Archives for April 2015

How do you get people in church?

Marin’s action plan on disengaged Catholics

The following comes from an April 29th Catholic San Francisco article by Christina Gray: After a full year of discussion, Marin County parishes are getting closer to announcing a collective action plan this summer for revitalizing the Mass and reversing the dwindling numbers in their pews. On April 25, parish leaders from 11 of Marin’s 13 churches met at St. Sebastian … [Read more...]

Pro-Cordileone picnic getting bigger and better

SF archbishop support event moves to bigger location - City advises larger venue

The following comes from an April 29 email from San Francisco Catholics: San Francisco’s May 16 Archbishop Family Support Picnic has been moved to a new location. The picnic, an opportunity for San Francisco Catholics to support their faithful Archbishop, Salvatore Cordileone, has been moved to San Francisco’s Sue Bierman Park, at the foot of Market Street. The picnic, which … [Read more...]

Chinese alter genetics of human embryo

Scientific community: "we feel some urgency"

The following comes from an April 24 Science magazine article by Jocelyn Kaiser and Dennis Normile: The announcement that a Chinese team had altered the genetics of a human embryo for the first time has ignited a firestorm of controversy around the world and renewed recent calls for a moratorium on any attempt to establish a pregnancy with such an engineered embryo. But … [Read more...]

Abortion is like a gun

Two saves and a turnaround at Family Planning Associates

The following comes from an April 25 email from the Helpers of Gods Precious Infants San Diego: Thanks to all the prayer warriors who came to Family Planning Associates today. Despite some people who have been getting in the way, the Holy Spirit's presence could be felt as prayers were offered for the babies and their mothers who entered the abortion mill. Thanks to God, we … [Read more...]

Global Warming at the Vatican

Pontifical Academies host conference "Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity"

  The following comes from an April 28 Vatican Radio story: The Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences on Tuesday hosted a workshop at the Vatican called Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity. The meeting included the participation of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and the Italian President Sergio Mattarella. One of the organizers of … [Read more...]

Where there’s a cross, there’s a lawsuit

Complaint targets continued use of "Christian symbol" in L.A. County seal

The following comes from an April 21 LA Times article by Matt Hamilton:  Lawyers for a group of religious leaders complained to a federal judge Tuesday that Los Angeles County continues to display an official seal that includes a Christian cross, violating a legal agreement reached in February 2014. Attorneys contended that officials had agreed to halt "further … [Read more...]

Solomonic Appointment by Archbishop Cordileone

Fr. Vito Perrone new Chaplain for Star of the Sea School

On April 28, the Archdiocese of San Francisco announced new clergy appointments. The announcement included the news that Fr. Vito Perrone, of the Contemplatives of St. Joseph, will serve as the new Chaplain of Star of the Sea School, starting May 1. The appointment addresses the controversy at the school which began when the pastor of Star of the Sea, Fr. Joseph Illo, … [Read more...]

Let’s break it down

How much did Sally Ride contribute to California history?

The following comes from an April 26 Catholic Exchange article by Karl Keating of Catholic Answers: Saturday’s lead editorial in our local newspaper, the San Diego Union-Tribune, was titled “Who Should Represent California: Father Serra or Sally Ride?” It was Junipero Serra (1713–1784) who planted the first California mission, here in San Diego, in 1769. That marked the … [Read more...]

Parent alert

Keep your children home on May 22, Harvey Milk Day

The following comes from an email from Please distribute's Parent Alert to parents in your neighborhood, at work, at your church building, and to parents dropping off and picking up their children outside government schools in your community. Parents need to know about the perverse indoctrination happening on or around May 22, and … [Read more...]

And the turquoise goes to… Utah

Pope lifts Wester to Santa Fe

The following comes from an April 27 Whispers in the Loggia blog post by Rocco Palmer: And all of a sudden, everything was filled: at Roman Noon this Monday, in the fourth move on a US diocese within the last six days, the Pope named Bishop John Wester of Salt Lake City as the twelfth archbishop of Santa Fe, granting Archbishop Michael Sheehan's retirement after 22 years of … [Read more...]