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“The Holy Spirit truly transforms us. With our cooperation, he also wants to transform the world we live in.”
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Spirit

Spiritual life is at the heart of our Catholic Trojan Family. As a community of Catholics, we foster spiritual growth through a variety of programs and ministries. Whether you desire growth through one-on-one direction or gravitate toward group settings such as retreats and masses, we have something to offer you at the USC Caruso Catholic Center.

While we are a parish primarily devoted to the Catholic Trojan Family, we welcome all to attend or participate in our numerous masses throughout the week, RCIA program, and other sacramental preparations.

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Sacraments

As Catholics, we believe that the real presence of Christ fills us when we actively participate in Mass and receive the Holy Communion. If you have not received your sacraments of baptism, first communion, or confirmation, please email Deacon Paul.

Additionally, you may direct wedding inquiries to Deacon Paul who oversees the marriage preparation program at Our Savior Parish.

Our Confirmation Candidates

Please pray for all those who will be receiving the sacrament of Confirmation this Easter season:

Charlotte Aranaga
Stephanie Balais
David De La Cruz
Domenica Diaz
Cassandra Duran
Andrew Godoy
Kimberly Gorrell
Michael Hamakawa
Gabriela Ibarra
Isabelle Johnson
Hallie Jose
Joshua Linares
Jessica Lopez
Matthew Maceda
Anthony Martinez
James Miller
Carrie Jo Morris
Hilda Rosales
Melissa Parrilla
Natalie Pesqueira
Danielle Pesqueira
Monica Prado
Helen Salinas
Patrick Valadez
Jenny Ventura

The candidates will receive the sacrament of Confirmation on April 15, 2018, at the 10:30 a.m. mass. We invite all to attend!

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Small Groups

Our student-led groups focus on weekly Bible study and serving the community. We offer several small group settings to accommodate the needs of our members, including groups focused on weekly Sunday readings, men’s and women’s groups, Spanish-language groups, and groups led by our FOCUS missionary team.

For more information, contact Rosie Shawver by email.

Retreats

At Our Savior Parish, we offer retreats throughout the year for both undergrad and graduate students. Past retreats include the New Student Retreat (before move-in day), fall and spring undergraduate and graduate student retreats, and Busy Trojans Lenten Retreat. For more information, contact Fr. Greg Vance via email.

Catholic Trojan Retreat

Reestablish relationships, relax your body, rejuvenate your spirit, and renew your mind at the Catholic Trojan retreat on January 25–27, 2019, at the beautiful and historic Mission San Luis Rey Retreat Center in Oceanside. Make the Catholic Trojan retreat an annual event for you throughout your years at USC. This year’s Catholic Trojan retreat II will be full of mystery, surprises, and amazing encounters with Christ.

Register on or before December 31 to receive a special early-bird registration price of $50!

Catholic Trojan Retreat II Registration

If you have any questions about this retreat, please contact Tricia Tembreull via email. Please see the Upcoming Retreats page for more information.

Spiritual Gifts Workshop

What am I called to do with the gifts that God has given me? How am I to use these gifts in my profession, in the Church and the world?

Knowing your spiritual gifts can help you know God’s will for your life. If you are wondering, “What do you want me to do Lord?” you will want to discover your spiritual gifts. God is calling you to a unique purpose in life, a work of love that only you can do. Discern your charisms (spiritual gifts) and begin to discern God’s call. Come and discover these charisms in you!

Join us for a one day retreat on Saturday, February 9 from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Cost is $10. For more information email Fr. Greg.

Lenten Busy Trojans Retreat 

Attention Trojans! We know how busy your life can be! This Lent, the USC Caruso Catholic Center is offering a directed retreat specially tailored to fit your busy schedules - the Busy Trojan's Lenten retreat. This is a retreat that will help you spend time with God during this important liturgical season.

The Busy Trojans Retreat will begin on Ash Wednesday, March 6 and end on Sunday, April 28. 

Each week you will have an opportunity to meet with your spiritual director - a priest, brother, sister, or other Catholic layperson trained to offer such direction for 30 to 60 minutes. You can meet in person or via video chat. Your spiritual director is a person who will walk with you through the Word, listening with you for the movement of the Holy Spirit and where the Spirit is leading you as you come to know God more intimately.

In addition to the meeting with your director, we also ask that you devote 30 minutes or more in personal prayer each day and, as your schedule permits, attend Mass on weekdays at 12:10 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. at the USC Caruso Catholic Center.

There is no fee for this retreat. Know that we have limited spots for this retreat and they will fill on a first come, first serve basis. Contact Sr. Kathy via email for more information. 

Spring Silent Retreat 

In our prayer lives, do we spend too much time talking to God, as though by multiplication of words we could attract God's attention to our prayers? How often do we quiet ourselves and really try and let God speak to us? This silent retreat, beginning on Friday, March 29 and ending on Sunday, March 31 is your opportunity to listen for God's voice in your heart and life. Students who have made this retreat in the past enter the experience with a lot of nervous energy, but by the end of the weekend, they all are craving more silence in their lives! You will have plenty of opportunity to relax and sleep, as well as to speak with an individual Spiritual Director, who will help you tailor the experience to your unique needs. Don't let the fear of not talking keep you from this amazing experience of sacred silence! Note that we will be leaving from Long Beach on Friday morning, in order to travel to USC's beautiful facility on Catalina Island! 

Prices:

  • Early Bird Before February 28, 2019 - $50.00
  • March 1, 2019 - $75.00

Contact Fr. Greg via email for more info!

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Liturgies

Each week, we hold thirteen masses for our community to gather and worship together. We welcome all to join us:

Daily Mass:

  • Monday–Friday at 12:10 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. 

Sunday Liturgy:

  • 10:00 a.m.
  • 5:00 p.m.
  • 9:00 p.m. 

Throughout the year, we offer special liturgies such as Mass on the Grass (an outdoor mass on the USC campus), one-hour Adoration, all-day Adoration, and daily rosaries.

Liturgy Sign Ups

The CC liturgy team is looking for volunteers! We're in search of lectors, Eucharistic ministers, AV/sound technicians, musicians, and more! Don't have experience? Not a problem! We'll let you know everything you need to know before you serve. If you're interested in helping at one of our masses in any capacity, please contact Paulina via email. Sunday masses will take place at 10:00 a.m., 5:00 p.m., and 9:00 p.m. during the 2018-2019 school year. We greatly appreciate any help, and we welcome all those who are interested.

Music Ministry

Our thriving Music Ministry offers students the opportunity to share their talents by providing music at liturgies and special gatherings like Praise and Worship. To get involved with our Music Ministry, email Andrew.

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Vocations Alive

Vocations Alive! is devoted to developing a culture of discernment where Catholic students at college campuses have the environment, support, and tools they need to discern their call in life.