Summer 2016

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Dear Friends,

Happy Summer! I hope your nose is already well-adjusted to the fragrant summer bouquet of swimming pools and sunscreen. Two BIG news items! 1) We just harvested our first squash/ PUMPKIN at Walnut Grove. See attached picture. 2) Please plan to join us for our #InstaMommy Workshop, Saturday, September 17th, 8:30 A.M.

#InstaMommy: A workshop on modern mothering

It promises to offer many good tips and strategies for Mommy-hood, whether or not you're involved in the new wave of mothering through social media. In addition to “InstaMommy, The Role of Social Media in Motherhood” by Kendra Tierney (, other topics will include: “Motherhood Explained" by Blythe Fike (, “If Momma Ain’t Happy, Ain’t Nobody Happy” by Melissa Brady ( MelissaBrady) and “Great Expectations, How to be Demanding Without Being Demeaning” by Julia Boles, who, though not on social media by choice, is pro-new media.

We can all agree there is nothing inherently wrong with technology. But there are dangers if it is used inappropriately. The key: We need a game plan for how we will use this tool. If a hammer is used as a fork or a fork as a hair brush the results will not turn out well.

We want to know: How is this tool used properly? How is it helpful? And, how can it be even MORE helpful than outdated tools that performed similar functions? (I.e. the yellow legal pad vs. iNotes)

Professionals indicate that for social media to be effective, it needs to be beautiful, creative, stylish, personal, original, authentic, and substantive. It needs to be helpful to others in some way. And, it needs to bring others into a relationship with you. For example, Instagram, forces you to be more beautiful in the way you look at your ideas and communicate them to others. Twitter might force you to be more witty and concise in the way you express yourself. “George Orwell believes the first cure to remedy the fallen state of the English language is to ‘never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.’”

Perhaps there is something to being able to capture and express an idea quickly, definitively, and beautifully. It makes one wonder, ‘Was cave painting the first social media? And can social media be considered a combination of art and language?’ We won’t go into the philosophical underpinnings of hashtags here, you’ll have to come to the workshop for that one! But is it really practical for a working mother to use social media? Is it part of her job? Maybe yes, when we consider her vocation as a mother, friend, spouse; properly ordered. Perhaps she uses it to help others, stay in touch with friends and family, earn a little extra money for the household, make more efficient and budget friendly purchases, research new trends in housekeeping and parenting. It could provide her with the ability to read, post and comment with a wide-variety of women, though tucked away in her home or office. She can be just as up on things, in the fight, in the fray, making a difference. And the list goes on... Of course, things can always go wrong. Social media may get in the way of developing relationships with the people in your home. Just like anything else. Your pen pal can’t be more important than your three year old. The time spent on current events or literature can't take up more time than the flesh and blood next to you. But this is the case with anything good, even the oldie-goldie newspaper or snail mail. As all successful homemakers know, all the activities of the family must be subjected to a schedule for the proper ordering of the home, and this includes mom’s social media. A time and place for everything, and everything in its place! Check out our InstaMommy page here!

Happiness is...

~donating our discards for a good cause

~finding items we need for a fraction of the cost

~helping a friend furnish a new apartment with used furniture from Ethan Allen for next to nothing

~counting the proceeds at the end of 6- hour sale and exceeding our $2,000 goal

~praying for postponement of the rainy forecast at 12 noon to 3 pm and prayers are answered :-)

...And that’s what happened at the 4th Annual Yard Sale. A special THANK YOU to all our dedicated volunteers, who work very hard year after year. Thanks also to all who donated and to all the shoppers as well. Save your discards for the next Yard Sale to be held on the first Saturday of May 2017.

Adolescent Course for parents of 13 -16 years old.

A 16-session course beginning Sept 10 through April 2nd.

Teams are forming in Orange County, San Gabriel and San Fernando Valley areas.

Course fee: $295 per couple.

To register, visit: For more information: call 626-475-3891.

Masses were offered from around the world in celebration of the feast day of Opus Dei founder, St. Josemaría Escrivá. In Los Angeles, the concelebrated mass was held on June 25th, at the St John Chrysostom Church in Inglewood. Main celebrant and Homilist was Archbishop Jose Gomez. In Orange County, the mass was held on June 23rd, at the Mission Basilica in San Juan Capistrano. The Marasigans of Orange County (photo above) pause for a family photo after the mass.

Calendar Summary:


Seminar Faith and Reason: Meets every first Saturday of the month

NO classes July and August- resumes in September

Ten Commandments: 10am-12:30pm

Theology Seminar~ The Apostles Creed 12:30-1:30pm

Evenings of Recollection for Women at Walnut Grove Meets every 4th Mondays at 6:15 to 9 pm

Days of Recollection for Women at Walnut Grove Meets every 4th Tuesdays at 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

2016 Women’s Retreats

Nov 18-20 Holiday Inn, La Mirada --- Dec 2-4 Hilton, Las Vegas

To reserve email Marta Torres

InstaMommy - A Workshop on Modern Motherhood Save the Date: Saturday, Sept 17th from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm at Walnut Grove Cultural Center. Register Here.

Grandmother’s Tea, October 22, 2:00 to 4:00 pm. rsvp:

Christmas Party at Walnut Grove on Dec. 11, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm Potluck get-together, caroling, and more

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