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Late on the night of Feb. 16, California Catholic Daily’s lone full-time employee waited at his computer as the hour approached midnight for a story to be filed by a volunteer correspondent in the Bay Area about a protest by Catholics of President Obama’s visit earlier that evening to San Francisco.

The dedication of the correspondent — who is not compensated for his work — and the willingness of our editor to stay up late paid off: CalCatholic was able to post a story just minutes after midnight on Feb. 17 providing our readers with details of the protest they were unlikely to find anywhere else: “Around 150 Catholics prayed the rosary, sang the Ave Maria and We Shall Overcome, waved Vatican flags, and stood for religious freedom and the Constitution in San Francisco last night, a city that cast more than 85% of its votes for President Obama in 2008. One young man climbed a tree and waved an American flag surmounted by a banner of Our Lady of Guadalupe,” the story began.

That story is just one example of the behind-the-scenes work we do here at CalCatholic to provide our readers with hard-hitting news of interest to Catholics. On Feb. 21, we reported on a state-funded program to provide teenagers between the ages of 12 and 19 with free condoms and sexual lubricants by mail. The next day, we reported on the appearance of Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, a longtime foe of the Church and homosexual activist, at San Francisco’s Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, where, according to the homosexual press, he “shared the stage” with Archbishop George Niederauer.

In our ongoing coverage of the intense national debate of the Obama Administration’s HHS contraception mandate, CalCatholic brought you news of the Army’s muzzling of the Archbishop for Military Services of the U.S. The news came to us “straight from the horse’s mouth” — in the form of a statement provided by the military archdiocese itself, with no editorial changes or interpretation on our part.

And that’s just a small sample of our work over the last few weeks. Day in and day out, you can rely on CalCatholic to bring you news of interest to serious Catholics across the world. We do not shy away from tough or controversial topics, and the range of subjects we write about is wide: from public scandal within the Church, to liturgical abuses, to statements from our bishops on matters of importance, to the clash between politics and Catholic values. You can read about all of it here. And, if you are so moved, you can provide your own feedback in our lively comments section.

About a year ago — on Feb. 22, 2011 — we let you know that CalCatholic was facing closure without the financial backing of its readers. In the ensuing months, we took several steps in an effort to win your support. We became a California non-profit religious corporation, and we filed for — and later received — status as a 501(c) (3) public charity from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, which means your donations to CalCatholic are tax deductible.

Thanks to you, CalCatholic has survived another year — but we are again swimming in treacherous and uncertain financial waters. Right now, we don’t even have enough money to cover our upcoming monthly payroll — which amounts to only about $5000. In fact, our total annual budget is just $60,000 — an amount we have kept low by being very frugal with your contributions.

So today we turn to you once more for help. In order to continue bringing you our unique brand of Catholic journalism, CalCatholic needs for you to make a tax-deductible contribution today. Even if you are already among our regular monthly contributors, we ask you to consider sending us a little extra now. And for most of our many thousands of daily readers who have not chosen to contribute something toward our work each month, we ask that you take the time now to send in what you can. Our survival depends on it.

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Posted Tuesday, February 28, 2012 1:49 AM By charlio
Sorry, I’m unemployed. There are better payment arrangements than PayPal, which sits sometimes for weeks on electronic payments that should be instantaneous. One outfit that is possibly better is Givimo (don’t know their moral stand).

Posted Tuesday, February 28, 2012 6:57 AM By Geri
Thank you for reminding us that you need funds, and are now a 501(c) (3). Your reporting is very important, and it keeps the troops informed and ready to act. Thank you.

Posted Tuesday, February 28, 2012 7:39 AM By JMJ
I for one truly appreciate your site along with Zenit and now the Vatican site in order to find out what is going on in the real world. Being retired is nice, but it has it drawbacks with a very limited income that someone that is not very nice over in Washington, D.C. wants to take away from us with all of his antics, so my help will be on the small side. I thank you even though you don’t put all of my comments on. Hey, it’s not my fault that I don’t accept the misuse of the term “expert” that gets used so much these days. God Bless You and all those that read your articles, even those people that are not walking in the footsteps of Jesus. +JMJ+

Posted Tuesday, February 28, 2012 7:47 AM By Camille
To add to the info regarding the mailing of contraceptives in plain brown wrapper to teens I add the fact that Planned Parenthood has now obtained a memorandum of understanding with Las Positas Community College, within the Diocese of Oakland, that it will be on their campus, in the health clinic, every Friday, dispensing free condoms. The religious of the Oakland Diocese are unaware of this event which will endanger the morals of young Catholic men and women. Perhaps your faithful readers could help alert their pastors to this latest degrading of faith and morals? IS it happening in your community?

Posted Tuesday, February 28, 2012 11:12 AM By Abeca Christian
This is lent season, great opportunity for alms giving, when done in private God will multiply what we give from the heart. God is good!!

Posted Tuesday, February 28, 2012 11:22 AM By JLS
Check on the way.

Posted Tuesday, February 28, 2012 1:03 PM By Abeca Christian
For those that doubt on that scripture passage that says that God multiplies what we give from the heart, you must be going at in the wrong way because I have seen the many miracles our Lord has shown us through alms-giving!

Posted Tuesday, February 28, 2012 2:50 PM By JimAroo
You’re the best at what you do. Thank you for allowing comments -it often help;s clarify what the issue is. Zenit just reports with no critical analysis. I will donate again through Paypal. Keep up the good work!

Posted Tuesday, February 28, 2012 8:41 PM By Delilah
After 2.5 years I finally found a job in my profession, nursing. Home Health to be exact. You will get a check out of my first check in a couple of years. Unemployment expired in November last year. At least my grandparents taught me how to make great soup. Pax

Posted Wednesday, February 29, 2012 5:03 AM By Ski Ven
Let us pray for the staff of Calcatholic so that they can continue to be gainfully employed even if this website has to fold. May God be with them.