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placeholder January 23, 2017   •   VOL. 55, NO. 2   •   Oakland, CA

Jan. 23-27: On duty with the Navy

Jan. 28: Western Diocesan Attorneys Association

      Confirmation Mass (adult), Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland

      Meeting, provincial of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal

Jan. 30: Dinner with local clergy, St. Barnabas Parish, Alameda

Jan. 31: Mass, feast of St. John Bosco, Salesian College Preparatory, Richmond

      Leadership Team of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, Chancery, Oakland

      Bishop's Appeal training, kick-off, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland

Feb. 1: Ordination to the Deaconate: Friar Paul Le Duc Chahn, OFM Conv., St. Paul Parish, San Pablo

Feb. 2: Priest Personnel Board

      Interview with Shalom Catholic TV

      Audience with his Grace Bishop Fikremariam Hagos of Eritrea

Feb. 5-10: Retreat Master for the clergy of the Diocese of Arlington, Virginiae

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New assignments

Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, made these assignments:

Rev. Augusto Acob from hospitals' chaplain, Fremont, to temporary parochial vicar of Holy Spirit Parish, Fremont, effective Jan. 1 to June 30.

Rev. Neal Clemens from administrator, St. Paschal Baylon, to temporary parochial administrator of Queen of All Saints Parish, Concord, effective Jan. 1.

Rev. Brandon Macadaeg, parochial vicar, has been appointed temporary parochial administrator of Holy Spirit Parish, Fremont, effective Jan. 15-June 30.

Rev. Anthony Madanu, MF, has been appointed parochial vicar of St. Philip Neri and St. Albert the Great Parish, Alameda, effective Jan. 3.

Rev. Kuriakose Nadooparambil, MF, has been appointed as regional/deanery hospital chaplain, serving Washington Hospital and Kaiser Permanente Hospital, both in Fremont, effective Jan. 1.

At Alameda County's Santa Rita Jail and Glenn Dyer Detention Facility, Rev. Alberto Perez, parochial vicar at St. Anthony Parish, and Rev. Luke Ssemakula, parochial vicar at St. John Vianney Parish, have been appointed part-time chaplains effective Jan. 1.

Rev. Mathew Vellankal has been approved to take a sabbatical leave Jan. 15-June 30.

Day of the Sick

The annual World Day of the Sick Mass will be 11 a.m. Feb. 11 at The Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. Those who are sick or ill and their families, caregivers and health care providers are invited to observe this day with the religious and lay people from the Diocese of Oakland.

World Day of the Sick events in Oakland will include Mass, Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, blessing of caregivers and health care providers, distribution of holy water from Lourdes, France, and a reception.

World Day of the Sick, initiated by Pope St. John Paul II and held annually worldwide near the feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes, is a ministry of the Diocese of Oakland.

No RSVP is necessary. There is handicapped drop-off in front of the cathedral on Harrison, and parking in the Kaiser Garage, turn right from Harrison onto 21st Street.

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Pope baptizes babies born in central Italy
Pope Francis celebrates the baptism of 13 babies from earthquake zones in Italy in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae at the Vatican Jan. 14.

Meet and greet
Pope Francis greets the crowd outside the church after celebrating Mass at the parish of St. Mary in the Setteville neighborhood of Rome Jan. 15.

Vatican McDonalds
A worker walks outside the newly opened McDonald's near the Vatican Jan. 12. The McDonalds will collaborate with Italian aid organization, "Medicinia Solidale," and the papal almoner's office to help feed the poor and homeless around the Vatican. Volunteers from the charitable organization are distributing a specially prepared menu for the poor; it includes a double cheeseburger, fresh apple slices and a bottle of water. Lucia Ercoli, director of "Medicina Solidale," said that the organization plans to distribute 100 meals a week for 10 consecutive Mondays.

New rules in Malta

Under certain circumstances and after long prayer and a profound examination of conscience, some divorced and civilly remarried Catholics may return to the sacraments, said the bishops of Malta. With "an informed and enlightened conscience," a separated or divorced person living in a new relationship who is able "to acknowledge and believe that he or she is at peace with God," the bishops said, "cannot be precluded from participating in the sacraments of reconciliation and the Eucharist."

Take a risk

Following Jesus and entering into a relationship with him comes with risks, including the risk of looking foolish sometimes, Pope Francis said. The Gospels are full of stories about people who took a risk to follow Jesus and those who, filled with bitterness or concerned with their own pride and status, simply sat by the wayside watching Jesus pass, the pope said Jan. 13 during his early morning Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae.

Commission questioned

The leadership of the Order of Malta denied the legality of a Vatican investigation into the forced resignation of the group's former grand chancellor, but the commission established by Pope Francis said it "is completely legitimate and authorized" to investigate the matter and inform the pope. According to one of the legal notes prepared for the commission, the pope's right to be informed of the circumstances surrounding the removal of Albrecht Freiherr von Boeselager relates "to the authority he exercises directly and immediately over all baptized faithful, whether lay or clerical. This is not about interfering in the internal affairs of the order because the purpose of the commission, as is evident, is to give an account to the Holy Father on the procedures (used to remove von Boeselager) and nothing else," said the note, which was dated Jan. 11.

Synod needs youth

Pope Francis asked young people to tell him, their bishops and pastors about their hopes and struggles and even their criticisms. In preparation for a meeting of the Synod of Bishops focused on youth, the pope wrote a letter to young people, saying the church wants "to listen to your voice, your sensitivities and your faith, even your doubts and your criticism. Make your voice heard," the pope told young people. "Let it resonate in communities and let it be heard by your shepherds of souls."

Italy leads saint causes

The overwhelming majority of sainthood causes the past decade have originated in Italy, said the head of the Vatican office responsible for investigating the causes. Of the 351 dossiers documenting the holiness of candidates for sainthood received by the Congregation for Saints' Causes between 2006-2016, nearly 40 percent of them — 139 causes — were from Italy, said Cardinal Angelo Amato, the congregation's prefect.

— Catholic News Service

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