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AROUND OUR DIOCESE

By STAFF     12/7/2021

RENTAL ASSISTANCE FOR SANTA ANA RESIDENTS
Catholic Charities of Orange County is helping the residents of Santa Ana, who may be behind with their rent due to COVID 19 circumstances, apply for rental assistance. For more information, call 714-347-9602 or email aramiro@ccoc.org.

Requirements:
– Must reside in the city of Santa Ana
– Must be behind with rent
– Must qualify under income bracket
– Must provide all required documentation to demonstrate inability to pay for rent due to COVID-19 circumstances

SIMBANG GABI
Simbang Gabi will be celebrated at 5:30 a.m. each morning from Dec. 16-23 and at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 24 at Santiago de Compostela Catholic Church in Lake Forest. Simbang Gabi is a series of Advent Novena Masses often celebrated by Filipino Catholics. On Dec. 24 everyone is asked to bring a representation of the infant Jesus to be placed by the altar for a special blessing. A light breakfast will follow the morning Masses in the parish center and Tagalog Christmas carols will be performed during the liturgies.

CHRISTMAS LESSONS & CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT
A Christmas concert will be held at Christ Cathedral, 13280 Chapman Ave., Garden Grove on Friday, Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m. The concert will feature the Diocesan children’s and adult choirs, the Cathedral Schola, the Cathedral Brass Quintet and Percussion as well as English, Spanish, Vietnamese and Chinese choirs from the Cathedral. This event is free and open to the public.

SPECIAL SERIES HOSTED BY OUR LADY OF FATIMA PARISH
Enjoy a bite to eat while attending a special theology series at H.H. Cotton’s American Bar & Grill, 201 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente. The event is nine weeks long, every Wednesday at 6 p.m. from Dec. 29 through Feb. 23, and it is a “Theology on Tap” style event in three sections: (1) “Patristics in the Pub” (three speakers on the Fathers of the Church); (2) “Medievals and Mixology” (three speakers on the medieval period of the Church); and (3) “The Magisterial Vineyard” (three speakers on the modern Magisterium). $10 suggested donation. Free childcare available at Our Lady of Fatima.
The first in this series will be held on Dec. 29: “How St. Clement of Rome Ruined My Life,” with Dr. Matthew J. Thomas, DPhil, assistant professor of Biblical studies at Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, Berkeley.