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placeholder November 24, 2014   •   VOL. 52, NO. 20   •   Oakland, CA

Nov. 27: Mass, Thanksgiving Day, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland

Nov. 30: Mass, installation of Rev. Lawrence D'Anjou as pastor, St. Raymond Parish, Dublin

      Mass, The Carmel of Jesus, Mary and Joseph (Carmelites), Kensington

Dec. 2: Property tour with vicar general and property management company

      Capital Campaign reception

Dec. 3: Breakfast, Catholic Charities of the East Bay, Cathedral of Christ the Light

Dec. 4: Celebration for the Priest Jubilarians of the diocese, St. Stephen Parish, Walnut Creek

Dec. 6: Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass, pilgrimage, Cathedral of Christ the Light

Dec. 8: Mass, Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, patronal feast day of the United States, Cathedral of Christ the Light

Dec. 9: Catholics@Work speaker series with Archbishop Timothy Broglio, archbishop of the Military Services, Crow Canyon Country Club, Danville

      Archdiocese of the Military Services West Coast Benefit Reception, Marine's Memorial Club, San Francisco

Dec. 10: Simbang Gabi kickoff, Cathedral Christ the Light

Dec. 12: Consecration of the church and altar, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Fremont

Dec. 14: Advent lessons and carols, Cathedral of Christ the Lighte

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New deacons
Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, ordained three new transitional deacons for the Diocese of Oakland in the historic Old Mission San Jose in Fremont on Nov. 15. Their diaconate ordination is the last formal step before ordination to the priesthood. The trio are Huong V. Le, Peter Tu Nguyen and Michael Nufable, all of whom are attending St. Patrick's Seminary and University in Menlo Park.

Clergy appointments

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

Rev. Gerald Pedrera as temporary parochial administrator to assist Rev. Jimmy Thottapally, pastor at St. Callistus Parish, El Sobrante, extended to Dec. 31.

Rev. Augustine Joseph as parochial administrator at St. Augustine Parish, Oakland, effective Dec. 1.

Rev. William Rosario as parochial administrator at St. John Vianney Parish, Walnut Creek, effective Dec. 1.

Rev. Mark Hoc Thai Kieu as parochial vicar at St. Anthony–Mary Help of Christians Parish, Oakland, effective Nov. 1.

Guadalupe pilgrimage

The annual Our Lady of Guadalupe Diocesan Pilgrimage will begin at 9 a.m. Dec. 6 at St. Louis Bertrand Church, 1410 100th Ave, Oakland, and proceed down East 14th Street, around Lake Merritt and end at the Cathedral of Christ the Light. Mass will be celebrated at 1:30 p.m. by Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ. Before and after Mass, various parishes will be onsite selling traditional Latino food. For more information, contact Hector Medina at 510-496-7224 or hmedina@oakdiocese.org or visit www.oakdiocese.org and see "Upcoming events."

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Showers for the homeless
Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, the papal almoner, the archbishop who distributes charity on behalf of Pope Francis, has announced that the public restrooms in St. Peter's Square will include showers where the homeless can wash. The service will require volunteers and donations of soap, towels and clean underwear. Public restrooms in St. Peter's Square will be renovated to include showers so the homeless can wash in an already approved project to remodel the public restrooms in St. Peter's Square.
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Pope will visit Philly

Pope Francis said he would attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in September, making it the first confirmed stop on what is expected to be a more extensive papal visit to North America. The pope made the announcement Nov. 17 in a speech opening an interreligious conference on traditional marriage. The announcement had been widely expected, since Pope Benedict XVI had said before his retirement that he hoped to attend the Sept. 22-25 Philadelphia event. Popes typically fulfill their predecessors' publicly known travel plans, as Pope Francis did in July 2013 when he attended World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro.

New foreign minister

Pope Francis named the 60-year-old nuncio to Australia, Archbishop Paul R. Gallagher, to be the Vatican's new foreign minister. The position, formally known as the secretary for relations with states, was held by the Morocco-born French Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, who was named Nov. 8 the new prefect of the Apostolic Signature, the Vatican's highest court. Pope Francis removed U.S. Cardinal Raymond L. Burke, 66, as head of the Vatican's highest court and named him to a largely ceremonial post for a chivalric religious order. Cardinal Burke, formerly prefect of the Apostolic Signature, will now serve as cardinal patron of the Knights and Dames of Malta, the Vatican announced Nov. 8. The move had been widely expected since an Italian journalist reported it in September, and the cardinal himself confirmed it to reporters the following month. It is highly unusual for a pope to remove an official of Cardinal Burke's stature and age without assigning him comparable responsibilities elsewhere. An outspoken defender of traditional doctrine, Cardinal Burke appeared increasingly out of step with the current pontificate.

Lives in the balance

Meeting with thousands of accountants from around the world, Pope Francis pleaded with them to remember that behind every piece of paper that crosses their desks there are real human beings. "When money is the aim and reason for every activity and initiative," he said Nov. 14, everything and everyone is placed at its service, and both solidarity and respect for people decline. Speaking to about 7,000 people participating in the World Congress of Accountants, Pope Francis said the global financial situation particularly highlights the importance of work and the disaster of unemployment.

Speeding abuse appeals

Pope Francis has established a special body within the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to speed up the process of hearing and ruling on appeals filed by priests laicized or otherwise disciplined in sexual abuse or other serious cases. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, told reporters Nov. 11 that the members of the doctrinal congregation had been examining an average of four or five appeals, mostly in sex abuse cases, at each of their monthly meetings.

New financial rules

The Vatican's new rules for budgeting and financial reporting, which will go into effect Jan. 1, call for heightened transparency and consistency in the church's central administration and underscore the oversight powers of two economic bodies Pope Francis established in February.

Catholic News Service

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