Divine Saviour & St. Ann


Laudate pueri Dominum laudate nomen Domini - Ps. 112.1

22 March 2020

Fourth Sunday of Lent

Our Lenten journey continues this Sunday as we hear of Jesus healing a blind man in the Gospel of John. Jesus proclaims himself the light of the world, a light that overcomes darkness and enables a new capacity to see. The man, blind from birth, was able to begin his path to sight by first acknowledging his blindness. We are reminded of God’s ongoing invitation to us to journey from blindness to sight. We begin by acknowledging our own capacity for “blind spots,” and so open ourselves to uncomfortable truths and to God’s healing. We are invited to see beyond appearances, as the reading from Samuel indicates, and to look into the heart of things. We are invited to “live as children of light” as the letter to the Ephesians teaches. Like the man healed from blindness, we may gradually learn to see fully and to follow Jesus.

ADLA Capital Campaign

Thank you for supporting the future of Faith and Church

Parish Goal

Pledges Total

Amount Paid

Amount Pledged

Divine Saviour $435,000




Saint Ann $135,000




Together in Mission 2020 

Thank you for the love and support you show to your parish

Parish Goal

Paid to Date

Divine Saviour           $23,477


Saint Ann                   $ 10,060





Divine Saviour Church

Parish Events: 2911 Idell Street, Los Angeles, CA 90065

Saint Ann Church

Parish Events: 1365 Blake Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90031

Divine Saviour School

School Events: 624 Cypress Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90065

*2019-2020 School Calendar: Here is the link for the school calendar, to keep up to date with the school activities. Tinyurl.com/DS20192020


*Leadership Team Message: Welcome Back and Happy New Year! May God's blessings shower upon you and your families in this new year with peace, prosperity, good health and love. As mentioned in the letter we sent out on Wednesday, we have some new changes at the school. We have a new STEM teacher. We are happy to have Mr. Oda join our school family. Mr. Oda will be teaching STEM (Math and Science) to students from third through eighth grade. Also, Mr. Oda is now the homeroom teacher for 5th grade. Mrs. Cierpich will be teaching Music to all the students on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Ms. Hernandez will be teaching Humanities (Social Studies and Religion) for fifth through eighth grade. She will also be the homeroom teacher for 6th grade.

*New P.E. Schedule: Tuesdays: 7th and 8th grade, Thursdays: 5th and 6th grade, Fridays: TK/Kinder, 1st/2nd grade, and 3rd/4th grade. The students who have P.E. on Fridays may already come dressed in their P.E. uniform. Students should have their shirts tucked in and they need to wear their school sweater with the logo on Fridays due to morning mass.

*School Uniform: As mentioned before, we have not made any changes to the uniform school policy. Students need to come in full uniform daily, that includes wearing their vest everyday, wearing the correct school sweater or jacket with the school logo. Any students who are wearing a different sweater or jacket will be asked to take it off in class. Also on Fridays, students in 5th through 8th should be wearing full uniform with vest, and ties for Mass. This is for both girls and boys. Eighth grade students are allowed to wear their eighth grade sweaters.

*Bingo: Parents, it is important that you sign-up to do your bingo hours. If you have already worked your bingo hours but still need to complete your service hours, we ask that you sign-up to help with bingo.  We invite parents to also come and support bingo by coming to play. Bingo is a major fundraiser that helps support the school financially. To ensure that we have enough volunteers for each Bingo, families can sign up for bingos per date instead of being assigned by month. Each family is required to sign up for two bingos per student enrolled in our school. If you are receiving financial aid from the school, you have been asked to do additional from the school, you have been asked to do additional bingos (this is listed in your contract). Please sign up for the required number of bingos. Please note that this is a serious obligation as all families receive aid from the bingos. We need up to ten volunteers per night.

*Registration for the 2019-2020 school year is open. If you are interested in registering your child please stop by the school office (no appointment necessary) or call the office at 323-222-6077 to speak to Mr. Carvalho, principal.

DSSA Religious Education

Religious Education office: 2911 Idell Street, Los Angeles, CA 90095

*Registration for 2019-2020: Registration is now closed.

Parents are welcome to attend Faith Formation Parents every Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday at 7pm, or Saturday at 9am.


Divine Saviour Bingo to benefit school

 2911 Idell Street, Los Angeles, CA 90095

Join us every Friday night for Divine Saviour Bingo!

Doors open at 4pm. 

First time players receive a free main game with the purchase of their buy-in. Anyone who recommends a first-time player will also receive a free main game. For more information please consult the bingo manager or visit our website www.dssala.org/bingo.

Thank you to all our dedicated volunteers for their continued support. If you’re interested in volunteering please send us an email at  bingo@dssala.org.

DS Sunday Announcements

  1. Every Friday, we have the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 9am until 5pm. All are invited.
  2. Thank you to all the families that have been making your contributions to Called to Renew. If you have not begun making your commitment contributions, we ask that you please start and continue to make those contributions. If you have any questions in regards to called to renew or would like to make a new commitment, please contact the parish office.
  3. El Club de Literatura los invita cada miércoles a su reunión en la oficina parroquial de 9am-11am. Todos estan invitados.

SA Sunday Announcements

  1. Join us for bible study on Mondays in the hall from 6:30pm-7:30pm. No prior knowledge of the Bible is necessary, no need to bring a Bible.
  2. Thank you to the families that are continuing with their Called to Renew commitments. If you have not started or stopped. You can make your monthly contributions by dropping them off in the weekly offering or in the parish office. If you have not made your commitment to Called to Renew or if you have any questions. Please contact the office.
  3. Acompáñenos cada martes para confesiones a las 5:30 de la tarde. Misa a las 6:30 y adoración al santísimo hasta las 8. Todos estan invitados.

Important Information and Continuing Events

in the Parish/Region/Archdiocese

Useful Information to assist our undocumented community

As people of God, let’s help our undocumented community with the help that is possible and show that the church is here for them. They are not alone. Here are some informational tool to assist families with questions.

Understanding ICE enforcement

 Best practice recommendations

 Three immigration workshops available next week

Please share the flyer of the link below with anyone who would like to attend one of three workshops we will have next week. The workshops will include resources featured below and legal professionals who can offer free advice. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FLYERS

General resources

The Justice for Immigrants website has a one-page document with Spanish and English links to:

 The Catholic Legal Immigration Network also has a page dedicated to resources for legal help, guidance on understanding your rights, guardianship planning, and information on how to prepare for the end of status.


Entendiendo el trabajo de ICE

• ICE no sale a la c”omunidad para verificar el estado legal de las personas al azar. Tienen una lista de casos prioritarios y, con mayor frecuencia, saben dónde encontrar a esas personas.

• Los casos prioritarios para ICE incluyen (pero no se limitan) a cualquier persona que haya recibido una orden final de deportación por parte de un juez federal, cualquier persona que esté indocumentada y haya sido arrestada por un policía, cualquier persona que no haya asistido a una audiencia judicial de inmigración o que haya evadido un “aviso de comparecencia”.

• Otra forma en que los agentes federales pueden detener a una persona es cuando se encuentren con policías que estén cumpliendo órdenes en casos como los mencionados anteriormente. Esto se denomina “arresto colateral” y es muy probable que suceda si una persona no puede demostrar que tiene estatus legal.

• La policía local y los alguaciles no piden prueba de estatus legal. No hacen cumplir la ley de inmigración, pero siempre deben respetar y cooperar con todas las autoridades policiales.

Recomendaciones de mejores prácticas

• Evitar cualquier actividad ilícita o criminal. Si una persona indocumentada es arrestada se convertirá en una prioridad para ICE.

• Incluso los activistas que son indocumentados pueden ser detenidos y esas personas serían de alta prioridad para ICE.

• Evite asociarse con personas indocumentadas que hayan sido arrestadas en el pasado. Ellas son consideradas objetivos de alta prioridad, y usted debe evitar ser un “arrestado colateral”.

• No huya de, o impida que los agentes federales cumplan órdenes. Esto puede llevar a cargos adicionales y la situación puede ser más grave.

• Si usted se encuentra dentro de uno de los grupos de personas enumeradas anteriormente entre las prioridades de ICE, busque un abogado. No busque ayuda legal de grupos de activistas o de abogados inescrupulosos. Vea abajo la lista de contactos de abogados.

• Si ha recibido una notificación para comparecer en la corte de inmigración, usted debe presentarse. El no aparecer le convierte en una prioridad para ICE.

• Si le deportan y le atrapan intentando regresar ilegalmente a los EE. UU., es posible que usted enfrente serios cargos. Los tribunales de inmigración son más agresivos ahora en estos casos y el castigo es más severo.

• Si usted o alguien que conoce está detenido, no tiene que firmar nada y debe buscar la ayuda de un abogado.

Tres talleres de inmigración disponibles la próxima semana

Comparta el volante en este enlace con cualquiera que desee asistir a uno de los tres talleres que tendremos la próxima semana. Los talleres incluirán información de recursos que se detallan a continuación y profesionales legales que pueden ofrecer asesoramiento gratuito.

Recursos generales

El sitio web de Justicia para los inmigrantes tiene un documento de una página con enlaces en español e inglés a:

• Nueve maneras de protegerse de la deportación

• Videos de “Conozca sus derechos” que se pueden ver en teléfonos móviles

• Información sobre la importancia de registrarse en su parroquia

• Información sobre proveedores de servicios legales locales

La Red de Inmigración Legal Católica también tiene una página dedicada a recursos para ayuda legal, orientación para comprender sus derechos, planeación de la tutela e información sobre cómo prepararse para el fin del estatus.

New This Week:

1. Separated and Divorced Ministry in the Office of Family Life:  “Healing the Hearts of the Family” with Judy McCord, L.M.F.T., Thursday, February 6, in South Pasadena

Separated and Divorced Ministry in the Office of Family Life is sponsoring “Healing the Hearts of the Family,” a presentation by Judy McCord, L.M.F.T.  It will be held on Thursday, February 6, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., at Holy Family Parish in South Pasadena.  It will be held in the parish’s Cardinal Manning Room.  This event is free and open to the public; however, reservations are requested.  To make a reservation, or for more information, please contact Julie Monell Auzenne at 213-637-7249 or at: jmonell@la-archdiocese.org 

2. Catholic Charities of Los Angeles:  Free Services for People who Have Already Applied for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Every Tuesday in Los Angeles

Catholic Charities of Los Angeles is offering free services each Tuesday, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at its offices at 1530 James M. Wood Blvd. in Los Angeles (near the intersection of James M. Wood Blvd. and Union Ave.).  They are helping people who have already applied for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in their work with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (U.S.C.I.S.).  Please note that U.S.C.I.S. will not accept any initial DACA applications, nor will they accept Advance Parole requests.  Catholic Charities of Los Angeles will pay the U.S.C.I.S. filing fee of $495.  People need to bring the following documents:

Appointments are recommended.  To schedule an appointment, or for more information, please call Catholic Charities of Los Angeles at 213-251-3484.

3. Get on the Bus Program:  Volunteers Needed

The “Get on the Bus” Program is a non-profit program that unites children with their mothers and fathers in prison in California.  It is part of the Center for Restorative Justice Works (CRJW).  All are invited to consider being a volunteer.  To learn more about the program and to sign up, please contact the regional coordinator for your area: 

For Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, Lancaster, Ventura, and Santa Barbara, please contact:

Adriana Franco



For San Gabriel Valley and Long Beach, please contact:

Robert Martinez



For more information, please access: https://crjw.us/programs/get-on-the-bus/

4. Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health and Our Lady of Grace Parish in Encino:  Free Mental Health Workshops, Saturdays, January 25 through April 18

Our Lady of Grace Parish in Encino is hosting a series of free Mental Health Workshops run by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.  They will take place on Saturdays, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., from January 25, through April 18.  Topics will include:  Mental Health and Stigma; Anxiety; Depression; Grief and Loss; Suicide Prevention; and much more.  These events are free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact Beth Boyd at 818-906-3634.

5. Office of Life, Justice and Peace: Workshops on Catholic Social Teaching, Wednesday, March 11, in English, in Los Angeles; and Wednesday, March 25, in Spanish, in Los Angeles

The Office of Life, Justice, and Peace is sponsoring a workshop on Catholic Social Teaching.

English: Wednesday, March 11, at 7:00 p.m., at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Los Angeles.

Spanish: Wednesday, March 25, at 7:00 p.m., at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Los Angeles.

These workshops are free and open to the public.  Register for either of these workshops by calling the Office of Life, Justice, and Peace at 213-637-7632.

6. Holy Family Parish in South Pasadena, and Inward Bound Center for Nonprofit Leadership:  Free One-and-a-half Day Workshop, “Racism in America:  What is Mine to Do?” Friday, March 27, and Saturday, March 28

Holy Family Parish in South Pasadena is hosting a free one-and-a-half-day workshop.  “Racism in America:  What is Mine to Do?” will be held on Friday, March 27, from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m., continuing on Saturday, March 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Endorsed by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Bishop David O’Connell, this workshop is an engaging, fast moving format on what you can do, now, to move the needle on racism.  No history lesson, panel discussion, or debating current events.  Be challenged and inspired to discover the gifts of race, and how you can do your part to dismantle racism.  What the workshop is not:  There is no history of racism. We do not debate current events, make long presentations, or convince others of our point of view.  We do not cover other issues including gender, socioeconomic status, or age.  Expected outcomes include:  Discern ‘What Is Mine To Do’ when it comes to racial healing and reconciliation.  Learn how to start and stay in conversations about race, and how to respond when racism appears.  Difficult topics will include:  There will be unfinished business. Race relations are not fixed in a workshop.  Particularly for white participants, how to manage shutting down, defensiveness, and certitude when talking about racism.  Gifts to be received may include:  Looking in their past, participants decide what experiences, beliefs, and assumptions will be brought forward, and what to leave behind.  Masterful facilitators ensure honesty and respect prevail.  Every workshop is co-led by a white coach and a coach of color.  The experience features cross-race conversations.  The workshop is limited to 80 people.  Online registration is available at: https://racism-in-america-workshop-mar-27-28.eventbrite.com

Due to a generous grant, this workshop is free to participants; however, freewill donations will be gratefully accepted.

For questions, please contact Catherine Perry at 404-386-8434 or at: cperry@inwardboundcenter.org

7. Southern California Renewal Communities:  S.C.R.C. Spring Conference, " Living in the Power of God's Word, " Saturday, April 4, in Burbank

The Southern California Renewal Communities (S.C.R.C.) is holding its Spring Conference, "Living in the Power of God's Word" on Saturday, April 4, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., at St. Finbar Parish Hall, 2010 W. Olive Ave., (at Keystone), in Burbank.  Topics and speakers include: "Transformed by God's Word" and "Guided by God's Word" with Fr. Jim Nisbet, renowned speaker and Biblical scholar; "Strengthened by God's Word" with Kay Murdy, co-founder of the Catholic Bible Institute for the Los Angeles Archdiocese.  The day also includes:  Palm Sunday Vigil Mass with Fr. Bill Adams, C.Ss.R.  Homily: "Healed by God's Word."  Cost for this event is $22 if paid in full before Monday, March 23; or $27 at the door.  Bring sack lunch or patronize nearby restaurants.  For questions or registration, please call S.C.R.C. at 818-771-1361; e-mail spirit@scrc.org or access www.scrc.org


Divine Saviour Church & St. Ann Church

Los Angeles, California