St. Dominic Catholic Church

2002 Merton Ave | Los Angeles, CA 90041 | (323) 254-2519


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Mass times

Sunday Liturgies

7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m.
12:00 p.m.
1:30 p.m. (Español)
5:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m. Occidental College Herrick Chapel 
(during the school year)


8:00 a.m.
5:00 p.m. (Sunday Vigil)


8:00 a.m. & 6:00 p.m.


Evening Presentations on Marriage

Monday, October 22, 7 p.m. Parish Hall
Tuesday, October 23, 7 p.m. Parish Hall

We are delighted to welcome Fr. Tom Vandenberg to our parish community as he helps us explore the Sacrament of Matrimony,  focusing especially on what distinguishes it from all other marriages.  Father Vandenberg is a priest of the Archdiocese of Seattle, ordained to the priesthood in 1962.  In addition to parish work over these years, he was also the Archdiocesan Director of the Catholic Youth Organization and has also worked in both the Cursillo and Marriage Encounter movements.  A published author, his latest book, A Pearl of Great Price; The Surprising Sacrament of Matrimony, was selected for the Seattle University Search for Meaning Book Festival in February of 2015.

Fr. Tom has been

  • a Keynote Speaker at the National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers at Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH in 2010,
  • a presenter at the Mid-West Catholic Family Life Conference in Wichita, Kansas in 2012,
  • the Keynote Speaker at the North American Worldwide Marriage Encounter Convention in Houston, Texas in 2017.  

He has given seminars on Sacramental Marriage in Rockford, IL, Henderson, NV., Boise, Idaho, Phoenix and Tucson, AZ and also in many parishes of the Archdiocese of Seattle.  

Father’s presentations will address the following issues in a straight forward, serious, yet refreshing way:

  • The difference between the Sacrament of Matrimony and a simple marriage.  What difference does it make?
  • The importance of Matrimony to the life of the Church
  • The unique spirituality of married couples
  • The relationship between the Sacrament of Matrimony and Holy Orders
  • What our married couples have to say to the church, especially at this time of polarization
  • Why our married couples are a sign of hope for our church 

These presentations are appropriate for all married and engaged couples as well as those who are widowed or even divorced.  In fact, any person interested in marriage will find the evening worthwhile, married or not.  High school students are also welcome.  If you come, prepare to laugh at unexpected times.  The evenings are informative, inspiring and fun.

New Bible Study!
Jeff Cavins’ The Great Adventure Bible Study Series

Wednesdays at 9:15 a.m. in the Adult Education Building
beginning November 7

This series is a fascinating study that takes participants on a journey through the entire Bible. They will go deep into each period of salvation history and discover the amazing story woven throughout all of Scripture. Using a unique color-coded system, they will learn the major people, places, and events of the Bible and see how they all come together to reveal the remarkable story of our faith.

Central to The Great Adventure is The Bible Timeline Chart: a simple, color-coded timeline of Bible history. It divides the entire timeline into 12 color-coded periods and then focuses on 14 books that tell the story in chronological order. Key people and events that advance the story are highlighted so that the newcomer isn’t overwhelmed with too much at once.   

In this Bible Study you will:

  • Read 14 narrative books of the Bible and discover the amazing story woven throughout Scripture
  • Learn how the key people, places, and events in the Bible fit together to reveal God’s plan for humanity
  • Study the Bible from a Catholic perspective and see how our faith is rooted in Sacred Scripture
  • See how the events in the Old Testament are fulfilled in the New Testament by Christ and the Church
  • Gain a greater appreciation for the Scripture readings you hear during Mass
  • See how God reveals himself to us through Scripture and learn how God's Word applies to your life today
  • Develop a life-long hunger for knowing God in his word and lay a strong foundation for further Bible reading and study

For more information, check out our FORMED webpage (parish code Q77WZR) to see a short video, or contact Manuela Fuertes: 323-257-1964; Catalina Wong: 323-528-5012; or Hermie Bernardo: 323-255-0268.

Pope Francis asks us to Pray the Rosary in October

As Fr. James Moore, OP, mentioned in his homily this past weekend, Pope Francis has asked all Catholics to pray the rosary every day in October, asking the Holy Mother of God and Saint Michael Archangel to protect the Church from the devil, who always seeks to separate us from God and from each other.  Specifically, he asks that we conclude the rosary with the prayer Sub Tuum Praesidium and the prayer to St. Michael, which follow:

We fly to thy protection, O Holy Mother of God. Do not despise our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers, O Glorious and Blessed Virgin.

Saint Michael Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil; may God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen

With this request for intercession the Holy Father asks the faithful of all the world to pray that the Holy Mother of God place the Church beneath her protective mantle: to preserve her from the attachks by the devil, the great accuser, and at the same time to make her more aware of the faults, the errors and the abuses committed in the present and in the past, and committed to combating without any hesitation, so that evil may not prevail.

The rosary is recited publicly at St. Dominic’s after the 8 a.m. Mass and before the 6 p.m. Mass.  Of course, you may also say the rosary on your own.

Masses for All Saints Day
A Holy Day of Obligation

Wednesday, October 31, 2018
6:00 PM   Vigil Mass

Thursday, November 1, 2018
8:00 AM
10:00 AM   School Mass
12:00 noon
6:00 PM
7:30 PM    en español

Save the date for our Parish Advent Retreat

December 1, 2018 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

We will begin in the Parish Hall at 1:30 p.m., and the retreat will include activities for adults, teens, and elementary school children.  Child care will be provided for little ones.  Please register at the parish office by calling (323) 254-2519.  For more information, or to offer assistance, please email Michelle Perez or Christina Garcia.


Prayers for Evangelization


Please pray that many parishioners respond to Jesus' invitation to send them to those who do not know Him.  Pray that those who will hear the Gospel will respond!  You can:

  • Ask God to open their spiritual eyes (2 Cor. 4:4).
  • Ask God to give them ears to hear (Matt. 13:15),
  • Ask God to give them faith to believe (Acts 20:21).
  • Ask God to give them the will to respond (Rom. 10:9).
  • Ask God to send Catholic Christians into their lives to witness to them (Matt. 9:38).
  • Ask God for an opportunity to invite them (Luke 14:23).
  • Ask God to set them free from spiritual captivity (2 Tim. 2:25-26).

St. John Paul II's Prayer
to Our Lady of Evangelization

O Mary, Mother of Jesus and Mother of his Church, we are mindful of the role you play in the evangelization of souls who do not yet know Him. We are mindful of how missionaries came with the power of Christ’s Gospel and committed the success of their work to you.

As the Mother of Divine Grace you were with the missionaries in all their efforts.

And as Mother of the Church you presided over all the activities of evangelization and over the implantation of the Gospel in the hearts of the faithful. You sustained the missionaries in hope and you gave joy to every new community that was born of the Church’s evangelizing activity.

You were there with your intercession and your prayers, as the first grace of baptism developed, and as those who had new life in Christ your Son came to a full appreciation of their Christian calling.

We ask you, Mary, to help us to fulfill this mission of evangelization which your Son has given to his Church and which falls to us. Mindful of your role as Help of Christians, we entrust ourselves to you in the work of carrying the Gospel ever deeper into the hearts and lives of all the people. We entrust to you our missionary mandate and commit our cause totally to your prayers.

To Jesus Christ your Son, with the Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit be praise and thanksgiving forever and ever.   Amen!


Quote of the Week

October 14, 2018

For the building up of the Church, the Body of Christ, there is a diversity of members and functions but only one Spirit who, for the good of the Church, distributes his various gifts with munificence proportionate to his riches and the needs of service.  This diversity exists at the mode of participation in the priesthood of Christ and is essential in the sense that “while the common priesthood of the faithful is exercised by the unfolding of baptismal grace—a life of faith, hope and charity, a life according to the Spirit—the ministerial priesthood is at the service of the common priesthood and directed at the unfolding of the baptismal grace of all Christians.”  (Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith: Instruction on Certain Questions Regarding the Collaboration of the Non-Ordained Faithful in the Sacred Ministry of Priests, 2)

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Pastor's Corner

October 14, 2018

Financial Report Fiscal Year July - August 2018

Ordinary Income                                  FY2018                   FY2017                 

Collections                                        $139,706.75             $137,490.64
Sacrament Donations                         $7,317.00                 $10,162.00
Property Rental (net)                          $7,924.51                  $12,651.23
Miscellaneous*                                   $3,638.37                 $4,460.00
Total Ordinary Income                   $158,586.63              $164,763.87


Salaries & Benefits                           $100,421.69                  $85,695.93
Other Operating expense                  $17,952.19                    $17,924.10
Utilities                                                $15,786.30                    $17,356.97
Insurance                                            $23,433.26                    $14,178.24
Archdiocesan Assessment                $16,441.62                     $7,873.76
Total Operating Expense               $174,035.06                 $143,029.00
Net Income                                   - $15,448.43                  $21,734.87

Pastor’s Discretionary fund            $ 38,615.33

Investment Activities with Archdiocese:
Building and Maintenance Fund
Beginning Balance                           $ 87,943.59 
Ending Balance                              $ 49,374.73 

Capital Campaign
Beginning Balance                          $ 271,947.43 
Income                                             $ 130,000.00 
Net Return                                               $ 841.50 
Expense                                                      -$55.21                                  
Ending Balance                             $ 402,733.72                                                                                      

Bank Account for the Capital Campaign
August 30 Balance                          $ 66,727.60                                 

Total Pledges + Donations for Capital Campaign
$1,501,698.37 (81% of goal)

A few notes:  $48,000 was removed from Building and Maintenance to pay for the repaving of the main parking lot. This year we are a month ahead on our payment of our insurance, and last year’s August report did not include the archdiocesan assessment (a 10% tithe on our ordinary income).

Beginning this week the bulletin will include a comparison between the parish’s average cost per week based on our annual budget and our weekly collection.  

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The Catechism of the Catholic Church (paragraph #546) says that through his parables Jesus invites people to the feast of the kingdom, but he also asks for a radical choice: to gain the kingdom, one must give everything. (Mt. 22:1-14)  Words are not enough, deeds are required!  (Mt. 21:28-32)   Believing is possible only by grace and the help of the Holy Spirit. But this free choice is also an authentically human act. that is not contrary to our freedom or to human reason (Catechism, #154). After all, we choose to trust some people and what they reveal to us about themselves in order to enter a relationship with them.

Christ's disciples have "put on the new the new self, created in God’s way in righteousness and holiness of truth."  By "putting away falsehood," they are to "put away all malice and all guile and insincerity and envy and all slander." (Ephesians 4:24-25)  This new life is made possible by Christ who unites himself to us.  He says, "I am the vine, you are the branches.  Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing." (John 14:5)  St. Paul could claim, "I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me; insofar as I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God who has loved me and given himself up for me." (Galatians 2:20)  An essential aspect of this new life is prayer.  In the Holy Spirit, Christian prayer is a communion of Mary, the first disciple and model of all discipleslove with the Father, not only through Christ but also in him. (Catechism, #2615)

By loving us even to his death on the cross, Jesus manifests the Father's love which he receives. By loving one another, the disciples imitate the love of Jesus which they themselves receive.  He gives his disciples a new commandment: "love one another as I have loved you." (John 13:34)  Through baptism, the disciple receives graces of the Holy Spirit called charisms which help to build up the Church, the secular order, and meet the needs of the world.  (Catechism, #799)

The experience of a new life leads the disciple to speak to others about the treasure they have discovered in Jesus Christ (Matthew 13:44).  This has been commanded by Jesus, who his disciples, "Go, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you." (Matthew 28:19-20)  Witnessing to Jesus is necessary for salvation: "everyone who acknowledges me before others the Son of Man will acknowledge before the angels of God. But whoever denies me before others will be denied before the angels of God." (Luke 12:8-9)

Jesus formed a community of disciples around himself during his life.  He proclaimed a mysterious and real communion between his own body and ours: "He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him." (John 6:56)  This community continues in the Church.  In the Mass, the communion of Christ's disciples, born from Jesus' total self-gift for our salvation on the cross (Catechism, #766) is expressed and deepened.  Moreover, St. Paul told the Church in Corinth, "you are Christ’s body, and individually parts of it." (1 Corinthians 12:27)

Becoming a Disciple of Jesus 

Just as any human relationship takes time to develop, so too our relationship with Jesus.  And like our other relationships, there are distinct stages that mark its growth.  The descriptions below are from the book Forming Intentional Disciples by Sherry Weddell. 

Initial trust: Do you have a positive association with Jesus Christ, the Church, a Christian believer, or something identifiably Christian?  Without some kind of bridge of trust in place, we cannot move closer to God.

Spiritual curiosity: Are you intrigued by or desire to know more about Jesus, his life, and his teachings or some aspect of the Christian faith? This curiosity can range from mere awareness of a new possibility to something quite intense. 

Spiritual openness: Are you open to the possibility of personal and spiritual change?  Is there a pattern of behavior you want to change, or do you have a hope that there's more to life than you are experiencing?

Spiritual seeking: Are you actively seeking to know the God who is calling you?  Do you seek the company of Christians?  Have you been asking a Catholic friend about Mass, the Bible, or how to pray?  Seekers are asking of God, “Are you the one to whom I will give myself?” Are you wondering if you can commit to Christ in his Church.

Intentional discipleship: This is the decision to “drop one’s nets,” like Simon Peter, the fisherman at the Sea of Galilee did.  It is to make a conscious commitment to follow Jesus in the midst of his Church as an obedient disciple and to reorder one’s life accordingly.  It's not the end of the journey at all - but a definitive new direction of one's life!

Where are you on this journey?



Related Ministry

Religious Life

For information concerning a religious vocation with the Western Dominican friars, click here.

For information concerning a vocation to the diocesan priesthood, contact the Archdiocesan vocation director through​​​​​​​

Links to some Dominican Women's congregations and monasteries

Sisters of Notre Dame - minister at St. Dominic's Parish & Grade School

For help with general discernment of a vocation to priesthood, marriage or religious life, click here.

Our Patron, St. DOminic

If he hadn't taken a trip with his bishop, Dominic might have remained within the structure of contemplative life as a canon regular - a priest living with other priests serving at the cathedral of his diocese in Spain in the late 12th century.  They were attempting a reform by reviving the apostolic common life as described in the Acts of the Apostles.  On a journey through southern France with his bishop, he was confronted with the Albigensian heresy, which held that two opposite principles - one good, one evil - were the source of the spiritual and physical realms, respectively.  They denied the goodness of creation, the Incarnation and the sacraments.  The "perfect" among them abstained from sex to avoid bringing more children into the world, and took as little food and drink as possible.

Dominic saw that ordinary people admired the extreme asceticism of the heresy's leaders, and saw that the clergy sent to preach to them would be ineffective unless they took seriously Jesus' command to share the good news with "no money bag, no sack, no sandals" (Luke 10:4)  He began a mission of itinerant preaching.  His initial success was with some women, who, upon their conversion, formed a monastic community to support Dominic's mission with their prayers. 

Dominic’s vision was universal; he saw a need in the Church which extended beyond France. Gradually, a number of men began to join him, and the Order of Friars Preachers was founded in 1216. As the Order spread through Europe and through time, the Order came to include active sisters and a host of lay Dominicans.  His ideal, and the life of the Order, is a linking of a life with God through study and prayer - especially the liturgy of the hours - with a ministry of salvation to people through the preaching of the Word of God.  To this day the Dominican strives to "contemplate and share with others the fruits of contemplation." 

This life has aspects that any Christian should imitate: the combination of prayer, study and activity in service of others is, ideally, the life of a Christian accountant, carpenter, mother, engineer or nurse.

"In the long run, is there any other way of handing on the Gospel than by transmitting to another person one's personal experience of faith?" 

Pope Paul VI, Evangelization in the Modern World, 46