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placeholder October 27, 2014   •   VOL. 52, NO. 18   •   Oakland, CA

Oct. 24-27: On duty with the Navy

Oct. 28-30: California Catholic Conference, Burbank

Oct. 30: College of Consultors, Chancery

      Capital Campaign reception, St. John the Baptist, El Cerrito

Nov. 1: Mass, dedication, new funeral center, Holy Cross Cemetery, Antioch

      All Souls Solemn Requiem Mass, Christ the Light Cathedral

Nov. 2: Mass, Corpus Christi Parish, Piedmont

Nov. 3: Catholic school principals' retreat, Santa Cruz

Nov. 4: Catholic Television Network board meeting, St. Patrick Seminary, Menlo Park

      Capital Campaign reception

Nov. 5: WINGS, St. Raymond Parish, Dublin

      Benedict XVI Institute, St. Patrick Seminary, Menlo Park

Nov. 6: Capital Campaign reception

Nov. 7: Confirmation, St. Margaret Mary Parish, Oakland

Nov. 8: Visit and homilist at the Synagogue Temple Beth Abraham, Oakland
Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Contra Costa 50th Anniversary Mass, dinner, St. John Vianney Parish, Walnut Creek

Nov. 9: Mass, Christ the Light Cathedral, Rabbi Mark Bloom special guest.

Nov. 10-13: USCCB General Meeting, Baltimore, Maryland

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Clergy assignments

Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, has made the following appointments:

Retired Rev. Brian Timoney, as temporary parochial administrator to assist Rev. James McGee, pastor at St. John Vianney Parish, Walnut Creek, effective Oct. 1.

Rev. Gerald Pedrera, chaplain of Bishop O'Dowd High School, as temporary parochial administrator to assist Rev. Jimmy Thottapally, pastor at St. Callistus Parish, El Sobrante, effective Oct. 1.

Rev. Rafal Duda, parochial vicar at St. John the Baptist Parish, El Cerrito, as temporary parochial administrator to assist Rev. Stanislaw Zak, pastor at St. Margaret Mary Parish, Oakland, who has been on medical leave since September.

Rev. Joseph Tran, as temporary parochial vicar at St. John the Baptist, El Cerrito, effective Oct. 1.

Effective Oct. 1, Msgr. Tony Valdivia is serving as interim parochial administrator for October after the retirement of Rev. José Leon, who retired as pastor of Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, Union City.

Rev. Jesus Nieto-Ruiz appointed pastor of Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, Union City, effective Nov. 1.

Rev. Richard Culver will retire as pastor of Our Lady Queen of the World, Bay Point, effective Nov. 1 and will remain in residence at the parish.

Rev. Peter Ngo Duc Dung, parochial vicar at St. Anthony-Mary Help of Christians Parish, will be parochial administrator of Our Lady Queen of the World, Bay Point, effective Nov. 1.

Rev. Lawrence D'Anjou, parochial administrator of St. Raymond Parish, Dublin, to pastor of St. Raymond, effective Nov. 30.

Rev. George Alengadan's service as director of Ongoing Clergy Formation, will end Jan. 1. Replacing him will be Rev. Jerry Brown, assisted by Revs. Clarence Zamora and Jim Sullivan. Father Alengadan is pastor at St. Joseph Basilica in Alameda.

Seminarian reflects on Blessed Paul VI
Diocese of Oakland seminarian Matthew Murray, who studies at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, shares his reflection on the celebration of the beatification of Pope Paul IV: "Pope Paul VI truly is an inspiration. He was a pastor who wanted to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ throughout the world. It was truly a joy to be present at the Mass in which Pope Francis declared Pope Paul a blessed of the Church. A garment stained by Pope Paul's blood after an attempt was made on his life in Manila was placed near the altar during the Mass. Pope Francis wore a chasuble given to Pope Paul on his 80th birthday and used one of the new blessed's chalices during the Mass as well. During the Mass, I prayed that we, members of the Diocese of Oakland, might have the same enthusiasm in teaching others about Jesus." Pope Francis beatified Blessed Paul VI in front of 30,000 people at the concluding Mass of the Synod of Bishops on the family Oct. 19, praising the late pope as the "great helmsman" of the Second Vatican Council and founder of the synod, as well as a "humble and prophetic witness of love for Christ and his church."

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Art show at cathedral
"The whole world opened to me when I learned to read" — a quote from educator and civil rights leader Mary McLeod Bethune — inspires the art show on display in the event center at the Cathedral of Christ the Light. In conjunction with the book signing for "Black Domers: Seventy Years at Notre Dame" by Judge David Krashna, students in the first through fourth grades at St. Martin de Porres School in Oakland created artwork inspired by Bethune's quote. Among their teachers: Rachel Boggs, who came to St. Martin de Porres through Notre Dame's Alliance for Catholic Education program. While a student at Notre Dame, Boggs created a project on black alumni, including Krashna, that was displayed in the Hesburgh Library on campus. At the book signing, the young teacher met the judge in person for the first time. The children's artwork will be on display through Nov. 21.

Crèche Festival registration

It is time for all parishes, schools or pastoral centers to register online for their participation in this year's Crèche Festival, Dec. 12-14, a weekend devoted to the family tradition of the Nativity scene. Register your crèche before the Nov. 7 deadline at www.ctlcathedral.org/creche2014.

Join The Cathedral of Christ the Light for its fifth annual Crèche Festival senior tour on Saturday of the festival weekend. Tour the Cathedral's chapels that showcase unique crèche displays from local floral designers and artists, attend private lectures on the origins of the crèche and enjoy a catered lunch, among other activities, all included in the $20 fee. Pre-registration by Nov. 2; payment by Nov. 24 is required. For reservations or information, contact Denise Kogler, Cathedral Ministries, 2121 Harrison St., Suite 100, Oakland, 94612; 510-271-1935 or dkogler@ctlcathedral.org.

Carnival of the Animals

The staff of The Cathedral of Christ the Light encourages teachers to register soon for this unique, high-quality musical outing at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 30. John Karl Hirten, a composer and organist living in the Bay Area, will perform a transcription of Saint-Saëns' orchestral masterpiece, Carnival of the Animals. Ogden Nash poetry about the animals will be interspersed between the musical movements, featuring narrator Sonya Simril, principal at St. Leo Catholic School in Oakland. Admission is free. Lunch will not be provided, but attendees may bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the Cathedral plaza. Attendees also have the option to attend Mass at 12:10 p.m. For registration and more information: www.ctlcathedral.org.

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