• Time to pray

    Lent comes early this year. Ash Wednesday is less than a week away, Feb. 10. As we enter into this season of conversion, we know that our whole Christian life is a journey of conversion, a journey to an ever-deeper faith in Jesus who shows us the face of God.

  • The future is with life!

    In the Church, we are always working to fulfill God’s beautiful plan of love for creation and for every human life. OneLife LA expresses the beautiful Gospel vision of a culture of life and love. 

  • OneLife LA and the works of mercy

    I am reading Pope Francis’ new book, “The Name of God is Mercy.” It is a powerful, personal work. Since the beginning of his pontificate, I have been struck by how much the pope’s vision has been shaped by his experience as a priest in the confessional.

  • Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Decision to Review Texas v. U.S.

    Until lawmakers in Washington can find the humility and courage to set aside differences and seek a common solution, the Supreme Court may be our last best hope to restore humanity to our immigration policy.

  • Still seeking the ‘beloved community’

    The Rev. Martin Luther King dreamed of what he called “the beloved community.” This expression inspires me in my ministry. It is a beautiful image of the kingdom that Jesus proclaimed and called us to establish — a city of love and truth; the family of God made up of all the rich diversity of peoples from every nation. 

  • Show us the Father

    Praying and celebrating the liturgies of Christmas, I came to a powerful sense that in this new year, in this special Jubilee of Mercy, we need to rediscover God’s personal love for us — his love as “our Father.”

  • The beauty and mystery of Christmas

    Merry Christmas! As I write these words, I am gathering my thoughts to prepare for the liturgies of Christmas. I don’t know about you, but for me Christmas is a time when I reflect on the year that is passing away, the new year that lies before me and, in a deeper way, every Christmas brings to mind the many past Christmases of my life. This is part of the beauty and the mystery of Christmas. 

  • Mercy is the question and the answer

    On Sunday, Dec. 13 I had the privilege to open the holy doors of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels to mark the start of this Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. A door that is open is a sign of welcome and hospitality. And in this Year of Mercy, God is opening wide the door to salvation, welcoming everyone into his house, his family, the Church.

  • What good does it do to pray?

    The terror shootings in San Bernardino continue to trouble me and make me sad. I am praying for the families and loved ones of those who were killed, and praying that those who were wounded and traumatized will find comfort and healing.

  • Statement on the Mass Shooting at Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino

    It is hard to understand this kind of violence and the hatred that motivates it. We ask how people can do such things, what is in their hearts? In these times, we need to trust in the providence of God and rely on his mercy.

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Iowa and us in a Year of Mercy

Kathryn Jean Lopez

It was in the general-purpose room of St. Francis of Assisi Church in West Des Moines that Donald Trump made his last pitch to Iowa voters, inside a caucus room. He wanted to make sure people remembered that not only will he build the wall on our border with Mexico, but that he’s the only candidate who will make Mexico pay for it.


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February 9, 2016

  • Tuesday, February 9

    St. John Fisher Women's Council Shrove Tuesday Luncheon, Check-in and Refreshments 10:00 a.m., Speaker at 11 a.m., Lunch at 12 p.m., Barrett Hall,  St. John Fisher, 5448 Crest Road Rancho Palos Verdes. Guest speaker Monsignor Kevin Kosteknik, first Pastor of the Cathedral  of Our Lady of the Angeles and former Assistant Pastor at St John Fisher Church from 1982-1987, will discuss "How God Works for Us through Mary". Annual fund raiser and proceeds will help support several local charities. Admission $25. Reservations may be made at the Parish Office. Last day for reservations is Friday February 5th. For more information please call Elaine Sweers at (310) 377-7704.

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