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Many Ways Catholic Families Commemorate Advent

Click For Czech Version. A few of the many ways Catholic families commemorate Advent include: (from Katie Dawson, Orange County Catholic) Advent wreath: The Advent wreath, which has Ger man origins, is a wreath made of evergreens that is bound to a circle of wire. It symbolizes the many years from [...]

Many Ways Catholic Families Commemorate Advent2016-12-12T23:11:51-08:00

June 2015 – From The Desk Of Bishop Esterka

Dear Friends of our Czech Mission in California Dear Friends of our Czech Mission in California I am happy to invite you to our annual outdoor Mass and barbecue on June 21. When did this tradition begin? I believe we began to meet on Fathers Day at the home of [...]

June 2015 – From The Desk Of Bishop Esterka2017-03-29T22:39:18-07:00

May 2015 – From The Desk Of Bishop Esterka

Dear Friends of our Czech Mission in California I was impressed with the Easter greetings I received from Archbishop Graubner and his staff. Unlike so many others, it contained a thoughtful and inspiring message. Therefore I include it here as testimony to what I am thinking about during these days [...]

May 2015 – From The Desk Of Bishop Esterka2015-06-22T00:11:55-07:00

June 2014 – From The Desk Of Bishop Esterka

Dear Friends of our Czech Mission in California Recently, after a hard day's work, I thought I would just relax and watch a movie. Fortunately The Song of Bernadette was on TV that night. I really enjoyed it and want to share with you some of my thoughts. It was [...]

June 2014 – From The Desk Of Bishop Esterka2014-06-12T23:39:34-07:00

August 2013 – Dear Friends of our Czech Mission in California

A few days ago I returned from our native country where I went first to Prague at the State Department. There from the hands of Czech Foreign Minister Karel Swarzenberger, along with twelve other deserving countrymen, I received the Gratias Agit award. From Prague, I returned to Moravia, where I [...]

August 2013 – Dear Friends of our Czech Mission in California2013-08-07T13:42:26-07:00

April 2013 – Dear Friends of our Czech Mission in California

During the past month we have had occasion to share in the news of the abdication of Pope Benedict XVI from his office as Pope and we witnessed the election of the new Pope Francis. The new Pope is a member of the Jesuit order and until his election as pope he was the [...]

April 2013 – Dear Friends of our Czech Mission in California2013-05-16T14:32:50-07:00

March 2013 – Dear Friends of our Czech Mission in California

From Ash Wednesday, which begins the Lent season, we are in preparation time for the biggest of church holidays -Easter. When marked with ashes we were reminded: "Remember, man, that you are dust and shall return to dust again!" During Lent when I was in Bojanovice, dances were not to be [...]

March 2013 – Dear Friends of our Czech Mission in California2013-03-03T02:29:53-08:00

February 2013 – Dear Friends of our Czech Mission in California

It is necessary to change another date: Our next Mass. in Los Angeles, which was originally announced to be on 10 February, has been postponed to 24 February, while Mass for San Diego remains as originally reported, 9 February. Many of us live with the echo of significant anniversaries. Even [...]

February 2013 – Dear Friends of our Czech Mission in California2013-03-03T02:29:19-08:00