Turning faith into good works

Christ Cathedral campus is home to Orange diocese's far-flung ministries

Need proof that actions speak louder than words? Look no further than Catholic ministries. Faith alone cannot feed the poor or counsel those at risk.  “Ministries extend the actions of God out into our world,” says Sr. Katherine “Kit” Gray, director of Mission Integration and Ongoing Formation. “Jesus paid attention to the human realities of life, death, suffering, hunger and … [Read more...]

Still no common cup at Mass in Sacramento diocese

Sacramento diocese won't lift liturgical precautions because health officials report several more weeks of "flu activity" are expected

The following is a memo from the Director of Worship of the Diocese of Sacramento. Many have asked when the flu restrictions will be lifted. We base our decision on the influenza surveillance report issued by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) each Friday. According to the latest report: Flu activity is decreasing but remains elevated and “widespread” in … [Read more...]

Sacramento diocese publishes outside speaker guidelines

Avoid confusion or scandal, don't incite disrespect or dissent, use of church, school or diocesan property prohibited to any speaker who promotes views contrary to Church teaching

The following is an excerpt from what was published in the April 15, 2019 edition of Weekly Diocesan News from the Office of the Bishop, without explanation: Diocese of Sacramento Guidelines for Selecting Outside Speakers Parishes, Movements, Apostolic Groups, Catholic Schools It is the responsibility of the hosting party to present a list of potential speakers. The Diocesan … [Read more...]

Catastrophic fire engulfs Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

Initial reports suggest that the many relics were saved from the blaze

Catholics around the world watched with horror as the roof of Cathedrale Notre-Dame was engulfed with flames on Monday afternoon. The blaze began shortly after the church closed for visitors, and everyone was evacuated safely, though the entirety of the roof collapsed into the church. Here are five things you may not know about the church that has often been called the “Queen … [Read more...]

San Diego parish seeks to curb incidents of after-Mass road rage

Bad parking lot reviews on Yelp prompt Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish to erect placards listing the fruits of the Holy Spirit, among them patience, kindness and self-control

Hoping to curb incidents of after-Mass road rage, a Catholic church in San Diego has posted signs throughout the parking lot reminding parishioners of the graces they have received during Mass. On Thursday, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church erected nine placards listing the fruits of the Holy Spirit. Each sign lists a different fruit, taken from St. Paul’s Letter to … [Read more...]

“Serving the Poor, Lifting Up Families”

Parishioners from around the state will gather at the state Capitol on April 30 to support bills selected by bishops for Catholic Advocacy Day

This year’s Catholic Advocacy Day theme is Serving the Poor, Lifting Up Families. Parishioners from around the state will gather at the state Capitol on April 30, asking lawmakers to support bills that will serve those who need it most. Participants will start out with a briefing to discuss the meetings with lawmakers that will take place later in the day. The focus will be on … [Read more...]

New cross for Ventura church built from ashes of Thomas Fire

Cross for Our Lady of the Assumption Church was carved from a eucalyptus tree partly burnt in the devastating December 2017 fire

“To have it fashioned from a piece of wood from the Thomas Fire, it brings tears to people’s eyes. Especially those who lost their home. A lady said to me last night, ‘This means so much to us because it’s such an important reminder of from the ashes of a fire there’s hope.’ ” Father Leon Hutton, pastor of Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Ventura, was talking to Angelus … [Read more...]

Catholic students from Stanford help cloistered Dominican sisters

Group of 20 students built a new greenhouse, cleared debris for the Dominican nuns of Corpus Christi Monastery in Menlo Park

The following is from the blog of the Dominican nuns of Corpus Christi Monastery in Menlo Park. We’d been praying for good weather - all week, we’d been blessed with steady rain, but on this day, we hoped for sun!  As Mass ended at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 9th, the rain returned.  But that didn’t stop about 20 Stanford University students from gathering outside our gate for a … [Read more...]

Knights of Columbus surprise San Bernardino parish with $20,000 gift

Money will go towards new heating and air conditioning system at St. Bernadine Parish, the diocese's oldest

Facing the large financial hurdle of buying a new heating and air conditioning system, the parishioners of St. Bernardine Parish were greatly surprised when Grand Knight Carlos Avalos and Knight of Columbus Bruce Ewing of Council 4488 presented a gift of $20,000 on March 2.  Father Leonard DePasquale, I.M.C., V.F., Parish Administrator, expressed the thanks of the … [Read more...]

Thief makes off with crucifix from Cathedral City parish

Replica of the Black Christ of Esquipulas stolen from St. Louis Catholic Church was specially made in Guatemala last year and cost the parish $1,600

California police were on the hunt for a man accused of burglarizing a Catholic Church near Palm Springs on Monday, taking with him a $1,600 wooden cross. The unidentified man was captured on video the approaching the St. Louis Catholic Church early Monday morning and then leaving with a wooden cross of Jesus Christ under his arm, the Cathedral City Police Department told … [Read more...]