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placeholder February 3, 2014   •   VOL. 52, NO. 3   •   Oakland, CA

Feb. 3-6: Episcopal Ongoing Formation, Catholic Leadership Institute, Orlando, Florida.

Feb. 7: Mass for student body and blessing of new classroom building, Jesuit High School of Tampa, Florida.

Feb. 8: 10 a.m., Mass, World Day of the Sick, Cathedral of Christ the Light

Feb. 9: 3 p.m., Mass, Chinese New Year, St. Joseph Parish, Fremont

Feb. 10: Meeting with Director of Communications and Social Media.

      7 p.m., Solemn Vespers and Blessing of Liturgical Ministers of the diocese,
      Cathedral of Christ the Light.

Feb. 11: Meeting, College of Consultors

       5 p.m., Mass and dinner with members of the three Catholic schools of the
      Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley.

Feb. 17: Meeting with Bishop Gonzalo de Villa, SJ, of Guatemala.

Feb. 18: Meeting with the Bishop's Advisory Council, Chancery

      Capital Campaign donors' dinner.

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Educating hearts
and minds

A group of digital photographs, drawings and gouache paintings illustrate how all of the arts affect the learning and transformative experience of the students at Moreau Catholic High School. The exhibit is on display in the art hall of the Event Center at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. The exhibit will be on display through the last week of February.

Clergy assignments

Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, announced these clergy assignments:

Rev. Francisco Figueroa-Esquer was appointed parochial vicar of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Fremont effective Jan. 3.

Rev. Mark Amaral was appointed parochial administrator of St. Stephen Parish in Walnut Creek effective Dec. 1.

Scouting week

The Oakland diocese Catholic Scout Committee invites all young people in scout programs, girls and boys, their scout leaders and their families to the Annual Celebration of Scouting beginning at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. Scouts should arrive by 1 p.m. to join the procession into the cathedral. This celebration is a prayer service honoring all scouts and their leaders as well as presentation of Scout Religious Awards during February, Scout Month.

For more information: oakdiocesescouts.org or contact Grace House at 510-893-5154 or ghouse@oakdiocese.org.

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Festival adds art exhibit

The Lux Gloriosa (Glorious Light) Festival of the Cathedral of Christ the Light, a weekend of prayer, art and music has added an art exhibition and reception.

For the first time, there will be an art reception in conjunction with Oakland Art Murmur from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 7 with Brother Martin Erspamer, OSB, who will discuss his works of art on display in the Cathedral Event Center. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and wine will be served. His works will be on display Feb. 8 and 9.

At 8 p.m. Feb. 8, choirs from throughout the diocese are invited to participate in the Diocesan Choir Festival, celebrating the unique voices of each of our parishes, as well as the diversity of talents and cultures that we are blessed with. Each parish is invited to register one choir for participation this year, and the choir can range from large choirs to small vocal ensembles, children's choirs, youth choirs, adult choirs, senior choirs, etc. Each choir is invited to sing a piece/song they know really well and would normally sing during Ordinary Time.

Brother Martin will talk about "The Middle Path: Art and Life in the Monastery" at 4 p.m. Feb. 9. Brother Martin, a monk of St. Meinrad Archabbey in southern Indiana, works in a variety of media including ceramics, stained glass, true fresco and several illustration media. Most will recognize Brother Martin's black & white figures used in many church bulletins throughout the country.

The concluding event of the Lux Gloriosa festival will be Evening Prayer at the cathedral at 7 p.m. Feb. 10. Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, will address and give a special blessing to all liturgical musicians from throughout the diocese.

For more information, see the website at ctlcathedral.org/Lux or contact Denise Kogler at 510-271-1935, dkogler@ctlcathedral.org.

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Christians visit
Pope Francis walks with representatives of other Christian denominations at the conclusion of vespers at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls in Rome Jan. 25. With Orthodox, Anglican, Lutheran, Methodist and other Christian representatives present and reading some of the prayers, Pope Francis presided over the service.
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Gift exchange
Pope Francis
exchanges gifts with French President Francois Hollande during a private audience
at the Vatican
Jan. 24.
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Impartial annulments

Addressing the Vatican court primarily responsible for hearing requests for marriage annulments, Pope Francis said judges on church tribunals should show "imperturbable and impartial balance" as well as the "delicacy and humanity proper to a pastor of souls." The pope made his remarks Jan. 24 to officials of the Roman Rota, at a meeting to inaugurate the tribunal's judicial year. "You are essentially pastors," he told the officials. "As you carry out your judicial work, do not forget that you are pastors. Behind every file, every position, every case, there are persons who wait for justice."

Don't be angry

A heart hardened by anger and resentment is worse than eating humble pie and reaching out to enemies to seek peace, Pope Francis said. "Worse than trying to build a bridge (of understanding) with an adversary is to let the heart swell with rancor toward him," he said Jan. 24 during his early morning Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where he lives. Holding onto one's hatred and anger, instead of taking the first step toward peace, only renders people "isolated in this bitter broth of our resentment," he said, according to Vatican Radio.

Internet a 'gift from God'

Like the good Samaritan, who stopped on the road to help a person in need, travelers along today's communication highways should offer support to those they encounter there, Pope Francis said. "The digital world can be an environment rich in humanity; a network not of wires but of people," he said in his message for World Communications Day. Modern means of communication, especially the Internet, offer "immense possibilities for encounter and solidarity," he said. Because of that, he said, the Internet is "a gift from God."

Obama to visit pope

Pope Francis will meet with President Barack Obama at the Vatican March 27, the White House announced and the Vatican confirmed. The spring meeting would be Obama's second visit to the Vatican as president, but his first with Pope Francis, who was elected March 13, 2013. The White House said the Vatican visit would be part of a presidential trip to the Netherlands, Belgium and Italy.

Pope replaces cardinals

Pope Francis replaced four cardinals serving on a five-person commission overseeing the Vatican bank. The new members include Canadian Cardinal Thomas C. Collins of Toronto and Cardinal-designate Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schonborn of Vienna and Spanish Cardinal Santos Abril Castello. French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, is the only serving member the pope asked to stay on.

— Catholic News Service

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