Wednesday, July 29, 2015

"Let us accustom ourselves to entreat rather than command;
to instruct more by example than by precept."
- St. Louise de Marillac

“Acostumbrémonos todos a alentar en vez de ordenar;
a instruir más por el ejemplo que por preceptos.”

- Santa Luisa de Marillac

Heavenly Father, may my influence for good
be felt more by my example than by my words.

Padre Celestial, ayúdame para que mi influencia para el bien
sea transmitida más por mi buen ejemplo que por mis palabras.

Vincentian Services Department
Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

"There are very few for so much work! Our Lord will have to labor with you."
- St. Vincent de Paul

“Hay tan pocos para tanto trabajo!  Nuestro Señor tendrá que trabajar contigo.”
-San Vicente de Paul

When the volume of work overwhelms me and I am discouraged because of shortages of staff,
remind me Lord, that it only takes a small piece of yeast to leaven dough and you never ask more of me than I can give.
Be with me to carry the load, my ever present Lord!

Cuando el volumen de trabajo me abruma y me siento abatido por la falta de ayuda,
Recuérdame, Señor, que toma solamente un poco de levadura para fermentar la masa, y que tu nuca me pedirías más de lo que yo pueda dar.
Quédate conmigo para llevar la carga, ¡mi Señor siempre presente!

Vincentian Services Department
Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles

ABC7 News – Special Olympics at SVdPLA Video

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Special Olympians to SVdPLA

Willkommen! 97 Special Olympic athletes from Team Germany arrived at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Los Angeles thrift store July 22, 2015 for a welcome celebration of free food, dancing, and fun. The German and American flags were held high by volunteers as the athletes came out of their bus and walked between rows of applauding fans to their tables.
After getting dinner from the Habit food truck, the athletes sat with coaches and volunteers for hamburgers and conversation. Andi, an athlete on the German cyclist team, said, “I have never been to America. I like it. It is fun.”
After taking the final bite of his burger, Andi joined many of the other athletes who were already dancing. The live DJ set a happy and energetic tone for the night. Kristoff, one of the German athletes on the dance floor, stopped dancing to whisper, “I love American music,” with a smile that never left his face. The St. Vincent de Paul Society happily welcomed Team Germany to Lincoln Heights and will be cheering them on at the Special Olympics.  
As one of the banners stated, “If you tire running with your legs, run with your heart.”

By Jessica Legaspi

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Eagle Scout Supports Vincentians

Saul and his parents

Saul Velasquez, son of Saul Velasquez and St. Elizabeth of Hungary SVdPLA Conference member Martha Solano, recently advanced to the rank of Eagle Scout, an honor achieved by only 4% of all Boy Scouts.  For his Eagle Project Saul chose to refurbish the St. Elizabeth Conference's food pantry and did an excellent job organizing and executing the project. Congratulations Saul and family!

New Bishops in Los Angeles

Bishops-elect Robert Barron, Joseph V. Brennan and David G. O'Connell embrace new roles 

BREAKING: Pope Francis appoints three auxiliary bishops to LA:

Pope Francis has named Father Robert Barron, Msgr. Joseph V. Brennan and Msgr. David G. O’Connell as auxiliary bishops for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.  The three bishops will join Archbishop José H. Gomez, other auxiliary bishops, priests and deacons in serving the largest archdiocese in the United States.

Msgr. Brennan and Msgr. O’Connell are priests already serving in the archdiocese, while Father Barron is rector of Mundelein Seminary in the Archdiocese of Chicago and founder of Word on Fire, a global media ministry.

Msgr. Brennan has been serving the archdiocese as vicar general and moderator of the curia since 2012, while Msgr. O’Connell just began serving as pastor of St. Frances X. Cabrini Church in South L.A.  “It was a complete surprise,” Father Barron said in an interview with The Tidings. While the priest is a sought after speaker and offers Catholic commentary regularly on television, he said his main responsibility will be to serve as auxiliary bishop.  “I have to be present to the people of the archdiocese,” he said.

The appointment came as a surprise to Msgr. Brennan as well.  “It was like a punch in the stomach,” he said. “I had an immediate gut reaction that my life was going to be very different. We make our plans, but God has other ideas.”

Msgr. Brennan, who identifies mostly as a pastor, has brought that pastoral sense to his role as vicar general.  “It’s a laying down of your life on a daily basis,” he said. “I think this episcopacy will be the same.”  Msgr. Brennan said he, like Pope Francis, makes it a point to bring joy into his ministry. “I try to bring a real sense of gratitude for the day,” he said. “Even in the midst of difficult decisions and the problems and situations that need to be dealt with, without being flippant, I try to be joyful. I try to bring some humor to it.”

Msgr. O’Connell, who has been serving in parishes in South L.A. for more than 25 years, has ministered to communities that have suffered through gang violence and drugs. “I do believe what’s really important is for us to be out in the neighborhoods, to be out with the people,” he said, explaining that his parishes always did Posadas and Stations of the Cross in the neighborhoods, not on church grounds. “That’s how we can change South L.A. is to be out there and work with the people in the neighborhoods,” he said.  “I’ve always loved them.  I’ve always loved being in these parishes.”  Msgr. O’Connell, who serves on the Archdiocesan Finance Council, works with community leaders and law enforcement on gang intervention efforts.

While a date hasn’t been set, Msgr. Brennan, Msgr. O’Connell and Father Barron are expected to be ordained bishops this fall. A press conference announcing their appointment is scheduled for 10 a.m. July 21 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. The press conference will be livestreamed here:

July 21, 2015 - J.D. Long-García

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