If you are not aware, the LACW has a weekly liturgy each Wednesday evening and we welcome anyone who is interested to join us. We begin at 6pm followed by a potluck dinner and socializing. Our liturgies vary from having ordained ministers/priests presiding or lay presider(s) depending on availability of our ordained friends. All of our liturgies are ecumenical and we have a shared reflection on the biblical readings used or on a subject matter within our heart, though open sharing is not obligatory. Please join us in these difficult and distressing times for spiritual enrichment and to form community with the breaking of bread and sharing of cup. It is an evening well spent. ALL are welcome.
Oct 20 2017
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Oct 12 2017
Here is the October Catholic Agitator
In This Issue:
- Racism and the Lost Cause by Jeff Dietrich
- The Differently Abled by Matt Harper
- Gerry Fallon Obituary by Jeff Dietrich
- A Door Keeper in the House of the Lord by Theo Kayser
- The Heresy of Racism by Lincoln Rice
- Protesting Nuclear Weapons Legacy by Karan Founds-Benton
- Better Know a Volunteer by Sarah Fuller and Theo Kayser
- Resistance Update: The Dakota Access Pipeline by Mike Wisniewski
Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2017/10/12/october-2017-agitator
Oct 12 2017
This LINK is to the Skid Row story. Although somewhat dated, it is very relevant to understanding the many issues affecting the area near downtown called Skid Row. Jeff and Catherine (among other Skid Row activists) are interviewed for this 27 minute audio documentary (by 99% Invisible) on the history of Skid Row and the struggles of its residents.
Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2017/10/12/skid-row-story-the-containment-plan-episode-279
Oct 08 2017
While the Hepatitis A outbreak announced by Los Angeles Health officials in September may come as no surprise to readers of C3’s study in July, which found that toilets on skid row are less accessible than in Syrian refugee camps, L.A. City Council members are still just talking about a plan for portable toilets, but have yet to take action. This is nothing short of insanity and an absolute lack of concern as the health and well-being of thousands lies in the balance.
This week, October 9-13, L.A. Catholic Workers and allies are calling Councilman Jose Huizar’s office at 213-473-7014 to demand that the 107 portable toilets and hand washing stations called for in C3’s study immediately be placed on the streets.
Next week, October 16-20, we will call Mayor Eric Garcetii with the same message, and on Wednesday, October 25, expect an update about a nonviolent action for toilet justice, and life itself, at City Hall.
In the next few weeks we can affect whether the city responds to this crisis in a just and sane way or not.
PLEASE HELP US OBTAIN JUSTICE BY CALLING CITY HALL AND JOINING US FOR A NONVIOLENT ACTION.
Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2017/10/08/hepatitis-a-outbreak-in-los-angeles-and-what-you-can-do-to-help
Oct 06 2017
On Friday, September 29, Kate Hennessy, granddaughter of Catholic Worker Co-founder Dorothy Day, visited the LACW to do a reading from her new book, Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved By Beauty and talk about her life with her mother (Tamar) and grandmother and answer questions.
As the writer in the family, Kate’s new book is not the usual Dorothy Day biography or Catholic Worker movement narrative, but a very intimate portrait of Dorothy’s family life, specifically the relationship between Dorothy and her daughter Tamar (Kate’s mom). It is an excellent read and quite revealing, sometimes painfully so. (See an interview with Kate, and a review of her book, in the August, 2017 issue of the Catholic Agitator)
Kate’s other books include, Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker: The Miracle of Our Continuance, and she also wrote the Forward to Patrick Jordan’s book, Hold Nothing Back: Writings by Dorothy Day
Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2017/10/06/kate-hennessy-dorothy-days-granddaughter-visits-the-lacw
Oct 01 2017
On Sunday, September 24, the LACW hosted its First Annual Art Show with art work by LACW community members, guests, and friends. There were displays throughout the house and outside around the property. There was a self-guided tour to see the various pieces of art donated over the years hanging on the walls throughout the house. Several pieces of art by our house guest Alberto and from Casa Calibri, our sister house in Mexico, also were sold. See photos HERE.
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Sep 24 2017
Ammon Hennacy, the namesake of the LACW Hospitality House, is featured in an article in The Salt Lake City Tribune. See article HERE.
An excerpt: “The neighbors couldn’t leave their houses without getting hit up by panhandlers and homeless men, who had been using both the front and back yards at 1131 S. West Temple as a bathroom.
Ammon Hennacy was inviting as many as 40 transients a night to sleep there, offering his house as the only homeless shelter in Salt Lake City that didn’t charge a fee or limit how long anyone could stay. It wasn’t uncommon for cops to drop drunk men off at Hennacy’s place if there wasn’t room at the jail. It was 1965, and his neighbors were frightened and angry.”
Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2017/09/24/a-catholic-worker-attempted-to-solve-homelessness-in-salt-lake-city-heres-what-happened
Sep 18 2017
Each year the 13 LACW Sister Houses get together for our annual retreat at La Casa de Maria Retreat Center in Montecito, near Santa Barbara. This year we gathered from September 15 – 17. There were 42 Catholic Workers from around the nation and Mexico who gathered to listen to presentations from this year’s facilitators, Tim Nafziger and Lucky Lynch, from SURJ Ventura (Show Up for Racial Justice), who dealt with white privilege and racial justice. We also had presentations on Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina (Devine Reading) by our own Julia Occhiogrosso (Las Vegas) and Johanna Berrigan (Philadelphia).
We had plenty of good food and assorted beverages and time to socialize, tell stories, sing, pray, relax, and enjoy the time away in the midst of beautiful surroundings and great weather. See photos HERE.
Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2017/09/18/2017-lacw-sister-house-retreat
Sep 11 2017
Our soup kitchen will be closed on Saturday, September 16, and Sunday, September 17. The LACW will be attending our annual Sister House Retreat at La Casa de Maria Retreat Center, near Santa Barbara. Each year Catholic Workers in our Sister House Network (Catholic Worker Houses founded by former LACW community members) get together for an annual retreat for spiritual renewal, some relaxation, fellowship, liturgy, and partying.
This year’s facilitators will be members of SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice), a national network of groups and individuals organizing white people for racial justice. Through community organizing, mobilizing and education, SURJ moves white people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability. We envision a society where we struggle together with love, for justice, human dignity and a sustainable world.
We will be back to our regular schedule beginning on Tuesday, September 19.
Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2017/09/11/hospitality-kitchen-aka-hippie-kitchen-closed-saturday-september-16
Sep 07 2017
L.A. Catholic Workers Karan Founds-Benton and Alexandria Addesso appeared in federal court in Tacoma, WA, on Wednesday, September 6, to stand trial with four other nuclear resisters (known as the PLC 6) for crossing the line at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor in Silverdale, WA, on March 7, 2017 at the conclusion of the Pacific Life Community’s (PLC) annual Faith and Resistance Retreat.
All six were found guilty. Five were sentenced to one year probation and 100 hours community service, while one (Betsy Lamb – lower right in photo in lower left) was given two years probation along with community service. See story and read statements HERE.
Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2017/09/07/two-lacws-found-guilty-of-trespassing
Sep 05 2017
The LACW joined with Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA CAN) for a Labor Day block party on 6th Street for the folks on Skid Row. Megan cooked 20 gallons of excellent chili, which was a huge hit with those in attendance. Megan, Jed, and Mike served as LA CAN BBQ’d hot dogs and handed out a variety of chips, water, soda, and watermelon. There was some good entertainment with the Skid Row Percussionists, a Jimmy Hendrix cover band, an R&B band, the spoken word, among others. With the temperature hovering in the low 90s, though hot, it was a good party.
Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2017/09/05/lacw-joins-with-la-can-for-a-skid-row-block-party
Aug 13 2017
At least once each quarter we host a “Hospitality Day” where we invite up to twenty-five guests from downtown to join us at our house for a time to get away from the madness of the streets and enjoy part of the day relaxing, eating, playing board or card games, read, take a bath or shower, and do laundry. We begin with breakfast at 8:15am (cereal, toast, fruit, oatmeal, coffee, milk, orange juice, pastries and cookies) then free time (including chips and salsa and soda) until noon, then a big lunch. This time Theo cooked burgers (including veggie burgers), mashed potatoes, broccoli with nacho cheese topping, tossed salad, BBQ and regular chips, followed by dessert including ice cream, pastries and cookies, and soda for ice cream floats. Then, unfortunately, a return trip downtown at 1:30. All had a great time and all were exceedingly grateful. See more photos HERE.
Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2017/08/13/friday-august-11-hospitality-day