Director of Pastoral Services
(310) 454-1328, Ext. 228
Bereavement Ministry is a group of committed, trained
lay ministers who bring a myriad of life experiences to the care
and support of families following the death of a loved one. They
offer practical information and emotional support, as well as expertise
in liturgy planning for funerals. Chair: Connie Cherry, 454-0857
and Co-Chair Judy Hatchett, 459-8344.
Coffee and Kids
Many years ago a group of young mothers at Corpus Christi Parish
saw a need for an opportunity for mothers and toddlers to come together
on Friday mornings for social and emotional support. Celebrating
their common bond as members of a Catholic community, friendships
have continued to grow through the years as these children entered
kindergarten, received their First Communion and graduated from
Corpus Christi School. Chairs: Katye Miller, 310-752-6064, Dariana Ross 424-238-5110, Lisa Barry 424-252-9038.
Corpus Christi Fiction
The Corpus Christi Fiction Book Group is now in its 16th year
of monthly gatherings. It is a multi-generational group of parishioners
and friends linked by their love of books and their faith community.
All are welcome as they meet for spirited discussions on the fourth
Thursday from 8:30-10:00 am in the Parish Conference Room. Selections
are posted in
the Sunday bulletin. Carol Sanborn, 454-1328.
Occasionally, parishioners are unable to participate in Sunday worship
either temporarily or for indefinite periods of time. The goal through
the collaborative work of Homebound Ministry is let these parishioners
know they continue to be valued members of our parish family. Homebound
Ministry, working together with Communion to the Sick, Legion of
Mary and at times Bereavement Ministry provides practical and emotional
support through visits, transportation and assistance with activities
of daily living. If you know of someone who might benefit from this
ministry, please call the parish office at 454-1328.
New Parishioners Welcome
If you are new to Corpus Christi Parish, you won’t be a stranger
for long due to the warmth and hospitality of a wonderful group
of volunteers that will see to it you become fully acquainted with your
new parish community. You will be invited to a fall Wine and Cheese
Evening, and a spring family brunch
where you will meet new and old members of the parish alike. In
addition members of this ministry will remain a phone call away
to answer your questions until you truly feel at home. Nichelle Toomire, 310-230-2899.
Parish Christmas Party
On the first Sunday of December an energetic, creative and spirited
group of parishioners work magic in the Parish Hall, turning it
into an old fashioned Christmas Party for the entire family. We begin with the 5:30 pm Mass, after which we process to the Parish Hall for food, festivities and friendship.
This group is hard to keep up with! They
were among the first to tour the newly refurbished Getty Villa.
They spent a day at the Palm Springs Follies. They have attended
concerts and toured the Cathedral and even took time out for a French
dip at Philippe’s. When they are not on the road they are
enjoying speakers and throwing potluck holiday parties in the Parish
Hall on the last Friday of the month from 10:15 am to 12 noon. Chairs:
Len & Marie Csiszar, 310-459-1867.
Most people think of it as “Donuts and Coffee” on the
patio after Mass every Sunday morning come rain or come shine. But
it is really one of the sweetest and best-supported parish ministries
at Corpus Christi Parish. It is a wonderful time to meet new people
and catch up with old friends and sometimes the best way to catch
Fr. Kidney! Consider doing more than eating the donuts and take
a turn at the table. Call Carol Sanborn for more information: 454-1328, ext. 228.
Respect Life Ministry
Is a dynamic group of parish volunteers who promote the dignity and sanctity of human life from conception to natural death through programs advocating prayer, education, pastoral care and advocacy. Tracie Shepard 459-2492
Corpus Christi provides many opportunities to put faith into action as we strive to live the Gospel by practicing the social teachings of the church. We do this by encouraging parishioners to share their many blessings with nearby facilities and organizations that minister to underserved members of our community at large. Four of these are:
St. Joseph Center is a neighborhood based program in Venice, founded by the Sisters of Carondolet that serves homeless and recently sheltered families, including a large number of single mothers and their children. The Corpus Christi Parish and School support the Center’s work by providing Thanksgiving food baskets, Christmas toys and a monthly school collection of canned goods. Carol Sanborn 454-1328
St. Robert Center is a community-based weekend program operated by Catholic Charities in Venice that feeds hungry people on weekends when many other programs are closed. Volunteers from the parish make sandwiches and serve the hungry on assigned weekend days. Carol Sanborn 454-1328
Food for Families is a program that collects non-perishable foods to be distributed to the homeless and hungry served by St. Robert’s Center. Items are collected on the FIRST FULL WEEKEND of each month on the church patio. Carol Sanborn 454-1328
Habitat for Humanity/Catholic Coalition is a group of nearly 20 parishes in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles of which Corpus Christi is a member. This program raises funds and regularly participates in Build Days in the Greater LA area to provide decent, sustainable and affordable homes for hardworking, low-income families and individuals. Carol Sanborn 454-1328