Bishop Vann blesses chapel at Catholic school in Rancho Santa Margarita

Outside the chapel at St. Junipero Serra Catholic School is a rosary garden, canopied by olive trees, which includes an inlaid stone rosary and cross

More than 600 faculty and staff, families and city leaders celebrated the completion of the final phase of construction at St. Junipero Serra Catholic School in Rancho Santa Margarita on Saturday, Oct. 6. Among those attending were founding families: Ralph and Oonagh Linzmeier, Bill and Pat Kaszton and Steve and Kathy Brandlin. Bishop Vann was also present and blessed the … [Read more...]

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Facing Alzheimer’s with faith

Ontario parish rallies behind longtime pastor who retires after diagnosis

Father John Vieira gathers with the Portuguese community at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish every Sunday to celebrate Mass in their shared native tongue.   Conceived in the Azore Islands and raised among the Portuguese farming community in Ontario, Fr. Vieira takes great comfort in this cultural touchstone. It is also helping him adjust to a daunting new chapter in his life: … [Read more...]

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Tuesday: report on state of Church in California

California Catholic Daily will publish its first annual report on Catholicism in the Golden State

On September 4, California Catholic Daily will publish an in-depth report on the following: Yearly statistics by diocese  California bishop statements of note Anti-Catholic incidents Personnel changes Vandalism at California churches Dark news Positive signs The extensive report is based on stories from California Catholic Daily from September 1, 2017 … [Read more...]

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Father Illo speaks on Humanae Vitae and clerical abuse

"If I could give you a magic potion that would guarantee life long married love and fidelity, what would you pay for it?"

Editor's note: California Catholic Daily publishes Homilies of Note as a regular feature, but these two by Father Joseph Illo of Star of the Sea in San Francisco stood out. Transcribed versions are below the videos: Father Illo on Humanae Vitae, July 22, 2018: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lr5ZX2V3VOQ I want to tell you a story of a man who made a very unpopular … [Read more...]

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“Returning to the New Testament roots of the diaconate”

Oakland Bishop Michael Barber tells new transitional deacons: "I’m asking you to join me in serving the poor tomorrow morning, a few blocks away from here in People’s Park”

At St. Joseph the Worker Church in Berkeley, Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, ordained four men to the transitional deaconate on Aug. 4. Bishop Barber wasted little time in putting Peter Lawongkerd, John Pietruszka, Javier Ramirez and Mark Ruiz to work. “Before mounting the pulpit tomorrow, to proclaim the Gospel or preach the Word of God or offer your first sermon. Before … [Read more...]

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Tulare priest gets probation for stealing $300,000 from parish

Fresno Bishop Armando Ochoa says diocese using "restorative justice" approach for Fr. Ignacio Villafan, who remains on administrative leave

Catholic priest Ignacio Villafan, 52, was sentenced Wednesday to five years probation for stealing over $300,000 from the Tulare church where he served as the pastor in charge, the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office said. The sentence by Judge Gary Paden is too lenient because Villafan is not going to jail, District Attorney Tim Ward said. “To think that a person could … [Read more...]

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Suspect arrested in vandalism, arson at St. Charles Borromeo Church

investigators pulled security camera footage from buildings surrounding the church

Los Angeles police said this week they arrested a man they believe set three fires inside St. Charles Borromeo Church in North Hollywood and a fourth just outside the church’s doors last week that caused extensive damage to the iconic building. In a written statement, officials said 58-year-old Russel Congleton was arrested on Monday by a task force of LAPD investigators. The … [Read more...]

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Landmark North Hollywood church vandalized

Cardinal Roger Mahony lives on grounds of St. Charles Borromeo Church, which suffered “a large amount of property damage”

Parishioners of a prominent Catholic church in North Hollywood were searching for answers Wednesday, July 25, after their beloved sanctuary was severely vandalized before dawn. Authorities were asking for the public’s help in solving the crime after the Los Angeles Police Department’s North Hollywood Division found evidence of fire outside St. Charles Borromeo Church and “a … [Read more...]

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Christ Cathedral Memorial Gardens will be overhauled, expanded

Cemetery on cathedral grounds will increase capacity by about 450 percent, add a Sanctuary of Eternal Life, mausoleum, sarcophagi, or stone coffins, and thousands of glass and marble niches

Since it opened in 1991, the Memorial Gardens cemetery at the former Crystal Cathedral, now Christ Cathedral, has been a restful enclave where relatives of the dead could pray, reflect or grieve. Set below grade, in the shadow of the iconic glass cathedral and prayer tower, the 3-acre plot of green with a mausoleum and niches, flanked by fountains, has been a popular feature on … [Read more...]

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Christ Cathedral will look the same — except inside

“The historic shell of the original Crystal Cathedral will be maintained and restored”

Outside, in defiance of its serene backdrop, a jackhammer thunders away. Sparks flare from a power saw as it ear-piercingly grinds through steel. Inside, sounds of construction echo through a cavernous space that is at once familiar and disorienting – with flooring uprooted, seats gone and tall scaffolding everywhere. The famous glass structure in Garden Grove, built four … [Read more...]

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