Orange County Board of Education: Parents can’t pull kids from new sex ed classes

School board's lawyer says “parents do not have a constitutional right to excuse their children from portions of the school curriculum that they find objectionable”

California is about to implement new abortion- and homosexuality-promoting sex education lessons, and one school district has told parents they have no choice but to expose their children to them. California enacted the California Healthy Youth Act in 2015, but only now are its controversial provisions starting to take effect in classrooms. Under the auspices of health, the … [Read more...]

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Construction starts on new St. Michael’s Abbey in Orange County

More than 50 Norbertine priests along with 34 seminarians and St. Michael’s Preparatory School have outgrown current abbey in Trabuco Canyon, new abbey in Silverado Canyon will be in traditional Romanesque style

More than 50 Norbertine Order priests and 34 seminarians make the tight quarters of the St. Michael’s Abbey in Trabuco Canyon home. There is also the St. Michael’s Preparatory School. The Norbertine Fathers have said the property isn’t structurally sound enough to support a larger campus for their growing community. They purchased a 320-acre former ranch about 7 miles north … [Read more...]

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Why is Christ Cathedral Academy seeing increase in school enrollment?

Diocese of Orange school has grown by 18% since the school opened in 2014

As Catholic schools decline across the country, with rapid school closures and a shrinking student body, the Diocese of Orange is defying the trend. Nationwide, more than 1,000 Catholic schools have closed since 2006, a 14% decrease, and enrollment has dropped by more than 400,000, a 17% loss, according to data from the National Catholic Education Assn. But at Christ … [Read more...]

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Orange diocese bishop lauded for efforts to advance tolerance and equality

Bishop Kevin Vann among recipients of Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major Award from Christ Our Redeemer AME Church in Irvine

Diocese of Orange Bishop Kevin Vann was lauded recently for his efforts to advance tolerance and equality. He, along with OC Register Columnist David Whiting and Information Management Resources CEO Martha Daniel, received recognition from Christ Our Redeemer Church as they were awarded the Martin Luther King Jr. “Drum Major Award.” Rev. Mark E. Whitlock, Jr., Senior Minister … [Read more...]

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“They saved my life”

Precious Life Shelter in Los Alamitos provides safe haven to homeless pregnant women and mothers

While volunteering for a pro-life fundraiser at St. Hedwig School in Los Alamitos in the 1970s, Theresa Sherrin was challenged by her daughter’s eighth grade teacher who asked, “It’s not enough to say you’re pro-life, what more are you doing about it?”  Theresa Sherrin reflected on the memory and recalls her reaction, “I thought, oh gosh, I thought I was doing quite a bit,” … [Read more...]

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Last year Ensenada, next year the Vatican

Reservations now open for Orange diocese's second Bishops’ Pilgrimage Cruise aboard largest passenger cruise ship in the world featuring an ice skating rink; 10 pools, 8 water slides

The Diocese’s first Catholic cruise with Bishop Kevin Vann and Bishop Tim Freyer last summer was so successful that the Diocese is planning an even bigger annual bishops’ pilgrimage cruise in 2018. Last July, Bishop Vann, Bishop Freyer and a group of 207 parishioners departed Long Beach for a brief weekend cruise to Ensenada, Mexico where Mass was celebrated in a cathedral in … [Read more...]

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Bishop of Orange joins cast of high school drama

Bishop Kevin Vann plays homeless man in Santa Margarita Catholic High School’s fall musical production, “Godspell”

Bishop Kevin Vann of the Diocese of Orange is cast in Santa Margarita Catholic High School’s fall musical production, “Godspell.” Vann plays the role of a member of the homeless community and has been attending rehearsals on campus to prepare for the production. This is not Vann’s first performance in an SMCHS production. In the spring of 2017, Vann played a Russian Orthodox … [Read more...]

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Bishop of Orange blesses future Lady of La Vang shrine site

Hundreds attend Oct. 21 Mass and blessing of site on campus of Christ Cathedral that will be home to a $25-million shrine for Our Lady of La Vang, venerated by Vietnamese as a symbol of strength and resilience

Hundreds of Vietnamese Catholics visited the campus of Christ Cathedral Saturday, Oct. 21, to participate in a Mass and witness the Most Rev. Kevin Vann, Bishop of Orange, bless the site that will house a shrine for the Lady of La Vang. A Marian apparition that graced and blessed persecuted Catholics in 1798 in Central Vietnam, the Lady of La Vang is viewed as a symbol … [Read more...]

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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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