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  • Archbishop celebrates Mass with charismatics on Pentecost weekend

    Calling it a “stroke of God’s providence,” Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone celebrated the opening Mass of the 28th Annual Northern California Catholic Charismatic Convention on the weekend of Pentecost.
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  • Lay ministry formed to help complete burial rite

    On the occasions when Catholic remains would arrive to Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma for burial without an accompanying member of clergy – or sometimes without anyone at all – the cemetery’s longtime director would grab her own prayer book and offer the prayers of committal at the burial site.
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  • Priest assignments announced

    Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone has announced the following appointments, effective July 1, 2015, unless otherwise noted. Some of these assignments have already been made known.
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  • Daughters elect American sister as superioress general

    The Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul elected Sister Kathleen Appler of the community’s province based in Albany, New York, their Superioress General May 25 at the sisters’ General Assembly in Paris, France. Sister Kathleen entered the Daughters of Charity in April 1973 in Boston, Massachusetts.
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  • Forms of consecrated life in the church

    “Religious institutes are societies in which members pronounce public vows (perpetual or temporary), live in community and share financial sustainability. Religious render a public witness to Christ and to the church which entails a separation from the world proper to the character and purpose of each institute”.
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  • Marian devotion in full bloom

    Ask past generations of Catholic school children to name their earliest or fondest “Catholic” memory and you may hear, “the May crowning of Mary, Queen of the May,” (and perhaps a few verses of “Hail, Holy Queen”).
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  • Hundreds attend picnic to support Archbishop Cordileone

    Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone spent time with about 500 supporters who enjoyed a sunny day near San Francisco’s Embarcadero at the May 16 Archbishop Cordileone Support Day Family Picnic.
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  • Author lists 7 big myths about marriage

    Taking a hard look at the choices your beloved makes is one way to see if you are going to be happy married to each other, says the co-author of “The Seven Big Myths About Marriage.”
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  • St. Ignatius Gabriel Project members celebrate wedding, baptism with Nigerian couple

    A couple from Nigeria celebrated the baptism of their baby Uche and had their marriage blessed in the Catholic Church on May 9 – part of a journey in which St. Ignatius Church Gabriel Project played a significant role.
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  • Deacons Cameron Faller, Pat Summerhays to be ordained as priests

    The priestly ordination of Deacons Cameron Faller and Pat Summerhays will take place June 6 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Cathedral. The public is invited. Catholic San Francisco assistant editor Valerie Schmalz interviewed the two men soon to become the archdiocese’s newest priests.
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  • Catholic workers’ co-op installing sustainable mini-farms on Peninsula and beyond

    The grounds of St. Patrick’s Seminary & University boast row upon row of broccoli, Swiss chard, kale and strawberries this spring, products of a new parish Catholic workers cooperative created in a venture among the seminary, Guadalupe Associates and the parish of St. Francis of Assisi, East Palo Alto.
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  • Evergive: Tithing technology with a community-building bonus

    The Archdiocese of San Francisco is banking on a Silicon Valley startup called Evergive to make fundraising quick, easy and rewarding with a free, faith-based computer app being officially launched to the archdiocesan community May 15.
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  • Benedictines’ Woodside Priory heir to 1,500 years of a monastic tradition

    The Order of Saint Benedict, usually referred to as the Benedictines, has been a powerful influence in the history of the Catholic church since the sixth century when a charismatic Roman young man, Benedict, left the city of his birth to live the life of a hermit.
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  • 5 Presentation Sisters celebrate jubilees

    Sisters of the Presentation celebrated jubilees as women religious at a community celebration April 25, at Presentation Convent in San Francisco. Jesuit Father Robert Fambrini, a student of Presentation Sister Virginia King as a seventh grader at St. Elizabeth School in San Francisco, presided.
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  • Lourdes pilgrimage ‘a sneak preview of heaven’

    A pilgrimage to Lourdes is “like a sneak preview of what heaven is,” said Florian Romero, who helped organize a trip to Rome, Assisi, Florence, Barcelona, and Lourdes for a group of Catholics from San Francisco and the Philippines.
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  • California bill targets state’s abortion-alternative pregnancy clinics

    California’s 71 abortion-alternative pregnancy medical clinics may be forced to inform pregnant women considering their services that publicly funded programs that provide abortion are available to them if a fast-moving bill becomes law.
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  • New Marian mural adorns Church of the Visitacion

    San Francisco artist Stefan Salinas created new devotional artwork to adorn the facade of Church of the Visitacion in the city’s Visitacion Valley neighborhood. With manufacturing and construction by Tile Mural Creative Arts, Jesus Lara and Miguel Campos, “The Mural of the Visitation” was ceremonially blessed April 26 after the 5 p.m. Vietnamese-language Mass. Salinas shared these images and a description of the project with Catholic San Francisco. The pastor of the parish is Father Thuan V. Hoang.
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  • Catholic witness: Advocacy Day in Sacramento

    Delegates from the Archdiocese of San Francisco joined other Catholic advocates from around the state in Sacramento Apr. 28 to talk to legislators and their staffs about how Catholic voters view some of the bills in session.
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  • Consecrated Life Mass celebrates women and men religious

    In his homily as celebrant of the Consecrated Life Mass on April 26 honoring the nearly 700 women and men religious of the archdiocese, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone described their lives as “perfect charity in union with witness to Christ.”
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  • Archdiocese announces clergy appointments

    INCARDINATIONS, effective March 26, 2015: Father Luello N. Palacpac, Father Arsenio G. Cirera, Father Alner U. Nambatac.
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