‘Bishop Vasa should be applauded’

Catholic newspaper in Britain praises Santa Rosa bishop for banning "lay-led services that invite a parody of the Mass"

A friend of mine texted me last week to say that she’d found a nice church round the corner from her office and had just “popped in for a lunchtime Communion service”. Which puzzled me, because this lady is a Catholic and the word we use is “Mass”. Was this my friend’s way of letting me know that she’d swum the Tiber in the wrong direction? As it turned out, the church was … [Read more...]

Santa Rosa bishop orders halt to Communion services without a priest

Bishop Robert Vasa: "The practice, while popular, is not consistent with the Instructions from the Holy See"

The following is a message from Bishop Vasa of Santa Rosa: I use my space in the North Coast Catholic this month to communicate to all the people of God a Directive already shared with the priests of the Diocese regarding “Communion Services”. In the Instruction on the Eucharist issued by the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments on March 25, 2004, … [Read more...]

Duct tape for Jesus

Church theft incites Guerneville’s local thug to deliver vigilante justice

By Daniel J. Demers, special to California Catholic Daily. This is a story that it is right for all the wrong reasons and wrong for all the right reasons. It is about Harry Siegel, a likeable local thug who died in 2015. In July, 2014 Guerneville’s St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church was burglarized and robbed. The burglars broke a stained glass window to enter the church in … [Read more...]

‘Our diocese has been hit hard’

As fires devastate Northern California, Santa Rosa Bishop Robert Vasa sends updates and messages of support from his car in between visits to evacuation centers

While firefighters in northern California are currently battling 17 wildfires in five counties, Bishop Robert Vasa of the Diocese of Santa Rosa, one of the hardest hit areas, is typing updates and messages of support from his car, in between visits to evacuation centers. “Our diocese has been hit hard, as you know well, and is in an ongoing state of uncertainty,” he said in … [Read more...]

Santa Rosa bishop wants diocese, every parish and mission, consecrated to Mary

In preview copy of Aug. 26 letter posted on diocese's website, Bishop Robert Vasa asks that consecrations be performed after all Sunday Masses on Saturday, December 9 and Sunday, December 10

My Dear People of God of the Diocese of Santa Rosa: During this Centenary Year of the Apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima it is my desire to have the Diocese of Santa Rosa and every Parish and Mission of the Diocese Consecrated or Dedicated to Mary. The plan is to have this Consecration done after all Sunday Masses on Saturday, December 9 and Sunday, December 10. … [Read more...]

The Cathedral of St. Eugene, Santa Rosa

Name of Church The Cathedral of St. Eugene Address 2323 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95405 Phone number (707) 542-6984 Website www.steugenes.com Mass times Saturday vigil, 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. (Spanish); Sunday 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m. (Latin High Mass), 5:30 p.m. Weekdays, 6:45 & 8 a.m. & Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. (Latin, low … [Read more...]

Arson at downtown Santa Rosa church

Four small fires deliberately set around altar St. Rose Catholic Church, no structural damage reported

The following comes from an August 13 CBS SF Bay Area article: Police in Santa Rosa on Friday arrested a suspect in connection with an arson incident that occurred at a church on Thursday. Yovan David Ayon, 34, of Santa Rosa, was arrested on suspicion of felony arson and violation of probation, according to police. Firefighters with the Santa Rosa Fire Department … [Read more...]

Bishop Vasa moved out of house to make way for nuns

And now his house is too small

  The following comes from a recent post on the website of the Santa Rosa diocese. The Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa had their beginnings in Spokane, Washington. Their religious community was in the midst of a reorganization and the sisters found themselves in need of new diocesan sponsorship. more Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa news Bishop Robert Vasa of the … [Read more...]

A free bus ticket home

Catholic Charities pays Santa Rosa homeless people to return to where they came from

The following comes from a December 22 Press Democrat article by Kevin McCallum: When Marie Stiffend struck out for California in July, the 19-year-old former foster kid wanted to put some distance between herself and the small Oregon town where nothing much ever happened and everybody knew everybody else’s business. She hit the road with her boyfriend and his friend. … [Read more...]

‘I want to be a Boy Scout.’ There’s just one hitch.

Group of Santa Rosa girls say the Girl Scouts are too sedate for them, and insist on joining Boy Scouts

The following comes from a November 22 New York Times article by Julie Turkewitz: SANTA ROSA, Calif. — Five girls wearing makeshift scout uniforms stood before top Boy Scout brass this month and made an announcement: We want in. In a year in which gender roles in traditional American institutions have undergone major changes and challenges, a fight in Northern California … [Read more...]