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placeholder  November 19, 2012   •   VOL. 50, NO. 20   •   Oakland, CA

Nov. 18: 10 a.m., Stational Mass, cathedral

Nov. 19: 10 a.m., College of Consultors, Chancery

       6 p.m., Evening prayer with Kmhmú community

Nov. 25: 2:30 p.m., Vietnamese martyrs Mass, St. Anthony, Oakland

Nov. 28: 5 p.m., GTU dinner, cathedral

Nov. 29: 10 a.m., Bishop's Administrative Council

       1 p.m. Prayer, dialog with priests, St. Columba, Oakland

Dec. 1: 1 p.m., Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass

Dec. 2: 8 a.m., Vietnamese Mass, cathedral

Dec. 6: 10 a.m., Bishop's Administrative Council

       10:30 a.m., Pastoral Leadership Placement Board

Dec. 8: 10 a.m. Stational Mass, cathedral

Dec. 10: 9 a.m., Operation Rice Bowl Grants, cathedral center

Dec. 11-12: Bishops' meeting, San Francisco

Dec. 13: 10 a.m., Bishop's Administrative Council

Dec. 14: 6 p.m., Crèche Festival opening, cathedral center

Dec. 15: 5:30 p.m. Mass and gala for Rev. Helmut Richter retirement, Good Shepherd Parish, Antioch

Dec. 16: Noon, Mass, cathedral

Dec. 17: 10 a.m., College of Consultors, Chancery

       Noon, lunch with seminarians

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Cathedral Children & Youth Choir debuts
The Cathedral Children & Youth Choir, under the direction of Cathedral Music Director Rudy de Vos, sang for the first time on Nov. 11 with the men of the Cathedral Choir. The choir is open to children and youth ages 7-17. Those interested in joining the choirs can email de Vos at rdevos@oakdiocese.org. The Cathedral Children & Youth Choir will sing at the family Mass on Christmas Eve at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland.

New clergy assignments

Archbishop Alex J. Brunett announced these assignments:
Rev. Mark Amaral of St. Augustine Parish, Oakland, is appointed parochial vicar of St. Joseph Parish in Pinole, effective Dec. 1.

Rev. William Rozario of St. Raymond Penafort Parish, Dublin, is appointed parochial administrator of St. Augustine Parish in Oakland, effective Dec. 1.

Rev. Michael Augustine Amabisco, OP, was appointed pastor of St. Mary Magdalen Parish in Berkeley, effective July 1. The former pastor, Rev. David Farrugia, OP, has retired. Father Farrugia can be reached at St. Dominic Parish, 471 E. I St., Benicia 94510.

Martyrs celebration

The Vietnamese community will celebrate the Vietnamese Martyrs with a procession and liturgy beginning at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 25 at St. Anthony Church, 1535 16th Ave., Oakland. Archbishop Alex J. Brunett, apostolic administrator of the diocese, will preside. Contact Sister Rosaline L. Nguyen for details, 510-628-2153 or Rnguyen@oakdiocese.org.

Christ the King Mass

Celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King and the beginning of the Year of Faith at St. Joseph Parish/Old Mission San José, 43148 Mission Blvd., Fremont. Mass and Eucharistic Procession will be at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 25 in the parish church. Light refreshments in the parish hall will follow.

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Archbishop Alex J. Brunett, apostolic administrator of the Oakland diocese, center, prays with his fellow U.S. bishops, including Bishop John G. Noonan of Orlando, foreground, on the second day of the bishop's annual fall meeting in Baltimore Nov. 13.
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Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron of Detroit, former bishop of Oakland, presents amendments to a proposed document on the economy — one intended as a pastoral message of hope — during the U.S. bishops annual fall meeting in Baltimore Nov. 13.

Preaching document OK'd

BALTIMORE — The U.S. bishops approved their first new document in 30 years on preaching Nov. 13, the second day of their annual fall general assembly in Baltimore.

The document, "Preaching the Mystery of Faith: The Sunday Homily," encourages preachers to connect the Sunday homily with people's daily lives.

The vote was 227-11, with four abstentions. Approval required two-thirds of the membership of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, or 182 votes.

The document was prepared by the USCCB Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, chaired by Archbishop Robert J. Carlson of St. Louis, with subsequent review and comment by eight other USCCB committees.

During discussion on the document Nov. 13, the bishops accepted a plea from Bishop Ricardo Ramirez of Las Cruces, New Mexico, to include his amendment urging Catholics to make an extra effort to listen to the homilies of foreign-born priests for whom English or Spanish is not their first language.

Those priests' speech "may have a heavy accent that the congregation cannot understand," Bishop Ramirez said.

$220 million budget

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops approved a 2013 budget of $220.4 million, a 1.3 percent increase from 2012. The budget for 2013 includes a surplus totaling more than $749,000.

Military services collection

The bishops approved a national collection for the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services, which serves 1.8 million people, including Catholics serving in the armed services, their families, students enrolled in the military academies and patients in Veterans Administration medical centers. The collection would be taken voluntarily in parishes every three years.

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Pope establishes academy

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI has established the "Pontifical Academy of Latinity" to promote the study of the Latin language and culture, and not just within the Catholic Church. For more than 1,000 years, the Catholic Church has been the custodian and promoter of Latin "both in the theological and liturgical spheres as well as in the area of the formation and transmission of knowledge," the pope wrote Nov. 10 in the document establishing the Latin academy.

Being old is 'wonderful'

ROME — Presenting himself as "an elderly man visiting his peers," Pope Benedict XVI visited a Rome residence for the elderly, urging the residents to see their age as a sign of God's blessing and urging society to value their presence and wisdom. "Though I know the difficulties that come with being our age, I want to say, it's wonderful being old," the 85-year-old pope said Nov. 12 during a morning visit to the residence run by the lay Community of Sant'Egidio.

— Catholic News Service


• More than 100 school alumni, family members and friends participated in Saint Mary's College High School's 28th golf invitational Oct. 15 at the Mira Vista Golf and Country Club. This year's tournament netted $40,000; over the last three decades the tournament has raised tens of thousands of dollars. An earlier number was incorrect.

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