(morning) Bishop’s Administrative Council, Chancery
(afternoon) Presbyteral Council; Diocesan Consultors, Chancery
Feb. 10: (evening) Catholic Charities Dinner, Walnut Creek
Feb. 11: (morning) Mass, World Day of the Sick, Cathedral
Feb. 11-12: Parish visitation, St. Rose of Lima, Crockett
Feb. 13: (afternoon) Welcome Mass, Bishop Cirilo Flores, Diocese
of San Diego
Feb 14-20: San Francisco Province Bishop’s Retreat, Los Altos
Feb 21: Alliance of Catholic Healthcare meeting, Sacramento
Feb. 22: 12:10 p.m. Ash Wednesday Mass, Cathedral
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CATHEDRAL OF CHRIST THE LIGHT
Lux Gloriosa: 3 days of music, art
If you’re planning to attend the first night of
Lux Gloriosa — the annual diocesan celebration of prayer, art and
music —plan on participating wholeheartedly. The first Cathedral
of the Diocese of Oakland is going to be recalled in a prayerful, loving
and spirit-filled way.
The Rev. E. Donald Osuna has planned an evening of choral music, worship
and remembrance in the style of Oakland’s first cathedral, St. Francis
de Sales. Father Osuna served at St. Francis de Sales from 1967 to 1986.
During his time there, the cathedral became known internationally for
its leading-edge liturgies and music.
Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m.: Those Who See Light; Prayer & Reflection
Admission: Free-will offering
Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m.: Marirose Jelicich, Sacred & Secular
Design Admission: Free-will offering
Feb. 10, 8 p.m.: The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir
Admission: $20 in advance; $25 at the door; Children under 12,
Father Osuna’s own compositions, including “How Awesome Is
this Place!” and “Those Who See Light” will be among
the evening’s musical offerings.
John McDonnell, who directed the choir at the first cathedral, as well
as the choir for the dedication of the Cathedral of Christ the Light and
for the farewell Mass at the departure of the diocese’s third bishop,
the Most. Rev. Allen Vigneron to Detroit, has assembled a choir of 36
to sing at the Feb. 8 event. There will be ample opportunity for participation
from the singers in the pews as well.
Former ministers of the cathedral have been invited to attend. Father
Osuna said the Rev. William Cieslak, OFM Cap, will be present. Of Father
Cieslak’s influence on the cathedral in the 1980s, Father Osuna
wrote in his book, “His expertise, enthusiasm and ingenuity provided
the cathedral community with inspired worship year after year.”
Sister Maureen Delaney, SNJM, who headed the outreach to the neighborhood
ministry at the Frist Cathedral, will attend the evening of prayer and
The Most Rev. John Cummins, Bishop Emeritus of Oakland, will offer reflections
during the celebration in the Cathedral of Christ the Light. A reception
will follow in the parish hall, where Father Osuna will sign copies of
his memoir of the first Oakland Cathedral, “How Awesome Is This
Place!” The Cathedral Shop will have a table in the hall offering
books for sale.
The second event will be a talk by Marirose Jelicich, who is one of several
artists who have created the sacred art and furnishings for the Cathedral.
She will speak at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 9. A reception will follow in the
Free-will offerings will be collected at the first two events.
The festival closes on Feb. 10, when members of choirs from the Diocese
of Oakland will join the Oakland Interfaith Gospel choir for an 8 p.m. concert
featuring traditional and contemporary Black gospel music and spirituals.
Tickets, $20 in advance, are available at www.ctlcathedral.org.
Tickets are $25 at the door. A reception will follow.
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Real bones in figure
A life-size figure created out of real bones and colored wax is one
of eight anatomical figures commissioned by 18th-century Pope Benedict
XIV to teach the general public and artists about the human body.
The figures, created by Italian physician-sculptor Ercole Lelli, are
in the Poggi Museum in Bologna, Italy.
CNS photo/Poggi Museum
Pope to visit Mexico, Cuba
VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI will meet with
Cuban President Raul Castro, Mexican President Felipe Calderon and bishops
and Catholics from the region when he visits Mexico and Cuba in late March.
He will also greet bishops of Latin America and the Caribbean as well
as pray at the shrine of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre in Cuba.
It will be his third visit to the Americas after the United States in
2008 and Brazil in 2007.
In Mexico, he will have a special meeting with children and a vespers
service with bishops from Latin America, and in Cuba he will make a private
visit to the shrine of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre.
Religion in trouble
VATICAN CITY — Christianity and even religious belief are in grave
danger across the globe, risking oblivion, Pope Benedict XVI said. “Across
vast areas of the earth, faith runs the danger of extinguishing like a
flame that runs out of fuel,” he said. The world faces “a
profound crisis of faith, and a loss of a sense of religion constitutes
the biggest challenge for the Church today,” he said. The pope said
the renewal of faith has to be a priority for all members of the Church
and said he hoped the upcoming Year of Faith, starting in October, would
further such effort.
VATICAN CITY — Insisting on the Holy See’s continuing commitment
to transparency and rectitude in economic affairs, the Vatican’s
spokesman downplayed references to “corruption” in a letter
apparently sent to Pope Benedict XVI by a Vatican official who is now
apostolic nuncio to the United States. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi,
director of the Vatican Press Office, criticized as “partisan,”
“partial and banal,” an Italian television news program, which,
on Jan. 25, broadcast portions of letters addressed to Pope Benedict and
Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican Secretary of State. The letters
were apparently signed by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano and written when
he was the secretary general of the commission governing Vatican City.
Treaties take stand
VATICAN CITY — The Vatican has signed three international treaties
supporting the fight against the illegal drug trade, financing terrorism
and organized crime. By signing onto these international legal instruments
Jan. 25, the Vatican “confirms its intention as well as its effective
and practical commitment to collaborate with the international community
in a manner consistent with its nature and mission, with a view to guaranteeing
international peace and justice,” wrote Archbishop Dominique Mamberti,
the Vatican secretary for relations with states.
Call to evangelization
VATICAN CITY — Evangelization must never be a marginal concern for
the Church, Pope Benedict XVI said. From bishops to religious and the
lay community, “All elements of the great mosaic of the Church must
feel themselves strongly called on by the Lord’s mandate to preach
the Gospel, so that Christ may be proclaimed everywhere,” the pope
said in his message for World Mission Sunday. The annual observance will
be marked Oct. 21 at the Vatican and in most countries.
Silence communication key
VATICAN CITY — Amid the deluge of information and nonstop chatter
in today’s media, the Church needs to help people find safe havens
of silence, Pope Benedict XVI said. Far from being the enemy of calm and
quiet, social media and the Internet can lead people to virtual sanctuaries
that offer silent reflection, thoughtful dialogue and true meaning in
life, he said. “Attention should be paid to the various types of
websites, applications and social networks which can help people today
to find time for reflection and authentic questioning, as well as making
space for silence and occasions for prayer, meditation or sharing of the
word of God,” he said in his message for the 2012 celebration of
World Communications Day.
Pope warns of U.S. threats
VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI warned visiting U.S. bishops that
“radical secularism” threatens the core values of American
culture, and he called on the Church in America, including politicians
and other laypeople, to render “public moral witness” on crucial
social issues. The pope spoke Jan. 19 to a group of U.S. bishops.