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placeholder June 22, 2015   •   VOL. 53, NO. 12   •   Oakland, CA

June 21-25: Retreat master, Priest Days for the Archdiocese of Seattle

June 26: Presbyteral Council, Chancery

      Visit, Most Rev. George Rajendran Kuttinadar, SDB, Bishop of Thuckalay
      (Syro-Malabarese Rite)

June 27: 10 a.m., Mass, reception for Regina Mundi Guild, Cathedral of Christ the Light

      5 p.m., Mass, dinner, St. Anthony Parish 90th Anniversary, Oakley

June 28: 10 a.m., Mass, St. Augustine Parish, Oakland

June 30: Strategic planning for Hispanic Ministry development

July 2: Catholic College, San Antonio, Texas

July 3-21: On duty, Navy

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Goodbye, hello in Castro Valley

Parishioners at Our Lady of Grace Parish in Castro Valley are preparing to say goodbye to the Augustinian Fathers, who have served there for the past three decades, and hello to the Conventual Franciscan Friars, who will succeed them.

Very Rev. Kevin Mullins, OSA, will be the celebrant at the 11 a.m. Mass June 28. The Augustinian provincial, who served as pastor of the Castro Valley parish from 1999 to 2011, will be joined by other Augustinians who have served there, including Revs. Jim Clifford, Bob Gavotto, Tom Behan, Paul Quante and Greg Heidenblut. Father Heidenblut is the current pastor.

A gala is planned after the Mass for the parish community to say goodbye to them and welcome Rev. Tom Czeck, OFM Conv., the new pastor as of July 1. Rev. Paul Gawlowski, OFM Conv., will be the parochial vicar.

"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," Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, said in a statement last month.

The parish requests that those who would like to attend the celebration call the parish office to RSVP. That number is 510-537-0806.

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Young people cheer
Young people cheer before a meeting with Pope Francis at the diocesan John Paul II Youth Center in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, June 6. The pope made a one-day visit to Bosnia-Herzegovina to encourage the minority Catholic community in the faith and to foster dialogue and peace in a nation still largely divided along ethnic lines.
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Former nuncio trial

Jozef Wesolowski, the laicized former nuncio to the Dominican Republic, is accused of sexually abusing minors during the years he spent as nuncio to the Dominican Republic and apostolic delegate to Puerto Rico The first hearing will be held July 11. The criminal charges against the Polish national were possible after Pope Francis approved new and expanded criminal laws, which became applicable to all Vatican employees around the world. Any direct employee of the Holy See, which includes those working in a Vatican office or nunciature, can face a criminal trial at the Vatican as well as face criminal prosecution in the country where the crimes occurred.

Scouts active in parish life

More than a "decorative presence" at large parish functions, Catholic Scouts and Guides are called to contribute fervor to the evangelizing mission of the church by building bridges through dialogue, said Pope Francis. More than 80,000 children and adult members of the Italian Catholic Guiding and Scouting Association gathered under the hot sun in St. Peter's Square June 13 for a short but festive rally with Pope Francis.

Donations suspended

A charity for youth established by Pope Francis has suspended a donations agreement with a South American soccer federation, following the corruption scandal that erupted last month with the worldwide soccer federation, FIFA. The South American federation CONMEBOL had pledged to donate $10,000 to the Vatican charity Scholas Occurrentes for every goal scored during the America Cup, which began in Chile June 11.

Ending hunger

Vague concerns and long-winded reports about hunger must be turned into action with policies that guarantee access to food, and lifestyles that stop wasting and start sharing, Pope Francis said. People's tendency to run and hide from difficult issues is natural, which means sometimes "instead of acting, we prefer to delegate, at every level," the pope said June 11 in an address to participants in an annual conference on hunger organized by the Rome-based U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization.

Catholic News Service

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