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placeholder March 10, 2014   •   VOL. 52, NO. 5   •   Oakland, CA

March 10: Visit, meeting with Franciscan friars and staff of San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville.

March 14: Presbyteral Council training seminar, chancery.

March 16: Italian Catholic Federation Bishop's Day celebration, Our Lady of Grace, Castro Valley.

March 17-18: Seminarian evaluations meeting, Mount Angel Seminary, Oregon.

March 19: Mass, St. Joseph School, Pinole; celebration of the 50th anniversary of the school.

   Mass, St. Agnes Catholic School, Concord.

   Meeting with representative of Archdiocese of Military Services.

March 20: Meeting, vicar for clergy.

   Meeting, WASC team, St. Patrick's Seminary, Menlo Park.

   College of Consultors, chancery.

   Finance Council, chancery.

   Appreciation dinner for major donors.

March 21: 10 a.m. Mass, Oakland Police Department Memorial Mass, cathedral.

March 23: 10:30 a.m. Mass, installation of the Very Rev. George Mockel as pastor, Santa Maria Parish, Orinda.

   2:30 p.m. Mass, commemoration of the death of Archbishop Romero, Catholic Worker, Oakland.

March 24: 7 p.m., Confirmation, Santa Maria, Orinda.

March 25: 2 p.m., consecration of Most Rev. Myron Cotta as the new auxiliary bishop of Sacramento, Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Sacramento.

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Church groups celebrate
CEDDO, Chinese Masses

The Cathedral Youth Choir, above, under the direction of Music Director and organist Rudy DeVos and Cantor Beth Hockel, sang for the semiannual Mass of the Confraternity for Eucharistic Devotion, Diocese of Oakland (CEDDO) Feb. 22 at the Cathedral of Christ the Light. The event was attended by several priests of the diocese and followed by a reception with Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, seen at right giving Communion. Below, on Feb. 9, Emeritus Bishop John S. Cummins and Bishop Barber, both right, celebrated the Chinese New Year at St. Joseph's in Fremont. The Chinese Pastoral and Cultural Center gathers the Chinese community in the diocese together for Mass on a regular basis.
Above, Right: Valerie Burkart/

Below: Calvin Peng/
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New assignment

Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, announced that Rev. Vincent Cotter was appointed parochial vicar of Christ the King Parish in Pleasant Hill effective Dec. 1, 2013.

Debra Gunn joins CCEB

Debra Gunn, formerly in the Stewardship office of the diocese, has joined the staff of Catholic Charities of the East Bay as Community Engagement Manager. She can be reached at dgunn@cceb.org, 510-768-3142.

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Peter and the Wolf

Elementary school classes of Pre-K through Grade 4 children are invited to experience the thrilling sounds of the pipe organ at the Cathedral of Christ the Light at a performance of Sergei Prokofiev's version of the beloved children's story, "Peter and the Wolf," transcribed for organ, percussion and narrator. It will be at 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. April 8 in the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. A question and answer period and pipe organ demonstration will follow the performance. Admission is free. All are invited to stay and attend the 12:10 p.m. Mass. Performers: Rudy de Vos, organist; Leo Keegan, narrator; and Ward Spangler, percussionist. To register, please complete the online reservation form on the cathedral website, ctlcathedral.org before the reservation deadline of April 4. For more information please contact Denise Kogler at 510-271-1935, dkogler@ctlcathedral.org.

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Pope's Harley auctioned
Harley-Davidson gave Pope Francis this new Dyna Super Glide in June; the pope autographed and put it up for auction, raising $326,000 for a Rome soup kitchen and homeless shelter.
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Mass with new cardinals
Pope Francis arrives in procession to celebrate Mass with new cardinals in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Feb. 23. The previous day, he created 19 new cardinals from 15 countries at a consistory attended by his predecessor, retired Pope Benedict XVI.
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Pray for Ukraine

As uncertainty reigned in Ukraine and Russian troops appeared to have control of the Crimean peninsula, Pope Francis again asked the world's Christians to pray for Ukraine and urged the parties involved in the conflict to engage in dialogue. "I ask you again to pray for Ukraine, which is in a very delicate situation," Pope Francis told tens of thousands of people gathered in St. Peter's Square for the midday recitation of the Angelus March 2.

Lenten retreat

Less than a week before he was to take top Vatican officials and head out of town for a weeklong Lenten retreat, Pope Francis said March 3 that retreats should renew the faith of participants, transforming their ministry and their relationships with others. "Those who live a retreat in an authentic way," the pope said, "experience the attraction and fascination of God and return renewed and transfigured in their daily lives, their ministry and their relationships."

Pope urges sympathy

Those who recognize marriage as a sacrament, a divine blessing and a reflection of God's love for humanity should have even greater sympathy for husbands and wives whose relationships have failed, Pope Francis said. "See how beautiful this love is, how beautiful marriage is, how beautiful the family is and how much love and closeness we must have for our brothers and sisters who have experienced the calamity of a failure in love," the pope said Feb. 28 at his morning Mass.

Pope's constant refrain

Pope Francis' most frequent advice and exhortation to Catholics — from laypeople in parishes to bishops and cardinals — is "Go forth." In Italian, the phrase is even snappier: "Avanti." As the world's cardinals gathered at the Vatican in early March 2013 to discuss the needs of the church before they entered the conclave to elect a successor to Pope Benedict XVI, "avanti" was at the heart of a speech by then-Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The speech captured the imagination of his confrere, Havana Cardinal Jaime Ortega Alamino, who received permission to share it after Pope Francis was elected.

Pray for synod

Pope Francis asked families to pray for the success of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the "pastoral challenges to the family in the context of evangelization," which will take place at the Vatican in October. In a letter to the world's families, released by the Vatican Feb. 25, the pope wrote that the synod would be dedicated to the "challenges of marriage, of family life, of the education of children; and the role of the family in the life of the church."

New economy secretariat

Pope Francis has named the Maltese monsignor who initially served as his personal secretary to be the general secretary of the new Secretariat for the Economy. Msgr. Alfred Xuereb, 55, had served as assistant personal secretary to Pope Benedict XVI and stepped up as Pope Francis' secretary when the new pope was elected in March 2013. In November, Pope Francis named Msgr. Xuereb his personal delegate to the commissions reviewing the activity and mission of the Institute for the Works of Religion — commonly called the Vatican bank — and the commission that was studying the economic and administrative structures of the Holy See.

Panel to oversee finances

In a move reflecting both his drive to reform the Vatican bureaucracy and his oft-stated desire to include laypeople in the leadership of the church, Pope Francis established a new panel, to include almost as many lay members as clerics, to oversee the finances of the Holy See and Vatican City State. Another new office, to be headed by Cardinal George Pell of Sydney, will implement the panel's policies. The Vatican announced the changes in a statement Feb. 24.

— Catholic News Service

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