Here’s what you urgently need to know . . .

Dear Friend of Catholic Answers,

We have arrived at a turning point in American history. The United States Supreme Court has accepted two cases that may result in same-sex marriage being imposed everywhere in America.

While these cases have been progressing through the courts, out of the public eye, Catholic Answers has been vigilant, and, now that the cases have arrived at the Supreme Court, we’ve sprung into action.

But we need your help!

Here are all the facts.

Proposition 8
The first case that the Supreme Court has accepted involves Proposition 8, the 2008 California constitutional amendment that affirmed that marriage is only between a man and a woman.

Prop 8 was passed to protect marriage—even in California, even in a year when liberals won heavily—but homosexual activists have not stopped their relentless onslaught.

Despite the fact it was a constitutional amendment, they got key judges—using tortured legal reasoning—to strike it down as unconstitutional.

Now it’s before the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Defense of Marriage Act
The second case involves the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that was passed by Congress in 1996.

DOMA protects states from being forced to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.

It also protects the federal government from having to recognize these marriages, and it prevents federal benefits from going to them.

But once again, homosexual activists have not stopped their relentless onslaught, and now this matter, too, is before the Supreme Court.

What Will Happen?
Nobody knows what the Supreme Court will do regarding Prop 8 and DOMA, but, if things go badly, we could end up with a situation where same-sex marriage is imposed in every state in the Union.

It would be just like in 1973, when Roe v. Wade swept away all state laws protecting unborn children from abortion.

That abomination led to decades of conflict and tens of millions of children being killed—and the fight is far from over.

We must do all we can to prevent another abomination from being imposed on our nation.

That’s why Catholic Answers has been vigilant on this issue, because there’s one truth we cannot ignore . . .

We’re on Our Own . . . So It’s All Up to Us!
Though both Prop 8 and DOMA were duly voted into law, state and federal officials have refused to defend them in court.

That’s right. The government officials whose job is to execute the laws of the land have refused to defend the laws—or at least these laws.

As early as 2010, then-California attorney general Jerry Brown refused to defend Prop 8 in court.
In 2011, the Obama administration announced that it would refuse to defend DOMA. In fact, in his recent inaugural address, President Obama pledged to fight to legalize same-sex marriage, saying, “Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law.”
Our elected officials have refused to defend the law—and basic morality—out of their desire to please the homosexual lobby.

That means the defense of these laws falls to people like you and me. We must do what we can—what the courts allow us to do—to protect these laws and to protect marriage itself.

What Catholic Answers Is Doing
Catholic Answers has been active in the defense of marriage for years. We’ve monitored what’s going on with same-sex marriage, even when it’s not been in the public eye. When the Supreme Court took these two cases, we spoke with our attorneys about filing what’s known as an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief.

This is a special type of legal document that “interested parties” can prepare to advise the court about the issues in front of it, to make sure that important parts of the subject are discussed. It helps the justices to have the potential consequences of their decisions painted in vivid detail, and that is why our attorneys are filing the brief.

It focuses on the disastrous effects that imposing same-sex marriage would have on religious liberty in America. Here’s what would happen. . . .

A Nightmare Future
As the brief to the Supreme Court bluntly puts it, anyone who upholds true marriage will be treated like a bigot, regardless of his faith:

“To be a devout Catholic, Protestant, Mormon, Muslim, or Orthodox Jew will become the moral equivalent of being a member of the Ku Klux Klan.”

Furthermore, our brief points out:

“The Court would correspondingly consign traditional religious beliefs regarding marriage and the family to the same circle of constitutional hell as racism and sexism.

“Thus, simply by accepting the principles that their religious groups have publicly supported for thousands of years, tens of millions of religious believers in the United States would be branded as the legal equivalent of racists, a result that will subject believers to such burdens and acrimony that many will be forced to hide their faith.”

Those burdens will be felt in all parts of society.

How You, Your Children, and Your Grandchildren Will Be Punished

If the Supreme Court imposes same-sex marriage on the U.S., the machinery of the state will be used to punish you and everyone you care about.

The punishment will take several forms . . .

Employers will fire people—or not hire them in the first place—if they speak out in favor of true marriage. (Some are already doing this.)
Lawsuits will be brought against small business owners to compel them to provide services to homosexuals as married couples. (That’s already happening, too.)
Public schools will indoctrinate children against the beliefs of their parents—and against the Catholic Faith itself—in a way that dwarfs what’s happening in the school system today.
The “right” to same-sex marriage will be used as a weapon against free speech and freedom of religion, with the aim of pushing the authentic Catholic Faith completely out of public life in America.

Pressure will be put on everyone to support same-sex marriage or be shunned as bigots in every walk of life.

That pressure won’t be applied only to you and me, it will also be applied to our children and grandchildren—forcing them to choose between their faith and being a social outcast. That’s a recipe for disaster in a world that already puts so many barriers between young people and the faith.

That’s why Catholic Answers has leapt to the defense of true marriage.

Because of the brief we’re filing with the Court, we will make sure that the voice of faithful Catholicism will be heard in these cases, and it is your generosity that makes this possible.

But there’s a problem . . .

We Need Your Help!

As you know, making a difference in court is not something that can be done on the cheap.

The fees to prepare and file this brief could mount as high as $30,000 or more, and with the current state of the economy, giving is down for charities like Catholic Answers, and we’re already in a cash-strapped state.

That’s why I need to ask for your help—and in a special way. I really need to ask our supporters to go above and beyond with their generosity right now. [Click here to donate]

This Is the Last Chance for Marriage in America

The crisis in the Supreme Court is so grave that we simply could not sit on the sidelines.

This is “it,” folks. If we lose these cases, it will be “game over” for true marriage in the United States—for the rest of our lives.

The Church will be dealt a blow from which it will not recover for generations (if ever).

Yet it could not have come at a worse time for Catholic Answers. That’s why we urgently need your help today. [Click here to donate]

Whatever amount you can afford, you have my sincere thanks.

The hour is late. May I hear from you today?

Sincerely,

Karl Keating
President, Catholic Answers

P.S. We must fight the battle for marriage on other fronts as well. That’s why, as a thank you for your gift of $50 or more, I’d like to send you these two new books that will help you defend true marriage in your own circles and provide powerful answers that crush the arguments made by advocates of homosexual “marriage.”

Getting the Marriage Conversation Right: A Guide for Effective Dialogue by renowned moral theologian William B. May
What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense by famous Catholic legal philosopher Robert P. George, and his co-authors Sherif Girgis and Ryan T. Anderson

 


 

Catholic observe Abstinence and Fasting during Lent that begins on Ash Wednesday Feb. 13.

Abstinence from eating meat is to be observed on all Fridays during Lent. This applies to all persons 14 and older. The law of fasting on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday applies to all persons 18 or older and younger than 59. Fasting means that one full meatless meal per day may be eaten. Two other meatless meals may be taken sufficient to maintain strength, but together they should not equal a full meal. Liquids, including milk and fruit juice, may be taken between meals. If health or ability to work are affected, fasting does not oblige. Private, self-imposed observance of fasting on Lenten weekdays is strongly recommended. Pastors and parents should ensure that children who are not bound by the laws of fast and abstinence are taught an authentic sense of penance, conversion and reconciliation.

The Traditional Stations of the Cross will be prayed during Lent at 6PM in the Church. All are welcome to pray the outdoor stations built on the south edge of the parish plant. God Bless.

 


 

If you're looking for a place to spend a magical St. Valentine's Day, consider joining us at the Bardsdale United Methodist Church for a Sweetheart Dinner on Thursday, February 14 in LeBard Hall.

Beginning at 5:30 pm with appetizers, guests will enjoy a catered dinner by Ruben Ronquillo. The entree will be beef or chicken with rice pilaf, veggies, Caesar salad, and dessert accompanied by romantic music for your dancing pleasure.

Suggested donation is $35.00 for a couple or $20 per single. Since it is being catered and space is limited, reservations are a must. Please reserve your seating by February 11 by calling the church office at 524-2070, Marcia at 524-3674, or Mimi at 524-1823.

We hope you bring your sweetheart or come by yourself and be our sweetheart. The church is located at 1498 Bardsdale Avenue, two miles south of Fillmore.

 


 

The Bardsdale United Methodist Church Orange Pealer Bell Choir is having a Sweetheart Dinner on Valentine's Day, Thursday, February 14.

The dinner will start with appetizers at 5:30 pm and followed with a catered dinner at 6 pm. The menu will be a choice of chicken or beef, or both, rice pilaf, steamed vegetables, Caesar salad, rolls, beverage and dessert.
There will be a romantic musical program with room for you to dance with your special one.

Suggested donations are $20 per person or $35 per couple. Reservations are required. Please call the church at 524-2070, Marcia at 524-3674 or Mimi at 524-1823 to reserve your seating.

Come spend a magical evening with us at the Bardsdale Church. Bring your sweetie or come and let us be your sweetheart.

 


 

Priority registration will be given to those new students who are sibling/ relatives of current or past students.

After the Priority registration ends January 31st, then registrations is open to all.

Students Must be 4years old by December 31st 2014

$75.00 Registrations per month

Tuitions for 2012-1013 will be $185.00 per month

If you have any questions, please feel to ask or call Maggie at 524-1306 for additional information

 


 

By Jan Markell
www.olivetreeviews.org
March 1, 2012

In the early days of all things "purpose driven," I didn't say much. I was, admittedly, skeptical. I had a hunch churches might experience the promised growth thanks to the movement behind "purpose driven," the seeker-sensitive movement; however, it might not be a healthy growth. But as the years moved on, I started hearing about wreckage. Calls and e-mails told me that beloved congregations were caving to all things unsound and even unscriptural. Members were told that the ends justified the means. In other words, numbers trumped everything.

So, I began to watch Pastor Warren more carefully. When he praised the freedom in Syria in 2006, I just shuddered. When he spoke to the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and withheld the gospel, I reacted again. ISNA is a front for the Muslim Brotherhood. When he told Alan Colmes to "give Jesus a try for 60 days," I came close to writing him off.

When Rick began featuring... http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs019/1101818841456/archive/110942259...

 

 

VENTURA COUNTY FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN ATHLETES TO HONOR DR. PEDRO GARCIA, JAN. 24 Fundraising event, “God’s Hand in an American Dream,” to celebrate Cuban refugee’s 50 years of service and achievement in America

Ventura, CA - The Ventura County chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (www.venturacountyfca.org) is honoring educator and Camarillo resident Dr. Pedro Garcia at a fundraising event, “God’s Hand in an American Dream,” Thursday, January 24, 2013, 11:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M., at the Tower Club in Oxnard. The event will chronicle Dr. Garcia’s 50 years of faith, freedom and achievement, from his escape from Cuba as a teen to his career as an educator and ministry to sports programs.

After his dissident father became a marked man, Dr. Garcia fled Cuba with his brother in 1962. Eventually reunited with his parents in America, Dr.
Garcia followed his mother’s footsteps as an educator, earning graduate degrees in Educational Administration and progressing from teacher to superintendent. Concurrent with his career in education, Dr. Garcia has ministered to coaches and athletes, sharing his spiritual journey and teaching Biblical leadership in sports. His first job in America was with Campus Crusade for Christ at UCLA, where he worked alongside legendary basketball coach John Wooden.

“Dr. Garcia embodies the mission of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes,”
said Ed Lyon, area director for the Ventura County chapter. “By joining us to honor this brilliant, brave and godly man, event participants will help us fund the ongoing work of FCA in our schools and communities.”

“Pedro and our entire family are humbled by this tribute event,” said Dr.
Priscilla Partridge de Garcia, wife of Dr. Pedro Garcia and longtime FCA organizer. “God’s light led my husband to America, where he has devoted his life to students, athletes and future educators.”

Proceeds from ticket sales, table sponsorships, and event program advertising will fund Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ programs in Ventura County. Individual tickets are $65, which include event admission with a traditional Cuban luncheon. VIP tickets are $95, which include a pre-event reception in addition to the event and luncheon. Table sponsorships range from $1,000 to $5,000.

To purchase tickets, sponsorships or ads, visit www.venturacountyfca.org and click on the homepage link for the event. For more information, contact area director Ed Lyon, 805-746-4725, elyon@fca.org.

“God’s Hand in an American Dream,” Ventura County Fellowship for Christian Athletes fundraising event honoring Dr. Pedro Garcia Thursday, January 24, 2013, 11:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M.
The Tower Club, 300 East Esplanade Drive, Oxnard, CA 93063, 805-983-7777

About Fellowship of Christian Athletes:
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is touching millions of lives… one heart at a time. Since 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA is the largest Christian sports organization in the world. FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ. To learn more, visit
www.fca.org.

 
 

This Sunday afternoon at 5 p.m., Bardsdale United Methodist Church will offer its annual Christmas Vespers program as a gift to the community in the historic sanctuary.

Begun in the 50's by Choir Director Emeritus John Brothers, this holiday event features traditional Christmas tunes as well as unfamiliar selections that tell the story of the birth of the baby Jesus.

The Chancel Choir along with guest voices and musicians are directed by Marsha Porter and accompanied by organist Dennis Prichard.

Please come, relax for an hour or so, and let this musical program put you in the spirit of the season.
The church is located at 1498 Bardsdale Avenue.

 
Community invited to participate in Jewish traditions

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - California Lutheran University’s Hillel Club will host the campus’ annual Hanukkah celebration from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, in the Roth Nelson Room.

“Shine Your Light” will feature the lighting of the candles on the menorah. The community can also join faculty, staff and students in enjoying traditionalfood and activities. A disc jockey will play music.

This year Hanukkah takes place from sundown on Dec. 8 through Dec. 15. Every year, Jewish people around the world celebrate Hanukkah to commemorate the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem after the Maccabees defeated the army of the Greek ruler Antiochus Epiphanies and won their religious freedom.

Hanukkah is referred to as the Festival of Lights because, according to tradition, when they rekindled the menorah it burned for eight days although it only held enough oil to burn a single day. The holiday is a reminder to rekindle our spiritual lights and shine for the world.

The Roth Nelson Room is located on Mountclef Boulevard between Olsen Road and Memorial Parkway in Thousand Oaks.

For more information, contact Hillel Club President Alli Himber at ahimber@callutheran.edu or rabbinical intern Belle Michael at bmichae@callutheran.edu.

 

MAKING MUSIC PRAYING TWICE at Notre Dame Learning Center. Little children 5 years and younger are invited to St. Francis of Assisi Christmas Music Day! Come sing Christmas music with Mom and Dad as we tell the story of Jesus' birth. This is an interactive day with song, dance, instruments and parachute designed to benefit the whole family Come as a family and stay for refreshments. Take home a special gift. Register for Sun. Dec. 9, 2:00 - 3:30, or Sun. Dec. 19, 2:00 - 3:30. Registration Fee per family is $6. Limited to 8 children. Call or e-mail Sister Florette Marie, 496-3243, Ext. 735, florettemarie@yahoo.com. Michael Lara, 524-2865 Thank you. Sister Florette Marie

BEARERS OF LIGHT ADVENT RETREAT - Sunday, December 9, 2012
embracing the season of waiting, enjoying each other for what we are, sharing love & inspiration as bearers of light 1 - 4pm Mass at 4pm. Rich hours for personal contemplation, walking, gazing, listening, blended with time for sharing with the group At Mater Dolorosa Passionate Retreat Center 700 North Sunnyside, Sierra Madre, CA 91024. Seating is limited. Call Michael to reserve a space: 524-1306. Free Will Donation for the retreat. All Are Welcome. We will car pool and leave Saint Francis around 12 noon. Bring dinner money we will stop somewhere for dinner. Please respond by December 3rd noon. God Bless

Afternoon Affair Boutique - Saturday, December 15, 2012
From 11AM to 3PM in Classroom 5&6 at Saint Francis of Assisi Pastoral Center Come support Saint Francis of Assisi Church. No long lines, something for everyone. Unique and beautiful handmade decorations, jewelry, Mary Kay cosmetics, Scentsy Candles and much more... Vendors reserve your table today. $20.00 donation required. All vendors must be registered members of Saint Francis of Assisi or San Salvador Mission. Space is limited. Call 794-1900

Nativity Exposition - Sunday, December 16, 2012:
Bring your Nativity to be blessed and share it with our parish members. Drop off your nativity between 8 and 8:30AM. Our Expo. Starts at 9AM and finishes at 2PM. Pick up is 2:30PM
FREE to participate and FREE entrance. Volunteers needed to supervise event. For questions or to reserve your vendor table call Oralia Herrera at 794-1900

COME BY AND VISIT OUR GIFT STORE IN THE PASTORAL CENTER!
Start your Christmas shopping early. Nice gifts, at reasonable prices!

SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI CHRISTMAS TREE FARM
Our trees are freshly cut Oregon Douglas fir and Noble fir trees. Did you know that the Christmas tree began as a reminder of the tree of life and the life-giving cross of Jesus Christ? When you see the evergreen Christmas tree you will also see the life-giving tree of life on which Jesus hung as our crucified savior. Please invite your family & friends to support our Christmas tree farm. For more information call the Pastoral Center at 524-1306

 

Two popular holiday musical events are coming up at the Bardsdale United Methodist Church.

"Ring Noel" will welcome in the holiday season as the church's bell choir, The Orange Pealers, will host its popular bell concert and supper on Saturday, December 8 at 5 pm in LeBard Hall. Attendees will not only enjoy a sumptuous meal but also participate in the bell ringing. Tickets are $10 for adults, $25 for families and children under 5 are free. Reservations are strongly recommended.

The annual Christmas Vespers concert will take place Sunday, December 16, in the church's beautiful sanctuary. This free gift to the community will feature Bardsdale's Chancel Choir along with guest voices and musicians under the direction of Marsha Porter and accompanied by organist Dennis Prichard.

For more information, call the church at 524-2070. Bardsdale United Methodist church is located at 1498 Bardsdale Avenue.

 

The Bardsdale United Methodist Women will host their annual Thanksgiving Luncheon on Monday, November 12, at 12 noon in LeBard Hall. For only $12.00, adult guests will feast on turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes, green beans, sweet potatoes, salad, rolls and, of course, pumpkin pie. Children dine free. Take outs will be also available.

To honor our Armed Forces and all Veterans who have served, there will be a musical program of patriotic songs following the meal.

For more information, call 524-2070. The church is located at 1498 Bardsdale Avenue.

 

This Saturday morning (October 6, 2012), 8 a.m. until noon, the United Methodist Women of Bardsdale will host their Fall Courtyard Sale.

Besides the usual selection of clothing, kitchenware, small appliances, books, shoes and furniture, there will be several tables of Christmas decorations to get you in the spirit of the holiday season.

Proceeds from this popular event supports the ongoing ministries of the Bardsdale United Methodist Women.
The church is located at 1498 Bardsdale Avenue.

 
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Heritage Valley Bible Church recently moved their weekly service to 461 Central Avenue, where they meet each Sunday morning at nine o’clock. The service combines worship in music, prayer, fellowship, and verse by verse teaching from the Bible.

Heritage Valley Bible Church exists to share Jesus' message of love and the forgiveness of sin, while also training up mature followers of Christ through the regular teaching and application of God's Word. They believe the Bible is sufficient to guide people to live a joy-filled, God-honoring life, and invite others to come discover what great things God has in store for those who trust Him.

Pastor Larry Bouligny joined their fellowship in June of 2011. He was trained at The Master’s Seminary in the San Fernando Valley and has a heart to make disciples of Christ through expository preaching, corporate prayer and Christian fellowship. He lives in Fillmore with his wife, Becca, and two young sons.

In addition to the Sunday morning service, Heritage Valley Bible Church also hosts a Sunday evening home bible study, weekly Wednesday night prayer meeting, and a monthly fellowship lunch.

Learn more by visiting Sunday morning at 9 a.m. at 461 Central Ave. in Fillmore, online at http://www.hvbible.org/, or by phone at 524-5494.

 

Sacramento, CA - With schools in California trying to figure out how to implement new gay history mandates, some ideas that may be introduced next week are spurring fresh controversy.

Critics of the new law, SB 48, are concerned that October, which has been designated as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History Month, is already being used to distort and politicize history. Attorneys at the Pacific Justice Institute, which led signature-gathering efforts that fell short of getting an SB 48 repeal on the ballot, argue that most of the 31 selections for this year's list of gay "icons" are inappropriate for K-12 audiences.

This year's list, which can be found at www.lgbthistorymonth.com, includes a drag queen, the first person believed to have had a sex-change surgery, several political and same-sex marriage activists, and a baseball player with 2 career home runs. One of the better-known individuals on the list is Katharine Lee Bates, who wrote "America the Beautiful." Bates never claimed to be lesbian, but she is deemed an LGBT icon because she never married and had a close relationship with a female colleague who she lived with for many years.

Last year's LGBT History Month drew fire for highlighting controversial entertainer Lady Gaga. The event also ignited controversy in New Jersey, where officials called for the firing of a teacher who dared to criticize it on her personal Facebook page.

Brad Dacus, president of Pacific Justice Institute, commented, "What we are already seeing in advance of LGBT History Month underscores why we fought SB 48 and why we continue to fight for sanity in social studies. Young children learning patriotic songs like 'America the Beautiful' don't need to hear about the author's alleged sexuality. Nor should our kids be learning that drag queens, activists and politicians are important because of their behavior in the bedroom."

PJI is encouraging parents to talk to their kids' teachers and principals to find out whether they will be promoting LGBT History Month in October. PJI is also offering to represent teachers who conscientiously object to requirements that they teach revisionist or politicized history.

Pacific Justice Institute is a non-profit 501(c)(3) legal defense organization specializing in the defense of religious freedom, parental rights, and other civil liberties. Pacific Justice Institute works diligently, without charge, to provide their clients with all the legal support they need.

 
 

It’s time to register children for catechism. Families who have children in Grades 1 and 2 please pick up a registration forms in the Vestibule or Parish Office. Families who have children in Grades 3,4,5,6, please come to our First Communion registration meeting is on Wednesday September 26 at 6PM in the church. It is very important to send our children to catechism, sports are important, but please do not put them before Jesus. Please be sure to sign up your children for catechism.

4 Stages of Marriage – The 4 stages of marriage are: (1) Romance, (2) Disillusionment, (3) Misery,.. If your marriage suffers, and then to (4) Awakening. Many marriages experience the first 3 Stages. Marriages that end in divorce never make it to the 4th Stage of Awakening.

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CAMARILLO, CA - St. John’s Seminary announced today that it will honor five long time Catholic leaders at its Fifth Annual Distinguished Alumni Dinner on Sunday, September 30th at St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo.

Alumni to be honored include Monsignor Timothy J. Dyer, Pastor of St. Patrick and St. Stephen of Hungary Parishes in Los Angeles; Cardinal William J. Levada, Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith at the Vatican; Monsignor Jeremiah J. McCarthy, Executive Director of the Seminary Department of the National Catholic Education Association; Monsignor Donal Mulcahy, Pastor Emeritus of Our Lady of Assumption Parish in Ventura; and Marvin J. Southard, DSW, Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. These alumni will be honored for many years of service to the Church and wider community in which they have ministered, says Monsignor Craig Cox, Rector and President of St. John’s.

“Our Distinguished Alumni Dinners at St. John’s have become an opportunity to recognize celebrate the achievements of our alumni and welcome them back to our campus to share a special evening with their families, friends and the seminary community,” says Msgr. Cox. “Their lives model for our seminarians a profound dedication to Christ and the Church, a vision of living out our baptismal and priestly vocations. We are looking forward to honoring them and many more of our exceptional alumni in the future.”

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