June 6: Confirmation, 11 a.m., St. Mark Parish, Richmond
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Dinner, donors to the Order of Malta Clinic, San Francisco
June 7: Confirmation, 11 a.m., Our Lady of Grace Parish, Castro Valley
Confirmation, 5 p.m., St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Concord
June 8: Mass, 5 p.m., Cummins Institute Summer Workshop, Saint Mary's Chapel, Saint Mary's College, Moraga
June 9-12: US bishops spring meeting, St. Louis
June 13: Confirmation, 9 a.m., St. Louis Bertrand Parish, Oakland
Graduation Mass, School of Pastoral Ministries, 12:30 p.m., Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland
Mass, 5:30 p.m., 30th anniversary of the rededication of Old Mission San Jose, Fremont
June 14: Confirmation, Noon, St. James the Apostle, Fremont
Confirmation, 5 p.m., St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Martinez
June 15: Fallen Heroes Memorial Event, Cisco Systems, San Jose
June 17: Retired Priests annual luncheon
Catholic Charities of the East Bay Quarterly meeting
Meeting with the Superior of the Quinhon Missionary Sisters of the Holy Cross
June 18: College of Consultors
June 18-21: Navy duty, Seattle
June 21-25: Priest Days for the Archdiocese of Seattlee
Bishop Michael Barber, SJ, announced these clergy assignments:
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Rev. Edilberto Castanas to parochial vicar, St. Felicitas Parish, San Leandro, effective April 1.
Rev. Peter Tu Nguyen to parochial vicar, St. Patrick Parish, Rodeo, effective June 1.
Rev. Michael Figura Nufable to parochial vicar of St. Leander Parish, San Leandro, effective June 1.
Rev. Dante Tamayo to parochial vicar, St. Joseph Parish, Pinole, effective June 1.
Rev. Rosendo Manalo to parochial vicar, St Francis of Assisi Parish, Concord, effective July 1.
Rev. Huong Van Le to parochial vicar, St. Joseph Parish, Fremont, effective July 1.
Rev. Enrique Ballesteros to parochial vicar, Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Brentwood, effective July 1.
Rev. Fabio Correa to parochial vicar of Queen of All Saints Parish, Concord, effective July 1.
Rev. Joseph Nguyen to parochial administrator, St. Leo the Great Parish, Oakland, effective July 1.
Rev. Thomas Czeck, OFM Conv., to pastor, Our Lady of Grace Parish, Castro Valley, effective July 1.
Rev. Paul Gawlowski, OFM Conv., to parochial vicar of Our Lady of Grace Parish, Castro Valley, effective July 1.
A note from Bishop Barber: "The Augustinian Fathers have returned the pastoral care of Our Lady of Grace Parish, Castro Valley, to the Diocese of Oakland. We are very grateful for their 30 years of service to our diocese."
Young men ages 13-18 are invited to the Quo Vadis Vocation Discernment Camp July 12-15 at the Diocese of Oakland Retreat Center, 1977 Reliez Valley Road, Lafayette. This camp aims to assist young men recognize and respond to their own vocation invitation from our Lord and grow in their relationship with Christ. There will be priests, seminarians and other young men gathered together for these days. Activities will include prayer, games, music, discussions and talks. Registration is $50. Space is limited. For registration and more information, contact Cielo Branco at 510-267-8356 or visit www.oakdiocese.org/quo-vadis-camp.
CATHEDRAL OF CHRIST THE LIGHT
Chalice Consort concert
Chalice Consort presents Window of a Pious Age with Jeremy Summerly, Royal Academy, London as the guest director, featuring music by John Sheppard and Simone Molinaro, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. June 28 at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. This year is the assumed 500th anniversary of the birth of the English composer John Sheppard and the 400th anniversary of the death of the Italian composer Simone Molinaro. Both Sheppard and Molinaro embodied the simultaneously decadent and fragile spirit of the Renaissance, and their music is a window on an age that was self-indulgently pious and viscerally concerned with ecclesiastical beauty. Buy tickets online ($15) at www.Ctlcathedral.org/ChaliceConsort or at the door, $20.
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Pope Francis meets with delegates to the general chapter of the Order of Friars Minor during an audience with 200 Franciscan leaders at the Vatican on May 26. U.S. Franciscan Father Michael Perry, who was re-elected head of the order May 21, is seated to the right of the pope.
Pope Francis greets Salesian Father Gaetano Nicosia, 100, during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican May 13. The Italian priest is a missionary to China who, for decades, lived with and ministered to people with leprosy.
Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment will be titled "Laudato Sii" (Praised Be), a line from St. Francis of Assisi's "Canticle of Creatures," and will be released June 16, said the head of the Vatican publishing house. Salesian Father Giuseppe Costa, speaking at an event in Naples May 30, told reporters that publishers from around the world had been asking for the rights to reprint "Laudato Sii" when it is released in mid-June.
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Church leaders cannot be indifferent to the plight of immigrants, and it is "inexcusable" not to promote cooperation between a host nation and countries of origin, Pope Francis told bishops from the Dominican Republic. "It is important to integrate immigrants into society and to welcome them in the church community," he said May 28.
Distant from Christ
Christians must ask themselves whether they help people in need of salvation or whether they just keep Jesus for themselves and are deaf or indifferent to others, Pope Francis said at his morning Mass. "It would be good for us to have an examination of conscience" and see if we are Christians who bring people to Christ or push them away, the pope said May 28 during the Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae.
Thoughts on prisoners
Pope Francis seems to describe his life in the Vatican almost as if he were in prison — at least as far as his freedom of movement goes. But that is not the first thing he cites when he talks about what he and prisoners have in common. When visiting a prison, he said, "I think to myself, 'I, too, could be here.' That is, none of us can be sure that we would never commit a crime, something for which we'd be put in prison." Pope Francis' comment to a reporter from a newspaper in Argentina in mid-May was just the most recent time he has spoken about how everyone makes mistakes, everyone sins, and if one's personal history and circumstances were different, he or she could be that convict.
Vatican bank profit
The Institute for the Works of Religion, commonly known as the Vatican bank, showed a large jump in profits in 2014 as it continued to winnow its accounts. The institute reported a net profit of 69.3 million euros ($75.5 million) in 2014 compared to a 2013 net profit of 2.9 million euros. The bulk of the profit, 55 million euros, was given to the Holy See for its operating costs. Releasing its annual report May 25, the institute said the increase "was mainly due to an increase in the net trading income from securities and to a decline in extraordinary operating expenses," which included the costs of outside consultants.
— Catholic News Service