Two notable, upcoming events in the Los Angeles area

First, in early November:

The Magnificat Foundation, in association with the Diocese of Orange, is pleased to announce “The Magnificat Day of Faith” on November 3, 2012, at the Crystal Cathedral, the future Christ Cathedral, in Garden Grove, California.

This October the Church will enter into the Year of Faith proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI. In response, the Magnificat Foundation is offering a unique and historic day of prayer and communion—the first major Catholic gathering at the future Christ Cathedral. Under the leadership of Pierre-Marie Dumont, president of the Magnificat Foundation, the Day of Faith is a celebration of what the pope calls “the joy of believing” and will feature a series of presentations highlighting the faith in its many facets. Keynote addresses will be delivered by Mrs. Clara Gaymard, daughter of the Servant of God Jerome Lejeune, the father of modern genetics, and Fr. Peter John Cameron, o.p., editor-in-chief of Magnificat, the monthly Catholic worship aid. Other speakers include Dominican Father Michael Morris, professor of art history at Berkeley and a regular contributor to Magnificat, and Jesuit Father James Kubicki, national director of the Apostleship of Prayer. Father Robert Reed, president of the CatholicTV Network, will serve as master of ceremonies.

Music and song will be at the heart of this family Day of Faith. Music director Christopher Vath, a composer and choir director who has given a private piano recital for Pope Benedict XVI, will direct both the choir (with soloists) and the assembly in singing Morning Prayer, the Angelus, and Evening Prayer, accompanied by the Cathedral’s organ (the fifth largest in the world). Other musical offerings include a special performance of Bach’s Magnificat by the acclaimed Pacific Chorale led by artistic director John Alexander, and a rendition of the Benedictus by the De Angelis vocal ensemble. The Day will culminate with the singing of the Salve Regina by the choir and the assembly.

“The Magnificat Day of Faith” is a special opportunity to observe the Year of Faith and experience how “faith expands our hearts in hope” (Pope Benedict XVI).

For more information, and to register, please visit:

And in December:

“Christmas ‘Round the World” benefit concert

Saturday December 8, 2012 at 2 P.M., Wilshire Ebell Theater, Los Angeles, California
Featuring the combined choral efforts of the Kobzar Ukrainian National Choir, the Yevshan Ukrainian Choral Ensemble of New England, selected members of the Trembita and Koliada Ukrainian Choirs of San Francisco and the Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra.  Never before have Ukrainian artists both both sides of the country joined together for such an inspirational concert program. For your enjoyment, several guest soloists including Elin Carlson of the Los Angeles Opera Company, Stefan Szkafarowsky of the New York Metropolitan Opera and Ivanna Taratula of the L’viv Opera Company will be joining the 175 + members of the choir and orchestra.  Also attending will be Hollywood starlets of Ukrainian descent.

All the performers are generously donating their talent to assist the Ukrainian Catholic Education Foundation to raise funds for the Ukrainian Catholic University.  All proceeds from this Benefit Concert are being donated to the Ukrainian Catholic Education Foundation. 

Tickets may be purchased by calling our ticket hotline at 909-860-2102.  For additional information please contact Gregory Hallick at or by calling 951-234-2939. Poster and additional information online here.

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Carl E. Olson is editor of Catholic World Report and Ignatius Insight. He is the author of Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead?, Will Catholics Be "Left Behind"?, co-editor/contributor to Called To Be the Children of God, co-author of The Da Vinci Hoax (Ignatius), and author of the "Catholicism" and "Priest Prophet King" Study Guides for Bishop Robert Barron/Word on Fire. His recent books on Lent and Advent—Praying the Our Father in Lent (2021) and Prepare the Way of the Lord (2021)—are published by Catholic Truth Society. He is also a contributor to "Our Sunday Visitor" newspaper, "The Catholic Answer" magazine, "The Imaginative Conservative", "The Catholic Herald", "National Catholic Register", "Chronicles", and other publications. Follow him on Twitter @carleolson.