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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Amoris Laetitia does not allow Communion for remarried, says Bishop of Phoenix

Bishop Thomas Olmsted said conscience must be formed in accordance with 'God’s word and the authoritative teaching of the Church'

The following comes from a September 22 Catholic Herald article: Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix, Arizona, has said the divorced and remarried cannot receive Communion, and that the teaching of St John Paul II and Benedict XVI still stands. The Church has traditionally taught that the remarried cannot receive Communion unless living “as brother and sister”. The teaching, … [Read more...]

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“It is time for us to end the death penalty”

Archbishop Jose Gomez explains why Church now favors abolition of the ultimate punishment for crime

The following comes from a September Angelus article written by Archbishop Jose Gomez: On the ballot this Nov. 8 in California is Proposition 62. This proposition would repeal the death penalty in our state and would make life in prison without parole the maximum punishment that could be imposed for crimes of murder. My brother bishops and I in the California Catholic … [Read more...]

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LA parish offers succor to Syrian refugees

Father David Bedrosian, pastor at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Armenian Catholic Church, had to flee Syria himself 17 years ago

The following comes from a September 27 Catholic News Agency article by Casey McCorry: The needs of Father David Bedrossian’s parish are unique. While many priests grapple with budgetary concerns and a desire to fill pews, Father Bedrossian is wondering where he’s going to find the resources to house the next Syrian refugee who shows up on the church steps. Father … [Read more...]

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