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placeholder September 8, 2014   •   VOL. 52, NO. 15   •   Oakland, CA

Sept. 8: Reception for the Diocesan Capital Campaign

Sept. 9: Eighth Graders Day Mass, Cathedral of Christ the Light

      Meetings, Chancery

      Visit to St. Conrad Friary, Berkeley

Sept. 11: Meetings, Chancery

      Retired priests luncheon, Danville

      Meeting, Knights of Columbus Chapter President Charles Bellavia, Chancery

      Reception for the Diocesan Capital Campaign

Sept. 12: Mass and presentation, celebration of the Annual Elementary School Staff Day, Cathedral of Christ the Light

      Meetings, Chancery

      Gathering with major donors of FACE

Sept. 13: 3 p.m., ground breaking ceremony for the Mother Teresa Center, St. James the Apostle Parish, Fremont

Sept. 14: 10 a.m., Mass, SPRED celebration, Cathedral of Christ the Light

      12:15 p.m., Mass, honoring Father Brian Joyce, Christ the King Parish, Pleasant Hill.

      6 p.m., Mass, installation of Father Van Dinh as pastor of St. Michael Parish, Livermore

Sept. 15: Meetings, Chancery

      Capital Campaign reception, St. Joan of Arc Parish, San Ramon

Sept. 16: Confirmation, Women's Prison, Dublin

      Consultative committees meetings, Chancery

      Presbyteral Council, Chancery

Sept. 17: Mass, Carmelite Monastery, Canyon

      Meetings, Chancery

      College of Consultors, Chancery

Sept. 18-29: General meeting of the Pontifical Committee for the International Eucharistic Congress, Rome

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Seminarians gather
Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, leads a prayer as seminarians of the Oakland diocese gather at St. Paschal Baylon Parish in Oakland for a barbecue at the beginning of the school year. From left, a new seminarian, Mark Tannehill, and seminarian Garrett McGowan, with Revs. Neal Clemens and Paul Schmidt and Bishop Barber.

Fatima statue available

The National Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima is available for visits to parishes in the diocese during the month of October. The statue is a hand-carved image of Our Lady of Fatima given to the United States by the bishop of Fatima after being blessed by Pope Paul VI in 1967, and travels across the United States under the sponsorship of the World Apostolate of Fatima. Sixteen parishes in the diocese have already scheduled visits, leaving 13 dates available. For more information or to schedule a visit, please contact Ying Palmos, national secretary of the WAF, at 909-287-9268 or, palmosam@yahoo.com, and visit wafusa.org/the-apostolate/national-pilgrim-virgin-statue.

Adult Confirmation

Dates have been announced for the 2015 diocesan Adult Confirmation and Election rites. Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, will preside at these events, which will be held in the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. Contact Mary Ann Wiesinger for information, 510-267-8352.

Adult Confirmations: 2 p.m. Jan. 25 (Spanish), 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30; 2 p.m. Jan. 31, St. John Vianney Parish, 1650 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek.

Rites of Election: 2 p.m. Feb. 21 (Spanish); 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Feb. 22.

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Janèt Sullivan Whitaker of Oakland, an internationally renowned composer of music for the Catholic Church, will offer a concert at 8 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. A portion of the evening's proceeds will benefit Catholic Charities of the East Bay. The concert will feature choir singers from around the diocese. Online tickets $20 ($25 at the door, cash only), children 12 & under free.

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Pope Francis in Korea
Pope Francis placed 124 Korean martyrs on the last step toward sainthood in a beatification Mass Aug. 16 during his trip to South Korean Aug. 14-18. He visited a set of Korean Catholic institutions exemplifying some of his highest priorities for the church, including engagement of laypeople and dedication to the needy. Speaking at the execution site of anonymous Korean martyrs, Pope Francis told Catholic bishops and young laypeople from across Asia to evangelize their continent through dialogue and openness, even with others suspicious or intolerant of the Church. But he also urged them to challenge aspects of their cultures incompatible with Christian values. Pope Francis told several hundred Asian bishops, leaders of the church in a region that is only 3 percent Catholic, the best hope for reunification of the divided Korean peninsula lay in brotherly love and a spirit of forgiveness. "You are brothers who speak the same language," the pope said Aug. 15. "When you speak the same language in a family, there is also a human hope." Pope Francis told young Asian Catholic leaders to witness to Christ in everything they do. During his homily on the muddy grounds of Haemi Fortress, he celebrates the closing Mass of the sixth Asian Youth Day at Haemi Castle in Haemi, South Korea, Aug. 17, above.
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Condemn Islamic State

The Vatican called on Muslim leaders to condemn the "barbarity" and "unspeakable criminal acts" of Islamic State militants in Iraq, saying a failure to do so would jeopardize the future of interreligious dialogue. "The plight of Christians, Yezidis and other religious and ethnic communities that are numeric minorities in Iraq demands a clear and courageous stance on the part of religious leaders, especially Muslims, those engaged in interfaith dialogue and everyone of goodwill," said a statement from the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue released by the Vatican Aug. 12.

Duty to prevent genocide

Pope Francis has echoed a century of papal pleas: "No more war!" But, referring to the outrageous violations of human rights taking place in northeastern Iraq, he also begged, "Stop these crimes!" The Catholic Church for millennia has taught that war must be a last resort to resolve problems. But it continues to recognize the right of people to defend themselves and, particularly since the pontificate of St. John Paul II, the church has taught that the international community has an obligation to intervene — with force, if necessary — to defend the lives of innocent people at risk of genocide.

Laicized nuncio trial

The Vatican denied covering up for a former papal ambassador accused of sexually abusing boys and suggested he might have to stand trial on the charges in the Dominican Republic. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, released a statement Aug. 25 in response to journalists' questions about former Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, a Pole who served as nuncio to the Dominican Republic until August 2013.

Catholic News Service

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