HUNTINGTON PARK — A solemn benediction beginning at 3:30 p.m. June 30 at St. Matthias Catholic Church, 3095 E. Florence Ave., will honor the 60th anniversary of Msgr. Patrick T. Shear's ordination to the priesthood. A reception and dinner will follow at the Elks Club, 3355 Gage Ave.
Shear, 85, entered St. Patrick's Seminary in Menlo Park in 1915 and was ordained June 21, 1925. During his pastorate at St. Matthias, he directed the building of a new elementary school and the opening of St. Matthias Catholic Girls High School. Shear, who retired in 1973, continues to visit the sick in their homes and local hospitals.
Tickets for the prime rib dinner, including champagne, are $17.50. Reservations may be made by calling Carl Droessler at 582-4255.