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Our Parish family wishes all the Fathers, including those visiting our parish, a blessed and Happy Father’s Day!
Rosary And Mass For Peace
On Tuesday evening June 23, St. Monica Parish (725 California Avenue, Santa Monica 90403) will host an evening of prayer to honor Mary as the Queen of Peace and to pray for peace in the world. The Rosary will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by Mass at 7 p.m. Please join us for this special night to pray for peace.
Farewell Reception for Father Tom
The Farewell Reception for Father Tom is on June 28 after the 12:30 p.m. Mass. If you are interested in helping with the preparation of this event, please contact Elizabeth Nguyen at email@example.com.
Calling All Parents!
On June 30, at 7 p.m. in the Good Shepherd Room, the Single Parents Ministry will be hosting its very first event, and it is open to all parents! Thomas Y. Simon, MFT, is a Santa Monica psychotherapist seeing couples and individuals. He specializes in helping couples improve communication and works with individuals to help resolve anxiety, depression, and problems with career, family, and low self-worth. Learn more at www.ThomasYSimon.com. He will be presenting “3 Ways to re-Connect…” A conversation about how to better manage couples conflict in our families. Is this an issue for you? Please RSVP by June 21 to Elizabeth.firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Come Celebrate 4th of July!
Special Mass at 10 a.m. Let us pray together and thank God for His many blessings to our country. A reception will follow after Mass. If you wish, you may bring a platter of fresh fruit or coffee cake to share. There is no 8 a.m. Mass, but we will have the 5:30 p.m. Mass as usual. All are welcome!
Here it comes—July 4-5!
You outdid yourselves last month! Let’s do it again. Pantry donation guide:
Canned meats and fish, peanut butter, canned vegetables and fruits, fresh produce, pasta, crackers, cereal, beans and rice, canned sauce, vegetable oil, soup and broth.
Please do not include items that have expired or packaged in glass containers.
If you cannot bring it this weekend, bring a bag of canned goods to the office when you can. Thank you for your loving generous gifts. God bless you.
Divorced and/or Separated
Just a gentle gift to you if you have been through a divorce or are feeling separated from your partner. There is a place to meet with a qualified therapist. The place is here, at Good Shepherd Parish Center on the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. For more information, please call Rebecca at (310) 402-6385 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and reserve your place.
Our Year with God’s Word
Now that the busyness of the Easter season and all different age group graduations have finished, we can turn our focus to our declaration of “Our Year with God’s Word” here in the parish. The year runs from Easter Sunday 2015 to Easter Sunday 2016. It was inspired by the Saint John’s Bible which is the first hand inscribed and illuminated bible in the last 500 years. It was a project of St. John’s College and Monastery in Collegeville, Minnesota. In the spirit of this work, we are offering some fun summertime events.
On Saturday, July 11 (the feast of St. Benedict, founder of the Benedictine order which established and maintains St. John’s College and Monastery, as well as the publishing house, Liturgical Press), in the Good Shepherd Room of the Parish Center from 10:00-11:30 a.m., we will be showing the film “The Illuminator,” which aired on BBC in 2011 and is the story of the main artist and calligrapher, Donald Jackson (head scribe to Queen Elizabeth and the Royal Family), and his journey to becoming the main artist and supervisor of the St. John’s Bible project. After the film, we will be given a simple demonstration of calligraphy by Ricardo Abellan, one of our parishioners (10:30 usher).
Some of the art pieces in the St. John’s Bible are in the style of iconography, so on the following Saturday, July 18th from 10-11:30 a.m. in the Good Shepherd Room, we will be watching some other brief film clips about the St. John’s Bible, and these will be followed by a demonstration of iconography offered by another parishioner (and parish wedding team coordinator), Mary Anne Cosgrove, who is an artist and iconographer. We hope you can join us. Please call the parish office to reserve your space. Thank you.
Sunday, July 19
Immigration Mass 2015
Last year, thousands came from the Archdioceses of Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino to fill the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels for Mass in Recognition of All Immigrants. Please join us this year on Sunday, July 19, at 4 p.m. for Mass with Archbishop Gomez.
Children’s Liturgy Of The Word
We will be on a summer break from CLW for the month of July. Please look forward to the start-up on Sunday, August 2. For more information and/or if you would like to volunteer, please contact Wendy Rappé at (310) 285-5425.
Did You Know?
You can help children prepare for natural disasters. When parents and caregivers or other family members deal with crisis situations calmly and confidently, children feel more confident and secure. A child’s reactions are influenced by the behavior they see. The better prepared you are, the more reassuring you may be during an emergency. To help prepare your family, develop a disaster plan and assemble a supply kit. For more information and emergency preparedness tips, visit bepreparedcalifornia.ca.gov.
Volunteer for the Special Olympics World Games in LA this Summer!
Looking for service opportunities for you and your children this summer? The Special Olympics World Games are coming to L.A. July 25 through August 2. Be a “Fan in the Stands” and show your appreciation for these world-class athletes! Anyone over the age of 14 can be a Team Leader and earn service hours while cheering on Special Olympians. See the below information and sign up yourself, family, friends or parish group today! To become a Team Captain, visit: http://www.la2015.org/volunteer/fans-in-the-stands or email Kimberly at Kimberly.villa@LA2015.org
Habitat For Humanity – Cat holic Build
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! 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. Our Build Date is Saturday, August 15. When enough interested folks respond, we will have a brief meeting to begin to work out details. For more information please contact Milkah at (310) 975-4519 or email email@example.com
The Culture Project
Coming to L.A. For A Full Year!
The Culture Project International is sending a bilingual team of six young adult missionaries to Los Angeles from October 1, 2015 – May 30, 2016. They offer dynamic presentations on the virtue of chastity and the dignity of every human life to middle and high school students, as well as parishes, confirmation classes, youth groups, and young adult groups. Learn more about The Culture Project: www.restoreculture.com
Schedule your classroom or whole school presentation now! Contact Life, Justice, and Peace Project Coordinator Kevin Kast at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Meditation Group meets three times a week. Please come, join us and experience great moments of serenity through Meditation. We meet in the Sacred Heart Chapel, located in the Parish Center.
Tuesday: 7 – 8 p.m.
Thursday: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Saturday: 9 – 10 a.m.
Husbands, give your wife a special gift!
Plan a weekend away just for the two of you!
Enrich your marriage by attending the next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend on August 7-9, 2015. Weekends fill up quickly, so we strongly encourage signups by July 1 to reserve your spot. Apply Online at www.ilovemyspouse.net or contact Sarah and Jacob Flores at (562) 923-7335 or Ginny & Boon Hazboun at (562) 861-7562 for more details.
Fr. Tom invites you to join him on a Pilgrimage to explore the life, times, and spiritual depth of St. Francis in his native town, Assisi, Italy. This two-week adventure will take you Rome, too. October 23 to November 4 (with optional 2 extra days in Rome with Fr. Tom). $3,200 double occupancy, land only – not including airfare. See the flyers at the doors of the church and in the hall for a detailed itinerary, a registration information, or visit www.tomwelbers.net. Hurry, reservations must be made by the end of July.