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Insights: San Bernardino Remembers, Praying for Migrants

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December 2, 2016

Anniversary of San Bernardino Shooting Tragedy


As we move into the Holy Advent Season, let us keep in mind that December 2 marks the first anniversary of the tragic San Bernardino mass shooting tragedy. The terror attack at the Inland Regional Center, which provides benefits to people with developmental disabilities and their families, claimed the lives of fourteen people and left 22 seriously wounded. As many as half of the victims had a connection to the Church in San Bernardino.


To mark this first anniversary, the Diocese of San Bernardino will be holding two memorial observances. The first is a special interfaith prayer vigil that took place on Thursday, December 1st on the eve of the anniversary at Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral. There was a reception following the service. 


A memorial mass will also be offered this morning at 10:00a.m. at Our Lady Queen of Peace Cemetery in Colton. Priests, Deacons, religious and the public are all welcome to attend and pray.


The Diocese will also be observing one minute of silent prayer today, December 2, at 10:58 a.m., the exact hour of the San Bernardino shootings. Click here for more information.



Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe to Pray for Families of Immigrants


A Day of Prayer with a focus on the plight of refugees and migrants will take place across the United States on December 12, 2016, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  It will be a time to place before a merciful God the hopes, fears, and needs of all those families who have come to the U.S. seeking a better life.


“As Christmas approaches and especially on this feast of Our Lady, we are reminded of how our savior Jesus Christ was not born in the comfort of his own home, but rather in an unfamiliar manger,” said Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, archbishop of Galveston-Houston and president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). “To all those families separated and far from home in uncertain times, we join with you in a prayer for comfort and joy this Advent season,” Cardinal DiNardo added.

Prayer services and special Masses will be held in many dioceses across the country as the Catholic Church continues to accompany migrants and refugees seeking an opportunity to provide for their families. If you are unable to attend or there is not one near you, Catholics are invited to offer prayers wherever they may be.  For example, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ office of Migrant and Refugee Services (MRS) has also developed a Scriptural Rosary entitled “Unity in Diversity” that includes prayers for migrants and refugees here.

“So many families are wondering how changes to immigration policy might impact them,” said Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, vice-president of the USCCB. “We want them to know the Church is with them, offers prayers on their behalf, and is actively monitoring developments at the diocesan, state, and national levels to be an effective advocate on their behalf.”

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Holy See Appoints Auxiliary Bishop for Diocese of Orange


Vatican announces Rev. Timothy Freyer will be elevated to new role supporting Bishop Kevin Vann


The Vatican announced last week that Rev. Timothy Freyer has been appointed by the Holy See as Auxiliary Bishop for the growing Diocese of Orange.


“I am both humbled and honored to accept this appointment,” said Fr. Freyer. “I am grateful to Pope Francis and to Bishop Vann for their trust and confidence in me and I pray that I may live up to their expectations.  In addition to my gratitude to the Holy Father and Bishop Vann, I am also grateful to Bishops Brown and Luong for their friendship and affection over these past years.”


In his new role, Fr. Freyer says he will assist Bishop Vann in any way he can, including continuing to develop the diocese’s new pastoral plan. He will also continue to focus on evangelization, including creating experiences, ministries and structures that will bring people closer to Christ.


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Catholic Perspective of the 2016 Election


On Monday, December 5, the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology will host a presentation featuring California Catholic Conference Executive Director Ned Dolejsi, who will offer a presentation on the results of the 2016 election and the concerns, opportunities, and priorities that may arise given California’s upcoming legislative session and the Democratic super majority.


Dolejsi will also explore the potential impact the Trump presidency may have on California.


The event will be live-streamed for convenient viewing, beginning promptly at 7:30 p.m. For more information or to RSVP to attend in person, visit You can view the event via live-stream by visiting For further information, please contact DSPT at (510) 849-2030.


The California State Legislature reconvenes next week to welcome returning members and swear in newly elected members. The CCC is gearing up to track organizational efforts and legislative news as this new super majority gets organized. Stay tuned to the CCC for more information.



Create in Me a Clean Heart Resources Now Available


At the request of the USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, supplementary resources for targeted audiences are now available to assist pastoral ministers in their efforts to educate the faithful about pornography and provide healing to those who have been harmed by it.


The five pamphlets include:

  • ·      Create in Me A Clean Heart: A Pastoral Response to Pornography – Abridged Version
  • ·      Pornography’s Effects on Marriage and Hope for Married Couples by Sam and Beth Meier
  • ·      Raising Chaste Children in a Pornographic World by Ryan Foley
  • ·      The Role of Priests in Ministry to Those Who Struggle with Pornography by Fr. David Songy
  • ·      ‘Wash Me Thoroughly’: Healing from Pornography Use and Addiction by Daniel Spadaro


Five pamphlets are now available for use. They can be purchased from the USCCB store by visiting or read online on the USCCB website and For Your Marriage websites (left sidebar). Spanish versions are in the works.


December 2, 2016
Vol. 9, No. 37