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March 31, 2020

Dear Catholic Trojan Family in Christ,

I pray that this message finds you all in good health, in the hope of well-being, and in the friendship of the Saints!

I want to thank each of you for your words of encouragement, for me personally, and for encouraging all of our ministers here at Our Savior Parish & USC Caruso Catholic Center. I want to thank you, too, for sharing with me what is on your hearts and minds during these difficult times of change and disease.

I know that there is one question that challenges all of us at this time—it is the question of “Why?”.  Why is this happening? Why all the suffering? Why all the difficulty? When we suffer, nothing pains us more than this ostensibly simple question of “Why?”.  I want to be very real with you. As much as I want to answer the why for you, I am hungering for the answer myself. And although it may not be the answer you want to hear, the best and most honest response I could offer at this moment is... “I don’t know.” Parents know this feeling well. When your children ask you why this is happening, you want to desperately respond; but you recognize the answer is not a simple one. I am not sure that we are prepared for the ultimate answer anyhow, nor will any answer be sufficient.

As parents, you respond the best way you can. You might say, “I don’t know, but we’ll be me.” Trust. That is the way of love and the journey that subsists in our walk with the Father. A trust where we must abandon ourselves to His divine care. I know that is not the answer you were looking for, especially in this time where fear surrounds us—fear of the unknown future, fear of death, fear of change, fear of violence, and fear that life, as we know it to be, might not return to normal. Indeed, we are called to have a heroic trust—one that requires every ounce of fearlessness and fortitude.

Our trust in God has to be bigger than our need to control our circumstances.

When our Lord commanded Peter to come to him on the water, He didn’t make any promises, nor did he calm the waves. Our Lord simply said “Come” and Peter, full of trust and confidence, fixed his eyes on Christ and stepped out of the relative safety of the boat. Peter did the impossible—he walked on water! This is heroic trust. If we keep our eyes fixed on Christ, we too, can do the impossible. Yet, when Peter was distracted by the waves, he began to sink. Today, our greatest temptation as disciples is to be distracted from our focus on Christ. It is by HIS power that we walk in trust and love, not our own! Although the tempests cause us to question our own ability and safety, it never diminishes the power of Jesus’ care for us—if only we keep our eyes fixed on Christ!

Not everything that happens is good, but our God is.

Pope Francis, during his extraordinary Urbi et orbi message a few days ago, recalls the challenging question of Christ to his disciples after calming the storm. Our Lord asks, “Why were you afraid when you knew that I was with you?” Our Lord is indeed with us and will never abandon us! May we trust in our Lord and let Him guide us forward. We recommit ourselves to this trust every day, if not every moment. During these turbulent times, let us grasp the hand of the Father ever more tightly.

In truth, it is difficult for me, too. Each day, I surrender to the Lord. Each day, I remind myself to keep my eyes fixed on Christ. Whenever I am overcome by fear or doubt, I reach into my pocket, pull out a little cross, reverence it with a kiss and repeat (sometimes multiple times) the simple prayer of Saint Faustina: “Jesus, I trust in You.”

My dear family, I walk with you each day and offer Masses and prayers for you and the well-being of your families. You and your prayers are never far from my mind and heart and I enjoin my prayers with yours. Although I do not know when things will return to normal, especially when these days of quarantine feel endless, I am edified by your online participation in Mass, by our students still meeting in their Bible study groups online, and our student leaders and ministers who lead rosaries or the Liturgy of the Hours on social media platforms!

May we grasp the Father’s hand and keep our eyes fixed on Christ! May we grow in trust and love as we walk this journey with one another. May we, as children of God, keep walking forward, at times timidly, gently repeating the words “Jesus, I trust in you.”

With fatherly affection, I am

Sincerely Yours in Christ,

Rev. Fr. Richard Sunwoo
Pastor, Our Savior Parish & USC Caruso Catholic Center

March 20, 2020

Dear Catholic Trojan Family in Christ,

I pray that this message finds you all in good health and in the company of the Saints!

Recently, our governor and city mayor issued a “stay-at-home” order in the interests of public health and to protect the fast spread of the COVID-19 virus. In the interests of public safety, I have decided to close our church until further notice. All private devotions inside of the church will cease until we are given the news that we can resume some aspects of our spiritual life at the church. This decision was not made lightly and with much consultation from our directors and staff.

Now is the time for us to be heroic in our faith. Not a type of heroism that is steeped in bravado and vainglory, but one that stems from the roots of humility. We must take the humble place of Mary and journey each day with our Lord. We must shake the dust of our former way of life and, as St. Paul commands, put on Christ.

It has surprised me in these days how a microscopic virus can bring nations to a halt and change the course of life for millions. It was not a war, nor a threat of terrorism, but an invisible and pervasive enemy—a virus. I believe in this great moment of pause; we must learn this great lesson from Our Lord in humility.

I say humility because up until now we have lived our lives relatively care-free. Before this virus, we had plenty of food to eat and drink and entertainment plentiful. Meanwhile, nations were being torn apart by war and violence and thousands of people were displaced in refugee camps or forced to migrate from their homelands. For the most part, we as a nation felt pity while our way of life continued. Now we too walk the path of humility like much of the world. Indeed, life is changed but not ended.

I pray for the courage and humility to live a different life—one that is deeply rooted in Christ. In our prayer, the act of faith requires a heroic disposition: “My Lord and my God, I firmly believe that you are here. You see me; You hear me…” We must believe that He indeed sees and hears us!

I want to encourage you, as your pastor, to maintain your plan of spiritual life and recommit yourselves to living the discipline of Christian discipleship. Consecrate each day and grow in holiness. Continue to be charitable to your neighbors. Grow closer to Our Lady through the rosary! She is Our Mother and will never abandon us! Although this may not be “your thing,” in the least when you pray the rosary, you are saying “hello” to Our Mother and that simple prayer pleases her.

Please pray for me as I remain close to each of you in prayer with fatherly affection until we meet again in person!

With personal best wishes, I remain.

Sincerely Yours in Christ,

Fr. Richard Sunwoo
Pastor, Our Savior Parish & USC Caruso Catholic Center

MARCH 17, 2020

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has announced the suspension of all Masses effective on March 17, 2020, amid the current health thread due to COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). Please take a moment to read the full bilingual statement.

Our Savior Parish will suspend daily and Sunday Masses until March 29, 2020, or otherwise extended. Confessions are by appointment only and are available by calling (213) 516-3959. The church will remain open from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday for individual, personal prayer.

March 13, 2020

Dear Friends in Christ,

Recognizing the grave cause of the current public health emergency because of the COVID -19 (novel coronavirus), Archbishop José H. Gomez has dispensed all the Catholic faithful of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and all Catholics currently in the Archdiocese from the obligation of attending Sunday Mass for the weekends of March 14 through March 15, March 21 through March 22, and March 28 through 29. In addition, California State Department of Health officials have recommended that we limit church attendance to only 250 people to allow for the recommended social distancing of six feet from each other.

Given the dangers and uncertainties, the limited space inside Our Savior Parish, and review of data on our liturgy attendance, we felt it prudent to suspend Sunday Mass until further notice. We intend for these measures to lessen the risk that we will endanger our people or spread this illness during our worship. There will be no Sunday Masses held on March 15, March 22, and March 29. We will continue to offer Daily Mass Monday through Friday at 12:10 p.m. with an hour of Adoration to follow. Confessions are by appointment only. We encourage you to continue checking our website for updates.

Please view the following resources for more information on COVID-19:

Please contact us if you have any questions, (213) 516-3959.

God Bless and Fight On!

USC Caruso Catholic Center Staff

March 12, 2020

Dear Friends in Christ,

The health and safety of our students, guests, and staff is our greatest priority. In response to the recent developments regarding the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), Our Savior Parish & USC Caruso Catholic Center is modifying program operations effective immediately.

The Church will remain open, but we will close the Catholic Center. We have increased the cleaning of frequently touched surfaces in the church (including the pews), and in the restrooms, and are closely monitoring updates and guidance from public health officials.

  • We will close the Catholic Center from Sunday, March 15 to Monday, April 13.
  • The Church will remain open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

We will update you on Sunday Mass plans once we have more information from the Archdiocese.

We will continue offering Daily Mass Monday through Friday from 12:10 p.m. to 12:40 p.m. Following Daily Mass, we will offer daily adoration for an hour and you may join remotely via livestream on our Facebook page. We will offer confessions by appointment only.

We will make the following adjustments for our programming:

  • No Stations of the Cross - March 13, March 20, March 27, April 3 & April 10
  • No Sunday SCupper - March 15, March 22, March 29 & April 5
  • No Homeless Ministry - March 11, March 18, March 25, April 1 & April 8
  • Trojan Saint Dinner postponed - March 26
  • Hike & Beach Day cancelled - March 28
  • No Liturgy Training - April 2
  • All Small Group Bible Studies are on Google Hangouts after spring break
  • ESTEEM, the last session will be on Google Hangouts - March 29
  • One on ones/spiritual mentoring with students can take place off site.
  • Catholic Success Coaching is still available and held virtually.

We remain committed to serve our community, and will continue to communicate with you about decisions related to parish and Catholic Center events currently scheduled for the remainder of this semester. Please contact us if you have any questions, (213) 516-3959.

God Bless and Fight On!

USC Caruso Catholic Center Staff