Four Thomas Aquinas grads talk about vocations to L.A. Archdiocese

"We need to be good priests and good men”

The following comes from a Feb. 8 posting on the Thomas Aquinas College website. On Wednesday four alumni who are studying for the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles returned to their alma mater to give a vocations talk to the College’s students. The late-afternoon session began and ended with some comments from Rev. Mike Perucho, the Archdiocese’ associate … [Read more...]

Oakland parishes with most weddings

“I’ve done some of these blessings on Sunday liturgies”

The following comes form a Feb. 4 story in the Catholic Voice in Oakland. According to reports from 2017 — the last full year that is available — the parish in which the most marriages were celebrated in the diocese of Oakland was St. Cornelius Parish in Richmond. The parish, with 645 registered families, witnessed 40 Catholic marriages that year. “In the Hispanic … [Read more...]

Pope opposes making priestly celibacy optional

He is willing to consider exceptions for "pastoral necessity"

The following comes from a Jan. 28 story by Catholic News Agency. Vatican City — Pope Francis said he is opposed to the idea of optional priestly celibacy in the Latin rite, and he would consider it only for very remote places if a serious need existed. “Personally, I think that celibacy is a gift to the Church,” the pope said Jan. 28. “I would say that I do not agree with … [Read more...]

How best to bring back a Catholic

Landings in Burlingame

The following comes from a Jan. 31 story in Catholic San Francisco. Nearly every Catholic knows a former Catholic. According to Pew Research Center, about 13 percent of U.S. adults said they were raised in the Catholic Church, but no longer identify with it. How the church can respond to this mass exodus of members has been an ongoing topic of discussion. But one … [Read more...]

Most US bishops would ordain women as deacons

But few believe Vatican will approve the practice

The following comes from a Jan. 22 story by Crux. A new study released on Tuesday found that a high majority of U.S. Catholic bishops and deacon directors believe that if the Holy See gives the green light to ordination of women deacons, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) would implement the practice. The findings revealed that among respondents, only 41 … [Read more...]

Sacramento diocese offers myParish App

There’s even an interactive examination of conscience built in

The following comes from a Jan. 11 release by the Diocese of Sacramento. In the new evangelization, the church teaches “meeting people where they are.” Increasingly, mobile devices are where people are. We have so much information in our hands, so how can we ensure that faith is at the fingertips? Enter the MyParish app. On January 12 and 13, parishes across the Diocese of … [Read more...]

Bishop Soto suspends hand holding, shaking hands during Mass

To avoid spread of flu

The following comes from a Jan. 10 notice on the Sacramento diocese website. The California Department of Public Health has reported that the incidence of flu and flu-like illnesses is widespread and has reached a level requiring that we enact preventive measures to mitigate the possibility of infection at Mass. In order to protect the health and well-being of everyone, … [Read more...]

Its gold frame alone will take months to finish

Christ Cathedral’s new mosaic

  The following comes from a Jan. 8 story by Orange County Catholic. Our Lady of Guadalupe is the Diocese of Orange’s patroness, so it’s no surprise that she will be honored when Christ Cathedral is dedicated July 17, 2019. A brilliant mosaic will be located on the Cathedral’s south interior wall. “Viewed from behind the altar, it will be located on the far back … [Read more...]

Too much alcohol

 Company’s annual Christmas celebration changed to an early morning Mass

Tim Buckley founded Vintage Design, a family-owned and operated full service design center and flooring subcontractor for homebuilders and homebuyers located in Lake Forest. Nearly 20 years ago, he transposed his company’s annual Christmas celebration from a secular hotel dinner party to an early morning Mass, breakfast and associate recognitions. “I found there was too much … [Read more...]

Median age for leaving the church is 13

At a symposium prior to the Santa Clara Faith Formation Conference, researchers from St. Mary’s Press discussed findings from their study “Going, Going, Gone: the Dynamics of Catholic Disaffiliation”

To find Catholics who have left the church, start looking at the faces in the pews, according to a recent report. A 2018 study on young adults leaving the Catholic Church found people stopped identifying as Catholics at a median age of 13 years old, long before they ceased attending a parish. The report adds to the picture of a church that more people are leaving and that fewer … [Read more...]