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placeholder April 11, 2016   •   VOL. 54, NO. 7   •   Oakland, CA

April 11-15: On duty, Navy

April 16: 10 a.m., Confirmation, St. Anne Parish, Byron

      5 p.m., Confirmation (Deanery), St. Lawrence O'Toole-St. Cyril Parish, Oakland

April 17: 11 a.m., Confirmation, St. John Vianney Parish, Walnut Creek

      5 p.m., Mass, meeting with UC-Berkeley students, Holy Spirit-Newman Hall, Berkeley

April 19-20: California Catholic Conference, Sacramento

April 21: Presbyteral Council, Chancery

      College of Consultors, Chancery

April 22: Priest Personnel Board, Chancery

      Day of Dialogue with invited members of the Presbyterate

      Order of Malta fundraising dinner for the Malta Clinic, San Francisco

April 23: 10 a.m., Group Confirmation, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland

      5 p.m., Mass, dinner for SPRED, St. Raymond Parish, Dubline

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Mass to honor health-care providers

People who provide physical and mental health care are invited to a White Mass, a Mass of Thanksgiving for their services, at the Cathedral of Christ the Light at 10 a.m. Oct. 29.

The White Mass takes its name from the white lab coats worn by many doctors and other health care professionals. The name comes from white coats, but as the priest who is organizing the event said, health care today requires a "a multidisciplinary team."

The Mass will "give thanks for the amazing work and generosity people show, to honor and to pray for them," said Rev. Stephan Kappler, who, inspired by the Blue Mass, celebrated annually for law enforcement personnel, firefighters and first-responders, brought the idea of the White Mass to Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, who will celebrate the Mass.

Father Kappler is pastor of St. Jarlath Parish in Oakland, and is also a psychologist at Kairos Psychology Group in Oakland.

In Oakland alone, Father Kappler noted, in addition to the Malta Clinic at the cathedral, "we have Kaiser, we have Summit, we have Highland, we have Children's."

That's just the hospitals in one city. Add in the nursing facilities, mental health care providers, hospice workers and others who render aid to those who need them.

"It's just staggering, when you think of the people involved at all these places." Father Kappler said. "It's a huge group of people who do a lot of wonderful, healing work."

At the reception after the Mass, Father Kappler said he hopes the participants will make connections with each other. At times, he said, he is asked to recommend a Catholic therapist.

"I have to say, 'I don't have such a list,'" he said. "I don't have a network of Catholic mental health providers."

One of his hopes is that providers could be asked, "Would you be interested in being part of a network of Catholic providers in our diocese?"

The process of contacting hospitals, care centers and other organizations to invite health care workers is beginning. People in the diocese are welcome to invite their health care providers to the Oct. 29 Mass.

Those seeking additional information on the Mass, or wishing to assist with it, may contact Father Kappler at 510-986-0386 or skappler@kairospsychologygroup.com.

Directories sent

The newsprint edition of the Diocese of Oakland Annual Directory for 2016 was distributed to parishes beginning the week of March 21. New in this issue of the directory are photos of deacons serving in the diocese. Until gone, copies are available to parishioners after Masses. Those who ordered the deluxe edition should have also received their order.

Orders for the deluxe edition ($20), which includes a complete telephone directory, can still be made. For more information, contact Sandi Gearhart at 510-893-5339 or sgearhart@oakdiocese.org.

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Divine Mercy Sunday
An image of Jesus of Divine Mercy is seen as Pope Francis celebrates Mass on the feast of Divine Mercy April 3 in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.

Meeting with traditionalists
As discussions continue between Vatican officials and leaders of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X, Pope Francis met at the Vatican with Bishop Bernard Fellay, head of the society. After the meeting, it was decided that the current exchanges would continue. The canonical status of the society was not directly addressed.

Saying 'yes' to God
When people do not want to say "yes" to God, they usually do not say "no," they just hide like Adam and Eve did after they sinned, Pope Francis said. "Today is the feast of 'yes,'" the pope said during his early morning Mass April 4, the transferred feast of the Annunciation. The Latin-rite church usually celebrates the Angel Gabriel's annunciation to Mary March 25, but transfers the feast when it occurs during Holy Week. A group of priests celebrating the 50th anniversary of their ordinations and a group of Vincentian Sisters who are called to renew their vows each year joined Pope Francis for the Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae.

New institutions
Pope Francis asked Catholic dioceses around the world to set up a permanent memorial of the Year of Mercy by establishing a hospital, home for the aged or school in an under-served area. Celebrating Divine Mercy Sunday with an evening prayer vigil April 2 and a morning Mass April 3, the pope said the idea came to him during a meeting with a charitable organization and he decided to mention it at the vigil with participants of the European gathering of the World Apostolic Congress of Mercy and followers of the Divine Mercy devotion.

Probe into finances
Vatican judicial authorities are investigating the former president and former treasurer of its Bambino Gesu pediatric hospital in a case involving the financing of remodeling work on the Vatican apartment where Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone lives. Giuseppe Profiti, former hospital president, and Massimo Spina, the former treasurer, are under investigation, said Greg Burke, assistant director of the Vatican press office. Cardinal Bertone, former Vatican secretary of state, is not under investigation, Burke told reporters March 31.

Christian safety
Pope Francis appealed to the government of Pakistan to take steps to ensure the safety of the country's Christians and other minorities the day after a terrorist bombing killed at least 70 people and injured more than 300 who were spending Easter afternoon in a public park.

Reconcile with God
Easter is a feast of hope, a celebration of God's mercy and a call to pray for and assist all who suffer, Pope Francis said before giving his solemn blessing "urbi et orbi" (to the city and the world). The risen Jesus "makes us sharers of his immortal life and enables us to see with his eyes of love and compassion those who hunger and thirst, strangers and prisoners, the marginalized and the outcast, the victims of oppression and violence," the pope said March 27 after celebrating Easter morning Mass.

Pope Benedict frail
Although retired Pope Benedict XVI is growing more frail, there are no particular concerns or worries regarding his health, a Vatican spokesman said. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, issued a statement March 25 following an interview with Archbishop Georg Ganswein, the retired pope's personal secretary, in which the archbishop said Pope Benedict was slowly "fading. In April, Pope Benedict XVI turns 89 years old. He is like a candle that is slowly, serenely fading, as it happens with many of us. He is calm, in peace with God, with himself and the world," Archbishop Ganswein told the Italian magazine BenEssere.

Catholic News Service

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