Sept. 4-13: Rome, planning for International Eucharistic Congress Jan. 25-31, 2016
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Sept. 16: California Catholic Conference, Education Standing Committee, Sacramento
Sept. 17: Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology Board of Trustees, Berkeley
Sept. 18: Day of Dialogue with the Presbyterate about Catholic education, Our Lady of Lourdes, Oakland
Sept. 19: Capital Campaign reception, St. Michael Parish, Livermore
St. Patrick Seminary Gala, Menlo Park
Sept. 20: Mass, reception, 50th anniversary of St. Monica Parish, Moraga
Sept. 21-28: Papal visit to the U.S.
Members of the St. Andrew Kim Korean Pastoral Center greeted Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, with balloons and signs. The bishop made a pastoral visit to the community, saying Mass and attending a reception, on Aug. 9. The center is at the site of the former St. Cyril Parish in Oakland.
Voice collection Oct. 4
Parishes will accept donations for the annual collection to support the publication of The Catholic Voice, El Heraldo Católico, the annual Diocesan Directory and affiliated websites and social media.
Collection envelopes are usually distributed in October. The official weekend for this second collection was set by the diocese as Oct. 3-4, though individual parishes can change the date.
The money donated in each collection remains in each parish to offset the parish's support for The Voice and affiliated operations. Make the checks payable to your parish.
The Voice publishes 21 issues a year and is delivered to 90,000 Catholic households — about half of all Catholic households — in the Oakland diocese. El Heraldo Católico is available monthly at all parishes where Mass is said in Spanish.
Every registered Catholic household is entitled to receive The Voice as part of belonging to a parish. It is the bishop's primary method of communicating with the people, and the primary method people of the diocese know about each other and their Catholic faith. The newspaper is also available online at www.catholicvoiceoakland.org as is an online subscription and breaking news is on facebook.com/TheCatholicVoice.
If you are not receiving The Catholic Voice and would like to, please contact your parish or The Voice at 510-893-5339 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blue Mass Oct. 9
The annual Blue Mass honoring first responders will take place at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland, at 10 a.m. Oct. 9 with Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, as the principal celebrant. All police, fire and other first responders and their families are invited to attend this interfaith service of Mass, prayers and blessings.
The public is invited to come and support these public safety officers with prayers for their safety and thanksgiving for their service. The day will include a display of equipment on the Cathedral Plaza and a memorial for those who lost their lives in service in our counties during the past year.
Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, recognized employees of the Diocese of Oakland for reaching milestones in time of service at a celebratory Mass for the Queenship of Mary and ceremony on Aug. 14. Jackie Compton of the Canon Law Department was recognized for 35 years of service. Other honorees and years of service included: Carrie McClish, 30 years; Josephine Dimaculangan and Penny Pendola, 25 years; Sandi Gearhart, Jim McCann, Hector Medina, Deacon Dave Rezendes, 20 years; Silvia Avalos, 15 years; and Lizzette Chann, 10 years. Those with five years of service: Inez Albores, Patty Collyer, Judi Garcia, Teri Gooden, Camille Tompkins; and with one year of service: Lina Cabatingan, Michael Cayting, Lidia Roman, Mimi Streett, Margaret Turek, Nina Woodcock.
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Sports ball gift
Pope Francis holds a sports ball that was given to him as he arrives for his weekly audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Aug. 26.
Ettore Ferrari/EPA, cns
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Initial results of the autopsy on the body of former archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, who was awaiting trial in the Vatican on charges of child sexual abuse and possession of child pornography, indicate he died late Aug. 27 of a "cardiac incident," the Vatican said. Wesolowski, 67, the former Vatican nuncio to the Dominican Republic, was confined to Vatican property while awaiting trial.
Pope 'a homebody'
A self-described "homebody," Pope Francis will make the 10th foreign trip of his pontificate in September, visiting Cuba and then, for the first time in his life, the United States. The visit of the 78-year-old Argentine pope comes in a year packed with important events for him: the publication in June of "Laudato Si'," his encyclical on the environment; the world Synod of Bishops on the family in October; and the opening Dec. 8 of a special Year of Mercy.
Family prayer time
Parents who juggle packed work and family schedules deserve a Nobel Prize in mathematics for doing something not even the most brilliant scientists can do: They pack 48 hours of activity into 24, Pope Francis said. "I don't know how they do it, but they do," the pope told thousands of people gathered Aug. 26 for his weekly general audience. "There are moms and dads who could win the Nobel for this!"
Read the Gospels
Pope Francis asked thousands of people gathered in St. Peter's Square to be quiet for a moment and ponder the question, "Who is Jesus to you?" After the moment of silence Aug. 23, the pope introduced the midday Angelus prayer by asking Mary to help Christians purify their faith, removing "worldly incrustations and fears." The words of Jesus challenge people's ideas today, he said.
Divorced and remarried
Catholics who have divorced and are civilly remarried "are not, in fact, excommunicated — they are not excommunicated — and they absolutely must not be treated as if they were," Pope Francis said. Resuming his Wednesday general audiences Aug. 5 after a month's break, Pope Francis returned to the series of talks he has been giving on the family. It was the 100th general audience of his papacy. "I want to draw our attention to another reality: how to care for those who, after the irreversible failure of the matrimonial bond, have undertaken a new union." Without an annulment of the sacramental marriage, "such a situation contradicts the Christian sacrament," which is meant to be an indissoluble bond, the pope said.
More than a month before Pope Francis was scheduled to arrive in the United States, his ride landed on U.S. shores. "A Jeep Wrangler will be used as the popemobile in the USA (like the one used in Ecuador in July 2015)," the Vatican press office said in a statement Aug. 20. Of course, an official said, there will be more than one. Pope Francis will need a popemobile in Washington, New York and Philadelphia, and besides, "there is always a reserve" in case of malfunction.
Drawing on the experience of the public exposition of the Shroud of Turin, Vatican officials are adopting a reservation system for pilgrims who want to cross the threshold of the Holy Door at St. Peter's Basilica during the Year of Mercy. The free, online registration will not be activated until October, but in late August the Vatican published a brief explanation of the plan on www.im.va, which is the website for the Year of Mercy that begins Dec. 8. "
Pope will challenge
The U.S. ambassador to the Holy See believes Pope Francis is not traveling to the United States in September to scold anyone, but to challenge the country's people to live up to their ideals. "I don't think he's coming to the United States to antagonize, to criticize, to call out people," Ken Hackett, the ambassador, told Catholic News Service Aug. 4. "I think he's coming to shore up. But he won't hesitate from speaking out about some of the issues he feels passionately about."
— Catholic News Service