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placeholder May 5, 2014   •   VOL. 52, NO. 9   •   Oakland, CA

May 5: 6 p.m., Mass for Mother Sylvia Gemma's Silver Jubilee, Carmelite Monastery, Canyon

May 6: 5:30 p.m., Capital Campaign Dinner

May 8: Meeting, vicar for priests

      Noon, Presbyteral Council

May 9: 11 a.m., dedication of the Garden and Talent Show/University of Notre Dame bus tour, St. Jarlath School, Oakland

      5 p.m., Confirmation, St. Anne Parish, Byron

May 12: Solemn Vespers, Birmingham Oratory, England

May 13: Co-consecrator, episcopal ordination of Rt. Rev. Robert Byrne, St. Chad's Cathedral, Birmingham, England

May 14: Solemn Mass, St Aloysius Church, Oxford, England

May 16: Confirmation, Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Brentwood

May 17: 10 a.m., group Confirmations, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland

      5 p.m., Confirmation, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, San Leandro

May 18: 3:30 p.m., Confirmation, St. Leander Parish, San Leandro

May 19: 6:30 p.m., Meeting with Hispanic groups and leadership, Cathedral Parish Halle

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Good Friday, Easter services at the cathedral
The Cathedral of Christ the Light in Okalnd was filled for both Good Friday and Easter services April 18 and 20. Above, people venerate the cross during the Good Friday liturgy. Below, Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, was greeted by a young well-wisher after Easter Mass.
All: josÉ luis aguirre/The Catholic Voice

New assignments

Most Rev. Michael C. Barber, SJ, bishop of Oakland, announced these assignments:
Rev. Jayson Landeza, from St. Joan of Arc Parish, San Ramon, to senior chaplain, Oakland Police Department, in residence at St. Leander Parish, San Leandro, effective May 1.

Rev. Paulson Mundanmani, from St. Mary Parish, Walnut Creek, to pastor at Christ the King Parish, Pleasant Hill, effective Sept. 15.

Rev. Dan Danielson is appointed temporary parochial administrator of St. Michael Parish, Livermore, effective May 1. Rev. Robert Mendonça's new appointment will be announced.

Rev. Padraig Greene was appointed parish relationship director with the Catholic Funeral & Cemetery Services of the Diocese of Oakland, effective March 17. This position will serve to strengthen the ministry of service provided by Catholic Funeral & Cemetery Services to our clergy, parishes and parishioners. The relationship director will communicate the importance of the services and programs provided by CFCS as well as work to establish a grief ministry support program for parishes within the diocese.

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Pope Paul VI

Pope Paul VI miracle

Pope Paul VI, who led the church between the pontificates of Saints John XXIII and John Paul II, may be beatified in October, an Italian Catholic magazine reported. Credere, a magazine run by the Pauline Fathers, reported April 24 that the alleged miracle needed for Pope Paul's beatification would be considered by the cardinal members of the Congregation for Saints' Causes May 5. The miracle being considered involves the birth of a baby in California in the 1990s, although to protect the family's privacy, the child's name and city have not been released.

Jesus could cook

Father Giovanni Cesare Pagazzi, an Italian theologian, says in his book "La Cucina del Risorto" (The Cooking of the Risen One) to be published in July, that "Jesus knew how to cook, practiced the culinary arts, and knew its secrets and traditions." For Father Pagazzi, the term "buon pastore" — good shepherd — has a double meaning. In Italian, "pasto" is a meal; a "pastore" or shepherd provides food. For Jesus, part of being the good shepherd is being "he who nourishes."

DVDs on Vatican

Some 5.5 million visitors toured the Vatican Museums last year, and the numbers continue to grow. "The popularity of Pope Francis has reverberated onto the museums," Antonio Paolucci, the museums' director, said. Now, for the first time, digital technology is taking visitors not only through the museums, but also further inside the Vatican than has ever before been possible. In six 55-minute DVD documentaries, viewers are shown the spiritual, historical and artistic tapestry of the world's smallest independent state.

Controversial priest OK

After nearly half a century, the Vatican has dropped its veto on the writings of a popular Italian priest, Father Lorenzo Milani , whose book "Esperienze pastorali" ("Pastoral Experiences") was published in 1958, and whose progressive tone scandalized many. Don Milani wrote that the church had become less important to ordinary people, and had become more involved in "ritual" than faith.

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