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placeholder July 7, 2014   •   VOL. 52, NO. 12   •   Oakland, CA

July 8: College of Consultors

      Catholic Relief Services California

July 10: Farewell celebration for diocesan CFO Mike Canizzaro

July 11-14: On duty with U.S. Navy

July 15: Capital Campaign leadership meeting

      Dinner with Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone and newly ordained priests

July 17: Vicar for Clergy

      Capital Campaign team

      Chancery farewell celebration

      Capital Campaign reception

July 18: Coast Guard Change of Command ceremony

July 19: Confirmation, St. Elizabeth Parish, Oakland

July 20: Mass, St. Albert's Priory, Oakland

July 21: Benefactors' dinner

July 22: Bishop's Administrative Council

July 24 -27: Napa Institute, Napa

July 28-Aug. 15: On duty with U.S. Navy

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Bishop blogging; priest picnic
Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, is writing his own blog at www.bishopbarbersj.wordpress.com. His entries are brief, interesting and informative, and include photos. There are links to his blog from websites of The Catholic Voice (www.catholicvoiceoakland.org) and El Heraldo Católico.org (www.elheraldocatolico.org). One of his first blog items was from the annual priest picnic, which drew about 80 priests and seminarians on June 27 at Santa Maria Parish in Orinda, during the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It is a day when priests around the world get together or make a special day of retreat. At the picnic, above, Bishop Emeritus John S. Cummins and Bishop Barber talk together.

New assignments

Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, announced these changes effective July 1:

Rev. John Direen, from St. Joseph the Worker, Berkeley, to pastor, St. Joseph, Pinole.

Rev. Kenneth Nobrega, from Vocations office, to parochial administrator at St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Berkeley.

Rev. Peter Son Vo from All Saints Parish, Hayward, to parochial vicar, St. Joseph, Pinole.

Rev. Van Dinh, from military chaplain to pastor, St. Michael Parish, Livermore.

Black Madonna icon
to visit Oakland

A reproduction of the icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa, also known as the Black Madonna, has come to the United States from Poland for veneration by pilgrims at American cathedrals, basilicas, parish churches and shrines across the country. The Black Madonna has been credited with numerous miracles and healings. The original of the icon is kept at the monastery of Jasna Gora in Czestochowa, Poland, dedicated to the defense of life and family. On July 30, the icon will visit St. Margaret Mary Parish, 1219 Excelsior Ave., Oakland. There will be a welcoming Mass at 8 a.m. More information: www.stmargmaryoak.org; or 510-482-0596, ext. 202, after July 24.
Human Life International/
Courtesy photo

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Banner features popes
A floral banner featuring Popes John Paul II, Francis and John XXIII is carried outside St. Peter's Square prior to Pope Francis' recitation of the Angelus at the Vatican June 29. Sixty groups from Italy and around the world made banners or floral carpets to celebrate the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul.
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Church essential

Christians are not made in a laboratory, but in a community called the church, Pope Francis said. At his weekly general audience June 25, Pope Francis continued his series of audience talks about the church, telling an estimated 33,000 people that there is no such thing as "do-it-yourself" Christians or "free agents" when it comes to faith. Every Christian, he said, can trace his or her faith back to parents, grandparents, teachers or friends.

Meeting seminarians

Pope Francis met privately in early June with seminarians belonging to the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate Conception, a traditional religious order placed under the direction of an apostolic commissioner a year earlier. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, confirmed June 25 that Pope Francis met with the youngest members of the order June 10. The order's theological seminary was closed and Pope Francis required all the friars "to celebrate the liturgy according to the ordinary rite," the post-Vatican II Mass, and that use of the extraordinary form, the pre-Vatican II Latin Mass, "must be explicitly authorized by the competent authorities for every religious or community that makes a request."

Model for evangelizing

In sharing the Gospel with others, Christians must be like St. John the Baptist, preparing the way for the Lord, pointing him out to others, then stepping aside, Pope Francis said. Celebrating the feast of the birth of St. John the Baptist June 24, Pope Francis called him "the greatest among the prophets," because he knew how to prepare people, discern the Lord's identity and "diminish" so Jesus could increase.

Catholic News Service

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