Nov. 6-11: Retreat master, Monastery of Christ in the Desert, New Mexico
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Nov. 12-17: USCCB General Meeting, Baltimore, Maryland
Nov. 20: 10 a.m., Solemn Mass on the Conclusion of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy and closing of the Holy Door, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland
Jesuit deacons ordained
Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, ordained 14 deacons for the Society of Jesus at the Cathedral of Christ the Light on Oct. 22. One of the men, Ryan J. Rallanka, is assigned to the California-Oregon Province. For Jesuits in formation, ordination to the diaconate is the final step in preparation for priestly ordination. For the next nine months, the new deacons will gain pastoral experience before being ordained to the priesthood.
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Bishop Michael Barber has made the following appointments:
Rev. Richard Mangini, pastor at St. Bonaventure Parish, Concord, will retire effective June 30, 2017.
Rev. Mathew Vellankal, pastor at Holy Spirit Parish, Fremont, has been appointed pastor, St. Bonaventure Parish, effective July 1, 2017.
Rev. Kenneth Sales, parochial administrator at St. Anthony Parish, Oakley, has been appointed pastor of Holy Spirit Parish, effective July 1, 2017.
Rev. Rafael Hinojosa, parochial vicar at St. Michael Parish, Livermore, has been appointed parochial administrator of St. Anthony Parish, effective July 1, 2017.
The annual celebration to honor Vietnamese martyrs will begin with a procession at 2:45 p.m. Nov. 13 at St. Felicitas Parish, 1662 Manor Blvd, San Leandro. Very Rev. George Mockel, vicar general, will preside at the Mass, Bishop Emeritus John Cummins will concelebrate. The Vietnamese community will celebrate with food and entertainment afterward. Information: Sister Rosaline Nguyen, LCI, 510-628-2153 or email@example.com.
Our Lady of Guadalupe
The Office of Latino Ministry invites everyone to participate in the annual diocesan pilgrimage in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe. A procession will begin at St. Louis Bertrand Parish, 1410 100th Ave., Oakland, at 9 a.m. Dec. 3 and proceed to the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. Information: Hector Medina, 510-496-7224 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and www.Oakdiocese.org/peregrinacion.
— Staff reports
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Bishops to meet
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WASHINGTON — The U.S. bishops will discuss ways to promote peace in U.S. communities torn apart by violence, vote on ways to implement priority areas for their conference approved last year and elect new leaders during their Nov. 14-16 fall general assembly in Baltimore. The discussion about restoring peace in the nation will stem from a report to be presented to the bishops from a task force formed this past summer after shootings by police and of police took place in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Minneapolis and Dallas. The task force is chaired by Atlanta Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory, who told reporters in September that the U.S. bishops are in beginning stages of developing a pastoral letter that will examine racism in society and the church and will encourage dialogue on the issue as well as describe steps Catholics can take to bring about healing and reconciliation.
A newly restored 14th-century wooden crucified Christ "has been resurrected" from obscurity — once caked over with dark paint and left forgotten behind an elevator shaft, said Cardinal Angelo Comastri, archpriest of St. Peter's Basilica on Oct. 28. The oldest crucifix in the basilica's possession, it was made by an unknown sculptor of "exceptional artistic talent" and technical skill sometime in the early 1300s, and hung in the original fourth-century basilica of St. Peter, built by the Emperor Constantine. The restoration was funded by the Knights of Columbus.
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An unrelenting, coordinated commitment is needed to prevent people from falling prey to traffickers and to help victims caught in their snares, Pope Francis told representatives of law enforcement agencies and church leaders. The growing number of people being trafficked and exploited are "the most vulnerable" people in society; they are stripped of their dignity, physical and mental integrity and sometimes even their life, the pope said Oct. 27 during an audience with the Santa Marta Group.
Be close to families
The "indissoluble bond" of the Catholic Church with its members, including those struggling to live up to church teaching on family life, "is the most transparent sign of the faithful and merciful love of God," Pope Francis said. While many people today struggle to live the Christian ideal of marriage and family life, the chief task of the church's theologians and pastoral ministers is not to point to failures, but to draw close to people "so that grace can ransom them, reanimate them and heal them," the pope told staff, faculty and students of the Rome-based Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family.
God weeps for us
God became man in order to weep for his lost children who, through the idolatry of money, have left countless innocents dead because of war and arms trafficking, Pope Francis said. Like the father of the prodigal son, who would watch waiting and hoping for his son's return, Jesus reflects "the tenderness of God" who looks at his people and weeps, the pope said Oct. 27 during his morning Mass at Domus Sanctae Marthae.
— Catholic News Service