May 23: Meeting with Cristo Rey Schools' CEO, Chicago
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May 24: Catholic Television Network board meeting, Menlo Park
May 26: College of Consultors, Chancery, Oakland
Presbyteral Council meeting, Chancery, Oakland
5:30 p.m., Confirmation, Good Shepherd Parish, Pittsburg
May 27: 7 p.m., Confirmation, Immaculate Heart of Mary, Brentwood
May 28: 10 a.m., Confirmation, Catholic Community of Pleasanton
Deaconate Ordination, Old Mission San Jose, Fremont
May 29: 2:30 p.m., Jubilee celebration, Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, St. Joseph Parish, Fremont
May 30-June 3: Retreat master for the Presbyterate of the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska
June 4: Change of Command ceremony, Navy Reserve Center, Sacramento
5:30 p.m., Mass, blessing of the new Pope Francis Legal Clinic, Cathedral of Christ the Light.
June 5: 10:30 a.m., Confirmation, Santa Maria Parish, Orinda
4 p.m., Confirmation, Our Lady of the Rosary, Union City
June 9: 10 a.m., Priests Personnel Board, Chancery Offices, Oaklande
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Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, made the following appointments effective July 1:
Rev. John Blaker, transfer from pastor of St. David of Wales, Richmond, to in residence, St. Mary, Walnut Creek, chaplain to John Muir and Kaiser hospitals.
Rev. John Direen, transfer from pastor of St. Joseph, Pinole, to pastor, St. David of Wales, Richmond.
Rev. Geoffrey Baraan, transfer from pastor of St. Anne, Union City, to pastor of St. Joseph, Pinole.
Rev. Rosendo (Jun) Manalo, transfer from parochial vicar, St. Francis of Assisi, Concord, to parochial administrator of St. Anne, Union City.
Change of status from parochial administrator to pastor, effective June 1:
Rev. Robert Rien, St. Ignatius of Antioch.
Rev. William Rosario, St. John Vianney, Walnut Creek.
Rev. Johnson Abraham, St. Agnes, Concord.
Fortnight for Freedom
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is offering a range of resources for parishes for the Fortnight for Freedom, June 21-July 4. The movement launched in 2012 as a means to call Catholics to 14 days of prayer, education and advocacy for religious freedom in the United States and abroad. Resources are available at Fortnight4Freedom.org, including bulletin-ready pdfs on 14 "Witnesses to Freedom" and a video in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Dignitatis Humanae (Dignity of the Human Person).
Father Larry Young, pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Rodeo, will be interim superintendent of the Oakland diocese's school system until a national search for a permanent superintendent is complete.
Father Young, 75, first came to the Oakland Diocese to teach at Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward. He also served as dean of students and principal before being ordained as a priest in 1981. He has worked in the Oakland diocese ever since, including at Holy Spirit in Fremont and Good Shepherd in Pittsburg.
"Father Young's service as interim superintendent will allow us to move forward decisively with our vision to transform our schools as centers of faith and knowledge," Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, said in making the announcement.
The Diocese of Oakland serves about 18,000 students in nine high schools and 44 elementary and middle schools.
Monthly acts of charity
A man plays a guitar as Pope Francis visits the "Chicco" community, part of the L'Arche movement, in Ciampino, Italy, May 13. The visit was one of the pope's monthly acts of charity during the Holy Year of Mercy. The pope spent the afternoon with 18 people who have developmental disabilities.
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When Pope Francis accepted a proposal at the Vatican May 12 to form a commission to study the possibility of women serving as deacons today, it generated plenty of buzz. The pope's agreement on the idea — raised by members of the International Union of Superiors General, the leadership group for superiors of women's orders — was interpreted by some as a thumbs-up to women deacons and eventually women priests, which the Vatican spokesman was quick to rebut the next day. Pope Francis "did not say he intends to introduce a diaconal ordination for women," and he certainly did not speak about the ordination of women priests, said Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman.
In the 11th and 12th centuries, and in the 18th century, "Women have been truly ordained as deacons and can be so ordained again," said Phyllis Zagano, senior research associate in the religion department at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. But Bishop William F. Murphy of Rockville Centre, New York, questioned whether there is documentation showing women were actually ordained deacons in the early church.
Holy Spirit helps
The gift of the Holy Spirit gives Christians the grace they need to conduct themselves as children of God and brothers and sisters to each other, Pope Francis said on Pentecost. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus and the gift of the Holy Spirit, Christians are freed from "the condition of being orphans into which we had fallen" because of sin, the pope said May 15 during Pentecost Mass in St. Peter's Basilica.
Show boundless love
Christians, especially missionaries, have to love "without limits" if they are to witness God's greatest gift to humanity — his life and infinite love, Pope Francis said. The church's missionary mandate, in fact, is more urgent than ever "when we consider how many injustices, wars and humanitarian crises still need resolution," he said.
Expressions of mercy
True piety and evangelical pity are found together in those who are moved by the pain of others, take action to help them and, therefore, share God's mercy, Pope Francis said. "We are called to cultivate attitudes of pity in the face of many situations in life, shaking off the indifference that prevents us from recognizing the needs of our brothers and sisters and liberating ourselves from slavery to material well-being," the pope said May 14.
Pope on Armenia
Ecumenical relations, the memory of past suffering and prayers for a future of peace form the framework for Pope Francis' itinerary when he visits Armenia June 24-26. Following in the footsteps of St. John Paul II, who visited Armenia in 2001, Pope Francis will spend much of his time in the country as the guest of the majority Armenian Apostolic Church and will attend a divine liturgy celebrated by Catholicos Karekin II, the Orthodox patriarch, June 26.
Vatican bank report
Continuing its reform and efforts to promote financial transparency, the Vatican bank published its annual report for the 2015 fiscal year. The Institute for the Works of Religion, as the bank is formally known, released the report May 12. The bank's net profit for 2015 was 16.1 million euros ($18.3 million) compared to 2014 net profits of 69.3 million euros ($75.5 million at last year's exchange rate).
— Catholic News Service