American Martyrs hosts ‘Mulligan’ for St. Sebastian Sports Project

American Martyrs Church in Manhattan Beach hosted the sixth annual “Mulligan” March 8 for the St. Sebastian Sports Project, which honored Peter Scott, a coach and vice principal at St. Raphael School in Los Angeles, as the first recipient of the Karen Beebe Award for his dedication to youth sports.

For more than 16 years, Scott has been instrumental in the formation of student athletes at St. Raphael, helping them win championship titles in both boys’ and girls’ varsity basketball, and in boys’ varsity and JV football. He is also a teacher, choir director and performing arts director at St. Raphael.

“Coach Scott is instrumental in helping our students develop leadership character traits through their involvement in sports,” said Barbara Curtis, St. Raphael principal. “He teaches them about teamwork, loyalty, perseverance, self-sacrifice and fair play. These are the invaluable life lessons he imparts to our student athletes.”

The St. Sebastian Sports Project Inc. is a non-profit organization whose primary mission is to provide increased opportunity for Catholic school students in economically-challenged areas to participate in organized sports programs at their schools. The annual Mulligan event helps raise funds to further its mission.

Peter Scott, a coach and vice principal at St. Raphael School, Los Angeles, was recently honored for his dedication to youth sports by the St. Sebastian Sports Project at American Martyrs Church in Manhattan Beach.

Mary & Joseph hosts Prolife Across America founder

In conjunction with the 25-year anniversary of Prolife Across America, founder Mary Ann Kuharski will participate in a “meet & greet” on April 6 at Mary & Joseph Retreat Center, where she will share uplifting true-life stories from Prolife Across America’s outreach efforts.

Kuharski — a wife and mother of 13 children, six of whom are adopted — has worked as a volunteer counselor to support women with problem pregnancies, and is also a speaker on life and family issues. She has testified twice before Congress on adoption-related issues, and is the author of five books on parenting and prayer.

Since 1989, Prolife Across America has posted life-saving messages through billboards, radio and television advertising. The non-profit organization is based in Minneapolis.

The free event will begin at 2 p.m. April 6, at Mary & Joseph Retreat Center, 5300 Crest Rd., Rancho Palos Verdes. Information: (310) 377-4867 or

Mary Ann Kuharski

Bishop Montgomery Yearbook earns national recognition for design excellence

The 2013 senior yearbook staff at Bishop Montgomery High School in Torrance has recently been recognized for design excellence for their collective effort in creating the school’s 2012-13 Excalibur yearbook — “365 Days of Bishop.”

The yearbook was created under the direction of yearbook advisor John Hong by editor-in-chief Sierra Smith and fellow 2013 graduates Vanessa Corral, Crisel Nicolas, Quinci Keaton, Antonella Zegarra, Robbie Alpine, Evelyn Espindola, Rachelle Austria, Clara Jackson, Kathy Dang, Kristina Debelak, Kayla Doucette, Arianna Atienza, Paul Siaki, Kasey Fisher and Katherine Gonzalez.

“365 Days of Bishop” will be featured in the 2014 Jostens Look Book, an annual national publication that presents creative covers, unique photo spreads, superior storytelling and more from the best yearbooks across the country.

Bishop Montgomery High School’s 2012-13 yearbook was one of only 426 yearbooks selected for the Look Book from approximately 3,000 that were reviewed. The judges, comprised of nationally-recognized scholastic journalism professionals and yearbook advisers, selected the best examples of yearbook covers and spreads to comprise the 352-page 2014 Look Book.

Last year’s yearbook staff at Bishop Montgomery High School in Torrance (all 2013 graduates) was recently honored for design excellence for their 2012-13 yearbook.

SFMC opens STEMI Receiving Center to provide care for heart attack patients

St. Francis Medical Center (SFMC) in Lynwood recently opened its STEMI Receiving Center, which allows the hospital to provide 24/7 cardiac catheterization and surgical capabilities to heart patients within their own community.

A huge lack in STEMI Receiving Centers in South L.A. County often results in local patients being transported out of the area — which delays crucial treatment when “every second counts” during a heart attack. A STEMI, or “ST elevation myocardial infarction,” is one of the most common and deadly forms of heart attack.

SFMC’s STEMI Receiving Center, as approved by the L.A. County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Agency, will provide immediate response and medical intervention for South L.A. patients undergoing a STEMI, reducing the risk of long-term heart damage and life‚Äêthreatening complications.

Brother Richard Hirbe (center), director of Spiritual Care Services at St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood, and Sister Alicia Martin (second from right), senior vice president of Mission Services for SFMC, lead a blessing ceremony for the new Catheterization Lab on March 4.


St. Mary Medical Center receives $125,000 Healthy Harbor Grant

St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach was recently awarded $125,000 from the Harbor Community Benefit Foundation to provide respiratory/pulmonary health services for the community of Wilmington.

St. Mary’s will utilize the funds to set up its high-tech medical Mobile Care Clinic in Wilmington, where it will offer services one day per week for 50 weeks. Clinic staff, including a respiratory therapist, nurse practitioner, social worker and case manager, will deliver safety-net and primary care services to low-income, medically-underserved residents to address asthma, COPD and other respiratory diseases.

St. Mary’s was selected for the Health Harbor grant for its proven ability to tackle the health impacts from port-related operations, collaborate with other stakeholders, and its demonstrated commitment to enhancing Wilmington.

“We have a long-standing relationship in the community, providing screenings for respiratory and heart-related disorders, and wraparound services to the people of greater Long Beach,” said Nancy Johnson, who is in charge of St. Mary’s Mobile Care Clinic. “This grant will help us continue our mission and extend healthcare specifically to people in Wilmington.”

For more information about St. Mary’s Mobile Care Clinic and the areas it serves, call (562) 491-4818.

St. Bruno Academic Decathlon earns medals

In only their second year of competing in the archdiocesan Academic Junior High Decathlon, St. Bruno Catholic School earned three medals in the March 1 competition at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.

Among the 110 schools competing, St. Bruno placed third in Logic. Eighth graders Teresa Gonzalez and McKenna Dove placed third in Literature and seventh in English, respectively.

Coached by parents Leticia Hernandez and Lorena Natera, the team also included eighth graders Ryan Elliott, Celeste Natera, Nicolas Hernandez, Quinn O’Connor and Chloe Ruffier; seventh graders Mary Kate Dove, Zachary Haarlamment and Veronica O’Connor; and sixth graders Kyle Elliott and Thomas Medina.