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placeholder September 5, 2011   •   VOL. 49, NO. 15   •   Oakland, CA

Sept. 5-6: Religious Liberty Meeting, New York City

Sept. 7: (Morning) Bishop’s Committee on Canonical Affairs and Church Governance

       (Evening) Oakland Police Foundation Board meeting

Sept. 8: (Morning) Bishop O’Dowd High School opening Mass

       (Afternoon) Presbyteral Council; Diocesan Consultors, Chancery

Sept. 10-11: Parish Visitation, St. Benedict

Sept. 11: (Evening) 9/11 Memorial Concert, Cathedral

Sept. 12: (Afternoon) Bishop’s Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth

Sept. 13: (Morning) Mass and talk, Catholics@Work, Danville

Sept. 14: (Morning) Youth Ministers meeting, Cathedral

Sept. 15: (Morning) Bishop’s Administrative Council, Chancery

       (Afternoon) Lay Ecclesial Ministers Council, Chancery

       (Evening) Knight of Malta Clinic Benefit, San Francisco

Sept. 16: (Evening) Cathedral Symposium for Priests, Rectory

Sept. 17: (Morning) Ordination to Transitional Diaconate, Menlo Park

Sept. 17-18: Parish Visitation, St. Margaret Mary

Sept. 19: Vacation

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Clergy assignments

Father Dominic Asare, SVD, has been assigned as parochial vicar to St. Bernard Parish in Oakland, effective July 1.

Father Joseph Antony Sebastian, SVD has been assigned as pastor to St. Joachim Parish in Hayward, effective on July 1.

Father Neal Clemens is the parochial administrator of St. Raymond Parish in Dublin, effective July 15. He will remain so until the bishop appoints a new pastor.

Father John Gibson SDB has been assigned as pastor to St. Ambrose Parish in Berkeley, effective Aug. 15.

Father Terrence O’Malley has been assigned as parochial administrator to Transfiguration Parish in Castro Valley, effective Aug. 15. Father Mario Borges remains pastor.

Father Tammy Lee Aw Ngo, OFM Conv., has been assigned as parochial vicar to St. Paul Parish in San Pablo, effective Sept. 1.

Father Larry D’Anjou is on a study leave until approximately Dec. 1.

Priests elect officers

After the elections that took place at the end of the last term, the makeup of the 2011–2013 Presbyteral Council, the group of priests who advise the bishop in the governance of the diocese, is as follows:

Representing pastors: Fathers John Blaker, Brian Joyce, José León, James Matthews, Ronald Schmit.

Representing religious communities of men: Father George Alengadan, SDB.

Representing special works: Father Raymond G. Breton, JCD.

Representing parochial vicars, Alameda County: Father William Rosario.

Representing parochial vicars, Contra Costa County: Father Ruben Morales.

Representing incardinated retired: Father Daniel Danielson.

Bishop appointees: Fathers Seamus Farrell, Larry Young.

Ex-officio: Father George E. Mockel, vicar general.

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Appeal for African aid

BALTIMORE — The ongoing drought and famine afflicting Somalia and other East African nations is “a humanitarian crisis that cries out for help to Christians throughout the world,” said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the chairman of the board of Catholic Relief Services in a joint statement. “CRS can use all the help we can offer in this current tragic situation,” wrote Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York, USCCB president, and Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas of Tucson, Ariz., CRS board chairman.

“Through CRS our generosity could literally feed thousands and provide them clean water, shelter and other life-saving goods.” CRS, the U.S. bishops’ overseas aid and development agency, estimates that more than 12 million people are in urgent need of aid in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia. The drought has resulted in failed crops, deaths of livestock and critical shortages of food and water.

“There are parents whose little children have died, and children who have been orphaned. They are suffering from hunger, thirst, disease and drought,” the prelates said in a statement issued from Baltimore, home to CRS headquarters. “We see millions of people being forced from their homes, leaving behind what meager possessions they had, and walking for days over rough terrain” to find sustenance.

How to help
Phone: (800) 736-3467
Mail: Mail your check or money order to: Catholic Relief Services East Africa Emergency Fund P.O. Box 17090 Baltimore, MD 21203-7090
Online: www.crs.org/kenya/kenya-refugee-camp-expands-daily/

Immigration key to renewal

NAPA — U.S. Catholics have a responsibility to bring a “faith perspective” to the current immigration debate and to keep in mind the “whole story” of immigrants’ role in this country’s history, said Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez during a talk at the Napa Institute July 28 in Napa. “When we understand immigration from this perspective, we can see that immigration is not a problem for America. It’s an opportunity. It is a key to our American renewal,” he said. The archbishop was one of several speakers during the July 28-31 annual conference sponsored by the Napa Institute, an organization that promotes Catholic thought and apologetics.

The archbishop also emphasized the need to understand the complete picture of the nation’s founding. He said most people are familiar with the story of the pilgrims, the Mayflower and the first Thanksgiving.

The story of the nation’s Founding Fathers “is not the whole story about America,” he said, pointing out that the “rest of the story starts more than a century before the pilgrims. It starts in the 1520s in Florida and in the 1540s here in California.”

Workforce a link to past

WASHINGTON — The head of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, in an annual Labor Day statement, likened today’s workers and the difficulties they face to those who inspired Pope Leo XIII’s landmark encyclical of 120 years ago, “Rerum Novarum,” (“On New Things”).

The encyclical on capital and labor ushered in the era of Catholic social teaching. “Over 9 percent of Americans are looking for work and cannot find it. Other workers fear they could lose their jobs. Joblessness is higher among African-American and Hispanic workers.

“Wages are not keeping up with expenses for many,” said Bishop Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton, committee chairman, in the statement. “Most Americans fear our nation and economy are headed in the wrong direction. Many are confused and dismayed by polarization over how our nation can work together to deal with joblessness and declining wages, debt and deficits, economic stagnation, and global fiscal crises. Workers are rightfully anxious and fearful about the future,” he added.

But, Bishop Blaire noted, “at the time of the Industrial Revolution workers also faced great difficulties. Pope Leo XIII identified the situation of workers as the key moral challenge of that time and issued his groundbreaking encyclical ‘Rerum Novarum.’ This letter has served as the cornerstone for more than a century of Catholic social teaching.”

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Waiting for Angelus prayer
Italians in traditional clothing wait to enter Pope Benedict XVI’s Angelus prayer in Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Aug. 28.
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Seminarian juggles
Mark Bentz from Portland, Ore., a new seminarian at the Pontifical North American College, juggles as he waits to enter Pope Benedict XVI’s Angelus prayer in Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Aug. 28.
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Catholics must evangelize

VATICAN CITY — Cradle Catholics, those born into the Church, haven’t done enough to show people that God exists and can bring true fulfillment to everyone, Pope Benedict XVI told a group of his former students. “We, who have been able to know (Christ) since our youth, may we ask forgiveness because we bring so little of the light of his face to people; so little certainty comes from us that he exists, he’s present and he is the greatness that everyone is waiting for,” the pope said. The pope presided at a Mass Aug. 28 in Castel Gandolfo, south of Rome, during his annual meeting with students who did their doctorates with him when he was a professor in Germany.

Terrorists: end violence

VATICAN CITY — In the wake of a deadly suicide bomb attack on U.N. offices in Nigeria, Pope Benedict XVI made an urgent appeal for terrorists to renounce violence, choose dialogue and have respect for human life. In two identically worded telegrams — one to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, and one to Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan — the pope appealed “to those who choose death and violence to embrace, instead, life and respectful dialogue.”

Traditionalist in talks

VATICAN CITY — The head of a group of traditionalist Catholics will meet with the Vatican Sept. 14 to continue a series of doctrinal discussions. The Vatican confirmed Aug. 23 that Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the Society of St. Pius X, will travel to Rome in mid-September to meet with U.S. Cardinal William J. Levada, the head of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The superior of the society in Germany, Father Franz Schmidberger, said on the group’s website that the meeting would discuss the results of doctrinal dialogues from the past two years.

Pope offers challenges

SAN LORENZO DE EL ESCORIAL, Spain — Pope Benedict XVI’s meetings with young religious women and young university professors, held in the same complex, had very different tones. The sisters and nuns — all under 35 — gathered in the sunny courtyard of the Basilica of St. Lawrence, while the professors — most under 40 — gathered inside the imposing stone basilica. In speeches to both groups, the pope expressed gratitude and offered encouragement, but he once was a young professor himself, and much of his advice to the scholars was based on personal experience and a continuing keen observation of what is happening in universities around the world. Because of political or economic pressures and influence, too many universities are becoming almost technical schools, training the young for a profession without helping them learn to seek and to love knowledge and truth and what it means to be created in God’s image, Pope Benedict said.

Earthly affairs can wait

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy — Temporal things can wait; only the things of God merit acting upon without hesitation, Pope Benedict XVI said. God’s words and his will are the only things “that are truly urgent for our lives,” he said. Celebrating an early morning Mass Aug. 15, the feast of the Assumption of Mary, the pope reflected on the reading from the Gospel of Luke in which Mary visits Elizabeth “in haste” after the angel Gabriel announced to Mary God’s plan that she conceive the son of God. Mary’s sense of haste is important, the pope said, because it shows “the only things in the world that merit haste are exactly the things of God.”

Translations a challenge

VATICAN CITY — In Italian the verbs “to translate” and “to betray” sound very similar and have given birth to the adage, “To translate is to betray.” Msgr. Juan Miguel Ferrer Grenesche, undersecretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, cited the saying in an interview Aug. 9 with the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, about the task of translating Mass texts and the Bible. English-speaking bishops are about to see stacks of new Roman Missals, the fruit of their long labors in commissioning, perfecting and obtaining Vatican approval for a new English translation of the prayers used at Mass.

The Italian bishops’ conference continues working on its new translation of the missal while the French bishops are working on both the missal and a new translation of the Bible, Msgr. Ferrer said.

— Catholic News Service

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