An overview of the Seven Deadly Sins

Msgr. Charles Pope: "It is valuable to name and begin to understand these deep drives of sin within us because the more we do so the more we can grow in self-knowledge"

Do you know what the Seven Deadly Sins are? It is valuable to name and begin to understand these deep drives of sin within us because the more we do so the more we can grow in self-knowledge. Further, it helps us to “know their moves” and gain mastery over them. As they stir deep within us we can recognize evidence of this and begin to take greater authority over them. Too … [Read more...]

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Confessions heard every Wednesday evening in Lent, in all 54 San Jose parishes

The Light Is On For You campaign has reached an estimated 10,000 people since it began 4 years ago

In what is becoming a tradition of the season in the Diocese of San Jose, The Light Is On For You campaign returns for a fourth year. “This Lenten initiative is a wonderful way for all of us to celebrate God’s limitless mercy and compassion. We celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation, because it is a celebration of God’s unconditional love,” said Father John Hurley, CSP, … [Read more...]

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“I think there are a lot of contemplatives out there”

In San Francisco archdiocese, Contemplatives of St. Joseph add women religious as order grows

A new order of women religious is forming in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, a branch of the Contemplatives of St. Joseph, which was originally founded as a monastery for men in 2010. Three women have joined, with two entering as candidates Aug. 15, 2017, the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Mother, and a third entered as an aspirant in January. “I think there are … [Read more...]

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Elderly and sick from throughout Southern California receive Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick

Archbishop José Gomez administered the sacrament on Feb. 10 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles

The elderly and sick from throughout southern California gathered to receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick from Archbishop José H. Gomez on Saturday, Feb. 10 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles. Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron, from the Santa Barbara pastoral region, served at homilist. The Anointing of the Sick is administered by the … [Read more...]

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No fasting for San Jose Catholics who celebrate Chinese New Year

Chicago archdiocese: we don't care if it's Valentine's Day, you still have to fast

Dispensation from Abstinence for The First Day of the Lunar New Year, Feb 16, 2018 I am pleased to inform you that Bishop Patrick J. McGrath has granted a dispensation from the Lenten discipline of abstinence from meat to all the faithful of the Diocese of San Jose who will be observing Friday, February 16, the first day of the Asian New Year. I would ask that word of … [Read more...]

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Blessed Pope Paul VI may be canonized later this year

Congregation for the Causes of Saints approves second miracle by unanimous vote on Feb. 6., next step is official decree by Pope Francis

On Tuesday the Congregation for the Causes of Saints approved the second miracle needed for the canonization of Blessed Pope Paul VI, allowing his canonization to take place, possibly later this year. According to Vatican Insider, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints approved the miracle by a unanimous vote Feb. 6. The next step is for Pope Francis to also give his … [Read more...]

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St. Padre Pio relics to tour San Bernardino diocese

Will be presented at Queen of Angels Church in Riverside on March 14, then at Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral in San Bernardino on March 15:

Catholic churches in San Bernardino and Riverside will play host to official relics of St. Padre Pio in March as part of a U.S. tour commemorating the 50th Anniversary of his death. The Saint Pio Foundation wrote Bishop Gerald Barnes in October, inviting the Diocese to host the relics of the Italian priest, who enjoys a strong devotion in the Diocese and throughout the … [Read more...]

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Lent begins Feb. 14

Catholics encouraged to make going to confession a significant part of their spiritual lives

The 2018 Lenten season begins on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14, for Latin-rite Catholics with Easter Sunday on April 1. The US Conference of Catholic Bishops asks that during Lent, we devote ourselves to seeking the Lord in prayer and reading Scripture, to service by giving alms and to sacrifice self-control through fasting. Many know of the tradition of abstaining from meat on … [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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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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