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placeholder April 7, 2014   •   VOL. 52, NO. 7   •   Oakland, CA

April 5: 10:30 a.m., Confirmation, St. Bede Parish, Hayward

      6 p.m., dinner with Bishop F. Selim, eparch of Segeneity (Eritrea), Rectory

April 6: 10 a.m. Mass, Malta Lourdes Pilgrimage, Cathedral of Christ the Light

      12:30 p.m., Confirmation, St. John Vianney Parish, Walnut Creek

April 7: Vicar of Prelature of Opus Dei, Chancery

      Naval Order of the United States, San Francisco

April 8: Vicar for Clergy, Chancery

      Catholic Charities East Bay

      Appreciation dinner for major donors

April 9: Benedict XVI Institute for Sacred Music and Divine Worship, Saint Patrick's Seminary, Menlo Park

April 10: Bishop's Advisory Council, Chancery

      Study day, spiritual gathering with the priests of the diocese, Cathedral of Christ the Light

      7 p.m., Chrism Mass, Cathedral of Christ the Light

April 14: 7 p.m., Reconciliation Service, Holy Spirit Parish, Fremont

April 15: Transitional deacons, Chancery

      College of Consultors, Chancery

      Meeting with major donors

April 17: Holy Thursday: 7 p.m., Mass of the Lord's supper commemorates the Last Supper and initiates the Easter Triduum, Cathedral of Christ the Light

April 18: Good Friday: 12:10 p.m., celebration of the Passion of the Lord, Cathedral of Christ the Light

April 19: Easter Sunday Vigil: 8 p.m., solemn Easter vigil, Cathedral of Christ the Light

April 20: Easter Sunday: 10 a.m., Mass, Cathedral of Christ the Light

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Bishop's Appeal goals hit

Five more parishes exceeded their 2014 Bishop's Appeal Goal: St. Ambrose, Berkeley; St. Anne, Walnut Creek; St. Clement, Hayward; St. Joan of Arc, San Ramon; and St. Patrick, Rodeo.

Ten parishes have now exceeded their goal; six other parishes are at more than 90 percent of their goals, reported Ken Hokenson, executive director of Office for Mission Advancement. The diocese's goal is to raise $2.5 million.

Second collection

The Holy Land/Good Friday Collection provides the necessary basic cash flow and operating income to sustain the Catholic institutions in the Holy Land. The funds support holy places as well as pastoral, charitable, educational and social works which the church supports in the Holy Land for the welfare of their Christian brethren and of the local communities.

Thanksgiving Mass

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 celebrant. A reception, hosted by the Polish community of the Diocese of Oakland, will follow the Mass.

Chrism Mass

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, 510-271-1935 or dkogler@ctlcathedral.org.

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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 dkogler@ctlcathedral.org.

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President, pope meet
U.S. President Barack Obama accepts a gift from Pope Francis during a private audience at the Vatican March 27. The pope gave the president a copy of his apostolic exhortation, "Evangelii Gaudium" ("The Joy of the Gospel"). In their first encounter, their unusually long 50-minute meeting touched on several areas of tension between the Catholic Church and the White House, including religious freedom, immigration reform and medical ethics.
Stefano Spaziani, pool/cns

'Bishop Bling' resigns

The Vatican accepted the resignation of a German bishop who was at the center of controversy over expenditures for his residence and a diocesan center. Following a diocesan investigation, the Vatican's Congregation for Bishops studied the audit's findings and accepted the resignation of Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst of Limburg. Auxiliary Bishop Manfred Grothe of Paderborn was appointed to serve as apostolic administrator of Limburg in the meantime, the Vatican announced March 26. Bishop Tebartz-van Elst would be assigned, "at a suitable moment," another unspecified assignment.

Scammers kept out
Vatican security officers stopped two men — one American and one Dutch — trying to enter the Vatican bank with a briefcase full of fake bonds. Officers with the Vatican gendarme corps intercepted the two men March 29 when the men approached a guarded entrance and asked to be let into the Vatican bank, known formally as the Institute for the Works of Religion. According to Vatican Radio, the men did not have Vatican bank accounts and they did not have an appointment with anyone at the bank. The men were apprehended and, according to Vatican-Italy agreements, placed into the custody of the Italian financial police. They have been charged by both Vatican and Italian authorities, the radio reported. The briefcase contained fake bonds appearing to be worth billions of euros and U.S. dollars, according to Agence France-Presse. The Italian finance police found fake passports and other false documents in the men's hotel rooms.

Catholic News Service

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