Womanpriest ordained in non-Catholic church in Orinda

Oakland diocese: ‘Nothing to do with us’

The following comes from a June 29 story in Lamorinda Weekly. Joanna Truelson took a big step in her spirituality last when the Orinda resident was ordained a Roman Catholic womanpriest at a ceremony at the Orinda Community Church June 25. The ordination, the first of its type in Orinda, was under the auspices of Roman Catholic Womenpriests, an organization founded in … [Read more...]

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Oakland diocese cemetery source of prizewinning wine

Cheaper than planting grass

The following comes from a June 6 story in the New York Times. For an additional $1,000, a family can have a loved one buried near the chardonnay vines glistening in the sun, or if they prefer, near the pinot noir vines at a cemetery here in an East Bay suburb of San Francisco. The vines were planted 10 years ago as a less expensive and more water-frugal alternative to … [Read more...]

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Tips helped close 80 crack houses

St. Benedict’s surrounded by highest-homicide East Oakland

When the diocese of Oakland tapped the Rev. Jay Matthews to become the new rector at Cathedral of Christ the Light, his ministerial colleagues serenaded him with a little ditty inspired by the theme song to The Jeffersons, the popular sitcom that aired from the mid-70s to mid-80s. They substituted "We're moving up to the East Side to a deluxe apartment in the sky" with … [Read more...]

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Churches worth driving to

St. Michael Church, Livermore CA

Name of Church St. Michael Church Address 458 Maple Street, Livermore CA 94550 Phone number (925) 447-1585 Website www.saintmichaelliv.org Mass times Saturday vigil 5 p.m. & 7 p.m. (Spanish); Sunday 6:45 a.m., 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. (Spanish), 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. & 8:30 a.m. Saturday, 8:30 a.m. Confessions Saturdays, 9 a.m., … [Read more...]

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Yes, you’re old enough

The following comes from an Apr. 15 story by Jim Graves on the site of Catholic World Report. Father Jerry Brown, pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Brentwood in the diocese of Oakland, California, was ordained to the priesthood in 2001, at age 54. He was born in Napa, Northern California’s wine country, to two non-religious parents.  He developed an interest in … [Read more...]

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Carmelites settle into Oakland diocese

The following comes from recent stories in the Oakland diocese paper, the Catholic Voice. The power of the ministry of the Carmelite Sisters can be told in little slips of paper. A woman borrowed a page from a reporter's notebook to request prayers for a child in her parish, afflicted with a brain tumor. A woman recovering from a brain hemorrhage also sought their … [Read more...]

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How to get money for Oakland diocese

The following comes from a July 15 story in the Oakland diocese paper, the Catholic Voice. A new department has been created that is consolidating various Diocese of Oakland fundraising efforts into a single, more coordinated structure…. The new diocesan department, the Office for Mission Advancement, will bring disparate elements such as second collections, the Annual … [Read more...]

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