Churches worth driving to

St. Joseph Church, Modesto

Name of Church St. Joseph Address 1813 Oakdale Road, Modesto, CA 95355 Phone number 209-551-4973 Webpage www.stjmod.com Mass times Saturday vigil, 5:30 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m. (Latin Tridentine), 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m. (Spanish), 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Daily Mass: 8 a.m. & 5:45 p.m. Saturdays, 8 a.m. Friday, Latin Tridentine Mass at … [Read more...]

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Message from Modesto

Popular movements call for sanctuary, disruption; blast racism, ‘all forms of human hierarchy’

Participants in the First US Regional Meeting of Popular Movements issued a “message from Modesto” following a four-day meeting in the California city. Cardinal Peter Turkson and two dozen US bishops attended the meeting, which was cosponsored by the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, the US bishops’ Catholic Campaign for Human Development, and … [Read more...]

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Bishop Robert McElroy preaches progressivism

At the World Meeting of Popular Movements in Modesto, San Diego bishop makes call for lay Catholics to "disrupt"

On February 18, Bishop Robert W. McElroy of San Diego delivered a speech at the U.S. Regional World Meeting of Popular Movements during a panel discussion on the barriers marginalized people face in housing and work. The following are excerpts: Global Warming skepticism fueled by conspiring forces (just like like tobacco companies) One of the most striking elements of … [Read more...]

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Unapologetic

Father Illo stands up for altar boys

The following comes from a Jan. 26 story on SFGate.com. A Catholic priest, new to San Francisco and no stranger to controversy, has banned girls from acting as altar servers at Mass, a decision that sets his parish apart from all others in the archdiocese. The Rev. Joseph Illo, pastor at Star of the Sea Church since August, said he believes there is an “intrinsic … [Read more...]

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Sitting in an empty church

God is giving me the gift of weakness

The following comes from a Nov. 13 posting on the blog of Father Joseph Illo in San Francisco. Early Sunday morning I knelt before the tabernacle in a large empty church in a big city. The church is my church, Star of the Sea in San Francisco. My prayer is distracted by thinking of all the work that must be done to keep this parish alive. In New York, Archbishop Dolan is … [Read more...]

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Good priests and gluttony

A California priest blogs The following were posted on the blog of Father Joseph Illo, pastor of St. Joseph church in Modesto. 04/27/2012 “I told her not to ‘settle’,” a friend told me thirty years ago. “What does ‘settle’ mean?” I asked her. “It means settling for a man who does not meet her standards.” A priest, it is said, marries the Church. Does the Church … [Read more...]

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“Why did she do it?”

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