A save and a turn-around in September

Happiness and relief for two couples expecting children

Dear Pro-life friends, Because certain people are trying to block the efforts of sidewalk counselors to save mothers and babies from the horrors of abortion, we are keeping the dates, times, and locations of where we are counseling confidential. The notes below may come from one or more locations during the week. Some specifics have been omitted to protect the identity of … [Read more...]

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San Diego parish to celebrate “All Our Children” anniversary

Auxiliary Bishop John Dolan will join Father Lucio Castillo at St. John the Evangelist Church to celebrate Mass on 20th anniversary of controversial 1997 pastoral document from USCCB

The following comes from the San Diego LGBT Weekly: San Diego Catholic Diocese Auxiliary Bishop John Dolan and Father Lucio Castillo are about to celebrate a historic Mass at St. John the Evangelist Church on the 20th anniversary of a pastoral document offered in 1997 as an “outstretched hand” from the nation’s bishops to “families of the LGBT community.” “For us as a … [Read more...]

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Bishop Robert McElroy: Racist beliefs and actions are blasphemies against God

San Diego bishop spoke at meeting of interfaith leaders following Charlottesville incident

Denouncing racist beliefs and actions as “blasphemies” against God, Bishop Robert W. McElroy joined with several local interfaith leaders to speak out against bigotry. The San Diego Organizing Project (SDOP) brought together dozens of interfaith leaders, including Bishop McElroy, for a press conference Aug. 18 in the courtyard of St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral. The event was … [Read more...]

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More street evangelizers coming to San Diego?

Six teams of Catholics take non-confrontational approach to spreading the Gospel

Steve Dawson, founder of Saint Paul Street Evangelization, wasn’t intending to start his own international apostolate when he began handing out Miraculous Medals to strangers. He was only trying to respond in his own way to the Church’s call for all baptized Christians to spread the Good News. “It’s not optional,” Dawson said of evangelization, citing Paragraph 1816 of the … [Read more...]

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San Diego Catholic Charities relocates to diocese’s pastoral center

Seventeen Catholic Charities staff members moved into the building on July 14 at the invitation of Bishop Robert McElroy

Offering possibilities for increased collaboration with the diocese, the administrative staff of Catholic Charities has found a new home at the diocesan Pastoral Center. Seventeen Catholic Charities staff members, including Executive Director Robert Moser, moved into the building on July 14 at the invitation of Bishop Robert W. McElroy. On July 17, the diocesan staff gathered … [Read more...]

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Bells ring out to celebrate founding of California’s oldest mission

All five bells at Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcalá were rung in unison on July 15 to mark 248th anniversary

With a resonant clanging that cut through the thick noonday heat, all five bells at Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcalá were rung in unison Saturday to mark the founding of the oldest mission in the state. Even the oldest bell, the 805-pound Ave Maria Purisima, a massive crown-topped bell that was made in 1802, was rung. Only once a year — on the day celebrating the founding … [Read more...]

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Bishop McElroy aligns himself with Bishop McGrath

When it comes to the sacraments for those in same-sex marriages, San Diego bishop says he agrees with approach of San Jose bishop -- not that of Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois

Although response from Catholic clergy has been muted in the wake of Springfield, Illinois, Bishop Thomas Paprocki’s June 12 decree that prohibits Catholics in "same-sex 'marriage' " from receiving Communion, lay organizations have been vocal about their disdain for the decree. The decree bars Catholics in same-sex marriages from receiving Communion as well as from receiving … [Read more...]

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