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placeholder February 23, 2015   •   VOL. 53, NO. 4   •   Oakland, CA

Feb. 25: Rev. T. Kesicki, president of the US Jesuit Conference

      St. Patrick's Seminary and University Board of Trustees, Menlo Park

      7 p.m. Capital Campaign reception, Transfiguration Parish, Castro Valley

Feb. 26: 7:10 a.m. Mass, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland

      6:30 p.m. Capital Campaign dinner, St. Bonaventure Parish, Concord

Feb. 27: 7:10 a.m. Mass, Cathedral of Christ the Light

      Priests' Bible Study Day, Transfiguration Parish, Castro Valley

Feb. 28: Parish Finance Council workshop, Cathedral Event Center, Oakland

      10 a.m. Mass for the Confraternity of Eucharistic Devotion, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland

March 1: Parish visit, St. Bonaventure Parish, Concord

      Mass, dinner, Italian Catholic Federation, St. Isidore Parish, Danville

March 2: Guest speaker, Naval Order of the United States, San Francisco

March 3: Seminarian evaluations, Mount Angel Seminary, Portland

March 4: 7 p.m. Capital Campaign reception, St. Leander Parish, San Leandro

March 5: 7 p.m. Capital Campaign reception, St. Agnes Parish, Concord

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

      7:30 p.m. Capital Campaign reception, St. Margaret Mary Parish, Oakland

March 7: Mass, Capital Campaign reception, St. Isidore Parish, Danville

March 8: Mass, parish visit, St. Isidore Parish, Danville

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Lent begins
Ash Wednesday, Feb. 18, marked the beginning of the 40-day Lenten season. At a standing-room-only noon Mass that day at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland, Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, distributes ashes to a young man. Click to read the bishop's homily and column; for a list of Lenten events.

Clergy, religious learn about options
About 70 clergy and religious attended a daylong presentation dealing with topics such as aging, depression and addiction, concluding with Mass with Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, at the Cathedral of Christ the Light on Feb. 4. The conference brought together speakers from the Southdown Institute, which specializes in psychological care and addiction treatment and from Kairos Psychology Group. Southdown treats priests and vowed religious, mostly in residence for a 14-week program, and then they may receive continuing treatment with Kairos. Speakers included from left above, Eran Talitman, Sister Kathleen Laverty, RSJM, Michael Sy, Rev. Stephan Kappler, Sister Dorothy Heiderscheit, OSF, and Sister Dorothy Peterson, FCJ. Sister Heiderscheit, Talitman and Sy work with Southdown; Sisters Laverty and Peterson and Father Kappler are with Kairos.

Lent resources

The Office of Worship has prepared a Lenten resource for the season of Lent. Included is pertinent information about Lent, helpful reminders from the GIRM and important information from Bishop Barber particular to the Oakland diocese. The Worship Office page —www.oakdiocese.org/LentGuide— has additional resources including a Lent FAQ.

CCEB tours

The Catholic Charities of the East Bay Transforming Lives Tour offers a one-hour peek inside the organization, allowing people to hear from CCEB staff members, clients and volunteers as they move youth and families from crisis to stability to prosperity. Programs like Fostering Self-Sufficiency, strengthens families and helps increase income; Welcoming the Stranger provides legal immigration, refugee relocation and refugee employment services; Healing Trauma delivers support to victims of crime, especially those affected by community, domestic and family violence, as well as mental health treatment to students and adolescents experiencing multiple incidences of trauma.

The tours take an hour, and are scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. the second and third Thursdays of the month. To attend, contact Debra Gunn, 510-768-3142 or dgunn@cceb.org. CCEB headquarters is at 433 Jefferson St., Oakland.

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20 new cardinals
New Cardinal Alberto Suarez Inda of Morelia, Mexico, receives his scroll from Msgr. Guido Marini, papal master of ceremonies, after receiving his red biretta from Pope Francis during a consistory in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Feb. 14. The Catholic Church cannot call itself church if it is a "closed caste" where the sick, the wounded and sinners are shunned, Pope Francis told the 20 new cardinals he created. A Mass on Feb. 15 capped a four-day gathering of the cardinals. They met with Pope Francis Feb. 12-13 to review ideas for the reform of the Roman Curia and Vatican finances as well as the progress made in the work of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.
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Children enrich life

Children are a blessing, not a burden, and are a sign of the confident hope of a couple and of society, Pope Francis said. "If a family that has been generous in having children is looked upon as a burden, something's wrong," he said Feb. 11 at his weekly general audience. "The generation of children must be responsible," as Blessed Paul VI wrote in his encyclical "Humanae Vitae," the pope said. "But having more children cannot be looked upon automatically as an irresponsible choice. What is more, not having children is a selfish choice."

Guard against materialism

Education that teaches critical thinking and moral values can protect Africa's young people from "harmful lifestyles" that pretend power and money matter more than anything else, Pope Francis told bishops from Africa. "It is the youth who need your witness. In Africa, the future is in the hands of the young, who need to be protected from new and unscrupulous forms of 'colonization' such as the pursuit of success, riches and power at all costs," he told bishops Feb. 7.

Inequity is root of evil

To find real solutions to today's problems, people need to address the root evils plaguing the world: unjust economies, financial speculation and systems that create inequity, Pope Francis said. The problem of world hunger at a time when there is more than enough food to feed the world, for example, shows how the real problem of malnutrition has not been properly addressed despite all the international organizations and campaigns actively working to alleviate hunger, he told experts in agricultural and forestry Feb. 7.

Women full participants

Saying he knows the history of the subjugation of women continues to have a negative impact on how women are treated, Pope Francis called for greater roles for women in the church and for greater assistance and workplace flexibility to ensure they can make the best choices for themselves and their families. Pope Francis told the Pontifical Council for Culture Feb. 7 that its study of women's cultures was a topic "close to my heart," and that he fully recognizes the need "to study new criteria and methods to ensure women feel they are not guests, but full participants in the various spheres of the life of society and the church.

Be neighborhood apostles

Cities can be chaotic and cold, but people need God in a metropolis as much as they need him anywhere, Pope Francis said. Lay Catholics especially are called "to go out without fear," offering a human touch and God's love to people they work with or live near, the pope said Feb. 7 during a meeting with members of the Pontifical Council for the Laity. With a smile and the example of a joyful Christian life, he said, laypeople "can break the wall of anonymity or indifference that often reigns in a city. It's about finding the courage to make the first step in approaching others and being neighborhood apostles."

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