The Veterans Home of California - Yountville is a 1,000 person facility that is in need of a full time Catholic chaplain, and the preference is a priest for this population. The facility is the largest of its kind in the United States and has a population of 1,200 aged and disabled veterans of World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Gulf War, War in Afghanistan and Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Efforts to revive the death penalty in California were dealt another blow late last month when a state agency tasked with reviewing regulatory changes rejected a proposed new lethal injection protocol. The decision by the Office of Administrative Law came one day after the California Supreme Court blocked implementation of Proposition 66, an initiative passed by voters in November to expedite capital punishment, pending the outcome of a lawsuit.
The Restorative Ministry of The Archdiocese of San Francisco is joining with the San Francisco Sheriff's Department of Religious Services and other Faith Leaders to host twice monthly days of prayer at the County Jail #5 in San Bruno.
Chaplin Sam Smolinisky announced today that Father Greg Boyle will spend a day with inmates at Pelican Bay State Prison on Thursday, January 19, 2017. Fa. Boyle will celebrate Mass in A & B Chapels, walk the housing in A Yard and the solitary confinement units (SHU and Ad-Seg).
The PICO National Network has launched Faith in the Valley, a new organizing effort that consolidates five multiracial, multi-faith PICO federations. Faith in the Valley will build on work accomplished over the past 15 years in five counties of California's Central Valley: Fresno, Merced, Kern, Stanislaus and San Joaquin.
When Mass held last Christmas for ICE detainees at Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center in Elk Grove, the Diocese of Sacramento was just beginning a renewed effort to support and strengthen its prison ministry. Only five men chose to participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation so they could receive Communion.
Yesterday the California Supreme Court stayed implementation of Proposition 66, the voter-approved law intended to speed up California’s fractured death penalty system. The new law will not take effect while a court considers a lawsuit from its opponents.
The Archdiocese of San Francisco will be conducting special prayer services this week to remember people who were killed in the city and its surrounding area since October and their families. "We ask that you please remember, during daily and Sunday services, all affected family, friends and those involved in these crimes," said Julio Escobar, Director of Restorative Ministry.
The Christmas season is difficult for families who have lost loved ones to violence. The Church family, friends, and the community are often at a loss about how to be there for those who must face the holidays without the children, parents, sisters and brothers who were so loved. Parents of Murdered Children (POMC) has put together resources to help us all face the grief and cope. POMC has a number of chapters in California.
KNXT aired a two-part program on restorative justice this fall as part of its Catholic Social Teaching 101 broadcast. Participants active in the Fresno area talk about how these principles are being implemented in schools, neighborhoods, prisons and parishes.