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placeholder October 3, 2011   •   VOL. 49, NO. 17   •   Oakland, CA

Oct. 3-4: Interim Missals Symposium, Phoenix

Oct. 5
: (Evening) Oakland Police Foundation Board

Oct. 6
: Catholic Campaign for Human Development grants luncheon at St. Columba Parish, Oakland.

Oct. 8-9
: Parish visitation at St. Barnabas, Alameda

Oct. 15
: Regina Mundi Society Mass, breakfast and program, Cathedral

Oct. 16
: 10 a.m., Stational Mass, Cathedral

Oct. 17-21
: Diocesan priests’ convocation

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New clergy assignment
Father Henry Fragelli has been assigned to St. Margaret Mary Parish in Oakland as the Episcopal Delegate for the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite in the Diocese of Oakland, effective Sept. 18. Father Fragelli moves here from Wisconsin. His predecessor, Father Jean Marie Moreau, has a new ministry in West Orange, New Jersey.

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Choir seeking new voices
Interested in singing? Want to be part of a choir? The Cathedral is looking for new voices during the 10 a.m. Sunday mass. If you’re an experienced singer who can hold a pitch and learn music (by reading or ear) and are interested, contact Music Director Rudy De Vos via e-mail at rdevos@oakdiocese.org.

Parish Day is Oct. 9

Come to the Feast! Parish Day 2011 begins with a multicultural Mass at noon Oct. 9 followed by a celebration in the Cathedral Event Center with complimentary food; entertainment and auction until 4 p.m. An iPad2 is being auctioned. Raffle tickets will be available in the parish hall the day of the event and prior to the event after all Masses. For more information contact Joan Suflita at (510) 205-8856 or at dixsuff@sbcglobal.net.

Final Twilight by the Lake

The last Twilight by the Lake event for 2011 will be from The final event will be from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20 in the plaza at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. The public can mix and visit each other and with church and city leaders. Come and enjoy live music, complimentary appetizers and a beautiful lake view. For additional information, dial (510) 893-4711.

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Effects of poverty on families
The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is urging priests across the country to preach about “the terrible toll the current economic turmoil is taking on families and communities,” wrote Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York. He lamented the “human costs and moral consequences of a broken economy that cannot fully utilize the talents, energy and work of all our people. . . . The common good will not advance; economic security will not be achieved; and individual initiative will be weakened when so many live without the dignity of work and bear the crushing burden of poverty.”

Fight undermines marriage

WASHINGTON — New York Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan, president of the U.S. bishops’ conference, told President Barack Obama in a Sept. 20 letter that his administration’s fight against the Defense of Marriage Act will undermine marriage and create a serious breach of church-state relations. The law, known as DOMA, defines marriage as between one man and one woman. “It is especially wrong and unfair to equate opposition to redefining marriage with either intentional or willfully ignorant racial discrimination, as your administration insists on doing,” the archbishop said.

New program: ‘life matters’

WASHINGTON — The new eight-part “Life Matters” series, covering life issues from conception to death, is the centerpiece of the 2011-12 Respect Life program that begins with Respect Life Sunday, Oct. 2 this year. The “Life Matters” series, available in English and Spanish, is “designed to offer a clear and compelling defense of church teaching from primarily secular sources,” according to a news release from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Issues linked in message

WASHINGTON — “Increasing attempts to expunge God and religious discourse from public life” are contributing to a growing disrespect for the unique status of human beings, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo said in a message for Respect Life Month in October.

In a statement made public Sept. 26, the archbishop of Galveston-Houston and chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities linked respect for life to recent moves to silence the voice of people motivated by faith.

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Pope’s visit to Germany
People wait in the rain for Pope Benedict XVI to arrive to celebrate Mass at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium Sept. 22. The evening liturgy was the religious high point of the pope’s busy first day in the German capital, where he also met with government leaders, Jewish representatives and addressed the parliament. Pope Benedict XVI’s four-day visit to Germany highlighted two closely connected challenges for the Church: how to re-evangelize traditionally Christian countries in the West, and how to regain a credible voice in modern society.
CNS photo/Fabrizio Bensch, Reuters

Traditionalists must sign
VATICAN CITY — The Vatican has given the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X a formal “doctrinal preamble” listing several principles it must agree with in order to move toward full reconciliation with the Church.

U.S. Cardinal William J. Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, gave the statement to Bishop Bernard Fellay, head of the society, Sept. 14 during a meeting at the Vatican that lasted more than two hours.

Although the Vatican did not give the society a deadline, in order to move toward full reconciliation, leaders are expected to study and sign the preamble “within a few months,” said Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman.

Vatican a tech paradise

VATICAN CITY — Looking at the centuries-old buildings and palaces, not many people would know that the Vatican has become a techie paradise, a wonderland of modern equipment and know-how. For instance, the Vatican Library is using NASA technology to digitize its treasures, according to some of the latest facts listed in the “The Activity of the Holy See: 2010,” a yearbook published by the Vatican in September. The Vatican Library reopened in 2010 completely revamped with Wi-Fi for scholars and visitor badges tagged with RFID tracking chips.

Pope changes responsibilities

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI has transferred responsibility for two very precise administrative procedures from the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments to the Roman Rota, a church court.

The Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, published the papal directive Sept. 27 giving the Rota responsibility for handling procedures involving a marriage that was celebrated validly but not consummated and for cases involving the nullity of an ordination. Pope Benedict said he made the change so that the congregation for worship could “dedicate itself principally to giving a new impulse to the promotion of the sacred liturgy in the Church, according to the renewal willed by the Second Vatican Council.”

In the document, dated Aug. 30, the pope said a new office would be established within the Roman Rota to handle the two specific types of cases. He also said the new norms would go into effect Oct. 1.

Pope: India Catholics must keep evangelizing

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy — Despite challenges, hardship and trials, Catholics in India must continue to evangelize, Pope Benedict XVI said. “You must always be prepared to spread the Kingdom of God and to walk in the footsteps of Christ, who was himself misunderstood, despised, falsely accused and who suffered for the sake of truth,” the pope told a group of bishops from India.

India has seen a steady rise in anti-Christian violence since the 1990s and the passage of anti-conversion laws in some states.

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