Archbishop Niederauer is part of ‘People of the Passion’ at St. Paschal

San Francisco Archbishop Emeritus George Niederauer will introduce “People of the Passion,” the meditation drama created by Mary Rose Betten, to be performed March 18, 7:30 p.m. at St. Paschal Baylon Church, Thousand Oaks.

Part of The University Series of spiritual formation presented during Lent in Ventura County parishes, “People of the Passion” is a reflective theater piece that presents the “viewpoints” of biblical figures who were (or may have been) witnesses to the Passion of Jesus, including the centurion, Pilate’s wife and the bride at Cana.

An actress, writer, spiritual director and member of Blessed Junípero Serra Church in Camarillo, Betten has performed “People of the Passion” for more than 25 years, including the Religious Education Congress in Anaheim. In the performance at St. Paschal Baylon, she will portray The Official’s Daughter who Christ raised from the dead.

Others featured in the presentation include Dr. Mark and Bridget Fischer, Dr. Lee Cerling, Benedictine Father Joseph Brennan, Dr. Harvey Schneir, Jeanne Nelson, Maggie Kildee, Sherry Reynolds, David Peacock and Linda Lowe. Music will be provided by Benedictine Father Cyprian Consiglio.

St. John’s open house will launch 75th anniversary celebration

Three cardinals, many bishops and hundreds of Catholic priests have been educated and ordained from St. John’s Seminary since it opened its doors in 1939.

Located on land donated by Don Juan Camarillo on a hill above Camarillo, St. John’s Seminary is normally closed to the public. But on one day every April, St. John’s Seminary opens front gates for a free, public open house with tours conducted by seminarians and free refreshments in the seminary’s refectory. Last year more than 700 people attended the open house. 

This year’s open house will be held April 26, 1-4 p.m. at St. John’s Seminary, located at 5012 Seminary Rd., Camarillo, just east of the intersection of Lewis and Upland Roads. This year also marks the beginning of the Seminary’s 75th anniversary celebration, to be held through October 2015. 

There is no charge to attend but pre-registration is encouraged, and car pool or bus transportation is advised. Information: (805) 389-2035;; or [email protected].

Catholic Cemeteries plans Bereavement Training at St. Jude

Catholic Cemeteries of Los Angeles is sponsoring a Bereavement Training Program later this spring for people who are interested in ministering to people in grief.

The Program will be presented on Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m., from May 1 through June 26 at St. Jude Church in Westlake Village. Cost is $40 per person. The program is not for people grieving the death of a friend, colleague or family member, but is for people who want to minister to those who are grieving.

For more information, or for registration, contact Franciscan Sister Lovina Pammit, program coordinator, at (818) 365-6065.

ICF presents St. Joseph’s dinner

The 28th annual St. Joseph's Day Italian Dinner, presented by the Italian Catholic Federation of Thousand Oaks (Branch 380), will be held March 16 at St. Paschal Baylon Church in Thousand Oaks.

In addition to an authentic Italian dinner, the 4-7 p.m. event also will feature a large selection of baked goods and a raffle with a top prize of $1000 cash. Proceeds from this event will benefit St. Paschal Baylon Church and other local charitable organizations.

St. Paschal Baylon Church is located at 155 E. Janss Rd., Thousand Oaks. For tickets and other information, visit or call (805) 368-3384.

Marian’s inaugural ‘Day of Hope’ event to benefit local cancer patients

Approximately 40 percent of all individuals will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetimes — a startling reality that touches almost every family. For that reason, Marian Regional Medical Center Foundation of Santa Maria, along with presenting media sponsors, is hosting its first Day of Hope fundraising event on April 3, 6 a.m.-noon.

Hundreds of community volunteers will be positioned at street intersections in Santa Maria and Orcutt in an effort to sell $1 “Special Edition” Day of Hope Santa Maria Times newspapers to community members driving past. All proceeds will support services for cancer patients and their families at Marian’s Mission Hope Cancer Center.

“The fight against cancer can be a long, difficult battle,” explained Monica Rocco, M.D., F.A.C.S., medical director, Mission Hope Breast Care Center. “The comprehensive care provided by Mission Hope Cancer Center offers crucial support to cancer patients and their families from the moment of diagnosis, throughout treatment and survivorship.”

“Since the opening of Mission Hope Cancer Center particularly, the outpouring of community interest in supporting excellent care for local cancer patients has been truly remarkable,” stated Stephanie Grogan, vice president of philanthropy for Marian Regional Medical Center Foundation.

Community members interested in supporting local cancer patients at Mission Hope Cancer Center through the Day of Hope event may contact the Marian Foundation at (805) 739-3595.