April 25-26: Funeral vigil and Mass for Rev. Ray Gawronski, SJ, Denver, Colorado
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April 29: 6-8 p.m., Cease Fire Walk, St. Benedict Parish, Oakland
April 30: 11 a.m. Mass for the Young Ladies Institute, Golden Jubilee Burse for Seminarians Celebration, St. Joseph, Pinole
May 2: Mass, St. John XXIII Seminary, Boston
May 3-4: Keynote speaker at the Priests' Convocation, Archdiocese of Boston
May 6: 8 a.m. Mass, school visit, St. David of Wales, Richmond
May 7: 10 a.m., Group confirmation, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland
2 p.m., Group confirmation, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland
May 8: 10:30 a.m., Confirmation, Assumption Parish, San Leandro
3 p.m., Confirmation, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Fremont
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Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, made these appointments:
Rev. Alberto Perez, at St. Anthony Parish, Oakley, has been assigned to All Saints Parish, Hayward, as parochial vicar effective April 15.
The three transitional deacons scheduled to be ordained in May have their assignments, all as parochial vicars, effective June 15:
Rev. Mr. John Carillo to St. Joseph Parish, Alameda.
Rev. Mr. John Erick Villa, to Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Brentwood.
Rev. Mr. Luis Lopez to St. Anthony Parish, Oakley.
Rev. Thi Van Hoang, from St. Joseph Basilica, Alameda, to St. John the Baptist Parish, San Lorenzo, as parochial vicar, effective July 1.
Rev. Tran Thuc Dinh has moved from St. Felicitas Parish, San Leandro, to a private residence in San Leandro.
Bishop Barber also confirmed these appointments:
Rev. Luis Guzman, OFM, has been appointed pastor of St. Elizabeth Parish, Oakland, effective June 1.
Rev. Paul Rospond, CSP, has been appointed parochial vicar for Holy Spirit-Newman Hall Parish, Berkeley, effective Aug. 1.
Ceasefire Walk for Peace
Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, will join community members from 6-8 p.m. April 29 for a Ceasefire Walk for Peace at St. Benedict Parish, 2245 82nd Ave., Oakland. The event will begin with an ecumenical prayer service at St. Benedict, followed by an explanation about the Ceasefire effort, a walk to bring a message of love and hope and close with a prayer. For more information, contact Cristina Hernández 510- 267-8379 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.oakdiocese.org/LifeAndJustice.
The next Catholic Underground youth event featuring indie-folk-rock musician Kevin Heider will be at 7 p.m. April 29 at St. Mary Magdalen Parish, 2005 Berryman St., Berkeley. The two part event consists of Eucharistic Adoration and music. For more information, Oakdiocese.org/CUBayArea or Steven Lewis, 510-267-8394 or email@example.com.
Catholic Charities of the East Bay, one of the largest providers of social services in the East Bay, is planning its main annual fund drive May 14-15. Each year at this time, parishioners are provided with an opportunity to partner with CCEB and enable the Church to better welcome the stranger, heal trauma, lift people out of poverty and give meaning to mercy. Please give generously to this appeal. For more information contact Steve Mullin, 510-768-3165 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.cceb.org.
Pope Francis wears a helmet of Paris' French firefighters after his weekly audience April 13 in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.
L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters/CNS
Bolivia's President Evo Morales presents Pope Francis with a handcrafted bust of Bolivia's indigenous leader Tupac Katari during a meeting at the Vatican. Morales discussed social policy and the economic situation facing his country. Morales met the pope April 15 before attending a two-day conference dedicated to St. John Paul II's 1991 social encyclical "Centesimus Annus."
Alessandra Tarantino, pool via Reuters/CNS
Visit wasn't political
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U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said attending a Vatican conference on Catholic social teaching did not represent a political endorsement of his run for higher office. When asked about the controversy surrounding the invitation during a presidential campaign cycle and whether that translated into the Vatican somehow supporting his bid, he told the Italian daily La Repubblica, "No, that's not it. The Vatican isn't involved in that. The conference isn't a political event."
Humility is the path
Humility can change even the most hardened, stubborn heart to one that is docile and open to the Holy Spirit, Pope Francis said. At times, God allows people to suffer humiliation so that they can pick themselves up from the ground "with the dignity with which God created us," the pope said April 15 in his homily during Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae.
Docility, not resistance
Resistance to the signs of the Holy Spirit at work is the mark of those with closed hearts who seek to justify their actions with a so-called faithfulness to the law, Pope Francis said. Instead, Christians are called to be docile, which "ensures that the Spirit can act and go forward in building the church," he said April 14 in his homily during Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae.
An Italian journalist said he was given private documents by a Vatican official detailing problems with financial reforms and that he had a duty to publish them. Testifying at his Vatican trial April 13, Gianluigi Nuzzi, author of "Merchants in the Temple," denied pressuring Spanish Msgr. Lucio Vallejo Balda, secretary of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See, for access to the documents.
The criteria for nominating new bishops and the role of papal nuncios were discussed during the latest meeting between Pope Francis and his international Council of Cardinals, said the Vatican spokesman. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi said the majority of the discussions were dedicated to "additional considerations" regarding several Vatican offices.
— Catholic News Service