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placeholder June 27, 2016   •   VOL. 54, NO. 12   •   Oakland, CA

June 28: Bishop's Advisory Council, Chancery.

June 29: CEO, Catholic Charities East Bay, Chancery.

      Director of Permanent Diaconate Formation, Chancery.

      Visit, St. Leo the Great Parish, Oakland.

June 30: Operational and Financial Improvement Executive Committee, Chancery.

      Malta Free Medical Clinic representatives, Chancery.

      Mass, dinner, Oakland Priests' Retreat, Villa Maria, Santa Cruz.

July 1: Visit, Prescott-Joseph Center, Oakland.

      Mass, Confirmation, St. Patrick Parish, West Oakland.

July 2: Mass, Confirmation, St. Joachim Parish, Hayward.

July 3: Mass, Confirmation, St. Margaret Mary Parish, Oakland

      Mass, Confirmation, St. Cornelius Parish, Richmond.

July 6: Vicar for Clergy, Chancery.

July 7: Archbishop of San Francisco, Archdiocesan Chancery, SF.

      FACE Auction Dinner, Oakland.

July 8-9: Bishops' discussion panel, Vigil Mass, Napa Institute, Napa.

July 10: Golden Jubilee Mass, reception, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, San Leandro.

      Meeting with Rector and Dean, Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University.

July 11-29: On Navy duty

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New appointments
Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, made these assignments effective July 1:

Rev. Tuan Anh Le, parochial vicar for Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Brentwood, to parochial vicar, St. Joan of Arc Parish, San Ramon.

Rev. Rafal Duda, from parochial vicar for the Catholic Community of Pleasanton to parochial vicar, St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Concord.

Rev. Derrick Oliveira, on leave of absence from St. Joan of Arc Parish, San Ramon.

Bishop Barber also confirmed the appointment of Rev. Alfonso Borgen, OFM Conv., as parochial vicar for the Cathedral Parish of Christ the Light, Oakland effective Aug 1.

San Damiano reception
Enjoy award-winning Bishop's Vineyard wines while browsing art and listening to Jazz at a wine and cheese reception from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. July 17 at San Damiano Retreat Center, 710 Highland Drive, Danville. Cost is $20 for those enjoying wine and $10 for others. Contact Kateri Kautai, 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or katerik@sandamiano.org.

Art Hall
The newest Art Hall exhibit, "Mercy: Quotations in Calligraphy," by Fourth Grade pupils at St. Cornelius School, Richmond, features quotations from the Letter of Pope Francis, "Misericordiae Vultus" ("The Face of Mercy"). Pupils in the calligraphy class with Sister Anne Maher, RSM, watched videos on Donald Jackson and the making of the St. John's Bible. This exhibit
Art Hall is a collaborative effort of The Cathedral Shop and the Cathedral Property Management (CBRE) to provide a venue for the art work of the children enrolled in programs in the the Diocese of Oakland. The Art Hall is located in the hallway circling the Cathedral Event Center on Level One, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland.
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A nun prays as Pope Francis leads the Angelus in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican June 19.
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Circus visit
A tiger reacts after being petted by Pope Francis during an audience with circus members in Paul VI hall at the Vatican June 16. Meeting with acrobats, clowns, carnival workers, street performers, musicians and magicians, Pope Francis thanked the artists for bringing beauty and joy to an often dark, sad world. "You cannot imagine what good you do, the good you sow," he said.
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Marriage is for life
ROME — Because most people today do not understand that sacramental marriage really is a bond that binds them to each other for life, many marriages today can be considered invalid, Pope Francis said. Raising a point he has raised before, and one also raised by now-retired Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Francis insisted June 16 that the validity of a marriage implies that a couple understands that sacramental marriage is a bond that truly binds them to another for their entire lives.

Help laypeople help
The Catholic Church needs laypeople who look to the future, take risks and aren't afraid to get their hands dirty, Pope Francis said. While laypeople must be "well-formed, animated by a straightforward and clear faith" and have lives truly touched by Christ's merciful love, they also need to be able to go out and play a major role in the life and mission of the church, he said. The pope met June 17 with members, consultors and employees and their family members of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, which held its last plenary assembly June 16-18.

God is at work
ROME — Like Moses before the burning bush, those talking about the real-life situations of families must take off their sandals because they are standing on holy ground, Pope Francis said. The pastoral care of families requires "a climate of respect capable of helping us listen to what God is saying," the pope said June 16, opening the Diocese of Rome's annual pastoral conference.

Spanish martyrs
Pope Francis advanced the sainthood cause of 115 men and women religious and laypeople martyred during the Spanish Civil War. During a meeting June 14 with Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes, the pope signed a decree recognizing the martyrdom of Father Jose Alvarez-Benavides de la Torre, dean of the Cathedral of Almeria, Spain, and 114 companions, killed between 1936 and 1939. While the decree opens a way for their beatification, a miracle would be required before canonization. The pope also recognized the heroic virtues of five men and two women religious, including: Archbishop Antonin Cyril Stojan, archbishop of Olomouc, Czech Republic, who died in 1923, and Spanish Father Vicente Garrido Pastor, founder of the Secular Institute of the Workers of the Cross.

Let go of resentment
Asking God for help in forgiving one's enemies is the best prayer anyone can say, Pope Francis said in a morning homily. "The ability to forgive is very important, to forget, forget offenses, that healthy habit" of knowing when to let things go and let it be up to the Lord in order to avoid "rancor, resentment and the desire for revenge," the pope said. Pope Francis talked about the Lord's Prayer in his homily during Mass June 16 in the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where he lives.

Love your enemies
Praying for one's enemies can heal hearts and lead Christians toward the path of perfection, Pope Francis said. "I can assure you that this prayer will do two things: It will make that person better because prayer is powerful, and it will make us more like children of the Father," he said June 14 during Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae.

Poverty a reality
ROME — The key to ending extreme poverty and hunger is to recognize that behind every statistic, there is the face of a person who is suffering, Pope Francis said. "Poverty has a face! It has the face of a child; it has the face of a family; it has the face of people, young and old. It has the face of widespread unemployment and lack of opportunity. It has the face of forced migrations, and of empty or destroyed homes," the pope said June 13 during a visit to the Rome headquarters of the U.N.'s World Food Program.

End child slavery
Pope Francis called on the world community to come together to eliminate the root causes that force millions of children into the world of slave labor. Marking the World Day Against Child Labor June 12, the pope called for a renewed and united "effort to remove the causes of this modern slavery."

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