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placeholder February 18, 2013   •   VOL. 51, NO. 4   •   Oakland, CA

Feb. 21: 10 a.m., Bishop's Administrative Council

Feb. 23: 9 a.m., CEDDO Mass

Feb. 24: 10 a.m. Stational Mass, cathedral

Feb. 28: 10 a.m. Bishop's Administrative Councile

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Art from St. Jarlath School
Visitors to the Art Hall, which is located in the hallway circling the Cathedral Event Center on Level One, are being treated to artwork by students at St. Jarlath School in Oakland. The students, who participate in the Arts Attack curriculum, are presenting an array of work from each classroom. Second-graders, who recently learned the process of contour drawing, used this approach to draw birds. Fifth-graders were challenged to create a design using exciting colors to convey the power of the dragon in Lunar New Year imagery. The junior high school students created symbolic collages in the style of Jasper Johns following their study of him and a field trip to San Francisco's Museum of Modern Art. The students' art will be on display through April 15.
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Moving melody
The Cathedral of Christ the Light's fifth Lux Gloriosa (Glorious Light) series, three nights celebrating the fifth anniversary of the cathedral's dedication closed Feb. 8 with rousing performances by the Diocese of Oakland Gospel singers and the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, both led by Artistic Director Terrance Kelly.
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Rules fall short of concerns

WASHINGTON — The new proposed rules issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regarding insurance coverage of contraceptives show movement but fall short of addressing the U.S. bishops' concerns, New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan said in a Feb. 7 statement. The cardinal, who is president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said the 80-page document released Feb. 1 by HHS concerning the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act indicates that the administration "seeks to offer a response to serious matters which have been raised throughout the past year."

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Positive feedback

VATICAN CITY — When the head of the Pontifical Council for Culture said he wanted to listen to what today's young people had to say, he wasn't afraid to hear it belted out at 100 decibels. Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi invited members of the Italian rock group, The Sun, to speak their minds through music to the cardinals, bishops, lay members and advisers of the council, as well as to a large contingent of foot-stomping, cheering young fans. The band's 30-year-old lead lyricist and singer, Francesco Lorenzi, confessed that despite being used to playing stadiums with tens of thousands in the audience, knowing "we'd be playing for cardinals, bishops, ambassadors and journalists, we didn't get any sleep last night." It was the first time a Vatican dicastery had a rock group as the "opening act" of its plenary assembly — usually a routine, speech-filled, sit-down affair where members come together for a few days to discuss a relevant theme.

Youth need real help

VATICAN CITY — Young people's essential needs, including decent work and an education, demand a serious, effective response from both the church and the wider community, Pope Benedict XVI said. Problems facing young people "cannot be met with responses that are evasive or banal," he said, especially if humanity is going to have a hopeful, generous future. The pope made his remarks Feb. 7 during an audience with members and advisers of the Pontifical Council for Culture.

Creation story reveals love

VATICAN CITY — The biblical account of creation isn't a textbook for science, Pope Benedict XVI said. Instead, the first chapter of Genesis reveals the fundamental truth about reality: that the world is not the result of chaos, but is born of and continually supported by God's love, the pope said Feb. 6 at his weekly general audience.

— Catholic News Service

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