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placeholder May 9, 2016   •   VOL. 54, NO. 9   •   Oakland, CA

May 10: Priest Personnel Board, Chancery

May 11: St. Patrick's Seminary Board of Trustees, Menlo Park

      Dinner with the candidates for the ordination, Bishop's Residence, Oakland

May 12: Priests Spring Study Day: Youth Ministry, St. Joan of Arc Parish, San Ramon

      Long-term operational and financial improvements initiative gathering,
      Bishop's Residence, Oakland

May 13: 9:30 a.m., Blessing of the Papal Enclosure, Carmelite Monastery, Kensington

      7 p.m., Ordination to the priesthood, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland

May 14: 10 a.m., Confirmation Mass for several parishes, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland

      5 p.m., Confirmation Mass, St. Edward, Newark

May 15-21: Retreat master for the Presbyterate of the Archdiocese of Vancouver, Canadae

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YLI Mass, lunch
Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, had a great time with members of the Young Ladies Institute at St. Joseph Parish in Pinole on April 30. Mass and lunch were followed by an interactive presentation led by Carol McMillan. The YLI donated $8,472 to assist in seminarian formation. For more information, YLIonline.org.
Rev. Alexander Q. Castillo/Special to The Catholic Voice

2 parishes = 270 years

Two parishes in the Diocese of Oakland — Holy Spirit in Fremont and Sacred Heart in Oakland — will each mark 100-plus years as communities of faith in the coming weeks. Holy Spirit is observing its 130th anniversary May 22, while Sacred Heart will celebrate its 140th anniversary the weekend of June 4 and 5.

The "Old-fashioned Fun Fair" at Holy Spirit Parish starts at 10 a.m. and will honor the past with the traditional Festival Queen's Coronation Mass and Parade, and make a bow to today's foodie trend with "The Food Truck Mafia." Other highlights of the special day include live stage entertainment, old-fashioned booth games and specialty vendor booths. Tickets can be ordered online at www.holyspiritfestival.com.

Holy Spirit's Social Service Ministry is having a raffle for a 2016 Chevrolet Volt, the proceeds of which will provide a four-wheel drive vehicle for its sister parish St. Joseph the Worker in Ndungu, located in a remote area of Tanzania, Africa. In addition to the Volt as first prize, there is a $25,000 cash option in lieu of the car. Second prize is $1,000 and third prize is a $500 gift card. Raffle tickets are available at the office, 37588 Fremont Blvd. before May 22, or at weekend Masses and until 2 p.m. May 22. More at http://holyspiritfremont.org.

The two-day celebration at Sacred Heart begins with a Multicultural Food Fest at 11 a.m. June 4. On the following day Emeritus Bishop John S. Cummins will preside at the Anniversary Mass, which begins at 10 a.m. Former parishioners, friends, families and alumni from Sacred Heart School are invited. For more information contact the parish office at 510-655-9209, shoakland@comcast.net or http://sacredheartoak.com.

Blue Mass
Police, firefighters and other first-responders to emergencies in Alameda and Contra Costa counties are invited to a Blue Mass to be celebrated by Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, at 10 a.m. Oct. 14 at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland.

The Blue Mass, named for the predominant color in the uniforms worn by those who protect and serve, is an opportunity to gather for Mass, asking God's blessing on those who put their lives on the line in the service of the community. Members of law enforcement, fire department and other first-responder staffs participate in the Mass as color guard, lectors and musicians. After Mass, they gather for a meal and fellowship. The public is invited to attend the Mass.

Unsung heros
The Catholic Voice would like to recognize some of the diocese's hard-working men and women volunteers in our May 23 issue. If you have an unsung hero in your parish, organization or school, send an email with the person's name and contact information, a high resolution photo, and why you think he or she should be recognized, no later than May 13 to news@oakvoice.org, or by mail to The Catholic Voice, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland 94612.

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Youth jubilee
Italian Scouts wait for the arrival of Pope Francis April 24 to celebrate a Mass for the Youth Jubilee in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.
Tony Gentile/Reuters, CNS

Blessing the youth
Pope Francis blesses a youth after hearing confession April 23 in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.
L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters/CNS

Papal thoughts …
Being Christian often brings about persecution — anything from attacks against one's reputation to martyrdom, Pope Francis said. Jesus invites his disciples not to be scandalized that giving witness often leads to persecution, he said May 2 during Mass. … For peace in the family, community and nation, people need to recognize their faults and ask forgiveness, Pope Francis told thousands of pilgrims, including hundreds of soldiers, sailors and police officers from around the world attending his Year of Mercy audience April 30 in St. Peter's Square. Moral and ethical concerns must guide medical research so it will always be at the service of protecting human life and dignity, Pope Francis said. In that way, education and research can strive "to serve higher values, such as solidarity, generosity, magnanimity, sharing of knowledge, respect for human life, and fraternal and selfless love," he said April 29, during an audience with people taking part in a conference on adult stem cell research.

Vatican plot
Italian authorities arrested six suspects who allegedly received orders from the Islamic State terrorist group to attack the Vatican and the Israeli embassy in Rome. The arrests made in Lombardy and Piedmont April 28 were the result of a joint operation coordinated by the district attorney of Milan and the Italian anti-terrorism agency.

Suspicious activity
The Vatican's financial watchdog agency reported a huge jump in the number of financial transactions flagged as "suspicious" and in the value of assets it has blocked or frozen. During 2015, the Financial Intelligence Authority "received 544 reports of suspicious activities — almost three times as many as 2014," it said in its annual report, released April 28.

Sainthood causes
Pope Francis advanced the sainthood cause of an Irish Jesuit, who was raised Anglican, and dedicated his life to the sick and the dying as well as the cause of 38 Albanian martyrs killed during the communist persecution of Christians. During an April 26 meeting with Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes, the pope signed 12 decrees, including one recognizing a miracle attributed to the intercession of Jesuit Father John Sullivan. Born in Dublin to a wealthy family in 1861, he joined the Catholic Church at the age of 35 and entered the Jesuits four years later. Father Sullivan was known for traveling many miles on bicycle and on foot to comfort the afflicted in County Kildare, Ireland. With the decree regarding the miracle, a beatification ceremony can be scheduled for Father Sullivan. Formally recognizing the martyrdom of the Albanian martyrs and a group of Spanish martyrs, Pope Francis set the stage for their beatification ceremonies as well. … The Archdiocese of New York announced April 19 important next steps — a canonical inquiry — in the canonization process for Dorothy Day and Father Paul Wattson, both were born Episcopalian but later became a Catholic. Day co-founded the Catholic Worker movement that still flourishes and Father Wattson, an ordained Anglican priest who founded the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement and the Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement.

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