Thur. Holy hour- 6:30 pm & Sunday Mass 11:00 .am. Trilingual. live-stream on Facebook
National Italian Parish for Southern California
Pastor: Fr. Louis Piran, c.s.
National Italian Parish for Southern California
Pastor: Fr. Louis Piran, c.s.
The coronavirus pandemic has exposed us to an unprecedented calamity of suffering, death and involuntary distancing from family and friends. We are also experiencing the painful disruption of our Sacramental life, having been cut off from weekly Mass and the reception of Communion, but also from the physical fellowship that has been so central at St. Peter’s, thanks to activities organized by the church’s societies. I miss you all, guys!
Many of us assume that, when the pandemic is finally contained, our liturgical and community life will quickly return to normal or “almost normal”. But there is a challenge and a danger to the restoration of our Parish Community’s life: a shortage of money.
As you might know, St. Peter’s receives no outside support and has no endowment; it is dependent upon Mass collections, Feast’s donations, Societies’ contributions, and events revenues at Casa Italiana to finance its operations. Now even the doors of Casa Italiana are locked.
Our Parish has always relied on generous contributions on major holidays like Easter for a financial boost, but this year we had to lock our doors instead, and celebrate Mass facing empty pews. I am glad that many of you have been joining the live-screening Mass and Adoration from St. Peter every week. We are praying together that we may soon come together.
They predict that, even when the coronavirus is contained, social-distancing norms will restrict Mass attendance to a fraction of its pre-pandemic size, perhaps for up to 18 months. We need to re-invent our way of contributing to the well-being of the ministry of our Parish. For instance: can we find volunteers to work in the rectory office for one or two days a week? Please, let me know if you are considering it. How else can you help? Some have been making a contribution online by going to https://stpeteritalianchurchla.org/ or mailing in their weekly or monthly contribution and others have made a special one, knowing that many cannot afford it in these special circumstances.
It goes without saying that our primary focus is on helping the victims of the coronavirus pandemic and cooperating to eradicate or contain it as soon as possible. At the same time, it is worth remembering that the church structure that our parents and grandparents helped build with their nickels and dimes contributions, is desperately in need of your generosity.
If, emerging from this calamity, we desire to find our church doors open and traditional pastoral care restored, our church needs your continue involvement and financial generosity now. I am sure that you will find your way to help and I thank you very much.
The Archdiocese of Los Angeles announced this afternoon the suspension of Masses amid the current health threat due to COVID-19 (novel coronavirus).“I deeply regret that we are forced to temporarily suspend public celebration of the Mass in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles,” said Archbishop José H. Gomez. “What we do in the Church, we do out of love for God and love for our brothers and sisters. We are taking this extraordinary step today out of love and concern for those in our families and communities who are most vulnerable to this deadly coronavirus.”
Archbishop Gomez stressed that the decision was “not made lightly,” and that it was made after “much prayer and reflection” and in consultation with the Archdiocese’s auxiliary bishops, Council of Priests, lay advisors, and government and public health officials.“I ask your continued prayers for all those who are afflicted with this virus and those who are afraid and vulnerable. I also ask you to pray and reach out to help the many families who are facing difficulties as a result of this emergency. We also need to keep in our prayers all the doctors, nurses, caregivers, and public health and civil authorities working to contain the outbreak of this virus and treat those who are sick,” stated the Archbishop. Catholics are encouraged to continue to pray at home with their families and join to the sacrifice of the Mass by making an act of spiritual communion. They are also encouraged to participate in the Holy Mass via the Internet.
The Archdiocese will provide a livestream of non-public Masses from the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels daily and on Sunday via Facebook, @lacatholics, (facebook.com/lacatholics/) or visit lacatholics.org/emergency/. The daily Mass (M-F) in English at 12:10 p.m. and the Sunday Masses in English at 10 a.m. and in Spanish at 12:30 p.m. will be livestreamed. # # #
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LA ARQUIDIÓCESIS ANUNCIA SUSPENSIÓN DE MISAS DEBIDO A L A PANDEMIA DEL COVID-19 16 de marzo del 2020 La Arquidiócesis de Los Ángeles anunció esta tarde la suspensión de las Misas en vista de la actual amenaza de salud debido al COVID-19 (coronavirus).“Lamento profundamente que nos veamos forzados a suspender temporalmente la celebración pública de la Misa en la Arquidiócesis de Los Ángeles”, dijo el Arzobispo José H. Gomez. “Lo que hacemos en la Iglesia, lo hacemos por el amor a Dios y por el amor hacia nuestros hermanos y hermanas. Hoy estamos tomando este paso extraordinario por el amor y la preocupación por aquellos que en nuestras familias y comunidades son los más vulnerables ante este mortal coronavirus”.
El Arzobispo Gomez reiteró que la decisión no “fue hecha a la ligera”, y que fue tomada después de “mucha oración y reflexión” y después de consulta con los obispos auxiliares de la Arquidiócesis, con el Consejo de Sacerdotes, con asesores laicos, y con funcionarios gubernamentales y de salud pública. “Les pido sus oraciones continuas para todos aquellos que están afectados por este virus, por quienes tienen temor y por los más vulnerables. Además, les pido que oren y se acerquen a ayudar a las familias que están enfrentando dificultades como resultado de esta emergencia. También necesitamos mantener en nuestras oraciones a todos los médicos, enfermeras, cuidadores, y a las autoridades civiles y de salud pública que están trabajando para contener el brote de este virus y están tratando a quienes están enfermos”, declaró el Arzobispo.Se anima a los católicos a continuar orando en casa con sus familias y a unirse en el sacrificio de la Misa haciendo un acto de comunión espiritual. También se les anima a participar en la Santa Misa vía Internet.
La Arquidiócesis hará transmisiones en vivo de Misas no públicas celebradasen la Catedral de Nuestra Señora de Los Ángeles a diario y el domingo, vía Facebook, @lacatholics, (facebook.com/lacatholics/) o visitando lacatholics.org/emergency/. Se harántransmisiones en vivo de la Misa diaria (lunes a viernes) en inglés a las 12:10 p.m. y de las Misas de los domingos, en inglés a las 10 a.m. y en español a las 12:30 p.m.
The Parish of St. Peter was founded in the year 1904 to care for the spiritual and social needs of Italian immigrants who came to America in search of religious, social, and economic freedom.
Today, through liturgical, educational and social programs, St. Peter’s Italian Church in Los Angeles continues the mandate given to the Missionaries of St. Charles by their founder Blessed John Baptist Scalabrini to care for all migrants as they journey toward the Kingdom of God. Find out more information on our history: