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Two foreign priests get parish assignments in Santa Rosa diocese

One from the Philippines, the other from India will serve in Eureka and Sonoma

Two new priests came to the Diocese of Santa Rosa in February to exercise their priestly ministry. Reverend Rowell MOP from the Philippines, is a Religious priest of the Missionaries of the Poor and Reverend Sudhakar Mannam from India, is a Diocesan priest of the Diocese of Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India. Bishop Vasa made the following assignments: Reverend Rowell Gumalay … [Read more...]

African-American priests hard to find in LA archdiocese

Nation’s most diverse Catholic diocese has ordained just one U.S.-born African-American priest in its 82-year history

William King knew he wanted to be a priest since he was 4 years old. He traces the decision to one of his childhood priests, Father Greg Chisholm, a Jesuit who once served as pastor of Holy Name of Jesus Church in Jefferson Park. Like King, Chisholm is African American, and seeing him in this role planted the idea that he, too, could become a priest someday. When King was in … [Read more...]

Parishioners in Oakland diocese stung by email scams

Ask yourself: does this make sense?

Your pastor is not going to send you an email asking you to buy a gift card for his sick friend in the hospital. He’s not going to ask you, in subsequent emails, to scratch off the PIN numbers, take a photo and send it to his “friend” in an email. But someone who has created an email account in your pastor’s name might ask you to do so. Much like the princes of Nigeria, … [Read more...]

Relics donated for Christ Cathedral

Junipero Serra, Andrew Dũng-Lạc, Andrew Kim Taegon, North American Martyrs, Rafael Guízar y Valencia

The following comes from a Feb. 26 story in the OC Catholic. Christ Cathedral’s stone altar will be home to the relics of martyrs and saints who reflect the diversity of the Diocese of Orange.  “The  relics of the saints which will be enclosed beneath the altar in Christ Cathedral – St. Serra, St. Andrew Dũng-Lạc, St. Andrew Kim Taegon, the North American Martyrs and St. … [Read more...]

Dads and sons conference at St. Bartholomew’s, San Francisco

"To be better leaders at home and in the parish”

The following comes from a story dated Feb. 28 in Catholic San Francisco. For the second year, the marriage and family office of the archdiocese of San Francisco will welcome fathers and sons to the Bay Area Catholic Men’s Conference, March 2, St. Bartholomew Parish. The 2018 event “was a great success and 2019 will be even better,” said office director Ed Hopfner in … [Read more...]

Potential priests hear from Bishops Christian and Daly

Discernment retreat at St. Patrick's Seminary

The following comes from a story dated Feb. 28 in Catholic San Francisco. St. Patrick’s Seminary & University in conjunction with its partner dioceses, hosted a weekend discernment retreat for priestly vocations Jan. 18-20 providing “a quiet and prayerful environment” for men to think and talk about the priestly vocation, the seminary said. There were 22 participants … [Read more...]

Alhambra Carmelites celebrate Mother Luisita book

Excerpt from Archbishop Gomez's introduction

Yesterday, Feb. 17, the Carmelites in Alhambra hosted a book signing of In the Face of Darkness: the Heroic Life and Holy Death of Mother Luisita by Sister Timothy Marie, OCD. The celebration consisted of signing advance copies of the book by Sister Timothy Marie, plus a mariachi band and singing by the Carmelites. A Mexican dinner was followed by of a screening of For … [Read more...]

Spouses renew vows at L.A. cathedral

“We created a small village”

The following comes from a Feb. 11 story in Angelus News. Refugio Alvarado, 79, and Maria de Jesus Alvarado, 77, agree that celebrating 60 years of marriage is wonderful, but they are particularly proud of their 100 living descendants in the form of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. “We created a small village,” said Maria, who spoke through a translator. … [Read more...]

Watsonville police arrest woman who knocked over crucifix

Damaged statue and artwork in prayer room

The following comes from a Feb. 8 story on Fox News. A woman has been arrested by Northern California cops, who say she knocked over a 15-foot crucifix in an act of vandalism caught on video. Watsonville Police said surveillance footage shows 23-year-old Jackeline Chavira walking into St. Patrick’s Church Wednesday, heading to the altar and pushing over the crucifix after … [Read more...]

If the churches don’t do it, who will?

San Gabriel Valley parishes offer shelter to homeless

  The following comes from a Feb. 6 story by Angelus. David Rosario became homeless 12 years ago, following a car accident that left him unable to work. He spent the night at several shelters around Los Angeles. Most of them, he said, were “nightmares” — the facilities weren’t clean, the food was inedible, or the staff was unkind. But at one shelter, he noticed … [Read more...]