Archives for January 2016

Fresno diocese consolidates parishes

'A new unified Catholic community'

The following comes from a January 29 Visalia Times-Delta article by Juan Villa: A process that began more than seven years ago concluded earlier this month with the consolidation of the Catholic parishes in Visalia and Goshen into one entity: The Good Shepherd Catholic Parish. The newly named parish replaces the current title, The Catholic Church of Visalia. “They … [Read more...]

Christianity running on fumes

Bishop Baron tells Eucharistic congress in Philippines that Catholics have become blasé about the Blessed Sacrament

The following comes from a January 26 OC Catholic article by Simone Brendan: Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron said popular culture’s message of individuals being “infinitely right” is “repugnant to (Catholics’) eucharistic faith.” But he also said Christianity is “running on fumes” as it tries to counter the trend of people leaving the church or staying away from … [Read more...]

St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, Baker City, Oregon

Name of Church St. Francis de Sales Cathedral Address 2235 First Street, Baker City OR 97814 Phone number 541-523-4521 Website Mass times Saturday vigil, 6 p.m.; Sundays, 9:30 a.m., noon (Spanish); St. Therese (parish mission), 135 Bell Street, Halfway OR, 2 p.m. Daily mass is held in a day-chapel behind the cathedral; check the website for … [Read more...]

Massive throng at Requiem for the Unborn

Our Lady of the Angels cathedral hosts annual Mass for victims of abortion

The following comes from a January 28 Angelus article by Sean M. Wright: Capping a day devoted to events targeting an end to elective abortions, a massive throng filled the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels the evening of January 23 for the annual Requiem for the Unborn, the archdiocesan pro-life liturgy held each year on or near the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme … [Read more...]

Catholic Textbook Project contest runs through March 23

California-based publisher announces history essay competition for Catholic schools and homeschoolers

The following comes from a January 28 EconoTimes article: LOS ANGELES-- Michael Van Hecke, M.Ed., president of Catholic Textbook Project, the publisher of history textbooks for Catholic schools, confirmed the official launch of the company’s 2016 History Essay Contest for Catholic students in Grades 5 through 12. Contest submission deadline is March 23, 2016, and six … [Read more...]

San Francisco priest named ‘missionary of mercy’

Father John De La Riva is rector at the National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi

The following comes from a January 26 Catholic San Francisco article by Christina Gray: Capuchin Franciscan Father John De La Riva, rector of the National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi in North Beach, has been accepted by Pope Francis to serve as a “missionary of mercy” during the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy after he was nominated by the provincial minister of the … [Read more...]

Only Vietnamese bishop in US retires

Diocese of Orange has largest Vietnamese population outside of Vietnam

The following comes from a January 26 Orange County Catholic article by Cathi Douglas: Bishop Dominic Dinh Mai Luong – the first and only Vietnamese-American Bishop in the U.S. and an outspoken advocate for Catholics in Vietnam – retired December 20 on his 75th birthday, after serving the Diocese of Orange for 12 years. “Our diocese has the largest Catholic Vietnamese … [Read more...]

Pope Francis said to bless human-animal chimeras

Salk Institute scientist says he has papal blessing for his research

The following comes from a January 27 MIT Technology Review article by Antonio Regalado: A Spanish scientist working at the Salk Institute in California told Scientific American that Pope Francis personally blessed his cutting edge research to mix human cells into animal bodies. Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte, a prominent stem cell biologist, is engaged in efforts to grow … [Read more...]

Elementary school students hold own March for Life

Students will spiritually adopt an unborn baby for the next nine weeks

The following comes from a January 24 Catholic Sun article by Ambria Hammel: It’s never too early to begin marching for life or understanding that God is the only one who can give life and take it away. Those are key messages that children ages 5 to 14 learned during their school’s first March for Life Jan. 22. Most Holy Trinity’s student trek from the church to the hall … [Read more...]

Bishop Quinn: it’s not psychologically healthy for a priest to be celibate

Former Sacramento bishop would like the church to consider ordaining women as priests, communion for divorced and remarried

The following comes from a January 16 Sacramento Bee article by Marcos Breton: It’s been more than 20 years since 94-year old Francis Quinn was bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sacramento. Quinn might have been a journalist. He might have married one of the eighth-grade girls he remembers from his youth in Napa. He might have fathered children. Instead, in a … [Read more...]