Bells ring out to celebrate founding of California’s oldest mission

All five bells at Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcalá were rung in unison on July 15 to mark 248th anniversary

With a resonant clanging that cut through the thick noonday heat, all five bells at Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcalá were rung in unison Saturday to mark the founding of the oldest mission in the state. Even the oldest bell, the 805-pound Ave Maria Purisima, a massive crown-topped bell that was made in 1802, was rung. Only once a year — on the day celebrating the founding … [Read more...]

Día de los Muertos at Mission San Antonio de Padua

Day of the Dead celebration will include "a traditional Four Directions ceremony honoring Father Sky, Mother Earth and Spirit Tree"

The following comes from an October 17 San Luis Obisbo Tribune article by Dan Krieger: The Day of the Dead, Día de los Muertos, is a celebration born in the Americas. In the years that followed the Spanish conquest of Mexico, it fused the Old World Catholic celebrations of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, Nov. 1 and 2, into the rich elements of Native American … [Read more...]

Monterey city council will see about that “church- state situation,” may send letter to pope

Opposing councilman: Who are are we to tell the pope who he should consider for his decision?

The following comes from a May 27 KSBW news story by Caitlin Conrad: At least one Monterey City Council member wants to send the pope a letter urging him not to declare Father Junipero Serra a saint. "I would like to propose that we send a letter to the pope and question his plan to make father Sierra (sic) a saint," councilwoman Libby Downey said. Downey brought up her … [Read more...]

Chumash tribe plans anti-Junipero Serra demonstration

Protest coming to Santa Barbara mission

The following comes from a May 9 Edhat article: As Junipero Serra is schedule to become a Catholic Saint, many Native Americans, including the Chumash, oppose the sainthood claiming a misrepresentation of mission history. The pope is scheduled to proclaim the Spaniard a saint during his first U.S. visit to Washington, D.C. on Sept. 23. The American Indian Movement of … [Read more...]