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placeholder March 4, 2013   •   VOL. 51, NO. 5   •   Oakland, CA

March 7: 10 a.m., Bishop's Administrative Council

       10 a.m., Pastoral Leadership Placement Board

March 9: 9 a.m., Graduation Mass for the School of Pastoral Ministry, St. Joseph the Worker, Berkeley

      5 p.m., 50th Anniversay Mass for Msgr. Ted Kraus, Santa Maria Parish, Orinda

March 10: 10 a.m., stational Mass, cathedral

March 14: 10 a.m., Bishop's Administrative Council

      4 p.m., Chrism Mass, cathedral

March 15: 11:30 a.m., Funding Hopes & Dreams, Moreau Catholic High School, Hilton Hotel, Newark

March 16: 3:30 p.m., Diocesan Youth Day Mass, Bishop O'Dowd High School, Oakland

March 17: 10 a.m., stational Mass, cathedral

March 18: 1:30 p.m., College of Consultorse

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New assignments

Archbishop Alex J. Brunett, apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Oakland, announced these appointments:

Rev. Paul Minnihan, pastor, St. Paschal Baylon, Oakland, to associate pastor, St. Augustine, Pleasanton, effective March 9, and to pastor at St. Augustine, effective June 1.

Rev. Aidan McAleenan, parochial administrator, St. Columba, Oakland, to pastor, effective Dec. 1, 2012.

Rev. Rolando Bartolay, parochial vicar, St. John the Baptist Parish, El Cerrito, to parochial administrator, Church of the Good Shepherd, Pittsburg, effective Feb. 14.

Rev. Johnson Abraham, parochial vicar, St. Augustine, Pleasanton, to parochial administrator, St. Agnes, Concord, effective Feb. 14. Rev. Vince Cotter continues as pastor.

Rev. Fernando Cortez, temporary administrator, St. Jerome Parish, El Cerrito, to pastor, St. Jerome Parish, effective Feb. 1.

Neophyte Mass

A Neophyte Mass for those newly baptized will be at 10 a.m. April 14 at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland, with Archbishop Alex J. Brunett presiding. All those baptized at Easter and their godparents and those previously baptized who completed the sacraments of initiation any time during the past year (through reception into full communion and/or Confirmation) are invited to join in celebrating the newly baptized. A reception will follow in the parish hall. RSVP by April 3 to Anne Marie Fourre at 510-996-9509 or afourre@sjbalameda.org.

Gala auction for FACE

The annual gala to benefit Family Aid - Catholic Education in the diocese will be 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. April 13 at Scott's Seafood Restaurant, 2 Broadway, Jack London Square, Oakland. The event is fully underwritten and all proceeds go directly for tuition assistance to low-income families with children attending Catholic schools. For more information, www.faceofoakland.org.

CRS Philippine aid

The diocesan Catholic Relief Services office reports the disaster resulting from Typhoon Bopha, which struck the southern Philippines on Dec. 4, has left 1,146 dead and 823 missing. For more information on Catholic Relief Services, contact Marc McKimmey, 510-768-3116 or mmckimmey@cceb.org.

Youth Day 2013

IGNITE is a day of inspiration, faith, fun and friends for high school-age teens from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 16 at Bishop O'Dowd High School, 9500 Stearns Ave., Oakland. It brings teens together so they can see that they are part of a life-giving, dynamic Church. Youth leaders are encouraged to bring their teens to this event that will surely be a springboard for faith sharing, discussions and spiritual growth. Featured speakers include Thomas Awiapo, international representative for Catholic Relief Services; Jackie Francois and Paul J. Kim, nationally known speakers and artists; and Father Dave Pivonka, TOR, well-known retreat master, author and speaker. Archbishop Alex J. Brunett will preside at the afternoon Mass. For more information and to register, go to www.eastbaycatholicyouth.com.

Lenten Day of Renewal

A special day of reflection, renewal and inspiration for directors of religious education, youth ministers, Confirmation directors and those who serve in ministry to young people in our diocese, "Enkindle the Fire Within," will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 18 at St. Raymond Parish, 11555 Shannon Ave., Dublin. Presenter Father Dave Pivonka, TOR, is an international speaker, author and retreat master. He currently serves as the director of post-novitiate formation for the Sacred Heart Province. A $10 donation for lunch is appreciated. RSVP by March 14 to Jean Evans, jevans@oakdiocese.org.

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Girl supports pope
A girl holds a sign in Italian that reads, "You are not alone, I am also with you," as Pope Benedict XVI leads his final Angelus as pope from the window of his apartment overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Feb. 24. His papacy officially ended at 8 p.m. Feb. 28 Rome time.
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2005 "sede vacante" stamps
Vatican stamps from the last interregnum are seen with postmarks dated April 12, 2005. Special "sede vacante" stamps and coins will be issued again for the period between Pope Benedict XVI's resignation and the election of a new pope.

Pope's title

Pope Benedict XVI will continue to be known as Pope Benedict and addressed as "His Holiness," but after his resignation, he will add the title "emeritus" in one of two acceptable forms, either "pope emeritus" or "Roman pontiff emeritus." Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said decisions about how the pope would be addressed and what he would wear were made in consultation with Pope Benedict and with Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the chamberlain of the church, along with others.

After Feb. 28, Pope Benedict will continue to wear a white cassock, but it will be a simplified version of the papal vestment, mainly without the little white cape piece on the shoulders, Father Lombardi told reporters Feb. 26.

Pope Benedict will leave behind his emblematic red shoes, Father Lombardi said. Instead, he will wear brown shoes, beginning with loafers he was given as a gift last March during a visit to Leon, Mexico. The Jesuit said the pope has found the zapatos to be very comfortable.

The safety of the pope emeritus will be ensured by the Vatican police, not the Swiss Guard, Father Lombardi said.

'Not abandoning Church'

In one of his last public appearances, Pope Benedict XVI told an overflow crowd in St. Peter's Square Feb. 24 that his upcoming retirement does not mean he is abandoning the church, but that he will be serving it in a new way, through prayer and meditation.

Vatican denounces press

Vatican officials released a pair of unusual statements Feb. 23 condemning some press coverage of the papal transition. A communique from the Secretariat of State called "deplorable" the "widespread distribution of often unverified, unverifiable or completely false news stories" intended to exert "pressures on the election of the pope." Earlier in the day, the Vatican spokesman, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, delivered an editorial on Vatican Radio lamenting "pressures and considerations that are foreign to the spirit with which the church would like to live this period of waiting and preparation." Father Lombardi denounced "those who seek to profit from the moment of surprise and disorientation of the spiritually naive to sow confusion and to discredit the church and its governance," and accused such people of using "old tools, such as gossip, misinformation and sometimes slander" to influence the cardinals who will be voting in the upcoming papal election. Neither Vatican statement specified the news stories in question, but Father Lombardi's editorial referred to distortions by "those who consider money, sex and power before all else and are used to reading diverse realities from these perspectives."

Pope thanks curia

At the end of their weeklong Lenten retreat, Pope Benedict XVI thanked members of the Roman Curia "for these eight years during which you have helped me carry the burden of the Petrine ministry with great competence, affection, love and faith." During the retreat Feb. 17-23, the pope and members of the curia spent hours each morning and evening praying in the Redemptoris Mater Chapel in the Apostolic Palace and listening to 17 meditations offered by Italian Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture. (See Reflections)

— Catholic News Servicere

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