Dec 19 2014

Annual Homeless Memorial

2014 Homeless MemorialOn Friday, December 19, the LACW attended the annual Homeless Memorial for all skid row residents who died over the past year. Catherine represented the LACW as she read the names of our guests at the Hippie Kitchen, and former community member Jim Parkhurst, who passed from this life into eternal life. With each person named Catherine gave a brief background of who that person was. It was a nice ceremony to remember and honor our departed sisters and brothers. May they rest in peace.
(Double click on the program at left to enlarge)

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Dec 16 2014

Jeff’s New Book–The Good Samaritan–Now Released

Theresia, Jeff, Madeline.4544On Sunday, December 14, Loyola Marymount University (LMU) was the gathering place for the release of Catholic Agitator editor Jeff Dietrich’s new book, The Good Samaritan: Stories from the Los Angeles Catholic Worker on Skid Row. Jeff read from the book and afterward signed copies for all who purchased them. The late afternoon and early evening event provided all in attendance with a fun time with good food, and great music, including a sensational rendition of John Lennon’s “Imagine” by current worker guest, George Abu-Shkara, an Israeli-Palestinian from Haifa, who recently appeared on Rising Star, Israel’s version of American Idol. See photos HERE.

Books can be purchased directly from the LACW; online at: Tsehai Publishers or e-mailing Theresia at Marymount Institute Press — or call 310-422-0810

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Dec 16 2014

LACW Joins In March Against Police Violence

Racist Police Violence.4521 On Saturday, December 13, the LACW was represented at a peaceful march against police violence that began at Pershing Square and ended at Union Station with stops along the way at LAPD Headquarters and the Federal Court. Recent unjust court decisions to not indict white police officers in the murder of unarmed black males was the bases for this march, which coincided with “Black Lives Matter” marches across the nation, the largest being in New York and Washington, DC, where tens of thousands gathered in the streets.

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Dec 15 2014

Angel City Chorale Serenades At The Hippie Kitchen


On Saturday, December 13, the Angel City Chorale made their annual visit to Skid Row to sing Christmas Carols for one hour in our dining garden. Everyone from guests eating in the garden to volunteers and community members thoroughly enjoyed the hour. They seem to get better with each visit. Near the end of the concert they again spread out among the tables and invited everyone to join in a sing-a-long. The entire hour was a wonderful holiday treat. Thank you Angel City Chorale for making time to visit our garden and spread the holiday spirit among our guests. Blessings upon all and Merry Christmas.

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Dec 08 2014

St. Paul H.S. March For Hunger 2014

Group.4502On Sunday, December 7, St. Paul High School, in Santa Fe Springs, had their 42nd Annual March For Hunger, which benefits the LACW. The walk begins at Salazar Park in East L.A. and ends at Santa Monica Beach, a 26+ mile journey. We thank all students, faculty, parents, and alumni for walking to help feed our guests at the “Hippie Kitchen.” We wish you many blessings, a Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year.”Thumb Up.4493Group.4508

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Dec 08 2014

December 2014 Agitator

Front Cover December 2014Here is the December CATHOLIC AGITATOR

    In This Issue:

    • Annual Appeal by Jeff Dietrich
    • PRESENTE! Remembering The Victims Of The SOA by Karan Benton
    • The Good Samaritan Jeff Dietrich’s Book Advertisement
    • Jim Parkhurst R.I.P.
    • The Patchwork Family by Jeff Dietrich
    • Mary’s Word by Toni Flynn

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Nov 24 2014

Upcoming Holiday Schedule and Policy Reminder

Rebecca Veggie Washing_3126 Please note that Hospitality Kitchen (aka Hippie Kitchen) is closed on Thanksgiving Day. However, we will be open on Saturday, November 29. Further, the kitchen also will be closed on Christmas Day (reopen on Saturday, December 27) and New Years Day (reopen on Saturday, January 3).

Also, we do not accept volunteers working for school service requirements or other forms of community service hours from Thanksgiving to Christmas. We do not have the space to accommodate the many people who wish to volunteer during this time period.

Thank you. Many blessings.

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Nov 19 2014

Former Guest At The Hippie Kitchen

Clarence "Corky" DawsonIf you missed the L.A. Times article on one of our former guests, this LINK will take you to the story of “Corky,” who, unbeknownst to us, was murdered back in July, and his estranged son’s quest to find his father.

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Nov 06 2014

Announcing The Release Of Catholic Agitator Editor Jeff Dietrich’s New Book

MIP_JD_GS_EventPoster.inddSave the date (Sunday, December 14, 2014, at 3pm) and join us at Loyola Marymount University for a reading from The Good Samaritan: Stories of the Los Angeles Catholic Worker on Skid Row with a celebration following with music and food and an opportunity to purchase a signed copy, or buy multiple copies as Christmas gifts for family and friends. Hope to see you there. (Click once or twice on the image at left for a high resolution image for better viewing.) Please RSVP by December 1, to the LACW at 323-267-8789

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Nov 05 2014

Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) Altar

IMG_4403Here is this year’s version of our Día de Muertos Altar. Día de Muertos is celebrated on All Saints and All Souls Day, November 1 & 2. It is primarily a Mexican tradition, though other Latin American cultures also celebrate the holiday. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars called ofrendas, honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts. Visitors also leave possessions of the deceased at the graves. More photos HERE.

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Oct 31 2014

Jim Parkhurst – R.I.P.

IMG_4376aIMG_4383Former LACW community member and Oakland CW, Jim Parkhurst, joined the Cloud of Witnesses on Friday, October 24. We had a memorial liturgy and celebration of Jim’s life on Wednesday, October 29, with Fr. Vince Schwahn as celebrant.

Jim and his wife Joyce lived at Hennacy House in the mid 1990s before moving up to Oakland to start a Catholic Worker. They then came back to L.A. some years later where Jim was our regular Saturday house person while Joyce began writing our thank you cards to our supporters. Jim struggled with heart ailments until his passing. Jim Parkhurst – PRESENTE!

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Oct 30 2014

October Hospitality Day

InsideOutsidePeriodically we bring up to 20 of our friends from skid row to our house for some time away from the mean streets–we refer to it as “Hospitality Day.” On Wednesday morning (October 29) we picked some invited friends up by the kitchen at 8:30 then provided a healthy multi-choice breakfast, after which was free time to either play cards, board games, read, sleep, or get into some great discussions, then at noon we provided a plentiful well-prepared hot feast for lunch along with various desserts. After a time to digest the great feast we drove our friends back downtown. All in attendance were greatly appreciative and counted it a real blessing. For our part, we find it an honor to host and serve our sisters and brothers who live on the streets.

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