Church life

Parish priests, parish news, the goings-on of one particular church

Drive-by blessings offered in San Mateo
“I wanted to give them hope, uplift their spirits"

On Holy Saturday, Father Mark Reburiano went out on a mission to make sure people knew that the church was still with them. Putting a tall wooden cross through the sunroof of his Honda, he drove

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Drive-by blessings offered in San Mateo
“I wanted to give them hope, uplift their spirits"
2020-04-21T14:27:56-07:00

San Francisco Easter vigils postponed till Pentecost
RCIA groups have been disappointed

Initiation into the Catholic Church, traditionally done at the Easter Vigil, will occur this year on May 30, the vigil of Pentecost, because of the ongoing closure of public Masses. “We can’t do

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San Francisco Easter vigils postponed till Pentecost
RCIA groups have been disappointed
2020-04-16T09:09:45-07:00

California county outlaws singing in church
No harmonicas, wind instruments or singing even for livestream services in Mendocino County

As cities and states continue to fight the coronavirus pandemic, one California county is being accused of taking it too far.

Mendocino County, a coastal county with a population of 86,000, banned churches from

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California county outlaws singing in church
No harmonicas, wind instruments or singing even for livestream services in Mendocino County
2020-04-16T13:30:16-07:00

St. Patrick’s in central San Diego brings Eucharist to street
Jesus in a convertible

Fr. Carlos invited the St. Patrick’s community watching parish Masses through live stream to submit their home addresses and phone numbers for a visit.  Because of social distancing guidelines, the Blessed Sacrament would be brought to

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St. Patrick’s in central San Diego brings Eucharist to street
Jesus in a convertible
2020-04-13T18:39:46-07:00

Riverside County called out for Easter restrictions
Drive-by restaurants but not drive-by confession

A cease-and-desist demand by a Temecula-based attorney on behalf of people of varying faiths calls upon Riverside County to allow for Easter services during the coronavirus pandemic — albeit with social distancing in mind.

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Riverside County called out for Easter restrictions
Drive-by restaurants but not drive-by confession
2020-04-11T12:39:15-07:00

No income to pay church employees
Furloughed workers at Pasadena church from coronavirus outbreak

After Catholic schools and churches closed due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles urged parishes to continue paying their staff.

Those employees had accepted meager salaries for years, it said,

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No income to pay church employees
Furloughed workers at Pasadena church from coronavirus outbreak
2020-04-03T21:28:30-07:00

Carpenteria pastor carries Eucharist into streets
90 miles ringing a bell

St. Joseph’s Church pastor Monsignor Richard Martini estimates he’s walked over 90 miles through the neighborhoods of Carpinteria since March 21. Monsignor Martini said he’s bringing Christ to the people since the church closed temporarily because

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Carpenteria pastor carries Eucharist into streets
90 miles ringing a bell
2020-04-02T09:03:16-07:00

Pleasanton parish offers drive-through confessions
At St. Augustine Catholic Church, the line of cars on Saturday looked like something outside a fast-food window

In Pleasanton the sacrament of confession is still personal — though decidedly no longer up-close.

Here, parishioners of the St. Augustine Catholic Church can see their priest from the comfort of their cars

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Pleasanton parish offers drive-through confessions
At St. Augustine Catholic Church, the line of cars on Saturday looked like something outside a fast-food window
2020-03-23T15:32:54-07:00

General absolution for those in Covid-19 areas
Plus need for confession in a well-aired space

In places particularly hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic and with severe limits on people leaving their homes, conditions may exist to grant general absolution to the faithful without them personally confessing their sins first, the

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General absolution for those in Covid-19 areas
Plus need for confession in a well-aired space
2020-03-20T15:58:23-07:00