In Orange diocese, more Catholics in jail than in parishes

“The largest collective Catholic population in O.C. is in our local adult jail system and juvenile facilities”

At first glance, this question seems to be a no-brainer: Out of the Diocese of Orange’s 57 parishes and five Catholic Centers, which locale serves the greatest number of the county’s 1.3 million Catholics? That would be Christ Cathedral, right? Wrong. “The largest collective Catholic population in O.C. is in our local adult jail system and juvenile facilities,” says Fred … [Read more...]

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Mobile chapel takes Mass on the road in Fresno diocese

Nine-stop tour to rural communities has begun, diocese says it's to see ‘forgotten people’ and stop injustice

Bishop Armando Ochoa begins the Mass outside a building that resembles a large red barn. He carries a hooked staff covered in animal fur and wears moccasins and a leather sash – a tribute to the nearby Tule River Tribe. The recent service among old oak trees in Visalia’s Mooney Grove Park was one of nine stops on a yearlong “mobile Mass” tour to rural communities in the … [Read more...]

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San Diego Auxiliary Bishop delivers homily at St. John the Evangelist parish on anniversary of “Always Our Children”

Bishop John Dolan: "These words offered by the U.S. bishops 20 years ago are my sentiments exactly"

San Diego Catholic Diocese Auxiliary Bishop John Dolan delivered the following Homily during the Mass today at St. John the Evangelist parish to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the "Always Our Children" message from the U.S. Bishops (full text): Parents and family members of LGBT children – God’s children – and to all of you gathered today: It is a joy to be with you this … [Read more...]

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Our Lady of Fatima statue vandalized in Chino

Suspicious fire at St. Margaret Mary parish

Chino Valley Fire District investigators said a fire that scorched the Virgin Mary statue at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Chino has been deemed suspicious. Chino Police Department officers went to the church at 12686 Central Ave. on the morning of August 30, finding the lower right side of the statue with burn damage. “The investigation revealed that an unknown … [Read more...]

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They heard the shots during Benediction at the convent chapel

After multiple slayings in their San Francisco neighborhood, Missionaries of Charity lead Fatima procession for peace

Missionaries of Charity, friends and supporters, and parishioners of St. Michael Church in the San Francisco neighborhood of Oceanview walked through the neighborhood Aug. 27 after Sunday Mass, praying the rosary for peace and asking the intercession of Our Lady of Fatima after three people were killed within six months. Two of the three were shot in broad daylight, and all at … [Read more...]

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More street evangelizers coming to San Diego?

Six teams of Catholics take non-confrontational approach to spreading the Gospel

Steve Dawson, founder of Saint Paul Street Evangelization, wasn’t intending to start his own international apostolate when he began handing out Miraculous Medals to strangers. He was only trying to respond in his own way to the Church’s call for all baptized Christians to spread the Good News. “It’s not optional,” Dawson said of evangelization, citing Paragraph 1816 of the … [Read more...]

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Homeless man dies outside San Francisco church after morning mass

Daily Massgoers hold prayer service for Dennis the next day

Part of Mission Dolores custodian Raju Kumar’s routine is waking up the men who sleep overnight against the walls of the basilica. Pastor Father Francis Garbo calls them “our evening parishioners,” and says he believes the homeless men feel safer tucked against the side of the church. On Aug. 2, one of those men, known as Dennis, died shortly after waking up, probably around … [Read more...]

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