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placeholder February 17, 2014   •   VOL. 52, NO. 4   •   Oakland, CA

Feb. 18: Meeting, Bishop Gonzalo de Villa, SJ

      Meeting, Bishop's Advisory Council

      Meeting, Alameda County District Attorney and Oakland Police Department
      regarding Human Trafficking

      Dinner for leadership donors of the Capital Campaign

Feb. 19: Seminary Board of Trustees meeting, St. Patrick's Seminary, Menlo Park

      Institution of Lectors, St. Patrick's Seminary, Menlo Park

Feb. 20: Bishops and vocation directors meeting, St. Patrick's Seminary, Menlo Park

Feb. 21: 9 a.m., Gold Star Mothers' Memorial Service for recently deceased service members, Marines Memorial, San Francisco

Feb. 22: 9 a.m., Mass, Confraternity of Eucharistic Devotion, Cathedral of Christ the Light

      Mass, appreciation dinner for FACE major donors

Feb. 24-March 4: San Francisco Region Bishop's Retreat, Los Altose

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Witnesses to Christ
Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, aided by Deacon Arturo Jimenez and Father Alexander Q. Castillo, confirmed 221 adults over two days at the Cathedral of Christ the Light. At the Spanish-language Mass on Feb. 1, 52 persons were confirmed; 159 were confirmed on Feb. 2.
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Bishop attends Don Bosco Day
Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, said Mass and visited Salesian High School in Richmond on Jan. 31 for the annual celebration of the feast day of St. John Bosco, founder of the Salesian order. Pictured from left, Rev. Dana Michaels (St. Barnabas, Alameda); Conventual friars Revs. Gary Klauer and Jacob Carazo (both of St. Paul's, San Pablo); Bishop Barber; Rev. Mel Trinidad, SDB, Salesian High director; Revs. Al Mengon, SDB; Francisco Munoz, SDB (St. Ambrose, Berkeley); Thien Nguyen, SDB; Larry Young (St. Patrick, Rodeo); and Deacon Marcelo Escalante, SDB (Bolivia).

New assignment

Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, announced Rev. Stephan Kappler is appointed pastor of St. Jarlath Parish in Oakland effective Feb. 1.

Catholic Charities' golf

Catholic Charities of the East Bay's 30th Annual Golf Classic will take place April 14 at the Diablo Country Club, 1700 Club House Road, Diablo. Those interested in playing, attending that evening's dinner, volunteering or in sponsorships, should contact Michael Bauman, 510-768-3161 or mbauman@cceb.org. See cceb.org/golf for more.

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Vatican writer gives talk

"The Global War on Christians," will be the subject of a talk by John L. Allen Jr. at 7 p.m. March 18 at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland.

Allen became an associate editor of the Boston Globe, covering global Catholicism. He also is the senior Vatican correspondent for CNN. From 1997 until his appointment to the Globe, he worked for the National Catholic Reporter. Allen is the author of nine books; his most recent, "The Global War on Christians: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Anti-Christian Persecution," was published last October.

Admission is free, and there is free parking in the cathedral garage. His talk is sponsored by the Department for Evangelization and Catechesis of the Diocese of Oakland. For additional information, contact Sandra Martinez at 510-267-8371 or smartinez@oakdiocese.org.

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U.N. presses on abuse

The U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child continued to insist that the Vatican compile and publish detailed statistics on clerical sexual abuse of minors and that the pope, as head of the church, can and should order Catholic dioceses and religious orders around the world to implement all the policies of the U.N. Convention of the Rights of the Child. The committee, which spent an entire day Jan. 16 questioning two Vatican representatives, also urged the Catholic Church to revise the Code of Canon Law to make it mandatory that bishops and religious superiors report suspected cases of sexual abuse to civil authorities, even in countries where civil law does not require such reporting. The Vatican always has insisted that church law requires bishops and religious superiors to obey local laws on reporting suspected crimes; however, it also has said that where reporting is not mandatory and the victim does not want to go to the police, the victim's wishes must be respected. The "concluding observations" of the committee, which monitors compliance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child, ratified by the Holy See in 1990, were published Feb. 5.

Don't skip Sunday Mass

It's so important to go to Mass every Sunday because that's where people receive Christ who saves, forgives and unites everyone to his father, church and each other, Pope Francis said. It's also "important that children are well prepared for first Communion because ... after baptism and confirmation it is the first step toward belonging strongly, really strongly, to Jesus Christ," he said Feb. 5 at his weekly general audience.

Clear Catholic identity

Catholic universities must give "uncompromising" and "unambiguous" witness to church teaching and defend themselves from all efforts to dilute their Catholic identity, Pope Francis said. Catholic universities, "by their very nature, are committed to demonstrating the harmony of faith and reason and the relevance of the Christian message for a full and authentically human life," he said in an audience with members of the board of trustees of the University of Notre Dame and other officials Jan. 30.

Beatification set

Pope Francis recognized the martyrdom of 124 Catholics who were killed during widespread persecution in Korea in the 18th through 19th centuries. He also approved a decree recognizing the martyrdom of Conventual Franciscan Father Francesco Zirano, an Italian priest killed in Algeria in 1603.

— Catholic News Service

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