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placeholder September 18, 2017   •   VOL. 55, NO. 16   •   Oakland, CA

Sept. 19: 10 a.m., Eighth Grade Mass (Group 1), Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland

Sept. 20: 10 a.m., Eighth Grade Mass (Group 2), Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland

      3 p.m., Catholic Charities of the East Bay quarterly meeting, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland

Sept. 29: 8:30 a.m., Catholic Charities of the East Bay board meeting

Sept. 30: 10 a.m., Health Care Mass, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland

Oct. 1: 10:30 a.m., Mass and shrine blessing, Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose Motherhouse, Fremont

      3 p.m., Mass and Rite of Admission to candidacy to Sacred Orders for Permanent Deacons, St. Stephen Parish, Walnut Creek

Oct. 3: 2 p.m., Pastoral council, St. Paschal Baylon Parish, Oakland

      6 p.m., Silver Chalice award dinner, Order of Malta, San Francisco

Oct. 4: California Catholic Conference Education Committee, Sacramento

Oct. 5: Symposium, Fleet Week Senior Leaders Seminar, San Francisco

Oct. 6: 10 a.m., Blue Mass, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland

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St. Patrick's seminary gala
Attending the annual St. Patrick's Seminary & University fundraising gala in Menlo Park the evening of Sept. 9: from left, Mark Tannehill, seminarian; Rev. Wayne Campbell, director of vocations; Rev. Alexander Castillo, bishop's secretary and co-director of vocations; Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ; Garrett McGowan and John Paul Rabago, seminarians, and Rev. Kenneth Sales, pastor at Holy Spirit, Fremont.

Voice collection
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Silver Chalice Awards
The Ninth Annual Silver Chalice awards, given annually to individuals for their support of the Order of Malta Clinic in Oakland, will begin at 6 p.m. Oct. 3 at the St. Francis Yacht Club, San Francisco. The clinic is in its 10th year of serving the sick and the poor of Northern California. The board of the Order of Malta Clinic of Northern California is honoring the original board members and visionaries of the clinic as champions and most deserving of the award. For ticket information, http://bit.ly/2uKrxh3.

Help storm victims
Give in your parish or send directly to the Chancery.

Make checks payable to the Roman Catholic Bishop of Oakland, and in the memo field write, "for Hurricane Harvey/Irma relief."

If sending directly to the diocese, mail to Diocese of Oakland Accounting Department, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland, 94612.

All funds forwarded from the parishes or sent to the diocese will be sent to Catholic Charities USA.

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Dream big, don't listen to cynics
Pope Francis greets pilgrims at his weekly audience Aug. 30, at the Vatican, where he said God wants people to live with hope and joy — not bitterness — and to dream with him of a better world. "Please, make sure we do not pay attention to disappointed and unhappy people; let us not listen to those who cynically plead not to cultivate hope in life," he said.

Pope amends church law
In changes to the Code of Canon Law regarding translations of the Mass and other liturgical texts, Pope Francis highlighted respect for the responsibility of national and regional bishops' conferences.

The changes, released by the Vatican Sept. 9 as Pope Francis was traveling in Colombia, noted the sometimes tense relationship between bishops' conferences and the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments over translations of texts from Latin to the bishops' local languages. The heart of the document, which applies only to the Latin rite of the Catholic Church, changes two clauses in Canon 838 of the Code of Canon Law. The Vatican no longer will "review" translations submitted by bishops' conferences, but will "recognize" them. And rather than being called to "prepare and publish" the translations, the bishops are to "approve and publish" them. Archbishop Arthur Roche, secretary of the worship congregation, said under the new rules, the Vatican's "confirmatio" of a translation is "ordinarily granted based on trust and confidence," and "supposes a positive evaluation of the faithfulness and congruence of the texts produced with respect to the typical Latin text." Pope Francis made no announcement of immediate changes to the translations currently in use. The document is titled "Magnum Principium" ("The Great Principle") and refers to what Pope Francis called the "great principle" of the Second Vatican Council that the liturgy should be understood by the people at prayer, and therefore bishops were asked to prepare and approve translations of the texts.

Movie on papal election
The resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and subsequent election of Pope Francis will be the subject of a new film set to debut on Netflix. According to a Sept. 6 report by entertainment news website Deadline, the film will star Jonathan Pryce as Pope Francis and Anthony Hopkins as Pope Benedict XVI.

Traditional marriage
By virtue of its very definition, marriage can only be between a man and a woman, Pope Francis said in a new book-length interview. "We cannot change it. This is the nature of things," not just in the church, but in human history, he said in a series of interviews with Dominique Wolton, a 70-year-old French sociologist and expert in media and political communication. Published in French, the 417-page book, "Politique et Societe" ("Politics and Society") released Sept. 6.

'Cry of the earth'
Environmental destruction is a sign of a "morally decaying scenario" in which too many people ignore or deny that, from the beginning, "God intended humanity to cooperate in the preservation and protection of the natural environment," said the leaders of the Catholic and Orthodox churches. Marking the Sept. 1 World Day of Prayer for Creation, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople issued a joint message.

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