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THOUSAND OAKS Thousand Oaks, residential city (1990 pop. 104,352), Ventura co., S Calif., in a farm area; inc. 1964. Avocados, citrus, vegetables, strawberries, and nursery products are grown. - Retired Monsignor Alexander George Alexander George may refer to:
He was born at Torre-Hermosa, in the Kingdom of Aragon, on 24 May, 1540, on the Feast of Pentecost, called in Spain "the Pasch of Church for Easter services.
He was back at work at the request of his brother Joseph, the St. Paschal's pastor, to deliver sermons in the 640-seat parish hall, where there was standing room only as worshippers overflowed from the sanctuary.
It took 24 ushers spread out over two shifts for the worshippers who flocked to six services, including two in the parish hall.
``There's a huge congregation here,'' said the pastor's brother, who retired last July after 22 years as pastor of Christ the King Church in Hollywood. ``More people seem to be in the renewal mode. Maybe the pendulum is moving back the other way. Perhaps people are becoming more aware of what their relationship should be with God and each other. It's encouraging to me to see that.''
About 4,500 area families are registered with the church, including many who may not attend services on a weekly basis but do at Easter.
``A lot of people find the church has a message for them on Easter,'' said 50-year-old Thousand Oaks resident Bob Jensen, a devout de·vout
adj. de·vout·er, de·vout·est
1. Devoted to religion or to the fulfillment of religious obligations. See Synonyms at religious.
2. Displaying reverence or piety.
3. Catholic. ``The church is their home, and they come home. Those who have been distant from the faith feel a stong attraction to return to it. (Easter) is the source of all Christians' hope: Christ's resurrection. If he did not rise after the crucifixion crucifixion, hanging on a cross, in ancient times a method of capital punishment. It was practiced widely in the Middle East but not by the Greeks. The Romans, who may have borrowed it from Carthage, reserved it for slaves and despised malefactors. , then we have no hope of our own resurrection after death.''
For 26-year-old Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. Tammy Fabian, who attended a service with her fiancee's family, Easter is also a time to remind oneself not to get upset over trivial matters in life.
``It makes you thankful for everything you have in life. You're happy to be with your family. The little things that seem important in your everyday life aren't in the big picture,'' she said.
The lessons are best taught early in life, said 33-year-old Ventura resident Chris Nettesheim, who brought his four children, ranging from 8 months old to 10 years old, to the service.
``It's to introduce them to our faith and be a part of their upbringing,'' he said.
About 500 people had attended services Friday night, including 28 who had just been confirmed into the Catholic faith.
For the Easter services, traffic outside the church resembled that outside an auditorium for a popular rock concert or a stadium for a sold-out ballgame.
Ushers in orange reflector reflector: see telescope. vests maintained order. ``There (otherwise) would be such tremendous gridlock Gridlock
A government, business or institution's inability to function at a normal level due either to complex or conflicting procedures within the administrative framework or to impending change in the business. it would upset the whole town,'' said Joseph Smolarski, who has served as head usher for 30 of the 34 years he has been a member of the congregation.
Photo: (color) Monsignor Joseph George, pastor, delivers a sermon Sunday at St. Paschal Baylon Church in Thousand Oaks, where his brother, retired Monsignor Alexander George, was in the pulpit for two of the six services for about 6,000 worshippers.
Tom Mendoza/Staff Photographer