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placeholder January 19, 2015   •   VOL. 53, NO. 2   •   Oakland, CA

Jan. 19: Mass, lunch, Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose with Cardinal Reinhard Marx.

Jan. 21: Board of Trustees, St. Patrick Seminary and University, Menlo Park

      7 p.m., talk, St. Joan of Arc Parish, San Ramon, for the group "Growing in the Faith Together"

Jan. 22: 7:10 a.m. Mass, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland

      Presbyteral Council, St. Jerome Parish, El Cerrito

      Capital Campaign kick-off reception, Cathedral of Christ the Light Event Center, Oakland

Jan. 23: 5 p.m., Conversations 4 Life benefit dinner, St. Margaret Mary Parish, Oakland

Jan. 24: Mass for Life, Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption, Walk for Life West Coast ending at Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco

      Catholic Underground, St. Mary Magdalen Parish, Berkeley

Jan. 25: 10:30 a.m. Mass for Catholic Schools Week, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Fremont

      2 p.m., adult Confirmation in Spanish, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland

Jan. 26: Benedict XVI Institute Board Meeting

Jan. 28: School Mass, visit, Carondelet High School, Concord

      Compline (final prayer service of the day) with Order of Malta, St. Patrick Seminary and University, Menlo Park

Jan. 29: Mass, visitation, School of the Madeleine, Berkeley

      Mass, reception, Order of Malta

Jan. 30: 7:30 p.m. adult Confirmation, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland

Jan. 31: 10 a.m., Confirmation, St. Joan of Arc Parish, San Ramon

      2 p.m. adult Confirmation, St. John Vianney Parish, Walnut Creek

Feb. 4: Capital Campaign lunch

      Mass, KAIROS Conference, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland

Feb. 5: 7:10 a.m. Mass, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland

      Capital Campaign reception

Feb. 6: 7:10 a.m. Mass, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland

      Lay Ecclesial Ministry Convocation, St. Joan of Arc, San Ramon

      Capital Campaign reception

Feb. 7: 11 a.m. World Day of the Sick Mass, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland

      5:30 p.m. Mass, opening celebration for the Year of Consecrated Life, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland

Feb. 8: Noon Mass, 100th anniversary of St. Peter Martyr of Verona Parish, Pittsburg

      Capital Campaign reception

Feb. 9: San Francisco Province bishops' meeting, Jesuit Retreat House, Los Altos

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Lux Gloriosa

Choirs from throughout the diocese are invited to participate in the second annual Diocesan Choir Festival at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland, at 1 p.m. Feb. 14.

The theme for this year's festival is "Sacred Songs of Love" and parish choirs are invited to sing any liturgical music with reference to love, as the festival falls on St. Valentine's Day. There will be a complimentary reception. Admission is free.

Each parish is invited to register one choir, and each choir is allotted a piece of approximately 3-4 minutes in length.

Choirs must register by Jan. 31; follow the links at www.ctlcathedral.org. Many rehearsal times are available Feb. 8-13.

Celebrate scouting

The Oakland diocese Catholic Scout Committee invites all young people in scout programs — girls and boys — their scout leaders and their families to the annual Celebration of Scouting at 1:30 p.m. Jan 31.

Scouts should arrive by 1 p.m. to join the procession into the cathedral. The celebration is a prayer service honoring all scouts and their leaders as well as presentation of scout religious awards. For more information: oakdiocesescouts.org or contact Grace House at 510-893-5154, ghouse@oakdiocese.org.

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On the road
Pope Francis waves as he boards a plane for his trip to Sri Lanka and the Philippines at Fiumicino airport in Rome Jan. 12.
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Mass for victims

The morning after 12 people were shot to death and 11 others injured at the Paris office of a satirical weekly newspaper, Pope Francis dedicated his early morning Mass to the victims and their families. At the beginning of the Mass Jan. 8, he told the small congregation that the attack in Paris Jan. 7 was a reminder of "the cruelty man is capable of. Let us pray at this Mass for the victims of this cruelty — there are so many! And, we pray also for the perpetrators of such cruelty that the Lord will change their hearts."

15 new cardinals

Underscoring the geographical diversity of his selections, Pope Francis named 15 cardinal electors "from 14 nations of every continent, showing the inseparable link between the church of Rome and the particular churches present in the world." In addition to 15 new electors, Pope Francis named five new cardinals who are over the age of 80 and, therefore, ineligible to vote in a conclave. Popes have used such nominations to honor churchmen for their scholarship or other contributions.

New York, Washington visit

The Vatican secretary of state said he expects Pope Francis to visit New York City and Washington, D.C., during his September trip to the United States. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, who as secretary of state is considered the highest Vatican official under the pope, spoke to reporters Jan. 6, following a ceremony to dedicate a new building at the Pontifical North American College, the U.S. seminary in Rome. In November, Pope Francis confirmed reports that he would attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in September. So far, that is the only confirmed stop on what is expected to be a more extensive papal visit to North America.

$3.5M for Ebola

The Vatican is helping Catholic dioceses and agencies step up the fight against Ebola and is urging other donors to help. The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace announced Jan. 7 that the Holy See would be making a "financial contribution" to support church-sponsored assistance to those affected by the Ebola outbreak. Vatican Radio reported the sum would be $3.5 million.

How to know God

Only people who love, and love in concrete ways — not just with words — can know God because God is love, Pope Francis said. "Whoever loves, knows God; whoever does not love has not known God because God is love, but not soap opera love. No, no. Solid, strong love, eternal love, a love-made manifest," he said Jan. 8 at his morning Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae.

Mothers indispensable

Mothers are indispensable to society and the church, showing the world what it means to generously give oneself for others, to respect life and to display tenderness and moral strength even in times of trouble, Pope Francis said. Speaking to some 4,000 people gathered indoors for his general audience Jan. 7, the pope continued his series of talks about the family, but also gave a second talk about beauty and harmony when he thanked a group of circus performers at the end of the audience.

Desire to save all

In every age and in every culture, people seek God just as the Three Kings did and, in every age, with the help of the Holy Spirit, they find him in the surprising humility of a baby born in a manger, Pope Francis said. "Led by the Spirit, they come to realize that God's criteria are quite different from those of men, that God does not manifest himself in the power of this world, but speaks to us in the humbleness of his love," the pope said Jan. 6, the feast of the Epiphany.

Catholic News Service

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