A victory for the seal of Confession

Priests can't be forced to break the seal to report alleged abuse of minors, Louisiana Supreme Court rules

The following comes from a November 1 Catholic News Agency article by Matt Hadro: Catholic priests do not have to break the seal of Confession to report the alleged abuse of minors, the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled on Friday. The Diocese of Baton Rouge, at the center of the case, responded that they were “very pleased” with the court’s Oct. 28 opinion, “which affirms the … [Read more...]

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“The Lord starts to rub off on you through the sacraments”

Few things more fundamental to the Catholic faith than the seven sacraments

The following comes from a September 29 Orange County Catholic article by Michael J. Medley: There are few things more fundamental to the Catholic faith than the seven sacraments: baptism, Eucharist, reconciliation, confirmation, marriage, holy orders, and anointing of the sick. The Church teaches that these sacraments were instituted by Jesus during his public ministry as a … [Read more...]

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You never know what you’re going to get

The following comes from an August 10 The Motherlands blog post by Denise Renner: We recently took a family vacation to a small Midwest town with only one Catholic church. We would be there for two weekends, so we knew we would be hearing Mass—and that non-Catholic family might be coming with us. That first Sunday morning we pulled into a packed parking lot. There was a … [Read more...]

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He would never deny Holy Communion to anyone

New pastor of St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church in Westlake asks newspaper "who are we to judge?"

The following comes from an August 4  Thousand Oaks Acorn article by Stephanie Bertholdo: Monsignor Paul Albee was welcomed as the new pastor of St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church in Westlake on July 1. Albee, the pastor at Holy Cross for 11 years, joined St. Max after the Rev. Jarlath Dolan retired. Albee has worked in numerous California parishes since he became a … [Read more...]

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The circus priest comes to town

Cleric who is part of the USCCB's Circus and Traveling Shows Ministry travels to Burbank to officiate one baptism, six first communions and four confirmations

The following comes from a May 19 LA Daily News article by David Montero: BURBANK- The small hands were clasped together and a few gripped long white candles in a line that stretched to the Globe of Danger, three brightly-painted motorcycles and an idle fog machine. The Rev. Jerry Hogan made some final adjustments on his red vestment adorned with cartoon giraffes, … [Read more...]

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The Blessed Sacrament explained

According to Orange County Catholic, Holy Communion also means we are in communion with other faithful who participate in the Eucharist

The following comes from an April 13 OC Catholic article by Larry Urish: For many of us, Holy Communion – the Holy Eucharist or the Lord’s Supper, the most central of the seven sacraments – is a deeply personal experience. Offered at every Mass, it marks the moment when we receive Jesus into our hearts and it involves intense, personal and private prayer. When we receive … [Read more...]

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Confession held every Wednesday night in all 54 San Jose diocese parishes

The Light Is On for You campaign starts today and goes until March 23

The following comes from a February 16 Valley Catholic article by Liz Sullivan: If Father Joe Kim, Director of Vocations and Evangelization for the Diocese of San Jose, ever needed proof the Diocese’s The Light Is On for You campaign was reaching people, he just needed to be reminded of the letter he received last Spring. The letter was from a man who said he hadn’t been … [Read more...]

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