Tri-Parish Easter Series
The tri-parish ACTS community of Mary Immaculate, Santa Rosa, and St. Ferdinand is sponsoring a speaker series during the upcoming Easter season. The Tidings, our archdiocesan newspaper, featured an article on this event in it’s March 3rd issue. If you plan on attending this event, please RSVP at the bottom of this page.
The Year of Faith
Pope Benedict XVI has declared 2013 a Year of Faith, his hope being that Catholics will renew their faith, deepen their personal relationship with God, and increase their understanding of what the Church teaches and why. He wants us to be better Christians.
“The renewal of the Church is also achieved through the witness offered by the lives of believers; by their very existence in the world, Christians are called to radiate the word of truth that the Lord Jesus has left us.” ~ Pope Benedict XVI
A Witness to the New World of Faith
Taking to heart the words of the Pope, our Archbishop José Gómez has written a pastoral letter titled “Witness to the New World of Faith.” It is his desire that in this Year of Faith we become witnesses, living examples of Christ to the world.
“Our world will return to God, but not by way of words and programs, no matter how eloquent or well conceived. Our world will return to God only by way of witnesses, by way of men and women who testify by the example of their lives that Jesus Christ is real and that his Gospel is the path to true happiness.” ~ Archbishop José Gómez
It is the Archbishop’s letter that has awakened in the tri-parish community of Mary Immaculate, Santa Rosa, and St. Ferdinand the great blessing of this Easter Series in which our speakers have been invited to address the Archbishop’s five pastoral priorities.
- Education in the faith, to live our faith more fully and proclaim the Gospel by our lives
- Promotion of vocations to the priesthood and religious life
- Foster our universal Catholic identity and cultural diversity
- Proclaim the Gospel of life and promote a culture of life
- Defend and promote marriage and the family
Why Do We Need a Year of Faith?
Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 — 7:00pm — Mary Immaculate
Douglas Leal, the Coordinator of Adult Faith Formation / Young Adult Ministry for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, helps us to reflect on the the questions: What is faith and why are we called to focus on faith this year as a Church? How do we grow in faith? How do we nurture our own faith and the faith of our families, communities, and the world around us? What are our responsibilities as people of faith and as a parish community to transform the world?
Catholic Identity and Cultural Diversity
Wednesday, April 10th, 2013 — 7:00pm — Mary Immaculate
Fr. Brett Hoover, C.S.P., Ph.D. is a professor at Loyola-Marymount University. Fr. Brett teaches Faith and Culture to undergraduates and Faith and Culture in Pastoral Ministry to graduate students in Pastoral Theology. He will look at how foundational beliefs (the Blessed Trinity, the Church as Communion, Catholicity) lead to an acceptance and celebration of the diverse cultural gifts of God’s people. For us, diversity is not a problem, but an essential part of who we are spiritually. This does not mean handling our differences is easy; it is challenging. But it is part of what it means to be Catholic.
Living the Faith
Wednesday, April 17th, 2013 — 7:00pm — Mary Immaculate
Fr. Greg Boyle, S.J., has a compelling story to share! As a nationally renowned speaker focusing on the importance of adult education, guidance, and unconditional love in preventing youth from joining gangs. Fr. Greg lives out the Gospel by making a difference in the lives of those whom many give up on. His first book “Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion,” was released in March 2010. Homeboy Industries, located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, is recognized as the largest gang intervention and re-entry program in the country, and has become a national and international model.
Gospel of Life and Culture of Life
Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 — 7:00pm — Mary Immaculate
Jaime Huerta is the Director of the Office of Life, Justice, and Peace of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. As one of the Archdiocesan pastoral priorities, we will explore the Church’s teaching on the Gospel of Life and the Culture of Life and how such a culture affirms the sacredness and dignity of the human person. The Church teaches a consistent ethic of life, which sees human life as sacred and includes quality of life issues such as basic human needs, growth and development of the person, and justice, and the common good. We will explore the connection of these to each other and to our Catholic faith.
Defending and Strengthening Marriage and Family Life
Wednesday, May 1st, 2013 — 7:00pm — Mary Immaculate
William May is the president of Catholics for the Common Good located in San Francisco. In his recent book “Getting the Marriage Conversation Right” he seeks to teach us how to promote and defend traditional marriage in non-religious terms. Marriage is the only institution that unites kids with their moms and dads, and that has been recognized by every culture, society, and religion, each according to their own competencies.
Promotion of Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life
Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 — 7:00pm — Mary Immaculate
Fr. Carlos Alarcón, O.M.I., is the Vocation Director for the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. He will consider why vocations are needed and what is the difference between a vocation to the priesthood and the religious life.