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COMING UP: EVENTS, MEETINGS, NEWS


SB 360

TELL YOUR ASSEMBLY MEMBERS TO VOTE "NO" ON SB 360!

Dear Parishioners, 

Our faith is under attack! Archbishop José Gomez is asking every parishioner in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to sign one of the pre-printed letters asking our Assembly members to vote NO on SB 360. Tell our California legislators that we will NOT allow government interference in the practice of our faith. 

The forms will be available in the main vestibule of the church THROUGH THE WEEKEND OF JUNE 29/30. They are also available in the church office or you may download one by clicking HERE.  Then either return the signed letter to St. Therese by July 1 or mail it directly to the Archdiocese with the notation, ATTN:  KEEP THE SEAL.  

SB 360 seeks to protect children from abuse and neglect, which is a goal we strongly support. However, the bill seeks to do this by violating the right to confidential Confession for priests and tens of thousands of Catholics who work with priests in parishes and other Church agencies and ministries. 


Vocations

"Quo Vadis?"

One-Day Discernment Retreat for Young Men 

Saturday, June 29, 2019

To All the Young Men of St. Therese Parish: 

  • Praised be Jesus Christ! Fr. Philip, Fr. Matthias, and Bro. Jason invite all the young men of our parish to join us for a day-long, Friars-sponsored Discernment Retreat next Saturday, June 29, 2019 (after the Vox Vitae Camp).  
  • Purpose:  To assist young men in discerning God's call in their life  
  • Highlights:  Eucharistic Procession, In-N-Out, Cloistered Nuns Parlor Visit, Holy Mass, Recreation, Going-Deeper Talks  
  • Who:  Young adults (college-age, 20s, and 30s), high school students (including 8th Graders), and those even slightly open to a possible call to give their lives to Christ in service of His Church 

 

Details: 

    • The Sign-up Deadline is  this Wednesday, June 26! To register, please email Fr. Matthias (at FrMatthias@SaintThereseCarmeliteSchool.com).
    • Minors must also complete a Permission Form. Click HERE to download.
    • Cost:  $10 suggested donation
    • Begins with the 8:00 a.m. Mass on Sat., June 29, in our church, followed by breakfast at 8:45 a.m. at the Friars' Monastery
    • Ends on the same day at 8:45 p.m. 

Christ's peace be with you all! -The Discalced Carmelite Friars

 

FULL SCHEDULE 

Sanctus 

    • 6:45 a.m. (optional) Morning Prayer & Mental Prayer with the Friars in the church 
    • 8:00 a.m. Holy Mass 
    • 8:45 a.m. Breakfast & Tours (Friars’ Monastery) 

 

Hoc est Corpus Meum 

    • 9:30 a.m. Conference “Priest & Victim: Sharing in Christ’s Priesthood” - Fr. Philip 
    • 10:30 a.m. Eucharistic Procession & Evangelization (Neighborhood & Main Street) 
    • 12:00 p.m. Midday Prayer & Lunch (In-N-Out) 
    • 12:45 p.m. Recreation  

 

Carmeli 

    • 2:00 p.m.   Parlor Visit with Discalced Carmelite Nuns 
    • 2:45 p.m. Conference “You are Christ’s: Consecrated Life and Discernment” - Bro. Jason 
    • 3:45 p.m.   Free time: Rest, Recreate, View a Video  

 

Fraternus 

    • 5:45 p.m.     Mental Prayer 
    • 6:45 p.m.     Divine Office 
    • 7:15 p.m.     Dinner & Recreation with Friars 
    • 8:45 p.m.     Retreat ends

 

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Workshop


Immac Heart Consecration

 CONSECRATION TO JESUS THROUGH MARY 

 

Prepare to BECOME Consecrated Or RENEW your Consecration to Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, through her title of "Our Lady of Mount Carmel". In these sessions, you will: 

· Learn and Pray the Carmelite Brigittine Rosary

· *Attend four Retreat evenings (ponder the spiritual teachings of St. Louis de Montfort, St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. Mother Teresa, and St. John Paul II. We’ll prayerfully use the work "33 DAYS TO MORNING GLORY" by Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC.

· **Make or Renew your Consecration at a special Mass in JULY (More information to come)

· Enroll & receive your Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

(All Consecration gift materials will be provided)

*These four Retreat Preparation Evenings, sponsored by the Little Flower Consecration Ministry, will be held on three Saturdays or one Sunday from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. (after the 5:00 p.m. Mass) as follows:

    • Saturday, June 22 (Library)
    • Sunday, June 30 (Library)
    • Saturday, July 6 (Library)
    • Saturday, July 13 (Library)

 **CONSECRATION DAY (to be announced)! On that day you will make or renew your Consecration at Mass and receive your Brown Scapular. 

For more information, please contact Angela at (310) 701-8386.


Vox Vitae Events

  VOX VITAE EVENTS 

 

Thank you to all the parents who signed up their teens for this month's Vox Vitae Catholic Pro-life Camp and all the teens who signed themselves up!  However, CAMP IS NOW FULL!--with 109 teens registered.  That is our max we can accept. 

HOWEVER, we have plenty of room in our Adult Evening CampThe Kick-Off Talk will be Sunday, June 23, at 7:00 p.m. in the Hall.  Matthew Knowles will speak on the Degeneration of Society--and what we can do to stop it.  There is a $20 fee per person; however, teen campers who are already registered may attend for free.  Child care, from T-K and up, will be available. 

Attending Vox Vitae Camp is one of the best gifts you can give yourself and your Teen. You will learn how to value and defend your Catholic faith and to live it out. Your son or daughter will understand that they can live chastely, with the grace of God, and that they are not too young to lead the charge to end abortion in our lifetime. This helps them to withstand peer pressure, promote the Culture of Life from conception to natural death, and become leaders in their parishes and communities.  

Go to www.VoxVitae.org for more information or call (213) 395-8977.


First Friday

FIRST FRIDAY MASS 



 

The next First Friday Mass will be Friday, July 5, beginning with Mass at 7:30 p.m., followed by confessions and benediction. You are also invited to continue praying in our Adoration Chapel following the Mass (open 24 hours a day). 


Bible Study

 ADULT BIBLE STUDY

 

Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.

In this intriguing look at one of the most talked-about books in Scripture, Jeff Cavins explores Revelation to demonstrate how the kingdom established by Christ in His Church is intimately connected with the Kingdom of Heaven, especially through the celebration of the Mass.

You will learn what all the mysterious figures and images of Revelation represent, as well as what will happen during the Second Coming of Christ, what has already happened, and what is happening now in salvation history. 

Join us for Revelation: The Kingdom Yet to Come at the Parish Center beginning Wednesday, April 24, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., and continuing every Wednesday through July 10.

For more information, contact Debbie Robles at (626) 679-6370 or debrobles@me.com.

Guido the Cathusian wrote in the 12th century, "Seek in reading and you will find in meditating; knock in mental prayer and it will be opened to you by contemplation.


Catholic Karate

CATHOLIC KARATE FOR YOUTH AND MEN

ABOUT GRIFFON ARTS CATHOLIC DEFENSE:  

Self-defense is about learning the value of the human person as given by God and applying mutual respect to yourself as well as any bully or offender. Knowing both how and why to protect that worth, and that of those around you, is important to a healthy lifestyle, great relationships, and providing a safer community.  For more information, contact          John Wrot at SenseiJohnWrot@gmail.com.

GRIFFON ARTS CATHOLIC SELF-DEFENSE will start SEASON TWO on Thursday, April 25. Learn self-defense and anti-bullying, increase your discipline and self-confidence—and have lots of fun! YOUTH Class fees are: 1st Youth-$9 per week; 2nd/3rd Youths-$7 per week; additional youths-$5 per week; MEN'S Class fees are $10 per week. REGISTRATION FEE: $5 per student. 

NEW CLASS TIMES will be as follows: NEW STUDENTS (Girls and Boys from ages 7-17): 5:15-5:55 p.m.; YELLOW BELTS: 6:00 to 6:40 p.m.; ADULT MEN (ages 18 to 60): 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. 

*Please arrive 15 minutes before every class to REGISTER.

 YOUTH

Learn...

· Self-defense and

anti-bullying

· Increased discipline

· Confidence 

...and have lots of fun!

 

Attire: Come in sweats;

uniforms are available for purchase in class.

 DADS & YOUNG MEN

Learn...

· How to protect your wives and children

· Increased self-control & stress outlet

· Confidence and leadership 

...all while getting a little more fit.

Attire: Your work or play clothes; no uniforms. 

No prior experience required!  

Good news: You do not need to be “fit”!

                                         

WEEKLY CLASS FEES:

 · 1st Youth: $9 per week

· 2nd Youth: $7 per week

· 3rd Youth: $7 per week

· Additional Youths:

$5 per week

·  Dads & Young Men:

$10 per week

Registration Fee:

$5 per student

  

 


Baptism

BAPTISM MINISTRY

In order to take part in our Baptism Program,  PARENTS & GODPARENTS are required to attend a class from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m., in the Parish Library.  The fee is $25.  Your child will then be baptized on a Saturday (normally at 11:00 a.m. but subject to change). Check the calendar for dates.  

SELECTING THE GODPARENTS: Canon Law requires you to have at least one godparent (may have two) who: 1) is at least 16; 2) has been Confirmed; and 3) is a practicing Catholic. A form attesting to this needs to be signed by a priest from the parish of each prospective godparent.

UPCOMING CLASS / BAPTISM DATES: To see the dates of the next classes and baptisms, click here X for the 2018/2019 schedule. 

YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER!  To do so, either call the office at 284-0020, ext. 1, OR  click here (X) to download the REGISTRATION FORM.  After filling it out, return it to us with your check for $25 for the class. We must receive your RSVP or the registration form before the class date.  When you come to the class, please bring a copy of your child’s birth certificate with you (or mail it with the registration form).  

LATIN RITE (EXTRAORDINARY FORM) BAPTISM:  If you attend the Latin Mass and would like your child to be baptized in the extraordinary form, click here (X) to download the Latin REGISTRATION FORM.

For more information, contact the DRE, Rhonda Storey, at (626) 284-0020, ext. 225.


Brigittine Rosary

BRIGITTINE CARMELITE ROSARY

Prayed After the 8:00 a.m. Mass

The Rosary is prayed Monday through Saturday after our 8:00 a.m. Mass. We have recently begun using the Brigittine Carmelite Rosary instead of the regular Dominican Rosary. This Rosary came to the Discalced Carmelite Order through the travels of St. Teresa of Avila. While she was visiting a Brigittine Monastery in Spain (the Brigittine Nuns were founded by St. Bridget of Sweden) and there she learned to say their six-decade Rosary. It was later adopted as the Rosary of the Discalced Carmelite Order, with an added medal of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Each Mystery in the Brigittine Rosary has an extra decade for an additional mystery. It has a total of twenty-four decades instead of the usual twenty.

The additional decades in each Mystery, all related to Mary, are inserted chronologically and are as follows: 

  • Joyful: The Immaculate Conception of Mary (prayed immediately before the Annunciation);

  • Luminous: The Obedience of Jesus to Mary and Joseph (prayed first, before the Baptism of the Lord); 

  • Sorrowful: The Pieta (when the Body of the Lord was placed in the arms of His Sorrowful Mother (prayed last—immediately after the Crucifixion); and

  • Glorious: The Patronage of Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel (prayed immediately after the Coronation). The other mysteries remain the same as in the Dominican Rosary. 

If you would like to obtain a Brigittine Rosary and a pamphlet showing the extra mysteries, you may pick one up at the Religious Goods counter in the back of the church for a free-will offering.  You may also download the pamphlet by clicking here X.


Cor Jesu

COR JESU CARMELITE YOUTH MINISTRY

Cor Jesu Youth Ministry has its own link (see the links at the top of our web page).


School

ST. THERESE CARMELITE SCHOOL

Congratulations to our students for completing a successful school year! Have a blessed SUMMER VACATION!

WATCH OUR LATEST SCHOOL VIDEO,

"LITTLE THINGS"! X  Click on the link "Videos" (from the panel to the left) for more videos.

Please contact the office at (626) 289-3364 or admin@sttheresecarmeliteschool to arrange a SHADOW DAY for your child. See the school'swebsite for more info! 

We encourage you to visit the school office to learn more about our wonderful school. Please feel free to contact us at (626) 289-3364 or by email at admin@sainttheresecarmeliteschool.com. 


ELEMENTARY SCHOOL NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY 

Saint Therese Carmelite School (School), mindful of its mission to be a witness to the love of Christ for all, admits students regardless of race, color, national origin, and/or ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. The School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, disability, medical condition, sex, or national and/or ethnic origin in the administration of educational policies and practices, scholarship programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs, although certain athletic leagues and other programs may limit participation and some archdiocesan schools operate as single-sex schools. While the School does not discriminate against students with special needs, a full range of services may not always be available to them. Decisions concerning the admission and continued enrollment of a student in the School are based upon the student's emotional, academic, and physical abilities and the resources available to the School in meeting the student's needs.


STRE

For Elementary & High School Grades 

DAYS/TIMES: Classes for both elementary and high school are held on Sunday mornings (one Sunday and one Tuesday per month for Confirmation and normally two Sundays a month for elementary (check the calendar for dates!) from 9:00 to 10:45 a.m., including the 11:00 a.m. Mass. Class drop off time: Between 8:45 and 9:00 a.m.  The Tuesday class for each Confirmation grade is held on the Tuesday following the Sunday class. 

Please arrive on time for all our classes! 


STRE EUCHARIST CLASS YEAR TWO 

May 14 & 16, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: First Communion practice in the church (NO HOLY HOUR!) 

May 18, 10:00 a.m.: First Communion Mass for students of both the St. Therese Religious Education Program AND the  students of Divine Mercy Home School. 

 

CONFIRMATION YEAR TWO 

April 28, 11:00 a.m. Mass: Rite of Presentation 

May 28 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.: Confirmation Practice in the church with your Sponsors! 

June 2: Rite of Confirmation at the 5:00 p.m. Mass (with Bishop David O’Connell).  

 

ALL STRE GRADES: 

May 19: Mary’s Crowning at the 9:00 a.m. Mass—FOR ALL STUDENTS 

May 19: Last day of Religious Education classes until the Fall

Note about Vacation Bible School:  We are sorry to announce that, due to a shortage of staff, we will NOT be holding Vacation Bible School this Summer. 


PARENTS!   Religious Education is an extremely important part of the faith life of every Catholic family! If your children are not attending Catholic School, then they NEED to be enrolled in a Religious Education program.  At St. Therese we offer classes from Pre-school through 8th grade, which then continue into a 2-year Confirmation program for high school students.  Our classes are based on solid catechesis:  the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the liturgical year, and Church Solemnities.


Formed

FORMED: The Catholic Faith on Demand

   

St. Therese Church has purchased a subscription to the Catholic media website, FORMED.ORG, and is making it available to ALL our parishioners!  Discover all the best Catholic content in one place:  Entertaining movies, enlightening programs, inspiring talks, audio dramas, and a great selection of popular e-books--all just a link away!  To register, click on the image below.  Simply enter your name, your email address, a password, and your zip code--and get started enjoying all they have to offer!

 


Choirs

JOIN THE 11:00 AM CHOIR!



The 11:00 Choir will begin rehearsals Wednesday, September 5, at 7:30 p.m. The choir rehearses weekly on Wednesday evenings from September through June, and sings at the 11:00 Mass on Sundays. For more information, contact the Director, Charlotte Lansberg, at cjlansberg@choochoorecords.com, or 626-807-8611.


Grief Support

We welcome anyone to attend who has suffered the loss of a loved one.  It does not matter how long ago you suffered this loss or what your relationship was to the person (spouse, child, parent, friend, etc.).  Please feel free to come and join this new group and meet new friends.  You may have something to share that will be of help to someone else.  

The Grief Support Group meets in the Parish Offices on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.  For additional information, please contact the office at (626) 282-2744.


Bull. Bds

NOTICE REGARDING THE CHURCH BULLETIN BOARDS

The bulletin boards in the vestibules of the church (front of the church and the two sides, as well as the bulletin boards in the sacristy AND at the bottom of the stairs leading to the sacristy, etc.) are FOR THE USE OF THE CHURCH STAFF ONLY.

Please do NOT put any flyers, photos, announcements, etc., on these boards. Again, it is only for the hired staff to put things there. You MAY put these types of things in the little pamphlet/flyer boxes located in the main vestibule—on the walls on either side of the main church doors. We thank you for your cooperation and your understanding. 


Adoration Chapel

ADORATION CHAPEL

Presentation Chapel of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration

HISTORY:  In December of 2012, the Carmelite Friars moved out of the former rectory—freeing up a lot of space for other purposes.  After much discernment, Fr. Philip decided to move the Chapel to the former rectory and to restore the current Adoration Chapel back to a Baptistry, as originally designed by the architect. A beautiful new Chapel has now been created in the spaces that used to be the priests’ dining room and Fr. Jerome Lantry’s room; it has been named the “The Presentation Chapel,” and is dedicated to the Loving Memory of Fr. Jerome Lantry, OCD.”  (Note:  Eventually, the Baptistry will be refurbished and will be dedicated to the Loving Memory of Fr. William Fenton.)  

ELECTRONIC KEYS:  Over the years, we have had security issues at night. To prevent these problems, Adorers using the chapel between 5:00 pm and 6:00 a.m. need to register for their own electronic keys (for a small deposit of $20 each) All registered users need to refrain from lending their keys and from allowing unknown persons to follow them into the chapel.

LAST PERSON IN THE CHAPEL?:  A photochromic glass has been installed in front of the monstrance.  If at the time you are leaving the chapel there is no one else in it, please TURN OFF THE LIGHT (LOCATED TO THE LEFT OF THE EXIT DOOR AS YOU FACE IT) on your way out. This will cause the glass in front of the monstrance to turn dark so that Our Lord will not be exposed in an empty room.  Likewise, if you are the first to re-enter, TURN THE LIGHT BACK ON, and the glass will clear.

MAKE A COMMITMENT: If you haven’t already done so, please commit to coming to the Chapel at the same hour and day each week. The goal is to have at least two adorers signed up for each hour of each day (24 hours a day, seven days a week), so that if one is absent, at least one other person will still be present. To sign up for an hour, please call the Coordinators (contacts on the front of the bulletin).  May God bless you for your dedication and love for Him!

PRAY FOR VOCATIONS: Ever since our chapel opened in 1988, one of its primary purposes is to pray for vocations to the consecrated life, in particular to our own Archdiocese and Carmelite Community. We thank our Lord that the Carmelites have been blessed with so many vocations that a new house had to be built to make room for all our seminarians!

GUIDELINES:  Using the chapel requires following the Guidelines.  If you did not receive a copy, you may read them on our website.  Just go to MINISTRIES > PRAYER & DEVOTION MINISTRIES > PERPETUAL EUCHARISTIC ADORATION.   


EuchMin

 EXTRAORDINARY EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION TO THE HOMEBOUND



Would you like to minister as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion  to our sick and  homebound parishioners?  You would visit them either on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday every other month—only six times a year. Remember . .  . at some time in the future, YOU may need this help, too!  If interested, please call the coordinators, Fred or Margaret Padilla, at (626) 282-0943. Thank you in advance! 


Floral

FLORAL DEDICATIONS

If you would like to honor or memorialize a loved one AND help to beautify the altar at the same time, then take advantage of our Floral Dedication Program. You may choose the kind of flowers and the colors for not only memorial remembrances, but also for anniversaries, birthdays, engagements, weddings, baptisms, get-well wishes, etc. For each dedication, a notice will be posted in the bulletin (on the Mass intentions page) under “Floral Dedication” and will include your loved one’s name and the occasion. Bouquets start at $90 for two (we charge only the actual cost of the flowers). In order to schedule a memorial or a dedication, please contact Giovanna Setiady at 281-9049.  


KofC

 KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUSld-id



FIVE REASONS TO JOIN THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS: If you are a Catholic male over the age of 18, here are five reasons that will encourage you to join this great fraternal organization of the Catholic Church—founded on the principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism: 1) The Heartbeat of the Knights of the Columbus is Service; 2) the Knights Support the Catholic Church; 3) the Knights support the Catholic Church; 4) the Knights are strongly and devoutly Pro-Life; and 5) the Knights are Faithful to the Catholic Church. 

For more information, call the current Grand Knight, Ramon Burce, at (626) 695-2842 or the National line at (888) 869-3124. Ramon will answer any questions you may have!


NFP

 NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING (NFP)


“Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you."

KEEP CALM AND LEARN ABOUT CREIGHTON:   Did you know that Married Couples benefit from learning about Natural Family Planning?  And that NFP can be used to achieve or postpone pregnancy and to uncover and treat  women's health problems or infertility? It can also be used to diagnose and treat repetitive miscarriage, infertility, PMS, post-partum depression, painful cycles, and so much more!  

NFP hosts free Introductory Session of the Creighton Model Fertility Care System of Natural Family PlanningThis session is for married and engaged couples or single women who would like to learn more about their health and fertility. To register or for dates of future sessions, call Jack and Katrina Crow at (626) 292-1906 or email jkcrowsnest@hotmail.com; or for Spanish, Martha Lacayo at (626) 372-0808  or email malacay@aol.com. 


Church Abuses

ADDRESSING ABUSES AND COVER-UPS IN THE CHURCH

  

From CatholicAnswers.com 

Recent revelations about Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s scandalous behavior have brought the emotionally sensitive subject of the priest abuse scandal back into the limelight. This scandal, as those revealed over the last couple of decades, was not due only to the fact that children were abused, but that Catholic clergy who knew about the improprieties failed to report the cases to the police. Combining other obstacles that people have about the hypocrisy of believers, Christian teachings on sexual morality, and a suspicion of hierarchical religion, this one is indeed a mountain. And it is impossible to get around or over it. The only way is to drill a hole right through it. 

One strategy is to put the scope of the issue into perspective. The media coverage led many to think the numbers were far greater than they were. In 2004, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops commissioned John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York to conduct a study analyzing allegations of sexual abuse in Catholic dioceses in United States.  The study covered the time period from 1950 to 2002. The final report identified 6,700 unique accusations against 4,392 clergy, or four percent of the 109,694 clergy active during the period. Of those accused, only 252 were convicted, which is less than one-tenth of a percent of the total clergy. 

To be sure, even these numbers are too many. But they do show that the scope of the scandal, despite the coverage it received, was very small—surely too small to be a basis for rejecting the Church completely. It’s also important to point out that this kind of problem is not confined to the Catholic Church, but it is found among Protestant clergy as well. In his book, Pedophiles and Priests, Philip Jenkins, a Protestant and expert in the study of pedophilia, writes, “The most-quoted survey of sexual problems among Protestant clergy states that some ten percent are involved in sexual misconduct of some kind, and that ‘about two or three percent’ are pedophiles, a rate equal or higher than that suggested for Catholic priests.” 

Sexual abuse is not only found within the boundaries of Christianity, but is also a problem in virtually all settings where adults have care of minors. Consider, for example, the 2014 scandal concerning USA swimming coaches, ninety of whom were banned for sexual misconduct. In January of 2018, Larry Nassar, former doctor for the USA Women’s Gymnastics team and a sports medicine physician, was sentenced to 175 years in prison for sexually abusing over 150 women over the past two decades of his practice. 

The abuse of children is a horrible crime and needs to stop. There is no one that a child should feel safer with than a person who represents Jesus Christ. But to think this is solely or conspicuously a Catholic problem, which is the narrative the media created, is simply not true. For the same reason that we shouldn’t reject Christianity because some Christians are hypocrites, the presence of sinners in Catholicism doesn’t mean that the religion is false. 

Let’s say you found out that certain doctors at several different hospitals were guilty of malpractice. Would you refuse to go to any doctor ever again? The malpractice of a few doctors doesn’t undermine the basic value of medicine—because we know that doctors heal people and save lives. Likewise, just because a few priests were guilty of spiritual malpractice doesn’t take away from the spiritual goods that the Catholic Church has to offer: the healing and salvation of souls. All the members of the Church, including its ministers, are sinners who are “still on the way to holiness” (CCC 827), and “always in need of purification” (CCC 827). Even Jesus teaches this on several occasions. For example, in His parable about the good and evil sower (Matt. 13:24-30), He says that the weeds will grow alongside the wheat until the Master comes at harvest time. But He assures us that the wheat will then be separated from the weeds. 

To those who cause scandal in the Church, Jesus gives a severe warning: “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a millstone fastened round his neck and be drowned in the sea” (Matt. 18:6). It’s important to recognize that the Church is made up of human beings like any other institution, and human beings are sinners. At the same time, the Church is not merely a human institution. It has Jesus as its Founder. He has promised that “the powers of death shall not prevail against it” (Matt. 16:18) and that the Holy Spirit will animate and guide it into truth (John 16:13). 

These promises and others reveal that Christ has been and always will be with His Church, preserving it in the truth and life that is necessary for us to be saved. We don’t have to reject the Church just because one of the apostles was Judas. 

In response to the abuses, the Archdiocese of L.A. began the VIRTUS program to help keep children safe. For more info about the program and/or to attend a class and/or be fingerprinted, see the Article above or contact our DRE, Rhonda Storey, at 284-0020, ext. 1. 


Published in the Bulletin of August 19, 2018


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