The search is on for Montclair church vandal

Statues of the Virgin Mary and Saint Bernadette were attacked with a sledgehammer

A vandal went on an attack last week outside Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Montclair. It appears the vandal used a sledgehammer to damage several valuable statues. In the early morning someone trespassed onto the church grounds and destroyed the statues. Father Clarrence Saldua said the statues — the Virgin Mary and Saint Bernadette — were a huge part of the … [Read more...]

Suspended Oakland priest has fled the country

Father Alex Castillo went on the run after accusations of sexual misconduct with a minor

An Oakland priest placed on administrative leave after accusations of inappropriate sexual misconduct with a minor has now reportedly fled the country, officials confirmed. Father Alex Castillo was living at a rectory in Oakland and reportedly was looking to live with friends for a few days immediately after he was placed on leave Jan. 30, the San Jose Mercury reported. The … [Read more...]

Surprise? – TLM attendees go every Sunday

Two per cent approve of contraception

The following comes from a Feb. 27 story in the Catholic Herald (U.K.). Catholics in the US who attend the traditional Latin Mass a far more faithful to Church teaching than those who attend the Novus Ordo, a survey has found. A study led by Fr Donald Kloster compared Catholics who attend the traditional Mass (TLM) with the results of previous surveys of Catholics at … [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...]

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...]