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placeholder January 20, 2014   •   VOL. 52, NO. 2   •   Oakland, CA

Monday, Jan. 20: Mass and Homily, Cardinal O'Connor Conference for Life, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, Jan. 21: Mass, National Prayer Vigil for Life, National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C.

Saturday, Jan. 25
: 9:30 a.m., Mass for Life, St. Mary's Cathedral, San Francisco

      West Coast Walk for Life, Civic Center, San Francisco

      Episcopal Ordination Silver Jubilee Banquet
      for Bishop P.J. McGrath and Bishop Carlos Sevilla

      7 p.m. Episcopal Ordination Silver Jubilee Mass,
      St. Joseph Cathedral, San Jose

Monday, Jan. 27: 9 a.m., Mass at Our Lady of Grace Parish, Castro Valley
Visit, reception and dinner, Holy Names University, Oakland

Tuesday, Jan. 28: Meeting with Vicar for Clergy

      Meeting with Diocesan Ecumenical Commission

      Dinner, Leadership Donors for Capital Campaign

Thursday, Jan. 30: Bishop's Advisory Council, Chancery

      Presbyteral Council, Chancery

      Mass and dinner, Quinhon Missionary Sisters of the Holy Cross, Orinda

Friday, Jan. 31: 8 a.m., Mass for the Feast of Saint John Bosco, founder of the Salesians, Salesian High School, Richmond

      Lecture, Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, Berkeley

Saturday, Feb. 1
: 10 a.m., Adult Confirmation, Cathedral of Christ the Light

      2 p.m., Adult Confirmation in Spanish, Cathedral of Christ the Light

Sunday, Feb. 2
: 10 a.m., Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, Mass at the Cathedral

      3-7 p.m., Super Bowl reception for diocesan priests, Cathedral Rectory

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Flu season

The diocese offers these options for pastors to consider and implement for dealing with this year's severe flu season.

• Reminding parishioners to stay home when ill;

• Ensuring that liturgical ministers wash their hands before and after Mass;

• Cleaning and disinfecting holy water fonts often;

• Distributing Holy Communion under the species of bread only and not the cup;

• Ensuring that Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist are vigilant about using the purificator effectively, and that chalices are purified thoroughly;

• Using the "Orans" posture for the Lord's Prayer, not holding hands;

• Using a verbal sign of peace;

• Encouraging reception of Communion in the hand, not on the tongue.

— Very Rev. George Mockel, vicar general

Training meetings

Pastors, administrators, parish staff members and Bishop's Appeal lay leaders may attend training meetings for the 2014 Bishop's Appeal in the parish halls on these dates:

Jan. 21, 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m., St. Anne Parish, 32223 Cabello St., Union City, 510-471-7766.

Jan. 23, 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m., Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, 500 Fairview Ave., Brentwood, 925-634-4154.

Jan. 28, 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m., (Bishop Barber will attend this training session), Santa Maria Parish, 40 Santa Maria Way, Orinda, 925-254-2426.

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Lux Gloriosa Festival

Celebrate the Glorious Light (Lux Gloriosa) of the cathedral through prayer, art and music at this annual festival Feb. 8-10, which consists of these events:

• A Choir Festival at 8 p.m. Feb. 8, with choirs from throughout the diocese.

• Lecture and Art Exhibit with Brother Martin Erspamer, OSB, on Feb. 8 and 9; lecture at 4 p.m. Feb. 9.

The Cathedral of Christ the Light, is at 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. For more information, www.Ctlcathedral.org/Lux.

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Pope visits Nativity enactment
Surrounded by cheese sellers, shoemakers and bleating, baying animals, Pope Francis immersed himself in a lively re-enactment of a special day in Bethlehem. He even let a lamb rest on his shoulders and greeted a tiny baby named Francis, who played the part of Jesus, when he visited a live Nativity scene Jan. 6 at the Church of St. Alfonso Maria dei Liguori on the northern outskirts of Rome.
L'Osservatore Romano/Reuters, cns

Hitching popemobile ride
Pope Francis embraces Father Fabian Baez of Buenos Aires, Argentina, in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Jan. 8. The pope spotted the priest, whom he knows, in the crowd and invited him to board the popemobile.
Tony Gentile/Reuters, cns

19 new cardinals
Stressing that their role would be one of service rather than honor, Pope Francis named 19 new cardinals, including six men from his home region of Latin America. The pope announced the nominations Jan. 12 after praying the Angelus and said he would formally induct the men into the College of Cardinals Feb. 22.

Monsignor title limited

Pope Francis has limited the honor of "monsignor" among diocesan priests and will grant it from now on only to those at least 65 years of age. The change, which is not retroactive and does not affect Vatican officials or members of religious orders, was announced in a letter from the Vatican Secretariat of State to nunciatures around the world, along with instructions to inform local bishops.

OK to breast-feed

Pope Francis assured mothers that breast-feeding their babies in public, even during a papal Mass in the Sistine Chapel, is OK. No chorus is as wonderful as the squeaks, squeals and banter of children, the pope said during a Mass in which he baptized 32 babies on the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Jan. 12.

Damage to peace

Pope Francis said world peace requires the defense of human dignity from violations such as world hunger, human trafficking and abortion. The pope made his remarks Jan. 13 in his first annual address to the Vatican diplomatic corps, offering a survey of world conflicts and crises he said were caused by "envy, selfishness, rivalry and the thirst for power and money."

— Catholic News Service

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