Where priests get their clothes

On the outskirts of downtown Los Angeles, near the gritty but gentrified neighborhood of Echo Park, nuns sit at sewing stations making garments for the clergy

Rev. Brendan Busse broke into a sweat the first time he shopped for a clerical shirt. He had nine years to go before he would become a priest, and the idea of wearing the black collar and white tab that would prompt strangers to call him “father” unnerved him. He recognized that those “clothes are not just about me,” as he wrote in a 2012 Jesuit Post essay. “They are about my … [Read more...]

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Dominican sisters communicate with visitors through iron gate at Hollywood convent

Every day at 4 p.m., the nuns gather to pray the rosary in the convent’s chapel

A cloistered convent in the city of Hollywood may seem out of place — but even the stars of Tinseltown need to hide away and pray sometimes. Bob Hope, Debbie Reynolds and Norma Foster were old visitors to the white adobe cloistered convent that is situated just off the Hollywood Freeway, and less than one mile from several tawdry shops and strip clubs. “Show me anywhere but … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Gomez: “In God’s eyes, there are no foreigners”

Los Angeles archbishop used his homily at the 65th annual Red Mass to remind country’s legal professionals -- including five Supreme Court justices -- of U.S. tradition of welcoming immigrants

Archbishop José H. Gomez used his homily at the 65thannual Red Mass to remind the country’s legal professionals of America’s strong tradition of welcoming immigrants and promoting religious freedom for all. “In God’s eyes, there are no foreigners, there are no strangers,” said Gomez. “All of us are family. When God looks at us, he sees beyond the color of our skin, or the … [Read more...]

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13th annual Celebration of Cultures Mass this Saturday in Los Angeles

Introductory rite will feature traditional Korean dance with dramatic drumming and rhythmic sounds, seven languages will be spoken during the liturgy

On Sept. 16, the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Downtown L.A. will welcome hundreds of Catholics from across the Archdiocese of Los Angeles — the largest and most diverse diocese in the nation — proudly representing nearly 40 different ethnic communities at the 13th annual Celebration of Cultures Mass. Archbishop José H. Gomez will preside at the special Mass at 9:30 … [Read more...]

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St. John Paul II was here

This week marks the 30th anniversary of the pastoral visit of St. John Paul II to Los Angeles

The following is written by Archbishop José H. Gomez: I talk a lot about the saints who have come to Los Angeles to pray and to minister and to encourage us. I hope I will never lose that sense of amazement that I feel, knowing that we are walking in the footsteps of saints, praying in the places where they prayed, working in places where they once worked. For me, it is a … [Read more...]

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LA archbishop urges Catholics to foster racial peace

Archbishop José Gomez: “We need to work to overcome all the forms of racial thinking and racist practices that are still realities in our society”

Responding to violence caused by the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, the Archbishop of Los Angeles said the message in this week's Gospel is one of inclusion, no matter a person's race or nationality. Archbishop Gomez referenced the Canaanite woman in the reading of the Gospel of Matthew, and said that it was her faith that was “the key to belonging to … [Read more...]

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Pro-Abortion Congresswoman speaking at Archdiocese of Los Angeles Cathedral Plaza Wednesday

Judy Chu has a 100% approval rating from Planned Parenthood and NARAL

Despite communications with the California Catholic Conference of Bishops and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, it must be reported that pro-abortion Congresswoman Judy Chu is scheduled to speak at the Archdiocese Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels Plaza this Wednesday.  How sad that someone with 100% pro-abortion ratings from Planned Parenthood and NARAL would be given a … [Read more...]

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7th annual Grand Marian Procession scheduled in LA

Aug. 26 event will commemorate the 236th anniversary of the founding of the City of Los Angeles

A joyous observance of the 236th anniversary of the founding of the City of Los Angeles will commence at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Downtown Los Angeles. Archbishop José H. Gomez will preside over a special votive Mass honoring Mary as Our Lady of the Angels, who is, with St. Vibiana and St. Patrick, patroness of the city and the … [Read more...]

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Carmelite Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Los Angeles attracting eager, college-educated women

They wear the traditional habit they've worn since Mother Lucita first arrived in LA from Mexico in 1927

Bucking the trend, some millennials are seeking a nun's life, and an Order in Duarte is attracting eager, college-educated women. They wear the traditional habit they've worn since Mother Lucita first arrived in LA from Mexico in 1927. The gowns are brown — symbolizing the humility of the Earth; white — a symbol of purity; and black — a symbol of death to the world with life … [Read more...]

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Archdiocese cancels pro-abortion event at LA cathedral

Statement said they were unaware of event until earlier this week

California Catholic Daily exclusive. A pro-abortion event scheduled for June 23 will no longer be held at Our Lady of Angels Cathedral Plaza. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles issued the following statement regarding the event, called “Uncertain Times: Charting the Path Forward for Women’s Health.” According to the statement, “this was not a Cathedral or Archdiocesan event. The … [Read more...]

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