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By Samuel Alioto
Observer Staff Writer 

Full House of the Faithful at Saint Monica's Catholic Church on Easter Sunday, 2018

Greetings of Happy Easter and a very gentile crowd on Christendom's most important Holy Day

 

A capacity crowd filed into Catholic Church Easter Sunday morning on April 1, 2018.

People dressed in their Sunday best (mostly), had to be re-directed to the gymnasium and community center which held satellite services. Six or so people greeted the faithful in front of the 100 year old cathedral with free coffee. Monsignor Torgerson himself shook hands at the Church entrance for the most important holy day in Christendom.

Around the block, a smaller crowd filed into St. Paul's Lutheran Church.

St. Monica Catholic Church, one of the largest Catholic parishes in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, is in Santa Monica, California. The church, located at 7th and California Streets, was erected in 1925 and served as the inspiration for the 1944 film classic Going My Way with Bing Crosby. It is also the home parish of former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver.

The Duval Center, one of several buildings on the St. Monica campus, was designed by Frank Gehry and built in 1998. There are two schools associated with St. Monica Catholic Church: St. Monica Catholic Elementary School for grades TK-8 and St. Monica Catholic High School for grades 9-12, both of which are located on the same site as the church.

 

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