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placeholder February 7, 2011   •   VOL. 49, NO. 3   •   Oakland, CA

Feb. 9: Dinner, Deanery No. 23, Rectory

Feb. 10: Afternoon, Presbyteral Council; Diocesan Consultors. Chancery
• Evening, Knights of Columbus, Second Degree Exemplification, Holy Spirit/Fremont

Feb. 12: Morning, Diocesan Pastoral Council, Concord

Feb. 12-13: Parish Visitation, Immaculate Heart of Mary, Brentwood

Feb. 14-16: Workshop, National Catholic Bioethics Center, Dallas

Feb 17: Dinner, Jubilarians, Mission San Jose

Feb 18: Morning, Deans Meeting, Chancery
• Dinner, Deanery No. 18, Rectory

Feb. 19: Morning, Latino Parents Conference

Feb. 20: 10 a.m., Stational Mass, Cathedral
• Afternoon, Knights of Columbus, Third Degree Exemplification, Holy Spirit/Fremont

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New pastor
Father Dominic Thuong Hoai Nguyen of Our Lady of Good Counsel, San Leandro, has been assigned as pastor to St. John the Baptist, El Cerrito, effective March 5.

Holy Family Mission
With the closing of the Holy Family Ethnic Mission in Union City, the Sacramental Registers for all the ethnic communities that were using that facility will now be located at Saint Anne’s parish in Union City. Requests for sacramental records from any of those ethnic communities should be referred to Saint Anne’s parish and not the individual ethnic community.

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Revised Bible March 9
WASHINGTON—The “New American Bible,” revised edition (NABRE), the first major update to the New American Bible translation in 20 years, has been approved for publication. Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, then president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, signed the canonical rescript approving publication on Sept. 30.

The NABRE will be available in a variety of print, audio and electronic formats on March 9, Ash Wednesday. The new translation takes into account advances in linguistics of the biblical languages, as well as changes in vocabulary and the cultural background of English, in order to ensure a more accurate translation. The new translation also takes into account the discovery of new and better ancient manuscripts so that the best possible textual tradition is followed.

Marriage website popular

WASHINGTON—The popularity of the U.S. bishops’ website for strengthening and supporting marriage, www.foryourmarriage.org, continued to grow in 2010. According to a report from Google Analytics, the website received nearly half a million visits, a 23 percent increase over 2009. The website offers practical information and resources for married and engaged couples and people in serious dating relationships. In addition to articles on all stages of married life, the website features a Daily Marriage Tip, blogs, quizzes, book reviews, and Marriage in the News.

Priorities for new Congress

WASHINGTON — At a “time of difficult economic and policy choices,” the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops offered the new Congress an outline of the bishops’ priorities for the coming legislative year. In a letter mailed to all members of Congress Jan. 14, Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York expressed hope that “this newly elected Congress will advance the common good and defend the life and dignity of all, especially vulnerable and poor persons whose needs are critical.”

The concerns for the 112th Congress should include defense of unborn children, the disabled and the terminally ill; support for marriage as the “faithful, exclusive, lifelong union of one man and one woman;” budget, tax and entitlement policies that fairly “allocate the burdens and sacrifices” among all Americans; and achievement of a health care system that is truly “universal and life-affirming.”

Role affirmed in directives
WASHINGTON — In an exchange of letters with the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the head of the Catholic Health Association has affirmed that the local bishop is the “authoritative interpreter” of the ethical and religious directives that guide Catholic health care.

Sister Carol Keehan, a Daughter of Charity who is CHA president and CEO, said her organization “has a sincere desire to work with the Church and individual bishops to understand as clearly as possible clinical issues and bring the majesty of the Church’s teaching to that.”

CHA and the USCCB took opposing stands on whether the health reform bill passed last March would adequately protect against the possibility of federal funding of abortion and guard the conscience rights of health care providers and institutions.

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Couples must know rules
Men and women have a natural right to marry, but that does not mean they have a right to a Catholic wedding, Pope Benedict XVI said. For the Catholic Church, marriage is a sacrament that is witnessed by a priest or deacon, but performed by the couple who pledge their union will be forever and that they will be open to having and educating children, the pope said Jan. 22 when he met with members of the Roman Rota, a Vatican-based tribunal that deals mainly with marriage cases. Because the Church has a very specific religious understanding of what marriage is, “no one can claim the right to a marriage ceremony” in the Church, the pope said. Too often engaged couples — and even those preparing them for marriage — consider the pre-marriage courses simply a bureaucratic hurdle to overcome before the wedding.

Council launches forum

The Pontifical Council for Culture is launching an international forum to promote dialogue between Catholics and non-believers. The new Vatican network and forum, called the “Courtyard of the Gentiles,” will be inaugurated in Paris March 25.

Prayer intentions for Feb.

Pope Benedict’s general prayer intention for February is: “That all may respect the family and recognise it for its unmatched contribution to the advancement of society.”
His mission intention is: “That Christian communities may witness to the presence of Christ in serving those who suffer from disease in those mission territories where the fight against disease is most urgent”.

Joan: model for politicians

With her deep prayer life and total devotion to serving God and the good of her fellow citizens, St. Joan of Arc is a wonderful model for Christian politicians, Pope Benedict XVI said. “Hers is a beautiful example of holiness for laypeople involved in politics, especially in difficult situations. Faith is the light that guided all her choices,” the pope said Jan. 26 during his weekly general audience. The pope’s remarks about St. Joan were part of an ongoing series of audience talks about influential Catholic women of the Middle Ages.

— Catholic Voice news services

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