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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...]

California Catholics at World Youth Day

Summer break for Latin American students

The following comes from a Jan. 28 story in Angelus News. ....Groups such as the pilgrims from St. John the Evangelist Church and St. Elizabeth Church kept their pilgrimage to six days, rather than the 10-14 day, multi-country treks they’d made for past World Youth Days. But for their Latin American counterparts on the other side of the world, it came during the customary … [Read more...]

St. John’s Seminary to teach at Christ Cathedral

Evangelization course in Orange County

The following comes from a Jan. 21 story in Orange County Catholic. St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo is partnering with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange to offer a new Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry program that prepares students for ministry and pastoral leadership.  The program’s courses will be held at the Christ Cathedral Campus in Garden Grove.   In … [Read more...]

Mahony to address 2019 catechist congress

Will he repeat cancellations of 2018 Scranton and Salt Lake City appearances?

The following comes from a Jan. 11 story by Joseph Sciambra on LifeSiteNews. Despite a 2013 statement from Archbishop Jose Gomez, the current head of the largest archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States, Cardinal Roger Mahony will speak at the 2019 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress. The topic of his March 23rd address will be "Connecting Junior … [Read more...]

San Diego Mission pastor celebrates its 250 years with apology

"Great pain to the Native American people”

The following comes from a Jan. 10 story by Ken and Chris Stone in the Times of San Diego. The 22nd successor of Saint Junipero Serra as pastor of Mission San Diego de Alcalá, California’s first church, opened what he called a memorable year in its history Thursday by seeking to heal wounds of its early years. Launching a year of 250th anniversary events, the Rev. Peter … [Read more...]

CA Catholic legislators “seem very unchurched”

New CA bishops official Andy Rivas frets about sex abuse statutes

The following comes from a Jan. 7 story by Al Donner in the Oakland diocese Catholic Voice. The Catholic presence at the state Capitol intends to focus on three core issues in the 2019 legislative session — early childhood education, human life, and immigration — says Andy Rivas, new executive director of the California Catholic Conference. Those are core areas where … [Read more...]

Two Oakland parishes merge into Divine Mercy

100 families from St. Paschal Baylon and 900 families from St. Lawrence O’Toole-St. Cyril

The following comes from a Jan. 7 story by Albert Pacciorini in the Oakland diocese Catholic Voice. The New Year officially welcomed a new parish to the Oakland diocese on Jan. 1. Divine Mercy Parish is a union of two Oakland churches, St. Lawrence O’Toole-St. Cyril at 3725 High St., and St. Paschal Baylon, 3700 Dorisa Ave. St. Lawrence O’Toole-St. Cyril was formed in … [Read more...]