“They saved my life”

Precious Life Shelter in Los Alamitos provides safe haven to homeless pregnant women and mothers

While volunteering for a pro-life fundraiser at St. Hedwig School in Los Alamitos in the 1970s, Theresa Sherrin was challenged by her daughter’s eighth grade teacher who asked, “It’s not enough to say you’re pro-life, what more are you doing about it?”  Theresa Sherrin reflected on the memory and recalls her reaction, “I thought, oh gosh, I thought I was doing quite a bit,” … [Read more...]

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Yucaipa parish begins precious baby liturgy

Mass held at St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Parish in remembrance of lives lost to abortion, miscarriage, still birth or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

On Nov. 16, St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Parish in Yucaipa celebrated their first bi-lingual Precious Baby Mass in remembrance of those young lives lost to abortion, miscarriage, still birth or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. It was organized by Marilyn Day, Respect Life Coordinator and their parish Respect Life Ministry. Celebrated by Father Edward J. Molumby, S.T., and … [Read more...]

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God is not watching us from a distance

Orange diocese Bishop Vann's Christmas Eve homily

The following comes from a Dec. 25 posting on the website of the Diocese of Orange. These days for me – as for most of us – bring a flood of memories from the realms of our lives and Christmases past. I was thinking of my maternal grandparents a lot these days, and how we would always go there on Christmas Eve – usually in bad weather – and would proudly receive a new set of … [Read more...]

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Watercolors of Central Coast missions found

On view at San Juan Bautista through March

The following comes from a Dec. 16 story by Frank Perez on Benitolink.com. Tucked between pages of a hardbound book shelved in the family home or filling a sketchbook stored in the attic, the watercolor paintings of Central Coast missions remained hidden from public view, their location only known to the artist, the late Nancy Burtch Hauk of Pacific Grove. A new exhibition … [Read more...]

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Daughters of St. Paul need another miracle on Middlefield

Redwood City building wants renovation

The following comes from a Dec. 14 story by Mary Sullivan on the site of Catholic San Francisco. Since 1966, the Daughters of St. Paul have maintained a bookstore in the Bay Area where their ministry is evangelization through the media. Currently, Pauline Books & Media in Redwood City is the only Catholic bookstore in the Bay Area run by the order. Increasingly high … [Read more...]

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Join Bishop Soto for Holy Innocents procession

Unborn babies the new victims

The following comes from a posting on the diocese of Sacramento website. Join Bishop Jaime Soto for the Feast of the Holy Innocents candlelight rosary procession and Mass to pray for the sanctity of life. Meet at 6 p.m. at the steps of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament at 11th and K Streets in downtown Sacramento. The procession will walk to Our Lady of Guadalupe Church … [Read more...]

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Nativity scene fire at St. George’s in Ontario

Fast action with fire extinguisher on Christmas Eve

The following email about St. George's parish in Ontario (San Bernadino diocese) was sent to Cal Catholic on Christmas Day, Dec. 25.  Dear Msgr. Lopez, Paz and Bien en el Día de Navidad. Yesterday at around 2:30pm, I went out to the parish office and noticed our Nativity Scene was on fire. There was a man running around as if to look for someone, I asked him to … [Read more...]

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Parade of Parols from 125 LA parishes

40 Filipino priests at cathedral altar singing Simbang Gabi songs

The following comes from a Dec. 18 story in Angelus News. Thousands of Filipino Catholics from throughout Southern California celebrated the beginning of Simbang Gabi, one of the oldest Filipino Christmas traditions, with a special Mass this evening at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles. Archbishop José H. Gomez presided at the liturgy presented … [Read more...]

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Out of the parish hall, back into the church

Scaffolding off San Jose's Holy Cross by Christmas

The following comes from a Dec. 11 story by Liz Sullivan in the Valley Catholic. Holy Cross Church is almost ready for its close up. On Nov. 16, 2014, just after the 1 p.m. Mass in Italian had concluded, fire broke out in the second floor of the church. More than 100 San Jose Fire Department personnel battled the flames for two hours before the fire was … [Read more...]

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Carmelite from Kenya makes final vows

On the feast of the Immaculate Conception in San Rafael

The following comes from a Dec. 14 story by Christina Bray in Catholic San Francisco. Almost 100 people packed the chapel, hallways and vestibule of Mother of God Monastery in San Rafael on Dec. 8, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, to bear witness to the solemn profession of vows and veiling of Carmelite Sister Immaculate of Divine Providence and St. Therese. Sister … [Read more...]

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