Feb. 6: 7:30 p.m., Evening Prayer, Lux Gloriosa, cathedral
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Feb. 7: 10 a.m., Bishop's Administrative Council
Feb. 9: 2 p.m., World Day of the Sick Mass, cathedral
7 p.m., Vietnamese New Year Mass, cathedral
Feb. 10: 10 a.m., Stational Mass, cathedral
Feb. 11: 7:30 p.m., Catholic Muslim Dialogue, Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology
Feb. 12: 9:30 a.m., Spring Study Day, Transfiguration Parish, Castro Valley
Feb. 13: 12:10 p.m., Ash Wednesday Mass, cathedral
Feb. 14: 10 a.m., Bishop's Administrative Council
4 p.m., Finance Council
Feb. 15: 9 a.m., Chancery Staff Day of Recollection, Santa Maria Parish, Orinda
Feb. 16: 10 a.m., Rite of Election, cathedral
2 p.m., Rite of Election, cathedral
Feb. 21: 10 a.m., Bishop's Administrative Council
12:20 p.m., Cathedral of Christ the Light, Executive Boardre
Day of the Sick Mass
The fifth annual diocesan World Day of the Sick will be at 2 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland.
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Archbishop Alex J. Brunett will preside at this special Healing Mass and anointing of the sick. This service, hosted by the Order of Malta in the Diocese of Oakland, is open to the public, with a special invitation to those who are ill and their caregivers.
All those in the diocese who suffer from a serious, acute or chronic illness, such as heart disease, cancer, chemical dependence, mental problems, Parkinson's, sickle cell anemia, stroke, diabetes, morbid obesity, HIV/AIDS, lupus, severe asthma, etc., and their caregivers, are invited.
The sick should plan to arrive at the cathedral by 1:30 p.m. in order to assure access to seats set aside for those who will be receiving the Sacrament of the Sick. There will be areas in the cathedral for wheel chairs.
Parking, including handicapped spaces, will be available free of charge in the cathedral's underground garage on 21st Street for the first 200 cars arriving. Attendants will be available to assist those requiring assistance to reach the elevators and the cathedral floor. There are pay parking lots nearby and the 19th Street BART station is approximately three blocks from the Cathedral.
World Day of the Sick is celebrated throughout the world on a day near the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. The diocese currently has 57 knights, dames, and provisional members who participate in "hands-on work" and financial support of numerous Order of Malta supported charities, such as Mercy Retirement and Care Center, the Order of Malta Oakland Free Clinic (for the uninsured, located in the Cathedral of Christ the Light Center), Saint Mary's Center (Oakland), San Damiano Retreat Center (Danville) and St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County.
The bi-annual Mass and social event for the Confraternity of Eucharistic Devotion, Diocese of Oakland (CEDDO) begins at 9 a.m. Feb. 23 with Archbishop Alex J. Brunett presiding at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland.
The social will take place in the parish hall after Mass. Officer elections will commence after the social.
CEDDO was founded in 2006 by the Most Rev. Allen Vigneron, the third bishop of Oakland. Its mission is "to deepen in the Diocese of Oakland, in its members and the members of this Confraternity, reverence and love for the Holy Eucharist, by fostering prayer and spiritual growth in individuals and families, and encouraging, organizing, and participating in various Eucharistic devotions in parishes/deaneries."
Such devotions may include Eucharistic processions, Forty Hours Devotion and exposition of the Holy Eucharist. For more information or to become a member of CEDDO, see the website at www.oakdiocese.org/ministries/worship/eucharistic-devotion/ceddo.
Flu epidemic scare
Each parish in the Diocese of Oakland can determine its own guidelines for receiving Communion and offering the sign of peace. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report widespread influenza activity. The San Jose diocese reports that for as long as the flu season lasts, its parishes will only offer bread for communion, but not the wine, because parishioners have to share the same cup.
The Oakland diocese and the Archdiocese of San Francisco adhere to the "local option." The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops stresses the diocesan bishop should always be consulted and that changes are allowed in "practices as the distribution of holy Communion and the exchange of the sign of peace in order to limit the spread of contagion."
The bishops urge the use of common sense and basic hygiene — priests, deacons, and extraordinary ministers of holy Communion should "always wash their hands before Mass" and that the "the faithful should be instructed not to receive from the cup if they feel ill."
CATHEDRAL OF CHRIST THE LIGHT
Lux Gloriosa Feb. 6-8
Come and celebrate the fifth anniversary of the dedication of the cathedral at Lux Gloriosa (Glorious Light), during three evenings of prayer, art and music at The Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland.
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Feb. 6, 7:30 p.m., Evening Prayer led by Archbishop Alex J. Brunett with the Cathedral Choir and Schola Cantorum. A complimentary reception will follow the event. Admission: free will offering. All liturgical musicians are strongly encouraged to attend and receive a special blessing at this celebration.
Feb. 7, 7:30 p.m., The Cathedral's Christ in Majesty image: Barbara Mitchell, Renaissance art historian, will give a presentation on the Christ in Majesty window. Mitchell has given lectures on religion and art at many parishes in the diocese, and has been a docent at the Cathedral since 2008. A complimentary reception will follow the event. Admission: free will offering.
Feb. 8, 8 p.m., Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir Concert, under the leadership of Artistic Director Terrance Kelly, performs traditional and contemporary gospel music and spirituals. Musicians from parishes throughout the diocese will participate in this event. A complimentary reception will follow the concert. Admission: $20 in advance; $25 at door (children under 12 free). Tickets available at www.ctlcathedral.org.
For more information, contact Denise Kogler at 510-271-1935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pope releases dove
Pope Benedict XVI releases a dove from the window of his apartment overlooking St. Peter's Square after praying the Angelus at the Vatican Jan. 27. Two children representing Catholic Action Rome helped the pope observe the annual tradition of releasing doves as a symbol of peace.
Call for end to hatred
Pope Benedict XVI said the annual Holocaust Remembrance Day calls humanity to work to overcome all forms of hatred and racism and to respect the dignity of each human person. Praying the Angelus Jan. 27 with visitors gathered in St. Peter's Square, the pope called attention to the international day for remembering the victims of the Nazis.
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Damage to marriage
A lack of faith in God can damage marriage, even to the point of affecting its validity, Pope Benedict XVI said. "Faith in God, sustained by divine grace, is therefore a very important element for living in mutual dedication and conjugal fidelity," he said. The pope said he was not suggesting there was a simple, automatic link "between the lack of faith and the invalidity of marriage."
New Vatican guidebook
The official Vatican City travel guide was released, aimed at making life easier for pilgrims and tourists, and offering accurate and exhaustive details for scholars and historians. The "General Guide to Vatican City" says it's trying to fill the gap created over the 80 years since the Vatican published its first official guide one year after the city-state was established in 1929.
Pope reassigns duties
In an administrative move reaffirming his efforts to promote a Catholic revival in the West and greater adherence to traditional church teaching, Pope Benedict XVI has reassigned responsibility among Vatican offices for the religious education of laypeople and future priests. According to two papal decrees released by the Vatican Jan. 25, responsibility for seminaries has shifted from the Congregation for Catholic Education to the Congregation for Clergy, and responsibility for catechesis has moved from the latter office to the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization.
Less ranting, rage
Social media need to promote more logic, kindness and Christian witness than bluster, star-status and division, Pope Benedict XVI said. Given that the online world exposes people to a wider range of opinions and beliefs, people need to accept the existence of these other cultures, "be enriched by it" and offer others what "they possess that is good, true and beautiful," the pope said. Christians are called to bring truth and values to the whole world — online and off — remembering that it's ultimately the power of God's word that touches hearts, not sheer human effort, he said Jan. 24 in his message for World Communications Day, May 12.
To believe in God means allowing his commandments to guide the concrete choices one makes every day, even when the values reflected in the choices are countercultural, Pope Benedict XVI said. "To believe in God makes us bearers of values that often do not coincide" with those of popular culture and which give believers criteria for judgment that nonbelievers may not share, the pope said Jan. 23 at his weekly general audience.
App follows live events
The Vatican launched a new "Pope App" on the eve of the release of the pope's World Communications Day message, which is dedicated to social networks as important spaces for evangelization. The new app provides live streaming of papal events and video feeds from the Vatican's six webcams. It sends out alerts and links to top stories coming out of the Vatican's many news outlets, and carries words and images of Pope Benedict XVI.
Ivory slaughter condemned
The Catholic Church has never encouraged anyone to use ivory for religious devotional objects and, in fact, teaches that animals must be treated with respect, the Vatican spokesman said in a letter to "friends of the elephants." Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, responding to questions posed in an online National Geographic editorial, said, "thinking that there is an important ivory trafficking center to uproot here (in the Vatican) in order to save African elephants makes no sense."
— Catholic News Service