Archives for September 2016

Churches worth driving to

St. John Vianney Chapel, Balboa Island

Name of Church St. John Vianney Chapel, Balboa Island Address 314 Marine Avenue, Balboa Island, Newport Beach Phone number 949-675-2221 Mass times Saturday Vigil, 5 p.m. Sundays 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 10 a.m. Weekdays, 7:45 a.m. Confessions Make an appointment, or visit nearby Our Lady Queen of Angels Church. Names of priests Msgr. Lawrence J. Baird, Administrator. … [Read more...]

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Kids and adults evangelize on the street in San Francisco


Star of the Sea Parish is inspired by new book from Ignatius Press

California Catholic Daily Exclusive A useful roadmap for the evangelization ministry is presented in Catholic Street Evangelization: Stories of Conversion and Witness by Steve Dawson, published by Ignatius Press. When Eva Muntean, Assistant Director of Sales at Ignatius and co-chair of the Walk for Life West Coat, read Dawson’s book, she was immediately inspired and gave … [Read more...]

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Courage apostolate names new director

Fr. Philip G. Bochanski of Philadelphia archdiocese will lead ministry to same-sex attracted persons

The following comes from a September 29 Catholic News Agency article by Kevin J. Jones: Expansion and further welcoming outreach are the plans for the next head of Courage International, a Catholic apostolate for people with same-sex attraction. “I look forward to welcoming more courageous men and women in the name of the Church, to hear the stories of how God has been … [Read more...]

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San Diego Synod delegates told to ‘think big’

Bishop Robert McElroy organizing the only diocesan synod in the country in response to Amoris Laetitia

The following comes from a Southern Cross article by Aida Bustos: SAN DIEGO — “Think big.” That’s what Bishop Robert W. McElroy urged parish delegates to do leading up to the first general assembly in the diocese in 40 years. This assembly, called a diocesan synod, will be held on Oct. 29 and 30. Its focus will be on how the San Diego Diocese and its individual … [Read more...]

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Why join a church whose priests are little monsters?

New York Times opinion writer asserts that Pope Francis has failed to bring fallen-away Catholics back to church

The following comes from a September 28 New York Times op-ed by Matthew Schmitz: When Pope Francis ascended to the chair of St. Peter in March 2013, the world looked on in wonder. Here at last was a pope in line with the times, a man who preferred spontaneous gestures to ritual forms. Francis paid his own hotel bill and eschewed the red shoes. Rather than move into the grand … [Read more...]

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Bishop of Orange appoints theological consultant

In newly created post, Dr. Pia de Solenni will offer Bishop Kevin Vann advice on questions of doctrine or dogma

The following comes from a September 26 Diocese of Orange press release: The Most Reverend Kevin Vann, Bishop of Orange, has appointed Pia de Solenni, SThD and associate dean of the Augustine Institute, to serve as the first Theological Consultant to the Office of the Bishop. In this newly created position within the Diocese of Orange, the Theological Consultant … [Read more...]

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“Mortal sins are very difficult to commit”

Father Jim Rude doesn't believe that most people have mortal sins on their conscience when they come to confession

The following is from an article published in the September 2016 edition of Central California Catholic Life by Fr. Jim Rude, SJ, Co-Editor: I’m getting to be an old man, brushing the mid eighties, and I find that in these past few years, I have been doing a lot
 of reminiscing, thinking of people, places, events. I remember the theology we were taught in the early days, … [Read more...]

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