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placeholder October 6, 2014   •   VOL. 52, NO. 17   •   Oakland, CA

Oct. 7: Capital Campaign reception, Cathedral of Christ the Light

Oct. 8: Capital Campaign dinner, visit with the four living bishops of Oakland

Oct. 9: 10 a.m., Blue Mass for police, firefighters and first responders, Cathedral of Christ the Light

      Malta Clinic fundraising dinner, San Francisco

Oct. 11: Naval duty, USS America (LHA-6) commissioning ceremony, San Francisco

Oct. 12: Mass, St. Bede Parish, Hayward, 50th anniversary of the school

      Mass with Brazilian community, feast of Our Lady of Aparecida, St. John the Baptist Parish, El Cerrito.

Oct. 14-15: Mass, annual priests' retreat, Villa del Mar, Santa Cruz

Oct. 15: Mass, dinner, Jesuit candidates for ordination to the Diaconate

Oct. 16: Capital Campaign reception, St. John Vianney Parish, Walnut Creek

Oct. 17: CCHD Grant Awards Luncheon, St. Columba Parish, Oakland

      Diocesan Multicultural Leadership meeting

Oct. 18: 10 a.m., Jesuit Diaconate ordination, Cathedral of Christ the Light

      4:30 p.m., Mass, installation of Rev. Fred Riccio as pastor, St. Mary Parish, Walnut Creek

Oct. 19: 10 a.m., anniversary Mass for married couples, Cathedral of Christ the Light

      7 p.m., Mass for Cal State Hayward students, Pioneer Gym

Oct. 21: Bishops of the San Francisco Province, San Francisco

      Capital Campaign reception, St. Ambrose Parish, Berkeley

Oct. 23: Priests' Study Day, St. Paschal Parish, Oakland

      National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management

      Capital Campaign reception, St. John Vianney Parish, Walnut Creek

Oct. 24: Presbyteral Council

Oct. 25-27: On naval duty

Even bishops shop
for gas

"I was coming back from saying Mass for the Carmelite nuns last week (Sept. 17) and was running out of gas. I passed a station where it was only $3.57 a gallon. Never seeing it that cheap, I had to stop. I'm trying to save the diocese money every way I can!" — Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, in his blog at http://bishopbarbersj.

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Rosary novena

A nationwide rosary novena that began Sept. 29 will conclude Nov. 21. Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, encourages pastors, parishes and parishioners to participate in this novena for peace and the family, human life, marriage and religious freedom. More information at www.54days.org.

Nov. 1-2 liturgy

This year the Solemnity of All Saints and the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls' Day) fall on a weekend.

Saturday, Nov. 1, All Saints' Day, is celebrated on that day as a Solemnity. Since it falls on Saturday, it is not a holy day of obligation in the USA this year.

On Sunday, Nov. 2 (and the anticipated Saturday evening Mass on Nov. 1) the Church Universal celebrates the Masses of All Souls. The "weekend" Masses for that Saturday evening and Sunday are celebrated as All Souls, with all the prescriptions proper to that commemoration.

Much more detailed information on that weekend's Liturgy of the Hours, ritual Masses, weddings and funerals has been provided by the US Bishops' Committee on Divine Worship (www.usccb.org).

Twilight by the Lake

Twilight by the Lake, the last of three free summer mixers on the Plaza at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, will be from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16.

There will be performances by the Moreau Catholic High School Chamber Singers as well as their Honors Dance Ensemble. Under the direction of G. Scott Barton, a quarter-finalist for the Music Educator Award Grammy, the Chamber Singers will present selected works from their repertory, while the dance ensemble will present excerpts from its winter dance concert, "Moving Pictures: Scores from the Cinema Re-Imagined for the Stage."

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Pope goes for the pitch
Pope Francis reaches out to grab a baseball thrown by someone in the crowd as he leaves his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Sept. 24. The pope gave a sign it was OK for the ball to be thrown, then leapt and almost caught a slightly high throw. The ball was picked up by Domenico Giani, the pope's lead bodyguard, center. The pope signed the ball, which according to a YouTube video was thrown by a member of the Koeppel family from St. Edward Church in Palm Beach, Florida, in the hope of raising money for their parish.
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Bishop dismissed

The Vatican denied Pope Francis dismissed a controversial Paraguayan bishop because of his mishandling of sex abuse accusations, attributing the decision instead to other failings of governance and friction with fellow bishops. Meanwhile, the bishop described his dismissal as a case of "ideological persecution" because of his opposition to liberation theology. Bishop Rogelio Livieres Plano, 69, was told to step down as head of the Diocese of Ciudad del Este effective Sept. 25.

'Euthanasia' of elderly

Pope Francis warned against the abandonment and neglect of the elderly, calling it a "hidden euthanasia" rooted in today's "poisonous" culture of disposal and an economic system of greed. In the presence of his predecessor, Pope Francis also thanked retired Pope Benedict XVI for staying to live at the Vatican and being like "a wise grandfather at home. A people who don't take care of their grandparents and don't treat them well is a people with no future. Why no future? Because they lose the memory (of the past) and they sever their own roots," he said.

'Family' is the theme

As the family gets special focus in two upcoming synods and an international gathering in Philadelphia next year, Pope Francis is highlighting the beauty and value of the family in his message for World Communications Day. "Communicating the family: a privileged place of encounter with the gift of love" will be the theme of the church's celebration of World Communications Day, which most dioceses will mark May 17, the Sunday before Pentecost.

Drop theoretical baggage

With so much spiritual, social and moral suffering in the world, the church has "no right" to stay locked up in an ivory tower, engaging in "byzantine" philosophical reflection, Pope Francis told members of the Focolare movement. "We have to go out! So that — I've said this before — the church seems like a field hospital," where the first order of the day "is heal the wounds, not measure people's cholesterol. That comes later. Got it?" he said to applause.

Prayers for Ebola sufferers

Pope Francis called for prayers and concrete help for the thousands of people affected by the deadly Ebola virus. "I hope the international community may provide much-needed help to alleviate the sufferings of our brothers and sisters," he said in an appeal at the end of his general audience in St. Peter's Square Sept. 24. Before leading the 30,000 people in the square in a prayer to Mary, the pope said he had been praying for those hit by this "terrible disease" and epidemic in West Africa.

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