By STAFF     3/28/2023

The United States Naval Academy Glee Club performed at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Newport Beach on March 14.

The singers were at one time all male, but the 80-member United States Naval Academy Glee Club is now comprised of both the Academy’s Women’s Glee Club and the Men’s Glee Club. The Women’s Glee Club was founded in 1976 when women first entered the Naval Academy and is the only all-female military choral ensemble in the world. For the evening’s performance, the groups first sang separately, then joined to make the Combined Glee Club.

“A special congratulations to the Navy choirs now that they have both male and female voices,” said Fr. Steve Sallot, pastor of Our Lady Queen of Angels. “We are grateful to have them perform here, and we salute their service.”

Dr. Aaron Smith has been the glee club’s conductor for the past 16 years. He said that upon graduation, the glee club members will be commissioned officers in the Navy and the Marine Corps.

“I am inspired every single day,” he said.
-By Mara Casey

On March 17, our Diocese’s Catholic elementary school educators attended Spring Educator Day, a professional development training session at the Christ Cathedral campus in Garden Grove.

The educators learned valuable information from Friendzy, a social emotional character development learning program, that they can take back to their schools and apply in their classrooms with their colleagues. Some of what they learned included how to build community and connections as educators so they can maximize their strengths and better support one another. They also learned everyday tools to strengthen the mental health and well-being of students.

Our Diocese’s amazing educators had a wonderful day of learning!

Thank you to the presenters and the school management team for coordinating the event.


St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus Council 6020 announce a new theological speaker series, titled “Catholics Invade the Bar: ¡Viva México!”

They are partnering with St. Vincent de Paul parishioners Olivia and Rafaél Jimenez, owners of Casa Jimenez restaurant in Huntington Beach, for this nine week series of dynamic lectures by exciting speakers from across the country, beginning April 19 and continuing until June 14.

Each Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Catholics Invade the Bar will meet at Casa Jimenez to learn more about the “faith delivered once and for all to the saints” (Jude 3).

Space is limited, so register now! The suggested donation for each evening is $15 or $135 for the whole series.

Food and drink will be available for purchase at Casa Jimenez, so come hungry and thirsty both for a tasty meal and for the truth.

This is the second edition of Catholics Invade the Bar, which Fr. William Goldin started at his previous parish, Our Lady of Fatima in San Clemente. The first series was a sold-out success and was recorded by Guadalupe Radio. To register, please visit catholicsinvade.com