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placeholder November 9, 2015   •   VOL. 53, NO. 19   •   Oakland, CA

Nov. 10: Guest speaker, Seminar on the Priesthood, Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley

Nov. 11: 10 a.m. Mass, Veterans Day, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland

Nov. 12: Bishop's Administrative Council, Chancery

      Priests Personnel Board, Chancery

      Capital Campaign dinner, Saint Mary Parish, Walnut Creek

Nov. 13: 7:30 a.m., Saint Vincent de Paul Society Neighbors Helping Neighbors fundraising breakfast, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland

      7 p.m. Sant'Egidio Community Vespers, Saint Joseph the Worker Parish, Berkeley

Nov. 16-20: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops General Assembly, Baltimore, Maryland

Nov. 21-24: United States Navy Duty

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Visit to St. Perpetua
Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, made new friends on his first visit to St. Perpetua Parish in Lafayette on Oct. 25.

Special Masses
Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, will celebrate Mass at 10 a.m. on both Veterans Day, Nov. 11, and Thanksgiving, Nov. 26 at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland.

Vietnamese Martyrs' Mass
The Vietnamese Community of the Diocese of Oakland will celebrate the Vietnamese Martyrs and the community's 40th anniversary in the diocese beginning at noon Nov. 22 at St. Anthony Parish, 1535 16th Ave., Oakland. Very Rev. George Mockel, vicar general of the diocese, will be the presider, and Bishop Emeritus John S. Cummins will also be present. A procession will begin the Eucharistic Liturgy. For more information, contact Sister Rosaline L. Nguyen, LHC, at 510-628-2153 or rnguyen@oakdiocese.org.

Wine tasting
Bishop's Vineyard will provide a free wine tasting of its 2015 collection in conjunction with the kick-off of The Cathedral Shop's 2015 Fair Trade Global Nativity Market.

Bishop's Vineyard was founded in 2006 and is owned by the Diocese of Oakland. The grapes used for these wines are grown on Catholic cemetery properties. The tasting will be from noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 12 in the Cathedral Shop on the plaza at 2121 Harrison St., Oakland.

Fair Trade Global Nativity Market is an opportunity to find the perfect Fair Trade Nativity scene. The curated collection of Fair Trade Nativities reflects various countries' depictions of Christ's birth. The Fair Trade Global Nativity Market will take place from Nov. 12 to Jan. 6.

For more information contact Michele Zaugg at 510-496-7280, giftshop@ctlcathedral.org or ctlcathedral.org/CathedralShop and BishopsVineyard.org.

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End prejudice against Gypsies
Pope Francis greets family members during an audience with Roma, Sinti and Irish Travelers and other itinerant communities in Paul VI hall at the Vatican Oct. 26. The pope called for an end to centuries of prejudice against Gypsy communities. "The time has come for uprooting centuries-old prejudices, preconceptions and mutual distrust that often are the basis for discrimination, racism and xenophobia," he said. It is time to "turn a new page" and end the indifference, neglect and hostility toward cultures and people who are different, he said Oct. 26 in an audience with more than 7,000 people. The pilgrimage, running from Oct. 23-26, was promoted by the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Travelers, the Italian Bishops' Conference, the Diocese of Rome and the lay Community of Sant' Egidio.
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Maternity leave
Businesses are called to promote harmony between work and family for their employees, especially for women with children or who are starting families, Pope Francis said.

The pope said that many times, women who announce their pregnancy are fired from their positions, when instead they "must be protected and helped in this dual task: the right to work and the right to motherhood."

"The challenge is to protect their right to a job that is given full recognition while at the same time safeguarding their vocation to motherhood and their presence in the family," the pope said Oct. 31 in an audience with the Christian Union of Italian Business Executives.

Blessed Romero
The martyrdom of Blessed Bishop Oscar Romero did not end with his death because he continued to be slandered even by his fellow priests and bishops, Pope Francis said. Speaking off-the-cuff to a group of pilgrims from El Salvador Oct. 30, the pope said that he, too, witnessed the Salvadoran archbishop's reputation tarnished by "misunderstandings and slander. I was a young priest and a witness to this — he was defamed, slandered, his memory tarnished, and his martyrdom continued, including by his brothers in the priesthood and in the episcopate," the pope said.

God's compassion
God has compassion for everyone, which is why he sent his only son to heal and renew humanity, Pope Francis said in a homily. There is a difference between compassion and pity, he said at the Mass in the chapel of his residence Oct. 30. "I can feel pity for a dog that is dying," he said, but compassion, especially God's compassion, is a whole different thing. It is putting oneself in the other's place "with the father's heart."

Awaits conversion
God loves his children so much that he does not condemn them — he weeps when they stray, commit evil or refuse his love, Pope Francis said at morning Mass. God will wait until the final moments of a sinner's life, like he did for the good thief on the cross, who mocked and derided Christ, but then repented and was saved, the pope said in his homily Oct. 29 during the Mass in the chapel of his residence, the Domus Sanctae Marthae.

Chaplains must assist
As more members of the armed forces endure both physical and emotional scars from conflicts raging around the world, Pope Francis called on military chaplains to tend to their wounds with the healing balm of the sacraments. "At this time, in which we are living a 'third world war fought in pieces,' you are called to nourish the spiritual and ethical dimensions of members of the military and their families, which will help them to face the difficulties and the often lacerating questions inherent in this unique service to their homeland and to humanity," the pope said Oct. 27.

Philippines hosts congress
Just over a month into the Year of Mercy, Catholics from around the world will gather in Cebu, Philippines, for the International Eucharistic Congress, an opportunity to remind Catholics that reaching out to all with the Gospel is a key act of mercy. Archbishop Jose S. Palma of Cebu told reporters at the Vatican Oct. 27 that the theme of the congress — "Christ in you, our hope of glory" — was chosen long before Pope Francis announced the special jubilee Year of Mercy would begin Dec. 8.

— Catholic News Service

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