San Francisco archdiocese plans Fatima centennial

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone will culminate the year Oct. 7 by consecrating the archdiocese to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Preparation for a year of archdiocesan celebrations commemorating the centennial of the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima begins this Sunday, March 25, the Solemnity of the Annunciation. A Marian Day retreat will be held May 6 at St. Mary’s Cathedral, with Cardinal William J. Levada as main Mass celebrant. Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone will culminate the year Oct. 7 by … [Read more...]

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Surprising benefits of bedtime prayer

Scientific research confirms that prayer offers people important psychological benefits, not just spiritual

Bedtime prayers once were part of every child’s nighttime routine along with warm baths, teeth-brushing and stories read aloud. But how many parents still kneel with their children before tucking them in every night to offer bedtime prayers? Surprisingly, many Catholics still heed the advice from Thessalonians, which urges us to “pray without ceasing.” A 2013 Pew Research Poll … [Read more...]

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San Francisco’s radical parish prepares next step

Adoration chapel to open March 25

California Catholic Exclusive. On March 13, 14, and 15, San Francisco’s Star of the Sea parish will host its 2017 Lenten Mission. Church pastor Fr. Joseph Illo explained that the Lenten parish mission will be focused on adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in anticipation of a new adoration chapel opening. The mission will be given by Fr. Victor Warkulwiz of the … [Read more...]

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Lent is not an endurance test

Bishop Kevin Vann offers three ways to make the most of the Lenten season

For many Catholics, Lent has become something of an endurance test, not unlike children competing to hold their breath under water. People seek to deprive themselves in the same way, hoping that they can last all the way to Easter when they can breathe deeply and relax. The problem with this lies in the fact that while we may white knuckle our way to Easter, chances are that … [Read more...]

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What’s the point of fasting?

The Lenten practice is a weapon against demons and a powerful way of putting our spiritual life in proper balance

God commanded it, Jesus practiced it, Church Fathers have preached the importance of it – fasting is a powerful and fundamental part of the Christian life. But for many Catholics today, it's more of an afterthought: something we grudgingly do on Good Friday, perhaps on Ash Wednesday if we remember it. Would we fast more, especially during Lent, if we understood how helpful it … [Read more...]

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Lenten Speaker series in San Francisco

Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption will host weekly talks during Lent

Lenten Speaker Series, Saint Mary Cathedral, San Francisco Saturdays in Lent, March 4-April 8, 2017 10:30 a.m.-12:00 Noon Saint Mary’s Cathedral, 1111 Gough Street, San Francisco Contact:  Father Driscoll, Parochial Vicar, Saint Mary’s Cathedral 415-567-2020 x 208    frdriscoll@stmarycathedralsf.org  www.stmarycathedralsf.org March 4, 2017 “At the Foot of the Cross—the … [Read more...]

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Bishop Barron invited to speak at LMU

Lecture on "Beauty and Evangelization" has already reached its capacity; waitlist only

LMU has invited Bishop Robert Barron to give the annual Cassasa Lecture. Bishop Barron will deliver a free, public lecture on “Beauty and Evangelization” on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. in Roski Dining Commons, University Hall. From the LMU website: “What is the relationship among the beautiful, the good, and the true? How do these concepts relate to … [Read more...]

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