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Christine A. Gerety, Ph.D., Director of Spiritual Care & Engagement:  | (310) 566-1531

Welcome to the Spirituality Center at St. Monica Catholic Community! We are glad you are here with us. The Center opened in August of 2021 through the vision and leadership of the late Fr Dave Ayotte. The Center exists to provide opportunities for individuals to deepen their relationship with Christ through a variety of experiences based on Catholic spirituality.

 

       Discover New Ways to Deepen Your Relationship with Christ

 

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                        Important Dates:

                           ♦  Monthly Spiritual Direction: Currently Accepting Applications

                           ♦ Spiritual Chats: Available upon request, please email

                           ♦ Spiritual Exercises in Everday Life (SEEL): Registration is open for 2024-25!

                           ♦ Giving The Exercises (GTE): Stay Tuned For More Info

 

Healing Your Soul! Levanté 4 with Fr. Fish Is Now Available!!
 

 

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It's Time for Healing Your Soul with Dr. Michael DiPaolo!

 

Monthly Gathering

 

The Healing Your Soul Monthly Gatherings with Dr. Michael DiPaolo meets each month at 7 p.m. in the Spirituality Center. The sessions blend a contemplative Christian perspective with Internal Family Systems theory. Each evening has a standalone presentation, guided meditation, time for reflection and discussion. All are welcome! RSVP to Christine at or 310-566-1531.

 

Fight, Flight, or Keep Calm and Carry On!...

 

Healing Your Soul Monthly Gathering

Bringing Stability to the Body’s 911 System!

 

Wednesday, July 10

7 p.m.

The Spirituality Center at St. Monica

 

 

 Mark your calendars for our next Healing Your Soul Monthly Gathering on July 10th, when we will be “Bringing Stability to the Body’s 911 System!”  When your brain perceives danger, it mobilizes the fight or flight response in the body to protect us.  Sometimes effective, sometimes destructive, but always extinguishing pain. We dub them firefighters.  And some of the more impulsive ones – addictions, rage, dissociation – take a lot of heat for doing their jobs. We’ll approach them in a new way, understanding their efforts, and see if we can help them to ease back.

 

The evenings are open to everyone, even if you haven't made the retreat yet!

 

Dr. Michael DiPaolo is a clinical psychologist & certified Imago Relationship Therapist in private practice in West Los Angeles.  Dr DiPaolo integrates psychology and spirituality into his work with individuals and couples.  He has been active in many ministries as a St. Monica member for over 25 years, including  counseling over 1,500 couples in marriage preparation.  Dr. DiPaolo is a frequent speaker, workshop presenter and retreat leader at parish and archdiocesan gatherings.  Dr. DiPaolo has been married to his wife Jennie for 21 years. They have 3 wonderful children, along with a hyperactive dog. He can be found online at www.DrMichaelD.com.

 

 Levanté with Fr. Michael Fish, OSB, Cam.
Levanté 4 Is Now Available!!

fr. michael fish

St. Monica is so excited to offer our community opportunity to find out more about Fr. Michael Fish's Levanté Retreats! Fr. Michael, a retreat master and beloved speaker at St. Monica, has created an innovative video retreat series that can be done at home, inspired by his most recent pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago. 

 

Summer 2024

Online HERE

 

Upcoming Levanté 1 Retreats

        July 4-17
       August 1-14

 

Upcoming Levanté 2 Retreats

               July 4-17
       August 1-14

 

Upcoming Levanté 3 Retreats

                July 11-24
          August 8-21

 

Upcoming Levanté 4 Retreats

                   July 18-31
          August 15-28

 

 

  • More about Levanté

     

    Levanté focuses on how simple everyday events hold valuable lessons for living life in the “now.” Retreatants will learn how viewing each day as a separate, distinct experience can reveal simple, easily overlooked opportunities for us to live more fully in the present and in the presence of the Divine. And Michael's remarkable gift of storytelling and metaphor to show us how these experiences can hold the key to opening our hearts!

     

    Currently there are three Levanté Retreats. Both are stand-alone retreats that include five unique sections, each focusing on a different "day." You can do the Levanté Retreats in any order (e.g., you can do Levanté 2 before Levanté 1, or Levanté 3 before Levanté 1). 

     

    Upcoming Levanté 1 Retreats

    July 4-17
    August 1-14


    Upcoming Levanté 2 Retreats

    July 4-17
    August 1-14

    Upcoming Levanté 3 Retreats
    July 11-24
    August 8-21

    Upcoming Levanté 4 Retreats
    July 18-31
    August 15-28

  • To register for a Levanté Retreat or to get more information,
    visit the Levanté website 

    From the Levante website:

     

    Fr.Michael Fish, OSB. CAM, is a Camaldolese monk who has created over a dozen popular retreats and has decades of experience as a retreat master and spiritual guide. Michael’s popular retreats are unique, engaging inspirational experiences. He has a gift forintuiting the complexities and distractions that impinge on our ability to call on our own spirituality for comfort and contemplation. Michael has an engaging personality, freely displaying his own vulnerabilities and foibles. His past retreats have explored such topics as Contemplative ways of being, Finding our inner monk,Thomas Merton – Hermit Pilgrim, preparing for Holy Week and Celtic spiritually.

 

 
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TO GET STARTED or FOR MORE INFORMATION  

Christine A. Gerety, Ph.D., Director of Spiritual Care & Engagement:  | (310) 566-1531

Welcome to the Spirituality Center at St. Monica Catholic Community! We are glad you are here with us. The Center opened in August of 2021 through the vision and leadership of the late Fr Dave Ayotte. The Center exists to provide opportunities for individuals to deepen their relationship with Christ through a variety of experiences based on Catholic spirituality.

 

       Discover New Ways to Deepen Your Relationship with Christ

 

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                        Important Dates:

                           ♦  Monthly Spiritual Direction: Currently Accepting Applications

                           ♦ Spiritual Chats: Available upon request, please email

                           ♦ Spiritual Exercises in Everday Life (SEEL): Registration is open for 2024-25!

                           ♦ Giving The Exercises (GTE): Stay Tuned For More Info

 

Healing Your Soul! Levanté 4 with Fr. Fish Is Now Available!!
 

 

6

 

It's Time for Healing Your Soul with Dr. Michael DiPaolo!

 

Monthly Gathering

 

The Healing Your Soul Monthly Gatherings with Dr. Michael DiPaolo meets each month at 7 p.m. in the Spirituality Center. The sessions blend a contemplative Christian perspective with Internal Family Systems theory. Each evening has a standalone presentation, guided meditation, time for reflection and discussion. All are welcome! RSVP to Christine at or 310-566-1531.

 

Fight, Flight, or Keep Calm and Carry On!...

 

Healing Your Soul Monthly Gathering

Bringing Stability to the Body’s 911 System!

 

Wednesday, July 10

7 p.m.

The Spirituality Center at St. Monica

 

 

 Mark your calendars for our next Healing Your Soul Monthly Gathering on July 10th, when we will be “Bringing Stability to the Body’s 911 System!”  When your brain perceives danger, it mobilizes the fight or flight response in the body to protect us.  Sometimes effective, sometimes destructive, but always extinguishing pain. We dub them firefighters.  And some of the more impulsive ones – addictions, rage, dissociation – take a lot of heat for doing their jobs. We’ll approach them in a new way, understanding their efforts, and see if we can help them to ease back.

 

The evenings are open to everyone, even if you haven't made the retreat yet!

 

Dr. Michael DiPaolo is a clinical psychologist & certified Imago Relationship Therapist in private practice in West Los Angeles.  Dr DiPaolo integrates psychology and spirituality into his work with individuals and couples.  He has been active in many ministries as a St. Monica member for over 25 years, including  counseling over 1,500 couples in marriage preparation.  Dr. DiPaolo is a frequent speaker, workshop presenter and retreat leader at parish and archdiocesan gatherings.  Dr. DiPaolo has been married to his wife Jennie for 21 years. They have 3 wonderful children, along with a hyperactive dog. He can be found online at www.DrMichaelD.com.

 

 Levanté with Fr. Michael Fish, OSB, Cam.
Levanté 4 Is Now Available!!

fr. michael fish

St. Monica is so excited to offer our community opportunity to find out more about Fr. Michael Fish's Levanté Retreats! Fr. Michael, a retreat master and beloved speaker at St. Monica, has created an innovative video retreat series that can be done at home, inspired by his most recent pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago. 

 

Summer 2024

Online HERE

 

Upcoming Levanté 1 Retreats

        July 4-17
       August 1-14

 

Upcoming Levanté 2 Retreats

               July 4-17
       August 1-14

 

Upcoming Levanté 3 Retreats

                July 11-24
          August 8-21

 

Upcoming Levanté 4 Retreats

                   July 18-31
          August 15-28

 

 

  • More about Levanté

     

    Levanté focuses on how simple everyday events hold valuable lessons for living life in the “now.” Retreatants will learn how viewing each day as a separate, distinct experience can reveal simple, easily overlooked opportunities for us to live more fully in the present and in the presence of the Divine. And Michael's remarkable gift of storytelling and metaphor to show us how these experiences can hold the key to opening our hearts!

     

    Currently there are three Levanté Retreats. Both are stand-alone retreats that include five unique sections, each focusing on a different "day." You can do the Levanté Retreats in any order (e.g., you can do Levanté 2 before Levanté 1, or Levanté 3 before Levanté 1). 

     

    Upcoming Levanté 1 Retreats

    July 4-17
    August 1-14


    Upcoming Levanté 2 Retreats

    July 4-17
    August 1-14

    Upcoming Levanté 3 Retreats
    July 11-24
    August 8-21

    Upcoming Levanté 4 Retreats
    July 18-31
    August 15-28

  • To register for a Levanté Retreat or to get more information,
    visit the Levanté website 

    From the Levante website:

     

    Fr.Michael Fish, OSB. CAM, is a Camaldolese monk who has created over a dozen popular retreats and has decades of experience as a retreat master and spiritual guide. Michael’s popular retreats are unique, engaging inspirational experiences. He has a gift forintuiting the complexities and distractions that impinge on our ability to call on our own spirituality for comfort and contemplation. Michael has an engaging personality, freely displaying his own vulnerabilities and foibles. His past retreats have explored such topics as Contemplative ways of being, Finding our inner monk,Thomas Merton – Hermit Pilgrim, preparing for Holy Week and Celtic spiritually.

 

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Mass

Mon–Fri, 7:00 am - Church

Mon–Fri, 12:10 pm - Church & Livestream 

Sat, 8:00 am - Church & Livestream

 

Sat, 5:30 pm - Church

Sun, 7:30 am - Church

Sun, 9:30 am - Church & Livestream

Sun, 11:30 am - Church

Sun, 5:30 pm - Church & Livestream

 

Outdoor seating is available at all weekend Masses.

 

Confession

Mon–Fri. 5:30–6 pm

Sat, 4:30–5:00 pm

There are no confessions on secular holidays or other observances when the parish is closed.

 

Holy Days & Holidays

Holy Days: additional Vigil and evening Masses, 6:30 p.m.

Holidays: single Mass, 9:30 am with no confessions

 

Eucharistic Adoration

First & Third Fridays: 7:30–8:30 a.m. & 7–8 p.m. · Church

Second & Fourth Sundays: Noon–3 p.m. · Chapel


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