He always wanted a painting to grace the altar rather than a traditional crucifix

Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Ladera Ranch commissions 30-foot painting for upcoming dedication

Supporters of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Ladera Ranch recently had the rare opportunity to witness the creation of a holy work of art that will, upon completion of the church, hang behind its altar. Renowned painter Joseph Adolphe has been commissioned to paint “Crucifix of our Lord Jesus Christ.” According to Holy Trinity Parish business manager MaryKate Marconi, Fr. … [Read more...]

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Cistercian monastery church built from 800-year-old stones

Construction on church at the Abbey of Our Lady of New Clairvaux in Vina began 25 years ago and may be completed by year's end

Worship services could begin early next year inside the new church at the Abbey of Our Lady of New Clairvaux in Vina. Construction, which began 25 years ago, is nearly completed on the church at the 600-acre spiritual oasis one mile west of Highway 99 in Vina. More than 800-year-old medieval stones were used in the construction. Four years ago, Master Mason Frank … [Read more...]

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“The Word Made Flesh”

Parishioner at Church of the Nativity in Menlo Park commissioned by Cathedral of the Holy Name in Steubenville, Ohio, to provide portrait of Jesus

Church of the Nativity, Menlo Park, parishioner Lisa Andrews had done a number of devotional paintings in her career as a fine artist, but never a portrait of Jesus before she was commissioned by the Cathedral of the Holy Name in Steubenville, Ohio, to do just that. “I was quite concerned that I do him justice,” said Andrews of the 24-by-20-inch work named “The Word Made … [Read more...]

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A sacred space for worship and reflection

New chapel under construction on campus of Saint Mary's College High School in Berkeley

Since the original 1927 high school building on the Saint Mary's College High School campus in Berkeley was razed in 1973, the school has made use of classrooms, the auditorium and other campus spaces for liturgies and prayer services. Now, thanks to generous gifts from the extended Saint Mary's community, a beautiful new Student Chapel is rising from the ground at the … [Read more...]

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Preschoolers learn basics of Gregorian chant

First of its kind pilot program for children ages 3-5 offered at Star of the Sea Preschool in San Francisco

When it comes to teaching children sacred music, sooner is better than later. That’s the theory behind a Gregorian chant pilot program for children ages 3-5 at Star of the Sea Preschool in San Francisco that concluded its first year on May 30. The program is the first of its kind for Catholic preschoolers in the archdiocese and perhaps well beyond it, according to preschool … [Read more...]

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“Amazing Grace in the Communion of Saints”

Lake Arrowhead artist paints Divine Mercy icon for parish

“Like Mother Teresa says she’s the pencil, I’m the paintbrush,” chuckles artist Molly Collins when asked about her Divine Mercy icon.  The painting, blessed in April, now hangs in Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Lake Arrowhead. Its inspiration came last summer when Collins and other parishioners went to Poland for World Youth Day. The painting, titled “Amazing Grace … [Read more...]

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It doesn’t look like a Catholic Church

Tijuana's archbishop rejects modern design for city's new cathedral

Tijuana’s new archbishop has rejected the design of a cathedral that has been under construction since 2006. In an undated press release posted on the new cathedral’s website, Archbishop Francisco Moreno Barrón said, among other things, “That in eagerness that it be modern, the project does not look like a Catholic church, much less a cathedral.” The archbishop has … [Read more...]

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