Oct. 24: San Francisco Province Bishops.
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Oct. 25: 5:30 p.m., Red Mass for the legal community, Sts. Peter and Paul Church, San Francisco
Oct. 26: Pastoral program for new pastors, Christ the King Parish, Pleasant Hill
Oct. 27: Deans of the diocese, chancery, Oakland
5 p.m. FACE recognition Mass and dinner, Oakland
Oct. 29: 10 a.m., Mass for health care professionals, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland
Oct. 30: 10:30 a.m., Mass, 100th anniversary of St. Anne, Byron
Nov. 1: 9:45 a.m., Mass, school celebration of All Saints, St. Joseph Notre Dame High School, Alameda
Nov. 2: 7 p.m., Solemn Mass in commemoration of the faithful departed, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland
Nov. 3: 11 a.m., Catholic Television Network board, Menlo Park
5:30 p.m., Matteo Ricci award dinner, Asian Cultural Center, Oakland
Nov. 5: 2 p.m., Mass, Confirmation, St. Jarlath Parish, Oakland
Nov. 6-11: Retreat master at Monastery of Christ in the Desert, New Mexicoe
All Souls Day Mass
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In remembrance of the faithful departed, Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, will celebrate Mass at 7 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland.
All those who have lost a family member or friend during the past year are especially invited to attend this Commemoration Mass.
The Cathedral Choir, under the direction of Rudy de Vos, will sing the Requiem composed by Gabriel Fauré in the late 1880s. There will be some adaptions made in Fauré's work, which follows the setting of the Tridentine Mass, which was the Mass of its time.
Bishop Barber will celebrate the Novus Ordo in Latin. A worship aid will be available, in English and Latin. The readings will be in English.
There is a long tradition of the Mass to commemorate the faithful departed, said Father Alexander Castillo, episcopal master of ceremonies. The rite remains "very dear in the hearts of the Catholic faith."
The All Souls Mass offers the opportunity to pray for the deceased, Father Castillo said, "entrusting them to the mercy of God." Its celebration shows, he said, "how special a place our deceased brothers and sisters still have in our church, our hearts and our faith."
The Mass itself will be longer, about 90 minutes, and will include music that is not usually heard in churches around the diocese, Father Castillo said.
More information: Ctlcathedral.org.
Annual SPRED Mass
Support the Diocese of Oakland's Special Religious Education Department (SPRED) through prayer and fellowship at its annual diocesan Mass at 11 a.m. Oct. 30 at St. John Vianney Parish, 1650 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek. Celebrate with the parish and SPRED communities. Hospitality will follow after Mass. Information, SpredOakDiocese.org or 510-635-7252.
Pope canonizes seven saints
Pope Francis passes a woman and child wearing shirts with an image of new Argentine St. Jose Gabriel del Rosario Brochero, known as the "gaucho priest," during the canonization Mass for seven new saints in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Oct. 16. The seven new saints of the church were holy not because of their own efforts but because of "the Lord who triumphs in them and with them," Pope Francis said. Each one "struggled to the very end with all their strength," which they received through perseverance and prayer, the pope said.
17 new cardinals
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Pope Francis will conclude the Year of Mercy by creating 17 new cardinals, including three from the United States: Archbishop Blase J. Cupich of Chicago; Bishop Kevin J. Farrell, prefect of the new Vatican office for laity, family and life; and Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin of Indianapolis. Announcing the names of the new cardinals Oct. 9, Pope Francis said, "Their coming from 11 nations expresses the universality of the church that proclaims and witnesses the good news of God's mercy in every corner of the earth."
As a sign of his closeness and concern, Pope Francis sent aid money to hurricane-stricken Haiti. An initial donation of $100,000 was sent through the Pontifical Council Cor Unum to be distributed through the hardest-hit dioceses to assist flood victims, the council said in a communique Oct. 14. The first round of funding was meant to be a "concrete expression of Pope Francis' feelings of spiritual closeness and fatherly support for the people and places" that have been affected, it said.
Particularly as climate change threatens food production, people need to rediscover the benefits of living simply and with respect for the earth and stop looking at food primarily as an economic commodity to exploit, Pope Francis said. In his message for World Food Day, an observance Oct. 14 promoted by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, the pope said, "From the wisdom of rural communities we can learn a style of life that can help defend us from the logic of consumerism and production at any cost."
'Leaven of hypocrisy'
Be trustworthy, transparent and truthful, not a "spiritual schizophrenic" who says one thing and does something else, Pope Francis said. "A hypocrite is a phony: He seems nice, courteous, but he has a dagger behind him," the pope said Oct. 14 in his homily during Mass at Domus Sanctae Marthae. The pope focused on the day's Gospel reading from St. Luke (12:1-7) in which Jesus warns his disciples about "the leaven — that is, the hypocrisy — of the Pharisees."
'Hypocrites' reject refugees
Meeting a pilgrimage of Catholics and Lutherans from Germany, Pope Francis said he does not like "the contradiction of those who want to defend Christianity in the West, and, on the other hand, are against refugees and other religions. This is not something I've read in books, but I see in the newspapers and on television every day," Pope Francis said. Answering questions from young people in the group Oct. 13, the pope said, "the sickness or, you can say the sin, that Jesus condemns most is hypocrisy," which is precisely what is happening when someone claims to be a Christian but does not live according to the teaching of Christ.
— Catholic News Service