Saint Joseph of Cupertino Parish receives honor from city

The parish operates a pantry stocked with non-perishable food and provides vouchers for groceries and gasoline, as well as monetary assistance for the payment of rent, utilities, or other necessities

Saint Joseph of Cupertino Parish has been serving the local community since the parish was founded in 1913. Back in the 1970s, building on the good work of the long-established Saint Vincent de Paul Society, the parish started an outreach program that today continues to operate a pantry stocked with non-perishable food and provide emergency aid in the form of vouchers for … [Read more...]

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LA priest to be honored at Notre Dame University commencement

Father Gregory J. Boyle, S.J., founder and executive director of Homeboy Industries, will receive Notre Dame’s 2017 Laetare Medal — the oldest and most prestigious honor given to American Catholics

Rev. Gregory J. Boyle, S.J., founder and executive director of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, California, will receive the University of Notre Dame’s 2017 Laetare Medal — the oldest and most prestigious honor given to American Catholics — at Notre Dame’s 172nd University commencement ceremony on May 21 (Sunday). “For nearly 30 years, Father Boyle has served men and women … [Read more...]

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Ministry to seafarers seeks volunteers

Over half of the world’s maritime crews are Catholics who "want mass"

The following comes from a July 12 Catholic San Francisco article: The national Catholic ministry for people who work on the sea needs volunteers to serve in the Archdiocese of San Francisco – an ideal opportunity to step up to Pope Francis’ Year of Mercy call to bring Christ to people on the margins. That’s the message of Sister Joanna Okereke, HHCJ, from the U.S. … [Read more...]

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Free legal clinic established at Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland

Volunteer-staffed clinic is a response to the pope's call to help those on the periphery

The following comes from a May 23 Catholic Voice article by Michele Jurich: One of the lasting aspects of this Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy is the establishment of the Pope Francis Legal Clinic at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland. The clinic, which will offer mediation, reconciliation and resolution, has been in the planning for more than two years. It will … [Read more...]

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Pasadena parishioners dig wells in Africa

Parishioners of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church traveled to Tanzania to help provide clean drinking water to 25,000

The following is a May 20 Angelus article: Parishioners of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Pasadena traveled to Tanzania to help dig wells and provide clean drinking water to the underprivileged and those living in rural areas. Over the last few years, parishioners raised over $50,000 for the project, which allowed 10 wells to be built in the Mogorogoro … [Read more...]

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Pope responds to LA inmate’s letter

Carlos Vasquez had lost all hope until hearing from Pope Francis

The following comes from a March 4 CNN article by Michael Martinez and Jaqueline Hurtado: Convicted juvenile Carlos Adrian Vazquez Jr. lost the will to live at age 16 as he began serving an 11-year sentence for involuntary manslaughter. Then he wrote a letter to Pope Francis. "I asked for forgiveness for what I did," Vazquez told CNN en Español in an interview inside … [Read more...]

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San Francisco young adults group and Ignatius Press reach out to prisoners

St. Dominic's Young Adults is focusing on different corporal works for each of its monthly service projects during Year of Mercy

The following comes from a February 23 Catholic San Francisco article by Christina Gray: About 35 young adults gathered in the St. Dominic parish hall February 17 to write letters to and purchase Catholic books for men and women incarcerated in state and federal prisons around the country in a Jubilee Year of Mercy service project partnership with Ignatius Press. Maureen … [Read more...]

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