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placeholder May 4, 2015   •   VOL. 53, NO. 9   •   Oakland, CA

May 6: Catholic Television Network board meeting, St. Patrick Seminary and University, Menlo Park

      Call to Orders to those who will be ordained to the priesthood. St. Patrick Seminary and University, Menlo Park

      6:30 p.m., Capital Campaign reception, St. Philip Neri-St. Albert the Great Parish, Alameda

May 7: 7 p.m., Capital Campaign reception, Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Brentwood

May 8: Oakland CEO Council luncheon, Oakland

      4:30 p.m., Young Ladies Institute, St. Michael Parish, Livermore

      6:30 p.m., Confirmation, St. Michael Parish, Livermore

May 9: 11 a.m., Confirmation, St. Anne Parish, Union City

      5:30 p.m., Mass and installation, Very Rev. James V. Matthews, rector, Cathedral Parish of Christ the Light, Oakland

May 10: 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., Capital Campaign Masses and receptions, St. Monica Parish, Moraga

May 13: Board of Trustees, St. Patrick Seminary and University, Menlo Park

      7 p.m. Capital Campaign reception, St. Mary Magdalen, Berkeley

May 14: 7 p.m. Capital Campaign reception, St. James the Apostle, Fremont

May 15: 5 p.m., Capital Campaign reception, St. Raymond Parish, Dublin

      7 p.m., Confirmation, St. Raymond Parish, Dublin

May 16: 10 a.m., Confirmation (bilingual), Cathedral Parish of Christ the Light

      5 p.m., Confirmation, St. Theresa Parish, Oakland

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San Diego bishop
San Diego's new bishop, Robert W. McElroy, a San Francisco native and former auxiliary bishop of San Francisco, poses with Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, of Oakland at Bishop McElroy's installation April 15. Bishop McElroy is the sixth bishop of San Diego. He succeeds Bishop Cirilo B. Flores, who died Sept. 6, 2014.
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Religious order celebration

There will be a Mass of Thanksgiving for jubilarians of religious orders at 10 a.m. Aug. 22 at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. Members of religious orders living or ministering in the Oakland diocese this year and who are celebrating a jubilee anniversary, should send their contact information and the jubilee year to the Very Rev. Robert Herbst, OFM, Conv., chancellor of the diocese, at rherbst@oakdilcese.org.

El Heraldo newspaper

The May issue of El Heraldo Católico, the diocesan Spanish-language newspaper, should be available in parishes that offer Spanish-language masses on May 3-4. If there is a parish that is not receiving El Heraldo Católico, and would like to have copies of it delivered to their site, please contact Sandi Gearhart, sgearhart@oakdiocese.org.

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Pope Francis greets one of 19 new priests during an ordination Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican April 26. In his homily, the pope told the new priests to make sure their homilies were not boring.
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Suspected terrorists

Italian police arrested at least nine people in what officials described as a terrorist cell that had planned, in 2010, to strike at the Vatican with a suicide bomber. A few hours after the police in Cagliari announced the arrests, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said the planned attack on the Vatican was "a hypothesis going back to 2010, one which did not take place." The threat did not appear to be ongoing, he said, therefore it was not "a reason for particular concern."

French ambassador

Despite media reports that Pope Francis refused the candidate France proposed as its next ambassador to the Holy See, the French government has yet to receive an official response from the Vatican, said a spokesperson for the French government. "For the moment, we wait," said Stephane Le Foll. During a press briefing April 22 in Paris, Le Foll confirmed that Pope Francis met with the proposed candidate, Laurent Stefanini. However, Le Foll discounted reports claiming the pope did not approve the nomination. Some media outlets published reports that accuse the Vatican of refusing France's nomination because Stefanini is homosexual.

Pope's prayer suggestion

In every relationship, including one's relationship with Jesus, it is important to remember that "first encounter," that initial, life-changing moment of love, Pope Francis said. Celebrating Mass April 24 in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae, Pope Francis used the first reading's account of the conversion of St. Paul to begin a homily about a whole list of encounters Jesus had with individuals in the Gospels. Catholics should read their Bibles, paying special attention to those stories of encounters and look at details that might be similar to their own meeting with Jesus even though "everyone has their own" story to tell.

Pope to visit Cuba

Pope Francis will visit Cuba in September before his trip to the United States. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, told reporters April 22 that the pope has "received and accepted the invitation from the civil authorities and bishops of Cuba" and has decided to visit the island before going to the United States. The pope is tentatively scheduled to arrive in Washington late Sept. 22 and will visit Washington, New York and Philadelphia Sept. 23-27.

Protect, share resources

Marking the celebration of Earth Day, Pope Francis asked that everyone recognize the earth as God's gift to protect and cultivate, sharing the world's natural resources. May the way people treat the earth "not be guided by greed, manipulation and exploitation, but rather may it preserve the divine harmony between creatures and creation," he said. The pope, who is preparing an encyclical letter on the environment, made his remarks at the end of his general audience in St. Peter's Square April 22 — Earth Day.

Catholic News Service

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