone now!” God so desires to be a part of your life.

Welcome To Our Inquiry Sessions

April 20 and May 11
7:30 p.m. in the Parish Center Office
No obligation, give us a call or just come. We are here for you! For more information, please contact either Sister Virginia at (310) 285-5425 or e-mail vstehly@gsbh.org or, call Penny Lane at (310) 739-8762.

Single Parents Ministry
Last Tuesday Of Every Month

The Single Parents Ministry is a group open to all parents who are facing or have faced the challenges of raising children on their own. We are a brand new ministry and welcome all single moms and dads to join us! Our next meeting is Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 7 p.m. in the Good Shepherd Room. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Please be thinking about what needs you have for this ministry to provide to you and what types of activities you would like to see us initiate. Please RSVP by either emailing Linda Echegaray at Lrechegaray@gmail.com or better yet, go to My Good Shepherd https://gsbh.ccbchurch.com to sign up for our group and RSVP at the same time!

Did You Know?

It is safe to keep your child’s personal information personal.

If your children give out personal information over the Internet, not only is it easy to track, it is tough to completely remove. Emphasize to them how important it is that they keep personal information private. Make sure that they have a strong username and password that does not reveal anything personal. Encourage them not to give out their e-mail address, if they have one. If your children tell you that they have given out personal information online, contact your Internet Service Provider or the site where the information is posted to see what you can do to have it removed. For more information, visit: www.NetSmartz.org.

May 1 and 2, 2015

Mark your calendar for a very special event: a weekend scripture retreat with Fr. Tom Welbers – “The Story of the Word: A Look at How the Bible Came to Be”. The retreat will begin on Friday evening, May 1 at 7:30 – 9:30 p.m., and continue on Saturday, May 2, beginning with a light breakfast at 9 a.m., and continuing until 3 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

Cantribution

We will cancel this event for the month of April as it is Easter Weekend. Save all your generous Donation for the weekend of May 2-3

What is Prayer Shawl Ministry?

Throughout the ages, shawls have symbolized shelter, peace and spiritual sustenance. The National Prayer Shawl Ministry, started in 1998, is an ecumenical movement with people praying as they create hand-knitted and crocheted shawls for those in need. The creation and presentation of a prayer shawl, like all acts of generosity, enriches the giver as well as the recipient. If you enjoy praying, knitting and/or crocheting, or would like to learn, please join our warm and friendly Prayer Shawl Ministry. We meet every other Saturday from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Parish Center Office. We accept requests for individual Prayer Shawls, and we donate Prayer Shawls to the Good Shepherd Shelter for battered women and children.
For information or to make a monetary donation for yarn, please contact Cheryl Wunsch through the Parish Center Office at (310) 285-5425.

Get On The Bus

Our goal is to reach $10,000 for the May 30 trip.
Our next fund raiser is our annual Mother’s Day Card Sale scheduled on April 25-26 and May 2-3.
Also, you can make a financial contribution by visiting: www.getonthebus.us.
Enter our Church Code: CMC-01 or you can drop your donation in the collection basket. Make your checks payable to: Get on the Bus and
indicate CMC-01 on the memo line.
May you be blessed for your continued generosity.
Items for Children’s Travel Bags are still needed!
Please bring the following items suitable for our children going to see their fathers:
Magazines, Playing cards
Travel games, Books
10 Teenagers 13+
15 Ages 6 to 12
5 Ages 1 to 5
You can leave the items at the Parish Center Office or contact Melanie at moverby@gmail.com.

Are You Gluten Intolerant?

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have approved low gluten altar breads for official use at the Mass, if needed. We can make those hosts available to you, if you have that need. Please contact our parish liturgist, Joan Vos in the Parish Center Office, (310) 285-5425 to make those arrangements.

The Bible Online

For the Bible online, in many different translations, and for many other sources for studying God’s Word, consider this website: biblehub.com

Spiritual Direction Ministry:  A way to draw closer to God

Spiritual direction is an ancient ministry, a unique one-to-one relationship in which a trained person assists another person in the search for an ever closer union of love with God.
Directors listen carefully to the unfolding of directees’ lives, to help them discern the ways in which God is leading them. The practice of spiritual direction consists much more of “holy listening” rather than direction in the sense of offering guidance or direct advice.
If you would like to find someone who can assist you in deepening your relationship with God, contact Sister Virginia at (310) 285-5425, so she can put you in touch with a qualified director.

Thank You to Our Sunday Bulletin Advertisers

Our Sunday bulletin is an important way for us to communicate with you. Producing it every week could be very costly, but through our arrangement with the J.S. Paluch Company the parish does not pay for the printing, saving thousands of dollars each year.
Our Bulletin is supported through the generosity of the businesses that you see advertised on the back cover. Most of these advertisers are parishioners and members of our local community. During these difficult economic times, we encourage you to support these advertisers with your patronage and tell them that you appreciate their support of our parish through their advertisements in the bulletin. As we come to rejoice the risen of Jesus Christ, we would like to say to you, Thank You, for your support.

Handicapped Accessible

Our parish facilities are handicapped accessible, via ramps and parking spaces. We welcome everyone

Pre-Need Planning

Making cemetery and mortuary arrangements in advance of need is both a loving and financially wise thing to do. Advance planning provides a family reassurance, comfort and peace of mind.
Such thoughtfulness relieves family members from shouldering the burden during a most stressful time, allowing for careful decision making in an unhurried atmosphere, and assuring that your expressed wishes will be followed. The added affordability of working with today’s prices as opposed to tomorrow’s can also represent a significant savings.
You owe it to yourself and to your family to explore the many advantages of advance planning. To know more, please call (310) 836-5500 ext. 1. A representative can answer any questions you may have.

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Senate Bill 128 (SB 128) “Assisted Suicide” – ACTION ALERT

The Los Angeles Archdiocese is urging a “VOTE NO” on Senate Bill 128 (SB 128) End of Life, aka Assisted Suicide bill.

Click HERE to read the full article on the LA Archdiocese’s website to learn more about this bill to make an informed vote.

Get involved in the movement to stop this bill by visiting: AHardPill.org.

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Announcements for March 28-29, Palm Sunday

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2015 Holy Week

Holy Thursday, April 2nd

7:30 p.m.
Mass of the Lord’s Supper and
Adoration until 11 p.m.

Good Friday, April 3rd

12 Noon
Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion

Stations of the Cross
2 p.m.

&
Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion
7:30 p.m.

Holy Saturday – Easter Vigil, April 4th

8 p.m.

Easter Sunday Masses

Church
8 a.m.
9:30 a.m. – Choir
11:30 a.m. – Choir
1:30 p.m.
Parish Hall
9:30 a.m. small ensemble
11:30 a.m. small ensemble
No evening Mass

Professional Entertainment Fellowship’s

Professional Entertainment Fellowship’s next meeting is this Sunday, March 29th, at 7 p.m. in the Parish Hall, where our special guest will be Sister Rose Pacatte, FSP. Sister will be discussing her new book on Martin Sheen: “Pilgrim on the Way”. Light refreshments will be provided and special memorabilia will be on display.”

Young At Heart

Young at Heart will meet on Saturday, April 11th, at 11 a.m. Lunch at 11:45 a.m. followed by a movie. Come, bring a guest and enjoy the friendship.

RCIA News

Cards are due!
Remember each of the persons coming into the Church at the Easter Vigil are counting on your prayers! The person you prayed for this Lent would be deeply touched by the card you bring for them. All cards must be in the office or collection basket by end of Good Friday. Do not disappoint them.

Did You Know?

It is safe to keep your child’s personal information personal.

If your children give out personal information over the Internet, not only is it easy to track, it is tough to completely remove. Emphasize to them how important it is that they keep personal information private. Make sure that they have a strong username and password that does not reveal anything personal. Encourage them not to give out their e-mail address, if they have one. If your children tell you that they have given out personal information online, contact your Internet Service Provider or the site where the information is posted to see what you can do to have it removed. For more information, visit: www.NetSmartz.org.

Come Away for a Quiet Day

Come away for a quiet day or a weekend of peace and quiet were you can find a place of rest, refreshment and renewal at the Villa Maria House of Prayer, (562) 691-5838 located in La Habra, CA 90631 or, at the Mary and Joseph Retreat Center (310) 377-4867 in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Get On The Bus

Thank you for your support of the White Elephant/Book Sale.
Proceeds combined with generous
donations have put us over the $2,000 mark.
Our goal is to reach $10,000 for the May 30th trip.
Our next fund raiser is our annual Mother’s Day Card Sale scheduled on April 25-26 and May 2-3.
You can make a financial contribution by visiting: www.getonthebus.us.
Enter our Church Code: CMC-01 or you can drop your donation in the collection basket. Make your checks payable to: Get on the Bus and
indicate CMC-01 on the memo line.
May you be blessed for your continued generosity.
Items for Children’s Travel Bags are still needed!
Please bring the following items suitable for our children going to see their fathers:
Magazines, Playing cards
Travel games, Books
10 Teenagers 13+
15 Ages 6 to 12
5 Ages 1 to 5
May you be blessed for your continued generosity.
You can leave the items at the Parish Center Office or contact Melanie at moverby@gmail.com.

Cantribution

We will cancel this event for the month of April as it is Easter Weekend. Save all your generous Donation for the weekend of May 2-3

“I am ever amazed at how God keeps on extending care and kindness to me no matter how I feel or think, no matter what mood I am in, no matter how loving or nasty I am. God keeps offering welcoming love and abiding peace to me. God is quite astounding. This Divine Being is a limitless lover, always filling the small hands of my life with grace and goodness, always enriching my life with all that I need for my spiritual path… The scriptures often speak of the abundance of God. This divine love is described as being poured into our hearts (Romans 5:5). The book of Joel tells of God’s Spirit being poured out on all humanity (Joel 2:28). The psalms use many images to proclaim the generosity of God’s gifts. Our lives, too, are a testimony to the generosity of the Divine Giver. Today is a day to step inside the marvelous abundance of God and to enjoy what you find there.” Joyce Rupp, The Cup of Our Life: A Guide for Spiritual Growth

Sunday TV Mass for Homebound Catholics

9 a.m. every Sunday on KDOC Ch. 56.
For cable/satellite TV channel number, please check the listings in your area for “KDOC.” For your free copy of the Mass Prayer Book, write to:  Heart of the Nation, 1126 S. 70th Street, Suite N601, Milwaukee, WI 53214 or call, toll free: 1 (800) 430-0930.

Beverly Hills Meals On Wheels
Volunteers Needed

Beverly Hills Meals on Wheels needs your help! We need volunteers to drive and deliver meals to the Homebound seniors in the Beverly Hills area. We deliver on Monday – Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon. Please call Pat Jacobson at (310) 423-3517 for more information.

Habitat for Humanity

Help Create a Needy Family’s New Home
Construct part of someone’s house — we could be roofing, painting or doing landscaping — it’s whatever they need done at that point in the build. But don’t panic — there will be experts there to guide you if you’ve never put up drywall! It is a very physical 8-3:30 day — but one that’s also very rewarding! Saturdays are available if we can get a committed team pulled together (date is flexible). We will also need to raise about $2,500 to help with the house build.
If you are interested in volunteering for this wonderful outreach project, please contact Milkah LoScalzo as soon as possible. When enough interested folks respond, we will have a brief meeting to begin to work out details.
Milkah:  310 975 4519
milkahdl@gmail.com

California Safely Surrendered Baby Law

California’s Safely Surrendered Baby Law, www.babysafe.ca.gov, was first implemented in 2001 and became permanent law in 2006.
The purpose of the law is to protect newborns from being hurt or killed because they are abandoned by mothers who are frightened or under severe duress and who feel they have no place to turn for help. The law saves babies’ lives: between January 1 and early July of this year six newborns were safely surrendered in Los Angeles County alone.

Catholic Cemeteries Pre-Need Planning

Making cemetery and mortuary arrangements in advance of need is both a loving and financially wise thing to do. Advance planning provides a family reassurance, comfort and peace of mind.
Such thoughtfulness relieves family members from shouldering the burden during a most stressful time, allowing for careful decision making in an unhurried atmosphere, and assuring that your expressed wishes will be followed. The added affordability of working with today’s prices as opposed to tomorrow’s can also represent a significant savings.
You owe it to yourself and to your family to explore the many advantages of advance planning.
To know more, please call (310) 836-5500 ext. 1. A representative can answer any questions you may have.

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