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placeholder November 21, 2016   •   VOL. 54, NO. 20   •   Oakland, CA

Nov. 21: St. Patrick's Seminary board meeting, Menlo Park

Nov. 23: Priests' Personnel Board, Chancery, Oakland

Nov. 24: 10 a.m., Thanksgiving Day Mass, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland

Nov. 26: Memorial Mass for the Deacon Community, St. Stephen Parish, Walnut Creek

Nov. 27: 100th Anniversary Jubilee Mass, Ss. Lawrence O'Toole and Cyril Parish, Oakland

Dec. 3: Pilgrimage in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Oakland

Dec. 4: On duty with the Navy

Dec. 5: Reconciliation service for the inmates, Santa Rita Jail, Dublin

Dec. 6: Priest Study Day on "Amoris Laetitia"

Dec. 8: Day of Recollection, San Francisco Chancery

Dec. 9: 9:30 a.m., CRS Rice Bowl Grant Awards Breakfast, Christ the King, Pleasant Hill

      7 p.m. Mass, Simbang Gabi kick off celebration, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland

Dec. 10: 5:30 p.m., Regina Mundi, Mass and reception, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland

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Saluting friendship and cross-cultural respect
Father Robert Carleton, MM, treasurer, U.S. Catholic China Bureau, Bishop John S. Cummins, Bishop Ignatius Wang, Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, Father Robert E. Carbonneau, CP, executive director, U.S. Catholic China Bureau, are pictured Nov. 3, at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center, where the U.S. Catholic China Bureau presented the Matteo Ricci Award to Bishop Emeritus Cummins of the Diocese of Oakland and Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Wang of the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Participants from both dioceses included more than 200 people from the Chinese Catholic communities as well as other individuals and organizations. The Chinese banquet provided all to celebrate the enduring legacy of the 16th- century Jesuit missionary to China Matteo Ricci. His legacy of friendship and cross-cultural respect is manifest in the life and ministry of both bishops. The Berkeley-based U.S. Catholic China Bureau is a national office that educates the Catholic public and fosters participatory relationships that sustain the growth of the Catholic Church in China. For more information: www.uscatholichina.org

Holy Days

The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Dec. 8, is a Holy Day of Obligation, according to the Liturgical Calendar for the United States and following the particular norms from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The Nativity of the Lord, Dec. 25 (Christmas), and the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God, Jan. 1, both fall on a Sunday. All Catholics are obliged to attend Mass on these three days.

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 hmedina@oakdiocese.org, and www.Oakdiocese.org/peregrinacion.

End of the Jubilee Year

The Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy ended with Mass Nov. 20 at the Cathedral of Christ the Light. There will be a full report in the Dec. 12 issue of The Catholic Voice. Almost 6,000 pilgrims — 1,000 of them children — have walked through the door during the past 11 months. Diocesanwide events included 24 Hours for the Lord in March, and the Sept. 6 Mercy: The Heart of Peace, an interfaith meeting of prayer for peace that drew 600 people. For more information, www.jubileeofmercy-eb.org.

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Holiday concerts

Upcoming concerts at The Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland, include:

A Chanticleer Christmas, 8:15 p.m. Dec. 10; San Francisco Boys Chorus' "A Holiday Celebration," 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17; and Advent Lessons & Carols on Dec. 18. For more information: www.ctlcathedral.org.

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Moral obligation

The vulnerability of the poor and of future generations to the impact of climate change creates a "serious ethical and moral responsibility to act without delay and as free as possible from political and economic pressure" to slow climate change and protect the environment, Pope Francis said. In a written message to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change conference in Marrakech, Morocco, Pope Francis praised the 100 countries that formally joined the Paris climate agreement adopted last year, but emphasized that implementing the agreement must involve multidisciplinary cooperation and special measures of solidarity with the poor.

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