Sept. 5: 6 p.m., Mass, celebration of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, St. Mark Parish, Richmond
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Sept. 6: Noon, retired priests' lunch, St. Isidore Parish, Danville
Sept. 7: 9 a.m., Catholic Charities of the East Bay appreciation breakfast, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland
10:30 a.m., Priest Personnel Board, Chancery, Oakland
Sept. 8: 7:45 a.m., Mass and visitation, the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Carmel of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, Kensington
Sept. 9: 5 p.m., seminarian gala celebration, St. Patrick's Seminary, Menlo Park
Sept. 10-13: U.S. bishops' committee meetings, Washington D.C.
Sept. 15: 9:30 a.m., Mass with students and faculty, Moreau Catholic High School, Hayward
Sept. 17: 4 p.m., Mass, dinner, Italian Catholic Federation Bishop's Day, St. Cornelius Parish, Richmond
Voice collection coming up
The annual collection to support the publication of The Catholic Voice, El Heraldo Católico, the annual Diocesan Directory and affiliated websites will take place in most parishes Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, and in other parishes later in October.
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The money donated in this collection remains in each parish to offset the parish's assessment for The Voice and affiliated operations. Make the checks payable to your parish. Parish support, advertising revenue and other business income support these communication ministries of the diocese.
The Voice has 21 issues a year and is delivered to 90,000 Catholic households in the Oakland diocese — about half of all East Bay Catholics. El Heraldo Católico is available monthly at all parishes where Mass is said in Spanish and select retail outlets.
Every registered Catholic household is entitled to receive The Voice as part of belonging to a parish. Both newspapers are available online at catholicvoiceoakland.org and elheraldocatolico.org. An online subscription to The Voice is also an option, as are paid gift subscriptions to unregistered Catholics at $30 a year.
If you are not receiving The Catholic Voice and would like to, please contact your parish or The Voice at 510-893-5339 or via email at email@example.com.
— Staff report
Pope Francis statues
Statues of Pope Francis are seen Aug. 25 at a religious art store in Bogota, Colombia. Pope Francis will visit Colombia Sept. 6-10.
JAIME SALDARRIAGA/REUTERS, cns
Building a just society
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Catholic politicians should be guided by the church's moral and social teachings when crafting legislation, Pope Francis said. Meeting with participants in the annual meeting of the International Catholic Legislators Network Aug. 27, the pope said that church teaching can contribute to a more humane and just society, but only if the church is allowed a voice in answering "the great questions of society in our time."
Always need for reform
Although the church is built upon a strong foundation, it is always in need of being reformed and repaired, Pope Francis said. Before reciting the Angelus prayer Aug. 27, Pope Francis said that Christians are the "living stones" that Christ uses to fill in the gaps and crevices that continually appear.
Visit in November
A day after appealing for an end to the violent persecution of the Rohingya people, a Muslim minority in Myanmar, the Vatican announced Pope Francis will visit the country in late November. After the visit Nov. 27-30 to the cities of Yangon and Naypyitaw in Myanmar, the pope will travel on to Dhaka, Bangladesh, Nov. 30-Dec. 2, the Vatican said Aug. 28.
The Catholic Church must continue to work to understand the liturgical reforms of the Second Vatican Council and why they were made, rather than rethinking them, Pope Francis said. "After this magisterium, after this long journey, we can affirm with certainty and magisterial authority that the liturgical reform is irreversible," Pope Francis told participants in Italy's National Liturgical Week.
Pray to end terrorism
"Let us beg the Lord, God of mercy and peace, to free the world from this inhuman violence," Pope Francis prayed after a week of deadly terrorist attacks in Africa and Europe. Reciting the Angelus prayer at midday, the pope asked an estimated 10,000 people in St. Peter's Square to pray in silence and then to join him in reciting the Hail Mary for the victims of the attacks the previous week in Burkina Faso, Spain and Finland.
— Catholic News Service