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placeholder August 8, 2016   •   VOL. 54, NO. 14   •   Oakland, CA

Aug. 8-13: On duty with the Navy

Aug. 14: 10 a.m., Mass, 50th anniversary of St. Stephen Parish, Walnut Creek

Aug. 15: 10 a.m., celebration of solemn vows, Carmelite Monastery, Kensington

Aug. 20: 11 a.m., Mass for Hispanic catechists, St. Joachim Parish, Hayward

      2 p.m., dedication of the Mother Teresa Center, St. James the Apostle Parish, Fremont

Aug. 22: 12:10 p.m., Mass, celebration of the Solemnity of Mary Queen of the World, patroness of the Diocese of Oakland, Cathedral of Christ the Light

      1 p.m., Chancery employees appreciation luncheon

Sept. 3: Kickoff, V Encuentro de Pastoral Hispana, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland

Sept. 4: 9 a.m., Mass, 75th anniversary of St. Jerome Parish, El Cerrito

      5 p.m., Mass honoring the canonization of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, St. Mark Parish, Richmond.

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Clergy Appointments
Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, has made these appointments:

Rev. Kwame Assenyo as parochial vicar for the Catholic Community of Pleasanton.

Rev. Alexander Castillo, in addition to his current duties, will become Co-Director of Seminarians effective July 1.

Rev. David Mendoza-Vela, in addition to his current duties, will become Co-Director for the Promotion of Vocations effective July 1.

Seminarian Day
Most of the diocese's seminarians gathered for a day of interaction and instruction at St. Paschal Baylon Parish in Oakland. Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, told the men that with half the parishes celebrating Masses in Spanish, it was critical that all priests learn that language well while they are in the seminary. "Thank you all for giving your life to Christ," the bishop said, adding the people are appreciative too: "People are really glad when you show up." Seminarians joined in Mass and a lunch, and heard from a series of speakers over the day on subjects as the history of the diocese, canon law, finance and accounting, faith formation and evangelization and chancellor's office operations.
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Women deacon study
Phyllis Zagano, a senior research associate in the religion department at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., is one of six women appointed by Pope Francis to a 13-person "Commission to Study the Women's Diaconate." The commission will study the issue of women deacons, particularly their ministry in the early church. In addition to the 12 members named Aug. 2, the pope tapped Archbishop Luis Ladaria Ferrer, secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, to serve as president of the commission. The pope set up the commission at the request of the International Union of Superiors General, the organization for the leaders of women's religious orders around the world. Meeting the group in May, Pope Francis said that while his understanding was that the women described as deacons in the New Testament were not ordained as male deacons are today, "it would be useful for the church to clarify this question."

New saints
Pope Francis advanced the sainthood cause of a U.S. bishop, the late Auxiliary Bishop Alphonse Gallegos of Sacramento, who ministered to California farmworkers and the poor, and recognized the martyrdom of an Italian layman, who died en route to a Nazi death camp after refusing to recite allegiance to Adolf Hitler. The pope also recognized the martyrdom of seven Missionaries of the Sacred Heart who were killed during the Spanish Civil War and he recognized the miracle needed for the beatification of French Father Antoine-Rose Ormieres — founder of the Congregation of the Guardian Angel Sisters. Blessed Teresa of Calcutta (Kolkata) beatified Oct. 19, 2003, and who won the Novel Peace Prize in 1979, will become a saint Sept. 4.

Refugee crisis
A papal think tank is convening a summit to tackle the threat to global stability posed by today's refugee crisis. The Vatican summit will study ways to: end the war in Syria; establish humanitarian corridors worldwide, not just in Europe; not punish Great Britain for its disenchantment with current European Union mandates; help the "disaffected working class" through increased social spending; offer amnesty to victims of human trafficking; and foster development in low-income countries. The summit was scheduled for Dec. 9-10.

Slaves at sea
Catholic pastoral workers play a crucial role in coming to the aid of "sea slaves" — fishermen who are held in inhumane conditions on the high seas for what can be years, a U.S. Department of State official said. The church's longtime ministry with seafarers puts them in a unique position to be among the first to identify victims of trafficking and provide them needed services no one else may be offering, said Kari Johnstone, principal deputy director of the State Department's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.

Medical unit aids poor
A mobile medical unit donated by the Vatican tours Rome's peripheries, offering free health care to those in need. A local volunteer association of doctors, health care professionals and medical students use the white and blue-striped RV-style vehicle, which carries Vatican City license plates and the Holy See's coat of arms — two keys topped by a papal crown.

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