Five parishes join to sponsor Matthew Kelly retreat Jan. 11

A multi-parish Matthew Kelly retreat is scheduled for Jan. 11, hosted by St. Paschal Baylon Church in Thousand Oaks.

Kelly, the well-known author and speaker, will present a "Living Every Day with Passion and Purpose" from 9 a.m. to 1:30 pm. Jan. 11 at St. Paschal, 155 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. This retreat is also sponsored by St. Rose of Lima (Simi Valley), St. Jude the Apostle and St. Maximilian Kolbe (Westlake Village), and St. Julie Billiart (Newbury Park).

“The program will offer life changing spiritual enrichment,” said Remo Iezza, and event organizer. “The event is for those who want more energy, a deeper sense of purpose, more joy, and a clearer understanding of God's plan for their lives.”

For more information and/or tickets, contact Iezza, (805) 498-1192 or visit

Dignity Health Hospice celebrates annual Light up a Life ceremony

The holiday season can be an especially difficult time for those grieving the loss of a loved one.

Dignity Health Hospice invites members of Santa Maria, Lompoc and surrounding Central Coast communities to join in its annual Light Up a Life celebration where members of the public honor and remember the lives of family members and loved ones who are no longer with us.

The Dignity Health Hospice Light Up a Life ceremony will take place in Santa Maria on Thursday, December 5, 2013,at 6:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church located at 311 South Broadway.

The community remembrance ceremony will feature music, poems, the reading of the names of those being remembered this year and a photomontage. During the reading of the names, candles will be lit, symbolizing the memory of loved ones being remembered.

“This beautiful Light up a Life ceremony is a very special way to start the holiday season with a ceremony honoring those who we are missing during the holiday season,” says Tina McEvoy, Dignity Health Hospice director.  “The ceremony is very meaningful and there are many people attending who understand and share the feelings of those grieving the loss of a loved one.”

Dignity Health Hospice recognizes death as the final stage of life and exists to enable hospice patients to live their final days surrounded by their loved ones. Hospice reaffirms the right of every person and family to fully participate in the final stages of life.

To memorialize a loved one at Light up a Life and to have their name read aloud during the ceremony, community members can purchase a light on the Dignity Health Hospice Memorial Tree for $20. All event donations received will help support Dignity Health Hospice and Home Care programs and services.

Memorial lights will be available for purchase through the Marian Regional Medical Center Foundation until Monday, December 2nd. To participate in Dignity Health Hospice's annual Light Up a Life ceremony, community members can call the Marian Regional Medical Center Foundation at (805) 739-3595. In addition, those wanting to include pictures in the ceremony’s photo montage can call Tina McEvoy at (805) 739-3828. 

nAbout Dignity Health Hospice 

Dignity Health Hospice is a nonprofit, state-licensed, Medicare and Medi-Cal certified hospice agency providing comprehensive hospice program services to the residents of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties. Dignity Health Hospice is designed to provide support, compassion and care for people in the final phase of a terminal illness, allowing them to live as fully and as comfortable as possible. The interdisciplinary staff is specially-trained to understand and attend to the medical, emotional and spiritual needs of dying patients and their loved ones.

About Dignity Health

Dignity Health, one of the nation’s five largest health care systems, a 21-state network of nearly 11,000 physicians, 56,000 employees, and more than 300 care centers, including hospitals, urgent and occupational care, imaging centers, home health, and primary care clinics.  Headquartered in San Francisco, Dignity Health is dedicated to providing compassionate and affordable high-quality, patient-centered care with special attention to the poor and underserved.  In 2012, Dignity Health provided $1.6 billion in charitable care and services.  For more information, please visit our website at You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook