- Oct 26, 2020
Some of the few Masses available for Catholics in California’s Bay Area came to a halt the weekend of Aug. 22 as bishops urged parishioners to pray for one another, for firefighters, and to stay home as air quality diminished in some parts of the state because of some of the largest wildfires in California history.
A year after a gunman opened fire at a popular family-oriented festival in the town of Gilroy, California, Bishop Oscar Cantu of San Jose offered his prayers for continued healing, remembering the two children and an adult killed in the mass shooting.
As the coronavirus continues to call for social distancing, some like the Diocese of San Jose, California, are finding creative ways to combine safeguarding the health needs of their parishioners with a way to help the financial health of their projects as well.
In mid-March, bishops worldwide were forced to change the way they operated their dioceses practically overnight as civil authorities put in place restrictions to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
For Bishop Oscar Cantu of San Jose, California, the early August assault by a gunman who opened fire on El Pasoans and others doing weekend shopping at a Walmart in the border city this summer struck particularly deep.