June 16: Italian Catholic Federation Mass and luncheon, Castro Valley
June 17: 10 a.m. Stational Mass, Cathedral
June 21: (Morning) Bishop's Administrative Council, Chancery
(Afternoon) Chancery staff lunch
(Evening) Feast day Mass, St. Josemaria Escriva, Cathedral
June 23: (Morning) Group Confirmations
June 23-24: Parish visitation, St. Stephen, Walnut Creek
June 25: (Evening) Priests picnic
New clergy assignments
Most Rev. Salvatore J. Cordileone announced several clergy assignments effective
Rev. Carl Arcosa is appointed parochial vicar of St. Francis of Assisi parish in Concord.
Rev. James Sullivan is appointed parochial vicar of Immaculate Heart of Mary parish in Brentwood.
Reg. Glenn Naguit is appointed parochial vicar of St. Isidore parish in Danville.
Youth rally Sept. 22
On Fire 2012, the annual youth and young adult ministry event that draws more than 4,000 young people, will run from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 22 at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo. The event is sponsored by the dioceses of Oakland, Monterey, San Jose, San Francisco, Santa Rosa, Stockton, Sacramento, Reno and Fresno. Seven bishops will participate. There will be exclusive ride time, music, speakers and lunch. For tickets and details: http://onfirenorcal.com. Ticket discount code: onfire.re
CATHEDRAL OF CHRIST THE LIGHT
Jazz on the Plaza
More than 200 people braved a somewhat chilly evening May 17 to enjoy classic jazz, refreshments and camaraderie, that evolved into impromptu dancing. Meanwhile, free fitness classes in conjunction with the Downtown Oakland YMCA will continue every Tuesday evening in June, weather permitting. Visit www.ctlcathedral.org to register or for more information. Classes on June 12 will involve fitness; June 19, Tai Chi; and June 26, circuit training.
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Oakland historian and columnist AnnaLee Allen and artist Heidi Wyckoff will discuss their new book, "Oakland Landmarks: An Artistic Portrayal of History" from noon to 1:30 p.m. June 14 at the Cathedral Gift Shop, 2121 Harrison Street, Oakland. The book was conceived and produced as a tribute to the City of Oakland's 160th birthday in May.
Boys Chorus concert
The San Francisco Boys Chorus will turn the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland, into a hub of creative activity on June 16.
From noon to 2 p.m., there will be free dance and drumming workshops in the parish hall and on Cathedral Plaza. Led by artists from the Robert Moses' Kin Dance Co. and Duniya Dance and Drum Co., the workshops are suitable for all ages and will give participants an opportunity to create and explore African tribal beats and expressive dance movements with some of the Bay Area's top artists in their field.
At 2 p.m., the highlight of the day will be the SFBC Spring Concert, A Song and Dance for All, featuring the tribal chants and pounding percussion rhythms of the Missa Luba, an eclectic Mass setting from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Dancers from Robert Moses' Kin will perform excerpts from the production of Fable and Faith. For tickets (starting at $15, under 10 years, free): www.sfbc.org.
The California Catholic Conference issued a statement on May 22 on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the United Farm Workers. Here are the highlights:
"We, the bishops of California, offer our congratulations on the 50th anniversary of the 1962 founding of the United Farm Workers by Cesar Chavez, who attributed his passion for improving conditions for migrant workers to the social justice teachings of the Catholic Church. … Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers are the embodiment of Catholic teachings on the dignity of work and the rights of workers.
Cesar Chavez's faith, his efforts in working for farmworkers, the teachings of the Catholic Church and the good will of all Californians have contributed to this remarkable occasion."
Pope Benedict XVI greets children as he arrives at Linate airport in Milan June 1. The pope was in Milan for the 2012 World Meeting of Families.
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Pope ponders visiting US
MILAN — As Pope Benedict XVI closed the World Meeting of Families in Italy's capital of finance and fashion, he opened the possibility of his heading to the United States when he named the Archdiocese of Philadelphia the next venue of the world gathering.
"God willing," he said, he would attend in 2015 as he greeted Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia and "the Catholics of that great city," saying he looked forward to meeting U.S. Catholics and other families from around the world there.
The surprise announcement came as the 85-year-old pope wrapped up the May 30-June 3 world meeting, which gathers every three years to celebrate and help families live out their Christian values.
About 1 million people from 153 countries braved dawn wake-up calls, shouldered supply-laden backpacks and prodded along sleepy kids to descend on Milan's Bresso Park June 3 to take part in the event's closing Mass.
In his homily, the pope called for church unity, emphasized marriage as between a man and a woman, urged parents to keep the transcendent alive in a world that adores the high-tech over high ideals, and urged kids to respect and love their family.
Because the five-day meeting's theme was how to balance work demands, family needs and religious celebration, the pope upbraided economic theories that advocate that the best policies, markets and work ethics are those that push the most product and reap the most profit.
Philadelphia event smaller
MILAN — When the Archdiocese of Philadelphia hosts the United States' first World Meeting of Families in 2015, it will need to be a significantly smaller affair than the enormous gatherings seen since its inception in 1994, said the city's archbishop.
It is only with a reduced number of participants that "we could manage through special gifts and the like that people would be willing to give to support such a gathering," Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia told Catholic News Service shortly after Pope Benedict XVI's announcement.
Established by Blessed John Paul II nearly two decades ago, almost every world meeting has attracted hundreds of thousands to 1 million people to each triennial gathering.