Archives for May 2017

LMU graduates to serve critical need in parishes

Loyola Marymount University program prepares graduates to handle the responsibilities of a parish business manager

Catholics who add money to the collection baskets at Mass know that these donations allow the parish to keep the lights on, cool the church and make necessary repairs. But there are essential workers behind the scenes, in addition to the priests, who often go uncredited for ensuring that these resources are administered fairly and effectively, while at the same time meeting … [Read more...]

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What they don’t want you to see

Latest from Center for Medical Progress showed grisly reality of ripping apart fetuses, disappears from YouTube hours after being posted

Yesterday evening, the Center for Medical Progress undercover footage — recorded at the 2014 and 2015 National Abortion Federation conventions — was removed from YouTube, supposedly for a violation of the site’s Terms of Service agreement. A few hours later, news emerged that Judge William Orrick — the California district judge who granted NAF and Planned Parenthood’s request … [Read more...]

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Without a church building since 2014

Grass fire flattened Holy Family Church almost three years ago; new buildings will be dedicated this week

Parishioners, friends and members of the local community will gather on Monday, May 29 at 11 a.m. in celebration as Bishop Jaime Soto presides at the dedication Mass and blessing of the new Holy Family Church and parish facilities in Weed. Holy Family has been without a church building since Sept. 15, 2014, when a grass fire broke out near Boles Creek just east of the town in … [Read more...]

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Melania Trump reveals she is Catholic

First Lady shares her faith with the world after meeting Pope Francis

When Melania Trump recited The Lord's Prayer before a Melbourne, Florida presidential rally in February, the Internet went hog wild. Now we know one reason why the first lady began with 'Let us pray' and 'Our Father who art in heaven' when she introduced the president that evening: She's a practicing Roman Catholic. Her spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham confirmed that to … [Read more...]

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SSPX bishops authorized to ordain priests without permission of local bishops

Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior of the traditionalist group, says he received letter from Rome last yea

Bishops of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) have been authorized by Pope Francis to ordain new priests without the approval of the local diocesan bishop, according to Bishop Bernard Fellay, the superior of the traditionalist group. “Last year, I received a letter from Rome, telling me you can freely ordain your priests without the permission of the local ordinary,” Bishop … [Read more...]

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Orange Catholic Foundation conference on business and ethics a huge success

Record-breaking attendance nets more than $500,000 in financial assistance for students attending Catholic schools in Diocese of Orange

The Orange Catholic Foundation’s 15th Annual Conference on Business & Ethics opened Friday morning, May 12, to a capacity audience of 1,100 people at the Anaheim Hilton. More than 500 were logged on to view the live webcast. The keynote speaker, Emmy Award-winning actress Patricia Heaton, spoke candidly about the ups and downs of her personal, professional, and spiritual … [Read more...]

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Sulpicians say goodbye to St. Patrick’s Seminary

The Sulpicians informed Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone on Oct. 21, 2016 that they would be leaving St. Patrick’s, more than 500 attend farewell celebration

In a final tribute to their 118 years of service at St. Patrick’s Seminary & University in Menlo Park, the Society of St. Sulpice, Province of the United States, the Sulpicians, hosted a farewell celebration May 13, with a prayer service and luncheon to officially end their history of staffing the school. More than 500 alumni, friends and supporters of the seminary … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis, President Trump meet at Vatican

Private discussion between the two lasted about 30 minutes

After months of anticipation, Pope Francis and U.S. President Donald Trump finally met at the Vatican Wednesday in a friendly encounter which included an emphasis on protection of life and freedom of conscience. According to a May 24 Vatican communique, Pope Francis and Trump expressed satisfaction "for the good existing bilateral relations between the Holy See and the United … [Read more...]

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US bishops distressed by proposed increase in military spending

President Trump’s budget proposal may make deep cuts to Medicaid and other programs, while increasing military spending and immigration enforcement funding

Leading U.S. bishops have expressed serious concerns with President Donald Trump’s reported budget proposals for the 2018 fiscal year, noting among other fears that the proposals would decrease funding for diplomacy efforts while increasing military spending. “The human consequences of budget choices are clear to us as pastors,” leaders of various committees of the U.S. … [Read more...]

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Two California bishops take prisoners’ petitions to Lourdes

San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone and Oakland Bishop Michael Barber placed intentions of San Quentin inmates against the stones of the grotto

A pilgrimage to Lourdes is outside the bounds of possibility right now for the men imprisoned at San Quentin State Prison, but two Bay Area bishops brought their intentions and placed them before Our Lady at the grotto at Lourdes earlier this month. Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone and Oakland Bishop Michael Barber placed the pieces of paper with the prisoners’ intentions … [Read more...]

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