Diwali, a festival of lights, is observed by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and others over a five day period from Nov. 1-5 this year in Los Angeles. It’s traditional to light small oil lamps called diyas that are made out of clay or brass. The third day is dedicated to the goddess Lakshmi who is said to visit homes to give blessings and wealth. The diyas light her way on that most important day of Diwali. (Photo by Anushka/Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International)

Here is a sampling of religious events in the San Fernando Valley area.

Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Juan Diego pilgrimage: The images go to various parishes in the tri-county region of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles including Mission Santa Inez in Solvang, Oct. 30-31. Before coming to the San Fernando Valley on Nov. 10, the images will travel to these parishes: St. Rose of Lima, 1305 Royal Ave., Simi Valley, Nov. 2-3; Mission Basilica San Buenaventura, 211 E. Main St., Ventura, Nov. 4-5; Santa Clara Cemetery, 2370 N. H St., Oxnard; St. Mary Magdalen, 2532 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, Nov. 7; Sacred Heart, 565 W. Ketering St., Lancaster, Nov. 8-9. Find the complete pilgrimage schedule here: lacatholics.org/guadalupe. The pilgrimage culminates on Dec. 5 with the 90th annual procession and Mass (bit.ly/3FPMrMI). Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W. Temple St., Los Angeles.

Twenty-Third Sunday After Pentecost at Prince of Peace Episcopal Church: Two services, 8 and 10 a.m. Oct. 31. The 10 a.m. service is also live streamed on the church’s YouTube here: bit.ly/3mRk9ZK. Readings: Psalm 118:1-6 and 28-29 and Luke: 22:14-19. Masks are required. 5700 Rudnick Ave., Woodland Hills. Voice mail, 818-346-6968. Email: office@popwh.org. Find the service bulletin and hymns here: www.popwh.org/happenings.html

I’ll Meet You There: The Rev. Michael McMorrow explains the message, based on the center’s October theme “Going Further Together,” 9 and 10:30 a.m. Oct. 31 (the center is taking reservations for in-person services no later than 3 p.m. Oct. 30; call or check the center’s Facebook for more information: conta.cc/3CqVmC6). In addition, McMorrow often gives a “Mid-Day Reset,” around noon Monday-Friday on the center’s Facebook (www.facebook.com/csl.granadahills). Click on the link to watch the service here: www.youtube.com/user/CSLGranadaHills. Center for Spiritual Living-Granada Hills, 17622 Chatsworth St. 818-363-8136. https://www.cslgh.org

Smile While You Still Have Teeth: Pastor Rob Denton explains the message, from the current sermon series “High Five,” based on Matthew 16:18 and 28:18-20 — and that define the congregation’s five core values — at the 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. (indoors and online) services on Oct. 31. West Valley Christian Church, 22450 Sherman Way, West Hills. 818-884-6480. www.wvcch.org; www.facebook.com/westvalley.christianchurch

Services with the Rev. Chuck Bunnell at Prince of Peace Lutheran, St. Andrew’s Lutheran and on YouTube: In-person services on Oct. 31: 9 a.m. at Prince of Peace (9440 Balboa Blvd., Northridge), and also at 11 a.m. at St. Andrew’s Lutheran (15520 Sherman Way, Van Nuys). For more information or for prayer request, 818-782-5953.

Amazing Grace – Reformation Sunday: Pastor Timothy Jenks delivers the message, based on Romans 3:9-28, at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 31. Sermons also available to watch here www.cplchurch.org/worship-videos-2. Canoga Park Lutheran Church, 7357 Jordan Ave. 818-348-5714. www.facebook.com/canoga.park.lutheran.church; www.cplchurch.org

Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost at St. Luke Lutheran Church: The Rev. Janet Hansted delivers the message, 9:30 a.m. Oct. 31. Masks are required. 5312 Comercio Way, Woodland Hills. Voice mail, 818-346-3070. Email: office.saint.lutheran@gmail.com. www.facebook.com/St.Luke.Woodland.Hills; www.stlukelutheran.com

By Our Gifts: The Rev. Joseph Choi explains the message, based on 1 Chronicles 29:10-20, 10 a.m. (in English) and 11:30 a.m. (in Korean) on Oct. 31 (preregister to attend in person: bit.ly/3zR78Ek). Also, watch online here: youtube.com/numcvideo. The church’s October newsletter: northridgeumc.org/news/methodist/2021/October.pdf. Northridge United Methodist Church, 9650 Reseda Blvd. 818-886-1555. Facebook: www.facebook.com/northridgeumc. www.northridgeumc.org

Reformation Sunday with Woodland Hills Community Church (United Church of Christ): Lay preacher Stacey Moseley talks about Moms Demand Action group, 10 a.m. Oct. 31. Mask wearing is required. Also, the service is available to watch live on the church’s Facebook here: www.facebook.com/whccucc. Recent announcements: www.woodlandhillscommunitychurch.org/updates/. 21338 Dumetz Road, Woodland Hills. Voice mail, 818-346-0820. Email: whccucc@gmail.com. www.woodlandhillscommunitychurch.org

WWJD About Halloween?: The Rev. Bill Freeman delivers the message, 10 a.m. Oct. 31. Find the Zoom link on the website. 616-796-5598. church-ish.org

Chatsworth Lake Community Church: The Rev. Dale Dawson delivers the message, 10 a.m. Oct. 31. The service is outdoors (if weather permits). 23449 Lake Manor Drive, Chatsworth. 818-712-0079. Email: chatsworthlakecc@aol.com. Facebook: bit.ly/3sLBeqv. www.chatsworthlakechurch.com

How Can They Not Be Among Us? – An online service with Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church: The Rev. Matthew McHale delivers the message during a service of remembrance, 10:30 a.m. Oct. 31. Watch the service on Zoom with the link: bit.ly/3hh4xKc. By phone, 669-900-6833 and use ID: 8581092800 and the Password: chalice. The church is in Canoga Park. 818-887-6101. www.emersonuuc.org

The Living Dead: The Rev. Steve Peralta explains the message, based on Matthew 27:45-54, 10:30 a.m. Oct. 31. First United Methodist Church of North Hollywood, 4832 Tujunga Ave. 818-763-8231. Email: nohofumc@gmail.com. Facebook: bit.ly/2BPcdo4. Website: bit.ly/3xH8IXQ

The Veil Is Thin: The Rev. Stephen Rambo explains the message, 10:30 a.m. Oct. 31. The service is also available to watch on Facebook by using the link here: bit.ly/3bmk6iZ. Center for Spiritual Living-Simi Valley, 1756 Erringer Road. 805-527-0870. www.facebook.com/cslsimi; www.cslsimi.org

Winnetka Church of Christ: The Rev. Bruce Evans delivers the message, 10:45 a.m. Oct. 31. 7054 Winnetka Ave., Winnetka. 818-795-5566. Email: wbe@wolfenet.com

I Am Abundant: Niki Elliott gives her thoughts on Unity Burbank – Center for Spiritual Awareness’s October theme, 11 a.m. Oct. 31. The month’s theme is based on 2 Corinthians 9:8. Background on Unity, founded in the 1880s, here: www.unity.org. Unity Burbank, 637 S. Victory Blvd., Burbank. 818-841-4037. Facebook: www.facebook.com/unityburbank

Riverstone Chapel of Chatsworth: Pastor Joe Gutel delivers the message, 11 a.m. Oct. 31. 10650 De Soto Ave., Chatsworth. 818-882-8177. Email: info@riverstonechapel.org. www.facebook.com/riverstonecc; www.riverstonechapel.org

Vigil of All Hallow’s Eve: Gather for the service in the courtyard, 4 p.m. Oct. 31. Children are welcome and encouraged to wear a costume. Masks required. St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, 3646 Coldwater Canyon Ave., Studio City. 818-763-9193. stmikessc.org/events/

Día de los Muertos – All Souls Day: Catholic Cemeteries and Mortuaries of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles present a virtual celebration 7-8:30 p.m. Nov. 1 from Calvary Cemetery and Mortuary in . The event includes a prayer vigil led by Archbishop Jose H. Gomez, live music and a look at the altars honoring the unborn, people who have died from the Covid-19 pandemic, those who have died from mental health conditions, human trafficking victims and military personnel who died in Afghanistan. The altars will be available to visit, Nov. 2-5 during cemetery hours at Calvary Cemetery and Mortuary, 4201 Whittier Blvd., Los Angeles (catholiccm.org/calvary-cemetery-mortuary-los-angeles). Watch the live stream here: lacatholics.org/ddlm or on Facebook here: www.facebook.com/lacatholics/ 

All Souls Day Mass – Livestream from Calvary Cemetery and Mortuary: Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates the Mass, 10 a.m. Nov. 2. Watch on the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ Facebook page here: www.facebook.com/lacatholics or lacatholics.org/ddlm

American Red Cross – blood drive at La Cañada Presbyterian Church: Make a much needed donation of blood, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 4. Make an appointment here: redcrossblood.org (use lacanadapresschurch for the sponsor code). Blood donors from Nov. 1-12 will automatically be entered into a chance to win a vacation for two in Hawaii (www.redcrossblood.org/local-homepage/events/i-know-what-you-did.html). Fellowship Hall at the church, 626 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge. More information by email to Carrie Campbell, carrie.campbell2@redcross.org or Sheri Morton, the church’s blood drive volunteer, 818-790-7612. www.lacanadapc.org

Musical Kabbalat Shabbat: Singer-songwriter Josh Goldberg is the musical guest, 6 p.m. Nov. 5. The service is in-person or watch here: stslive.org. Shomrei Torah Synagogue, 7353 Valley Circle Blvd., West Hills. 818-854-7650. www.stsonline.org

Shabbat with Temple Judea: Join an in-person or online service, 6:15 p.m. Nov. 5 (bit.ly/3u20TvJ; bit.ly/2Y2RZ5e). Temple Judea, outdoors, 5429 Lindley Ave., Tarzana. 818-758-3800. www.templejudea.com

Shabbat with Temple Beth Hillel: Join an in-person (tent outdoors) or online on Facebook Live or Zoom service, 7 p.m. Nov. 5 (bit.ly/3EqIWek). 12326 Riverside Drive, Valley Village. 818-763-9148. tbhla.org

Holiday Boutique with Valley Jewish Community Center: Shop for Judaica items, gift baskets, home goods and jewelry, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 21. Masks and proof of Covid-19 vaccination required for entry. The Village at Northridge, 9222 Corbin Ave. 818-360-2211. Email: info@valleyjcc.org. www.valleyjcc.org

Send information at least two weeks ahead. holly.andres@dailynews.com. 818-713-3708.


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