This Week’s Pastor’s Notes

This Week’s Pastor’s Notes


The Issue of Child Abuse

     Close to 5 children die every day in the United States as a result of child abuse. The Childhelp candle burns at the side altar of St. Joseph in their memory this weekend. Every year more than 3 million reports of child abuse are made in the United States. It’s a terrible epidemic that we at Childhelp are dedicated to put an end to. To do this, we need to first increase awareness of the issue itself.

     What is child abuse? Child abuse is when a parent or caregiver, whether through action or failing to act, causes injury, death, emotional harm or risk of serious harm to a child. There are many forms of child maltreatment, including neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, exploitation and emotional abuse.

The Founders of Childhelp

     The founders of Childhelp, Sara O’Meara and Yvonne Fedderson, started the organization from the ground up and have grown it to help the lives of millions of children across the world. We credit our success at Childhelp to our founders’ visionary beliefs, which are the heart of the organization:

     Childhelp believes that every child has a unique contribution to make to the world. We do everything within our power to help each child heal and develop self-esteem to reach their God-given potential. We believe unconditional love is the foundation upon which all healing begins. The entrance of each Childhelp facility features the words “All Who Enter Here Will Find Love.”

Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline

     The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453) is dedicated to the prevention of child abuse. Serving the United States, its territories, and Canada, the hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with professional crisis counselors who, through interpreters, can provide assistance in over 170 languages. The hotline offers crisis intervention, information, literature, and referrals to thousands of emergency, social service, and support resources. All calls are confidential.

Catholic TV and radio available in Los Angeles

Immaculate Heart Radio in Los Angeles

KHJ joined the Immaculate Heart Radio Family of stations as our 33rd station on Nov. 17th, 2014. KHJ can be heard on 930 on your AM dial with coverage in and around Los Angeles.

The Catholic Guy TV

Be inspired by a new Catholic television program for everyday living that will motivate you to achieve your hopes and dreams as you live a life of power, impact, freedom and purpose. It provides practical ways of living life to the fullest and helping you make faith a part of your daily life. Bruce Downes The Catholic Guy Television program, is seen by millions of people whose lives have been changed by his down-to-earth approach. 8:30 am (EST), 7:30 am (CST) 5:30 am (PST). Direct TV channel 371. Dish channel 258. AT&T U-VERSE channel 565.

Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN)

EWTN is a television network which presents around-the-clock Catholic-themed programming. It was founded by Mother Angelica, PCPA, in 1980 and began broadcasting on August 15, 1981, from a garage studio at the Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Irondale, Alabama, which Mother Angelica founded in 1962 Regular programs include a daily Holy Mass and sometimes Tridentine Mass format, the traditional Stations of the Cross, a taped daily recitation of the Rosary, and daily and weekly news, discussion, and Catechetical programs for both adults and children. Christmas and Easter programming;

AT&T U-VERSE channel 562

Time Warner Cable channel 460

Direct TV channel 370

The Mission of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul

     Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic lay organization, leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frédéric Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul.

     Organized locally, Vincentians witness God’s love by embracing all works of charity and justice. The Society collaborates with other people of good will in relieving need and addressing its causes, making no distinction in those served because, in them, Vincentians see the face of Christ.

     Can you give a few hours a month to help bring charity to those in need in our parish? Please contact Greg, the point person of St. Francis de Sales St. Vincent de Paul Society, at

Anniversary of Fatima

New Evangelization Summit Streaming to San Fernando Region on the 100th Anniversary of Fatima. Live in Ottawa and webcast to host sites across North America, the New Evangelization Summit is streaming to St. Bernardine of Siena Parish Hall in Woodland Hills on May 13 at 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (Check in starts at 8:00) There will be a 7:30 a.m. Mass in the church. Featuring Fr. Michael White, Sr. Miriam Heidland, Bishop Robert Barron, Tom Corcoran, Patrick Sullivan, Michael Dopp, Meghann Baker and Peter Herbeck, NES will equip, inspire and connect Catholics for the mission of evangelization. More Information and Registration at: For further details, contact John Paul II Foundation for the New Evangelization by e-mail at or call (747) 224-1229.

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