Annulment Prep Day

In San Bernardino diocese, Office of Canonical Services visits parishes to meet with people interested in filling out a petition for a declaration of nullity of marriage "to give a face to Pope Francis’ exhortation"

In his first Apostolic Exhortation “The Joy of the Gospel,” Pope Francis encourages the institutional Church to go out to the peripheries to encounter people and to bring them back into the fold of the Church. In his Apostolic Exhortation “The Joy of Love” Pope Francis devotes a large section to caring for the divorced and remarried, people who often see themselves on the … [Read more...]

Anglican Ordinariate establishes presence in San Bernardino diocese

Holy Martyrs of England and Wales Catholic Mission will begin holding Mass in a Murrieta gymnasium on Pentecost Sunday, May 20

Catholics in the Temecula Valley who were brought up in the Anglican tradition have become part of a Roman Catholic community under the jurisdiction of a non-territorial diocese created specifically for those who share that background. Holy Martyrs of England and Wales Catholic Mission has established a presence in Temecula Valley and will begin holding Mass in a Murrieta … [Read more...]

Veneration of relics draws over a thousand devotees in San Bernardino diocese

Day of veneration in Riverside culminated in evening Mass

The stream of reverent devotees was nonstop at Queen of Angels Church in Riverside on March 14 as hundreds turned out to venerate the relics of Saint Padre Pio. The day of veneration culminated with an evening Mass, celebrated by Diocesan Vicar General, Monsignor Gerard Lopez, S.T.L., that was attended by over 1,500 people. “St. Pio left us these relics for our … [Read more...]

San Bernardino bishop invites parish input on his successor

With his mandatory retirement just two-and-a-half years away, Bishop Gerald Barnes tells faithful: “You have a say. I’m proposing that before I send anything to Rome, that I consult with the parishes"

With his mandatory retirement just two-and-a-half years away, Bishop Gerald Barnes used this year’s Combined Vicariate meetings to ask the leadership and staffs of diocesan parishes to ponder this question. As part of his keynote talk, Bishop Barnes explained the formal process of how a new bishop is chosen for a diocese when the existing one retires. While the ultimate … [Read more...]

St. Padre Pio relics to tour San Bernardino diocese

Will be presented at Queen of Angels Church in Riverside on March 14, then at Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral in San Bernardino on March 15:

Catholic churches in San Bernardino and Riverside will play host to official relics of St. Padre Pio in March as part of a U.S. tour commemorating the 50th Anniversary of his death. The Saint Pio Foundation wrote Bishop Gerald Barnes in October, inviting the Diocese to host the relics of the Italian priest, who enjoys a strong devotion in the Diocese and throughout the … [Read more...]

How a Redlands Catholic church got twenty people to come back to the faith

Holy Name of Jesus Parish began the Catholics Returning Home program not knowing what to expect

“We are here for you,” Deacon Mike Bellinder explains as he makes eye contact with those seated around a large wooden table. Looking back at him are men and women of different ages and backgrounds in a small, private room at The Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Redlands. They’ve joined Catholics Returning Home, a program designed to welcome back those who’ve lost connection to … [Read more...]

Criminal case against Father Linton dismissed

Anglican priest was arrested outside a San Bernardino Planned Parenthood last year

Life Legal Defense Foundation Senior Staff Counsel Allison Aranda was in court yesterday on behalf of Father James Linton, the Anglican priest who was arrested outside of a San Bernardino Planned Parenthood on October 7, 2016. At no time was Father Linton on Planned Parenthood’s property—but that did not stop the abortion facility's director from calling the police and having … [Read more...]

St. James Parish in Perris breaks ground on long awaited new church

Current church so small that eight weekend Masses are said, with overflow crowds outside on Sunday mornings forced to listen to the Mass through speakers

It’s been at least 25 years in the making but St. James Parish is finally building a new church just east of Perris city limits. A ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony took place on March 11 and initial grading work at the Dunlap Drive property began in April. In a year, the parish hopes to be worshipping in its spacious new 1,500 seat church. “Excitement is coming little … [Read more...]

San Bernardino bishop to receive national award for lay ministry

On June 2, Bishop Gerald Barnes will receive the Gaudium et Spes Award from the National Association for Lay Ministry

In the year of his Silver Jubilee, Bishop Gerald Barnes is being honored nationally for one of the hallmarks of his Episcopacy – lay formation. On June 2, Bishop Barnes will receive the Gaudium et Spes Award from the National Association for Lay Ministry. This honor is given to one who promotes understanding of the Church in the world within the context of the Second Vatican … [Read more...]