Last year Ensenada, next year the Vatican

Reservations now open for Orange diocese's second Bishops’ Pilgrimage Cruise aboard largest passenger cruise ship in the world featuring an ice skating rink; 10 pools, 8 water slides

The Diocese’s first Catholic cruise with Bishop Kevin Vann and Bishop Tim Freyer last summer was so successful that the Diocese is planning an even bigger annual bishops’ pilgrimage cruise in 2018. Last July, Bishop Vann, Bishop Freyer and a group of 207 parishioners departed Long Beach for a brief weekend cruise to Ensenada, Mexico where Mass was celebrated in a cathedral in … [Read more...]

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Large numbers at Oakland diocese’s Guadalupe ceremony

More than 7,600 people participated in the 7.5-mile procession, overflow crowd filled Cathedral of Christ the Light, the parish hall and the plaza for Mass afterwards

The 12th diocesan pilgrimage in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe drew a record number of participants on Dec. 2. Héctor Medina, head of the diocesan Latino ministry, said this year organizers made an effort to count the participants, showing more than 7,600 people involved in the 7.5-mile procession. Later, an overflow crowd filled the Cathedral of Christ the Light, the parish … [Read more...]

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The great crucifix of Mission Santa Clara

Spanish Franciscan Father Magin Catala is buried at the foot of the cross

California Catholic Daily exclusive by Michael Walker: No pilgrimage to Mission Santa Clara is complete without paying compulsory homage before the altar of the great Crucifix, which never fails to inspire compunction with its Spanish grotesque stateliness. Jesus gazes down upon the devotee with a piteous expression. His skin is blanched by loss of blood, which runs in black … [Read more...]

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Nearly 100 retired nuns evacuated from LA nursing home threatened by fire

Maintenance workers, nurses, administrators and drivers offer up their homes to provide refuge

Mary Kowalski wasn't bothered when she was told by the nursing home staff to pack all her belongings and get ready to evacuate. It was at 5 a.m. Wednesday, and ash-filled smoke from the multimillion-dollar homes burning in the Skirball fire was all around. She got ready to leave. Kowalski, 87, is among the nearly 100 retired nuns who live at the Carondelet Center in Brentwood … [Read more...]

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Sacramento bishop declares Roe v Wade anniversary a Diocesan Day of Reparation

Bishop Jaime Soto designates January 22, 2018 as a day of "fasting, prayer, penance and works of mercy" in observance of US Supreme Court legalizing abortion 45 years ago

Dear Friends in Christ: January 22, 2018 marks the 45th anniversary of the lamentable 1973 U.S. Supreme Court Decision, Roe v. Wade. In prayerful observance, I designate January 22, 2018 as a Diocesan Day of Reparation. I ask our clergy and laity to join me in cooperating with God’s merciful grace in these ways: January 20/21: clergy are asked to 1) pray and preach for … [Read more...]

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Dominic Luong, first Vietnamese-born Roman Catholic U.S. bishop, dies at 77

Luong was appointed auxiliary bishop of the Orange diocese by Pope John Paul II on April 25, 2003; he died from a lengthy illness on Wednesday, Dec. 6

The Most Rev. Dominic Luong, who held the distinction of being the first native-born Vietnamese Roman Catholic bishop in the United States and made his mark ministering to refugee and immigrant communities nationwide, died from a lengthy illness on Wednesday, Dec. 6. He was 77. Luong was appointed auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Orange by Pope John Paul II on April 25, … [Read more...]

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Ordination scheduled for Orange diocese’s new auxiliary bishop

Bishop-elect Thanh Thai Nguyen to be ordained December 19 at St. Columban Church in Garden Grove; cardinals, bishops and interfaith leaders from across the U.S. expected to attend

Bishop-elect Thanh Thai Nguyen will be ordained in historic and solemn ceremony officiated by the Most Rev. Kevin Vann, Bishop of Orange, and attended by Cardinals, Bishops and interfaith leaders from throughout the United States. The rite of Episcopal Ordination is among the most sacred within the Roman Catholic Church and continues the apostolic succession of Church … [Read more...]

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Wildfire forces evacuation of Thomas Aquinas College

No serious damage to any structures

The fast-spreading flames of a California wildfire reached the borders of the campus of Thomas Aquinas College early this week, but they did not cause serious damage, and all students are safe. “As a precaution, all students were evacuated, first to Sacred Heart Church in Ventura, then to homes of various friends, faculty, and alumni,” the college said on its website Dec. … [Read more...]

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It won’t be the first time

Consecration of California to Mary on December 9 one of several in history

California Catholic Daily Exclusive. Thousands, perhaps millions, of California Catholics are planning to attend a Mass, pray a rosary, and offer other prayers between noon and 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 9 at various locations around the state, with the intention to consecrate California to Our Lord through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Some wonder why a specific … [Read more...]

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A fervent way to battle natural disasters

Eucharistic adoration part of effort to bring healing following California wildfires

Five minutes from Santa Rosa, California, the landscape is all ash and ruin. But inside this small chapel, there is a kaleidoscope of stained-glass light and a single man sitting bathed in that light. The man is Stephen Morris, director of youth ministry for the Diocese of Santa Rosa, and the chapel is down the hall from his office. In October, the most destructive fires in … [Read more...]

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