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placeholder MAY 6, 2013   •   VOL. 51, NO. 9   •   Oakland, CA

May 7: 10 a.m., Deanery 13 meeting

May 9: 10 a.m., Bishop's Administrative Council

May 11: 10 a.m., Confirmation, Cathedral Group
(St. Paul, San Pablo; St. Joseph the Worker, Berkeley; St. Monica, Moraga)

      5 p.m., Confirmation, St. Clement, Hayward

May 12: 10 a.m., Stational Mass, Cathedral of Christ the Light

May 16: 10 a.m., Bishop's Administrative Council

       2 p.m., Chancery Employee Appreciation

       4 p.m., Finance Committee

       6: 30 p.m., Confirmation, St. Edward Parish, Newark

May 17: 10:30 a.m., Groundbreaking, new funeral center, Antioch

May 18: 10 a.m., Ordination, Cathedral of Christ the Light

       4 p.m., Confirmation, Catholic Community of Pleasanton

May 19: 10 a.m., Stational Mass, Cathedral of Christ the Light

May 22: 1:30 p.m., College of Consultors

May 23: 10 a.m., Bishop's Administrative Council

May 24: 10:30 a.m., Mass, Mercy Retirement Center

May 25: 10 a.m., Confirmation, Cathedral of Christ the Light
(St. Joseph, Pinole, and Christ the King, Pleasant Hill)

       5 p.m., Confirmation, St. John the Baptist, El Cerritoe

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New assignments

Archbishop Alex J. Brunett announced these appointments:

Rev. Jayson Landeza, parochial vicar at St. Felicitas Parish in San Leandro, was appointed parochial vicar of St. Joan of Arc Parish in San Ramon effective May 15.

Rev. Neal Clemens, while remaining vicar for priests, is appointed parochial administrator at St. Paschal Baylon Parish, Oakland effective May 1.

Rev. Paul Christian Mendoza from St. Joan of Arc Parish in San Ramon to parochial vicar at Christ the King Parish, Pleasant Hill effective April 1.

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Bach's Cantatas

The Oakland Symphony Chorus presents a program of Bach Cantatas from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. May 11 at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. For more information, visit www.OaklandSymphonyChorus.org.

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Retirement reforms

WASHINGTON — Reforms in health and retirement programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security must not increase poverty or economic hardship among the people they are designed to help, the chairman of two U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops committees said in a letter to Congress. Bishop Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton, chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, and Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace, cautioned in the April 22 letter against shifting the cost of such programs to or diminishing benefits of vulnerable seniors, people with disabilities and the poor.

Immigration bill

WASHINGTON — Without getting into specifics, a panel of bishops said April 22 that a comprehensive immigration bill introduced the week before is on the right track, though they alluded to some aspects they would like changed. In a teleconference about the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013, or S. 744, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York also said the fact that the men believed by police to be the Boston Marathon bombers were immigrants is "a terribly unjust and completely irrational argument" for suggesting immigration reform shouldn't happen.

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Vatican bank
The Institute for the Works of Religion, popularly known as the Vatican bank, is seen in a 2009 photo. Amid widespread speculation about a complete and quick reorganization of Vatican departments and rumors in the Italian media that Pope Francis was going to close the Vatican bank, a top Vatican official told everyone to calm down.

"In the context of a serious call to never lose sight of the essence of the church," the pope's reference to the Vatican bank was simply an acknowledgment that some of the employees were present, the archbishop said.

As for the panel of eight cardinals Pope Francis named April 13 to advise him on "the governance of the universal church and to study a plan" to reorganize the Roman Curia, Archbishop Becciu said, "at this moment it is absolutely premature to advance any hypothesis about the future structure of the Curia."

Shimon Peres
Israeli President Shimon Peres hands a copy of the Scriptures in English and Hebrew to Pope Francis during a private meeting at the Vatican April 30. Peres officially invited the pope to Israel and left their meeting telling him, "I am expecting you in Jerusalem and not just me, but all the people of Israel."
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"Swim against the tide"

Administering the sacrament of confirmation to 44 people, including two teenagers from the United States and two from Ireland, Pope Francis encouraged them to "swim against the tide; it's good for the heart." In a partially improvised homily at Mass April 28 in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis encouraged young people to hang on to their ideals and pursue them.

Confession unlike cleaners

Going to confession isn't like heading off to be tortured or punished, nor is it like going to the dry cleaners to get out a stain, Pope Francis said in a morning Mass homily. "It's an encounter with Jesus" who is patiently waiting "and takes us as we are," offering penitents his tender mercy and forgiveness, he said April 29.

Martyrdom a reminder

The martyrdom of an estimated 800 Italian laymen killed by Ottoman soldiers in the 15th century is a reminder to Christians today of Jesus' call to concretely give witness to the Gospel of love, not revenge, said an Italian archbishop. Antonio Primaldo and some 800 fellow townsfolk will be canonized in St. Peter's Square May 12 by Pope Francis — more than 500 years after their gruesome deaths in Otranto, a port city on the eastern-most tip of southern Italy. Rather than be "misinterpreted or distorted," their martyrdom must represent a "purification of the memory of the Catholic Church and a rooting out of every possible lingering resentment, rancor, resentful policies, every eventual temptation toward hatred and violence, and every presumptuous attitude of religious superiority, religious arrogance, moral and cultural pride," said Archbishop Donato Negro of Otranto.

Diplomatic service

With ambassadors from around the world in attendance, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone ordained as archbishops three members of the Vatican diplomatic corps — including U.S. Archbishop Michael W. Banach — who will serve as nuncios. Archbishop Banach, 50, a priest of the Diocese of Worcester, Mass., was named nuncio to Papua New Guinea; he had been the Vatican's representative to several international agencies based in Vienna. The others ordained April 27 were: Italian Archbishop Ettore Balestrero, 46, former Vatican undersecretary for relations with states, who was named nuncio to Colombia; and 48-year-old Archbishop Brian Udaigwe, who was born in Cameroon but ordained for the Diocese of Orlu, Nigeria. He will serve as nuncio to Benin.

Serve the poor

Christians believe they are saved by God's grace, but they also know they will be judged at the end of time on how they used the talents God gave them and how they served others, especially the poor, Pope Francis said.

— Catholic News Service

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