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placeholder June 26, 2017   •   VOL. 55, NO. 12   •   Oakland, CA

June 26-July 5: International Conference on Jewish-Catholic Relations. Pontifical Biblical Institute, Jerusalem.

July 5-26: On duty with the Navy

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Priests meet
Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, and the Presbyterate of the Diocese of Oakland gathered at Santa Maria Parish, Orinda, on June 9 for a meeting and an annual picnic to celebrate the priests' anniversaries of ordination.

New assignments

Rev. Fabio Correa Correa, parochial vicar at Queen of All Saints Parish, Concord, was incardinated as a priest of the Diocese of Oakland on June 9.

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

Rev. Larry Young, pastor of St. Patrick Parish, Rodeo, will also assume the duties of Vicar for Priests and Director of Clergy Services, replacing Rev. Paul Schmidt, retired, effective July 1.

Rev. Enrique Ballesteros, returning to the Diocese of Oakland from being on loan to the Diocese of Stockton, temporary parochial vicar, between June 1 and Aug. 31, at St. Louis Bertrand Parish, Oakland , then to parochial vicar, St. Leander Parish, San Leandro, effective Sept. 1.

Rev. Filiberto Barrera, parochial vicar at St. Leander Parish to parochial vicar, Catholic Community of Pleasanton, Pleasanton, effective Sept. 1.

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Cathedral Center construction update

To Parishes and Friends of the Diocese of Oakland,

This communication is an update regarding the investigation of the design and constructions issues of the Diocesan Cathedral Center. As I reported last fall, the Catholic Cathedral Corp. of the East Bay Board of Directors approved a plan recommended by our expert consultants for additional testing and inspection of Cathedral Center buildings. Completed in December of 2016, the testing was undertaken as part of our ongoing legal action to ensure that the responsible parties pay for the necessary corrective work.

The testing uncovered underlying conditions in the buildings that help explain why we are experiencing water intrusion, sagging of building floors and issues with doors and cracking drywall. This testing was also witnessed by representatives of the original contractors and sub-contractors, the project architects and the structural engineer, all of whom were able to inspect the same conditions.

The testing and investigation work was at times noisy and inconvenient, and we appreciate the patience of our parishioners, rectory residents and employees who experienced its effects. We were pleased with the professionalism of our consultants and contractor and their efforts to minimize the inconvenience of the testing as much as possible. We also appreciate the work of our contactor to restore the appearance of our buildings after completion of the testing.

After compiling and analyzing the results of the testing and other available information, our consultants prepared and submitted an updated list of defects in March to the court-appointed special master in our case and to the parties named in our claim. At the request of the special master, our experts and the other parties are preparing additional information to be submitted later this year.

The court-appointed special master is overseeing the development and exchange of information between the parties as previously mentioned. He has developed an information exchange schedule and has tentatively scheduled a mediation to occur among the parties in late 2017 or early 2018, after the necessary information has been gathered. Since this is a complex case, it is not possible to predict the timeline or outcome of the mediation. The special master is making sure the case moves along as quickly as possible without sacrificing our rights or the rights of the defendants.

We know this case is taking substantial time to develop, but construction cases generally take more time than other cases because of the extensive testing and evaluation processes that must happen and because a large number of companies were involved in the design and construction process.

The B1 level of the parking garage will remain closed for the foreseeable future to limit further deflection of the floor slab and future repair costs. Employee and Event Center parking has been relocated to the adjacent Kaiser Center parking garage. Parking for rectory residents, visitors and Mass participants continues on the B2 level because it rests directly on the building foundation and is therefore not affected by floor slab deflection.

Thank you for your patience and support as we work to address these issues.

Sincerely Yours in Christ,

Very Rev. George Mockel, vicar general
President of the Catholic Cathedral Corporation of the East Bay

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Blessings of adulthood
Instead of "pretending to be adolescents," parents must help young people see the blessing of growing into adulthood, Pope Francis told priests, religious, catechists and parish council members from the Diocese of Rome. The belief that youthfulness is a model of success "is one of the most dangerous 'unwitting' menaces in the education of our adolescents" that hinders their personal growth because "adults have taken their place," the pope said June 19, opening the Rome Diocese's annual convention.

Chile, Peru visit
Pope Francis will travel to Colombia in September and, the Vatican announced, he will return to South America in January for a visit to Chile and Peru. The pope will be in Chile Jan. 15-18, visiting the cities of Santiago, Temuco and Iquique. He then will fly to Peru and from Jan. 18-21, he will visit Lima, Puerto Maldonado and Trujillo. The Vatican had announced in March that the pope would make a pastoral trip to Colombia Sept. 6-11.

Fight corruption
Christians and non-Christians must join the fight against corruption, which tears apart the bonds that unite humanity, Pope Francis said. Corruption "reveals such strong anti-social conduct" that it "dissolves the pillars upon which society is founded: coexistence among people and the vocation to develop it," the pope wrote in the preface to a new book.

Catholic News Service

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