Largest crowd ever at St. Patrick’s Seminary gala

More than 500 honor Walk for Life West Coast

On Saturday, September 9, St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park hosted its 10th annual Four Pillars Gala. The event is the school's primary yearly fundraiser. The seminary serves a number of dioceses, and this year is forming seminarians from the diocese of Agana, Guam (3); Honolulu Hawaii (7); Monterey (1), Oakland (1), Sacramento (8), San Francisco (14), Santa Rosa (3), … [Read more...]

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Christ Cathedral construction update

Scaffolding will be in place into early next year

The interior of Christ Cathedral has once again been transformed in appearance as construction continues. Nearly 60 construction crewmembers are working in the space each day. Here’s what’s going on now.   – Massive scaffolding has been erected on the east, west and south balconies  – Cleaning and painting of the space frame at the east balcony is now underway  – … [Read more...]

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Los Gatos retreat center closing after 60 years

Presentation Sisters cite fewer sisters available for full-time ministry, rising operational expenses and substantial improvements required to maintain a safe and attractive infrastructure as reasons for the closure

The Presentation Sisters, who taught widely at schools in the East Bay, including the former Presentation High School in Berkeley, have closed their 272-acre Los Gatos center. In a statement, the Sisters said: "Presentation Center has struggled to maintain fiscal stability while simultaneously honoring its mission to provide a place for affordable opportunities for prayer, … [Read more...]

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13th annual Celebration of Cultures Mass this Saturday in Los Angeles

Introductory rite will feature traditional Korean dance with dramatic drumming and rhythmic sounds, seven languages will be spoken during the liturgy

On Sept. 16, the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Downtown L.A. will welcome hundreds of Catholics from across the Archdiocese of Los Angeles — the largest and most diverse diocese in the nation — proudly representing nearly 40 different ethnic communities at the 13th annual Celebration of Cultures Mass. Archbishop José H. Gomez will preside at the special Mass at 9:30 … [Read more...]

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Another statue of St. Junipero Serra vandalized

Statue at Old Santa Barbara Mission decapitated and splashed with red paint, latest in a series of incidents targeting the missionary who brought the faith to the West Coast

A statue of St. Junipero Serra at the Old Santa Barbara Mission in California has been decapitated and splashed with red paint. The bronze statue was vandalized overnight between Sunday and Monday. An 18th century Spanish Franciscan, Serra is remembered in Catholic circles as the missionary who brought the faith to the West Coast of the Americas, having founded nine missions … [Read more...]

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Protege of St. Teresa of Kolkata celebrates Mass in Novato

Father Sebastian Vazhakula, the priest who co-founded the Missionaries of Charity contemplative religious institute in 1979, reflected on Mother Teresa's love for Jesus during a Mass at Our Lady of Loretto Parish

The priest who co-founded the Missionaries of Charity contemplative religious institute with St. Teresa of Kolkata in 1979 and later created and mobilized a lay order of the Missionaries of Charity reflected on the new saint’s love for Jesus during a Mass at Our Lady of Loretto Parish community Aug. 17. “St. Teresa of Kolkata became a living, walking tabernacle,” Father … [Read more...]

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“A Mighty Outpouring of the Holy Spirit”

Charismatic renewal of the Archdiocese of San Francisco to meet for its 20th conference on Sept. 23 at St. Mary’s Cathedral

In the hollow of the 50th anniversary of the charismatic renewal and the church’s current renewal of its dedication to Our Lady, the charismatic renewal of the Archdiocese of San Francisco meets for its 20th conference Sept. 23 at St. Mary’s Cathedral. “A Mighty Outpouring of the Holy Spirit,” a daylong event commencing at 8:30 a.m. and finishing with a 7 p.m. Mass, begins with … [Read more...]

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