13013 Santa Gertrudes Ave.
La Mirada, CA. 90638
A Letter From Father Ed

Thank you all for the care you are showing for the safety of others by wearing your masks, keeping the recommended physical distancing and washing your hands.  Among the crosses we could be asked to carry, this seems a "light" one.  May we always be known for our great care for the most vulnerable among us.

This year, our "Angel Tree" (our effort to provide Christmas to families in need) has had to adapt!  Though the manner of responding has changed, the needs have not; so be versatile and be generous! Go to our Good Samaritan Food Pantry link on the left to see how you can help this year.

As we continue to respond and adapt our service as a parish to meet the spiritual, formational, and sacramental needs of our parishioners we need to ask for your help. You know a few of the challenges we have faced and one of the largest is the expense of the tents we have rented to be able to celebrate Holy Mass in a somewhat comfortable and dignified space. 

From July to present, we have spent $45,000. In looking ahead (trying to be both prudent and optimistic) from January to June, we anticipate spending an additional $45,000. I share this, first for your knowledge (because it's your money!) and second, to ask for your help. 

If any of you would like to make a "charitable donation" for your taxes before the end of the year, this would be a wonderful and necessary opportunity!  Please make sure to have us record the donation as a "restricted donation for the tent rental". 

I need to thank, Laura our business manager, our staff and employees, along with our Finance Council for all of your support and help in managing the finances of our parish during these very challenging times. You have had to adapt, over and over as things changed. I am grateful. Please join me in offering a prayer of gratitude for their service to our Parish.

I encourage you all to take advantage of two ways to experience Advent.

First, the Bring Your Family to the Manger Retreat, is offered by our Archdiocese and requires you to pre-register so that a family "Advent kit" can be sent to you.  The Zoom Retreat will be held on December 13th from 5:30 pm to 7:oo pm you may sign up by clicking HERE.

Second, our Parish Reflection around the Advent Wreath can be found on our Parish YouTube Channel (accessed from our Home Page).  It can be paused to provide your family time to reflect on the scriptures an to enter into the "Discussion Starters". We recorded them so that you can access them on the Sabbath or anytime during the week.  Week 1 - Expectancy, Week 2 - Hope, Week 3 - Joy and Week 4 - Peace.

I wish you peace. - Fr. Ed