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Welcome to SalinasCatholic.net, the sister site ofMontereyCatholic.net, a mobile-friendly online news and information source for the Catholic faithful of the Church in Monterey in California. Our mission is to inform the people of the Diocese, and beyond, about the good works and the special events of local parishes, schools, organizations, apostolates, and ministries.

How did SalinasCatholic.net andMontereyCatholic.net come about?

In the two years that I was conducting research for Grace upon Grace: A History of the Diocese of Monterey in California (Éditions du Signe, 2017), I noticed something missing in the life of the local Church that had existed once before. I had been spending a lot of time in the diocesan archives, going through old copies of The Observer, the official newspaper of the Diocese from 1969 until 2008.

One of the benefits of the diocesan newspaper was that local Catholics always knew what was happening at a nearby parish—whether it was a special liturgy, festival, musical concert, or bake sale. This helped the people of the Diocese to keep in mind that not only were they part of a parish family, but that they were also part of a wider family—the diocesan family.

Since 2008, there has been no single mode of communication so that the members of one parish know what their neighbors at another parish are doing. Parish bulletins only have so much space to promote what is going on in neighboring parishes, as much of their limited space is dedicated to parish events, as opposed to events happening in nearby parishes.

I had informed our late bishop, the Most Rev. Richard J. Garcia, as to my thoughts and ideas via email. In reply, Bishop Garcia wrote:

I like your idea about reaching our people in the Diocese, and beyond as well, about what is occurring or about to occur in our Diocese. We have a lot of activities and events that we could all share in better […] if only we could get the word out to all.

Garcia, Richard J. “Re: Permission request for new initiative”. Message to Geoffrey Lopes da Silva. 30 September 2016. E-mail. 

While MontereyCatholic.net is specifically for the parish communities within the region of the Diocese known as the Vicariate of the Monterey Peninsula, SalinasCatholic.net is for the parish communities within the regions of the Diocese known as the Vicariate of the Salinas Area, the Vicariate of the Salinas Valley, and the Vicariate of San Benito County. Websites for other vicariates are currently in development and will officially launch in the coming months.

Faithful to the Magisterium of the Church, SalinasCatholic.net reflects the mission of the Diocese of Monterey in California that it has inherited from Saint Junípero Serra: to celebrate the love of God and to serve as a witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

If you are a parish, school, organization, apostolate, or ministry within the Vicariates of the Salinas Area, the Salinas Valley, and San Benito County, please use this link to submit event information for publishing on SalinasCatholic.net.

In the words of our late beloved Bishop, let us “get the word out to all”.

Geoffrey Lopes da Silva
Creator and Editor

23 April 2019  
Tuesday within the Octave of Easter