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  • L.A. pilgrims headed for Rome: ‘What an opportunity!’
    April 23, 2014  |  Around the ADLA  |  

    Nancy Bohte and her best friend Ellen Harrington have been traveling the world since they first met nearly 40 years ago, while teaching for the South Pasadena Unified School District.

    But this week the retired high school teachers embarked on a special trip to Rome. Having visited the city before, this time they will see it with different eyes, they said, since they will be part of the historic canonization of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II.

  • Easter and the blessings of the Kingdom
    April 17, 2014  |  Around the ADLA  |  

    We have a vocation to blessedness. This is what the Beatitudes of Jesus teach us.

    The path of the Beatitudes leads out from Christ’s empty tomb. We can walk this path because by his love Jesus conquered the hatred of sin and the corruption of death.

  • Nativity receives Innovations in Catholic Education Award
    April 11, 2014  |  Around the ADLA  |  

    “We’re just a little school in El Monte so getting this national attention is such an honor,” says Sister of St. Louis Stacy Reineman, principal at Nativity Elementary School, one of 12 recipients of the 2014 Innovations in Catholic Education Awards from Today’s Catholic Teacher.

  • St. Lawrence Martyr rakes 3rd at State Junior High Decathlon
    April 11, 2014  |  Around the ADLA  |  

    St. Lawrence Martyr School, of Redondo Beach earned third place at the 2014 California State Academic Junior High Decathlon, held April 5 at Aquinas High School in San Bernardino.

    Serra Catholic School, from the Diocese of Orange, won the event which featured nine teams from junior high schools throughout California, plus a team invited from Denver. St. Lawrence Martyr represented the Archdiocese of Los Angeles after the team’s third consecutive winning performance in the local competition March 1.

  • ‘His music rose to God in blessing and in praise’
    April 10, 2014  |  Around the ADLA  |  

    Paul Salamunovich began his role as music director at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in North Hollywood when my twin brother and I were in the eighth grade at St. Charles School —in 1949. Over these 65 years it has been a privilege to have known Paul and to experience his extraordinary music genius on so many occasions, both at the parish and in many other venues where he directed choirs.

  • Water conservation: High school video sends a message
    April 10, 2014  |  Around the ADLA  |  

    Using the digital tools of their generation, members of Immaculate Heart High School’s Earth Club decided to make a humorous video with a timely message highlighting simple tips on how to conserve water in this third consecutive year of California’s drought.

    Earth Club co-historians Christina Roh, videographer, and Emma Weeks, video “news anchor,” joined with seven other club board members in the project to raise awareness about water conservation in light of the state’s three-year rain deficits, low-reservoir levels and sub-par snowpack.

  • CEF Senior Mass honors 650 students
    April 9, 2014  |  Around the ADLA, The Latest  |  

    The accomplishments of hundreds of graduating high school seniors — recipients of tuition assistance from the Catholic Education Foundation — were celebrated during a Mass April 9 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.

  • Interfaith clergy awareness of juvenile justice issues increases
    April 3, 2014  |  Around the ADLA, The Latest  |  

    Community Bible Church’s Senior Pastor Ruett Foster shared his own story to help the teenagers he sat with at Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall open up and talk about their own lives.

    And Imam Abuishaq Abdulhafiz, from the Islamic Shura Council, was awestruck by the maturity of the teenage girls housed in the only female unit at the Sylmar detention center.

  • A new approach to ‘Together in Mission’
    April 3, 2014  |  Around the ADLA, The Latest  |  

    Together in Mission, part of the annual Catholic appeal in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, makes it possible for 37 parishes and 56 schools to continue serving their communities.

    “It appears to be off to a strong start,” said Anthony Sciacca, director of archdiocesan appeals, of the 2014 campaign. This year’s goal is to raise $15 million, money that would go straight to communities most in need.

  • L.A. Catholics present pope with letters from undocumented children
    March 26, 2014  |  Around the ADLA  |  

    Ten-year-old Jersey Vargas met Pope Francis today.

    Vargas joined a coalition from Southern California that journeyed to Vatican City to deliver letters from children with undocumented parents written to the Holy Father.

    In her letter, Vargas wrote how she’d spent her last two birthdays without her father, who has been in custody with U.S. immigration officials. She told the pope about her father in person today after the general audience at St. Peter’s Basilica.