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By Alan Blank | December 12, 2008
Hundreds filled St. Joachim Roman Catholic church in Costa Mesa on Friday night to celebrate one of the most important holidays of the year for Mexican Catholics: the storied apparition of the Virgin Mary (La Virgen de Guadalupe) centuries ago on a mountain in Mexico to give hope to the recently vanquished indigenous people. Every inch of space in the church was filled as people standing in the aisles squished together, and the crowd overflowed out of every door. Many wore street clothes, but some women and girls were dressed in white gowns embroidered with red and green designs.
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By Joseph Serna | November 19, 2008
When a Tustin mom approached her son about the sudden appearance of a nearly 5-foot tall bronze statue of the Virgin Mary in her rose bed Sunday, he replied simply, “It’s a gift. Don’t ask; just say thank you.” After all, he reasoned with her, that’s what his friends told him when they set the statue-from-nowhere on his driveway Saturday night while a party went on in the garage. But lo and behold, as the mother, who asked that her name be withheld, found out in a bleary-eyed 5:30 a.m. phone call from a friend Wednesday, the statue from nowhere was from somewhere.
NEWS
By PETER BUFFA | August 28, 2006
I knew it might happen. Someday. I just didn't think it would be right next door. Workers at the Bodega Chocolates company in Fountain Valley believe that the Virgin Mary appeared in their chocolate factory two weeks ago in the form of Our Lady of Guadalupe. It wasn't really the Virgin Mary herself. It was a chocolate likeness of her, which gives a whole new meaning to "sweet mother of God." Martucci Angiano, one of the owners of Bodega Chocolates, let her publicist know about the apparition — we'll get to why a chocolate company has a publicist later — and within hours, the story was being carried worldwide, including on CNN and the BBC News.
NEWS
By PETER BUFFA | August 27, 2006
I knew it might happen. Someday. I just didn't think it would be right next door. Workers at the Bodega Chocolates company in Fountain Valley believe that the Virgin Mary appeared in their chocolate factory two weeks ago in the form of Our Lady of Guadalupe. It wasn't really the Virgin Mary herself. It was a chocolate likeness of her, which gives a whole new meaning to "sweet mother of God." Martucci Angiano, one of the owners of Bodega Chocolates, let her publicist know about the apparition — we'll get to why a chocolate company has a publicist later — and within hours, the story was being carried worldwide, including on CNN and the BBC News.
LOCAL
By Cornelia Fuertes | May 11, 2010
St. Joachim School celebrated its traditional May Crowning last Friday, May 7th, just before Mother's Day. In a beautifully arranged little ceremony children of the Pre-K and Kindergarten classes walked down the aisle of St. Joachim church and laid down flowers at the statue of the Virgin Mary. Their little procession ended at the front pews of the church, where they sat down and started singing. The church magically filled with all their pure little voices singing the song "Immaculate Mary", which was followed by the "The Hail Mary".
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | November 18, 2008
Church leaders and police are scratching their heads after a five-foot bronze statue of the Virgin Mary, securely fastened to its base outside Our Lady Queen of Angels church in Newport Beach, was apparently stolen in the middle of the night. The statue, donated by a Newport Beach family eight years ago and created by respected Mexican sculptor Victor Salmones, who died in 1989, was worth more than $30,000, church officials said. The statue depicted the Virgin Mary bent in prayer and welcomed parishioners into the church at Mar Vista and Domingo drives.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Mona Shadia, mona.shadia@latimes.com | May 23, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH — Nadia Hassan was the only woman at her table who covered her hair with a scarf Monday during an interfaith luncheon at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic church. When it was her turn to speak on behalf of the women at her table, her explanation for why she covers her hair in public resonated with the Catholic women across the room. "This is my way of emulating the Virgin Mary," Hassan said. Those words struck a chord with Amber Nickerson, who had never attended the women's interfaith luncheon in the past and was asking the Muslim women at her table about the concept of God for Muslims and how they view Jesus.
NEWS
December 13, 2000
With roses and candles for the altar, thousands of Catholics on Tuesday completed a nine-day commemoration for Our Lady of Guadalupe -- another name for the Virgin Mary -- at St. Joachim Church in Costa Mesa. The church celebrated the anniversary of Juan Diego's vision of Our Lady of Guadalupe in a Mexico City suburb with nine days of rosary prayers, special Masses and celebrations, as well as with a parade Saturday. The church attributed the high attendance at its commemoration Masses to its large Latino membership.
NEWS
December 23, 2000
Jennifer Kho COSTA MESA -- With candlelight, bilingual prayers and traditional Spanish melodies, churchgoers on Friday commemorated the journey of Mary and Joseph into Bethlehem. Two churches, St. Joachim Catholic Church and St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, had posadas that included a procession reenacting Mary and Joseph's struggle to find lodging before Jesus was born. "Because of the birth of baby Jesus, the Virgin Mary was looking for a place to stay and nobody helped her until the end," said Emilia Belmontes, a member of St. Joachim Church.
NEWS
November 22, 2008
We suppose we ought to be happy that Our Lady Queen of Angels parish got its statue of the Virgin Mary back after it went missing last weekend. But something about how it went missing still sticks in our craw. For a while, we worried the thieves found an unscrupulous junk dealer to melt down the bronze statue that was created by artist Victor Salmones and donated by a Newport Beach family eight years ago. That was a horrifying thought to the parish’s worshipers and art lovers alike.
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By Mona Shadia, mona.shadia@latimes.com | May 23, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH — Nadia Hassan was the only woman at her table who covered her hair with a scarf Monday during an interfaith luncheon at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic church. When it was her turn to speak on behalf of the women at her table, her explanation for why she covers her hair in public resonated with the Catholic women across the room. "This is my way of emulating the Virgin Mary," Hassan said. Those words struck a chord with Amber Nickerson, who had never attended the women's interfaith luncheon in the past and was asking the Muslim women at her table about the concept of God for Muslims and how they view Jesus.
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By Cornelia Fuertes | May 11, 2010
St. Joachim School celebrated its traditional May Crowning last Friday, May 7th, just before Mother's Day. In a beautifully arranged little ceremony children of the Pre-K and Kindergarten classes walked down the aisle of St. Joachim church and laid down flowers at the statue of the Virgin Mary. Their little procession ended at the front pews of the church, where they sat down and started singing. The church magically filled with all their pure little voices singing the song "Immaculate Mary", which was followed by the "The Hail Mary".
NEWS
By Alan Blank | December 12, 2008
Hundreds filled St. Joachim Roman Catholic church in Costa Mesa on Friday night to celebrate one of the most important holidays of the year for Mexican Catholics: the storied apparition of the Virgin Mary (La Virgen de Guadalupe) centuries ago on a mountain in Mexico to give hope to the recently vanquished indigenous people. Every inch of space in the church was filled as people standing in the aisles squished together, and the crowd overflowed out of every door. Many wore street clothes, but some women and girls were dressed in white gowns embroidered with red and green designs.
NEWS
November 22, 2008
We suppose we ought to be happy that Our Lady Queen of Angels parish got its statue of the Virgin Mary back after it went missing last weekend. But something about how it went missing still sticks in our craw. For a while, we worried the thieves found an unscrupulous junk dealer to melt down the bronze statue that was created by artist Victor Salmones and donated by a Newport Beach family eight years ago. That was a horrifying thought to the parish’s worshipers and art lovers alike.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | November 19, 2008
When a Tustin mom approached her son about the sudden appearance of a nearly 5-foot tall bronze statue of the Virgin Mary in her rose bed Sunday, he replied simply, “It’s a gift. Don’t ask; just say thank you.” After all, he reasoned with her, that’s what his friends told him when they set the statue-from-nowhere on his driveway Saturday night while a party went on in the garage. But lo and behold, as the mother, who asked that her name be withheld, found out in a bleary-eyed 5:30 a.m. phone call from a friend Wednesday, the statue from nowhere was from somewhere.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | November 18, 2008
Church leaders and police are scratching their heads after a five-foot bronze statue of the Virgin Mary, securely fastened to its base outside Our Lady Queen of Angels church in Newport Beach, was apparently stolen in the middle of the night. The statue, donated by a Newport Beach family eight years ago and created by respected Mexican sculptor Victor Salmones, who died in 1989, was worth more than $30,000, church officials said. The statue depicted the Virgin Mary bent in prayer and welcomed parishioners into the church at Mar Vista and Domingo drives.
NEWS
By PETER BUFFA | August 28, 2006
I knew it might happen. Someday. I just didn't think it would be right next door. Workers at the Bodega Chocolates company in Fountain Valley believe that the Virgin Mary appeared in their chocolate factory two weeks ago in the form of Our Lady of Guadalupe. It wasn't really the Virgin Mary herself. It was a chocolate likeness of her, which gives a whole new meaning to "sweet mother of God." Martucci Angiano, one of the owners of Bodega Chocolates, let her publicist know about the apparition — we'll get to why a chocolate company has a publicist later — and within hours, the story was being carried worldwide, including on CNN and the BBC News.
NEWS
By PETER BUFFA | August 27, 2006
I knew it might happen. Someday. I just didn't think it would be right next door. Workers at the Bodega Chocolates company in Fountain Valley believe that the Virgin Mary appeared in their chocolate factory two weeks ago in the form of Our Lady of Guadalupe. It wasn't really the Virgin Mary herself. It was a chocolate likeness of her, which gives a whole new meaning to "sweet mother of God." Martucci Angiano, one of the owners of Bodega Chocolates, let her publicist know about the apparition — we'll get to why a chocolate company has a publicist later — and within hours, the story was being carried worldwide, including on CNN and the BBC News.
FEATURES
By Alicia Robinson | February 24, 2006
COSTA MESA ? From the moment they enter the new bronze front doors depicting the baptism of Christ, parishioners at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church will know they're not in their old sanctuary anymore. Church officials today will unveil an enormous, hand-carved relief that's the centerpiece of a $3-million renovation at St. John the Baptist on Baker Street. On Sunday the church will be formally dedicated for the first time since its founding in 1960. "This is the most significant change this church has had since it was built," said Father Hildebrand Garceau, the church's pastor since mid-2005.
NEWS
December 15, 2001
Can it be that eight years have passed since South Coast Repertory opted to add a second holiday tradition on its Second Stage to the traditional "Christmas Carol" playing upstairs on the main stage? And can it be that young Tiffany Ellen Solano -- who doesn't appear much older than the 14-year-old girl she's portraying -- already is in her third season at the core of "La Posada Magica," the Latino-flavored contemporary Christmas story that so skillfully melds hilarity and heartache?
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