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Catholic Church / Pacoima, CA

News for January

Dogma of Mary, Mother of God

Proclaimed in the Council of Ephesus (431 A.D.)
What is this Dogma about?

In 431, the Bishops of the Church held an ecumenical council at Ephesus. They declared that Mary was Theotokos, the “God-bearer.” She was the person who carried the God-man in her womb and gave birth to Him. Jesus, who was God Himself, was incarnate of the Virgin Mary and became man.

Calling Mary the “Mother of God” does NOT mean that she is the Mother of God the Father or of God the Holy Spirit. They are God-eternal, she is a created human being. Obviously, she is not the Mother of the Trinity.

But Jesus is God. Mary gave birth to Jesus. She did not just give birth to His human nature and since Our Lady gave birth to the Person of Jesus Christ, she is honored with the title “Mother of God.”

This radical declaration of faith—that a poor woman from Nazareth gave birth to the Word Incarnate—is vi- tal for truly understanding the person of Jesus Christ. It is only through the recognition of Mary’s identity as Divine Mother that we can understand our own salvation.

Office Closure

Monday, January 2, 2023


To place announcements for Sunday Masses or bulletin, contact Jesus Jimenez at the parish office.

Called to Renew

Your support towards the construction of the pastoral center is appreciated. If you would like to make a pledge, please contact the parish office.

Mary Immaculate Parish

Parish Goal: $920,000.00
Total Pledge: $543,367.35
Total Paid: $82,669.35

Our Traditions

Symbology of the King’s Cake

  • Circular Form: Represents the love of God that has no beginning nor end: it is eternal.
  • Dried Druits: Represents the grace brought by Christ (another tradition tells that these symbolize the jewels in the Magi’s crowns).
  • Knife when cutting: Represents the danger that Jesus faced when being persecuted by Herod.
  • Hidden Child Jesus: Represents the Baby Jesus being hidden from Herod.

The person(s) who find the Baby Jesus in the rosca host a feast on Candlemas (Dia de la Candelaria) on February 2nd and take the image of the Baby Jesus to be blessed that day.

Winners of the Raffle of the Virgin 2022

1st Place: $1,500
2nd Place: 55″ Samsung Plasma TV
3rd Place: Holy Family Image
1st Place: Maria M.
2nd Place: Stefany Mejia
3rd Place: Maria Tellez

Regional Eucharistic Congress of the San Fernando Pastoral Region

When: Saturday, February 11, 2022
Where: Our Lady of Grace – 5011 White Oak Ave. Encino, Ca. 91319
For more information, please visit: lacatholics.org/eucharist/

Office Closed

Monday, January 16th,
Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
There will be Mass at 7:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Fraud Alert

Parishioners have received text messages from “Rev. Julio Domenech” pretending to be Fr. Julio.
Ignore any message or social media request be it from any of the Priests or from the parish that refer to you in a personal way, block and report this as fraud.

Financial Report


Income Expenses
Raffle: St. Jude: $57,580.00 $14,500.00
Donations St. Jude: $1,598.00
Raffle: Dec. 12: $11,225.00 $2,205.76
Food Sales Dec. 12: $6,980.30 $800.00
Called to Renew: $8,676.70 $8,676.80
Utilities: $57.976.79
Insurances: $87,380.897
Building and Ground Supplies: $24,619.87
Equipment (A/C): $38,700.00

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

“One Lord, one faith, one Baptism, one Lord and Father of all, who is over all, through all and in all.”Ephesians 5:5-6

February 2nd: Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

Join us to celebrate this feast of Candlemas “Candelaria”
Mass in Spanish: 7:00 a.m.
Mass in Spanish: 6:30 p.m.
For the 6:30 p.m., there will be the blessing of candles and images of the Child Jesus.
Candles will be sold outside the church before this Mass.

Regional Eucharistic Congress

San Fernando Pastoral Region
Saturday, February 11, 2023
Our Lady of Grace
5011 White Oak Avenue Encino, California 91316
9:00 AM-1:00 PM
English and Spanish
Free Admission

Did You Know?

Help keep the children and young people in your parish safe

It is important to understand how we, as Catholic adults, can make a difference in protecting the lives of our children and young people. Every adult, whether they are parents or not, can contribute to the safety of the children in our communities in a variety of ways. Be a trusted adult in the lives of the children and young people around you, so that they can turn to you when they need help. Stay up-to-date on the Church’s policies and procedures regarding child safety and speak up if you see something that falls outside of them. Caring adults who are invested in the safety of our most vulnerable Church members can and are protecting children every day. For more information see The Archdiocese Los Angeles Administrative Handbook Chapter 9: Safe Environment: https://handbook.la-archdiocese.org/chapter-9. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles is committed to ensuring that parishes, schools and ministries are safe places for everyone in our community. For more information about support for victim-survivors and abuse prevention and protection efforts of the Archdiocese, visit: lacatholics.org/protect/.

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