Through Sept. 22: Rome, Vatican Conference for New Bishops
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Sept. 24: 9 a.m., Youth Ministry and Directors of Religious Education meeting
1:30 p.m., College of Consultors Meeting
Sept. 25-27: Safe Environment Auditor visit
Sept. 25: Noon, retired priests lunch
Sept. 26: Noon, Mass for eighth graders from all diocesan schools,
Cathedral of Christ the Light
Sept. 27: 9 a.m., Catholic Charities board meeting
Sept. 28: Knights of St. Peter Claver breakfast, cathedral
10:45 a.m., Survivors Service, Cathedral Healing Garden
5 p.m., Mass for 50th anniversary of St. Edward's School, Newark
Sept. 29: Noon, Mass for SPRED, Cathedral of Christ the Light
Mass, Good Shepherd Parish, Pittsburg
Sept 30: California bishops visit to San Quentin State Prison
Oct. 1: Noon, lunch with Assyrian Orthodox Prelates
5 p.m., Mass for Feast of St. Therese of Lisieux: Carmelite Monastery, Canyon
Oct. 2: 10 a.m., "Blue Mass" for police, firefighters and first responders, cathedral
Oct. 3: 10 a.m., Presbyteral Council meeting
Cathedral Corp. board meeting
Order of Malta dinner, Oakland
Oct. 4: Noon, Catholic Campaign for Human Development lunch, St. Columba, Oakland
Oct. 5: Mass, regional rally for high school students, St. Bede's, Hayward
Oct. 6: 10 a.m., Mass, St. Joseph Center for the Deaf, Hayward
Most Rev. Michael C. Barber, SJ, made these appointments effective Oct. 1:
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Rev. Javier Aguilar-Siado from St. Michael Parish, Livermore, to parochial vicar, at St. Anthony Parish, Oakley.
Rev. Leandro Emmanuel Tajtaj to parochial vicar, St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Concord. This is Father Tajtaj's first assignment in the Oakland diocese.
Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ — who also serves as a chaplain in the Naval Reserve — will celebrate the Blue Mass at 10 a.m. Oct. 2 at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland.
The purpose of the Blue Mass is to ask for God's blessing on firefighters, law enforcement officers and emergency responders, and recognize their service. This is the first time the Blue Mass will be held at the cathedral; previous events have been held at St. Ignatius of Antioch Church and at Saint Mary's College.
The public is invited to attend the Mass, which is expected to draw representatives from federal, state, county and city agencies. Catholic chaplains have been invited to concelebrate; non-Catholic chaplains have been invited to participate.
SPRED goes to Mass
SPRED — The Special Religious Education Department — will begin its 2013-14 year with Mass at noon Sept. 29 at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, will preside.
SPRED assists parishes in the Diocese of Oakland to reach out and integrate children, teens and adults with special needs into the parish family.
Volunteer catechists play a one-on-one role in assisting individuals with autism, intellectual disabilities, severe cerebral palsy and severe epilepsy so they may grow spiritually among friends, receive ongoing faith formation and participate in the liturgical and community life of the church.
To learn more about becoming a catechist, dial 510-635-7252 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.oakdiocese. org/spred.
At 10:45 a.m. Sept. 28, survivors will gather in the Healing Garden at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, along with Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, to reaffirm the words on a plaque there: "This healing garden, planned by survivors, is dedicated to those innocents sexually abused by members of the clergy. We remember and we affirm: never again."
Survivors of sexual abuse by members of the clergy, and their families and friends, are invited to attend.
The event has been planned by survivors who attend No More Secrets, the ongoing support group that meets every other month, February through December, in Oakland. Speakers are expected to include two survivors, as well as deacons who work with survivors, and Bishop Barber.
For additional information on No More Secrets, which is facilitated by a licensed psychotherapist, dial 510-843-6971.
The 18th Chautauqua celebration, a joyous "gathering of people," will be 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at St. Jarlath Church, 2620 Pleasant St., Oakland.
The liturgy will be celebrated by Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ. Other plans for Mass include a Unity Choir of at least 70 people of many different languages; a liturgical dance by girls ages 8 to 15; and a variety of voices for readings and intentions. Bishop Barber plans to greet each group in its native language, and will be the homilist. Eight ethnic groups have signed up to entertain after the Mass, and many made plans to sell ethnic specialties. For more information, www.oakdiocese.org/chautauqua.
Parishes will be accepting donations for the annual collection to support the publication of The Catholic Voice, El Heraldo Católico, the annual Diocesan Directory and affiliated websites.
Collection envelopes are usually distributed in October. The official weekend for this second collection was set by the diocese as Oct. 5-6, though individual parishes can change the date.
The money donated in each collection remains in each parish to offset the parish's support for The Voice and affiliated operations. Make the checks payable to your parish.
This evening of prayer and adoration for young adults ages 18-35 will be 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at St. Mary Magdalen Parish, 2005 Berryman St., Berkeley. After prayer and benediction the featured performers are Tango del Cielo — a unique musical and dance program featuring a fusion of many Latin styles. All young adults are invited to this free event. For more details go to www.cuBayArea.org.
Respect Life Sunday
The Respect Life Program begins anew each year on Respect Life Sunday, the first Sunday in October (Oct. 6). The program is highlighted in liturgies and marked by special events.
The 2013-2014 Respect Life Program features eight pamphlets in a series called Life Matters. Each presents convincing support for the teachings of the Catholic Church on major pro-life issues, with facts and reasoning drawn from science, history, law, sociology and other secular sources.
Judging others kills
People who judge and criticize others are hypocrites and cowards who are unable to face their own defects, Pope Francis said. Gossip, too, is "criminal" as it destroys, rather than exalts the image of God present in others, he said in his early morning homily Sept. 13 at his residence of Domus Sanctae Marthae.
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Calling is no big deal
Picking up the telephone and calling people out of the blue is no big deal for Pope Francis, according to a Vatican official. Msgr. Dario Vigano, director of the Vatican Television Center, said the pope told him that the many calls the journalists have brought to light are just the tip of the iceberg."
Pope Francis' Sept. 11 meeting with Dominican Father Gustavo Gutierrez was an informal one, held in the pope's residence, the Domus Sanctae Marthae, and not listed on his official schedule. Yet the news that Pope Francis had received the 85-year old Peruvian priest, who is widely considered the father of liberation theology, has excited interest far beyond the Vatican's walls. Following years of Vatican criticism of liberation theology under Blessed John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI, these events might seem to indicate a reversal of policy under Pope Francis.