October 5, 2007
Bella, a stocky brown and white boxer, darted around in circles as 12-year-old Hailey James gripped the dog’s leash for dear life. “She’s very excited because there’s a lot of dogs around,” Hailey said while struggling to break free from the leash that was slowly wrapping her up. Several dozen other animals — dogs, cats, ducks and even a pot-bellied pig — shared Bella’s excitement Thursday during...
July 27, 2002
Marshall Allen Glendale Nissan will feature its first Blessing of the Cars with Father Joseph Shea of Holy Family Catholic Church on Sunday. The event is an effort for Catholics to dedicate their cars to God, Shea said. For the dealership, it's a service they can provide the community, said Cheri Gillaspy of Glendale Nissan. It will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Glendale Nissan, 727 S. Brand Blvd. In the Catholic tradition, priests bless everything, Shea said.
October 4, 2003
Gary Moskowitz Father Jack Foley didn't just give blessings this week, he also gave pats on the head and scratches behind the ears. Foley hosted the annual Blessing of the Animals event Friday at Holy Redeemer School in Montrose. Foley blessed more than 100 animals with holy water and a special prayer for each animal's health and well-being. He also took a moment to bless his own Lhasa apso, Scud. The animal blessing event honors St. Francis of Assisi, commemorated with extending God's love to all animals.
January 3, 2003
Gretchen Hoffman Area churches are gearing up for what for some residents is the second Christmas celebration of the season. Observing Christmas on Jan. 6, which falls on Monday this year, is a tradition older than that of celebrating on Dec. 25. The Roman Catholic Church changed the date of the celebration in the 4th century to prevent people from worshipping pagan gods. Christmas Day is one of five major feast days in the Armenian Apostolic Church, said Deacon Steven H. Gimian of St. Kevork Armenian Apostolic Church of Glendale.
April 9, 2001
Alecia Foster SOUTHEAST GLENDALE -- More than 50 people gathered in the courtyard outside Holy Family Catholic Church early Sunday morning. Practically everyone clasped a strip or two of palm leaf in their hand, holding them high as Rev. Joseph Shea blessed them with holy water. Shea reminded the congregation of the events that occurred on the holy day known as Palm Sunday. "Christ entered triumphantly into his own city," he said. In a recreation of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem, a handful of the congregation carried large palm branches into the church as Shea and the others followed.
February 26, 2007
Tuesday night parishioners from St. James The Less Catholic in La Crescenta gathered for the burning of the palms. The ashes that resulted in that ceremony were used at services the next day, Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a time of reflection for many religions, including Roman Catholic and Anglican. On Ash Wednesday, ashes are placed on the foreheads of worshipers. In years past most churches made their own ashes from burnt fronds left over from the previous year's Palm Sunday.
October 5, 2002
Gary Moskowitz This Raisin in the sun had God on his side. Raisin, a German Shepherd Chow Chow mix, was one of more than 100 pets that excitedly gathered in Incarnation School's courtyard Friday for the school's annual blessing of the animals. The school has hosted the event for about 15 years. Mandy Viole and her four sons, Michael, Joseph, Luke and Matthew, all agreed that Raisin needed a blessing. "We just got him, so he's still a little scared of his new house," 12-year-old Michael said.
December 30, 2006
When Father James O'Neill came to Glendale in 1907 and established the Holy Family Parish, he held Sunday mass for 65 people on the second floor of a home on Windsor Road and Brand Boulevard. Now, nearly 100 years later, Holy Family Catholic Church is preparing for its centennial celebration. This Sunday at 12:30 p.m., the Feast of the Holy Family will mark the beginning of the Jubilee year. "Jubilee is a year of restoration and we're restoring our church to the way it looked 80 years ago….
April 16, 2003
I'm not sure, but I have a sneaking suspicion that the way my family celebrated Easter wasn't exactly what the creator of the holiday had in mind. Sure, we went to church on Easter Sunday. Easter was one of the three days of the year my mother insisted we attend Mass, the other two being Christmas and Ash Wednesday. These were the Big Holy Days, and by my mother's way of looking at things, if we were scrupulous in observing Catholic tradition during them, our souls would be safe the remaining 362 days of the year.