Bishop McGrath’s Pre-Christmas Message

Spanish November 23, 2016 Dear Brothers and Sisters, I address myself today to all Catholics and people of good will, here in Santa Clara County.  In a special way, I am writing to those among us who live in fear – fear of discrimination, of deportation, of having their families torn apart. There is a […]

Intercessions and prayer for after the elections 2016

Here are some intercessions and prayers for these days after the election that you can select from and adapt for use in your Sunday and weekday Masses and in your own personal prayers. (Click here to download these prayers as a Word file) Sample intercessions for after the Election Diana Macalintal Let us pray for the […]

California Bishops Express Disappointment in Loss of Prop 62

The following statement was released by Edward “Ned” Dolejsi, executive director of the California Catholic Conference of Bishops: “Yesterday’s elections were the culmination of a long and contentious election season marked by cynicism and alienation. Nevertheless, California’s voters fulfilled their civic duty and placed their votes.  The democratic process, once again, demonstrates that the will […]

The American People Have Chosen Our New President

The Church holds in high regard the sacred right and duty of all citizens “to use their free vote to further the common good” (Gaudium et Spes, 75). Therefore, “the Church praises and esteems the work of those who for the good of humankind devote themselves to the service of the state and take on […]

California Bishops Urge Respect and Calm During Election Season

  Contact: Steve Pehanich 916-313-4000 Bishop Jaime Soto, President of the California Catholic Conference, issued the following statement on behalf of his fellow Bishops in California: Animosity and hyperbole has characterized the current election season.  This should give all people pause.  The natural and healthy exchange of ideas, critical to our democratic system has devolved […]

Intercessions and Prayers for the U.S. Elections 2016

Here are some intercessions and prayers for the upcoming elections that you can select from and adapt for use in your Sunday and weekday Masses and in your own personal prayers. (Click here to download these prayers as a Word file) Sample intercessions Diana Macalintal Let us pray for the world and all its leaders […]

Bishop McGrath’s Statement On Election 2016 and After Election

Dear Friends, Since 1796, when John Adams succeeded George Washington as President, a founding principle of our great nation has been the orderly transfer of power, as an expression of the will of the people. The notion of a democracy relies upon this. As hard-fought as many of our elections have been, our nation has […]

Catholics speak out for true justice on Prop 62 and Prop 66 CRS: The Church Responds to Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew, a powerful category 4 storm, is traveling through the Caribbean and made landfall in Haiti early Tuesday, October 4, 2016. With maximum sustained winds of 140 miles per hour, it is predicted that Hurricane Matthew will remain powerful into Tuesday and beyond, as it passes Haiti and heads to the far eastern coasts […]

Bishop McGrath’s Statement on the 2016 Elections

As we approach this Fall’s General Election, I know that many of you – like myself – are in the process of discerning the choices before us in the presidential race, as well as in many of the other races and issues that will be decided on November 8.  I am writing to you today […]