We continue our series on faith formation and volunteering opportunities with one of the most beautiful journeys in faith tradition: the journey of a child towards their First Eucharist. Children in first grade or older can begin this process in our family-based, 2-year program. In participation with their parents, families explore together how to integrate faith into their daily lives, all while preparing for the sacraments. Experiencing the transformative power of their first reconciliation in the second year, children are prepared for the big day of their first communion in the presence of their family and friends. For more information about our sacramental preparation process, contact for more information.
MOMs of St. Monica will be gathering in-person for a summertime playgroup on the following Saturdays: July 23, Aug 13 & Aug 27 from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. All MOMs are welcome! Bring your children, snacks and meet us at the Play Structure on the Schoolyard. Contact for more information.
We will be in-person this week during the 9:30 a.m. Mass - thank you Michelle the message of God's love with our children. Thank you Michelle!
Participate in a 9-month experience of weekly spiritual direction based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola with a Director In-Training starting in September 2022.
The Faith Formation Team:
Suzette Sornborger, Pastoral Associate & Director Dominik Gnirs, Assoc. Director
God calls each one of us to bring our gifts and charisms to build the Kingdom of God. Do you feel a tug towards serving in a ministry? Do you need help discerning? Talk with us and we will be happy to help you!
We are here to support you - reach out to us to participate or volunteer, or to just learn about our ministry opportunities!
In today’s Gospel, Jesus sends out 72 people to go ahead of him to every town and place he plans to visit, proclaiming that the Kingdom of God is at hand. He sends them two by two. In the Law of Moses two witnesses were needed for a testimony to be credible. It was probably also a safer way to travel.
Jesus admits it will be difficult, that he is sending them out like lambs among wolves. Yet they are to bring nothing with them, not even a money bag or sandals. They are to greet no one on the way so as not to be distracted from their mission. When they enter a house, their message is simply “peace.” The response they will receive may be positive or negative. Either way, they are to know that the Kingdom of God is at hand. They are to heal the sick as a sign that the Kingdom of God is at hand for them. Like Jesus' miracles, healing is a sign of the coming of the kingdom. If the town does not receive them, they will shake the dust from their feet and move on. Even in the case of such rejection they should know that the Kingdom of God is at hand.
A key theme of today's Gospel and last Sunday's Gospel is discipleship—its challenges, its difficulties, and its rewards. Sharing in the mission of Jesus is difficult, but everyone is called to do it, not just some professionals trained for ministry. Even for us today, we can share God’s amazing love and grace!
Registration for the confirmation program will open in August.
Confirmation calls upon us the Holy Spirit, confirming our baptismal call to follow Jesus. Have you not received the sacrament yet and are you an adult? Join us for this year’s adult confirmation preparation, starting this Saturday. For more information, please reach out to Suzette or Dominik. S or .
Check out the Catholic Conversations page for past recordings, upcoming events, speaker bios, and more!
We have joined another WCCM group on Tuesday evenings via Zoom for meditation — the facilitator is a former member of our group who now resides in Orange County and leads a group at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Long Beach. Others interested are welcome to join should email: .
“We all have a Wonder Woman inside of us." Women of St. Monica is a faith sharing experience that focuses on bringing out the creative feminine spirit. Through this fellowship with God and each other, we make new connections and journey together in our calling to be women of God
Being a mom is one of the most rewarding vocations, but it can also be emotionally taxing, in both good and harmful ways. Mother's of Monica (MOMs) is a weekly gathering of moms from all walks of life, backgrounds, and circumstances. Come be fed so you can feed! - Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.
The Fishers of Men group is still meeting at their regular time via Zoom meetings, sharing faith and breaking into small groups to have conversations about their journey. Contact Lloyd Fredericks at (310) 493-0933, if you would like to participate.
We offer two options for individuals: Saturday Series, drop-ins welcome led by Fr. Prosper. Beginning in May, we will offer a more structured small-group focused study of the Acts of the Apostles. Click below to learn more and register!