June 13-17: Spring Assembly, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Huntington Beach
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June 19: 12:30 p.m., Mass, Confirmation, St. John the Baptist, El Cerrito
5 p.m., Mass, Confirmation, Our Lady Queen of the World, Bay Point
June 20: Jubilee celebration of Bishop Stephen Blaire, Stockton
June 21: Priests Study Day, Transfiguration Parish, Castro Valley
June 23: College of Consultors
June 24: 2 p.m., Mass, installation of the Knights and Dames of the Order of Malta, Cathedral Basilica of San Joseph, San Jose
7 p.m., Mass, Confirmation, St. Clement, Hayward
June 25: 11 a.m., Mass, Confirmation, St. Callistus, El Sobrante
5 p.m., Mass, Confirmation, St. Anthony-Mary Help of Christians, Oakland
June 26: 11:30 a.m., Mass, Confirmation, St. John the Baptist, San Lorenzo
6 p.m., Mass, Confirmation, Corpus Christi, Fremonte
Gregory L. Toler
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Gregory L. Toler, former human resources manager at the San Francisco Federal Credit Union and City Park, San Francisco Parking Inc., has been hired as the director of Human Resources for the Diocese of Oakland.
Toler graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in social sciences from the University of California at Berkeley and with a master of arts degree in sports management from the University of San Francisco. He and his wife, Delana, and daughter, Dylan, live in Oakland. In addition to being an avid sports fan, he has officiated at the Division 1-AA, Division II, Division III and Junior College football levels.
Jubilee of Priests
Pope Francis greets priests after celebrating a Mass for the Jubilee of Priests in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican June 3. The Mass was an event of the Holy Year of Mercy. Mercy recognizes that life is short and that so much good needs to be done that there is no time to waste in making amends, Pope Francis told the priests. "That is why it is so important to forgive completely" and let go of paralyzing self-pity so mercy can get "its hands dirty" and make reparation for the wrongs committed, he said.
Pope in Sweden
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Pope Francis will attend two ecumenical events and celebrate Mass with Catholics when he visits Sweden Oct. 31, according to organizers. The pope's attendance at an ecumenical commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation in Lund, Sweden, will include a prayer service in Lund Cathedral and a public event at Malmo Arena, said a joint press release June 1 from the Lutheran World Federation and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.
While the prayer of a proud person isn't strong enough to reach God's heart, the prayer of a humble and contrite heart is capable of opening wide the door to his mercy and love, Pope Francis said. "God has one weakness: He has a weakness for the humble ones. In front of a humble heart, God opens his heart fully," the pope said June 1 during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square.
Help wipe out bullying and aggression by being better listeners and offering concrete gestures of tolerance and patience, Pope Francis told a group of top YouTubers from around the world. "The level of aggressiveness in our world needs to be dialed down. (The world) needs tenderness, meekness, (people) listening and walking together," he told participants in a world congress sponsored by Scholas Occurrentes.
Cardinal dies at 100
The former secretary to a saint and the oldest member of the College of Cardinals died May 26 at the age of 100. Italian Cardinal Loris Capovilla, who served St. John XXIII before and after he became pope, died in Bergamo, near Milan. Cardinal Capovilla was born in Pontelongo, Italy, on Oct. 14, 1915, and ordained to the priesthood in 1940. A journalist before starting to work for the future saint, he was an energetic and eloquent storyteller, drawing on his remarkable and vividly detailed memory.
Share faith with others
ROME — A Corpus Christi procession should honor Christ's gift of himself in the Eucharist, but also should be a pledge to share bread and faith with the people of the cities and towns where the processions take place, Pope Francis said. Just as the "breaking of the bread" became the icon of the early Christian community, giving of oneself in order to nourish others spiritually and physically should be a sign of Christians today, the pope said May 26, the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ.
Two members of the Vatican bank's board of supervisors handed in their resignation over a difference in opinion concerning the bank's management. Carlo Salvatori and Clemens Borsig decided to step down from the Vatican bank, known formally as the Institute for the Works of Religion, "in light of legitimate reflections and opinions concerning the management of an institute whose nature and purpose" are "so particular," the Vatican said in a written communique May 25.
— Catholic News Service