November 7, 2013
Father Gregory Boyle attracted hundreds of guests to the Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA's gymnasium on Thursday for the organization's annual Community Prayer Breakfast. PHOTOS: YMCA Community Prayer Breakfast Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries, delivered the keynote speech. Through his organization, Boyle helps former gang members find jobs and start new lives. He is also the author of “Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion.” This is the third year in a row that the organization has held the breakfast in November, making it a pre-holiday tradition.
November 2, 2012
The morning after ghouls and goblins ruled the streets, more than 200 people gathered at the Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA for the 20th annual Community Prayer Breakfast. Leaders of six local churches offered prayers in languages including Armenian and Hebrew. Reid Samuelson, board chair for the YMCA of the Foothills, said the goal of the event was “to kick off the holiday season with a time of thanksgiving and prayer,” with proceeds to benefit the Y's new chaplain program. Highlights included the Crescenta Valley High School choir's performance of “O Nata Lux,” which spurred the crowd to absolute silence so every nuance could be heard.
July 25, 2012
In hopes of demonstrating how similar the values are that are shared by Muslims and non-Muslims, the Islamic Congregation of La Cañada Flintridge again will host an interfaith Ramadan potluck dinner. The event will be held Friday, July 27, at the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge, 4469 Chevy Chase Drive. Once a year, the local Islamic congregation invites people from all faiths to come together for a night of prayer, education, dinner and a chance to grow together as a community, according to spokesman Levent Akbarut.
January 4, 2012
A special morning of prayer led by Sister Rosemarie Tulacz, SND, of Notre Dame Creations in Thousand Oaks, will take place at St. Bede the Venerable Roman Catholic Church from 8:45 a.m. to noon on Monday, Jan. 9. The prayer will be held in the church's John XXIII Room. A Sister of Notre Dame for the past 27 years, Sister Rose Marie is an artist and photographer known as “The Nun with the Nikon.” “Photographing natural things is a way of being in touch with them and with oneself,” she says.
November 4, 2011
That old time religion was back in La Cañada Flintridge for the first time in four years Thursday, as the YMCA of the Foothills saw more than 350 attendees fill its gymnasium for its 18th Community Prayer Breakfast. The once-annual tradition that went on hiatus in 2007 will be back on the calendar next year and indefinitely after that, said Tyler Wright, president and chief executive and of the local Y organization. The near-capacity crowd of La Cañada residents and local clergy came together for a morning of prayer, song and a rousing speech from talk radio host Dennis Prager.
August 20, 2010
Thomas Moran has been the principal at St. Francis High School in La Cañada for the last 18 years. Still, he can't help but get excited when the new school year arrives. "The last couple days [before school starts] are quiet, kind of like the calm before the storm," Moran said. "It's energizing to have more people here, especially when the students come back. " St. Francis, founded by the Capuchin Franciscan Friars in 1946, began classes Thursday for the 2010-11 school year looking to carry on a 64-year tradition.
August 18, 2010
British theologian Daphne Hampson, author of "Theology and Feminism," argues that "religions have proved the ultimate weapon in keeping woman in her place. " How would you answer the question "Is religion bad for women?" Religious traditions are intimately tied to our social structure, and the place of women in society is much influenced in that way. I can understand how Daphne Hampson reached her conclusions with respect to women's rights, for example, that Christianity "is neither true nor moral," that there is "need for a paradigm shift in religion," even her decision to "discard Christianity," as she defines it. And yet she retains her deep conviction of God's existence.
April 29, 2010
Prayer is one of the most difficult, most intimate things you can do. You open yourself up and sometimes admit things about yourself to thin air that you wouldn’t tell anyone, not even your dog. It’s also one of the harder things to explain. I’ve already had to scrap twice what I had originally planned for this week’s column. I’ve had to consider all the questions: How do you pray? Why do you pray? When do you pray? With whom? Who prays more? Who prays less?
March 11, 2010
The Tidings (the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles) writer Anne Hansen last week wrote about a symposium held at Loyola Marymount University recently designed to encourage dialogue “among believers of many faiths.” The symposium focused on dialogue especially within the Catholic and Orthodox traditions. However, in the larger scheme of things, how important do you believe it is for brothers and sisters of other faith traditions to work together for unity?
February 25, 2010
A dozen Franciscan religious were joined Monday night by representatives from St. Francis High School, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, St. Bede?s Parish and the city of La Cañada for a 100th anniversary celebration of the Capuchin Franciscans Western America Province. ?We are so proud and so grateful to be here in La Cañada, and to be part of this community and to have the privilege to teach so many wonderful students,? said St. Francis President Fr. Tony Marti. ?We have a lot of great students, we have great parents and a great community that has always supported us.?