Feb. 9: Guest speaker, Parish Administration class, St. Patrick's Seminary and University, Menlo Park
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Feb. 10: 12:10 p.m., Ash Wednesday Mass, Cathedral of Christ the Light Parish, Oakland
Feb. 11: Priest Personnel Board, Chancery, Oakland
Bishop's Administrative Council, Chancery, Oakland
Feb. 12: 6 p.m., Cease Fire Walk, Most Holy Rosary Parish, Antioch
Feb. 13: 2 p.m., Rite of Election in Spanish, Cathedral of Christ the Light Parish, Oakland
Feb. 14: 4 p.m., Rite of Election in English, Cathedral of Christ the Light Parish, Oakland
7 p.m., Rite of Election in English, Cathedral of Christ the Light Parish, Oakland
Feb. 17: Board of Trustees, St. Patrick's Seminary and University, Menlo Park
Feb. 18: College of Consultors, Holy Family Friary, Castro Valley
Presbyteral Council, Holy Family Friary, Castro Valley
Feb. 19: Gold Star Mothers Memorial ceremony, Marines Memorial, San Francisco
Feb. 21: 3 p.m., Mass, banquet for Chinese New Year, Our Lady of the Rosary, Union City
Feb. 25: Bishops and vocation directors, St. Patrick's Seminary and University, Menlo Park
San Francisco Bishops' Province meeting, St. Patrick's Seminary and University, Menlo Park
Feb. 26: Bishop's Appeal reception, St. John Vianney, Walnut Creek
Feb. 29-March 2: Seminarian evaluations, Mount Angel Seminary, Saint Benedict, Oregon
March 1: Institution of lectors and acolytes, Mount Angel Seminary, Saint Benedict, Oregon
Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, announced the following clergy assignments:
Rev. Leandro Tajtaj's assignment in the Diocese of Oakland ended Oct. 31, and he has returned to the Diocese of Santa Rosa de Osos in Guatemala.
Rev. John Prochaska has been assigned to the Missionaries of St. James in Peru. He left Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Fremont on Jan. 31.
Rev. Joy Kumarthusseril has been appointed pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Fremont, effective Feb. 1.
Rev. Robert Kennedy Chinnapan has been appointed pastor of St. Philip Neri-St. Albert the Great Parish, Alameda, effective Feb. 1.
Rev. Vince Scott is retiring as pastor of Assumption Parish, San Leandro, effective June 30.
Rev. Leonard Marrujo has been appointed parochial administrator at Assumption Parish, San Leandro, effective July 1.
Rev. Michael Lacey is retiring as pastor of St. John the Baptist Parish, San Lorenzo effective June 30.
Rev. Sergio Lopez has been appointed pastor at St. John the Baptist Parish, San Lorenzo, effective July 1.
Rev. H. David Mendoza-Vela has been appointed parochial administrator of Corpus Christi Parish, Fremont, effective July 1.
Rev. Jerry Brown is retiring as pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Brentwood, effective Aug. 31.
Rev. Quang Dong has been appointed pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Brentwood, effective Sept. 1.
Walk for Peace
Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, will participate in the Ceasefire Walk for Peace from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 12 at Holy Rosary Parish, 1313 A St., Antioch. Participants will walk the streets of Antioch to bring a message of love and hope. The event begins at 6 p.m. with an ecumenical prayer service at Holy Rosary, followed by an explanation about the Ceasefire effort. Bring comfortable shoes, water bottle and dress in warm clothes or layers.
Rev. Juan Franco of St. Anthony-Mary Help of Christians Parish and Diana Padilla of Corpus Christi Parish in Fremont talk with Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ.
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Sharing God's Mercy theme
for 2016 Bishop's Appeal
Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, introduced the 2016 Bishop's Appeal – Sharing God's Mercy – to pastors and parish leaders at a Jan. 14 reception in the Cathedral Event Center. This year marks the return of the annual Bishop's Appeal, which last year was folded into the diocesan Capital Campaign.
He asked pastors to invite parishioners "to come off the sidelines" during the Year of Mercy to support the Bishop's Appeal.
In its return year, the Bishop's Appeal has a goal of $2.5 million, the same as the 2014 goal.
Every diocese around the country engages in an annual appeal, the bishop said. "We all need the funds to run the diocese in order to support the parishes, the schools and our charitable and merciful works," he said.
In most parishes in the Diocese of Oakland, the appeal will take place over the weekends of Feb. 6-7, Feb. 13-14 and Feb. 20-21. Parishioners should receive a letter from Bishop Barber in early February.
"When you look at what the church provides for people, and the good work that we are doing, we need the support to keep it all going," he said.
Those needs include pastoral ministries and services; clergy formation and retirement; religious education and formation; and support for parishes and schools in need.
He noted the upcoming ordination of three priests who will serve the diocese; the growing costs associated with the care of retired priests who even in retirement serve the diocese; the training of catechists to pass on the faith to young people; and the central service areas such as insurance.
Both he and Ken Hokenson, executive director of the Office for Mission Advancement, noted that participation in the Bishop's Appeal, as well as last year's Capital Campaign, hovers around 12 percent, about half the national average for similar sized dioceses. Both expressed the need for greater participation.
Bishop Barber said he understands that many people in the diocese including himself are paying off four-year pledges to the Capital Campaign. "That was to help us with our major financial challenges that we're facing as a diocese," he said. The Bishop's Appeal, he said, "year-by-year-by-year provides the daily nuts-and-bolts support to the parishes, schools and charitable works."
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Let God save you
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God doesn't want to condemn anyone; he wants to save every person in the entire world, Pope Francis said. "The problem is letting him enter one's heart" to transform one's life, the pope said during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square Feb. 3. God's justice is different from the human administration of legal justice, which is "retributive, that imposes a penalty on the guilty," the pope said.
Pope in Mexico
In a video message one week before his Feb. 12-17apostolic visit, Pope Francis asked the people of Mexico for some time alone during his visit to pray before the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. "I would like to ask as a favor from you that this time, which will be the third time I will step on Mexican soil, to leave me alone a few minutes in front of the image. That is the favor I ask. Can you do that for me?" he said in the video released Jan. 3 by the Mexican news agency NotiMex. "I'm going to Mexico not as a wise man bearing things, messages, ideas or solutions to problems," he responded, but as a pilgrim in search of something from the Mexican people.
No movie career
Pope Francis will not be an actor in a proposed movie based on the Gospels, a Vatican spokesman said. While details about how the pope may or may not be involved in the movie project are not yet known, it was clear the pope was not an actor and would not have an acting role as claimed by a film production company, the spokesman said Feb. 2.
— Catholic News Service