Archives for 2017

Karl Keating on Phil Lawler’s Pope book

One serious Catholic writes about another

The following is from a December 23 Facebook posting by Karl Keating, the founder of Catholic Answers and author of Catholicism and Fundamentalism (among other books). Links inserted by California Catholic Daily. Philip Lawler, the editor at Catholic World News, has a new book coming out February 26: Lost Shepherd: How Pope Francis is Misleading His Flock (On … [Read more...]

Join Bishop Soto for Holy Innocents procession

Unborn babies the new victims

The following comes from a posting on the diocese of Sacramento website. Join Bishop Jaime Soto for the Feast of the Holy Innocents candlelight rosary procession and Mass to pray for the sanctity of life. Meet at 6 p.m. at the steps of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament at 11th and K Streets in downtown Sacramento. The procession will walk to Our Lady of Guadalupe Church … [Read more...]

Nativity scene fire at St. George’s in Ontario

Fast action with fire extinguisher on Christmas Eve

The following email about St. George's parish in Ontario (San Bernadino diocese) was sent to Cal Catholic on Christmas Day, Dec. 25.  Dear Msgr. Lopez, Paz and Bien en el Día de Navidad. Yesterday at around 2:30pm, I went out to the parish office and noticed our Nativity Scene was on fire. There was a man running around as if to look for someone, I asked him to … [Read more...]

The Napa Valley of pot

"Not a good message"

The following comes from a Dec. 14 story by Valerie Schmalz in Catholic San Francisco. The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors voted 5-to-0 to allow commercial marijuana farming in greenhouses and nurseries in the areas zoned agricultural, located almost entirely in the Half Moon Bay region along the Pacific Ocean. “The pot growers see this allowing greenhouse … [Read more...]

A baby saved in the second week of December

Tears began streaming down her cheeks

The following is from a Dec. 18 email sent by the Helpers of God's Precious Infants. It was early in the morning when a Hispanic couple in their late 20s with a small child about 2 years old drove up near the abortion center and parked. Two of the counselors approached the car and started to talk with them. They were polite and took material, but were steady in their walk … [Read more...]

Parade of Parols from 125 LA parishes

40 Filipino priests at cathedral altar singing Simbang Gabi songs

The following comes from a Dec. 18 story in Angelus News. Thousands of Filipino Catholics from throughout Southern California celebrated the beginning of Simbang Gabi, one of the oldest Filipino Christmas traditions, with a special Mass this evening at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles. Archbishop José H. Gomez presided at the liturgy presented … [Read more...]

The “tiny whispering sound” after the Thomas fire

Archbishop Gomez's reflection

The following comes from a Dec. 13 story on the Catholic News Agency website. Read the full text of the archbishop's column. While fires in southern California continue to threaten thousands of homes, Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles reflected that God can be found even amidst the violent flames, if we just listen for his message. “Always it is the same question: … [Read more...]

Vatican, Silicon Valley using each other

A competition to pull Mother Earth out of "destructive spiral"

  The following comes from a Dec. 18 story on the Bloomberg Technology site. It’s quite a cocktail: throw in some profit-seeking techies, mix in the age-old Roman Catholic Church and add a twist of anti-globalism. What you get is a startup hub. A year ago, venture capitalists Stephen Forte of Fresco Capital Fund and Eric Harr of Imagine Ventures -- both … [Read more...]

Out of the parish hall, back into the church

Scaffolding off San Jose's Holy Cross by Christmas

The following comes from a Dec. 11 story by Liz Sullivan in the Valley Catholic. Holy Cross Church is almost ready for its close up. On Nov. 16, 2014, just after the 1 p.m. Mass in Italian had concluded, fire broke out in the second floor of the church. More than 100 San Jose Fire Department personnel battled the flames for two hours before the fire was … [Read more...]

Carmelite from Kenya makes final vows

On the feast of the Immaculate Conception in San Rafael

The following comes from a Dec. 14 story by Christina Bray in Catholic San Francisco. Almost 100 people packed the chapel, hallways and vestibule of Mother of God Monastery in San Rafael on Dec. 8, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, to bear witness to the solemn profession of vows and veiling of Carmelite Sister Immaculate of Divine Providence and St. Therese. Sister … [Read more...]