Still no common cup at Mass in Sacramento diocese

The following is a memo from the Director of Worship of the Diocese of Sacramento. Many have asked when the flu restrictions will be lifted. We base our decision on the influenza surveillance report issued by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) each Friday. According to the … [Read More...]

“A Bridge Among Walls” coming to Bay Area

Sister Norma Pimentel, MJ, executive director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley and longtime advocate for immigrants and refugees, will visit the Archdiocese of San Francisco April 28-30, with talks at Our Lady of Angels Parish in Burlingame and the University of San Francisco and Mass … [Read More...]

Bishop Barron to deliver commencement at Thomas Aquinas College

The Most. Rev. Robert Barron, Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles and founder of Word on Fire Ministries, has accepted President Michael F. McLean’s invitation to serve as Thomas Aquinas College’s 2019 commencement speaker. During the graduation ceremony, Bishop Barron will be awarded the school’s … [Read More...]

Easter rolls away the stones of sin, despair, pope says at vigil

As individuals and as a church, it can be tempting to dwell on mistakes, failures and sins that block the fullness of life, but Easter is the proclamation that the Lord is victorious and his love will triumph, Pope Francis said. "Easter is the feast of tombstones taken away, rocks rolled aside," … [Read More...]

State high court halts preliminary hearing for David Daleiden

The California Supreme Court issued a stay on a preliminary hearing in the felony trial for pro-life activist David Daleiden in which his attorneys were to present a defense that would have included their undercover videos of abortion providers. Last Friday, California Supreme Court Chief Justice … [Read More...]

Statement from Archbishop Gomez on Easter bombings in Sri Lanka

We are praying for our brothers and sisters who were killed this Easter morning in Sri Lanka. May they know the promise of the Resurrection and may God bring comfort to their families and their loved ones. Only love can conquer evil and violence, so we ask Jesus this morning for the courage to … [Read More...]

Abortion divide grows between blue, red states

In New York, it’s easier than ever to obtain an abortion up until the moment of birth. Not so in Kentucky, Mississippi and Ohio, which enacted legislation this year banning most abortions after the detection of a fetal heartbeat, as early as six weeks. The 1973 Roe v. Wade decision was supposed to … [Read More...]

“Francis was elected on a mandate to do this”

It took 29 meetings, but the pope’s “C-9” council of cardinal advisers, which is now functionally more akin to a “C-6”, has a new constitution for the Vatican in the form of a draft presentable to all the bishops’ conferences around the world, the heads of the various departments of the Holy See, … [Read More...]

Worth driving to: Sacred Heart Church in Brawley, California

Name of Church Sacred Heart Address 402 South Imperial Avenue, Brawley, CA 92227 Phone number (760) 679-3505 Website www.brawleycatholic.org Mass times Saturday vigil 5:30 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m., 11 a.m. (Spanish). Monday & Wednesday, 7 a.m. Friday, 8:30 a.m. Confessions … [Read More...]

Thousands of Americans will enter Church at Easter Vigil

Dioceses across the country will be welcoming thousands of people into the Catholic Church at Easter Vigil Masses on the evening of April 20th. As the culmination of the Easter Triduum, the Vigil celebrates the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. While people can become Catholic at any … [Read More...]

Gallup: Church membership continues decline in U.S.

Church membership in the United States has dropped considerably in the last two decades, and the number of people who say they have no religion has increased, a new report from Gallup shows. The decline in “membership” of a specific church or parish community appears especially pronounced among … [Read More...]

Archbishop Cordileone: The path to the Eucharist is the sacrament of penance

Archbishop Cordileone celebrated Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion at St. Mary’s Cathedral April 14, imploring worshippers in his homily at the beginning of Holy Week to remain faithful to the church through the centrality of the Eucharist.   The path to the Eucharist is the sacrament of penance, … [Read More...]

Taking a break

The following is by Tom Burke of Catholic San Francisco: “On the Street Where You Live” has appeared in every issue of Catholic San Francisco during its now 20 years of publication. My love of the theater and its music is what led me to suggest the title, grabbing the idea from “My Fair Lady’s” … [Read More...]

Reminiscent of the great monasteries of Europe

On rugged hillside in Silverado Canyon – where hawks circle overhead and the wind whistles through the branches of California live oak trees – workers are constructing a massive stone abbey.    Reminiscent of the great monasteries of Europe, the long, Romanesque-style church has a 100-foot bell … [Read More...]