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placeholder June 9, 2014   •   VOL. 52, NO. 11   •   Oakland, CA

June 9: LifeTeen directors and board members, Phoenix, Arizona

June 10: 10:45 a.m., Mass, LifeTeen Catholic Youth Ministry Training Convention, Phoenix, Arizona

June 11-13: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops General Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana

June 14: 10 a.m., board meeting, Malta Clinic, Oakland.

      4:30 p.m., Mass, 150th anniversary St. Leander Parish, San Leandro

June 15: 11 a.m., Confirmation, St. David of Wales Parish, Richmond

      4 p.m., Confirmation, St. Joachim Parish, Hayward

June 16: 10:30 a.m., board meeting, Benedict XVI Institute for Sacred Music and Divine Worship, San Francisco

      5:30 p.m., dinner, Capital Campaign leadership donors

June 17: 9 a.m., Director of Mission Advancement

      2 p.m., Rev. David Matz, CPPS, and executive directors of the Catholic Association of Lesbian and Gay Ministries

      6 p.m., pastoral visit, Garber House, Berkeley

June 18: Evening prayer and dinner with diocesan priests during their annual Spiritual Retreat, San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville

June 19: 9 a.m.,Vicar for Clergy

      10 a.m., Presbyteral Council

      Noon, lunch, meeting, Deanery 11

      3 p.m., rector of the Cathedral and staff of Cathedral Ministries

      5:30 p.m., dinner, Capital Campaign leadership donors

June 20: 2 p.m., Mass, dinner, Order of Malta, San Francisco

June 21: 11 a.m., Confirmation, St. Callistus Parish, El Sobrante

      5 p.m., Confirmation, St. Anthony Parish, Oakland

June 22: 10 a.m., Mass, procession, 100th Anniversary, Corpus Christi Parish, Fremont

June 23: 3 p.m., executive director, Soda Foundation

      5:30 p.m., meeting, dinner, diocesan Finance Committeee

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Dominican Sisters' jubilee
Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, presided at the jubilee Mass of the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael on May 29. The bishop is seated with Sister Maureen McInerney, OP, prioress general, and Sister Jude Stockholm, OP, the bishop's eighth-grade teacher.
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Western Province of the Dominican Order ordination
Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, (center) presided at the ordinations of priests and deacons of the Western Province of the Dominican Order on May 31 at St. Dominic's Parish, San Francisco. The ordinands from left: Deacon Corwin Low, OP., Father Justin Gable, OP, Father Peter Junipero Hannah, OP, and Deacon Gabriel Mosher, OP. Father Gable is from Southern California and will be assigned to St. Mary Magdalen Parish in Berkeley. He will also be teaching philosophy at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley. Father Hannah is from Monterey and will be assigned to St. Catherine of Siena University Parish at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Deacon Low is from Seattle, and Deacon Mosher is from Albuquerque. They will be ordained to the priesthood next spring.
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New assignment

Rev. Neal Clemens, vicar for priests, reports that Rev. Paul Coleman, currently at St. Raymond Parish, Dublin, has been given a two-year assignment as secretary to Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco beginning Aug. 1. Father Coleman will remain a priest of the Diocese of Oakland.

Carmelites online

The Discalced Carmelite nuns, presently living in Canyon, are anticipating a move to their new home in Kensington soon. The Sisters in this contemplative order live an exceedingly simple life that does not include use of the Internet. To learn about their mission, story and material needs, visit the website www.oakdiocese.org/carmelites.

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June meeting to begin

WASHINGTON — The U.S. bishops, meeting in New Orleans June 11-13, will discuss today's economy and its impact on marriages and evangelization. They will also review their efforts in preventing sexual abuse of children, strengthening marriage, helping typhoon victims and preparing for upcoming church-sponsored events on family life. The bishops will hear presentations on "Marriage and the Economy" and "the New Evangelization and Poverty" on the second day of their gathering before they close for executive sessions. The first day will be filled with reports on upcoming events, including presentations on the Oct. 5-19 extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family and the World Meeting of Families, set for Sept. 22-27, 2015, in Philadelphia.

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Pope Francis places a note in the Western Wall in Jerusalem on May 26. The pope stood for more than a minute and a half with his right hand against the wall, most of the time in silent prayer, before reciting the Our Father. Then he followed custom by leaving a written message inside a crack between two blocks.
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Pope reaches out to Muslims, Jews

JERUSALEM — Pope Francis spent the last morning of his three-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land meeting with Muslims and Jews and calling for closer relations among the three major monotheistic religions as the basis for peace in the region.

Given the Holy Land's long and complex history of military, religious and cultural conflict, the run-up to Pope Francis' May 24-26 pilgrimage was inevitably marked by fears it would be marred by controversy — or worse. Now that the pope's second international trip is over, so are those fears. The suspense is not, however. With a number of surprising gestures and remarks over three busy days, the pope left Catholics and others around the world wondering what comes next on a range of important questions.

On the peace process, Pope Francis made headlines on the second day of his trip by inviting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli President Shimon Peres to join him at the Vatican to pray together for peace. On ecumenism, the original reason for Pope Francis' Holy Land trip was a meeting with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, to mark the 50th anniversary of a historic encounter between their predecessors. The earlier meeting led the Catholic and Orthodox churches to lift mutual excommunications imposed in 1054 and opened the modern period of ecumenical dialogue. Not surprisingly, this year's event did not yield any comparable breakthroughs, but there were hints of progress to come.

On the subject of Vatican reform, during an inflight news conference on the way back to Rome, the pope was asked about reports that Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, a former Vatican secretary of state, mishandled 15 million euros in funds held by the Institute for the Works of Religion, commonly known as the Vatican bank. Without naming the cardinal, the pope said the matter was "being studied, it's not clear. Maybe it could be true, but at this moment it's not definitive." And on priestly celibacy, the pope told reporters the door is open to allowing more married priests in the Catholic Church, in the Latin rite as well as the Eastern Catholic churches, where the practice is already established.

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