“CATHOLICS INVADE THE BAR” SPEAKER SERIES
The first of the “Catholics Invade the Bar” speaker series, organized by Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, took place Dec. 29 at H.H. Cotton’s in San Clemente. The program was entitled, “How St. Clement of Rome Ruined My Life,” and featured speaker was Matthew J. Thomas, DPhil, assistant professor of Biblical studies at Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, Berkeley.
The nine-week series runs through Feb. 23 and 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.
Enjoy a bite to eat while attending this special theology series at H.H. Cotton’s American Bar & Grill, 201 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente. For more information, visit http://www. catholicsinvadethebar.com/
THE MASS FOR THE PROTECTION OF UNBORN CHILDREN
The Mass for the Protection of Unborn Children is will be celebrated on Friday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. at Christ Cathedral.
Commemorating the 49th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Bishop Kevin W. Vann invites our Catholic community as well as all people of goodwill to join together in prayer for an end to abortion, healing for those involved in abortion and an increased respect for all human life. There will be a special blessing and prayer for those attending OneLife LA the following day and for those who are supporting and participating in the Walking with Moms in Need initiative at parishes.
OneLife LA 2022 is back in-person on Saturday, Jan. 22, beginning at 12 noon in downtown LA. Register at onelifela.org.
INFO SESSIONS ON WORLD YOUTH DAY
The next World Youth Day will take place in Lisbon, Portugal in August 2023.
The Diocese of Orange Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry will host three information sessions for young adults to introduce them to World Youth Day and to present potential itineraries for this pilgrimage. Young adults are invited to learn more about the possibility of attending this experience and give their feedback regarding itinerary options.
The information sessions will take place on Monday, Jan. 24 and Thursday Jan. 27 in person at the Pastoral Center, at Christ Cathedral campus and Monday, Jan. 31 via Zoom.
BECOMING HOLY SPOUSES DATING & MARRIAGE WORKSHOP AT ST. POLYCARP
On Saturday, Feb. 5 St. Polycarp Catholic Church will host a practical dating and marriage workshop for young adults ages 18 to 35. The intention of this event is to prepare young adults to become holy spouses through dating and marriage relationships. Single, engaged and married young adults are welcome! Spots are limited!
Early bird pricing is $27, or $35 at the door. Coffee, water and lunch will be provided. All remaining proceeds will be donated to pro-life centers in California.
For tickets, visit https://www. eventbrite.com/e/dating-marriage-workshop- tickets-231888634147
2022 SOLIDARITY WALK AND PRAYER VIGIL
The St. Irenaeus Health Ministry’s Bridge of Light: Human Trafficking to Human Triumph Ministry invites you to join their 2022 Solidarity Walk and Prayer Vigil from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 7 to honor human trafficking victims. The event will be held at St. Irenaeus Catholic Church, 5201 Ever-green Ave. in Cypress.
The Solidarity Walk and Prayer Vigil will begin with Taize prayer in the church. Then everyone will walk in a candlelit procession to several stations, where we will turn on the light to recognize victims hidden in plain sight. We will shine our light to reveal the causes of human trafficking; how our purchases affect the lives of others; the ways men, women and children are victimized in sex and labor trafficking; and how laborers are exploited and trapped in farms, factories and ships. We will then conclude our vigil walk to the Education Building, where a short presentation will take place.
Note that this annual walk and vigil also honors St. Josephine Bakhita, patron saint of human trafficking victims, whose Feast Day is the next day (Feb. 8) as well as the International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking.
Please join us in prayerful solidarity to shine light on the darkness of human trafficking and learn how to fight this heinous crime. If you have any questions or would like more information, contact Monica Kovach, chair of Bridge of Light Ministry, at (310) 490-6113.