No excuse not to baptize your child

St. John XXIII waives fees for sacrament

The following comes from a March 12 Inland Catholic Byte article by Andres Rivera: FONTANA/RIALTO — In an effort to respond to the needs of the community, St. John XXIII parish has eliminated fees for families seeking to receive the Sacrament of Baptism. “For families that make excuses not to come to church, money should not be one of them,” said Father Cletus Imo, … [Read more...]

Note to Cal Catholic faithful commenters

        Sorry, but the volunteers at Cal Catholic can't handle the present volume of comments. We ask that our faithful readers keep themselves to ten comments per commenter per day.     … [Read more...]

The world thinks we’re a bunch of idiots

Sermon from Dana Point The following note (of which we print a few excerpts) was received by email on March 13: My Brothers and Sisters: Lynn and I happened to attend St. Edward's (Dana Point in Orange County) on Sunday and went to the 11:00 am Mass and the priest saying Mass was Father Chris Heath. I have not heard a homily this powerful and inspiring since the old days at … [Read more...]

Behind the scenes at CalCatholic

What’s involved in bringing you the news Late on the night of Feb. 16, California Catholic Daily’s lone full-time employee waited at his computer as the hour approached midnight for a story to be filed by a volunteer correspondent in the Bay Area about a protest by Catholics of President Obama’s visit earlier that evening to San Francisco. The dedication of the correspondent … [Read more...]

“Please tell President Obama this is unacceptable”

California bishops ask faithful to contact White House over ‘contraception mandate’ The California Catholic Conference, the public policy arm of the state’s bishops, has posted the following “Action Alert” on its website: President Obama’s new Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate will force Catholic organizations to violate their beliefs by forcing them … [Read more...]

Standing room only

Armando Ochoa installed as new Bishop of Fresno Armando Xavier Ochoa was formally installed as the new Bishop of Fresno at an afternoon Mass on Thursday, Feb. 2. Among the dignitaries attending the standing-room-only installation Mass at Fresno’s St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church were U.S. Papal Nuncio Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganó, Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez, … [Read more...]

‘Long Beach roots’

Cardinal Levada at fundraiser today in Long Beach, will be introduced by ‘best friend’ Archbishop Niederauer Cardinal William Levada, the former Archbishop of San Francisco and current Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, was scheduled to be back in his hometown of Long Beach today for a $125-a-plate dinner to help raise money for an endowed chair in … [Read more...]

Ambitious plans

Catholic parish plays big part in small town’s revitalization project A large parish in the Los Angeles County city of Santa Clarita is planning a multi-million-dollar renovation and expansion as part of a project to help redevelop a run down neighborhood. The church, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, is situated in the Santa Clarita community of Newhall, where, according to … [Read more...]