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3/23/2022

ST. BONAVENTURE SCHOOL, HUNTINGTON BEACH
Students at St. Bonaventure School in Huntington Beach recently wrote letters to first responders, such as firefighters, police officers and hospital workers, for their service and care during the pandemic. Hoag Hospital was so touched by the letters that they brought special teddy bears and toy stethoscopes for St. Bonaventure students to enjoy.

In addition, St. Bonaventure recently participated in the Fish with the Force event, which paired them with Huntington Beach police officers, a local fishing club, Kiwanis volunteer and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. At Carr Park, the group taught the children how to bait hooks and fish and presented other fun facts about the fish.

ST. BONAVENTURE STUDENTS RECENTLY PARTICIPATED IN THE FISH WITH THE FORCE EVENT. PHOTO COURTESY OF ST. BONAVENTURE SCHOOL

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID FOR ADULTS
Mental health first aid for adults will be offered on April 2 at the Pastoral Center on the Christ Cathedral campus. Sign-ups should be submitted by March 24 to receive the online pre-work.

The class is being offered by Catholic instructors to help train those who want to be involved in mental health ministry.

Mental Health First Aid USA is an evidence-based training that teaches participants how to identify, understand and respond to someone who is experiencing a mental health or substance-use challenge.

Why is mental health literacy important? What people in a parish know and believe about mental illness will have a direct impact on a parish’s ability to minister to people with a mental illness and their families. If there is a broad understanding that mental illness is, in fact, an illness that is not the fault of the person with the mental illness, then more compassion, empathy and companionship can be found in the parish community.

For more information, visit catholicmhm. org or email marnold@rcbo.org

“A NIGHT OF COUNTY UNDER THE STARS’
The Orange Catholic Foundation’s gala for 2022, “A Night of County Under the Stars,” is in less than a month!

This year’s gala will honor the Walker family of Farmers & Merchants Bank and Dr. Vincent Nguyen for their involvement, devotion and commitment to the Faith and to the community of Orange County and beyond. The gala will be held on Saturday, April 2 at the Christ Cathedral campus.

The event will begin with Mass at 4:30 p.m. in Christ Cathedral, followed by a cocktail reception, then dinner and ending the night with dancing. Entertainment is by Gary LeVox, lead singer of Rascal Flatts.

There is still time to become a partner or to purchase tickets for this event. Proceeds from the gala’s special appeal will provide support to the Priests Retirement Fund.

For any questions, please email Gennifer Billish or call (714) 282-3138.

ALPHA SERIES
Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in La Habra invites you to a free night of meaningful conversation and delicious food. Alpha is a series of interactive sessions that explore the Christian faith. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation.

The program will run in both English and Spanish. The church is located at 900 W. La Habra Blvd.

Schedule
Fridays at 7 p.m. in the Coleman Center
April 1, 8, 15 & 22
Retreat: Saturday, April 30, 9 a.m.
May 6, 13, 20, & 27 | June 3
To register, visit www.olglahabra.org/register-for-alpha.

OUR LADY OF GUADALOUPE CATHOLIC CHURCH, LA HABRA. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE DIOCESE OF ORANGE

POTLUCK BOOK STUDY
The popular potluck book study of the book The Imitation of Mary: Keys to Growth and Grace returns to St. Hedwig Catholic Church in Los Alamitos.

On April 22, author Fr. Quan Tran will discuss his topic on Chapter 11,”Desire, and Efforts in Holiness.”

Participants are invited to contribute to the potluck.

The study will take place in Quinn Hall. Doors open at 6 p.m., with the potluck at 6:30 p.m. and the discussion at 7:15 p.m.

GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP
St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Irvine has started a new grief support group that meets weekly for 13 sessions.

It is offered by volunteers and it is Christ-centered and Biblical. Each session consists of a video, small group discussion and at-home workbook activities. The public is invited to attend.

It meets Monday evenings, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., starting April 25. It also meets Tuesday mornings from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., starting April 26.

For more information visit www.stmirvine.org

ST. THOMAS MORE CATHOLIC CHURCH, IRVINE. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE DIOCESE OF ORANGE