Spring 2013


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Dear Friends,

"A well run home lays the foundations for a

more human society. They will be firm. They will shine like beacons. They will give security. They will provide good health. They will provide human warmth." Wednesday, February 27, the Home Renaissance Foundation launched its Homemakers Project in London, an international effort to draw attention to and support the unsung but vital work of the home.

“We have to put more emphasis on learning skills for life,” says Prue Leith, one of the

project’s enthusiasts. “And interestingly, some of the academics in our schools are doing that because they realize actually the most important thing is to teach children how to live, which means teaching them how to be at home.”

You don't have to live in London to follow the fortunes of Homemakers. Instead please plan on attending a series of workshops for Homemakers here in Los Angeles in conjunction with the London project.

An introduction to the Homemakers Project will be held on Tuesday April 30th at

10:00 am at Aster Study Center, with other activities to follow throughout the year. Followed by the first workshop-a cooking class to take place on Saturday May 18th at Walnut Grove at 10:00 am.

A New Look at Art

Workshop held on February 2, 2013 at Walnut Grove

During the Year of Faith, we wanted to highlight how art can become an expression of faith and a way to answer the innate call of the human person to beauty. Robin Miller, a preparatory school instructor, talked about how “beauty will save the world.” She showed how from time immemorial, human have tried to reach the supernatural through the arts and conversely, God speaks back to us through art.

Danielle Cummins, PhD in Musical Arts, performed a moving violin rendition of Méditation from the Opera Thais, explaining to the audience how through music, the conversion of a royal queen was expressed. Not a dry eye was found in the room after the end of this piece.

Using media, we showed the TED TALK Acceptance Speech of Jose Antonio Abreu, Founder of El Sistema. By using the orchestra he transformed the lives of thousands of kids in Venezuela and beyond.

Jocelyn Quarles’ talk was a favorite. Using Jan Van Eyck’s “Portrait of Giovanni Arnolfini and his Wife, she taught us how to “read” a piece of art - approach a painting and understand it fully by knowing the time period, background of the artist, and other technical qualities of the work. She gave 3 tips on how to walk through a museum: 1) research on pieces you want to see beforehand, 2) select 3 pieces of art to really study, spending 15-20 minutes on each piece, and 3) don’t walk aimlessly.

Next we looked at logos and their hidden meanings in such brands as FedEx, Nike, Apple, Baskin Robins and Starbucks.


This March 23-31, ASTER will participate in the Incontro Romano, an international gathering

in Rome where this year’ proposed general topic is Celebration: the Art of Surprise. This is then studied and applied by the participants through a broad scope of practical projects. Aster participants will also be able to meet young women who are engaged in promoting both the dignity of the service professions and the indispensable contribution of women to this field. They will attend the Holy Week Services at St. Peter’s Basilica and visit the many beautiful sites of the Eternal City.

Last February 15-18, 2013 high school girls competed in the Great-Cakes and Be-Our-Guest categories at the international Art of Living Competition which took place at Arnold Hall Conference Center near Boston. Over 70 young women participated in the weekend long culinary and cultural competition focusing on bringing beauty, creativity, service, professionalism to the work of the home and caring for people. Aster Study Center’s team enjoyed making friends and learning new skills among seasoned professionals. They returned eager to train and become a winning team in 2014.

Girls' Club News

The combined Girls Clubs of West Covina and Alta Loma trekked to Walnut Grove in San Gabriel for their annual excursion. Ann, Beca and Kim of Aster’s Art of Living program, taught the girls how to bake Mexican Wedding Cookies. They also showed the girls some napkin folding techniques. Fr. Paul gave a reflection about the Chair of St. Peter, the feast day celebrated that day, Feb 22nd. He shared anecdotes on his encounter with St. Josemaria Escrivá, the founder of Opus Dei , whom he met in Rome. The girls had a fun and exciting evening. Looking forward to the 3rd annual excursion. ~Jean Vergel De Dios

Calendar Summary:

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Lecture Series, The Ten Commandments: Meetings every 1st Saturday of the month.

10:00 -11:00 am

Theology Seminars, What Catholics Believe, 11:15 am - 12:15 pm (Note: full schedule posted in website).

Cooperators Workshop

Saturday, May 18, 2013 10:00-12:00 pm

Peruvian Cooking Class

Evenings & Days of Recollection for women at Walnut Grove

Every 4th Mondays at 6:15 - 9:00 pm and 4th Tuesdays at 9:30 am - 12:30 pm.

Also see website for full schedule at other churches

Days of Recollection for High School April 27, June 22

from 2:30 - 5:30 pm

Stepping Up Program for 8th, 9th and 10th graders.

April 13, May 11, June 8 from 2-4:00 pm

Women’s Retreat:

Oct 11-13, Nov 8-10 @ Holiday Inn, La Mirada.

To reserve, email Naida:

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