San Jose Pastor Racking Up COVID Fines For Refusing To Stop Indoor ServicesA San Jose pastor says the mounting fines will not stop his ministry. Joe Vazquez reports the church was found in contempt of court for refusing to stop indoor services.
COVID: Calvary Chapel San Jose, Pastor Held In Contempt For Defying Gathering, Mask OrdersA Santa Clara County judge Tuesday held a San Jose church and its pastor in contempt over holding large indoor gatherings with hundreds in attendance in violation of COVID-19 safety protocols. Devin Fehely reports. (12/8/20)
SF Glide Memorial Thanksgiving Day Feast Moves OutdoorsThe pandemic didn't stop Glide Memorial Church from serving meals to thousands of people in need. Organizers Thursday prepared their first-ever outdoor Thanksgiving feast. Emily Turner reports. (11-26-20)
Court Orders Defiant San Jose Church To Limit Services To 100 GuestsA defiant San Jose church that has been holding indoor services with hundreds of parishioners during the pandemic was slapped with a restraining order on Monday. Andria Borba has details of the lawsuit.
South Bay Church Lawyers Up to Fight County Over Public Gathering ViolationsSanta Clara County and San Jose's Calvary Chapel are headed to court over the church's weekly services which are in violation of public health orders. Emily Turner reports. (11-1-20)
COVID-19 Test Site at Oakland Church Attracts Those Previously UncheckedA coronavirus testing event at an Oakland church highlighted the importance of discovering people who aren't infected. John Ramos reports. (10-31-20)
SF Archbishop Meets With East Palo Alto Community for Social Justice DialogueThe San Francisco Archbishop went to church in East Palo Alto Saturday, not to preach but to listen. Wilson Walker reports. (10-10-20)
SFPD Joins in National 'Faith and Blue' Community Outreach EventFriday kicks off the first ever "Faith and Blue" day at churches not only in San Francisco but across the country. Andria Borba reports. (10-9-20)
Glass Fire Evacuees Gather in Napa for Prayer, Mutual ComfortA prayer service was held for evacuees of the Glass Fire Saturday as they struggled to deal with the disruption in their lives. John Ramos reports. (10-3-20)
Justice Dept. Tells S.F. Mayor Her Rule for Places of Worship UnconstitutionalThe U.S. Justice Department sent a letter to S.F. Mayor London Breed saying that the city's current COVID-19 policy allowing only one congregant in places of worship "is contrary to the Constitution..." Joe Vazquez reports. (9-25-20)
San Francisco Archbishop Leads 'Free the Mass' March to Reopen ChurchesLed by San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Joseph Cordileone, hundreds of Catholics marched in San Francisco Sunday, demanding city health officials ease restrictions on public indoor religious services. Devin Fehely reports. (9-20-20)
Bay Area Restaurants Celebrate Rosh Hashana With Special Meal KitsThe Jewish new year may look different in the age of COVID-19 but restaurants across the Bay Area are trying to preserve tradition with special meal kits. Betty Yu reports. (9-18-20)
Jewish Restaurant in San Francisco Prepares Pickup Meals for Rosh HashanahIn what may be a trial run for the coming holiday season, restaurants in the Bay Area are pivoting to a pickup/delivery approach as the Jewish new year arrives. Betty Yu reports. (9-18-20)
South Bay Baptist Pastor Fined for Violating Ban on Indoor Church ServicesA Santa Clara pastor posted a video this week after being slapped with $10,000 in fines for violating the health order. Maria Medina reports. (8-27-20)
SF Priest Stirs Controversy Calling for In-Person Worship Amid PandemicA San Francisco priest chastised his parishioners for putting fears over faith and skipping Mass to "avoid the remote possibility of dying from covid." Kenny Choi reports. (7-30-20)
Armenian School in San Francisco Vandalized With Hate SpeechVandals sprayed the Krouzian-Zekarian-Vasbouragan Armenian School in San Francisco with racist graffiti, claiming to be in support of an anti-Armenian movement by Azerbaijan. Andria Borba reports. (7-24-20)
Reopened Then Shut, CoCo County Cancels Indoor Religious GatheringsA rise in COVID-19 cases has prompted Contra Costa County to once again cancel all indoor church services just days after they were allowed to reopen. John Ramos reports. (7-12-20)
Worshippers Maintain Social Distancing at Drive-Up Church ServicesMany seeking fellowship have found a seemingly-safe way to attend church services without violating social-distance guidelines. Devin Fehely reports. (5-24-20)
Bay Area Churches Making Major Changes To Keep Worshipers Safe From COVID-19Churches across the Bay Area are making changes to keep people safe once they are allowed to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic. John Ramos shows us what services will look like.
At Oakland Meeting, Several California Churches Say They'll Reopen by End of MayAt a meeting in Oakland Thursday, leaders of several California congregations said they would reopen May 31 with or without state approval. Da Lin reports. (5-14-20)
Tech Helps Bay Area Muslims Observe Ramadan VirtuallyFor the next month, Muslims will be praying and fasting, even though their mosques have been closed because of the shelter in place order. Len Ramirez reports. (4-24-20)
Pastor of Richmond Church Cited for Easter Gathering Remains DefiantThe congregation of All Nations Church of God in Christ in Richmond flouted a state ban on large gatherings Sunday and the pastor was cited. He tells KPIX he won't back down. Da Lin reports. (4-17-20)
East Bay Priest Sets Up to Livestream Easter ServicesThere won't be any parishioners in the pews but the coronavirus outbreak won't stop the faithful from celebrating Easter together at one East Bay church. Don Ford reports from Livermore. (4-10-20)
Bay Area Rabbi Makes 'Seder To Go' Kits To Celebrate Passover Amid Coronavirus PandemicA rabbi in San Jose is helping the local Jewish community celebrate Passover while social distancing from home, by making "Seder to Go" kits. (4/7/20)