National Call in Day for Dreamers

USCCB President, Vice President, and Migration Chair Announce National Call-in Day for Dreamers for February 26

February 19, 2018

WASHINGTON—Late last week, the Senate failed to achieve the 60 votes needed to move forward with debate on legislation to provide relief to Dreamers. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, USCCB President; Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, USCCB Vice President; and Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration, together issued the following statement:

“We are deeply disappointed that the Senate was not able to come together in a bipartisan manner to secure legislative protection for the Dreamers. With the March 5th deadline looming, we ask once again that Members of Congress show the leadership necessary to find a just and humane solution for these young people, who daily face mounting anxiety and uncertainty.

“We are also announcing a National Catholic Call-In Day to Protect Dreamers. This coming weekend, we will be asking the faithful across the nation to call their Members of Congress next MondayFebruary 26, to protect Dreamers from deportation, to provide them a path to citizenship, and to avoid any damage to existing protections for families and unaccompanied minors in the process.

“Our faith compels us to stand with the vulnerable, including our immigrant brothers and sisters. We have done so continually, but we must show our support and solidarity now in a special way. Now is the time for action.”


Happy New Year!

Thank you so much for your continued support of St. Anthony High School, Long Beach’s only Catholic high school!

St. Anthony High School (SAHS) invites you to its Open House on Sunday afternoon, January 21st at 2:30pm.

Prospective students and their families are invited to meet teachers, speak with current SAHS students, learn about the school’s 97-year history and traditions and enjoy refreshments in the courtyard.

 Entry is through the main entrance, located at 620 Olive Avenue near the corner of 6th Street and Olive Avenue.  For more information contact Renee Salvador at or (562)435-4496 ext. 1241.  Go Saints!

Thank you again and God bless!

A Christmas Prayer

Dear God, I know that it is Christmas and I am supposed to be focused on the birth of Jesus, but once again Advent came and went and all I did was focus on so many other things.

So, this Christmas, please help me remember a few simple things, even if I am stressed from shopping and travel, lonely from a lack of friends and family, sick from a difficult illness or poor from the lack of work or a living wage.

This Christmas, please help me remember a few simple things.

Help me remember that when you became human, you came into the world in the most vulnerable way possible—as an infant. That meant that you were totally dependent on Mary and Joseph to care for you. And when you left this world, naked on a cross, you were vulnerable, too. That shows what you were willing to do just to love me.

You were vulnerable for me.

Help me remember that when you came into this world, it was not into some powerful clan in Galilee, not into some great ruling family of Judea and certainly not into a royal dynasty in Rome. You could have come in power and exercised that power as a scholar, a soldier, a king or an emperor. Instead, you came with no earthly power at all.

You were powerless for me.

Help me remember that you came into the world in the most vulnerable way possible—as an infant.

Help me remember that you could have entered the world in a wealthy family. There was no need for you to be born to a young, probably illiterate woman who was married to a simple carpenter and who lived in a town so insignificant that one of your disciples would make a joke about it. But you chose not only to enter a poor family but to toil for many years as a laborer yourself.

You were poor for me.

Help me remember that you spent most of your life in obscurity in Nazareth, living an everyday life and working as a carpenter alongside Joseph. You were not well known. You did not set out to make a big name for yourself. In fact, the Gospels barely mention your hidden life in Nazareth, the place you spent your first 30 years. That is how simple, obscure and uneventful most of your life was.

You were unknown for me.

Help me remember that when you became human you took on a human body. That means that you experienced everything that anybody does. You had stomachaches and headaches, got colds and the flu, experienced hunger and thirst, and grew weary at the end of a long day. It also means that you experienced joy and sadness, frustration and anger, and all the emotions that any human being does, even in your divinity.

You were human for me.

Help me remember that your entire life, from your birth to your death on a cross, was spent in love.

Help me remember that your entire life, from your birth to your death on a cross, was spent in love. You loved Mary and Joseph and your whole extended family. Later, you loved your friends, disciples and followers. You loved even your enemies and persecutors. And you had a special love for anyone who was poor, sick, lonely, misunderstood or marginalized in any way. Your entire life was poured out as one great offering of love.

You were love for me.

Help me remember that you offered yourself without counting the cost. You preached the good news to the poor, healed the sick and shared the coming of the reign of God with everyone. Not everyone wanted to hear your message, but you kept proclaiming it until your death. You gave your whole self for humanity, even when we rejected you. You gave up even your body and spirit on the cross.

You were everything for me.

Help me remember that Christmas is only the beginning of the story.

Help me remember that Christmas is only the beginning of the story. After your death, you returned as the Risen One, never again to die, offering hope in the face of despair, love in the face of hate and life in the face of death. Your rising on Easter Sunday revealed the same message that the angel told your mother when he announced the coming Christmas: Nothing is impossible with God!

You are life for me.

Dear God, I know that I don’t always remember these things at Christmas. There are so many emotions swirling in my head this time of year. But I want to remember them. And I trust that the desire to remember them is itself a good thing and comes from you.

This Christmas, give me the gift of memory,
And I will remember that you became love for me,
So that I can become love for others.

James Martin, SJ December 21, 2017

National Migration Week & World Day of Peace!

Poster-NMW-2018-1As Catholics, this is celebrated from January 7-14 and used as an opportunity to reflect on the circumstances that surround people’s choice to migrate. Often times we fail to recognize the difficulties that surround the migrant experience. Please take some time to learn more about our migrant and refugee brothers and sisters by visiting the following links below.

Click here to see the toolkit: 2018-NMW-Final-Toolkit

Click here to download the Prayer Card NMW18-Prayer-Card

Click here for more information on how to Participate in National Migration week!

World Day of Peace!

This year’s world day of peace is on January 1, 2018. The theme for this year also focuses on the lives of migrants and Refugees. Pope Francis invites us to welcome, promote, protect, and integrate, our fellow migrants and refugees in our communities to become  a more universal family, that views ourselves as residents of a common home. If you would like to read the message from His Holiness Pope Francis, please click here to read his letter.

Mary & Joseph Retreat Center Events: November 2017

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Journeying in Grief through the Holidays     

Laura Gormley, SSL                              

Saturday, November 4, 9:00am to 3:00pm

Journeying through our grief for the loss of a loved one is a difficult task as we move through the many aspects of all the losses involved in our grief. During this time of year, the thought of facing the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holiday season can be an extra burden, filling us with dread. We will consider possible ways of preparing for and participating in these occasions while honoring the memory of our absent loved one. We will also reflect on our ongoing everyday experience of grief, its various dimensions and ways that may help us along the path. Lunch included.

Cost: $50 ($45 if paid in full by October 27


A Day Retreat for AA Women: Finding Your Spark: Lighting the Pathway to Joy   

Susie McNary, PhD

Saturday, November 4, 9:00am to 3:00pm

The path to happiness can be so easily obscured by the slings and arrows of life. Come and join Susie and some of her “most special friends” and partake in a smorgasboard of creativity, spotlights and compass points to guide us as we explore the pathways to joy. Lunch included. Cost: $50 ($45 if paid in full by October 27)

Click here for online registration

Common Spirituality: Henri Nouwen and the Three Movements of the Heart

Wil Hernandez, PhD, Obl. OSB

7:00pm Friday, November 10 to 1:30pm Sunday, November 12

What constitutes our common spirituality? For Nouwen, it entails a threefold movement from communion to community to commission, that is, our common union, our common unity, and our common mission ~ an integrated movement he calls “the way of the heart.” This retreat focuses on the essence and practical outworking of our spiritual life with God.

Cost: per person/shared $245 ($230 if paid in full by October 20); single room $340 ($325 if paid in full by October 20)

Click here for online registration

¿Cómo Enfrentar las Pérdidas de Nuestra Vida?                                 

Jenny Ocegueda, MA

Sábado 11 de Noviembre, 9:00am to 4:00pm

Pasamos por la vida teniendo diferentes experiencias de pérdida y dolor y a veces no sabemos cómo enfrentar esas situaciones. En este retiro hablaremos de las etapas o dimensiones de una pérdida y qué podemos hacer para darnos el tiempo de cuidado personal. Tendremos tiempo de meditación, reflexión y compartimiento. Almuerzo incluido.
Costo: $50 ($45 si paga antes del 3 de Noviembre)


Awake & Aware III ~ Human Trafficking      

Kathleen Bryant, RSC

Saturday, November 11, 9:00am to 4:00pm

*Part 3 of a 3 Part Series exploring issues critical to our community.

This day will offer time for prayerful reflection & education on an invisible issue eating away at our humanity. Pope Francis said, “One of the most troubling of open wounds in the world is the trade in human beings, a modern form of slavery”. He has called on each of us to help eradicate human trafficking by 2020. How do you recognize this wound in your neighborhood? We will recognize how we each contribute to this global reality. We can be healers, simple activists and grow in our spiritual and social consciousness. It takes courage to see and not turn away from the suffering Christ in our world today. We will also look at the resilience emerging in survivors and what we can learn from them about the Paschal Mystery. Lunch included.

Cost: $45 ($40 if paid in full by November 3)