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    Holy Angels: Visitors from outer space?
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    Angels show up at some of the most important events in the Bible. Why is that? Do you really have your own personal Guardian Angel? What is the origin, nature and purpose of Angels? What does the Bible and the Catechism say about the Angels? Terry explains everything in his authoritative and very popular dynamic and exciting style.

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    EV-01 March 09 7:30-9:00 pm
    St. Dominic Savio Church
    13400 Bellflower Blvd.
    Bellflower, CA 90706
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    Holy Angels: Visitors from outer space?
    $5.00

    Even if you did not hear Terry’s first talk, he will bring you up to date to explain the nature and role of Angels in your life!

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    EV-02 March 11 7:30-9:00 pm
    St. Dominic Savio Church
    13400 Bellflower Blvd.
    Bellflower, CA 90706
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    Cuando los hijos adultos dejan de lado la práctica religiosa, ¿qué hacer?
    $5.00

    A menudo, los padres que han educado en la fe a sus hijos e hijas sufren porque éstos han dejado de lado sus prácticas religiosas. Ganarse la confianza de los jóvenes adultos es un bien preciado que un padre y madre hará bien en cuidar a través de la discreción y el tacto. Es esencial saber lo que a los adultos jóvenes les gusta y no les gusta para poderlos acompañar según tres dimensiones fundamentales: razón, buena relación y religión.

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    EV-03 March 25 7:30-9:00 pm
    St. Mary of the Assumption Church
    7215 Newlin Ave.
    Whittier, CA 90602
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    Cuando los hijos adultos dejan de lado la práctica religiosa, ¿qué hacer?
    $5.00

    A menudo, los padres que han educado en la fe a sus hijos e hijas sufren porque éstos han dejado de lado sus prácticas religiosas. Ganarse la confianza de los jóvenes adultos es un bien preciado que un padre y madre hará bien en cuidar a través de la discreción y el tacto. Es esencial saber lo que a los adultos jóvenes les gusta y no les gusta para poderlos acompañar según tres dimensiones fundamentales: razón, buena relación y religión.

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    EV-04 April 01 7:30-9:00 pm
    St. Dominic Savio Church
    13400 Bellflower Blvd.
    Bellflower, CA 90706
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    La santidad un ideal para todos los bautizados, ¿cómo ser santos hoy
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    El Papa Francisco dice, “el Señor nos quiere santos y no espera que nos conformemos con una existencia mediocre, aguada, licuada…”. La sesión pretende motivar a los participantes a profundizar, de manera personal y también en grupo, en la exhortación apostólica de Francisco, “Alegraos y Regocijaos” para descubrirla como “un pequeño manual muy práctico, realista y practicable” y entendible para todos los cristianos que deseen tomarse en serio el llamado a ser santos que se nos hace desde el Evangelio.

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    EV-05 March 18 7:30-9:00 pm
    St. Dominic Savio Church
    13400 Bellflower Blvd.
    Bellflower, CA 90706
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    Are you Saved? How can you know you will go to heaven?
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    How would you answer? Are you saved by “grace” alone, or do “works” play a role? How does your everyday behavior affect your salvation? Explore both fundamentalist and Catholic theology to learn about the similarities and differences of beliefs of Catholics and Protestants.

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    EV-06 March 31 7:30-9:00 pm
    St. Bruno Church
    15740 Citrustree Rd.
    Whittier, CA 90603
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    Simple ways to help children understand Mass
    $5.00

    This talk by long time children’s educator, Sheila, will guide children and even adults to understand how Mass works, and you will be guided through the eyes of a child. She will introduce the special places in the church; the sanctuary, the Altar, the pulpit, the Tabernacle, and give clear definitions of each and the reasons we have these beautiful places. She will then go through the Mass section by section, and explain the two parts to the Mass; the Liturgy of the word and Liturgy of the Eucharist.

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    EV-07 March 05 7:30-9:00 pm
    St. Bruno Church
    15740 Citrustree Rd.
    Whittier, CA 90603
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    Where Did They Go? Will they come back?
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    This talk will reveal the issues and realities of generations from “Baby Boomers” to “Gen Z” and their effects on the next generations of Catholic Parishes. Let’s look at their trend away from “organized religion” to religious indifference, where career, parenting, technology, food, politics and romance have become a substitute for religion. How can parishes and families respond?

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    EV-08 March 25 7:30-9:00 pm
    St. Bruno Church
    15740 Citrustree Rd.
    Whittier, CA 90603
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    A Successful Way for Families to Reach Non-religious Children
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    Some young people have dropped out of the Church for various reasons. Based on his recent Master’s Thesis from Loyola Marymount University, Deacon Gabe will offer practical strategies for families and recommendations that even a parish can use to answer the “four main reasons” of leaving, and help families reach those in the process of leaving and to those who have already left.

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    EV-09 March 03 7:30-9:00 pm
    St. Dominic Savio Church
    13400 Bellflower Blvd.
    Bellflower, CA 90706
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    Can you trust Scripture? An authentic Catholic View
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    Did God create the world in just six days as the Book of Genesis says? Is the Bible literally true, word for word? How was the bible actually formed? Who decided what books would be included and which books would not? Come here the new Pastor of St. Dominic Savio make it all clear for you.

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    AS-01 March 27 Noon-1:30pm
    St. Dominic Savio Church
    13400 Bellflower Blvd.
    Bellflower, CA 90706
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    Excavating Jesus: Women, Children, and Families at the Time of Jesus
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    The latest archaeological reveals starting new insights about the role of women. How did families face childbirth, marriage, sickness, meals, and even work? How do recent discoveries radically change the Christmas and Easter stories? Fr. Dave has led an archeological tour of the Holy Land every year for 14 years and brings those insights here, with plenty of time for your questions.

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    AS-02 February 27 7:30-9:00 pm
    Beatitudes of Our Lord
    13013 Santa Gertrudes Ave.
    Whittier, CA 90638
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    Excavating Jesus: Latest Discoveries
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    Did National Geographic scientists discover the real tomb of Jesus in October, 2016? What does recent archaeology say about Jesus and Mary Magdalen? Has the home of Jesus been found? How do recent discoveries change our view of His childhood? Was there ever really a Moses, a King David, or Noah’s Ark? Science is bringing new insights everyday about our understanding of these biblical events.

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    AS-03 March 17 7:30-9:00 pm
    Beatitudes of Our Lord
    13013 Santa Gertrudes Ave.
    Whittier, CA 90638
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    Christians 1 - Romans 0: How did Christians defeat the Roman Empire?
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    The Roman Empire conquered the world with massive military might and grew to the size of the United States — yet succumbed after only a few generations to a small obscure religion from former Galilee fishermen. How did this happen? How could a band of Christian men and women change the Roman Empire? What lessons can we today learn from them?

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    AS-04 March 6 Noon-1:30pm
    St. Bruno Church
    15740 Citrustree Rd.
    Whittier, CA 90603
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    Does Jesus Really Expect Us to “Be Perfect”?
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    In Matthew 5:48, Jesus says “Be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.” But is that even possible for us? Aren’t we all sinful, fallible, imperfect human beings? Or did Jesus mean something different than we might think? This course will explore what Jesus actually said in some commonly misinterpreted passages of Matthew’s Gospel.

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    AS-05 March 26 7:30-9:00 pm
    Beatitudes of Our Lord
    13013 Santa Gertrudes Ave.
    Whittier, CA 90638
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    Does Catholicism contradict the Bible?
    $5.00

    Isn’t calling priests “father” contrary to what Jesus says in Matthew 23:9? Doesn’t praying the rosary violate Jesus’ commands in Matt 6:7? Are fundamentalists correct when they accuse Catholics of ignoring or changing the Bible? This course will explain how such Catholic practices are not contrary to the Bible, if it is interpreted correctly.

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    AS-06 March 27 Noon-1:30pm
    St. Bruno Church
    15740 Citrustree Rd.
    Whittier, CA 90603
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    Latest Vatican News: Where is the Pope taking the Church?
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    The Pope makes news almost every day in ways that inspire his followers and enrages his detractors. Come here the world’s foremost reporter on all the inside news from the Vatican. We are fortunate to have the best and most trusted commentator on Vatican events to guide us. Learn the latest inside news from Senior CNN Vatican Analyst John Allen. Learn how to reply when asked “What is going on in the Vatican?”

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    GC-01 March 16 7:30-9:00 pm
    St. Bruno Church
    15740 Citrustree Rd.
    Whittier, CA 90603
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    Does "Separation of Church and State" Mean an Atheist Country?
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    Some Americans interpret the “Separation of Church and State” to mean the complete absence of religion anywhere in the public realm. This course will examine the origin of the American principle of Church-State Separation, its understanding in our Nation’s Founding, and what it means for the role in faith in the United States today.

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    GC-02 March 19 7:30-9:00 pm
    St. Bruno Church
    15740 Citrustree Rd.
    Whittier, CA 90603
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    Catholic Collisions with History - The Church and the World
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    On numerous occasions many Saints have had personal encounters with major figures of history. On others, the very presence and action of the Church has influenced its progress. This course will present an overview of examples of how the Catholicism, through individuals and as a Church, has had an impact on the progress of history and the development of Western Civilization.

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    GC-03 March 20 Noon-1:30pm
    St. Bruno Church
    15740 Citrustree Rd.
    Whittier, CA 90603
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    Vatican II: What Was It? What Good did it do?
    $5.00

    This famous International Church Council in the early 1960’s changed the mass from Latin to English, but also led many nuns to stop wearing their uniforms. Was that its purpose? Was it meant to open the Church to the modern world or open the world to the real person of Christ? Fr. Bill will place Vatican II in the context of all Church Councils and its impact over the last 50 years …and its real purpose.

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    GC-04 March 18 7:30-9:00 pm
    St. Bruno Church
    15740 Citrustree Rd.
    Whittier, CA 90603
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    Welcoming the Stranger: Our Tradition of Hospitality
    $5.00

    Do we ever consider “the stranger”? This session, through Scripture and Tradition, will present an insight into the idea of Hospitality and having a welcoming heart. From “Abraham’s Visitors” to the “Good Samaritan”, we are reminded to recognize the stranger and treat them with love and respect.

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    GC-05 March 11 7:30-9:00 pm
    Beatitudes of Our Lord
    13013 Santa Gertrudes Ave.
    Whittier, CA 90638
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    Finding Faith in Film
    $5.00

    We are a storytelling Church and we can even find our story in films that are not even religious. This tradition will trace the tradition of storytelling and the use of art to tell our stories and will discuss several mainstream  films where faith can be found.

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    GC-06 March 2 7:30-9:00 pm
    St. Dominic Savio Church
    13400 Bellflower Blvd.
    Bellflower, CA 90706
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    Immigration: is the law on your side?
    $5.00

    What are your lawful protections? Do you know your civil rights if you are stopped by police or by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents? Whether you are a citizen, a green card holder, children who became citizens by birth, a “Dreamer”, a documented worker, a temporary visa holder, or undocumented, you have civil rights that can protect you. An immigration attorney will remain after the session to answer individual questions without charge to you.

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    GC-07 March 23 7:30-9:00 pm
    St. Bruno Church
    15740 Citrustree Rd.
    Whittier, CA 90603
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    Inmigración: ¿está la ley de tu lado?
    $5.00

    ¿Cuáles son sus protecciones legales? ¿Conoces tus derechos civiles si eres detenido por la policía o por agentes de Inmigración y Aduanas (ICE)? Si es ciudadano, titular de una tarjeta verde, hijos que se hicieron ciudadanos por nacimiento, “soñador”, trabajador documentado, titular de una visa temporal o indocumentado, tiene derechos civiles que pueden protegerlo. Un abogado de inmigración permanecerá después de la sesión para responder preguntas individuales sin cargo alguno para usted.

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    GC-08 March 4 7:30-9:00 pm
    St. Dominic Savio Church
    13400 Bellflower Blvd.
    Bellflower, CA 90706
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    Middle East Politics: Crusades, Palestinians, and Peace?
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    Why is the Middle East such a mess? What were the crusades all about? What role did St. Francis play then and Pope Francis now? What is the new US Peace Plan? The Middle East remains a puzzle to many. Fr. Dave has led 14 archaeological pilgrimages to the Middle East and will share how ancient events cause modern problems, and possible solutions …with plenty of time for your questions.

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    GC-09 March 2 7:30-9:00 pm
    Beatitudes of Our Lord
    13013 Santa Gertrudes Ave.
    Whittier, CA 90638
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    What in God's name is happening now…??
    $5.00

    We live in very controversial, contentious, and confusing times. Opinions regarding tradition, morality, and how we should live our lives seem to separate more than unify. We see many people saying and doing things “in the name of God” that don’t seem to be very “Godly.”  Are you growing weary of the divisive language and path we are on? Let’s get together and talk about what we can do to calm the waters and build up the Kingdom of God!

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    GC-10 March 4 7:30-9:00 pm
    St. Dominic Savio Church
    13400 Bellflower Blvd.
    Bellflower, CA 90706
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    White House Photographer
    $5.00

    Barbara Recchia was the official White House Photographer in the Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, and first president Bush administrations, and had a close-up and personal inside view of White House politicians. Barbara has many stories to tell, and photographs to show! She will present a unique view of White House events from her own deep Catholic experience.

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    GC-11 April 4 9:00-10:30 am
    Beatitudes of Our Lord
    13013 Santa Gertrudes Ave.
    Whittier, CA 90638
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    The Forgotten Steps to Achieving Your Dreams
    $5.00

    Many of the Saints achieved great things beyond what they imagined they ever could. They accomplished this not based on their natural abilities, but by faith, trust and a willingness to dare and act. This workshop will explore the psychological and spiritual principles that will enable you to live boldly and achieve your greatest dreams, just as the saints did. Take a bold step!

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    MF-01 March 3 7:30-9:00 pm
    St. Bruno Church
    15740 Citrustree Rd.
    Whittier, CA 90603
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    Building Self-esteem as a child of God
    $5.00

    This is a powerful theme for personal use as well as for parenting and as educators of young children. How does god look at you? How does that affect how you look at yourself? Self-Esteem is widely regarded as a major personality feature that is malleable, learnable, and amazingly effective for leading to a happy life. Come and learn how you can teach that to you children!

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    MF-02 March 13 Noon-1:30pm
    St. Bruno Church
    15740 Citrustree Rd.
    Whittier, CA 90603
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    10 Commandments for a Happy Family
    $5.00

    Families are under a lot of stress today, from the Internet, secular culture, and media culture that no longer seem to support Catholic family values. Fr. Dave will provide a concise and clear road map based on the life affirming Ten Commandments that any family can easily use to secure a happy life for everyone.

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    MF-03 March 12 7:30-9:00 pm
    St. Bruno Church
    15740 Citrustree Rd.
    Whittier, CA 90603
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    Parenting together in a successful way: united in love for your children.
    $5.00

    Children certainly know how to “play one parent against another.” How can parent form a loving and supportive structure for their children to grow in to mature and successful adults?

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    MF-04 April 2 7:30-9:00 pm
    St. Bruno Church
    15740 Citrustree Rd.
    Whittier, CA 90603
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    Criar juntos de manera exitosa: unidos en amor por sus hijos
    $5.00

    Los niños ciertamente saben cómo “jugar un padre contra otro”. ¿Cómo pueden los padres formar una estructura amorosa y de apoyo para que sus hijos crezcan y se conviertan en adultos maduros y exitosos?

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    MF-05 March 10 7:30-9:00 pm
    St. Dominic Savio Church
    13400 Bellflower Blvd.
    Bellflower, CA 90706
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    Forgiveness, the unused key to intimacy and happiness
    $5.00

    The talk will examine the areas of unperceived hurt and resentment that builds up in marriage and the 5 steps to forgive one another.  Forgiveness has to be all about freedom to love and freedom from our own negative feelings.

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    MF-06 March 18 7:30-9:00 pm
    St. Dominic Savio Church
    13400 Bellflower Blvd.
    Bellflower, CA 90706
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    Perdón, la clave no utilizada para la intimidad y la felicidad
    $5.00

    La charla examinará las áreas de dolor y resentimiento no percibidos que se acumulan en el matrimonio y los 5 pasos para perdonarse mutuamente. El perdón tiene que ver con la libertad de amar y la libertad de nuestros propios sentimientos negativos.

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    MF-07 March 11 7:30-9:00 pm
    St. Dominic Savio Church
    13400 Bellflower Blvd.
    Bellflower, CA 90706
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    Swipe left - Swipe right - Why is it so hard to find Mr. or Mrs. Right?
    $5.00

    Donna and Bill will share their ups and downs of dating and the influence social media has had on the dating scene today. They will share the 3 biggest reasons most people can’t seem to find the right partner today, and Why a Catholic perspective offers some practical solutions and hope in finding true and lasting love.

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    MF-08 March 30 7:30-9:00 pm
    St. Bruno Church
    15740 Citrustree Rd.
    Whittier, CA 90603
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    Annulments: Spiritual journeys to discover the truth
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    Catholics believe that the Sacrament of Marriage is forever, so is an annulment some kind of “Catholic Divorce?” What exactly is the process and how does it work? Come and hear the real story in an easy to understand way about this important feature of the Sacrament of Marriage, with plenty of time for your questions. Deacon Mike is from St. Bruno and Sister Dominic is from the Archdiocesan Marriage Tribunal

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    MF-09 March 9 7:30-9:00 pm
    Beatitudes of Our Lord
    13013 Santa Gertrudes Ave.
    Whittier, CA 90638
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    Keeping Faith Alive in the Major Leagues
    $5.00

    How can you keep your faith strong in the glare of major league sports? Dodger great and longtime Angel’s Manager Mike Scioscia has always had his Catholic faith front and center of his life and his family. He arranged to have mass celebrated in Angel Stadium on Sunday game days, open to all players on both sides …even Yankee and Boston players! Mike will share his story and dedicate a lot of time to your questions.

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    MF-10 March 10 7:30-9:00 pm
    St. Bruno Church
    15740 Citrustree Rd.
    Whittier, CA 90603
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    How to be a Happier Family
    $5.00

    Happiness isn’t found by changing our external circumstances but instead by learning the key interpersonal skills to make us happier. We can further deepen our JOY if we also live a spirituality of unity because Jesus promised that when we live mutual love, “My JOY will be yours and your joy will be complete” John 15:11. 

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    MF-11 March 7 9:00-10:30 am
    Beatitudes of Our Lord
    13013 Santa Gertrudes Ave.
    Whittier, CA 90638
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    Strengthen Your Family Unity
    $5.00

    For everyone dating, engaged & married, learn how to boost our LOVE & JOYFUL UNITY by deepening your mutual love through effective empathy, communication, and conflict-resolution & forgiveness skills. We experience more JOY when we live His love to “love one another as I have loved you” (John 13:34)

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    MF-12 March 21 9:00-10:30 am
    Beatitudes of Our Lord
    13013 Santa Gertrudes Ave.
    Whittier, CA 90638
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    Mental Health, Addiction and Families: finding resources and Spiritual Growth
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    Mental illness and addiction are common issues for families: each year about 25% of Americans have such issues. Yet when they occur, families feel desperate and alone. With treatment and support, mental illness can be the gateway to a closer family connection and an opportunity for profound spiritual growth. This talk will describe mental illnesses and their causes, resources available for treatment and support and the avenues for spiritual growth that these experiences may provide.

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    MF-13 March 2 7:30-9:00 pm
    St. Bruno Church
    15740 Citrustree Rd.
    Whittier, CA 90603
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    The Devil in Communication - Tools for today's parents
    $5.00

    Today one of the biggest problems facing children and young people is the lack of communication with their parents. This is certainly due to the hectic pace of life we ​​all lead. In this workshop we will talk about how you can have a healthy and constructive communication with the young people or children that God has entrusted to you.

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    MF-14 March 24 7:30-9:00 pm
    Beatitudes of Our Lord
    13013 Santa Gertrudes Ave.
    Whittier, CA 90638
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    El diablo en la comunicación – Herramientas para los padres de hoy en día
    $5.00

    Hoy en día uno de los problemas más grandes que enfrentan los niños y jóvenes es la falta de comunicación con sus padres. Esto se da debido al ritmo de vida que llevamos. En este taller hablaremos de la forma en cómo podemos combatir al maligno y tener una comunicación sana y constructora con los jóvenes o niños que Dios nos ha encomendado.      

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    MF-15 March 25 7:30-9:00 pm
    St. Dominic Savio Church
    13400 Bellflower Blvd.
    Bellflower, CA 90706
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    An Introduction to Restorative Justice
    $5.00

    “He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives…” (Lk 4:19) One doesn’t need to be incarcerated to need liberating. Find out why clergy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and Administrators in elementary and secondary schools are using Restorative Justice to heal wounds and promote justice and community.  Find out how its principles are truly liberating for everyone.

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    MG-01 March 17 7:30-9:00 pm
    St. Dominic Savio Church
    13400 Bellflower Blvd.
    Bellflower, CA 90706
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    Contraception: Who could argue with that? Catholic
    $5.00

    Catholic ideas on love and intimacy are often countercultural and even counter-intuitive. Is contraception irresponsible and intrusive? What if my spouse disagrees? Come hear the “why” as shown by Pope St. John Paul II’s “Theology of the Body.” Christine will give an overview of effective methods of family planning. Come and see and decide for yourself. Parents can also learn how to respond when teens challenge Church teachings on sexual morality.

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    MG-02 March 23 7:30-9:00 pm
    St. Dominic Savio Church
    13400 Bellflower Blvd.
    Bellflower, CA 90706
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    Thoughtful Conversations on Gender & Identity
    $5.00

    Modern opinions of gender and identity are rapidly changing. Do diversity of beliefs separate us or can they bring us into thoughtful conversation? How can one have friendly conversations about gender & identity with co-workers, friends and family? Come hear approaches for conversing with others as well as thought provoking content for dialogue. Christine will share insights into what the Church teaches about the human person and include non-religious views for your consideration.

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    MG-03 March 11 7:30-9:00 pm
    St. Bruno Church
    15740 Citrustree Rd.
    Whittier, CA 90603
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    Why do we believe that! Q & A on all Moral Questions
    $5.00

    Based on his book on current modern moral issues, “Don’t tell me what to do!” Fr. Dave invites you to ask any question about any moral issue today; Immigration, Sexuality and Gender, War and peace, etc. All questions welcome. This will be like a moral press conference!

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    MG-04 March 13 Noon-1:30pm
    St. Dominic Savio Church
    13400 Bellflower Blvd.
    Bellflower, CA 90706
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    I am growing older, now what?!
    $5.00

    What effect does aging have on my spirituality and how I make decisions? Has your perspective on religion and your spiritual journey changed over the years? Why is that? Is that to be expected? What might I learn from those changes? How do I deal with an aging perspective on mortality, suffering, and my own family members that seem to regard spirituality and specifically organized religion with disinterest?

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    MG-05 March 17 7:30-9:00 pm
    St. Bruno Church
    15740 Citrustree Rd.
    Whittier, CA 90603
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    Know the Greatest Threat to Happiness, and How to Avoid It
    $5.00

    One of the fastest ways of discouraging yourself and getting trapped by the sin of envy is in comparing yourself to others. God has a specific plan for you and you won’t accomplish that plan by looking at everyone else. Explore the history of a “keeping up with the Joneses” mentality, and the role of social media, as well as teachings from Pope Francis as he calls Catholics to “invest in relationships.”

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    MG-06 March 23 7:30-9:00 pm
    Beatitudes of Our Lord
    13013 Santa Gertrudes Ave.
    Whittier, CA 90638
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    Eucharistic Miracles
    $5.00

    This exhibition type presentation highlights 1800 years of miracles, including: a live presentation of miracle stories, scientific studies, and review of the scriptural basis of the Real Presence of the Eucharist. Exhibit materials will be provided in both English and Spanish. Don’t miss this very special and unique presentation.

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    GS-01 March 4 7:30-9:00 pm
    St. Mary of the Assumption Church
    7215 Newlin Ave.
    Whittier, CA 90602
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    35 Years of Shroud Science: A Personal and Scientific Perspective
    $5.00

    The Shroud is the burial cloth that wrapped Jesus in His tomb. It shows the front and back of a crucified man, exactly as shown in the Gospels. The question remains …is it authentic, or a medieval forgery? The Shroud is now the most studied religious artifact in history. An expert on photographic imaging and the official photographer from the original 1978 Team that performed the most scientific analysis on the Shroud, Barrie shares only the peer-reviewed scientific evidence. Come and judge for yourself.

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    GS-02 March 9 7:30-9:00 pm
    St. Bruno Church
    15740 Citrustree Rd.
    Whittier, CA 90603
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    Is the Shroud of Turin a “Selfie” of Jesus?
    $5.00

    What does this burial cloth of Jesus reveal about Him? The prophet Isaiah says “He was pierced for our sins and by his wounds we were healed.” Come and bring a friend to see the wounds on his head, front and back, hands and feet, and the heart. Come see a presentation of scientific and historical evidence including carbon dating of the burial cloth of a crucified Jewish man, and maybe our Messiah!

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    GS-03 March 30 7:30-9:00 pm
    St. Dominic Savio Church
    13400 Bellflower Blvd.
    Bellflower, CA 90706
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    Evolution of Adam & Eve: What is really true about this story?
    $5.00

    Where do we come from, Darwin or God? How do Bible stories agree with evolutionary science or not? What is the real Catholic understanding of our human origin, and just how does evolution fit in? Fr. Dave will describe how this story of Adam and Eve might be the most important in the entire Bible, the story that is most often misunderstood, and the only story we really need to know!

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    GS-04 April 3 Noon-1:30pm
    St. Bruno Church
    15740 Citrustree Rd.
    Whittier, CA 90603
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    Big Bang and Catholicism: Origins of the Universe
    $5.00

    How do science and Bible creation stories fit together …or not? Which is true? What is the surprising origin of the Big Bang theory? Can something really be created from nothing? Why does every major Catholic University have a Physics and Biology Department? Fr. Dave will clearly explain how both God and science reveal the truth of our universe …and with plenty of time for your questions.

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    GS-05 February 28 Noon-1:30pm
    St. Bruno Church
    15740 Citrustree Rd.
    Whittier, CA 90603
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    Climate Change, Pope Francis & Film
    $5.00

    All three amazingly come together in this compelling talk by Loyola Marymount Professor fo Film and Television Production, Fr. Proenca. Pope Francis has given clear Church guidance in paying attention to our environment. What does that mean for you now? This talk will present the Pope’s ideas through compelling and dramatic film and video.

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    GS-06 February 28 12:30-2:00pm
    St. Dominic Savio Church
    13400 Bellflower Blvd.
    Bellflower, CA 90706
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    Startling New Discoveries About Our Lady of Guadalupe
    $5.00

    The latest scientific research has led to a new understanding about ancient American cultures; especially their songs and carvings about their “Flower World” beliefs, the surprising connections to Our Lady of Guadalupe and the conversions of almost 10 million Native Americans and Mexicans in just ten years after the appearance of Mary to Juan Diego.

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    GS-07 March 4 7:30-9:00pm
    St. Bruno Church
    15740 Citrustree Rd.
    Whittier, CA 90603
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    Centering Prayer: the answer to finding peace of mind
    $5.00

    In our fast paced world, many of us have a difficult time turning off our minds and seeking a place of inner peace and calm. Centering prayer is a method of finding this place of inner peace. We will explore the theory and practice of Centering Prayer. This session will be part education and discussion on the practice of Centering Prayer and part participating in a centering prayer experience.

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    SP-01 March 28 9:00-10:30 am
    Beatitudes of Our Lord
    13013 Santa Gertrudes Ave.
    Whittier, CA 90638
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    Lectio Divina: The Simple plan for daily Prayer
    $5.00

    This is an ancient method of meditating on Sacred Scripture that has its roots going back even before Christ. Fr. Paul will reveal the theory and the practice of Lectio Divina. This session will be part education and discussion on the practice of Lectio Divina and participating in a Lectio Divina Experience.

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    SP-02 February 27 7:30-9:00 pm
    St. Bruno Church
    15740 Citrustree Rd.
    Whittier, CA 90603
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    Lectio Divina: The Simple plan for daily Prayer
    $5.00

    This is an ancient method of meditating on Sacred Scripture that has its roots going back even before Christ. Fr. Paul will reveal the theory and the practice of Lectio Divina. This session will be part education and discussion on the practice of Lectio Divina and participating in a Lectio Divina Experience.

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    SP-03 March 4 7:30-9:00 pm
    Beatitudes of Our Lord
    13013 Santa Gertrudes Ave.
    Whittier, CA 90638
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    How does God speak to me?
    $5.00

    How do we find where God is speaking to us? What stops us from hearing God? What are the connections that God has created inside us to bring our Body, Mind, and Spirits together? This session will explore some of the places where God speaks to us. We will also participate in an experience of this inner connectedness.

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    SP-04 March 11 7:30-9:00 pm
    St. Mary of the Assumption Church
    7215 Newlin Ave.
    Whittier, CA 90602
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    What does God want me to do?
    $5.00

    Discernment is a decision-making process that honors the place of God’s will in our lives. It is an interior search that seeks to align our own will with the will of God in order to learn what God is calling us to. Through discernment, we understand the purpose for which we were created.  He would not give us inborn talents and temperaments, spiritual gifts and all sorts of life experiences and then not use them.

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    SP-05 March 24 7:30-9:00 pm
    St. Bruno Church
    15740 Citrustree Rd.
    Whittier, CA 90603
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    Ghosts, UFOs, Exorcisms, and things that go bump in the night: A Catholic View
    $5.00

    The paranormal is a topic that too many times triggers wild and crazy interpretations, which can lead to New Age types of explanations that take us down the wrong path. In this highly informative talk, Juan will explore the topic of ghosts, UFOs, Exorcisms, and other topics from an authentic Catholic perspective. 

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    SP-06 April 1 7:30-9:00 pm
    St. Dominic Savio Church
    13400 Bellflower Blvd.
    Bellflower, CA 90706
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    Building Intercultural Competency for Ministers and Neighbors
    $5.00

    Building intercultural competency for Ministers and even with your next door neighbors focuses on the stages of intercultural sensitivity. It aims at helping you assess your intercultural sensitivity and how to move forward in such a process. It uses the book “Building Intercultural Sensitivity” from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

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    SP-07 March 18 7:30-9:00 pm
    Beatitudes of Our Lord
    13013 Santa Gertrudes Ave.
    Whittier, CA 90638
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    Best Practices for Shared Parishes
    $5.00

    What are best practices that are used in parishes that have more than one cultural group present? The spirituality of hospitality and reconciliation are key components of this session. It uses the book: Best Practices for Shared Parishes” from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

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    SP-08 March 30 7:30-9:00 pm
    Beatitudes of Our Lord
    13013 Santa Gertrudes Ave.
    Whittier, CA 90638
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    Jesus, You are the Messiah!...Now What
    $5.00

    What are you to understand about the person of Jesus? This is the central question of the Christian faith and your answer affects every aspect of your life. Come and explore what the answer to this question looks like and how it can change your life, your family, and even your career for the better.

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    SP-09 March 26 7:30-9:00 pm
    St. Bruno Church
    15740 Citrustree Rd.
    Whittier, CA 90603
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    Jesus in the Eucharist: Trusting in the Power of the Real Presence
    $5.00

    Is the Eucharist really that powerful? What can it do for you and your family? Is the Eucharist just a brief Sunday moment? The mission and identity of the Church flow from the Eucharist. Come and hear how what Jesus did at the Last Supper can transform your family in wonderful ways. “Did I not tell you that if you trust, you will see the glory of God?” (John 11:40)

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    SP-10 March 18 7:30-9:00 pm
    St. Mary of the Assumption Church
    7215 Newlin Ave.
    Whittier, CA 90602
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    Let’s Pray: Don’t forget to talk to God!
    $5.00

    Let’s Pray: Don’t forget to talk to God!

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    SP-11 February 29 9:00-10:30 am
    Beatitudes of Our Lord
    13013 Santa Gertrudes Ave.
    Whittier, CA 90638
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    Living a New Life through Prayer
    $5.00

    Living a new transfigured life is not only an ideal, but a practical and achievable plan for your life. You must choose the lifestyle of Jesus if you really want lasting happiness. This talk will help you find that lasting happiness on a daily basis in very practical ways, at work and at home. Filomena will teach you how to make prayer an easy daily practice for a new and happier life.

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    SP-12 March 20 Noon-1:30pm
    St. Dominic Savio Church
    13400 Bellflower Blvd.
    Bellflower, CA 90706
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    Do You Know St. Francis? Do You Know Jesus?
    $5.00

    Ever wonder if St. Francis of Assisi was about more than birds and animals? Come find out what motivates 400,000 lay men and women who belong to the Secular Franciscan Order. Find out how you, too, can make a real difference in the world as a Christian Catholic Franciscan, whether as a housewife, bus driver, doctor, teacher, lawyer, gardener, computer tech person, or retired person.

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    SP-13 April 1 7:30-9:00 pm
    St. Bruno Church
    15740 Citrustree Rd.
    Whittier, CA 90603
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    Jesus According to Children: What is the "party" of Christ?
    $5.00

    Kids say the wisest things and ask the deepest questions. Why did one child ask about the “party” of Jesus?” You would love to know the answer to this question! But there is more. When we listen to what children have to say, devout Catholics and everyone searching for Jesus in their lives, will be impressed. Listen, laugh and be inspired by what children are saying about Jesus and the “party of Christ.”

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    SP-14 March 6 Noon-1:30pm
    St. Dominic Savio Church
    13400 Bellflower Blvd.
    Bellflower, CA 90706
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    Spiritual Direction for Me
    $5.00

    Would you like some personal help to find God in your life? Spiritual direction is assistance a wise person gives to help you be more attentive, responsive and more loving to God. It is not hterapy or interpersonal problem solving but focuses on friendly discussion aboutwhat you have actually experienced in your efforts to be attentive to God. If you feel you have moved away from God, spiritual direction can bring you back and help strenthen your love for God.

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    SP15 April 1 7:30-9:00 pm
    St. Mary of the Assumption Church
    7215 Newlin Ave.
    Whittier, CA 90602
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