“I saw you on the street corner…”

Marian Sister of Santa Rosa reflects on her habit

The following comes from a Feb. 13 posting on the site of the New Liturgical Movement. The following is an essay written by one of the sisters of a community in Santa Rosa, California, called the Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa. She is a seamstress for the community, and part of her work is making their habits. I asked her to describe why she felt this work was important, … [Read more...]

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Fire at Catholic church in Los Angeles investigated as suspicious

It took 62 firefighters nearly half and hour to douse flames at Resurrection Catholic Church in Boyle Heights, investigators found vandalism afterwards

Fire officials are investigating whether a fire ignited at a Boyle Heights church early Thursday morning was an incidence of arson, and looking into whether it could be connected to other recent incidents. Firefighters first responded to the flames that broke out at Resurrection Catholic Church on the 3300 block of East Opal Street just after 2 a.m., said Capt. Erik Scott with … [Read more...]

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$3000 gets you into the Archbishop’s Circle in San Francisco

Begun in 2016, group helps fund projects like sending seminarians on pilgrimage to Lourdes, stewardship in parishes, a Hispanic School of Leadership, the Rosary Rally, Walk for Life and marriage and family life program

The Archbishop’s Circle began in the spring of 2016 and now consists of nearly 50 households representing about 75 individuals. The Circle is comprised of individuals who donate funds to special projects and initiatives identified by Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone. (image from Catholic San Francisco) In the current fiscal year, this includes sending seminarians to Lourdes … [Read more...]

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Young people cannot imagine life as a priest or religious

Survey of 1,178 Catholic high school and college students in San Jose diocese reveals only 1.9 percent of young men would seriously consider priesthood and 0.9 percent of young women would seriously consider religious life

By Father Joe Kim, Director of Vocations and Seminarians Last September, the Diocese of San Jose Vocations Office conducted a survey of 1,178 Catholic high school and Catholic college students in our Diocese. The results are helping to shape our diocesan plan for promotion of vocations to the priesthood and religious life. The main conclusion is that young people cannot … [Read more...]

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Vandalism at Pasadena church follows a recent pattern

Multiple churches affected since late 2016, vandals leave similar graffiti each time

Graffiti spray-painted at a 129-year-old Pasadena church that was set on fire last week resembled messages left on several other churches that were vandalized in recent months. Vandals broke into Church of the Angels — an Episcopal church on Avenue 64 that was built in 1889 — before sunrise Jan. 13 and lit a fire in the sanctuary. Using green spray paint, they wrote "Jehovah" … [Read more...]

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Dioceses recommend taking precautions during flu season

Sacramento: "everyone should take care and be prudent about receiving the cup and making contact with others"

The following is from the Diocese of Sacramento website: We’ve received several questions about flu season and whether or not Bishop Soto is planning to suspend the common cup for Communion. In order to determine whether or not to temporarily suspend the cup, we closely monitor the California Department of Public Health’s weekly Influenza surveillance report. When the … [Read more...]

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New Los Angeles ministry aims to help families of the imprisoned

The new program, which is part of the archdiocese’s Office of Life, Justice and Peace, was launched Jan. 12 with a blessing that took place at the pastoral center of St. Charles Borromeo Parish in North Hollywood

Families with loved ones in prison are feeling isolated, and a new initiative of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles is setting out to change that. Deacon Paulino Juarez and Deacon Louis Roche, both of the archdiocese, have headed up a new ministry that reaches out to families of the incarcerated and raises awareness in local communities of the suffering and challenges that these … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Cordileone participates in Divine Liturgy at Eastern-rite church

Our Lady of Fatima Russian Byzantine Catholic Church in San Francisco celebrated the Nativity on Jan. 7

As discarded Christmas trees lay in heaps on city sidewalks surrounding Our Lady of Fatima Russian Byzantine Catholic Church in San Francisco, parishioners of the Eastern-rite parish observed Christmas Day which they call The Nativity of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone was a special guest and participant in this year’s Divine Liturgy … [Read more...]

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Best mistake I have ever made

Simi Valley priest mistakenly went to wrong hospital room to give Communion on New Year's Eve, was able to hear confession, give last rites to woman who died two hours later

Shortly before midnight on New Year’s Eve, Fr. Gergorio Hidalgo went to a hospital to give Communion to a patient. But a “mistake” in room numbers allowed him to administer the sacraments to a dying woman as well. Fr. Goyo, 44, is the vicar of Saint Rose of Lima Parish in Simi Valley, which is part of metro Los Angeles. He was born in La Villa de Don Fadrique, a Spanish … [Read more...]

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Bulletproof pulpit: how far will churches go to be secure?

2017 was the deadliest year on record for killings at U.S. churches

How concerned are churches about security? Recently a Texas church ordered a bulletproof pulpit from a Missouri company that makes lecterns for the federal government. “Their fear was that an active shooter would come in and shoot the place,” said Paul Alexander, founder of Executive Wood Products in Sullivan, Mo., which makes anti-ballistic lecterns. What they feared did … [Read more...]

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