LMU graduates to serve critical need in parishes

Loyola Marymount University program prepares graduates to handle the responsibilities of a parish business manager

Catholics who add money to the collection baskets at Mass know that these donations allow the parish to keep the lights on, cool the church and make necessary repairs. But there are essential workers behind the scenes, in addition to the priests, who often go uncredited for ensuring that these resources are administered fairly and effectively, while at the same time meeting … [Read more...]

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Without a church building since 2014

Grass fire flattened Holy Family Church almost three years ago; new buildings will be dedicated this week

Parishioners, friends and members of the local community will gather on Monday, May 29 at 11 a.m. in celebration as Bishop Jaime Soto presides at the dedication Mass and blessing of the new Holy Family Church and parish facilities in Weed. Holy Family has been without a church building since Sept. 15, 2014, when a grass fire broke out near Boles Creek just east of the town in … [Read more...]

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“Thou shalt not get caught”

Woodland woman sues Sacramento diocese over alleged sexual assault by priest, diocese says it acted forcefully once it learned there was a problem

Dorothy Small met the new priest at Woodland’s Holy Rosary Catholic Church in April 2014, and almost immediately the Rev. Renerio Sabuga Jr. began inviting her out for bicycle rides or dinner, Small says. Within weeks, she said, the priest – known to parishioners as “Father Jong” – would confide in her with intensely private thoughts. In a matter of months, that stance … [Read more...]

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‘Celebration Mass’ to honor Earth

Event in Oakland will offer free massages and information tables about Air, Earth, Water, and Energy

The following event is posted on the website of St. Columba’s Catholic Church in Oakland, California. It is coordinated by St. Francis Pledge Ministry and Our Lady of Lourdes, Oakland. Earth Day Mass Sunday, May 21, 2017, 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM Outdoor celebration in honor of the Earth. Location - City Slicker Farms at 2847 Peralta Street, Oakland Please bring a … [Read more...]

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More parish closings nationwide – what are we to do?

Msgr. Charles Pope: First step must be to revive a more biblical vision of urgency regarding salvation

It was recently announced that a substantial number of Catholic parishes will be closing in Connecticut. This is just the latest in a national trend that is likely to affect the diocese where you live, especially in the north. I’d like to offer some rather quick thoughts and then ponder what I think is the root cause for our decline. Bishops don’t close parishes, people do. … [Read more...]

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St. James Parish in Perris breaks ground on long awaited new church

Current church so small that eight weekend Masses are said, with overflow crowds outside on Sunday mornings forced to listen to the Mass through speakers

It’s been at least 25 years in the making but St. James Parish is finally building a new church just east of Perris city limits. A ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony took place on March 11 and initial grading work at the Dunlap Drive property began in April. In a year, the parish hopes to be worshipping in its spacious new 1,500 seat church. “Excitement is coming little … [Read more...]

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San Bernardino bishop to receive national award for lay ministry

On June 2, Bishop Gerald Barnes will receive the Gaudium et Spes Award from the National Association for Lay Ministry

In the year of his Silver Jubilee, Bishop Gerald Barnes is being honored nationally for one of the hallmarks of his Episcopacy – lay formation. On June 2, Bishop Barnes will receive the Gaudium et Spes Award from the National Association for Lay Ministry. This honor is given to one who promotes understanding of the Church in the world within the context of the Second Vatican … [Read more...]

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