The Archdiocese of Los Angeles begins its fifth year-long series of video conferences on current topics of interest and importance to parishes and schools on Sept. 10. To allow for broad participation, the programs are presented as 90-minute conferences at five sites: St. Anthony Church, Long Beach; St. Frances X. Cabrini Church, Los Angeles; St. Louis de Montfort Church, Santa Maria; St. Louise de Marillac Church, Covina; and the San Fernando Regional Office, Mission Hills.Sessions include a formal presentation and question/answer time. Parish and school leaders and volunteers, clergy and religious, parish finance council members, ACC and Regional Office staff are invited to participate. There is no fee for participation, but pre-registration is required to allow sites to plan for participation levels. The topics (10-11:30 a.m. except where noted):—Sept. 10 (in Spanish and English): “How to Fill Out Update Sheets for the Official Catholic Directory (OCD),” led by Maria Vargas, secretary/receptionist, ACC Operations, and Eileen O’Brien, director, ACC Operations.—Sept. 24: “Science Lab Safety Requirements,” designed for Junior High and High School Science Teachers, led by Marge G. Graf, General Counsel, and staff.—Oct. 8: “Earthquake and Other Safety Preparedness,” led by Larry Meyerhofer, Emergency Management Department, City of Los Angeles.—Oct. 22 (9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.): Internet Safety Training Workshop,” led by Joan Vienna, coordinator, Safeguard the Children Office.—Nov. 12: “Understanding Mandated Reporting of Suspected Child Abuse,” led by Marge Graf, Joan Vienna and Suzanne Healy, coordinator, Victims Assistance Ministry.—Dec. 10: “Office Equipment Contracts: Step-By-Step Guide to Evaluating the Contract,” led by Marina Macchiagodena, Legal Counsel.—Jan. 14: “Life Issues,” led by kathleen-domingo, coordinator, Office of Life, Justice and Peace.—Feb. 11: “Preparing for Summer Maintenance: Maintenance Is Your Cheapest Expense,” led by Construction Office staff.—March 11: “Detailed Procedures for Hiring New Employees and Meeting All Legal Requirements,” led by Human Resources Department.—April 8: “Document Retention,” led by Document Retention Committee.—May 6: “How to Fill Out the Annual Parish Financial Report,” led by Randy Steiner, Chief Financial Officer, and Financial Services Department staff.—May 20: “How to Fill Out the Annual School Financial Report,” led by Randy Steiner and Financial Services Department staff.Registration for all sessions is online: access http://VidConfRes.la-archdiocese.org. For additional information, contact Eileen O’Brien, (213) 637-7618 or [email protected]