Church Bells to Ring on Christmas Eve

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“I think it’s just a reflection that COVID can’t keep God from coming to us,” the Rev. Chuck Osburn, associate pastor at La Cañada Presbyterian Church, said of the Christmas Eve event.

The churches of La Cañada Flintridge are inviting members of the community, wherever they are in the city, to sing a carol and reflect during an event on Christmas Eve.
Residents will be able to hear bells tolling from the churches that have bell systems, including St. Bede the Venerable Church and St. George’s Episcopal Church, from 8:57 p.m. until 9 p.m., when they will stop to allow La Cañada Presbyterian Church to play “Silent Night” through its system.
The sound will be most audible on Foothill Boulevard, and those within earshot — whether they be out for a walk or on their front porch — are encouraged to sing along with the song or simply ponder the lyrics. Even those who are out of range of the bells’ sound are invited to take a few minutes to sing with their families at 9 p.m.

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LCF Church Leaders Seek to Serve During Pandemic

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Local church leaders occasionally meet with educational representatives to discuss the socio-emotional well-being of students and their families. However, these days, they meet on Zoom.

Associate Pastor Chuck Osburn of La Cañada Presbyterian Church has three points he wants to make about the COVID-19 pandemic.
First, he said in a recent phone interview, he doesn’t believe God caused the pandemic. Second, crises such as diseases are nothing new to the history of the Christian church. And third, this is a time for Christians to serve, to “call on people and remind them that God is for them … because we believe that ourselves.”
That final point in particular is something that is echoed by many of La Cañada Flintridge’s church leaders who have voiced a desire to serve a city that, like many, is grappling with the emotional and mental effects of a global pandemic.
And those leaders aren’t just speaking individually. Since 2017, LCF pastors and other church representatives have met a few times a year, when responsibilities and busy schedules allow, often over lunch to talk about their congregations.
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LCF Residents, Alumni Celebrate St. Bede School Graduate

A Mass and community celebration is being planned to celebrate the Rev. Ken Deasy, a resident of La Cañada Flintridge from 1965 through 1979, and the 30th anniversary of his ordination as a Roman Catholic priest. As part of the celebration, Deasy will preside over an Anniversary Mass on Saturday, Sept. 30, at 5:30 p.m., followed by a fundraiser dinner for his nonprofit Father Ken’s Vineyard.
Deasy moved with his family to La Cañada Flintridge in time to begin at St. Bede School in September of 1965. Sometimes known as “Kenny,” Deasy was a Boy Scout, played La Cañada Little League and served as an altar boy. He graduated from St. Bede’s in 1968 and attended St. Francis High School.
It was at St. Francis that Deasy first felt his calling to the priesthood. He studied as a Franciscan and finished his preparation at St. Joseph Seminary in Camarillo, and was ordained as a Diocesan priest in 1987. Deasy said his first Mass as an ordained priest at St. Bede’s. He has returned many times since.

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