April 3-4: Keynote speaker, Day of Recollection for the Presbyterate of the Diocese of Spokane, Washington
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April 6: Priest Personnel Board
3 p.m., priests gather at the Cathedral of Christ the Light for Holy Hour, talk by Mount Angel's Abbott, the Very Rev. Jeremy Driscoll, OSB, dinner
6:30 p.m., Chrism Mass, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland
April 7: Executive Finance Committee
7 p.m., Vocation discernment gathering, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland
April 9: 10 a.m., Palm Sunday Mass, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland
April 12: Easter Celebration dinner for the cathedral priests
April 13: 7 p.m., Mass of the Last Supper, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland
April 14: 12:10 p.m., commemoration of the Passion of the Lord, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland
April 15: 11 a.m., rehearsal with candidates for Baptism, Cathedral of Christ the Light
8 p.m. Easter Vigil, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland
April 16: 10 a.m., Easter Sunday Mass, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oaklande
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The Catholic Voice May 8 issue will recognize some of the diocese's hard-working men and women volunteers. If you have an unsung hero in your parish, send the man or woman's name and contact information, a high resolution photo of the person, and why you think he or she should be recognized, no later than April 26, to email@example.com, or via regular mail to The Catholic Voice, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland 94612.
Thinking of priesthood?
The Office of Vocations with the help of the Knights of Columbus, Christ the Light Council, will host a Priesthood Discernment gathering with Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, in the parish hall at The Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland, at 5:30 p.m. April 7. There is no cost, dinner is included. RSVP to Cielo Branco at 510-267-8356 or CBranco@oakdiocese.org.
Kelly Moore offer
Parishioners, families, employees and members of the Diocese of Oakland are being offered a discount on the purchase of paint manufactured by the Kelly Moore Paint Co., and a portion of the purchase will be gifted back to the diocesan Capital Campaign. This year the gift back to the diocese was $1,000. For more information, www.kellymoore.com.
All parishes and members of the diocese are invited to celebrate the annual Chrism Mass at 6:30 p.m. April 6 at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. This year's celebration begins with a musical prelude. Each parish is invited to have a non-clergy representative to accompany the oils that will be blessed by Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ. The Oil of the Catechumens, the Oil of the Sick and the Sacred Chrism are taken back to parishes for the celebration of the Sacraments. For information: firstname.lastname@example.org or www.oakdiocese.org/Chrism.
Pope Francis leads grace before eating lunch at San Vittore prison in Milan March 25, part of a one-day visit. He visited a housing development for the poor, met with confirmation candidates, met with clergy and religious and said Mass for the feast of the Annunciation.
Asking for forgiveness
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The confessional is a place where one can go to humbly seek forgiveness; it is not a dry cleaners where one goes to remove the occasional stain, Pope Francis said. While forgiveness is "God's great work of mercy," Christians can take for granted the power of the sacrament of reconciliation and confess while being "unable to be ashamed" of their sins, the pope said March 21 in his homily during morning Mass at Domus Sanctae Marthae.
More than flash mob
Young men and women can live a true experience of the church by joining together and reconnecting with the past, Pope Francis told Catholic young people. "The genuine experience of the church is not like a flash mob, where people agree to meet, do their thing and then go their separate ways," the pope said in his message for World Youth Day 2017. This year and next, World Youth Day will be celebrated on a local level — on Palm Sunday at the Vatican — and in 2019 it will be an international gathering in Panama.
Pope to visit Egypt
Accepting an invitation from Egypt's president and top religious leaders, Pope Francis will visit Cairo April 28-29. The two-day trip would be focused on Cairo, the capital city. It will be the pope's 18th trip abroad in his four years as pope and the seventh time he visits a Muslim-majority nation.
Don't threaten employment
Employers who make business deals that threaten people's livelihood commit a sin that robs men, women and their families of their dignity, Pope Francis said. "Whoever — because of economic maneuvering and business dealings that are not all clear — closes factories and businesses and takes work away from men and women commits a grave sin," the pope said March 15 before concluding his weekly general audience.
Mouth shut, ears open
People need to listen more if they want there to be peace in the world, Pope Francis said. Open "ears are missing, there's a lack of people who know how to listen," which is essential before there can be dialogue, he said during an audience March 11 with volunteers for a national help hotline, Telefono Amico Italia.
— Catholic News Service