Hundreds of parishioners marched in a bilingual pilgrimage to seven parishes in a procession to celebrate Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday on Saturday, April 15, 2017. The pilgrimage started at St. Elizabeth and ended at Our Lady of Guadalupe near Southside Park in Sacramento.
The Rock Church's Easter musical production of “For What Purpose” is being staged with vocalists, a band, a large cast and crew, and even livestock. The production at the 1,200-member Elk Grove church, 8520 Bradshaw Road, is in its 18th year.
Jesus Culture planted its Sacramento church in September 2014, and now draws about 2,200 congregants every Sunday, Executive Pastor Zack Curry said. “We’ve been known as a youth ministry, but the church has become multigenerational, with an average age of 37. On Sunday, March 19, 2017, each service attracted about 500 people in folding chairs and dozens more on their feet, nodding their heads in affirmation of Pastor Banning Liebscher’s blend of gospel and anecdote at Folsom High School.
Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent which begins 40 days prior to Easter. Lent is a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline.
The Rev. Anthony Sadler speaks about the honor for Willie P. Cooke, the late pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church. A sign was installed on Ninth Avenue outside the church, where Cooke pastored for decades. Under the words Oak Park, the sign reads, “Honorary Rev. Willie P. Cooke Avenue.” Other Ninth Avenue signs will also sport the toppers.
Sister Libby Fernandez talks with The Bee's Cynthia Hubert about moving on from her 20 years working at the sprawling Loaves & Fishes agency near downtown Sacramento, serving the poorest of the poor, fighting their battles for housing, food and medical care. She will leave her job as executive director in June to start a new “bicycle ministry” she is calling Mercy Peddlers. The endeavor, she said in an interview, will allow her to continue her mission as a Sister of Mercy to serve poor people, but without the administrative burdens of running a large nonprofit group.
A woman suspected of smashing six windowpanes smashed and placing strips of uncooked bacon on an exterior door handle of the Davis mosque early in the morning of Jan. 22, 2017, has been arrested, Davis police said. The woman has been identified as Lauren Kirk-Coehlo. Police are calling it a hate crime because Muslims are prohibited from eating pork products. The security camera video also showed a woman, believed to be Kirk-Coehlo, slicing the seat of a bicycle and cutting the tires several bikes.
The 37th annual Yuba City Sikh Parade makes its way down Tierra Buena Street on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016. The parde commemorates the Guru Gaddee inauguration holiday of Sikhism's holy scripture, Siri Guru Granth Sahib, as the everlasting guru of the Sikhs. It's part of a weekend of festivities and the time-honored tradition of Nagar Kirtan.
Anthony Villarreal, 25, speaks about his expulsion from William Jessup University, a private Christian school in Rocklin. Villarreal believes he was expelled because he was gay. The school says he was expelled because of an arrest for domestic violence. Senate Bill 1146, a bill that would have allowed students like Villarreal to sue religious schools for discrimination, will be amended by its author Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, on Thursday to remove key provisions.
“All human love, no matter who you are or who you love, is worthy and valid and should be celebrated,” said Love is Love movement founder Beverly Kearney, who helped organize Sunday’s protest at Verity Baptist Church in Sacramento. Pastor Roger Jimenez, who made national headlines for his response to the Orlando Massacre, held a preachers conference Sunday that drew participants from around the country and as far away as New Zealand.
Verity Baptist has been targeted by protesters since a recorded sermon by its pastor, Roger Jimenez, praising the killings of 49 people in an Orlando gay nightclub, went viral online. Among the speakers was Pastor Steven Anderson of the Faithful Word Baptist Church of Tempe, AZ.
Thousands of Muslims take part in the Sacramento Grand Eid-ul-Fitr on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 to marks the end of Ramadan and 30 days of fasting. On this day, Muslims gather to offer prayers of thanks, visit friends and relatives, exchange gifts, sing songs, eat special dishes and enjoy each others company. Eid-ul-Fitr is comparable to the American holiday, Christmas.
Hundreds of people lined the parking lot of the office park where Verity Baptist Church holds its services. Participants held signs protesting the sermon last Sunday of Pastor Roger Jimenez, who said he wished the Orlando massacre had killed more people in the gay nightclub Pulse.