March 24: Bishop's Advisory Council
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Confirmation, Santa Maria Parish, 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.
March 27-April 3: Pastoral visit to Diocese of Hai Phong, Vietnam, and Most Rev. Joseph Vu Van Thien, bishop.
ICF Bishop's Dinner
At the annual Bishop's Dinner at Our Lady of Grace Parish in Castro Valley, the Italian Catholic Federation made a generous donation of $7,000 to the Diocese of Oakland, $4,500 of which is earmarked for the seminarian formation. Pictured above, Rev. Stanislaw Zak, pastor of St. Margaret Mary Parish, Oakland; Msgr. Daniel E. Cardelli, ICF national spiritual director; and Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ.
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The Diocese of Oakland will join in the celebration of the canonization of Blessed Pope John XXIII and Blessed Pope John Paul II with a Solemn Mass and Te Deum in Thanksgiving for the canonization of the two popes at 5:30 p.m. April 26, the eve of the canonization in Rome, at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland. The Most Rev. Michael C. Barber, SJ, bishop of Oakland, will be the principal. A reception hosted, by the Polish community of the Diocese of Oakland, will follow the Mass.
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All parishes in the Diocese of Oakland are invited to celebrate the annual Chrism Mass, which blesses the holy oils to be used in the parishes for the celebration of the Sacraments in the coming year. The priests of the diocese will be asked to recommit to their priestly ministry, and, then, together as the Body of Christ, we will celebrate the Eucharist.
The Mass will be at 7 p.m. April 10 in the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland.
The events will begin at 5:30 p.m. when parishes bring their oil vessels and the vessel to be filled with Chrism; at 6:30 p.m., the Corpus Christi Parish Choir will offer a musical prelude, followed at 6:45 p.m. with a parade of parishes.
For more information, ctlcathedral.org/Chrism or contact Denise Kogler, 510-71-1935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CATHEDRAL OF CHRIST THE LIGHT
New docent training
Enthusiastic, people-oriented individuals from a variety of cultural and language backgrounds are invited to join the Bearers of Light ministry, providing docent services to visitors to The Cathedral of Christ the Light. These volunteers will be people of faith who want to give of their time and talents to lead tours of the Cathedral for visitors and assist during special events. Training sessions will be over two consecutive Saturdays in late summer. For more information, contact Denise Kogler at 510-271-1935 or email@example.com.
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Peter and the Wolf
Elementary school classes of Pre-K through Grade 4 children are invited to experience the sounds of the pipe organ at the Cathedral of Christ the Light at a performance of Sergei Prokofiev's version of the 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
meets with Kirchner
Pope Francis poses with Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner during a private audience at the Vatican March 17.
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Read the bible
ROME — If you get a seat on a crowded bus, you should use your travel time to read a few lines from the Bible, Pope Francis told members of a suburban parish filled with people who commute to Rome for work. "A Christian's first task is to listen to the word of God, to listen to Jesus, because he speaks to us and saves us with his word," the pope said March 16 during a homily at the parish of Santa Maria dell'Orazione on the northeast outskirts of Rome. Everyone should carry a small Bible or pocket edition of the Gospels and should find at least a few minutes every day to read the word of God, Pope Francis said.
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Judging someone is always easier than to being merciful and understanding, Pope Francis said. The difficulty is why it is so important to keep reminding oneself, "Who am I to judge?" the pope said March 17 at his early morning Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where he resides.
Have a sense of humor
At the end of his Lenten retreat, Pope Francis said he and his closest collaborators at the Vatican "want to follow Jesus more closely, without losing hope in his promises and without losing a sense of humor." The pope and 82 members of the Roman Curia, who left the Vatican by bus March 9 to travel the 20 miles to the Pauline Fathers' retreat and conference center in Ariccia, returned to the Vatican by bus March 14.
Paperwork a downside
The thing Pope Francis dislikes most about his job as pontiff is the paperwork, he told residents of an Argentine slum in which he used to minister. "Paperwork, office work, it's the thing I always struggled with," the pope said in response to the question, "What's the thing you like least about your mission as pope?" The pope's remarks came during a pre-recorded televised video message to the residents of Village 1-11-14 — a Buenos Aires' shantytown inhabited mostly by South American immigrants. Members of the community radio station, Radio FM 88 of Bajo Flores, conducted the interview with the pope at the Vatican before he left for a Lenten retreat outside of Rome March 9.
Doctrine for families
In its approach to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, the Catholic Church needs to find a middle ground that does not destroy or abandon doctrine, but offers a "renewed" interpretation of church teaching in order to help those whose marriages have failed, Cardinal Walter Kasper said. "I propose a path that goes beyond strictness and leniency," the German cardinal and theologian told Vatican Radio March 10. An approach that avoids the two extremes "isn't against morality, it isn't against doctrine, but rather, (is meant) to support a realistic application of doctrine to the current situation of the great majority of people and to contribute to people's happiness," he said, speaking in Italian.
Lessons from the pope
As some high school teachers may know, it can be a challenge to get a room full of rowdy teenage boys to learn, much less be interested in, the required class curriculum. But a 28-year-old Pope Francis survived and succeeded when he taught literature at the Jesuit-run School of the Immaculate Conception in Santa Fe, Argentina, according to a former student. Jorge Milia, today an Argentine writer, reveals in a lengthy interview then-Father Jorge Bergoglio's approach to education and teaching methods, which also shed light on his pastoral style as pope. "We were a group of rebellious adolescents, in full hormonal turmoil, hankering and hungry for anything new," he said. "We had no desire to study." But Father Bergoglio knew how to handle the chaos, Milia said.
Be witnesses to Gospel
The world doesn't need a lesson in "theoretical poverty" from Catholic priests, brothers and nuns, but it needs a living example of how to be careful with money, live simply and share with others, Pope Francis said. Every Christian is called to be a wise steward of resources and generous in helping others, but with their vow of poverty and their pledge to put God and their brothers and sisters first, members of religious orders must be especially attentive to what they do with money, the pope said in a message to the treasurers of religious orders.
Pope names cardinals
Pope Francis appointed an international group of eight cardinals — including U.S. Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston — and seven lay experts in the fields of business, management and finance to be the first members of the Vatican's new Council for the Economy. The new Council for the Economy was established Feb. 24 by Pope Francis to consider the policies and practices of the Holy See and devise appropriate policies and best practices.
The nature of fasting
Pope Francis criticized those who practice fasting as a mere ritual, rather than as a sacrifice representative of a religion of love. The pope made his remarks March 7, the first Friday of Lent, in his homily at morning Mass in the Vatican guesthouse, where he lives. "These hypocritical people are good persons," he said, referring to the Pharisees who criticized Jesus and his followers for not fasting as required by Jewish law. "They do all they should do. They seem good. But they are ethicists without goodness because they have lost the sense of belonging to a people."
Accord against trafficking
The Vatican, the Anglican Communion and a leading Muslim institution signed a historic agreement to work together to end human trafficking worldwide by 2020. The new accord, signed during a Vatican news conference March 17, launched the beginning of the Global Freedom Network, which hopes to expand to include all the world's major faiths. The global initiative aims to prevent modern forms of slavery; to protect, rescue and rehabilitate victims; and to promote concrete measures that condemn or criminalize human trafficking. In a joint statement, the accord's signatories called human trafficking and modern forms of slavery "crimes against humanity" and called for urgent action by all faith communities to join the effort to "set free the most oppressed of our brothers and sisters.
Visit to South Korea
Pope Francis will travel to South Korea in August for Asian Youth Day and to preside over the beatification of a large group of Korean martyrs, the Vatican spokesman said. The pope will leave Rome Aug. 13 and fly to South Korea, staying in the country Aug. 14-18, according to Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman. He said no other countries would be on the itinerary. The main point of the trip, Father Lombardi said, is to participate in the youth gathering Aug. 13-17 in Daejeon, South Korea. The theme of Asian Youth Day is "Asian youth, wake up! The glory of the martyrs shines on you."
— Catholic News Service