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Catholicism: The Pivotal Players

Our Lady of Refuge Adult Faith Formation

Summer Video Series Presents:


Bishop Robert Barron and Word on Fire Catholic Ministries

Catholicism:  The Pivotal Players


Thursdays starting June 22, 2017

running every Thursday through to August 24, 2017

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

in the Religious Education Center conference room

(our location may change depending on the size of the group)


Volume 1 of this new Catholicism series examines the life and times of 6 of these pivotal players


To fill out the rest of our Summer schedule

we have chosen to study the lives of two additional important players of the modern age:

Pope Pius XII, and Pope John Paul II



Week 1 - June 22 - Pivotal Player:  St Francis of Assisi:  The Reformer

Week 2 - June 29 - Pivotal Player: St Thomas Aquinas:  The Theologian

Week 3 - July 6 - Feature Film:  Pius XII: Under the Roman Sky, Part 1

Week 4 - July 13 - Feature Film:  Pius XII: Under the Roman Sky, Part 2

Week 5 - July 20 - Pivotal Player: St Catherine of Seina:  The Mystic

Week 6 - July 27 - Pivotal Player: Bl John Henry Newman:  The Convert

Week 7 - August 3 - Feature Film:  Pope John Paul II, Part 1

Week 8 - August 10 - Feature Film:  Pope John Paul II, Part 2

Week 9 - August 17 - Pivotal Player: G.K. Chesterton:  The Evangelist

Week 10 - August 24 - Pivotal Player: Michelangelo:  The Artist

Typical Session Format:

  • Opening Prayer
  • Introduction to our Pivotal Player
  • Video Presentation
  • Reflection, Questions, and Group Discussion
  • Closing Prayer

Hospitality is a hallmark of our Catholic tradition

Coffee, tea, and water will be provided

Participants are encouraged to sign up to bring refreshements to share with the group


From the Word on Fire website:


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Saints. Artists. Mystics. Scholars.


Bishop Robert Barron's CATHOLICISM series, an epic ten part documentary, took people around the world and deep into the Catholic Faith. The series aired on PBS and has been seen by millions.


But there is still more of the story to tell.


Bishop Barron is on a new journey to unlock the truth behind the Catholic Church's most influential people. CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players is a multi-part film series that illumines a handful of saints, artists, mystics, and scholars who not only shaped the life of the Church but changed the course of civilization.




Adult Confirmation Summer 2017

Confirmation Preparation Opportunity for Adults


The Office of Religious Education in the San Pedro Pastoral Region is sponsoring preparation sessions for those adults looking to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.


Location:  St. Lawrance Martyr Church in Redondo Beach

Dates:  Tuesdays starting July 11 (13 sessions)

Time:  7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Includes two field trips (St. Francis Center, Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels)


Those who are interested in attending these sessions

MUST contact the Office of Adult Faith Formation:

Call or text John McGlynn at 562-618-8986

OR call the OLR Office of Religious Education at 818-957-3102

OR email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Interested candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Been Baptized in the Catholic Church (certificate required)
  • Recieved First Communion (certificate required)
  • Be over 18 years of age
  • Have a sponsor who is a fully Initiated (Confirmed) Catholic in good standing
  • Be free of any Sacramental impedements

All those interested in preparing for Confirmation through these Regionally sponsored sessions MUST receive a letter of permission from their pastor in order to register.


Those who do not meet the listed criteria and do not have a letter of permission will not be able to attend, so contact our office of Adult Faith Formation as soon as possible to schedule an interview.


Those who successfully complete these preparation sessions will be eligable to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation when the Bishop schedules a Regional celebration later in the Fall.  Further details will be posted when known.

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OLR Golf Tournement 2017

3rd Annual OLR Golf Tournement


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Mark your calendars now!

Monday, June 26th


Join us as a player, a sponsor or a volunteer
For more information contact
Mike or Janis Krantz at 562-494-9491


Download foursome registration form here


Download flyer here


Not a golfer?  Not a problem!

Join us for the after-round dinner and activities - only $40 per person



Proceeds benefit Our Lady of Refuge School and Parish

St Maria Goretti Catholic School 60th Anniversary

Attention: St. Maria Goretti Catholic School Alumni


Mark your calendars now!


We are kicking off the 60th Anniversary of St. Maria Goretti Catholic School at our Carnival on 

June 9, 10, and 11. Please spread the word because we have the whole weekend planned for you and your graduating class.


Friday, June 9 - Check-In- Happy Hour Mixer
Saturday, June 10 - Dinner Under the Stars in the Quad, Pictures, and Dancing
Sunday, June 11 - Family Picnic Lunch


Email the school if you have any questions at 

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Interested in Becoming Catholic?

Adult Faith Formation

Adult Sacrament Preparation

Rite of Christian Initation of Adults (RCIA)


Adult Faith Formation meets every Thursday Night from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm


Interested in learning more about the Catholic faith?
Or know someone who is curious about our faith? Regular Adult Faith Formation and Adult Sacrament Preparation sessions are every Thursday, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the Religious Education Center.


Whether you are considering becoming Catholic, need to complete your Sacraments, or are just curious and want to learn more, all are welcome!


Please visit this page or our blog site for more information:


Readings for Daily and Weekly Mass

USCCB Web Site Provides

Calendar of Daily and Weekly Readings for Mass


Click here to see this month's calendar of readings


Use this web site to read the passages for Mass on any given day.  It is a helpful guide to preparing for Mass, or for helping you pray on what you heard at Mass.


Scripture is an important pillar of the Church where God reviels himself and the truth.  The scripture readings used at Mass have been selected and assembled into the Lectionary for use by all Catholics.


From Wikipedia:


With regard to the Daily Lectionary:

The Roman Catholic lectionary includes a two-year cycle for the weekday mass readings (called Cycle I and Cycle II). Odd-numbered years are Cycle I; even-numbered ones are Cycle II. The weekday lectionary includes a reading from the Old Testament, Acts, Revelation, or the Epistles, a responsorial Psalm, and a reading from one of the Gospels. These readings are generally shorter than those appointed for use on Sundays. The pericopes for the first reading along with the psalms are arranged in a two-year cycle. The Gospels are arranged so that portions of all four are read every year.


With regard to the weekly Sunday Lectionary:

The lectionary is organized into three-year cycles of readings. The years are designated A, B, or C. Each yearly cycle begins on the first Sunday of Advent (the last Sunday of November or first Sunday of December). Year B follows year A, year C follows year B, then back again to A.

The Gospel of John is read throughout Easter, and is used for other liturgical seasons including Advent, Christmas, and Lent where appropriate.

Remembering OLR in your Will or Trust

Have you Remembered

Our Lady of Refuge Church or School

in your Will or Trust?

Our correct legal title is:
The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Los Angeles, A
Corporation Sole, for the benefit of Our Lady of Refuge
Church (or School), Long Beach, California

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