Orange County parish plans $10.5 million expansion

Our Lady Queen of Angels parish in Newport Beach has grown tenfold in last 50 years

It’s a good problem to have—growth so miraculous that a parish is in need of expanded facilities. That’s the situation facing Our Lady Queen of Angels in Newport Beach.  Since 1961, OLQA has seen its congregation grow from 400 families to more than 4,500 today. To better serve its parish and school families, the church has launched a capital campaign to raise funds for a $10.5 … [Read more...]

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Speech by Fr. Greg Boyle draws protesters in Orange diocese

About 30 demonstrators pray rosary outside as dissident priest speaks at Mater Dei High School

At the Catholic diocese of Orange Diocesan Ministries Celebration, the event's keynote speaker was Fr. Gregory Boyle, a Jesuit priest who dissents from Church teaching.  Faithful Catholics protesting Fr. Boyle's speech distributed flyers to attendees as they arrived early on Saturday morning at Mater Dei High School in Orange County. They then hosted a Rosary rally across the … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis names another auxiliary bishop for Orange diocese

Fr. Thanh Thai Nguyen – a Vietnamese "boat person" serving as pastor of a parish in Jacksonville, Florida – will become second auxiliary bishop of Orange, which has nation’s largest number of Vietnamese Catholics

“Are all of your sons here?” Time and time again, that’s been the Pope’s question to his aides when addressing the appointment of bishops. Citing the Old Testament story of the calling of David, from Francis the line is less an innocent query than a marching order to "go and fetch" those who, like the boy shepherd-turned-king, are off working far afield. In this, for … [Read more...]

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Diocese refuses to cancel pro-gay priest’s speech despite lay protests

Statement from Orange diocese: "While this is indeed disturbing, Rev. Boyle will not be speaking on these topics"

A group of California Catholics has questioned their diocese’s plan to host a dissident priest to keynote a lay ministry event. Jesuit Father Greg Boyle is scheduled for a presentation on October 14 at the Diocese of Orange Institute for Pastoral Ministry Diocesan Ministries Celebration. The Diocese of Orange expects 1,500 people to attend the daylong “Encounter, Connect, … [Read more...]

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Knowing the basics

When was the last time you brushed up on your knowledge of the faith?

Often it is the converts to Catholicism that make the best Catholic apologists. Most “cradle” Catholics’ religious education consists of elementary instruction and ends at the sacrament of Confirmation. Adult converts have the good fortune to learn the “grownup” version of Catholicism, and have more opportunity to delve into the rich theology and rationale for the many tenets … [Read more...]

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Christ Cathedral construction update

Scaffolding will be in place into early next year

The interior of Christ Cathedral has once again been transformed in appearance as construction continues. Nearly 60 construction crewmembers are working in the space each day. Here’s what’s going on now.   – Massive scaffolding has been erected on the east, west and south balconies  – Cleaning and painting of the space frame at the east balcony is now underway  – … [Read more...]

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International Latin superstars to highlight Catholic music festival

'Christ Fest 2017' scheduled for campus of Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove

An unprecedented all-Hispanic evening of contemporary Christian rock/pop music complemented by traditional mariachi and cross-over operatic and inspirational performances by top-billing artists comes to the beautiful 34-acre Christ Cathedral campus, Friday, Sept 8. Offering in Spanish something for everyone, the performance menu features No. 1 Latin hit maker Christian pop … [Read more...]

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