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placeholder October 5, 2015   •   VOL. 53, NO. 17   •   Oakland, CA

Oct. 6: FACE Auction Dinner, Oakland

Oct. 7: 3:30 p.m., Mass, lecture, "Pope Francis and the Environment," Saint Mary's College, Moraga

Oct. 9: 10 a.m., Blue Mass, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland

Oct. 10: 9 a.m., Chautauqua celebration, Mass, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland

Oct. 11: 10:30 a.m., Mass, reception, 90th anniversary, St. Barnabas Parish, Alameda

Oct. 13: Silver Chalice Dinner, Order of Malta, San Francisco Yacht Club

Oct. 14: Priests' Fall Study Day, St. Paschal Baylon Parish, Oakland

Oct. 15: Mass, feast of St. Teresa of Avila, Carmel of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, Kensington

Oct. 17: Catholic Charities Immigration, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland

Oct. 20-21: California Catholic Conference, Burbank

Oct. 22: Catholic Charities of the East Bay, Transforming Lives lunch, Concord Hilton

Oct. 23: Bishops' meeting, San Francisco

Oct. 24: 10 a.m., Jesuit deaconate ordinations, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland

       6 p.m., Capital Campaign appreciation dinner, St. Margaret Mary Parish, Oakland

Oct. 25: Visitation, Masses, St. Perpetua Parish, Lafayette

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Seminarian boost
Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, left, of Oakland, is joined with Revs. Tom Martin and Stephen Howell on Sept. 19 at the Eighth Annual Four Pillars Gala, which recognized the Greater Bay Area Serra Clubs for their help in fostering vocations and raised funds to benefit St. Patrick's Seminary & University in Menlo Park. The school will be putting together a commemorative video and book of the event. www.stpatricksseminary.org.

Mercy committee

Given the importance of Pope Francis' visit to the United States, and the Holy Father's desire that the whole Church celebrates an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, I am appointing a diocesan committee to guide us in our planning, Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, said Sept. 18.

Committee members are: Chairwoman, Margaret Turek, director of Faith Formation and Evangelization; Rev. Ron Schmit, representing the Presbyteral Council; Steve Mullin of Catholic Charities of the East Bay; Very Rev. Jay Matthews, rector of the Cathedral of Christ the Light; Margo Tammen, representing the Department of Catholic Schools; Rev. Alexander Castillo, from the Office of Worship.

The Jubilee of Mercy starts Dec. 8 and concludes Nov. 20, 2016. "This is truly a great opportunity to embrace the call to the New Evangelization, as the Holy Father has been encouraging us to do, especially through prayer, the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, and the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. I hope and pray that this invitation from the Lord through our beloved Pope Francis will help us all to become merciful like the Father," Bishop Barber wrote.

Donations for fire victims

Many people are suffering loss due to the tragic fires in Lake County. Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Santa Rosa has been in regular contact with the Red Cross, county officials and other emergency aid agencies to coordinate assistance. Contributions of money are needed. To donate over the phone to Catholic Charities Valley Fire Relief Fund, contact Katie McCormick at 707-528-8712, ext. 158, or mail your donation specifying it to be used for the Valley Fire Relief Fund to: Catholic Charities, P.O. Box 4900, Santa Rosa, CA 95402.

Syrian refugee crisis

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is working with over 700,000 Syrian and Iraqi refugees in surrounding countries by providing relief services which include food, shelter, rental and medical assistance, and programs to help children overcome trauma.

• Donate to help CRS continue to expand its response to the refugee crisis. For questions or further information, please contact Marc McKimmey, CRS Diocesan Coordinator, 510-768-3176, mmckimmey@cceb.org or Crs.org/SyrianRefugees.

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Refugees welcomed

Embracing Pope Francis' request to sponsor a refugee family, the Vatican's St. Anne parish has welcomed a family of four from Damascus, Syria. In an appeal Sept. 6, the pope called on every parish, religious community, monastery and shrine in Europe to take in a family of refugees, given the ongoing crisis of people fleeing from war and poverty. He said being Christian means giving a concrete sign of hope and God's mercy to those in need. The papal Almoner's Office, which responds to individual requests for assistance and helps coordinate Pope Francis' direct requests for assisting the homeless in Rome, announced Sept. 18 that a refugee family was being cared for by St. Anne's parish inside Vatican City. The family — a mother, father and two children — belong to the Melkite Catholic Church, one of the Byzantine-rite churches in full union with Rome.

Catholic News Service

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