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placeholder August 10, 2015   •   VOL. 53, NO. 14   •   Oakland, CA

Aug. 11: Mass, dinner, the Amazing Parish Conference, Denver, Colorado

Aug. 13: Diocesan seminarians, St. Paschal Parish, Oakland

Aug. 14: Noon, Mass, lunch, Chancery Appreciation Day, cathedral

Aug. 15: 5:30 p.m., Mass, dinner, celebration of 200 years of the founding of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, St. Edward Parish, Newark

Aug. 16: 10 a.m., Mass, Confraternity of Eucharistic Devotion, Cathedral of Christ the Light

      4 p.m., Mass, 50th anniversary, St. Anne Parish, Walnut Creek

Aug. 17-21: On duty, Navy, Washington, DC

Aug. 22: 10 a.m., Mass, lunch, Year of Consecrated Life Jubilee Celebration, Cathedral of Christ the Light

      Nuptial Mass, St. Paschal Church, Oakland

      7:30 p.m., pastoral visit to the Eritrean Community for the celebration of the
      Assumption of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Joseph the Worker, Berkeley

Aug. 23: Mass, Confirmation, San Quentin State Prison

      3 p.m., blessing of new science building, De La Salle High School, Concord

Aug. 26: 9:30 a.m., Mass, school visit, Moreau Catholic High School, Hayward

      FACE auction dinner, Cathedral of Christ the Light

Aug. 27: Youth ministers, Department of Religious Education meeting, Cathedral Parish Hall

Sept. 4-13 : Rome

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Notice on fundraising

All ministries, schools and parishes in the Diocese of Oakland wanting to raise $25,000 or more in a fundraising activity must have the prior written approval of Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ. This rule applies to grant proposals, special events and requests to individuals, foundations or corporations.

"If you have an annual fundraising event that may have already been approved in the past, such as a golf tournament, a fashion gala, auction, etc., you should still contact the Office for Mission Advancement so it can be placed on the 'fundraising calendar' for the diocese in the hope that another event is not scheduled for the same date/time, or if you wish to invite Bishop Barber to attend such an event," wrote Ken Hokenson, executive director for mission advancement, in a letter to diocesan entities.

The procedure helps avoid having multiple groups in the diocese requesting assistance from the same donor at the same time.

A one-page summary of the request should be sent to Hokenson, who will have the proposal vetted by a three-member committee, who will make their recommendation to the bishop. One-month's lead time is needed, he said.

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A Jesuit celebration
Rev. Bill Watson, SJ, preached on Laudato Si, the pope's encyclical, at Mass on the Feast of St. Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus, the Jesuits, on July 31 in the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland. That's Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, in the background visiting with parishioners. Bishop Barber, and Father Watson, are both Jesuits, as is Pope Francis. Eight other priests concelebrated with the bishop, including cathedral Rector Very Rev. James V. Matthews. Also attending at Mass was Gov. Jerry Brown, a former Jesuit seminarian.
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Pope Francis uses tablet to open World Youth Day
Pope Francis uses a tablet to officially open online registration for World Youth Day July 26-31, 2016 in Poland, becoming the first pilgrim to sign up. He did this during the Angelus from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican July 26. Accompanied by two Polish teenagers who wore World Youth Day 2016 T-shirts, the pope had to make a couple of attempts pressing the screen of a tablet before his online registration went through.
CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano

Go to confession

Trusting in God's infinite mercy, people should not be afraid or embarrassed to go to confession, Pope Francis said. "There are people who are afraid to go to confession, forgetting that they will not encounter a severe judge there, but the immensely merciful Father," Pope Francis told thousands of people gathered in St. Peter's Square Aug. 2 for the midday recitation of the Angelus prayer. The pope also told the people gathered under a scalding sun that "when we go to confession, we feel a bit ashamed. That happens to all of us, but we must remember that this shame is a grace that prepares us for the embrace of the Father, who always forgives and always forgives everything."

Accompany family

In being a minister of God's mercy and a guide on the path to holiness, the Catholic Church must develop better ways to "accompany" people in their family life and not simply condemn those who fail, said a diverse group of theologians, including the former theologian of the papal household. Cardinal Georges Cottier, who served as the papal theologian from 1989 to 2005, said, "In rigorism, there is an innate brutality that is contrary to the delicacy with which God guides each person."

Jubilee of Mercy

More than a dozen individual celebrations will be scheduled for the Jubilee of Mercy in 2016, giving pilgrims the chance to celebrate their own holy year with Pope Francis in Rome. The yearlong extraordinary jubilee will include a number of individual jubilee days, such as for consecrated men and women; deacons; priests; catechists; the sick and disabled; teenagers and prisoners. Young people will be able to celebrate their jubilee with the pope at World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland. The Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization, which is organizing events for the Holy Year of Mercy, published a full calendar of events online at www.im.va.

Unreported assets

Under new reporting procedures that are more in line with international accounting standards, the Holy See reported $1 billion in net assets that had never been reported before and in a consolidated form. The Vatican's final figures for 2014 also showed a continued budget deficit on the part of the Roman Curia and nearly double the profits brought in by entities falling under the separate Vatican City State budget. In fact, the profits coming from the Vatican Museums, "cultural activities" and investments offset the deficit in the consolidated budgets of the Roman Curia and Vatican communications outlets to help the Vatican end the year 37.9 million euros ($41.3 million) in the black.

Iran deal welcome

The Holy See welcomed Iran's historic nuclear deal and expressed hopes that more future breakthroughs be on the horizon on other issues. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said that "the agreement on the Iranian nuclear program is viewed in a positive light by the Holy See. It constitutes an important outcome of the negotiations carried out so far, although continued efforts and commitment on the part of all involved will be necessary in order for it to bear fruit." he said.

Catholic News Service

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