About the Parish
In the 1980s, at the request of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the Oblates of the Virgin Mary were invited to staff the newly-created parish of St. Peter Chanel, located in Hawaiian Gardens, California. In a short period of time, the Oblates have developed an active community of worship which serves a growing Hispanic and Filipino population. In addition to the daily and weekend Masses, confessions are available every day and there is daily Eucharistic Adoration. Retreats are also offered on a quarterly basis.
Consecration of the Parish to Our Lady
This prayer of consecration of our parish was first made on December 11, 1994, and is renewed daily by the community following Morning Prayer.
We, the Oblate Community, dedicate to you O Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Mercy and Mother of the Church, our Parish, St. Peter Chanel in Hawaiian Gardens.
We entrust to You in a special way Father Larry, Father Ed, Father Antolini, Father Craig, Father Bill, and Father Dave who have been given to you by their (our) founder Father Lanteri. May they (we) always be faithful to their (our) vows of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience. May they (we) always be filled with the Holy Spirit to win souls for Your Son, Jesus.
We entrust to Your Motherly goodness, all members of the parish. We beg that no member of this parish would die without the grace of salvation. We ask that our streets would be free of violence, drugs, alcohol and pornography. We ask that no Catholic would abandon the “faith of his fathers” for another faith. We beg that the rich would help the poor and that no poor family would be deprived of the necessities of life.
We entrust to Your Motherly care all families in our Parish, that the spouses would be faithful to one another, that each home would be free from domestic violence, sexual abuse, drugs and alcohol. We beg that daily prayers would be said in each home.
We confide to Your Heart the catechism program in our Parish. We beg that it always would be free from falsifications of the Faith. We entrust to You the catechists and the students. May they share in Your love for Your Son Jesus.
We entrust to You the many choirs that sing at the Masses. May their singing reflect the grateful joy of belonging to Jesus.
We entrust to Your Heart the employees and volunteers of the parish, who spend many hours each week working here, that they may be rewarded here and in heaven for their dedication.
In a special way, we entrust to You all those who break Your Heart and the Heart of Your Son with sin. May You obtain for them the grace of reconciliation with God. May they make good confessions and begin to receive Holy Communion.
We entrust to You the youth of our Parish. Please give to each youth a drop of Your Purity so that their bodies may always be temples of the Holy Spirit.
We entrust to Your Motherly care all future mothers in our Parish. We beg that no one will have an abortion. May those who have participated in an abortion return to God and to the Church for forgiveness, healing and reconciliation.
We entrust to You all the altar servers, and we pray that from among them will come future priests to work in the Kingdom of God.
Finally, we entrust to You the unity of the Parish. Your Son has said, “This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” May these words be fulfilled in our Parish. May all people be brought together in unity by the Holy Spirit.
St. Peter Chanel
On April 18, 1841, a band of native warriors entered the hut of Father Peter Chanel on the island of Futuna in the New Hebrides islands near New Zealand. They clubbed the missionary to death and cut up his body with hatchets. Two years later, the whole island was Catholic. St. Peter Chanel’s death bears witness to the ancient axiom that “the blood of martyrs is the seed of Christians.” He is the first martyr from Oceania, that part of the world spread over the south Pacific, and he came there as the fulfillment of a dream he had had as a boy.
Peter was born in 1803 in the diocese of Belley, France. At the age of seven, he was a shepherd boy, but the local parish priest, recognizing something unusual in the boy, convinced his parents to let him study, in a little school the priest had started. From there Peter went on to the seminary, where it was said of him: “He had a heart of gold with the simple faith of a child, and he led the life of an angel.”
He was ordained a priest and assigned to a parish at Crozet. In three years he had transformed the parish. In 1831, he joined the newly founded Society of Mary, since he had long dreamed of being a missionary; but for five years he was assigned to teach at the seminary in Belley. Finally, in 1836, his dream was realized, and he was sent with other Marists to the islands of the Pacific. He had to suffer great hardships, disappointments, frustration, and almost complete failure as well as the opposition of the local chieftain. The work seemed hopeless: only a few had been baptized, and the chieftain continued to be suspicious and hostile. Then, when the chief’s son asked for baptism, the chief was so angry that he sent warriors to kill the missionary.
Peter’s violent death brought about the conversion of the island, and the people of Futuna remain Catholic to this day. Peter Chanel was beatified in 1889 and canonized in 1954.
Thought for the Day: Success or failure is often not completely in our hands, and sometimes we have to face what seems almost certain failure. But success is not required of us, only fidelity. St. Peter Chanel’s work ended in his own death in the face of what seemed total failure. Out of that failure, God brought about the success Peter was seeking.
From ‘The Catholic One Year Bible’: . . . “Why are you looking in a tomb for someone who is alive? He isn’t here! He has come back to life again! Don’t you remember what he told you back in Galilee . . . that he would rise again the third day?”—Luke 24:5-7