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Catholic Charities Honors 2017

OLR Parishioners Honored this year by Catholic Charities


Once again Catholic Charities has honored our parish with one of its highest awards. It went to Anna Marie Sharkany at the Evening with Angels Friday night, October 6, at the Reef for all she does for the parish and for Project Achieve which helps the homeless in Long Beach.


Also, Our Parish Honorees for outstanding volunteering in our parish were: Frank Shark Sharkany for all he does to help Anna Marie; Helen Burch and Paul Czerwinski—Giving Tree Project; Steve & Penny Flint—Hospitality; Antoinette Lewis, Sue Brown, Cindy Joines—Yarn Barn Chicks; Tony McKeon & Nancy Higginson—Small Church


Our thanks and blessings to all those honored!

Small Church Communities Advent 2017

Small Church Communities returns for Advent 2017


Our OLR Small Church Communities will host six different weekly meetings during Advent
beginning the week of Nov. 6th and continuing for 6 weeks.


Parishioners are invited to join one of the groups that meet for 90 minutes at parishioners’ homes. Enjoy discussing the hope, love, joy, and peace of Advent, and the upcoming Sunday scripture readings and Gospel.


To sign up or get information

call Tony McKeon (949) 874-6097
Registration forms will be in the Oct. 28/29 bulletin

Dynamic Catholic Presents: Passion and Purpose


Passion and Purpose for Marriage


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Right here at Our Lady of Refuge

Long Beach, CA - Saturday, February 10, 2018

Register early because space can sell-out fast!


Tickets $25 (PER PERSON) Includes event materials!

What's the most important word in a marriage? What is really going on in your wife's head? What do you wish your husband knew about you? Discover key ingredients to a healthy and happy marriage at the Passion & Purpose for Marriage event. Take your relationship to a whole new level!


Passion & Purpose: Marriage

Our Lady of Refuge
5195 Stearns St.
Long Beach, CA 90815
February 10, 2018
9:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Doors open an hour before the event, we suggest you arrive a half hour to an hour before the event to check in, collect your materials, and be seated.


Passion & Purpose for Marriage is not what you are expecting! First of all, don't worry, you will not have to share your feelings with a group. Come and enjoy acoustical music by George Lower and soak up what Dr. Allen Hunt has in store. Allen talks about the Five Love Languages, along with a variety of other topics and research bits, he combines everything into three very faith centered, compelling sections; The Five Things Women Need to Know about Men, The Five Things Men Need to Know about Women, and finally the Most Important Word in a Marriage...and it's not Love. Allen's speaking style is bound to capture your attention; his humor will have you laughing, and all along the way learning more about every relationship in your life. Because we all want a happy life.

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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

Boomers Plus Luncheon

Boomers Plus Luncheon

Formerly the Seniors 50+ and Veterans Lunch


You are invited to a special luncheon

Second Saturday of the Month

12:00 noon to 2:00 PM

in the parish cafeteria.
Bring a friend

Food, Friendship, Fellowship

Contact Penny Flint for more information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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  • Thu Nov 23 - Thanksgiving Mass 9:30 AM
  • Fri Dec 1 - First Friday Adoration 7-8 am
  • Sat Dec 2 - Belmont Shore Christmas Parade
  • Fri Dec 8 - Feast of the Immaculate Conception
  • Tue Dec 12 - Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
  • Thu Dec 14 - OLR School Chirstmas Program
  • Sun Dec 24 - Christmas Eve
  • Mon Dec 25 - Christmas Day (offices closed)
  • Mon Jan 1 - New Years Day (offices closed)
  • Fri Jan 5 - First Friday Adoration 7-8 am
  • Sat Jan 13 - Boomers Plus Luncheon
  • Mon Jan 15 - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Day (all OLR offices closed)
  • Sat Jan 20 - OLR Casino Night
  • Sat Jan 27 - Catholic High School Placement Exam
  • Sun Jan 28 - OLR School Open House
  • Sat Feb 10 - Boomers Plus Luncheon
  • Wed Feb 14 - Ash Wednesday
  • Sat Mar 10 - Boomers Plus Luncheon
  • Sun Mar 11 - Daylight Savings begins (Spring forward 1 hour)
  • Thu Mar 15 - LA Youth Day
  • Fri-Sun Mar 16-18 - LA Religious Education Congress
  • Sun Mar 25 - Palm Sunday
  • Thu Mar 29 - Mass of the Lord's Supper 7:30 pm
  • Fri Mar 30 - Good Friday
  • Sat Mar 31 - Easter Vigil 7:30 pm
  • Sun Apr 1 - Easter Sunday
  • Sat Apr 14 - Boomers Plus Luncheon
  • Fri Apr 20 - OLR Spring Event
  • Sat May 12 - Boomers Plus Luncheon
  • Sat Jun 9 - Boomers Plus Luncheon