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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Greenfield priest gets Lumen Christi Award

Fr. Enrique Herrera, pastor of Holy Trinity Church, receives highest honor of Catholic Extension; only the third time Californian has received the award, first time for the Diocese of Monterey

Celebrations of the Virgin of Guadalupe's feast day came two days early in Greenfield on Sunday. Nearly two thousand individuals came out to participate in the hour-long procession including Aztec dancers, costumed native bands, women in embroidered dresses and many caballeros on horseback. The crowd assembled outside of Holy Trinity Church to attend an outdoor Mass and … [Read more...]

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Priests and their chalices

Students at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School in Redwood City chronicle stores of 20 priests in “Chalice: A Most Personal Grail,” written and produced with their teacher

Father Dave Ghiorso’s chalice and paten were crafted by his father and a close friend who was a police officer. Father Andrew Ginter was bequeathed his chalice by his mentor Father Kevin Gaffey, who had died a few months before the young priest’s ordination. Father Peter Zhai received his chalice from the parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Redwood City. Twenty priests’ … [Read more...]

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Where priests get their clothes

On the outskirts of downtown Los Angeles, near the gritty but gentrified neighborhood of Echo Park, nuns sit at sewing stations making garments for the clergy

Rev. Brendan Busse broke into a sweat the first time he shopped for a clerical shirt. He had nine years to go before he would become a priest, and the idea of wearing the black collar and white tab that would prompt strangers to call him “father” unnerved him. He recognized that those “clothes are not just about me,” as he wrote in a 2012 Jesuit Post essay. “They are about my … [Read more...]

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Priests also need prayers

Founded in the Diocese of Orange, the Foundation of Prayer for Priests has become an international apostolate

The Foundation of Prayer for Priests (FPP), an international apostolate, materialized in 2013 out of a void that co-founder and Diocese of Orange parishioner Kathleen Beckman saw in this era of the New Evangelization: to protect the Church’s spiritual leaders with prayer. Ms. Beckman co-founded FPP with Monsignor Stephen Doktorczyk, JCD, Judicial Vicar for the Diocese of … [Read more...]

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‘Porn ministry’ teaches priests how to help those hooked on smut

One of the fastest growing addictions in the United States, on a par with cocaine and gambling

Online pornography is one of the fastest growing addictions in the United States, on par with cocaine and gambling.  That’s why Fr. Sean Kilcawley, the program directory and theological advisor for pornography ministry Integrity Restored, has started to put on intensive trainings for clergy, providing them resources and practical tips for how to address the growing crisis of … [Read more...]

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What do priests do with their free time?

They surf, restore classic cars, body surf, collect memorabilia, or engage in off-road motorcycling, according to Orange diocese's newspaper

We asked four Diocese of Orange priests about their outside interests. Here is what they said: Classic Resurrection Rev. Msgr. Douglas Cook's longtime passion for fixing up classic old cars comes from his father. “My dad worked on cars all the time,” says Msgr. Cook, rector of Holy Family Cathedral. “He was a very patient teacher and a talented mechanic.” These days, … [Read more...]

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Teaching priests how to preach

Msgr. Francis J. Weber has assembled a collection of homilies for priests finding themselves short of time, or inspiration, as they prepare for Mass

The following comes from an October 14 Angelus article by Mike Nelson: “A preacher,” says Msgr. Francis J. Weber, “has maybe a quarter of an hour a week to reach his audience at Mass with his homilies. But many of today’s preachers in our church are overwhelmed with so many responsibilities that they don’t have time to properly prepare.” And that’s a problem, says the … [Read more...]

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The new push to end priestly celibacy

Those who want to overturn the ancient discipline are energetic, well organized and influential

The following comes from a February 25 Catholic Herald article by Jon Anderson: The Catholic Church is once again embroiled in arguments about whether priestly celibacy has a place in today’s world. As Catholicism in most Western countries faces a rapidly aging priesthood, a severe shortage of vocations and declining congregations, abolishing or at least relaxing the ancient … [Read more...]

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Who are the new priests and nuns?

Nearly all of religious profession class of 2015 participated in vocation program

The following comes from a February 4 USCCB news release: Nearly all of the religious men and women who professed perpetual vows in 2015 had a strong, active parish life or participated in a vocation program or experience prior to entering their religious institute, according to the annual survey on men and women religious conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the … [Read more...]

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