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placeholder April 21, 2014   •   VOL. 52, NO. 8   •   Oakland, CA

April 21-25: Easter Week, vacation

April 26: 10 a.m., Confirmation, Cathedral of Christ the Light

      5:30 p.m., Solemn Mass and Te Deum, commemoration of the Canonization of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II, Cathedral of Christ the Light.

April 27: 11 a.m., Confirmation, St. Jerome Parish, El Cerrito

      5 p.m., Confirmation, St. Bonaventure Parish, Concord

April 28: 10 a.m., Youth ministers and directors of religious education, Cathedral of Christ the Light

      12:30p.m., guest speaker at the Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley

      5 p.m., pastoral visit, Camaldolese Monastic Community, Berkeley

April 29-30: California Catholic Conference of Bishops, Sacramento

May 1: 10:30 a.m., Priest Personnel Board, Chancery

      1 p.m., Jubilee Reception for Sister Barbara Bray, SNJM, Chancery

      6 p.m., Mercy Retirement and Care Center auction dinner, Cathedral Rectory

May 2: 7 p.m., Confirmation, Holy Spirit Parish, Fremont

May 3: 10 a.m., Confirmation, Cathedral of Christ the Light

      6 p.m., FACE gala, Danville

May 4: 10:30 a.m., Confirmation, St. Margaret Mary Parish, Oakland

      3 p.m., Confirmation, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Fremont

May 5: 6 p.m., Jubilee Mass, Mother Sylvia Gemma, Carmel of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, Canyon

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Eritrean visit
Bishop Fikremarim Hagos Selim, bishop of the New Eparchy of Segheneity, Eritrea, center, was hosted by Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, left, at the Cathedral Rectory during his visit to the Eritrean communities. Father Ghebriel Woldai, right, is the chaplain of the Diocese of Oakland's Eritrean community, based at St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Berkeley.

'Selfie' with the bishop
Megan Shone, left, was confirmed April 6 at St. John Vianney Church in Walnut Creek. Her grandmother and sponsor, Rosemary Capitolo, asked Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, if they could take a "selfie" after the Mass. If a Jesuit Pope Francis could take a selfie, Capitolo said, so could a Jesuit bishop.

Visit with Archbishop Brunett
Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, made a weekend visit to retired Seattle Archbishop Alex J. Brunett, who is recovering from a stroke. Archbishop Brunett served as apostolic administrator of the Oakland diocese from October 2012 to May 2013, when Bishop Barber was installed.

Evangelizing Catechesis

Directors of Religious Education and Youth Ministers are invited to hear well-known speaker and best-selling author Joe Paprocki speak on Evangelizing Catechesis: Beyond Informative to Transformative. Paprocki will explore how we can make our catechesis more evangelizing (transformative) for young people as well as for their parents and families.

The event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 28 at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, Parish Hall, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. This event is free. RSVP at oakdiocese.org/ym-dre. For more information contact Patti Collyer, pcollyer@oakdiocese.org, or Samuel Vásquez, 510-267-8394 svasquez@oakdiocese.org.

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Recitals and concerts

The Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland, has these events on its calendar:

May 4, Hentus van Rooyen (South Africa), organist, 5 p.m.; June 1, Rudy de Vos, organist, 5 p.m.; June 14, San Francisco Boys Chorus Spring Concert, 8 p.m.

For more information, contact Denise Kogler at 510-271-1935 or dkogler@ctlcathedral.org.

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Guide on Girl Scouts

WASHINGTON — Responding to concerns about Catholic involvement with Girl Scouts, a U.S. bishops' committee released key points from its dialogue with Girl Scout leaders outlining major concerns of church leaders and the national organization's responses. The aim of the resource, issued April 2 by the bishops' Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, was not to support or oppose Catholic involvement with Girl Scouts of the USA, known as GSUSA, but to provide local bishops, pastors, youth leaders and parents with necessary information to determine their level of involvement. Catholics have been affiliated with Girl Scouts for 100 years and there are an estimated 400,000 Catholic girls among the nation's 3 million Girl Scouts. In the past few years, questions about the organization have sparked online discussions, boycotts of Girl Scout cookies and the ousting of troops from Catholic parishes. Concerns have been raised about the Girl Scouts' relationship with Planned Parenthood and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, known as WAGGGS. There also have been questions about the organization's policy on human sexuality and contraception and its program materials and resources. The bishops' committee spent one year gathering information about concerns and another year in dialogue with Girl Scout leaders in an effort to clarify the issues. The resource materials are posted at www.usccb.org and www.girlscouts.org.

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People take photos on tablets and phones as Pope Francis greets people during an audience with members of Jesuit higher education institutions in Rome in Paul VI hall at the Vatican April 10. The pope met with 5,000 students, professors and staff members of the Jesuit-run Pontifical Gregorian University, Pontifical Biblical Institute and Pontifical Oriental Institute.
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'The devil exists'

A lot of people, even Catholics, think that talking about the devil is completely old-fashioned, but anyone who wants to follow Jesus needs to know that Satan exists and will keep putting up obstacles to faith, Pope Francis said. "The prince of this world — the devil — doesn't want our holiness, he doesn't want us to follow Christ," the pope said April 11 during his homily at Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where he lives. "But, look, the devil exists. The devil exists even in the 21st Century. And we shouldn't be naive, should we? … Temptation begins small, but it grows," the pope said. Then it "infects another, it is transmitted to another" and, finally, it includes self-justification so the person who gives in to temptation and sin doesn't feel so bad about it.

Pope to young

Pope Francis told a group of young people to be honest with themselves and others and figure out what they hold dear: money and pride or the desire to do good. He also told them he has made plenty of mistakes in life, being guilty of being too bossy and stubborn. "They say mankind is the only animal that falls in the same well twice," he said. While mistakes are the "great teachers" in life, "I think there are some I haven't learned because I'm hardheaded," he said, rapping his knuckles on his wooden desk and laughing.

Catholic News Service

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