Sept. 22-30: Preparatory meeting for the International Eucharistic Congress, Rome
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Oct. 1-6: Pilgrimage, Knights of the Holy Sepulcher
Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, left, receives a check for $2,972.36 from Charles "Chuck" Bellavia, Oakland chapter president of the Knights of Columbus, on
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Fatima statue visits
The National Pilgrim Virgin Statue of the USA is a hand-carved image of Our Lady of Fatima given to the country by the Bishop of Fatima in 1967. The statue travels around America under sponsorship of the World Apostolate of Fatima. For details or schedule changes or additions, contact the parish in particular, or Ying Palmos at 909-287-9268 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Scheduled visits include:
Oct. 3, 7 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Oakland, St. Anthony/Mary Help of Christians
Oct. 4, 7:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Richmond, St. David of Wales
Oct. 5, 6 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Oakland, St. Elizabeth of Hungary
Oct. 6, 6:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Antioch, Most Holy Rosary
Oct. 7, 6 a.m.-9 p.m., Pittsburg, Good Shepherd
Oct. 8, 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Livermore, St. Michael
Oct.11-12, 8 a.m. Saturday-10 a.m. Sunday, Fremont, St. Joseph
Oct.13, 6 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Oakland, St. Margaret Mary
Oct.13-14, 10 p.m. Monday-4 a.m. Tuesday, Fremont, St. James
Oct.15, 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Concord, St. Agnes
Oct.16, 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Concord, St. Bonaventure
Oct.18-19, 6:30 a.m. Saturday-4 p.m. Sunday, Castro Valley, Transfiguration
Oct. 22, 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Brentwood, Immaculate Heart of Mary Church
Oct. 24, 7:00 a.m.-9 p.m., Alameda, St. Joseph Basilica
Oct. 25, 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Walnut Creek, St. Stephen
Oct. 26, 6:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Hayward, St. Joachim
Oct. 30, 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Union City, St. Anne
Nov. 1, 7 a.m.-9 p.m., El Cerrito, St. John the Baptist
Voice collection is next month
Parishes will accept donations for the annual collection to support the publication of The Catholic Voice, El Heraldo Católico, the annual Diocesan Directory and affiliated websites.
Collection envelopes are usually distributed in October. The official weekend for this second collection was set by the diocese as Oct. 4-5, though individual parishes can change the date.
The money donated in each collection remains in each parish to offset the parish's support for The Voice and affiliated operations. Make the checks payable to your parish.
The Voice publishes 21 issues a year and is delivered to 90,000 Catholic households — about half of all Catholic households — in the Oakland diocese. El Heraldo Católico is available monthly at all parishes where Mass is said in Spanish.
Every registered Catholic household is entitled to receive The Voice as part of belonging to a parish. It is the bishop's primary method of communicating with the people, and the primary method people of the diocese know about each other and their Catholic faith. The newspaper is also available online at www.catholicvoiceoakland.org as is an online subscription.
If you are not receiving The Catholic Voice and would like to, please contact your parish or The Voice at 510-893-5339 or via email at email@example.com.
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CATHEDRAL OF CHRIST THE LIGHT
Celebrate the anniversary of the dedication of the Cathedral of Christ the Light on its sixth anniversary Sept. 25.
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Masses are at 7:10 a.m. and 12:10 p.m. (English) and at 5:30 p.m. (Spanish).
Newly married couples
Newly married couples Giorgio Bacci and Daniela Cascone, and Sandro Milioto and Ada Gallotta, join hands to pray the Lord's Prayer as Pope Francis celebrates the marriage rite for 20 couples during a Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Sept. 14. "This is what marriage is all about: man and woman walking together, wherein the husband helps his wife to become ever more a woman, and wherein the woman has the task of helping her husband to become ever more a man," the pope said.
The Vatican confirmed that Pope Francis is planning to visit Turkey "in the last days of November," but said the length of his trip and his agenda in the country have yet to be determined. As things now stand, the trip will be Pope Francis' sixth outside of Italy since his election in March 2013. He will visit Albania Sept. 21 and address the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, Nov. 25.
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In light of "countless requests from every part of the world," Pope Francis has approved putting Sts. John Paul II and John XXIII on the church's universal calendar of feast days. Called the General Roman Calendar, it is the universal schedule of holy days and feast days for the Latin rite of the Catholic Church. The two saints' feast days, both of which have the ranking of an optional — not obligatory — memorial, are Oct. 11 for St. John XXIII and Oct. 22 for St. John Paul II.
Christians are called to help those who have nothing to give and love those who don't love back, Pope Francis said. Salvation and changing the world for the better require "doing good to those who aren't able to repay us, just like the Father did with us, giving us Jesus," the pope said at his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square Sept. 10.
Pope Francis appointed two U.S. priests to top positions at the Vatican for dealing with the sexual abuse of minors. The pope named U.S. Father Robert W. Oliver to be the new secretary of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, and appointed Jesuit Father Robert J. Geisinger to replace Father Oliver as the promoter of justice at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith — the Vatican's chief prosecutor of sex abuse crimes.
Couples at synod
More than 250 participants, including 14 married couples from around the world, were expected to attend October's extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family. In addition to 114 presidents of national bishops' conferences, 13 heads of Eastern Catholic churches and 25 heads of Vatican congregations and councils, the pope appointed 26 synod fathers to take part in the Oct. 5-19 synod.
War is just "senseless slaughter" and should never be seen as inevitable or a done deal, Pope Francis said. "War drags people into a spiral of violence which then proves difficult to control; it tears down what generations have labored to build up, and it sets the scene for even greater injustices and conflicts," he said in a written message to a world summit of religious leaders. "War is never a necessity, nor is it inevitable. Another way can always be found: the way of dialogue, encounter and the sincere search for truth," he wrote. The pope's message was presented Sept. 7 to people taking part in the International Meeting of People and Religions, organized by the Rome-based lay Community of Sant'Egidio and hosted by the Diocese of Antwerp, Belgium.
— Catholic News Service