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placeholder April 20, 2015   •   VOL. 53, NO. 8   •   Oakland, CA

April 20: Dinner with Jesuit community and pastors of parishes served by Jesuit Scholastics, Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley

April 21: 7 p.m., Capital Campaign reception, Saint Mary Parish, Walnut Creek

April 22: 7 p.m., Capital Campaign reception, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, San Leandro

April 23: Noon, Capital Campaign reception, Saint Joseph the Worker Parish, Berkeley
Bishop's Administrative Council, Chancery

      7 p.m., Confirmation, St. Patrick Parish, Rodeo

April 24: 6 p.m., Mass, Regional North American Congress on Mercy, Cathedral of Christ the Light

April 25: Dinner, Most Rev. Lucas Kim Woon-hoe, bishop of Ch'unch'on, Korea

April 26: 12:30 p.m., Mass, Te Deum and reception for the 10th anniversary of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, St. Margaret Mary Parish, Oakland

April 28-29: California Catholic Conference, Sacramento

April 30: College of Consultors, Chancery

      Presbyteral Council, Cathedral Rectory

      5 p.m., Mass, reception honoring Most Rev. Thomas Daly, bishop-designate of
      Spokane, St. Patrick Seminary and University, Menlo Park

May 1: 8 a.m., Mass and visit, St. David of Wales Parish and School, Richmond

      7 p.m., Confirmation, St. Ambrose Parish, Berkeley

May 2: 10 a.m., Confirmation, Cathedral of Christ the Light (English group)

      2 p.m., Confirmation, Cathedral of Christ the Light (Bilingual group)

      6 p.m., benefit gala for FACE Family Aid for Catholic Education, Blackhawk
      Automotive Museum, Danville

May 3: 6:30 p.m., Confirmation, St. Joseph Parish, Fremont

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Alemany benefit gala

The Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology will honor Bill Campbell, KM, and John P. Christian, KM, two lay Catholics who have committed their lives to the work of the Church in the Bay Area. The annual event will begin with Mass at 5:30 p.m. May 9 at St. Mary's Cathedral, 1111 Gough St. at Geary, San Francisco, followed by dinner. All proceeds directly benefit the students at the DSPT. Tickets may be purchased online, dspt.edu/alemany2015, or for more information, 510-883-2056.

Video promotes restorative justice

The California Catholic Conference, the official public policy voice of the Catholic Church in California, has released a new video aimed at encouraging "restorative justice," a concept designed to reduce violence and improve neighborhoods.

The video is released in conjunction with 2015 National Crime Victim's Rights Week, April 19-25. To bring awareness to this issue, people from across the state will gather in Sacramento from April 19-20 for the Survivors Speak Conference. The conference will bring together Californians who have survived crime or been affected by crime in their communities. The Restorative Justice representatives from the nine dioceses are participating in the survivors' conference.

People can watch the video at: www.restorejustice.com.

The CCC says "Restorative Justice is a response to crime and violence that shifts the focus from punishment to 'responsibility, rehabilitation and restoration.' It holds offenders accountable even as it opens paths to healing, especially with victims. And it addresses the needs of everyone impacted by crime: victims, offenders, families, communities and those working in the criminal justice system."

The CCC advocates with policy makers and the public to advance the Catholic vision of human life and dignity, the good society and concern for those who are poor and vulnerable. Learn more at www.cacatholic.org.

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Pope commemorates Armenian massacre
Nuns wave the Armenian flag during an April 12 Mass celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide. The pope decried humanity's ability to systematically exterminate its own brothers and sisters. He asked that God's mercy "help all of us, in the love for the truth and justice, to heal every wound and expedite concrete gestures of reconciliation and peace among nations that still are unable to come to a reasonable consensus on interpreting such sad events." An estimated 1.5 million Armenians more than half the Armenian population at the time died in a forced evacuation from their traditional territory in the Ottoman-Turkish Empire from 1915 to 1918. Turkey rejects the accusation of genocide, saying the deaths were due largely to disease and famine, and withdrew its ambassador to the Holy See after the pope was critical of the genocide.
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Exhaustion part of job

Priestly ministry is hard, sometimes lonely or dangerous work serving the neediest with an open, vulnerable heart, Pope Francis told the world's priests. But priests need to learn how to draw strength from their flock and their love for God, and not look for rest or retreat in "worldly pursuits," hiding in their office or riding in cars "with tinted windows," he said April 2 during the chrism Mass in St. Peter's Basilica. Priests can find renewal when they do not try to be "supermen," but instead put their trust in God to embrace them and carry them through, he said.

World ignores persecution

Widespread indifference to the violent persecution of Christians and other communities suggests the world is full of Pontius Pilates who eagerly wash their hands of all responsibility, the papal preacher said. How many times the world witnesses other examples of "ecce homo" "behold the man" with so many "prisoners that find themselves in the same situation as Jesus in Pilate's Pretorium: alone, shackled, tortured, at the mercy of rough soldiers filled with hate," Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa said during the Liturgy of the Lord's Passion.

Humility is key

To enter Christ's empty tomb like the disciples and see that he has risen, Christians today also must "bend down," Pope Francis said in his Easter message. "Love has triumphed over hatred. Life has conquered death. Light has dispelled the darkness," he told tens of thousands of rain-drenched pilgrims in St. Peter's Square April 5. Rain fell and fell hard throughout most of the outdoor Mass.

Example lives on

The example St. John Paul II gave the world is still alive and many people continue to be inspired by his faith, passion and joy, Pope Francis said. Noting that April 2 marked the 10th anniversary of St. John Paul's death, Pope Francis asked that people pray the Polish saint "intercede for us, for families, for the church so that the light of the Resurrection shines through all of the darkness in our life and fills us with joy and peace."

Speaking to pilgrims at the end of his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square April 1, the pope highlighted the spiritual legacy of his predecessor, whom he canonized together with St. John XXIII in April 2014.

Catholic News Service

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