Sacramento teacher under fire for teaching class about abortion

Sutter Middle School teacher in hot water for showing videos depicting how abortions are performed during various stages of pregnancy

A Sutter Middle School teacher who recently aired graphic abortion videos (below) to students during a sex-education class is in hot water with the Sacramento City Unified School District. The district launched an investigation following complaints from parents whose children had seen the videos, which depict how abortions are performed during various stages of pregnancy. The … [Read more...]

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Catholics prepare to honor Our Lady in the streets of Sacramento

10th Annual Marian Procession will be held Saturday, May 12; event spokesman says, "We will be praying specifically for the people of this state to turn back to God

In this month of Mary, California Catholics are preparing to honor Our Lady in the streets of Sacramento.  On Saturday, May 12, thousands of faithful will gather for the Great Marian Procession, a march culminating with the consecration of California to the Blessed Mother.  Speaking with Church Militant Friday, organizer Michael Solton described the procession as an act of … [Read more...]

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Champion for Life Monsignor Kavanagh has died

Longtime pastor of St. Rose Parish in Sacramento, dies on St. Patrick's Day at age 93

Monsignor Edward Kavanagh, a native son of Ireland who came to Sacramento in 1948, died today of natural causes. He was 93 and passed away on St. Patrick’s Day. For nearly 60 years, Monsignor Kavanagh was pastor or in residence at St. Rose Parish in South Sacramento. During his remarkable ministry, he oversaw an orphanage, day-care center, and a school along with numerous … [Read more...]

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Olive oil with a higher purpose

For seven years, Jim and Andrea Mayer, members of St. James Parish in Davis and owners of a small olive oil company in Yolo County, have donated 20 gallons of their oil to Sacramento diocese to become chrism oil

At the Chrism Mass on Thursday, March 22, when Bishop Jaime Soto blesses the holy oils used throughout the year for the sacraments of baptism, confirmation, holy orders, and anointing of the sick, Jim and Andrea Mayer, owners of Frate Sole Olive Oil Company, will witness how some of the olive oil from their most recent harvest becomes sacred. Once consecrated, Frate Sole will … [Read more...]

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Baby Jesus comes to California State Capitol

Figurines from Stockton and Sacramento

  The following is from a Dec. 15  press release issued by the Thomas More Society. Baby Jesus will be present at the California State Capitol this Christmas season. Starting with an opening ceremony at 3 p.m. on December 17 and remaining through December 27, a traditional Christian crèche will be on display on the Capitol’s North Side Steps, facing L Street. The … [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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Sacramento bishop declares Roe v Wade anniversary a Diocesan Day of Reparation

Bishop Jaime Soto designates January 22, 2018 as a day of "fasting, prayer, penance and works of mercy" in observance of US Supreme Court legalizing abortion 45 years ago

Dear Friends in Christ: January 22, 2018 marks the 45th anniversary of the lamentable 1973 U.S. Supreme Court Decision, Roe v. Wade. In prayerful observance, I designate January 22, 2018 as a Diocesan Day of Reparation. I ask our clergy and laity to join me in cooperating with God’s merciful grace in these ways: January 20/21: clergy are asked to 1) pray and preach for … [Read more...]

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Sacramento bishop calls special meeting on immigration

Bishop Jaime Soto announces Aug. 25 get-together for pastors, parochial administrators, clergy and school administrators to discuss "concerns regarding the new Administration’s immigration enforcement policies"

Dear Pastors, Parochial Administrators, Clergy and School Administrators: In the light of ongoing concerns regarding the new Administration’s immigration enforcement policies, I am inviting all pastors, clergy and principals to a special meeting to discuss this matter on Friday, August 25th from 10 am to 12 pm at the Pastoral Center. I have also asked the Office of Catholic … [Read more...]

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Planned Parenthood among recipients of $20 million emergency grant

California Treasurer John Chiang and Democratic lawmakers announce grant for clinics facing defunding from the federal government

California’s treasurer announced Monday, newly approved plans to allocate a hefty multimillion-dollar state grant to hundreds of Planned Parenthood facilities and community clinics across the state. Planned Parenthood’s CEO says the federal threat to defund reproductive healthcare has already forced the closure of Planned Parenthood facilities and more are on the cusp of … [Read more...]

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“I don’t know why there’s controversy and criticism”

Abortion reversal therapy covered by the Sacramento Bee

On a spring afternoon in 2013, Rebekah Buell swallowed the first of two doses of her medical abortion treatment at a Planned Parenthood center in North Highlands. The then-19-year-old Roseville woman said she returned to her car with the second dose in hand. The four white pills in a bag taunted her from the passenger seat. “As soon as I got to my car I knew it wasn’t the … [Read more...]

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