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  • Jail chaplains: ‘See the face of Jesus in inmates’ faces’
    March 13, 2014  |  Around the ADLA  |  

    A small group of chaplains ministering at Los Angeles County’s Twin Towers Jail entered the room and faced the inmate pods, where several of the incarcerated were already lining up at their pod doors to receive ashes on Ash Wednesday evening.

    Led by head Catholic chaplain Art Alvarez, the four female chaplain volunteers from San Gabriel Mission and Incarnation Church in Glendale would spend the next two hours distributing ashes on the foreheads of 350 men and women among those serving time at the seven-story correctional facility. Daytime chaplains had earlier distributed ashes to 300 inmates.

  • Saint Damien statue blessed at St. John’s
    March 13, 2014  |  Around the ADLA  |  

    “Saint Damien with Leper Child,” by sculptor Dale Zarrella, is the newest artistic addition to St. John’s Seminary, celebrating the life of the priest who ministered to lepers in Molokai, Hawaii.

  • West Covina’s Labor of Love delivers holiday food to the homeless
    March 11, 2014  |  Around the ADLA, In The News  |  

    Sometimes love takes work.

    West Covina resident Shirley Mirador and her family come together every Christmas and Easter to show care in the form of a meal.

    Her nonprofit, Labor of Love, fed about 1,600 homeless people last year. Friends, family members and fellow parishioners crowd in at her own home to put together the meals.

  • St. Anthony Student Film Competes in San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival
    March 7, 2014  |  Around the ADLA, In The News  |  

    Four students from St. Anthony High School’s Marine Science Academy will be in San Francisco this weekend where a movie they created about the Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch will compete in the San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival’s 3rd Annual Student Film Competition.

  • ‘Health for All’ bill draws support from Catholic advocates
    March 6, 2014  |  Around the ADLA  |  

    While a controversial new bill to provide health coverage to undocumented immigrants in California has met with mixed reviews, Catholic advocates for accessible health care are hopeful for the passage of the Health For All Act.

  • At Loyola HS: ‘Empathy boxes’ to raise awareness of autism
    March 6, 2014  |  Around the ADLA  |  

    “I’m so proud of you; we have to celebrate today,” says Cristina Faulkner, chairperson of Loyola High School’s Fine and Performing Arts Department, to the 11 mostly seniors in her Feb. 28 design class. It is 9:15 on a Friday morning, and the boys have gathered around a big box of donuts set on a wood table in a basement room.

  • At Cathedral HS: ‘STEM’ activity offers lessons in collaboration
    February 28, 2014  |  Around the ADLA  |  

    Groups of students huddled together around tables in Cathedral High School’s gym, using teamwork and science skills to tackle the morning’s project: building a 24-inch-tall tower designed to withstand earthquake simulation.

  • ‘This is where my passion lies’
    February 28, 2014  |  Around the ADLA  |  

    For Sergio Martinez, every Sunday at Sacred Heart Church, Pomona, “feels like coming home.” His wife Cecilia was baptized here; the couple was married here 18 years ago; and they continue to serve here in many ways.

  • How to stay married 82 years? ‘Keep busy but stay happy’
    February 28, 2014  |  Around the ADLA  |  

    Worldwide Marriage Encounter’s 2014 Longest Married Couple Project Winners, Harold & Edna Owings of Burbank, look at a bowl of 82 Baby Ruth candy bars — one for every year of their marriage.

  • Glendora deals with Colby fire aftermath
    February 7, 2014  |  Around the ADLA  |  

    Last Sunday, Ray and Jeania Parayno, parishioners at St. Dorothy Church in Glendora, welcomed members of their weekly prayer group to their home. They usually meet on a weekday evening, but with no electricity and utilities for a while, Sunday afternoon made the most sense.