Papal Prayer Intention for February:  For a generous welcome of the victims of human trafficking, of enforced prostitution, and of violence. 

Fri., Feb. 15

Why Be Catholic? Solid Answers to a Very Important Question. 920 E. Alhambra Rd., Alhambra. Join Bishop James Wall and Relevant Radio host Patrick Madrid on a weekend retreat from 5 p.m., Feb. 15 to 12 p.m., Feb. 17. Discussions will include common reasons why Catholics leave the Church, why they return, and what lay Catholics can do to help people better understand the Church’s teachings. Weekend includes Mass, reconciliation, adoration, and more. Call 626-289-1353, ext. 203 or visit https://[email protected].

Office for Vocations Priest vs. Seminarian Basketball Game. Chaminade College Preparatory, 19800 Devonshire St., Chatsworth. Doors open at 6 p.m., and teams take the court at 6:30 p.m. Come for an evening of fun, fellowship, competition, and joy. Activities for the crowd between quarters. For more information, visit

The Least of These: An Evening of Song and Prayer. Fri., Feb. 16 at St. Philomena Church, 21900 S. Main St., Carson, 7:30 p.m. Sat., Feb. 16 at St. Euphrasia Church, 11766 Shoshone Ave., Granada Hills, 7 p.m. Bob Hurd and Anawim will perform a benefit concert in support of the ministry of the St. Camillus Center. Freewill donation of $15/person at the door is appreciated. Call Father Chris Ponnet at 323-225-4461, ext. 211. 

Journey of Hope: Healing Mass for the Divorced and Separated. Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Magnificat Room, 900 W. La Habra Blvd., La Habra. Community resources available after Mass with time for fellowship. Call Sandy Possehl at 909-803-8613. 

Sat., Feb. 16

Family Mission Day. Sacred Heart Church, 344 W. Workman St., Covina. 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Join the Missionary Childhood Association for a day of activities, mission awareness talks, games, and family Mass. Free event, lunch from In-and-Out is $7/order. For more information, call 213-637-7229 or register at

Keys to Ordinary Holiness According to Saint Paul Retreat. Presented by Laura Hogan, author and speaker. Pauline Books & Media, 3908 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m. How can we ordinary people connect more deeply with God? St. Paul the Apostle offers us a rich spirituality that we can apply to the events and circumstances of our lives. Mass available at 4 p.m. Donation: $30. Ms. Hogan will be available at the end of the retreat to sign her book “I Live, No Longer I: Paul’s Spirituality of Suffering, Transformation, and Joy.” RSVP required. For more information, call 310-397-8676 or email [email protected].

Office of Life, Justice and Peace Leadership Training — Santa Barbara/Ventura. Santa Barbara Mission, Bonaventure Room, 2201 Laguna St., Santa Barbara, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Special guest: Bishop Robert E. Barron. Email [email protected]  

Sun., Feb. 17

Women’s Connection Ministry: The Holy Spirit’s Intervention. Holy Family Church Galilee Room, 1527 Fremont Ave., S. Pasadena, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Includes refreshments, socializing, program, and Q&A. Cost: $5/person. Call 626-403-6116 or email [email protected].

Five-Day Silent, Directed Retreat. Mary & Joseph Retreat Center, 5300 Crest Rd., Rancho Palos Verdes. Retreat begins 6:30 p.m. Sun., Feb. 17 and ends 1:30 p.m. Fri., Feb. 22. Spiritual directors: Sister Pascazia Kinkuhaire, DMJ; Sue Ballotti; Father Joseph Miller, SVD. In the busyness of daily life, it is essential to find time to listen deeply to our own inner world and to discern God’s voice inviting us to intimacy. This retreat offers a unique, contemplative opportunity to commune with God in the solitude of our hearts. Retreat is open to clergy, consecrated women and men, and laity. Cost: $600/person for single room. Call Marlene Velazquez at 310-377-4867, ext. 234.  

Tues., Feb. 19

Office of Life, Justice and Peace Leadership Training — San Fernando. St. Genevieve Church, Music Hall, 14061 Roscoe Blvd., Panorama City, 7-9 p.m. Special guest: Bishop Joseph V. Brennan. Email [email protected]  

Wed., Feb. 20

Bereavement Support Group. Visitation Church, 6561 W. 88th St., Westchester, 5-7 p.m. Group runs eight Wednesdays from Feb. 20 to April 24. No meetings on March 20 and April 10. Open to anyone who has lost a loved one and wants to process their grief. Suggested donation: $80/person for books, materials, and guest speakers ($10/session). Please plan to attend all eight sessions. For more information or to RSVP, call Candy Blankenship at 310-338-9043. 

Thur., Feb. 21

How Social Media Can Accompany You and Your Catholic Community On the Lenten Journey. Mary & Joseph Retreat Center, 5300 Crest Rd., Rancho Palos Verdes, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Learn about apps and resources to help you practice digital discipleship throughout Lent. Bring a laptop, and a blank calendar will be provided to design a Lenten social media plan. Cost: $20/person ($25 after Feb. 5). Call Marlene Velazquez at 310-377-4867, ext. 234. 

Office of Life, Justice and Peace Leadership Training — Our Lady of Angels. St. Jerome Church parish hall, 5550 Thornburn St., Los Angeles, 7-9 p.m. Email [email protected]  

Fri., Feb. 22

Lenten Challenge: The Styrofoam Fast. St. Joseph Center, Holy Family Parish, 1524 Fremont Ave., S. Pasadena, 7 p.m. Jump-start your Lenten commitment to creation care. Presentation by Heal the Bay and group discussion. Wine and fair trade snacks available. Contact [email protected] 

Sat., Feb. 23

Basic Lector Formation Training Workshop. Old Mission Santa Ines, 1760 Mission Dr., Solvang, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sessions run Feb. 23, March 2, 9, and 16. Cost: $60/person. Register at

Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. Old Mission Santa Ines, 1760 Mission Dr., Solvang. Ministry at Mass 8:30-11:30 a.m. Ministry to the sick 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Half day cost: $15/person. Full day: $25/person. Register at

Magnificat — A Ministry to Catholic Women Prayer Meal. Odyssey Restaurant, 15600 Odyssey Dr., Granada Hills, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Speaker: Lisa Hendey, founder Cost: $31/person before Feb. 12, $33/person after. Mail check to Magnificant, 29122 Florabunda Rd., Canyon Country, CA 91387. Online RSVP at Call Teri Thompson at 805-527-3745. 

“Strengthen Your Marriage and Family Unity.” Holy Trinity Church auditorium, 209 N. Hanford Ave., San Pedro, 2:30-5 p.m. Inspirational talk by Dr. John and Claire Yzaguirre, Ph.D., M.F.T., therapists and co-creators of the “Thriving Marriages” program. Free child care available. Call 310-548-6535, ext. 317 or visit

Merciful Companion Training. ACC Building, 3424 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. Merciful companions are lay people who help others heal from post-abortion grief. Two-day training includes information on pregnancy loss, assessing for referrals, and accompaniment through the healing process. For more information, call Sharon St. Pierre at 714-743-5834 or email [email protected] 

A Pilgrim’s Journey through Lent. Mary & Joseph Retreat Center, 5300 Crest Rd., Rancho Palos Verdes, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. This workshop will give you tools to prepare for the sacred pilgrimage of Lent, using the Camino as a model. This is a family friendly workshop meant to encourage people to set aside the 40 days of Lent as a time of growing closer to God. Cost: $50, includes lunch. Call Marlene Velazquez at 310-377-4867x234. 

Sun., Feb. 24

“Black Migration — The Music that Moved Us” Concert. St. Brigid Church, 5214 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles, 3 p.m. Concert features the St. Brigid Gospel Choir, the Resurreccion (Hispanic) Choir, the New Generation Youth & Young Adult Choirs, the Traditional Choir, St. Brigid (African) Drum Ministry, and guest choral groups and artists. Admission: Freewill offering. Call 323-292-0781. 

Mon., Feb. 25

Praying for People, Praying with People. St. Louise de Marillac Church, 1720 E. Covina Blvd., Covina, 6:30-9 p.m. Prayer connects the heart of the disciple to the heart of Jesus, and prayer can also turn hearts to Jesus. Come learn how to pray spontaneously and aloud with others. Register at

Healing Mass. St Cornelius Church, 5500 E. Wardlow Rd., Long Beach, 7:30 p.m. Presider: Father Lester Niez. 

Woman to Woman Ministry: The Value and Nurturing of Friendship. Holy Spirit Retreat 4316 Lanai Rd., Encino, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Suggested donation: $15. Please bring contribution for refreshment table. Register by emailing [email protected] 

Wed., Feb. 27

40 Days for Life Mass. St. Rose of Lima Church, 1305 Royal Ave., Simi Valley, 5:30 p.m. Celebrant: Father Shea. Call Leonore at 805-527-4444 or

Thur., Feb. 28

Better Half Palm Springs Excursion. Depart from Holy Trinity Church, 1292 W. Santa Cruz St., San Pedro, 8:30 a.m. on a deluxe motor coach bus to enjoy “Duets,” a tribute show of music icons such as Tom Jones, Elton John, Cher, and Liza Minnelli. Includes a stop at the Spa Casino for play or lunch at your own expense. Return around 6 p.m. Cost: $77/person. RSVP to Virginia Brumm at 310-832-2164.

Bosco Tech Admissions Information Night. 1151 San Gabriel Blvd., Rosemead, 5:30 p.m. Prospective students and their families will learn about the school’s unique college-prep, pre-engineering curriculum. Information on shadow visits and financial aid will be available. For details, contact Director of Admissions John Garcia at [email protected]

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