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Local Catholics respond to pope’s environmental encyclical
Jul. 7, 2015, By Christina Gray
Here’s a sampling of reaction to Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudito Si’,” On Care for Our Common Home,” by archdiocesan parishioners, men and women religious, church workers and Catholic leaders who finished reading the 180-page, 40,000-word ...

Church leaders react to announcement of Serra’s sainthood
Jan. 21, 2015, By Catholic News Service
LOS ANGELES – Across California, church leaders greeted with joy the news that Pope Francis intends to canonize in September one of the state’s most well-known figures, Blessed Junipero Serra, founder of many of the state’s Catholic missions.

Mission curators share ancestry but disagree on Serra’s sainthood
Jan. 21, 2015, By Christina Gray
Twenty-four hours after Pope Francis announced his intention to canonize Franciscan Father Junipero Serra at the end of the year, Mission Dolores curator Andy Galvan told Catholic San Francisco that the news made him feel like he’d won the lottery.

At Serra HS, new meaning to ‘always forward’
Jan. 21, 2015, By Valerie Schmalz
Freshmen at Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo learn about Blessed Junipero Serra in their first theology class, from how he established California missions to sayings attributed to him: “Always forward” is a school theme, said Gary Meegan, chairman of the ...

ALL ARE WELCOME
Dec. 3, 2014, By Rick DelVecchio
Well before dawn Tuesday morning of Thanksgiving week, the lights go on in the rectory basement at St. Anthony Church in San Francisco’s Mission District: The Presentation Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary, providing breakfast to day workers and the homeless in the ...

Smokey Mountain dancers: ‘We are people, and not trash’
Oct. 23, 2013, By Edison Tapalla
In October a group of Filipino artists from the 2 million-ton landfill known around the world as Smokey Mountain hosted performances and workshops around the Bay Area to raise funds for the performers’ nonprofit work.

Faith, history draw visitors to Mission Dolores cemetery
Oct. 23, 2013, By Christina M. Gray
City sightseeing buses have slowed their pace after a busy summer tourist season, but the Mission Dolores cemetery is still swarming with visitors in late fall. And it has nothing to do with Halloween.

Solidarity with needy expands coast harvest’s bounty
Oct. 23, 2013, By Valerie Schmalz
The Kelly Avenue Catholic Worker House in Half Moon Bay is partnering with an organic farm to share fresh vegetables and fruits with the poor, underemployed and homeless people of the San Mateo coast community.

THE ARTIST & THE SAINT
Oct. 1, 2013, By Valerie Schmalz
Because of a quirky Italian-born sculptor and pacifist, the arms of St. Francis of Assisi stretch out, blessing some of the most public, and unlikely, places in San Francisco

Mission Dolores: ‘Seedbed of faith’ for Californians past and present
Sep. 25, 2013, By Christina M. Gray
Tourists, neighbors and passersby at the intersection of Mission and 16th streets in San Francisco’s Mission District surveyed a colorful scene on Sept. 7 as the parish community celebrated the centennial of the laying of the Mission Dolores Basilica cornerstone. A band ...

Cathedral flower festival: Evangelizing through art and beauty
Sep. 18, 2013, By Christina M. Gray
Flowers have always added color and life to church occasions. But flowers are the occasion itself at the seventh annual Festival of Flowers Oct. 4-6 at St. Mary’s Cathedral, San Francisco.

Oregon priests’ trip becomes journey to human hearts
Sep. 11, 2013, By Ed Langlois
PORTLAND, Ore. – Four young priests serving in Oregon set out this summer for an adventure. It turned out to be an exploit, for sure, but not the one they expected.

Mission trip: Young teen girls coach soccer in rural Nicaragua
Aug. 21, 2013, By Tom Burke
Tackling life’s tough stuff has begun early for soon-to-be eighth graders Allison Phillips and Michaella Kumli. The longtime friends have just returned from service as volunteer soccer coaches of indigenous children in Nicaragua. Allison attends St. Stephen School. ...

Bishop: Millions denied work’s fundamental dignity
Aug. 21, 2013, By Mark Pattison
WASHINGTON – Millions of workers are being denied the honor and respect they deserve because of a lack of jobs, underemployment, low wages and exploitation, according to the bishop who heads the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development.

Millennials suffer high rate of unemployment
Aug. 21, 2013, By Lynn LeCluyse
WASHINGTON – Emily Rolla, a 22-year-old graduate of the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio, recently accepted a retail job at Target after trying unsuccessfully since December to get a job in her field of study.






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