Monday, May 2, 2016

SF parishes buy tractor for Tanzanian village

Christina Gray, Catholic San Francisco
Participants of a workshop organized by the archdiocese to help clergy and laity embrace the principles of 'Laudato Si' in practical ways told organizers that there were leaving with a better sense of where to start. 
 
St. Paul parisioner Rocio Rodriguez is the Archdiocese of San Francisco's new victim assistance coordinator, a position created to coordinate assistance and support for victims of sexual abuse. 
 
Christina Gray, Catholic San Francisco
The rural villagers of Malya Kwimba in Tanzania, East Africa are giving thanks for a heaven-sent tractor that will help them more efficiently cultivate fields they have worked by hand.  
  
Send us a copy of your First Holy Communion photo!
Share memories of your First Holy Communion with CSF readers by emailing us a digital photo and a few words about your memories of that special day. (TIP: Use your smartphone camera to take a photo OF your photo, and email it to csf@sfarchdiocese.org). Include your full name, the parish you belong to and the year and place of your First Holy Communion.  
  
St. James School, parish hosts archbishop
Valerie Schmalz, Catholic San Francisco
Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone visited St. James School April 22, bestowed confirmation April 23 and celebrated Mass April 24 at St. James Church in San Francisco. 
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'Storytelling and Scripture' series
Christina Gray, Catholic San Francisco
St. Anselm parishioner and lifelong storyteller Don Leach will make Scripture 'come alive' during a 'Storytelling and Sacred Scripture' series launching May 18 at 7 p.m. at St. Anselm's parish hall.  
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'Mary, Music and Mercy' at St. Hilary Church
Rick Delvecchio, Catholic San Francisco
The virtue of forgiveness is the theme of a Mary-inspired May evening of hospitality, faith-sharing and entertainment at St. Hilary Parish in Tiburon on May 13.  
  
Catholic Charities: A volunteer and donor perspective
Lori Whitney, Catholic Charities board member, volunteer and donor 
Our family's rewarding and meaningful experience in donating and volunteering at Catholic Charities began with a family consensus decision in 2014 to find a way to help others. 
  
ON THE STREET WHERE YOU LIVE by Tom Burke
Mercy, SF's first graduates 'proud, grateful' women 
Mercy High School graduated its first class, dubbed "the Pioneers," in 1956. The women gather for a 60th reunion Sept. 17 and I had the pleasure to speak with two members of the class.
  
AROUND THE ARCHDIOCESE
Notre Dame High School, Belmont  
Junior Jessica Flores has been chosen to represent the United States Pony Clubs team at the USPC 2016 International Tetrathalon Exchange in Ireland this summer. 
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NATIONAL, WORLD & VATICAN
A step closer to sainthood for Dorothy Day
CNA/EWTM News
A new stage on 'inquiry' has begun in the process toward possible canonization for Dorothy Day, the founder of the Catholic Worker Movement. 
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Pope to teens: There's no 'app' for happiness
Junno Arocho Esteves
Happiness "is not an 'app' that you can download on your phone nor will the latest update help you become free and great in loving," Pope Francis told thousands of teenagers at a special Year of Mercy event for teens. 
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Was Shakespeare a secret Catholic?
CNA/EWTN News  
There's one mystery which continues to elude scholars to even this day: Could he have been a secret Catholic, forced to conceal his true religious identity in an era of persecution?
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COMMENTARY
Porn and the curse of total sexual freedome
Bishop Robert Barron 
"The most recent issue of Time magazine features a fascinating and deeply troubling article on the prevalence of pornography in our culture." ...
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Marking an anniversary
Father Ron Rolheiser 
... "This year, 2016, marks the 200th anniversary of the founding of the religious congregation to which I belong, The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate." 
On 'aging gracefully'
Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk 
... "With age should come wisdom. It's appropriate and fitting for older men to leave behind their former ways, and no longer live and act like college frat boys." ...
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I believe in mystery
Sister Carla Kovak, OP 
... "I do believe in MYSTERY, the mystery of God, of faith and yes, the mystery of a call to religious life." ...
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Scripture Reflection:
Peace I leave with you, give to you
Sister Eloise Rosenblatt, RSM 
... "Political and family life can sometimes feel like maneuvering around plexiglass displays." ...

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