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Cesar Chavez’ Legacy Remembered at Prayer Breakfast

Stockton, CA — “…Bless the workers and bless those who are in power…” said Stephen Blair, Bishop Dioceses of Stockton as he blessed the field workers and working families.  The blessing was during the Cesar Chavez Prayer breakfast during the morning of March 26, 2016.

Annually the Mexican Heritage Center and Gallery hosts a breakfast in observance of “Cesar Chavez’ birthday and to honor the hard work of field workers with a prayer,” explained Gracie Madrid, President of the Mexican Heritage Center and Gallery (MHC&G); adding, “often young people think of Cesar Chavez as the boxer, not the civil rights activist who built a movement for field worker rights.”

“My parents wanted us to live here [In the U.S.] because they wanted a better future for us…” Explained Roberto Valdes Sanchez artist exhibiting at MHC&G, and keynote speaker.  Valdez remembers learning about Cesar Chavez in 1983, “To me he is the most influential leader in U.S. History… He did more for Latinos than any other person in the history of the United States.”

Jose Lopez, Youth Programs Coordinator of the Diocese of Stockton remembers Cesar Chavez when he saw him in south Stockton’s McKinley Park. “He told us, ‘newborn puppies open their eyes during the first 3 days and when will you do it?’ those words will forever be remembered, because he was inviting us to wake up and to fight for our rights,” Chavez’s words are, “embedded well and are very important.”

For Tatiana Garcia, 11th grade student at Venture Academy the conversation and the art, hits close to home. “My family has been working on the fields, Cesar Chavez’s work impacted our family as well as many other,” Garcia appreciated the program and Valdes’ art.   “He has a lot of talent.   I am impressed by his pencil work.”

MHC&G is open all year with different monthly exhibits by artist, community members and educational programs.  The Gallery is located at 111 S. Hunter Street, Stockton, CA  95202.

EVENT: St. Gertrudes Bazar

STOCKTON, CA – St. Gertrude’s will be hosting their Bazar this weekend. Saturday, 8/4 from 1-9PM and Sunday 8/5 from 11am – 9pm.$1.00 donation at the door 1663 E. Main Street Stockton, California. Contact (209) 466-0278 for more information.

The Diocese to $3.75 million to victim of Fr. Michael Kelly

STOCKTON, CA — on the morning of April 20, 2012 Stockton County Superior Court Judge Bob McNatt, announced the settlement of the sexual abuse claims filed by Manly & Stewart’s client, who revealed himself after the settlement to be Travis Trotter. Continue reading

The Diocese of Stockton to pay $3.75 million dollars to the victim of Fr. Michael Kelly.

STOCKTON, California (April 20, 2012)  – This morning, at 10:00 a.m., Stockton County Superior Court Judge Bob McNatt, announced the settlement of the sexual abuse claims filed by Manly & Stewart’s client, John TZ Doe.  Continue reading

Civil Jury —Guilty of Sexual Assault:Father Michael Kelly Removed from ministry

Stockton, CA — Father Michael Kelly, pastor of Saint Joachim’s Catholic Church in Lockeford, was found guilty of sexual assault on Friday, April 6th, by a civil jury following the charges of an altar boy in the 1980s. Continue reading

Faith: A Short Life with So Much Left to Remember

By Fr. Dean McFalls,

The Mossdale Bridge is an uninviting place to be on an early winter morning.

I ventured out on its aging wooden timbers the morning we began Angela’s services.  Already the sun was working hard to break through a cloud barrier.  A chilly wind mixed with cool air rising from the river down below.  With the gaps of empty space so visible between old railroad ties and through the grey metal grating, I made sure my cell phone and wallet were secure.  What seemed thoroughly insecure was my safety as I began climbing the staircase. Continue reading

If you missed it: The State of the Union Address

Remarks by the President in State of the Union Address

United States Capitol Washington, D.C. 9:10 P.M. ET

State of the Union Address

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Carrying Forward the Vision of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream


By Mayra Barrios

(bw) STOCKTON, CA – Carrying forward the vision of Martin Luther King`s dream, diverse members of the community and outreach agencies came together to improve Stockton, gathering in the Gymnasium of St. Mary of the Assumption Church on Saturday, January 14th.

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The 2011 Top 10 Stories Most Read

As we begin 2012, Bilingual Weekly’s newsroom extracted the top 10 most read stories during the last 352 days.  Please note that the top 10 stories were not selected by the Bilingual Weekly’s staff, our team ran the English website’s analytics’ report which evaluates the hits received daily and it ranked each story from the highest number of hits to the lowest ranking in local news coverage. The following stories are briefs of the top 10 stories you, our readers clicked on.

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Traditional Mexican Posadas in San Joaquin


The Rondalla Presencia de Amor of Stockton formed by a male choir delighted the audience with a variety of romantic boleros.

Traditional Mexican Posadas in San Joaquin

By Mayra Barrios

Las posadas (the shelters) in Spanish are an important part of the Christmas festivities in Mexico. These celebrations are held on each of the nine nights leading up to Christmas, from December 16 to 24th.

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God, the Earth and Ozone: Stockton’s Diocese pushes for clean air, pairing environmental advocacy with faith

Betsy Reifsnider's Office

A tall, brown-haired, soft-eyed woman sits back and laughs. On her office desk is a portrait of the Dalia Lama pasted next to Queen Elizabeth, and behind her desk hangs a green t-shirt that states, “Got Asthma?” It shows the lungs of a healthy child and the lungs of one in five children living in the San Joaquin Valley, one of the most polluted places in the country. Betsy Reifsnider’s unassuming cubicle looks like many in the environmental activist realm, but she is working for the Catholic Church, specifically Stockton’s Diocese–and she is in the lead. As part of a growing national movement pairing ecology with faith, Reifsnider has the only paid Catholic environmental advocacy position in the nation. Continue reading

To Dance Beyond the Grave

SACRAMENTO, CA – Culminating the Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertosfestivities this year,La Raza Galería Posada, Sacramento’s Latino art and cultural center, brings the Panteon de Sacramento (Sacramento’s Cemetery) to life.This isa two day/night outdoor display of fifty large, colorful altares. The altares will be available for public viewing on Saturday October 29 and Sunday October 30. Families, individuals, area artists and local not for profit organizations will build the altares for public display.Theatre, music, poets and children’s workshops are all part of the two-day event. In Sacramento, Día de los Muertos has been celebrated since the early 1970s, commensurate with the Galería’s founding in 1972, 39 years ago.

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Faith: Our Response to 9/11: a Legacy of Questions

By Fr. Dean McFalls, St. Mary’s Parish,

Stockton, CA. September 10th, 2011- Like all of you, I remember distinctly where I was and what I was doing on that Tuesday morning when the world changed forever.

Something prompted me to do what I never did: turn on the television.

The rest of that day passed like a dream. I can hardly remember anything.

Suddenly, the Modesto Bee’s endless front-page repetition of the Chandra Levy mystery and Congressman Gary Condit’s suspected connection went silent. Suddenly, it was as if the Dot-Com crash had never taken place. Continue reading

An Anniversary to Regret Forever

father dean | Fr. Dean McFalls, St. Mary’s 8/14/11

Yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of what would be one of the ugliest construction projects in all human —or, should we say, un-human— history.


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A God Who Will Not Be Re-Invented.

Fr. Dean McFalls, St. Mary’s, Stockton, on

Trinity Sunday (June 19, 2011) 

Last Sunday, the Word’s own interpreter made an appearance at St. Mary’s. Of course, the Mass is permeated with the Word, both in the scriptures read and in the content of our prayers – not to mention, we hope, in the homily – but this unique privilege was completely unexpected.  I had returned to the sanctuary after our fifth service, when all was quiet and soft music played. No one was present, but the afternoon light painted life-tones across the walls as it passed from heaven through the stained glass windows. A man was pacing back and forth in that open space between the people and the altar, reading aloud, as it were, to the spirit of the church.  He seemed to stop and go, as if uncertain how to pronounce the text.  Continue reading

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