Archives for November 2015

Just because my son’s a priest doesn’t mean I’m a theologian

Growing group of Phoenix-area mothers whose children are discerning vocations

The following comes from a November 24 Catholic Sun article by Lindsay Wantland:. Carla Sperry never expected to be looked at as an expert in the Catholic faith. “Sometimes, even when my son was in the seminary, people would come up to me and say, ‘Oh, you’re the mother of a seminarian!’ and they would think that I would know so much about our religion.” A growing group of … [Read more...]

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The Catholic origins of Thanksgiving

Debunking what G.K. Chesterton calls 'The Myth of the Mayflower'

The following comes from a November 25 Catholic World Report article by Dale Ahlquist: What most people believe about Thanksgiving is a variation on what I was taught in public school in the 1960s. The Pilgrims came to Plymouth on a ship called the Mayflower. They were the first English settlers in America. They came for religious freedom. And they had a big feast with … [Read more...]

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Life well lived

Father Francis "Felix" Cassidy, OP

The following comes from a November 17 SF Gate obituary: Father Felix Francis Edward Cassidy, OP died peacefully on Friday, November 13, 2015. Father Felix was born on June 3, 1927 and raised in San Francisco's Pacific Heights. He was baptized at St. Dominic's Church in San Francisco. He attended St. Ignatius Prep. He was a World War II veteran, joining the Merchant Marine … [Read more...]

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Torrance fertility doctor implanted mother with stranger’s embryos, performed a secret abortion when he realized his mistake

The couple are now suing for malpractice, claiming he did get consent before performing abortion procedure

The following comes from a November 24 Daily Mail article by Ashley Collman: David and Melissa Pineda say they went to Torrance, California fertility doctor Dr Rifaat Salem in December 2013, after struggling to conceive a fourth child, and two months later Mrs. Pineda was implanted with a set of embryos. But just two days after the procedure, while Mrs. Pineda was on … [Read more...]

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Atheist group threatens city of Stockton

Mayor hosted prayer rally for deceased 6-year-old

The following comes from a November 24 Christian Times article by Sarah Adams: An atheist group is reportedly demanding a California city halt its alleged affiliation with Christianity after the city hosted a prayer rally and planned to host town hall meetings at a local Christian center. The American Humanist Association has reportedly demanded that the city of Stockton, … [Read more...]

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Stories from the parental notification front line

Tragedies and hopes

The following stories are coming into the website of Californians for Parental Rights: November 17 A mother’s testimony The following story was part of conversation with a caller and San Diego talk radio host Roger Hedgecock. Listen to Audio (MP3) [Transcription] Roger Hedgecock: Here’s George. Oh—Georganne—I’m sorry. Georganne in Rancho Bernardo. Georganne, how are … [Read more...]

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Ventura candlelight procession honors canonization of Saint Junipero Serra

Archbishop Gomez gave the homily at Mass attended by 300

The following comes from a November 21 Ventura County Star article by Megan Diskin: The 300 or so people attending a special Mass on Saturday night were led to embrace a time of healing and love at Mission San Buenaventura as they celebrated the recent canonization of Junípero Serra. Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez, head of the nation's largest Catholic archdiocese, … [Read more...]

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