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placeholder May 18, 2015   •   VOL. 53, NO. 10   •   Oakland, CA

May 18-21: Spiritual retreat master for the clergy of the Archdiocese of Toronto, Canada.

May 24: 10 a.m., 100th anniversary Mass of Mary Help of Christians Church, Oakland.

      2:30 p.m., Mass and jubilee celebration for Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose.

May 25: Mass and celebration of the ordination anniversary of Rev. Michael Norkett, St. Paschal Parish, Oakland.

May 26: 8:30 a.m., school Mass, St. Philip Neri Parish, Alameda.

       Meeting, Rev. Mother Rose Mary, provincial of the Congregation of the Mother of Carmel, Chancery.

      Meeting, Most Rev. Nicolas Djomo Lola, bishop of Tshumbe, Congo, Chancery.

May 27: Priests spring study day, St. Stephen Parish, Walnut Creek.

      Dinner with the transitional deacons who will be ordained to the priesthood.

May 28: College of Consultors, Chancery.

      Presbyteral Council, Holy Spirit Parish, Fremont.

      Capital Campaign reception, Christ the King Parish, Pleasant Hill.

May 29: Dinner in honor of Most Rev. Joseph Vu Vn Thin, bishop of Hai Phòng, Viet Nam.

      7 p.m., ordination to the priesthood, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland.

May 30: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Confirmations, Most Holy Rosary Parish, Antioch.

May 31: 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., Confirmations, St. Isidore Parish, Danville.

June 1: Visit diocesan priests on spiritual retreat, San Damiano, Danville.

June 2: Episcopal installation of Most Rev. John C. Wester, archbishop of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

June 5: Rev. Msgr. Gilles Wach, prior general of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, Chancery.

      7 p.m., Confirmation, St. Felicitas Parish, San Leandro.

June 6: 11 a.m., Confirmation, St. Mark Parish, Richmond.

June 7: 11 a.m., Confirmation, Our Lady of Grace Parish, Castro Valley.

      5 p.m., Confirmation, St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Concord.

June 8: 5 p.m., Mass, Saint Mary's College, Moraga.

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Farewell to Bishop Daly
Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, right, joined fellow Bishop Thomas Daly, 54, at a farewell Mass for Bishop Daly at St. Patrick Seminary and University in Menlo Park on April 30. Bishop Daly succeeds Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich at the Diocese of Spokane, Washington. For 19 years, Bishop Daly's ministry focused on Marin Catholic High School, where he eventually served as president. He was appointed auxiliary bishop of the San Jose diocese in 2011.

Bishop Barber on immigration

Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, sent this letter to the priests of the diocese on May 8:

I am writing to alert you to President Obama's Immigration Executive Order, likely to take effect this summer, which would expand the number of undocumented immigrants able to apply for legal status in the United States. In the Diocese of Oakland, an estimated 80,000 undocumented immigrants live in the shadows. They are currently denied legal work ... sometimes deported — their families torn apart at moment's notice — and soon they may have the chance to live without fear.

As a diocese, I am calling on Catholics to be part of a special immigration initiative, launched by Catholic Charities of the East Bay, called "Helping Our Neighbors," which finds its purpose in the U.S. Bishops' Justice for Immigrants Campaign.

Specifically, I am asking parish clergy and staff to promote and participate in upcoming Helping Our Neighbors workshops happening throughout the diocese (two have been held):

Holy Spirit, Fremont, 7:30 p.m. June 11.

Christ the King, Pleasant Hill, 7:30 p.m. July 16

North Alameda County, to be announced in August.

Many, if not most of these immigrants are members of our Faith. This is an opportunity for us to follow Pope Francis, who said the Catholic Church is "a church without borders, a mother of all; a church that extends to the world the culture of solidarity and care for the people and families that are affected many times by heart-rending circumstances."

For more information about the campaign, visit www.oak4life.org or contact Christopher Martinez at 510-439-4261, cmartinez@cceb.org.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Rev. Michael C. Barber, SJ

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Frayed cassock
Pope Francis' frayed cassock is seen as he greets seminarians while leaving after celebrating Mass at the Pontifical North American College in Rome May 2. It was the first papal visit to the U.S. seminary since 1980. At the end of Mass, Pope Francis said the visit to the seminary was "a beautiful and meaningful introduction to my apostolic visit to the United States of America."
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Trip details

Pope Francis' July 5-12 visit to Latin America will not take him to his native Argentina, but it will put him closely in touch with his Jesuit roots and with one of the main characteristics of his ministry as archbishop of Buenos Aires: direct contact with the poor, the sick and those striving to bring the Gospel to bear on social inequalities. The pope will begin his three-nation South America tour in Ecuador before moving on to Bolivia and Paraguay, the Vatican announced May 8 when it published a detailed itinerary for the visit.

French dis JPII

A French court has told authorities in Ploermel, France, to remove the small town's statue of St. John Paul II on claims the statue's placement in a public square violated the separation of church and state. While the court said the statue's location and size are "ostentatious" in nature, the main issue was not with the image of the pope, but rather, the public display of the statue under a cross, according to a May 6 Vatican Radio report.

Count the ways

Real love is constant, concrete and communicates — it is action over words and it obeys the Beatitudes, Pope Francis said at his morning Mass. True love is not "soap-opera love," or "a whim" or something that "makes our heart beat a little faster," and then nothing more, the pope said May 7 during the Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae. Love is found "in concrete actions," he said, which is why Jesus told his disciples that only those who do the Father's will would enter into the kingdom of heaven, not those who just call out, "Lord, Lord."

Focus, sports fans

Never let practice and competition get in the way of going to Mass, studying for school, being with friends and helping the poor, Pope Francis told an Italian sports association. And never let Italy's infatuation with soccer — like in the pope's native Argentina — crowd out all the other sports, which are just as important for teaching kids the benefits of teamwork and sacrifice, he said May 7.

Not a showy ceremony

A Christian marriage isn't just a big ceremony held in a church with nice flowers and everyone wearing fancy clothes and taking lots of pictures, Pope Francis said. Marriage is an act of faith between a man and woman who are both fragile and limited, but courageous enough to follow Christ and seek to love each other as he loves them, the pope said May 6 during his general audience in St. Peter's Square.

Pope meets Castro

After spending close to an hour with Pope Francis, Cuban President Raul Castro told reporters he is so impressed by what the pope does and says that he might start praying and could even return to the church. "I had a very agreeable meeting this morning with Pope Francis. He is a Jesuit, as you well know. I am, too, in a certain sense because I was always in Jesuit schools," Castro told reporters May 10.

Catholic News Service

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