Archives for August 2012

St. Francis de Sales, Riverside CA

  Name of Church St. Francis de Sales Address 4268 Lime Street, Riverside CA 92501 Phone number (951) 686-4004 or (951) 683-6204 (Spanish) Website Mass times Saturday vigil, 5 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m., 10 a.m., 5 p.m. (Spanish).  Monday – Friday, 6:30 a.m., Tuesday & Friday, 5:15 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m., First Friday, 7 p.m. … [Read more...]

Huge spike

The following appeared in an August 23 story on LifeSiteNews. Nudity on television is on the rise, and seen by younger eyes than ever, according to a recent study. Full nudity on television shows rose by 403 percent during the 2011-2012 season from the previous season, according to the Parent Television Council’s study. Whereas in 2010-2011 there were 15 incidents of … [Read more...]

God as cosmic wimp

The following letter by Cardinal Francis George appeared on his archdiocesan website August 7. Responses to my reflections last week on “Chicago values” fell into two camps. There were almost universal plaudits for recognizing that the government should be concerned about actions and not about thoughts and values. The media, of course, are in this camp, because they are … [Read more...]

“Blackout conditions”

Shortly after 11a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30, San Jose’s emergency response received a number of calls reporting smoke pouring out of San Jose’s St. Patrick’s Church. The church, located at 389 East Santa Clara Street, is the second-oldest church in the Diocese of San Jose, and it served as the diocese’s proto-cathedral from 1981-1990 while the Cathedral Basilica of St. … [Read more...]

Hitting the road for Obama

The following are excerpts from an Aug. 24 opinion piece in the Daily Caller by Steven Aden of the Alliance Defending Freedom. Birds of a feather flock together, especially when one bird is funneling hundreds of millions of dollars a year to the other. Case in point: Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards and the Obama administration. The administration oversaw … [Read more...]

For the multitude

The following July 26  story appeared on the La Stampa/VaticanInsider website. The words pronounced by Jesus at the Last Supper to turn the bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ are the most sacred words in the liturgy. In the original Greek version of the Gospels, the blood was poured “for many” (“pollon” in Greek) and so it was translated in Latin as “pro … [Read more...]

When I look at him, all I see is my beautiful son

The following comes from an August 24 posting on The Catholic Thing. Rape and abortion are much in the news these days. Sad to say, an otherwise good politician incompetently waded into a politically explosive area and lit a match. A rape is often the most physically and emotionally devastating event in a victim’s life. She may be overcome with guilt, sadness, and … [Read more...]

Spirituality without religion

The following comes from an August 19 story published in the New York Times. BIG SUR, Calif. …These days, as the retreat prepares to observe its 50th anniversary next month, people are still making pilgrimages here, drawn by Esalen’s focus on healing, melding of traditions and mantra of “spiritual but not religious.” Guests and workers still perform emotional “check-ins” in … [Read more...]

18 highlights

Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from The Catholic Thing’s August 22 overview of No Higher Power:  Obama’s War on Religious Freedom by Phyllis Schlafly, founder and president of Eagle Forum and George Neumayr. In addition to his work on the American Spectator and as editor of the Catholic World Report, Neumayr served as editor of the San Francisco Faith monthly … [Read more...]

Americans throw away a lot of food

The following comes from an August 21 story in the Los Angeles Times. Americans are throwing out nearly every other bite of food, wasting up to 40% of the country’s supply each year – a mass of uneaten provisions worth $165 billion, according to a new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council. An average family of four squanders $2,275 in food each year, or 20 … [Read more...]