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placeholder August 11, 2014   •   VOL. 52, NO. 14   •   Oakland, CA

Aug. 11-15: On duty with the Navy

Aug. 16: Mass, celebration of the Divine Mercy Devotion annual gathering. Good Shepherd Parish, Pittsburg

      Visit, dinner with clergy, Our Lady Queen of the World Parish, Bay Point

Aug. 17: Mass, installation of the Rev. Clarence Zamora as pastor, St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Martinez

      Mass, Our Lady Queen of the World Parish, Bay Point

      Mass, celebration of the 50th anniversary of St. Anne Parish, Walnut Creek

Aug. 18: Meetings, chancery

Aug. 19: Dinner with major donors of the Diocesan Capital Campaign

Aug. 20: Meeting with seminarians and director of vocations

      Catholic Cemeteries reception

Aug. 21: Priest Personnel Board meeting, Chancery

      Meetings, chancery

      Catholic Charities of the East Bay new center opening and blessing, Richmond

Aug. 22: Bishop's Administrative Council

      Mass and celebration, Chancery Appreciation Day, Cathedral of Christ the Light

      Oakland Ceasefire Walk, Oakland

Aug. 23: Mass, Confraternity of the Eucharistic Devotion, Cathedral of Christ the Light

Aug. 24: Mass, jubilee of Sister Anthony Selewicz, LSP, St. Anne's Home, San Francisco

      Mass, farewell for Rev. José León, Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, Union City

Aug. 25: Mass, installation of Very Rev. Gladstone Stevens, SS, as rector of St. Patrick's Seminary, Menlo Park

Aug. 26: Dinner with major donors of the Diocesan Capital Campaign

Aug. 27: Mass, school visit, De La Salle High School, Concord

Aug. 28-30: Spiritual retreat for seminarians, St. John's Seminary, Boston

Aug. 31: Mass, Italian Catholic Federation Congress, Oakland

Sept. 2: Mass, school visit, St. Elizabeth High School, Oakland

      Meetings, chancery

      Dinner with major donors of the Diocesan Capital Campaign

Sept. 4: Mass, school visit, Wood Rose Academy, Concord

      College of Consultors meeting

      Dinner with major donors of the Diocesan Capital Campaign

Sept. 5: Mass, blessing of new building, school visit, Bishop O'Dowd High School, Oakland

      Mass, St. Mark Parish, Richmond

      Cease-Fire Walk, Richmond

Sept. 7: Silver Jubilee in the Society of Jesus of Rev. Stephen Barber, SJ, Los Angeles

Sept. 8: Dinner with major donors of the Diocesan Capital Campaign

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New clergy assignments

Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, announced these assignments:

Rev. Paul Schmidt, recently retired as pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Pinole, is appointed vicar for clergy effective Sept. 1.

Rev. Mark Amaral is appointed the director of deacon formation effective Aug 1.

Rev. Neal Clemens is appointed the director of vocations effective Sept. 1.

Rev. Leo Asuncion is appointed parochial administrator of St. Rose of Lima/St. Patrick Mission, Crockett, effective Aug. 1.

Rev. Robert Mendonça is appointed parochial vicar of St. Raymond Penafort Parish, Dublin, effective Aug. 1.

Rev. Fred Riccio is assigned in residence at St. Paschal Baylon Parish, Oakland, from Aug. 1 to Sept. 15; on that date, he will become pastor of St. Mary Parish, Walnut Creek.

Rev. Clarence Zamora is appointed pastor of St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Martinez, effective Aug. 1.

Assumption Holy Day

Aug. 15, the feast of the Assumption of Mary, is a holy day of obligation. Catholics are required to attend Mass. In "Munificentissimus Deus" ("Most Bountiful God"), in 1950, Pope Pius XII declared the Assumption of Mary "to be a divinely revealed dogma: that the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory."

Divine Mercy Ministry

All are invited to the Divine Mercy Ministry and Apostolate Annual Summer Gathering and Study Day on the topic Father of Mercies from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 3200 Harbor St., Pittsburg.

The day will include Mass with Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, followed by the workshop presentation by Deacon Steve Greco, who with his wife Mary Ann lead Life in the Spirit seminars and the monthly Holy Spirit Prayer Meeting at St. Elizabeth Anne Seton parish in Irvine.

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Twilight by the Lake

The Twilight by the Lake series of community mixers on the plaza at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland, is back. The free event will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on third Thursdays Aug. 21, Sept. 18 and Oct. 16.

Docent-led tours of the Cathedral will be available. Kicking off the Aug. 21 event is The Last Minute Band, a 10-piece R&B cover band playing old-school soul and rhythm and blues from the '60s and '70s to the present. More information: CTLCathedral.org

Boys chorus auditions

Fall auditions for the San Francisco Boys Chorus will take place at the Cathedral of Christ the Light the afternoon of Sept. 6. Boys ages 5 to 12 with unchanged voices from all cultural, ethnic, and economic backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Boys receive vocal training. For more information or to sign up to audition please visit sfbc.org/auditions.

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Surprise cafeteria visit
Taking the chef completely by surprise, Pope Francis unexpectedly showed up to eat with the Vatican's blue collar workers at their cafeteria in the tiny city-state's "industrial park." "He showed up, got his tray, silverware, he stood in line and we served him," the cafeteria's chef, Franco Paini, told Vatican Radio July 25. He acted "normally, like the humblest of the workers," Paini said, his voice still trembling from the thrill. "I didn't have the courage to give him the bill," said Claudia Di Giacomo, who was sitting behind the cash register.
L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters/cns

Sign of peace stays

The sign of peace at Mass has not always led to serenity among liturgists or within the congregations gathered each Sunday in Catholic churches around the world. After nine years of study and consultation, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments has told Latin-rite bishops around the world that the sign of peace will stay where it is in the Mass. However, the congregation said, "if it is foreseen that it will not take place properly," it can be omitted. But when it is used, it must be done with dignity and awareness that it is not a liturgical form of "good morning," but a witness to the Christian belief that true peace is a gift of Christ's death and resurrection. The text of the congregation's "circular letter" on "the ritual expression of the gift of peace at Mass," was approved by Pope Francis and posted in Spanish on the website of the Spanish bishops' conference.

Curia reform

Pope Francis and his international Council of Cardinals continue to study the most effective and efficient way to organize the Roman Curia, a large bureaucracy with a long history of expansions and a few, short-term, attempts at consolidation. For centuries, popes were assisted in their ministry by the cardinals meeting in consistories; the practical matters were handled by what was called the Apostolic Chancery. But as the church grew and matters became more complicated and more time-sensitive, offices were added. The first was the Sacred Congregation for the Inquisition, a tribunal established in 1542 by Pope Paul III to judge heresy and orthodoxy. Over the next four decades, a few other offices were added, but an organized Roman Curia came into existence only with Pope Sixtus V in 1588. Currently the principal offices of the Roman Curia are the Secretariat of State, nine congregations headed by cardinals and 12 pontifical councils led by cardinals or archbishops.

Catholic News Service

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