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placeholder September 19, 2016   •   VOL. 54, NO. 16   •   Oakland, CA

Sept. 19-24: On duty with the Navy

Sept. 27: Lecture, Theology and Spirituality of the Priesthood class, Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley

Sept. 28: Diocesan Youth Ministry and Department of Religious Education kickoff meeting

Sept. 30: 12:10 p.m., Cathedral volunteers Mass and luncheon, Cathedral of Christ the Light

Oct. 1: 10 a.m., blessing of new cemetery facilities, Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Lafayette

      4:30 p.m., Builder's club fundraising BBQ, Alamo

Oct. 2: 10 a.m., Mass, wedding anniversary celebration for couples of the diocese, Cathedral of Christ the Light

Oct. 2-7: Priest Convocation, Asilomar Conference Center, Pacific Grove

Oct. 8: 9 a.m., Chautauqua celebration, St. Lawrence O'Toole-St. Cyril, Oakland

Oct. 9: 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. (Spanish) Mass in honor of St. Louis Bertrand, St. Louis Bertrand Parish, Oakland

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Voice collection Oct. 2

Parishes will be accepting donations for the annual collection to support the publication of The Catholic Voice, El Heraldo Católico, the annual Diocesan Directory and affiliated websites.

Collection envelopes are usually distributed in October. The official weekend for this second collection was set by the diocese as Oct. 1-2, though individual parishes can change the date.

The money donated in each collection remains in each parish to offset the parish's support for The Voice and affiliated operations. Make the checks payable to your parish.

The Voice publishes 21 issues a year and is delivered to 90,000 Catholic households — about half of all Catholic households — in the Oakland diocese. El Heraldo Católico is available monthly at all parishes where Mass is said in Spanish.

Every registered Catholic household is entitled to receive The Voice as part of belonging to a parish. It is the bishop's primary method of communicating with the people, and the primary method people of the diocese know about each other and their Catholic faith. The newspaper is also available online at www.catholicvoiceoakland.org as is an online subscription.

If you are not receiving The Catholic Voice and would like to, please contact your parish or The Voice at 510-893-5339 or via email at circulation@oakvoice.org.

St. Jerome 75th

St. Jerome Parish at 308 Carmel Ave., El Cerrito, is celebrating its 75th Jubilee. There is a jubilee Mass at 11 a.m. Sept. 25, with a dinner at the Galileo Club in Richmond later Sunday. Information: 510-525-0876 or stjeromeec.org.

Help the Malta Clinic

The 8th annual Silver Chalice Awards Dinner benefitting the Order of Malta Clinic of Northern California, at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland, is scheduled for 6 p.m. Oct. 11 at the St. Francis Yacht Club, 99 Yacht Road, San Francisco. This year's champion and recipient of the Silver Chalice Award is Dr. Robert Stein, KM. Stein is a founding organizer of the Order of Malta Clinic of Northern California and longtime member of the Clinic Board's medical committee. For details and ticket information visit OrderofMaltaClinic.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.

Wedding anniversaries

The biannual Anniversary Mass for those married 25 years or more is at 10 a.m. Oct. 2 at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. Registered anniversary couples will receive a commemorative certificate and a reception with Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, and your (registered) family members. There is a $20 registration fee per couple and $10 for registered adult family members (12+ years). Parking will be available in the Kaiser parking lot across the street from the cathedral center. Details and online registration: oakdiocese.org/anniversary.

White Mass

People who provide physical and mental health care are invited to a White Mass, a Mass of Thanksgiving for their services celebrated by Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, at the Cathedral of Christ the Light at 10 a.m. Oct. 29. The White Mass takes its name from the white lab coats worn by many doctors and other health care professionals. The name comes from white coats, but as the priest who is organizing the event said, health care today requires "a multidisciplinary team." Rev. Stephan Kappler, pastor of St. Jarlath Parish in Oakland, and a psychologist at Kairos Psychology Group in Oakland, said, he hopes the participants will make connections with each other at a reception after the Mass. People in the diocese are welcome to invite their health care providers to the Mass. Those seeking additional information on the Mass, or wishing to assist with it, may contact Father Kappler at 510-986-0386 or skappler@kairospsychologygroup.com.

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Celebrating Holy Year
Side by side in their formal dress uniforms, the commanders of the Swiss Guard and the Vatican police led their men and Vatican firefighters through St. Peter's Square and across the threshold of the jubilee's Holy Door. Swiss Guard Col. Christoph Graf and police chief Domenico Giani took turns carrying the Year of Mercy cross as they approached the basilica Sept. 8, and both spoke briefly during a prayer service attended by almost all of their men.
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Upcoming events

The last three months of the Year of Mercy include jubilee celebrations for the imprisoned and for homeless people. Releasing a schedule of liturgical celebrations over which Pope Francis will preside, the Vatican included Holy Year Masses for prisoners Nov. 6 and for the homeless Nov. 13. The schedule, released at the Vatican Sept. 6, also mentions his planned trips to Georgia and Azerbaijan Sept. 30-Oct. 2, and to Sweden Oct. 31-Nov. 1 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The pope also will preside over Mass with canonizations in St. Peter's Square Oct. 16, World Mission Sunday. The pope will declare six men and one woman saints, including the Argentine "gaucho priest," Blessed Jose Gabriel del Rosario Brochero, and Blessed Jose Sanchez del Rio, a 14-year-old Mexican boy martyred for refusing to renounce his faith during the Cristero War of the 1920s.

Evangelize with mercy

Do not treat evangelization as a simple mechanical task or a reason to brag, Pope Francis said. People who boast about preaching the word of God, he said, "reduce the Gospel to a mere task or a badge of honor: 'I go and evangelize, and I brought lots of people into the church.' To proselytize, that too is a source of pride. To evangelize is not to proselytize. That is, it is not a walk in the park either," the pope said Sept. 9 during morning Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae.

Build unity

The devil's favorite weapon for destroying the church is creating division, Pope Francis told new bishops. Be very careful to make sure that everything meant for promoting pastoral activities and evangelization "does not get damaged or undermined by divisions that are already present or may be created," he said Sept. 9.

Intense prayer

As he prays in his house in the Vatican Gardens and, especially, as he ages, retired Pope Benedict XVI said he finds many Scripture passages "more challenging in their greatness and gravity." Retirement has given the 89-year-old Pope Benedict what he describes as the gift of silence to enter more deeply into prayer, especially with the Psalms and the writings of early church theologians, but the inevitable approach of death also makes his failings and God's judgment a more pressing concern, he said.

Protect creation

Religions can play an important role in protecting the environment and defending human rights in their countries, their communities and their schools, Pope Francis said. "I believe we are still at a nursery-school level in this. That is, in incorporating responsibility not only as a subject, but as (a matter of) conscience as part of holistic education," the pope said Sept. 8 during an audience with participants of a Latin American conference on the care for creation.

— Catholic News Service

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