Catholic cemetery’s demise greatly exaggerated

There's still plenty of room at Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma despite reports to the contrary

At Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma, reports of the cemetery running out of space are being overstated. [See "Colma cemeteries in demand as shortage of land lies ahead" and "Colma is Running Out of Cemetery Space"]. “Yes, despite the predicament that other cemeteries are facing, Holy Cross is blessed to have over 100 acres of land that are yet to be developed,” Monica Williams, … [Read more...]

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Crowds witness consecration of rebuilt Holy Cross Church in San Jose

100-year old church burned down in 2014

California Catholic Daily exclusive by Roseanne T. Sullivan. On Sunday November 16, 2014, flames began shooting up from the roof towards the front of the stucco Italianate Holy Cross Church in northside San Jose, just a few minutes after the 1:00 p.m. Mass. The day after the fire, local and national news excitedly reported the discovery of a more-than-a-century old … [Read more...]

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“In good standing”

Without explanation, Los Angeles archdiocese reposts 2013 statement about priestly status of Cardinal Roger Mahony and Bishop Thomas Curry

Statement of Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles: Questions from the faithful and some members of the news media indicate that it would be helpful for me to clarify the status of Cardinal Roger Mahony and Bishop Thomas Curry. Cardinal Mahony, as Archbishop Emeritus, and Bishop Curry, as Auxiliary Bishop, remain bishops in good standing in the Archdiocese of Los … [Read more...]

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Los Angeles event planned to honor the “Rosary Priest”

Pope Francis declared Father Patrick Peyton to be Venerable on December 18, 2017; Prayer Celebration for Families on June 10 will honor him with Eucharistic Procession, rosary prayer and Mass

Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C., was known around the world for encouraging families to pray the Rosary and his devotion to Mary.  Families in Los Angeles can be a part of this historic event honoring the “Rosary Priest” as he moves closer to sainthood during A Prayer Celebration for Families on Sunday, June 10, at Holy Cross Family Ministries in North Easton.  The celebration … [Read more...]

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Christ Cathedral transformation about 40 percent complete

The project is tracking to the budget and construction schedule, with the cathedral’s dedication set for July 17, 2019

Christ Cathedral’s transformation is about 40 percent complete, said Construction Manager Eric Flynn. “It’s been in incredible project,” Flynn said. The Diocese of Orange purchased the 78,000-square-foot cathedral in 2011 and the initial design concept was unveiled in late 2015. The project is tracking to the budget and construction schedule, with the cathedral’s dedication … [Read more...]

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Los Angeles archdiocese encourages parishes to care for foster youth

Office of Life, Justice and Peace celebrating National Foster Care Month by connecting the 298 parishes of the archdiocese with resources to help community of faith learn about ways they can change a child’s life

This month marks launch of Safe Families program at St. Andrew Parish, a collaboration between the parish, volunteers and child care professionals designed to support at-risk children and parents in need. This month the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ Office of Life, Justice and Peace is celebrating National Foster Care Month by connecting the 298 parishes throughout the … [Read more...]

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Head out on the highway: Come visit the California missions

Each one is unique, with its own stories, but all were (and continue to be — 19 of the 21 are active parishes) centered on sharing the Gospel

I have faint memories of the California missions from my childhood. I remember working on a replica of a mission with my dad in the 4th grade (a requirement of California’s curriculum). I visited the Mission Santa Cruz in elementary school on a weekend vacation with a friend. In high school in the 1980s, I don’t remember learning much about Saint Junípero Serra, the apostle of … [Read more...]

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Oakland bishop names executive director for Lumen Christi Academies

Bishop Michael Barber has appointed longtime Catholic educator Rodney Pierre-Antoine to head network of seven elementary schools within the diocese

Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, has appointed Rodney Pierre-Antoine as the founding executive director of the new Lumen Christi Academies, a network of seven elementary schools within the Diocese of Oakland. Pierre-Antoine will begin his work in leading the new network May 14, 2018. Pierre-Antoine has served as a Catholic educator in the East Bay Area for most of his career, … [Read more...]

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Update on problems at Oakland cathedral

Legal action continues over who must pay for repair of construction defects discovered at Cathedral of Christ the Light and other buildings on its campus:

May 2018 Diocese of Oakland Dear Parishioners and Friends of the Diocese of Oakland, As I have shared with you previously, various construction defects have been discovered in the Cathedral of Christ the Light and other buildings on its campus. We are deeply disappointed in the extent of the defects, especially for our Cathedral. The Catholic Cathedral Corporation of … [Read more...]

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San Diego priest sentenced for sexual misconduct with woman

Diocesan spokesman: “Father Jacob is not expected to return to active ministry”

A chance encounter in Rome led a Minnesota woman to seek spiritual solace from a San Diegan studying for the Roman Catholic priesthood, Jacob Bertrand. She received his prayers — and a sexual relationship that Bertrand later described as “the second holiest sacrifice next to Jesus and Mary on Calvary.” In a Minnesota courtroom Monday, Bertrand was sentenced to 10 years … [Read more...]

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