Here’s what Bishop Barnes learned during 25 years serving the San Bernardino diocese

The bishop lists immigration reform, inclusiveness and diversity as important causes

Bishop Gerald R. Barnes is celebrating his 25th year of leadership in the Diocese of San Bernardino, which includes Riverside and San Bernardino counties. No current Roman Catholic bishop in the United States has led a diocese longer than Barnes, diocese officials said. COMFORTING IMMIGRANTS Throughout the years, Barnes has pushed the church to embrace immigration reform. The … [Read more...]

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Bishop Barnes calls for prayer and fasting before inauguration

San Bernardino bishop asks parishes to participate in a one-day fast in response to 'divisions that emerged from the presidential campaign'

The following comes from a December 19 Inland Catholic Byte article: In response to divisions that emerged from the presidential campaign and in support of healing and hope for the country, Bishop Gerald Barnes is asking parishes of the Diocese to participate in a one-day fast during the final 18 days leading up to the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of … [Read more...]

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San Bernardino Diocese welcomes three new houses of worship

Bishop Gerald Barnes dedicates and blesses three churches in one weekend -- a diocesan record

The following comes from an Inland Catholic Byte article: As he gave his homily during the Dedication Mass for the new church at Queen of Angels in Riverside, a crowd of children seated on the steps to the sanctuary before him, Bishop Gerald Barnes held up his hands and uttered part of an old British nursery rhyme. “Here is the church, here is the steeple, open up the … [Read more...]

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Interfaith vigil held at San Bernardino’s Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral

More than 400 people attend

The following comes from a December 9 Angelus article by R.W. Dellinger: SAN BERNARDINO — Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral was dark as the men and women of different faiths walked down the center aisle of the mission-revival-style church. The names of the 14 victims of the December 2 shooting at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino were read by an unseen woman, with … [Read more...]

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Pro-life prayer warrior, husband of Catholic school principal among the fatalities in San Bernardino

Bishop requesting parishes use Penitential Rite for the next two Sundays in response to violence

The following comes from a December 4 Live Action News article by Carole Novielli: One of the victims of Wednesday’s mass killing at a San Bernardino social services center was a staunch pro-life advocate. By Thursday morning a post from Nicholas’s wife confirmed that he was indeed a victim of the attack. Juda Myers, founder of Choices4Life, called Nicholas a “prayer … [Read more...]

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Free annulments

San Bernadino joins Cleveland and Detroit

The following comes from an early December story in the Inland Catholic Byte, an online publication of the San Bernadino diocese. The Diocese of San Bernardino has joined just a handful of dioceses in the United States that do not charge a fee to those seeking to have their marriage annulled. The move took effect on August 28, the Feast Day of St. Augustine. “In this … [Read more...]

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Southern Calif. Catholics push Obamacare

The following comes from a Mar. 14 story in the Orange County Register. Despite impending battles over hot-button issues, the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Bernardino is urging parishioners without health insurance to sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Bishop Gerald Barnes's letter, coaxing his flock to obey the law of the land, will be read during all … [Read more...]

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