St. Anthony Retreat & Conference Centers Evacuation

Good Morning from the Retreat and Conference Center. Yes we have another fire at our back door, same time of year as last year’s. Our area is under Voluntary Evacuation so we have for safety concerns canceled all events at least through this upcoming weekend. Please keep this facility and the great firefighters in your […] more

27th Annual Marian Eucharistic Conference – Oct. 22-24 2021


The Fall edition of Catholic Life magazine is now available.

Dear Pastors, Administrators, School Principals, Pastoral Center Staff, Catholic Organizations, Ministry Leaders and Friends: The Fall edition of Catholic Life magazine is now available for you and your parishioners. Please go to the diocesan website, click on the cover or use the provided link in this e-mail to view this digital edition of our wonderful […] more

Don’t Slander St. Junípero Serra

California lawmakers sully the good name of a Catholic saint. By Salvatore J. Cordileone and José H. Gomez California lawmakers have passed legislation to replace a statue of St. Junípero Serra at the Capitol in Sacramento with a new monument honoring the state’s native peoples. The Serra statue has been in storage since it was […] more

USCCB President on the Twentieth Anniversary of the September 11 Terrorist Attacks

USCCB President on the Twentieth Anniversary of the September 11 Terrorist Attacks (Eng/Spn) September 10, 2021 WASHINGTON – Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued the following statement on the eve of the twentieth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. The full text of Archbishop […] more

A letter from Bishop Brennan to the parish community and the populace of Bakersfield

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A Father in the Shadows

Greetings my brothers and sisters, In our reflections on the Apostolic Letter, Patris Corde, issued by Pope Francis on the occasion of the Year of St. Joseph, we arrive at the last numbered section entitled, A Father in the Shadows. This is a reference to a work on St. Joseph by the Polish author, Jan […] more

St. Joseph in the October month of the Rosary (Eng/Spn)


U.S. Bishop Chairmen Respond to Evolving Crisis in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON—A widespread humanitarian crisis is unfolding in Afghanistan, with the Taliban swiftly seizing control of the capital on August 15. Thousands of people who have worked as interpreters, translators, and in other capacities alongside the United States military over the past twenty years, including Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) applicants, find themselves and their families in […] more

Requirement for Universal Masking Indoors at K-12 Schools

​On July 12, 2021, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) updated its guidance for K-12 schools, which continued the universal mask requirement first instituted in January 2021. Schools throughout the state have implemented the requirement, which was subsequently adopted and endorsed by leading health authorities, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) […] more

Mass to Commemorate the 107th World Day of Migrants and Refugees


Saint Joseph Summit: September 30 – October 3

Saint Joseph Summit (, a virtual Catholic conference September 30 – October 3, featuring such bishops as Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, and lay evangelists including Scott Hahn and Chris Stefanick.  more