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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Recreational marijuana: pleasure, panacea, poison?

Statistics lean heavily, convincingly and despondently toward poison

The New York Times concluded its December 28 article about the January 1, 2018 legalization of recreational marijuana in California by stating, “People are gaining confidence as legalization spreads, and the growth is going to be huge.” Medical marijuana is legal in 28 states, and recreational marijuana legal in eight states. Companies investing in marijuana are growing … [Read more...]

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Bishop Barron: don’t water down Christianity

LA auxiliary bishop tells 8000 attendees at Catholic leadership conference: "Christ commands his mystical Body the Church to do what he did, and to say what he said. That’s it… that’s the task of the Church to the present day"

Speaking to some 8,000 people at Student Leadership Summit in Chicago, Bishop Robert Barron said on Tuesday that trust in the risen Christ should give us the courage to preach the truth boldly. In bringing the message of heaven to earth, Catholics should be careful not to water down the Gospel or fall for bland and uninspiring half-truths, he said. He recalled an encounter … [Read more...]

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The great crucifix of Mission Santa Clara

Spanish Franciscan Father Magin Catala is buried at the foot of the cross

California Catholic Daily exclusive by Michael Walker: No pilgrimage to Mission Santa Clara is complete without paying compulsory homage before the altar of the great Crucifix, which never fails to inspire compunction with its Spanish grotesque stateliness. Jesus gazes down upon the devotee with a piteous expression. His skin is blanched by loss of blood, which runs in black … [Read more...]

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“Advent is the time for us to wake from our sleep!”

Archbishop Jose Gomez writes about Advent in his latest column

In preparation for the first Sunday of Advent, the Archbishop of Los Angeles has said the season is a time to spiritually “stay woke,” shaking off apathy and becoming more aware of God’s presence. “My prayer for us this year is that we will make this Advent a spiritual adventure of living with a new awareness of the presence of God,” said Archbishop José Gomez in a Nov. 28 … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: No price list for sacraments

Pontiff says, in some instances, "we don’t know whether we are in God’s house or in a supermarket"

“Churches cannot be like some kind of supermarket, places of commerce perhaps with a price list for the sacraments,” affirmed Pope Francis at morning Mass on November 24 at Casa Santa Marta. The Pontiff - Vatican Radio reports - comments on two readings: the first from the Book of the Maccabees, then the Gospel of Luke, in which he reads about the purification of the temple. … [Read more...]

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Grassroots movement will consecrate California to Mary

Mass, rosary processions, and prayers planned for December 9

The following is from an email we received from one of our readers on November 21. To Whom It May Concern, My name is (withheld) and I am a volunteer with Consecrate California. This is a grass-roots movement in which we are hoping to once again dedicate our beautiful state to Our Lord, through our Lady. On December 9th we are asking Parishes throughout the state of … [Read more...]

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Catholic retreat facilitator: what animal do you identify as?

Students at St. Mary's College of California question degree of Catholicism at Lasallian weekend

Urgent appeal from California Catholic Daily staff Dear California Catholic Daily reader, This coming year, we hope to bring you even more original stories and videos about the Church in California. We intend to do this as part-time staff spread throughout the state — on a limited budget. However, in order to stay afloat, we need more of our readers to donate. You … [Read more...]

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Making the case for Catholicism

Latest book from Ignatius Press provides the most comprehensive defense of the faith in the past 30 years

During the year which marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, Catholic convert Trent Horn has written what will no doubt be the modern-day handbook on responding to Protestant objections to the Catholic faith in his THE CASE FOR CATHOLICISM: Answers to Classic and Contemporary Protestant Objections.  Not since Karl Keating's Catholicism and Fundamentalism, … [Read more...]

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“It’s a way to get closer to God”

Students at Saint Mary's College of California form groups to pray the rosary, participate in Eucharistic Adoration

Founded as part of the Lasallian educational institution, Saint Mary’s College of California embraces Catholic tradition, particularly through its Mission and Ministry Center. For students who want to explore their faith, the Rosary Group and Eucharistic Adoration present ways to help connect not only with their faith but with other students as well. “The goal of Rosary Group … [Read more...]

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