Palm Springs parish to host venerated Marian statue

Statue of Saint John of the Lakes, the second most popular image of the Virgin Mary in Mexico, will be at Our Lady of Solitude Church Oct. 19-22

Our Lady of Solitude Church in Palm Springs invites all to celebrate the visit of Our Lady of Saint John of the Lakes to the parish Oct. 19-22.  The statue of Saint John of the Lakes, is the second most popular image of the Virgin Mary in Mexico, second only to our Lady of Guadalupe. In the early years of the 17th century, the Holy Franciscan missionary Fray Miguel de Bolonia … [Read more...]

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Where to get your animals blessed in Oakland diocese

Pictures of pets and stuffed animals may also be brought for a blessing

Oct. 4 is the feast day of St. Francis, the patron saint of animals. A tradition to observe his feast day is the blessing of animals. Here are dates and locations of event sponsors that responded to The Catholic Voice's request for information about animal blessings. Pictures of pets and stuffed animals may be brought for a blessing. All animals must be on a leash or in … [Read more...]

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Don’t call yourself traditionalist

Cardinal Sarah urges Church to embrace young Catholics who prefer the older form of the Roman Rite

Cardinal Robert Sarah has praised young Catholics who prefer the older form of the Roman Rite, saying he can “personally testify to the sincerity and devotion of these young men and women”. In a speech to the Fifth Roman Colloquium on Summorum Pontificum, held at the Pontifical University of St Thomas (Angelicum), the cardinal added that other Catholics should “open your … [Read more...]

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Magnificat conference coming to Orange County

Annual event draws women from around the country; this year's theme is the fifth Luminous Mystery of the Rosary – “Institution of the Eucharist”

Magnify the Lord. That is the shared mission of the Magnificat, a ministry for Catholic women. On Oct. 5 the organization will kick off its 2017 International Leaders’ Conference near Christ Cathedral at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Orange. The conference runs through Sunday, Oct. 8. The theme of the conference is the fifth Luminous Mystery of the Rosary – “Institution of the … [Read more...]

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Summer crime wave targeted Catholic churches

Priest shot with paint balls, a stained glass window smashed, a church set on fire, and a parish tagged with hate speech

A priest shot, a stained glass window smashed, a church set on fire, and a parish tagged with hate speech. These incidents are all part of a summer crime wave that has targeted Catholic churches and personnel in the Diocese of San Bernardino. During the last three months, at least four parishes and one priest came under siege, mirroring a worldwide surge in crimes against the … [Read more...]

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Pope issues new directives on revision, translation of liturgical texts

More power to episcopal conferences, less of a role for Congregation for Divine Worship

The Holy See has released a new “motu proprio” from Pope Francis outlining a shift in the responsibility of local bishops and the Apostolic See for the revision and approval of liturgical texts. Dated Sept. 3, the document is titled “Magnum Principium,” meaning “The great principle,” and deals explicitly with two specific changes to Canon 838 of the Code of Canon Law, which … [Read more...]

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Outrageous and insulting

U.S. bishops reject claims by former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon that they support undocumented immigrants in order to fill churches and make money

The U.S. bishops’ conference on Thursday sharply rejected claims by former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon that the bishops support undocumented immigrants in order to fill churches and make money. “It is preposterous to claim that justice for immigrants isn’t central to Catholic teaching. It comes directly from Jesus Himself in Matthew 25, ‘For I was hungry and you … [Read more...]

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Other children have dreams too

Moral outrage over DACA cancellation should extend to the unborn lives cut short by abortion: Bishop Thomas J. Tobin of Providence, R.I.

Many Americans are justifiably outraged at the lives that will be shattered by the cancellation of DACA – but that same sentiment should extend to the unborn lives cut short by abortion, said Bishop Thomas J. Tobin of Providence, R.I. In a Sept. 5 Facebook post entitled “Other Children Have Dreams Too,” Bishop Tobin noted that he and his fellow bishops have been clear in … [Read more...]

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Catholics Care

Oakland diocese launches new initiative to provide avenues toward whole-person care, from conception to natural death

From the pulpits across the diocese of Oakland on Sept. 9 and 10, Catholics will hear from priests and deacons about an initiative launching: Catholics Care. Under the auspices of the Marriage and Family Life division of the Department of Evangelization and Catechesis, the initiative seeks to provide avenues toward whole-person care, from conception to natural … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Robert Sarah finds fault with Fr. James Martin’s stance on gays

“For the unmarried – no matter their attractions – faithful chastity requires abstention from sex,” the cardinal wrote in opinion piece for the Wall Street Journal

Catholic outreach to LGBT individuals must always include the truth about Catholic teaching and chastity, Cardinal Robert Sarah said in an article responding to Jesuit priest Fr. James Martin. “The Catholic Church has been criticized by many, including some of its own followers, for its pastoral response to the LGBT community,” Cardinal Sarah wrote in an op-ed for the Wall … [Read more...]

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