The May-June 2021 issue of Catholic Herald magazine has been published. The theme for this issue is "Hope through the pandemic." The digital edition of the magazine is available at https://www.scd.org/catholic-herald-magazine.
In the cover story of this issue, Sister Zuly Cardenas Carreon, Sister Ana Luisa Vazquez Lopez and Sister Antonia Sanchez Nunez, members of the Congregation of the Eucharistic Missionaries of the Infant Jesus and Our Lady of Fatima, are committed to a five-year cultural exchange program where they are serving, learning and working primarily in Butte County. They are from different parts of Mexico: Cuernavaca, Chiapas and Guanajuato City, respectively. A significant part of their weekly time commitment is to the Promotores Program, as coordinated by Northern Valley Catholic Social Service (NVCSS) for outreach in Chico, Oroville and Paradise.
Other feature stories in this issue include Bishop Jaime Soto's column on: "Joseph's whole life can only be understood as part of the mission of Jesus"; Father Michal Olszewski, parochial administrator of St. Joseph Parish in Marysville, shares the story of how the restoration of historic St. Joseph Church united parishioners during the pandemic; how Father Michael Estaris, parochial administrator of St. Monica Parish in Willows, and his parishioners brought "joy and comfort" during the pandemic; how Father Brian Soliven, pastor of Holy Family Parish in Portola, produces video "espresso shots" for "quick spiritual bursts" of inspiration; how members of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament's young adult ministry are engaging online platforms to feed pandemic-induced hunger; how strong communications are key at SS. Peter and Paul Parish in Rocklin during COVID-19; Nate and Vanessa 'leave it in the hands of the Lord': From the front lines to the front of the altar; and Rocio Moreno of Catholic Charities of Yolo-Solano helps others with rental assistance program.
In the Last Word column, Msgr. James Murphy reflects on Hiems Transit! The Song of Songs says it all.
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