Trying to save lives with "Operation Ceasefire"

A California initiative is seeking to stem the tide of gang-relateed violence, and churches are now playing a role. From Catholic San Francisco: Hugo Chavez was shot four times, falling to the ground in his gravel driveway, while his younger brother drank beer in the back garden on a jasmine-scented July night in East Palo [Read More...]

Where the "pastor" is a woman

Technically, she’s a “Minister of Parish Life.”  But last month, Dorothy Carlson was named to lead a parish in the Diocese of San Jose, California.  While this move is hardly unprecedented, it is unusual. The Diocese of San Jose website has the details: “Minister of Parish Life”…new phrase, new idea, new job description? Yes, and [Read More...]

Your Monday morning kick-start

A day in the life of California.  Hope your day is like this! The creator, Ryan Killackey, notes: “I worked on this project on and off for over a year and a half. It is composed of over 10,000 photos shot in California by my wife and me.” Tools: Canon Rebel XS, 50mm (nifty), 18-55mm [Read More...]

Madonna mural making waves

The image below has become something of a tourist attraction in southern California: But its days may be numbered: City-hired consultants indicated in a rough draft report Wednesday that they would like to test heat, chemical and mechanical methods of removing an unauthorized surfing Madonna mosaic. But the issue of what to do with the [Read More...]

There's something about Mary Magdalene: hundreds turn out to venerate relic

Some bone, reportedly from one of the church’s oldest saints, is drawing the faithful and the curious. From a local paper in San Bernardino, California: Sixteen hundred years ago, if someone wanted to describe a relic of Mary Magdalene and the cave in southern France in which it rests, they would have needed a little [Read More...]

Mmmmmm…fruitcake?

It may not be a staple in your diet, but it’s kept countless monasteries afloat over the years.   And it may rescue another one in California. Details, from The Los Angeles Times: The peal of the church bell splits the predawn darkness like a summons from God himself. The hermits of Big Sur rise from [Read More...]

Sacramento prepares to welcome first married priest

And another one swims the Tiber. From the Sacramento Bee: Jeff Henry’s long journey of faith has brought him full circle, not only back to the church in which he was baptized as an infant but also back to serving God. When he’s ordained at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament on June 4, he [Read More...]


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