‘Our diocese has been hit hard’

As fires devastate Northern California, Santa Rosa Bishop Robert Vasa sends updates and messages of support from his car in between visits to evacuation centers

While firefighters in northern California are currently battling 17 wildfires in five counties, Bishop Robert Vasa of the Diocese of Santa Rosa, one of the hardest hit areas, is typing updates and messages of support from his car, in between visits to evacuation centers. “Our diocese has been hit hard, as you know well, and is in an ongoing state of uncertainty,” he said in … [Read more...]

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Santa Rosa bishop wants diocese, every parish and mission, consecrated to Mary

In preview copy of Aug. 26 letter posted on diocese's website, Bishop Robert Vasa asks that consecrations be performed after all Sunday Masses on Saturday, December 9 and Sunday, December 10

My Dear People of God of the Diocese of Santa Rosa: During this Centenary Year of the Apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima it is my desire to have the Diocese of Santa Rosa and every Parish and Mission of the Diocese Consecrated or Dedicated to Mary. The plan is to have this Consecration done after all Sunday Masses on Saturday, December 9 and Sunday, December 10. … [Read more...]

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Churches worth driving to

The Cathedral of St. Eugene, Santa Rosa

Name of Church The Cathedral of St. Eugene Address 2323 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95405 Phone number (707) 542-6984 Website www.steugenes.com Mass times Saturday vigil, 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. (Spanish); Sunday 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m. (Latin High Mass), 5:30 p.m. Weekdays, 6:45 & 8 a.m. & Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. (Latin, low … [Read more...]

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Arson at downtown Santa Rosa church

Four small fires deliberately set around altar St. Rose Catholic Church, no structural damage reported

The following comes from an August 13 CBS SF Bay Area article: Police in Santa Rosa on Friday arrested a suspect in connection with an arson incident that occurred at a church on Thursday. Yovan David Ayon, 34, of Santa Rosa, was arrested on suspicion of felony arson and violation of probation, according to police. Firefighters with the Santa Rosa Fire Department … [Read more...]

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Bishop Vasa moved out of house to make way for nuns

And now his house is too small

  The following comes from a recent post on the website of the Santa Rosa diocese. The Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa had their beginnings in Spokane, Washington. Their religious community was in the midst of a reorganization and the sisters found themselves in need of new diocesan sponsorship. Bishop Robert Vasa of the diocese of Santa Rosa heard of their need … [Read more...]

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A free bus ticket home

Catholic Charities pays Santa Rosa homeless people to return to where they came from

The following comes from a December 22 Press Democrat article by Kevin McCallum: When Marie Stiffend struck out for California in July, the 19-year-old former foster kid wanted to put some distance between herself and the small Oregon town where nothing much ever happened and everybody knew everybody else’s business. She hit the road with her boyfriend and his friend. … [Read more...]

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‘I want to be a Boy Scout.’ There’s just one hitch.

Group of Santa Rosa girls say the Girl Scouts are too sedate for them, and insist on joining Boy Scouts

The following comes from a November 22 New York Times article by Julie Turkewitz: SANTA ROSA, Calif. — Five girls wearing makeshift scout uniforms stood before top Boy Scout brass this month and made an announcement: We want in. In a year in which gender roles in traditional American institutions have undergone major changes and challenges, a fight in Northern California … [Read more...]

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No one taking Pill wants to acknowledge the evil

The following comes from Bishop Robert Vasa's Mass of Chrism homily on April 10 (Santa Rosa diocese). Everyone is familiar with the adage, “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.” When I was bishop in Baker, Oregon, there was a time during the summer of 2001 when one would been well advised to reverse the phrase, for it was obvious that, “Where there’s fire, there’s smoke.” The … [Read more...]

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Marian sisters come back to the Church

The following comes from a Jan. 22 story by Jim Graves in Catholic World Report. In Northern California, the Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa are preparing to receive their first three postulants on February 2. The new community of four perpetually professed sisters was established as an Association of the Faithful in 2012. Their charism includes intercessory prayer for the … [Read more...]

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Bishop Vasa on sexual sinners: I don’t judge them

The following comes from a Sept. 20 story in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. Santa Rosa Catholic Bishop Robert Vasa said Friday that Pope Francis has challenged him and other church leaders to become more “pastoral” in their work, but is not asking them to abandon the Church's moral teachings about the sins of homosexuality, abortion and birth control. Vasa's comments came … [Read more...]

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