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  • Dido and Aeneas/Bluebeard’s Castle at the L.A. Opera
    October 30, 2014  |  Around the ADLA  |  

    I’m enthralled by the late opera singer Maria Callas — her voice, her life. I also have a thing for the somewhat obscure German contralto Emmi Leisner (1885-1958). But perhaps like many of us, I’ve always thought of opera as a high-brow version of the musical, which, with the exception of Fred Astaire movies, I pretty much can’t stand.

  • ‘Love fully revealed’ at Our Lady of the Angels Congress
    October 29, 2014  |  Around the ADLA  |  

    “Real love reveals itself in what we do, what we sacrifice, what we create for the real persons whom we love. So we know we are loved not by feelings of attraction, but by the many, many things that others do for us and we do for them,” pointed out Auxiliary Bishop Edward Clark during the opening of the Our Lady of the Angels (OLA) Regional Congress on Oct. 25.

  • Dia de los Muertos: ‘It’s very important to talk about death’
    October 24, 2014  |  Around the ADLA  |  

    For many children residing in East Los Angeles, death could be part of their daily lives.

    Death is depicted on street murals in the neighborhood. Death can happen to a next door neighbor who is walking on the street. Death can come to a bellowed family member — “abuelito,” “abuelita,” “tío,” “tia.”

  • Good Shepherd Shelter, USC School host domestic violence summit
    October 24, 2014  |  Around the ADLA  |  

    “Make This Moment Count: Summit on Domestic Violence” will be offered Oct. 28, 9 a.m.-noon, at the USC University Club, Los Angeles.

    The summit — presented by Good Shepherd Shelter of Los Angeles and the University of Southern California’s School of Social Work — will feature approximately 100 community leaders, academicians and students from the USC School of Social Work, who will discuss domestic violence, the status of care and how communities can respond to domestic violence.

  • From Panorama City to South Sudan: ‘Missionary disciples
    October 24, 2014  |  Around the ADLA  |  

    There was much rejoicing when the computers sent from St. Genevieve Church in Panorama City arrived Sept. 8 at John Paul II Philosophicum Seminary in Yambio, South Sudan.

    Father John Ngbapia, rector, called out immediately to the seminarians to help offload the boxes of 15 new laptops carefully repacked by St. Genevieve High School students after they had downloaded the online Project Guttenberg (world libraries) to each computer. The shipment also included two LCD projectors, one laser printer, back-up batteries, power strips and replacement ink cartridges.

  • Rick Caruso: ‘I want to make people’s lives better’
    October 23, 2014  |  Around the ADLA  |  

    Billionaire developer Rick Caruso, 55, traces his love of real estate back to when he was five years old or so.

    In his home above Beverly Hills, he and his dad — who built a car sales business and founded “Dollar Rent a Car” — would look down at Greater Los Angeles and the young boy would point out the high-rising buildings he’d like to own some day. He also remembers going by places on the street and how he could pick out designs he liked and those he didn’t, and know why.

  • Six named as Cardinal’s Award honorees for 2015
    October 23, 2014  |  Around the ADLA  |  

    e lovely Mediterranean home of Cathy and Paul Tosetti was the setting Oct. 10 for Archbishop José Gomez’ announcement of the 2015 Cardinal’s Awards honorees.

    On March 21, 2015, Cheryl Baker (St. Brendan, Los Angeles), Sam Navarro (St. Andrew, Pasadena), Jim O’Connor (St. Francis High School, La Canada), Viktor Rzeteljski (St. John Fisher, Rancho Palos Verdes), Emma Stewart (Sts. Felicitas and Perpetua, San Marino) and Gretchen Wayne (St. Charles Borromeo, North Hollywood) will be recognized for their lifetime achievement in the field of “giving to others.”

  • A large and loving parish in Lynwood
    October 23, 2014  |  Around the ADLA  |  

    The sheer size of St. Emydius Parish is almost incomprehensible — 20,000 registered families, and many more not as yet registered. But beyond numbers is the great love that these parishioners have for their church.

    Father Rigoberto Rodriguez, the pastor known simply as “Father Rigo,” loves this parish, as evidenced by how his face lights up as parishioners approach him after Mass on Sundays. They line up to wait for just a word with the priest — about a sick child, the need for a job, a single elderly parent who is lonely, a young couple wanting a blessing for a new-born first child.

  • San Gabriel Congress: Deep thinking, engaging practices, and fellowship
    October 23, 2014  |  Around the ADLA  |  

    Underneath a bright sun and blue skies, spiritual and faith-filled workshops and liturgies highlighted at the San Gabriel Regional Congress Oct. 18 at Bishop Amat High School in La Puente.

    The warm vibe also translated into the day’s fellowship moments and musical interludes that rode the wave of learning, supporting and sharing.

  • Christian Service 4LIFE: ‘There is always hope; God is always there’
    October 22, 2014  |  Around the ADLA  |  

    The enthusiasm and joyful noise of more than 6,000 Catholic middle school and high school students electrified the open-air tennis stadium at the StubHub Center in Carson on Oct. 14 during the annual Christian Service 4LIFE rally, which featured special guest speakers and activities all celebrating and supporting the sanctity of life.