On, we expect hundreds of people from all over Los Angeles to come and enjoy the Posadas of food, fellowship, and most importantly to relax in what I like to call one of the “hidden gems” in the City of Vernon. One would expect a cacophony of noise and perhaps caroling here and there. Amazingly, it will all be silent. We are a Deaf community. We are just about the only parish Deaf community to have a church of its own. There is a great deal of pride and ownership that exists in the families that come to Holy Angels. This year our focus has been on continually upgrading the church grounds and buildings, some which are more than 100 years old.
Your support for Holy Angels allows us to help many families and individuals at Holy Angels. Last year, your generosity provided a beacon of hope for María Reyes and her family. María married approximately 19 years ago and gave birth to a Deaf son. Upon learning of her son's disability, her husband left and could not accept raising a Deaf child. Ten years later, she met the love of her life, Maynor, and together they raised a new family: her Deaf son, Angel (18), Paloma (7) and Sol (4). This year, in July, Maynor was killed in a car accident. Our resources (counseling, bereavement ministries, and advo-cacy) gave the family the help and support they needed to recover, begin healing, and move
forward. Without the kindness and support of benefactors like you, we would not be able to do our work. Consider giving and supporting us, your donation will go a long way and help
families like María Reyes'.
REV. TOM SCHWEITZER
In 2012, we marked the 25th anniversary of the opening of our church for the Deaf people in Vernon. The church had a very long and distinguished history of service to the local community before that as Saint Martha Parish. The young people who came to our services in 1987 still attend with their own children. We are into the third generation of parishioners.
Since Holy Angels serves the Deaf Community in Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties, these families spend a large part of Sunday with us.
Without the ongoing support of the business community in the City of Vernon, we would not have been able to continue our multi-faceted programs
We pray that you and your families will experience a joyful Christmas 2017 and a happy and prosperous 2018.