Churches worth driving to

Name of Church St. John Vianney Chapel, Balboa Island Address 314 Marine Avenue, Balboa Island, Newport Beach Phone number 949-675-2221 Mass times Saturday Vigil, 5 p.m. Sundays 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 10 a.m. Weekdays, 7:45 a.m. Confessions Make an appointment, or visit nearby Our Lady Queen of … [Read More...]

Kids and adults evangelize on the street in San Francisco

California Catholic Daily Exclusive A useful roadmap for the evangelization ministry is presented in Catholic Street Evangelization: Stories of Conversion and Witness by Steve Dawson, published by Ignatius Press. When Eva Muntean, Assistant Director of Sales at Ignatius and co-chair of the … [Read More...]

Courage apostolate names new director

The following comes from a September 29 Catholic News Agency article by Kevin J. Jones: Expansion and further welcoming outreach are the plans for the next head of Courage International, a Catholic apostolate for people with same-sex attraction. “I look forward to welcoming more courageous men … [Read More...]

San Diego Synod delegates told to ‘think big’

The following comes from a Southern Cross article by Aida Bustos: SAN DIEGO — “Think big.” That’s what Bishop Robert W. McElroy urged parish delegates to do leading up to the first general assembly in the diocese in 40 years. This assembly, called a diocesan synod, will be held on Oct. 29 … [Read More...]

Why join a church whose priests are little monsters?

The following comes from a September 28 New York Times op-ed by Matthew Schmitz: When Pope Francis ascended to the chair of St. Peter in March 2013, the world looked on in wonder. Here at last was a pope in line with the times, a man who preferred spontaneous gestures to ritual forms. Francis … [Read More...]

Bishop of Orange appoints theological consultant

The following comes from a September 26 Diocese of Orange press release: The Most Reverend Kevin Vann, Bishop of Orange, has appointed Pia de Solenni, SThD and associate dean of the Augustine Institute, to serve as the first Theological Consultant to the Office of the Bishop. In this newly … [Read More...]

“Mortal sins are very difficult to commit”

The following is from an article published in the September 2016 edition of Central California Catholic Life by Fr. Jim Rude, SJ, Co-Editor: I’m getting to be an old man, brushing the mid eighties, and I find that in these past few years, I have been doing a lot
 of reminiscing, thinking of … [Read More...]

Amoris Laetitia does not allow Communion for remarried, says Bishop of Phoenix

The following comes from a September 22 Catholic Herald article: Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix, Arizona, has said the divorced and remarried cannot receive Communion, and that the teaching of St John Paul II and Benedict XVI still stands. The Church has traditionally taught that the … [Read More...]

“It is time for us to end the death penalty”

The following comes from a September Angelus article written by Archbishop Jose Gomez: On the ballot this Nov. 8 in California is Proposition 62. This proposition would repeal the death penalty in our state and would make life in prison without parole the maximum punishment that could be … [Read More...]

LA parish offers succor to Syrian refugees

The following comes from a September 27 Catholic News Agency article by Casey McCorry: The needs of Father David Bedrossian’s parish are unique. While many priests grapple with budgetary concerns and a desire to fill pews, Father Bedrossian is wondering where he’s going to find the resources … [Read More...]

Another priest killed in Mexico

The following comes from a September 26 Catholic News Agency article by Elise Harris: Less than a week after two Catholic priests in Mexico were found murdered after having been abducted from their parishes, the body of a third slain priest, Fr. José Alfredo López Guillén, has been found. Fr. … [Read More...]

Confessionals required in every parish

The following is from the Diocese of Sacramento, posted last week on the diocesan website: Liturgy Reminders: Commentary on the General Instruction of the Roman Missal Re: Sacrament of Reconciliation: the Confessional Confessionals should be built so as to give penitents the option making … [Read More...]