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placeholder October 21, 2013   •   VOL. 51, NO. 18   •   Oakland, CA

Oct. 22: Priest retreat

Oct. 23: Lay Leadership Committee, Chancery

Oct. 24: Visitation of various diocesan cemeteries

Oct. 27: 10:30 a.m., Mass, St. Felicitas Parish, San Leandro

Oct. 29-30: California Conference of Catholic Bishops

Nov. 2: 5 p.m., Mass, Holy Spirit Parish, Fremont

Nov. 3: Confirmation, Federal Women's Prison, Dublin

Nov. 5: FACE Advisory Board, Chancery

Nov. 7: Pastoral Leadership Placement Board, Chancery

Nov. 8-15: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

Nov. 16: 10 a.m., Permanent deacon ordination, Cathedral of Christ the Light

Nov. 16: 5 p.m., Mass, St. Callistus Parish, El Sobrante

Nov. 17: 11 a.m., Mass, St. Bonaventure, Concord

Nov. 18: 10:30 a.m., Mass, Mercy Retirement Center, Oakland

Nov. 18: College of Consultors, Chancery

Nov. 19: 9 a.m., Mass, All Saints School, Hayward

Nov. 19: Deanery 13 luncheon

Nov. 21: 11 a.m., Mass, St. Felicitas School, San Leandro

Nov. 21: Vespers and dinner, University of California at Berkeley, Catholic faculty and Graduate Theological Union, Cathedral Event Center

Nov. 24: 4 p.m., Mass, Vietnamese Martyrs, St. Anthony Parish, Oakland

Nov. 25: 10 a.m., San Francisco Province Bishops, Archdiocese of San Francisco

Nov. 26: Priests' Day Lecture, Mass and dinner, St. Patrick Seminary, Menlo Park

Nov. 28: 10 a.m., Mass, Thanksgiving, Cathedral of Christ the Light

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Fall film series

Rev. James Martin, SJ, author of the best-selling book "My Life with the Saints," will introduce his favorite Catholic saints via a DVD that combines Father Martin's commentary along with dramatic photos and artwork that bring to life the lives of the saints.

The no-cost series will be on four consecutive Wednesdays beginning Oct. 30 (and Nov. 6, 13 and 20) in the Parish Hall, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. Fellowship begins at 6 p.m. and viewing and discussion runs from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

For information: www.ctlcathedral.org or 510-893-4711.

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Kids in the hall
The art program at St. Patrick School in Rodeo focuses on the elements and principles of art. On display in the art hall in the cathedral Event Center are reproductions of mosaics made by members of the Class of 2013. The pupils, having studied self-portraits through the eyes of Van Gogh, Kahlo, van Eyck and Raphael, use the ancient art form of mosaics to recreate pictures of themselves, which are displayed during their graduation festivities. Using magazine page pieces, students must find the proper skin tones, and background colors to match their self-portrait pictures. Says art teacher Loretta Airoldi: "Students learn the importance of taking time on a piece of artwork (this is a very slow and time consuming project,) being meticulous (neatness counts) and keeping their magazine 'mosaic' pieces the right size (small is better!)"

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Keep up with news and events by following the Diocese of Oakland and the Cathedral of Christ the Light at the social media sites, Facebook and Twitter.

Diocese Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/oakdiocese

Diocese Twitter: @oakdiocese

Cathedral Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ctlcathedral.org

Cathedral Twitter: @oakcathedral

Cathedral Events Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ctlcathedral

Vietnamese celebration

The Vietnamese Community of the Diocese of Oakland will celebrate the 25-year anniversary of the Vietnamese Martyrs' canonization at 4 p.m. Nov. 24 at St. Anthony Parish, 1535 16th Ave., Oakland. Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, and Bishop Emeritus John S. Cummins will participate in the procession and liturgy. For more information, contact Sister Rosaline Nguyen, 510-628-2153, or rnguyen@oakdiocese.org.

Faith Conference

The Faith Formation Conference is a multicultural event that highlights the importance of faith development at all levels of church and society, aimed at adults to enrich their faith and strengthen their knowledge and skills to do ministry in their church and in the world. Parish ministers, catechetical leaders, catechists, teachers, youth ministers or youth leaders or if you want to learn more about the Catholic faith — this conference is for you. Workshops are offered in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.

The conference is Nov. 22-23 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara. For more information, about workshops, exhibitors, speakers and registration, dial 510-267-8371 or visit www.faithformation conference.com. The Diocese of Oakland is a co-sponsor of this conference, together with the dioceses of San Jose, Monterey and Stockton, and the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

The Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers are offering a workshop at the conference, Making the Spirit of Pentecost Come Alive in Your Parish.

Sacred relics coming

Rev. Carlos Martins of the Companions of the Cross will be at St. Philip Neri parish, 3100 Van Buren St., Alameda, Nov. 6 to teach about these holy objects. He will bring with him more than 150 relics, some as old as 2,000 years. Among the items will be relics of St. Maria Goretti, St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Faustina Kowalska. Those in attendance will be able to examine and venerate each relic. For more information, contact Mary Ann Bachmann, 510-373-5200 or secretary@saspn.org or www.treasuresofthechurch.com

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Supreme Court docket

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court's docket for the term beginning Oct. 7 is notable — from the perspective of the Catholic Church — for a handful of cases accepted or in the pipeline that would refine previous rulings on free speech, public prayer and the Affordable Care Act. The docket so far lacks cases that would appear to be of wide-reaching significance, like last year's rulings on same-sex marriage, the Voting Rights Act and affirmative action at colleges. But there are several challenges bubbling up from lower courts which the court could add to the calendar, over aspects of the national health care law and its requirement that most employers cover contraceptives free of charge in their health plan for workers. On Nov. 6, the court will consider whether it's appropriate for the town council of Greece, N.Y., to open its sessions with a prayer. The case may test the reach of a previous ruling that permitted prayers in legislatures as "a tolerable acknowledgment of beliefs widely held among the people of this country." The case is Greece v. Galloway. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the practice in Greece violates the Establishment Clause in the First Amendment of the Constitution. Although the town allows the prayer to be offered in any faith tradition, the court found that because the vast majority of the prayers were specifically Christian, with sectarian references to Jesus and "your son," and there was little effort to broaden the type of prayers offered, the practice is unconstitutional.

Bishops' probe spending

VATICAN CITY — The president of the German bishops' conference said he is following with "great attention and great concern" the case of a bishop accused of making false statements in court and under fire for allegedly spending close to $40 million in renovations and new construction on his residence and diocesan offices. Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, the bishops' conference president and recently retired archbishop of Freiburg, told reporters Oct. 14 that the conference has formed a commission to investigate the project in the Diocese of Limburg, and he expected the head of the diocese, Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, to do some serious "self-examination."

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Cardinal Bertone retires
Pope Francis shakes hands with the outgoing Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, during the cardinal's farewell ceremony at the Vatican Oct. 15. Pope Francis acknowledged his contribution to the running of the Vatican.
CNS photo/L'Osse rvatore Romano via Reuters

Maternity is 'special'

Pope Francis said women's "vocation and mission" today remain essentially connected to their capacity for motherhood, but warned against unjustly restricting their participation in the church or civil society on that basis. "Many things can change and have changed in our cultural and social evolution, but the fact remains that it is the woman who conceives, carries in her womb and gives birth to the children of men," the pope said Oct. 12.

'Catholic' church

Professing that the church is "catholic" means accepting its teachings, accepting the gifts it offers to help one grow in holiness and accepting the fact that it is composed of different people with different gifts and opinions, Pope Francis said. "Let's ask ourselves: Do we live in harmony in our communities? Or do we fight among ourselves?" the pope asked Oct. 9 as he focused his weekly general audience talk on the meaning of the creed's profession that the church is "catholic."

Marry, start a family

In societies that trumpet individual rights, see everything as fleeting and see no value in sticking to something that's difficult, deciding to get married today takes courage, Pope Francis told young people in Assisi. "Don't be afraid of taking definitive steps, like that of marriage," the pope told thousands of young adults and teenagers who flocked to see him Oct. 4 in the square outside Assisi's Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels.

Just words in a dictionary?

The Cold War has ended and the Berlin Wall has fallen, but war and the threat of war continue and migrants are still dying as they travel in search of safety and a better life, Pope Francis said. Addressing a conference marking the 50th anniversary of Blessed John XXIII's encyclical "Pacem in Terris" ("Peace on Earth"), Pope Francis asked whether "'justice' and 'solidarity' are just words in our dictionary or do we all work to make them a reality?"

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