‘I was still in there’

The following comes from a May 2 Washington Post article by Lindsey Bever: Brisa Alfaro had a stroke and slipped into a coma in 2014. While in comatose, Alfaro suffered from the rare locked-in syndrome: she was paralyzed, but painfully aware. Now, Alfaro says she is still on the road to recovery, … [Read More...]

Female puppet co-preached homily in front of San Diego bishop

The following comes from a Southern Cross article by Denis Grasska: SAN DIEGO — There was something special about the Mass celebrated on March 8 at Our Mother of Confidence Church. And it wasn’t just the fact that a female puppet co-preached the homily. The sixth annual Missionary Childhood … [Read More...]

Grapes at the graveyard

The following comes from an April 28 Sacramento Bee article by Bob Shallit: Wine grapes could soon take root adjacent to headstones under a plan to convert part of the vast St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in southeast Sacramento into a 9-acre vineyard. The plans, disclosed by city officials on … [Read More...]

Planned Parenthood videographers head to trial in Houston

The following comes from an April 29 Houston Chronicle article by Brian Rogers: Anti-abortion activists accused of falsifying records to secretly videotape Planned Parenthood officials in Houston have rejected a plea deal that would have effectively put an end to criminal charges against them, … [Read More...]

Letters from Kolkata

Dear ones, Well, it's Thursday, which means we have the day off. I served mass this morning, and when I arrived I started making small chat with the priest before mass began. I had rushed out without my glasses on, so I wasn't exactly operating on all cylinders. Anyway, he was American and he … [Read More...]

Churches worth driving to

Name of Church Ss. Peter and Paul Address 515 West Opp Street, Wilmington, CA 90744 Phone number 310-834-5215 Website www.sppc.us Mass times Saturday vigil, 5 p.m. (English); Sunday, 6:30 a.m. (Latin Tridentine), 8 a.m. (Spanish), 9:30 a.m. (English; Latin Tridentine High Mass on 3rd … [Read More...]

Abortion fight stalls Obama nominee

The following comes from an April 28 The Hill article by Peter Sullivan: Democrats are crying foul over the Republican blockade of a top Health and Human Services (HHS) nominee who has been ensnared in a dispute over abortion. Mary Wakefield’s nomination to be deputy HHS secretary, the … [Read More...]

Teaming up against Catholic hospitals

The following comes from an April 27 89.3 KPCC story by Rebecca Plevin: The California Medical Association is seeking to join the ACLU of Northern California in its lawsuit against a Catholic hospital system over one of its facilities' refusal on religious grounds to allow a doctor to perform a … [Read More...]

Letters from Kolkata

Dear family, How are you all? I miss you guys. Last night I kept having dreams I was back in California sunshine. I hope you're all doing well! Things are good over here. I've been kind of sick for the last week, so I haven't been volunteering much, but it's been nice having a little rest. … [Read More...]

Will the SSPX’s return from exile be made easier by Francis?

The following comes from an April 26 Catholic News Agency article by Anian Christoph Wimmer: Pope Francis may soon offer the Society of Saint Pius X regular canonical status within the Church, without requiring the acceptance of certain texts of the Second Vatican Council with which they … [Read More...]

Torrance Pregnancy center marks 40 years of service

The following comes from an April 21 Angelus article by Kevin Theriault: It began in 1971 as a telephone helpline for pregnant women. Word spread and many callers began seeking face-to-face contact for help. With enough support from women willing to help counsel, eventually they decided to take … [Read More...]

Another commencement speech scandal: state school superintendent to deliver address at Catholic college

The following comes from an March 31 St. Mary's College news release: Two remarkable individuals—one, a Saint Mary’s alumnus and critically acclaimed actor; and the other, an advocate for educational excellence in the Golden State’s public school system—will address undergraduate and graduate … [Read More...]