By Gazette Staff Writer — Wednesday, March 14th, 2012
TONIGHT AT 6PM - We will have Eucharistic Adoration during confession. Various priests will hear individual confession. Bring your friends and family. Mass in Spanish will follow.
This Sunday at 3PM Father Peter Banks a Capuchin Franciscan will offer us an afternoon Lenten reflection in the church. Hospitality will follow either in the the courtyard or parish hall. Fr Peter is a wonderful speaker, everyone is invited to be inspired on this Fourth Sunday of Lent.
By Gazette Staff Writer — Monday, March 12th, 2012
A Castle Playhouse Opportunity Drawing
Westlake Village, CA â Habitat to the Max, one of the outreach ministries at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church in Westlake Village, will host their Annual Fundraising Dinner, Silent and Live Auctions and Opportunity Drawing on March 31, 2012 to raise funds for their fifth Habitat for Humanity home. Dinner tickets are on sale for $50 each. Contact Mary at 818-970-8121 to purchase tickets or for more information.
This year, Habitat to the Maxâs very special Opportunity Drawing Prize is an amazing castle playhouse for children. It was designed and built by members of Habitat to the Max Ministry and Habitat for Humanity volunteers. The castle was sponsored by ServiceMaster Clean Disaster Restoration Ventura County Franchisees (Todd Russell and Bruce Mason of ServiceMaster by T.A. Russell, and Hayko Aldzhikayian of Service Master by C2C Restoration).
The winner of the Opportunity Drawing will receive the castle playhouse, along with three sets each of the prince and princess costumes, all handmade furniture, accessories, moving and set up within a 50 miles radius of Westlake Village, CA.
Opportunity Drawing tickets are on sale until the drawing on March 31. You can purchase a single ticket for $10.00, 3 tickets for $25.00, 7 tickets for $50.000, 15 tickets for $100.00, and 100 tickets for $500.00. You do not have to be present to win. The winner will be notified by phone. Contact Mary at 818-970-8121 to purchase tickets or for more information.
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By Gazette Staff Writer — Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012
Keynote presentation at CLU is open to public
THOUSAND OAKS, CA - The public is invited to the keynote presentation of a higher education conference at California Lutheran University that is part of a national initiative to explore the idea of vocation on college campuses.
The Rev. Mark Hanson, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, will discuss âVocation and Reflectionâ at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 9, in Samuelson Chapel.
The talk will kick off a two-day conference for NetVUE, the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education. The regional gathering, one of seven being held throughout the country in 2011-2012, will focus on vocation as it relates to experiential learning. Presenters will discuss civic engagement, study abroad and service learning.
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By Gazette Staff Writer — Tuesday, February 21st, 2012
SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI ACADEMY
St. Francis of Assisi Academy is now accepting applications for the school year 2012/2013. This is a Preâ K program (must be 4yrs. by December 1st 2012). Program is from 8:30a.m. to 11:30a.m. From September 2012 to Mid June 2013. For applications or more information please come to the Parochial Center, or call Maggie at 805-524-1306
SAINT SEBASTIAN SCHOOL SERVES 3 PARISHES AND OURS IS ONE OF THEM.
We are enrolling now for the 2012-2013 school year. If interested, please call us for more information or stop by any time to visit a classroom. Applications are also available for tuition assistance from CEF (Catholic Education Foundation). Applications can be picked up at our school office and are due back to our office by Friday, March 3. Telephone 525-1575
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By Gazette Staff Writer — Wednesday, February 8th, 2012
Event offers learning, fellowship for Lutheran adults
THOUSAND OAKS, CA - Senior Fest 2012 will cover topics ranging from computer basics to community gardening at California Lutheran University on Tuesday, Feb. 28.
With the theme of âLoving God When Weâre Well & Loving God When We or Someone We Love Is Ill,â the event will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Thousand Oaks university. Senior Fest brings Lutheranstogether for learning, devotions and fellowship to enhance their physical, spiritual, social and intellectual lives.
Keynote speaker Marva J. Dawn, an internationally renowned theologian and author, will make presentations at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. in Samuelson Chapel. Dawn leads the nonprofit Christians Equipped for Ministry in its mission to prepare professionals and lay people for deeper Bible study and more active involvement in Christian life and ministry. A popular speaker for people of all ages, the Washington resident has preached and taught at seminaries, clergy conferences, churches, assemblies and universities throughout the world. She continues despite severe health issues, including a leg amputation that she discusses as a way to share her faith and convictions. Dawn has written more than 20 books, several of which have wonawards and been translated into languages including Chinese, Korean and Portuguese. She is a teaching fellow in spiritual theology at Regent College in Vancouver and holds four masterâs degrees and a doctorate.
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By Gazette Staff Writer — Wednesday, February 1st, 2012
St. Francis of Assisi Academy is now accepting applications for the school year 201/2013. This is a Pre-K program (must be 4years by December 1st 2012) Program is from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. From September 2012 to Mid June 2013. for applications or more information please come to the Parochial Center, or call Maggie at 805-524-1306.
By Gazette Staff Writer — Monday, January 23rd, 2012
Performers include new CLU Gospel Choir
THOUSAND OAKS, CA - California Lutheran University will present a free gospel concert for the first time at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, in Samuelson Chapel.
The new CLU Gospel Choir, which formed in September, is one of the acts performing at the âBlack History Concert: The Sunday Morning Experience.â The show will feature a variety of soloists, choirs and groups singing both traditional and contemporary gospel music.
V3, an Oxnard- and Los Angeles-based group, will sing traditional gospel music. The groupâs director, Brandon Binder, also conducts the CLU Gospel Choir. Other featured performers will include William Johnson and the gospel group Purpose.
The chapel is located south of Olsen Road near Campus Drive on the Thousand Oaks campus.
For more information, contact Daniel Lawrence at 805-493-3489 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Gazette Staff Writer — Tuesday, January 10th, 2012
Peace Pole ceremony to follow in rose garden
2011 Peace Pole ceremony
THOUSAND OAKS, CA - California Lutheran University will honor Martin Luther King and others who promote peace and social justice with chapel and Peace Pole services on Wednesday, Jan. 25.
The chapel service will begin at 10:10 a.m. in Samuelson Chapel. It will feature gospel and inspirational music highlighting the idea of starting within oneself to make a change in the world. Students and members of the staff and community will recite the âI Have a Dreamâ speech given by the late civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize recipient.
Following the service, the university will affirm its commitment to peace and challenge attendees to do the same at the CLU Peace Pole in the chapel rose garden.
The chapel is located south of Olsen Road near Campus Drive in Thousand Oaks.
The Office of Campus Ministry, Black Student Union and Multicultural Programs are sponsoring the free event. Call 493-3489 for more information.
By Gazette Staff Writer — Wednesday, January 4th, 2012
Fr. Artur is back from his sabatical. Welcome Back ! Fr Salvador who was substituting for Fr Artur has moved to Santa Maria. to minister to their growing community. Thank you Fr Sal for your help and ministry. God Bless.
Please take a look at our January socials on the last page of this Sundayâs bulletin. Our socials are great opportunities to catch up on visits with old friends or make a new friend this new year. SMILE ! Please donât forget to send in your together in Mission envelope for January. This will end our commitment for the year and allow many Parishes and schools in our archdiocese keep their doors open for service and ministry.
Free Catholic Calendars and Boxes of Offering Envelopes for the Year are available in the hall before and after Mass. If you would like to begin using offering envelopes, please pick up an un marked box. Thank you and God Bless YOU !
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By Gazette Staff Writer — Thursday, December 22nd, 2011
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By Gazette Staff Writer — Monday, December 19th, 2011
St. Stephens Anglican Church will hold a Christmas Day Communion Service at 9:00 a.m. at the Fillmore Methodist Church, 421 Sespe Ave. Fillmore. For more information please call Fr. Bob Hammond 524-1697. Thank you and God Bless you all. Merry Christmas!
By Gazette Staff Writer — Wednesday, December 7th, 2011
We will have an old fashioned Fiesta to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe this Sunday December 11th at 2PM. We will have music, great homemade food and dancers for all of our parishioners. Bring your family.
This Sunday we will have a sale of rosaries, nativity scenes and other religious items all hand carved out of olive wood and made in Bethlehem. The proceeds from this sale will go towards Christian families living in the holy land. The items make very nice Christmas presents.
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Our Ladyâs Rosary Makers âthere will not be a December meeting. We will resume in January
By Gazette Staff Writer — Wednesday, December 7th, 2011
This Sunday, December 11, at 5 PM, the Bardsdale United Methodist Church's Chancel Choir will present its annual Christmas Vespers program in its historic Sanctuary.
Originated over 50 years ago by Choir Director Emeritus John Brothers, this gift to the community will feature regular and guest choir members and musicians playing and singing a variety of seasonal numbers that will put everyone in the spirit of the season. Choir Director Marsha Porter promises a program that tells the Christmas story with a mixture of tunes, melodies, and instrumentals that range from the familiar to non-traditional pieces.
There will be refreshments downstairs in LeBard Hall following the one-hour program.
The church is located at 1498 Bardsdale Avenue.
By Gazette Staff Writer — Tuesday, December 6th, 2011
Written By JULIE PACE
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is announcing a wide-ranging effort to use U.S. foreign aid to promote rights for gays and lesbians abroad, including combating attempts by foreign governments to criminalize homosexuality.
In a memorandum issued Tuesday, President Barack Obama directed U.S. agencies working abroad, including the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development, to use foreign aid to assist gays and lesbians who are facing human rights violations. And he ordered U.S. agencies to protect vulnerable gay and lesbian refugees and asylum seekers.
"The struggle to end discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons is a global challenge, and one that is central to the United States' commitment to promoting human rights," Obama said in a statement.
Secretary of State Hillary... http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_OBAMA_GAY_RIGHTS?SITE=AP&SECTI...
By Gazette Staff Writer — Monday, December 5th, 2011
one morning a group of fundamentalist Muslims could decide to build a mosque where the Holy Sepulchre stands"
Cardinal Tauran has thus called attention to the very real possibility in the future that Christian sites may be used for blackmail as a bargaining chip against Israel and the West, and that their security cannot be guaranteed by Palestinian governance. Indeed, one will recall the desecration of the Church of the Nativity in 2002, with Muslims seizing the site for 39 days, devouring the food supplies, and using Bibles as toilet paper:
Catholic priests in the church... http://www.jihadwatch.org/2011/12/cardinal-lets-suppose-that-tomorrow-pa...
By Gazette Staff Writer — Monday, December 5th, 2011
The Daily Mail headline goes straight for the elephant in the room: this is largely a phenomenon within Muslim communities in Britain. Indeed, Muslims commit 91 percent of honor killings worldwide; honor killings are encouraged by Sharia's inconsistency on whether parents can be held accountable for the death of their child. There is also the letter and spirit of Qur'an 4:34, which makes violence (yes, violence) an acceptable recourse for dealing with "disobedient" women.
Apologists are bound to point out that domestic violence exists in all societies, including the U.S. and Britain. That is true, but here is the difference: in those societies, it is actively denounced and combated, not covered over, denied, and excused, or even praised. In the report below, it is noted that the culprits are hailed as heroes in their communities.
The report, and reports about it, are sure to be denounced as "Islamophobic," even though it was an Iranian and Kurdish women's organization that compiled it. "Alarming rise of Muslim 'honour attacks' in the UK as police reveal thousands were carried out last year," from the Daily Mail, December 3 (thanks to all who sent this in):
Nearly 3,000 so-called... http://www.jihadwatch.org/2011/12/uk-police-report-alarming-rise-in-hono...
By Gazette Staff Writer — Monday, December 5th, 2011
UPDATE: The AFP piece below appears to be a mistranslation. Bougrab actually said "There is no such thing as a moderate Islamism": il n'existe pas d'Â«islamisme modĂ©rĂ©Â». So back down the rabbit hole we go. (Thanks to Tom.)
Bougrab: Wonder of wonders, a truthful politician
Jeannette Bougrab is quite right. There are people who identify themselves as Muslims who are not interested in waging jihad against non-Muslims, but there is no form of Islam recognized as authentically Muslim by mainstream Islamic authorities that does not teach that the Islamic community has a responsibility to wage war against and subjugate unbelievers.
"A French minister of Arab origin says âthere is no such thing as moderate Islam,â" from AFP, December 3:
A French minister said... http://www.jihadwatch.org/2011/12/french-minister-of-arab-origin-there-i...
By Gazette Staff Writer — Wednesday, November 30th, 2011
Written by David Sherfinski
A long-simmering battle in Virginia over the separation of church and state heads to federal court Monday, with a southwestern county school board fighting for the right to display the Ten Commandments in a public high school.
The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia, in Roanoke, will hear arguments in the Giles County School Boardâs motion to dismiss a complaint brought by a high school student and the studentâs parent arguing that the biblical display violates the plaintiffsâ First Amendment rights under the Constitution.
The Ten Commandments has been displayed in all county schools for at least a decade before a complaint in December led to their removal and being replaced with a copy of the Declaration of Independence.
The issue went back... http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/nov/27/ten-commandments-dispute...
By Gazette Staff Writer — Monday, November 28th, 2011
The Bardsdale United Methodist Church Bell ringers, the Orange Pealers, are having their annual exciting Christmas bell program on Saturday, December 3, 2011, at five pm, in Le Bard Hall. The hall is located at the church, on 1498 Bardsdale Avenue. The festive agenda includes dinner and dessert.
This interactive Christmas program features an opportunity for the audience to ring and sing carols, as well as listen to a mini concert given by the Orange Pealers. The suggested donation is ten dollars for individuals, and an all inclusive twenty-five dollars for families.
You may call either the church office (524-2070) or Marcia Heerema (524-3674), director, for reservations. You may also purchase tickets at the door, but seating is limited.