|March 26, 2012 • VOL. 50, NO. 6 • Oakland, CA|
March 29: (Morning) Bishop's Administrative Council, Chancery
Rev. George Quickley, SJ, has been named pastor of St. Patrick Parish, Oakland, effective June 1.
Child abuse prevention
The nation's bishops have asked that we observe the month of April as Child Abuse Prevention month. The Diocese of Oakland re-affirms its deep commitment to creating safe environments and to bringing protection and healing within the Church for children, youth and vulnerable adults. Participation in communicating to parishioners about these matters and sharing this information with school families is one powerful way to bring positive change by stopping abuse in all its forms.
CATHEDRAL OF CHRIST THE LIGHT
The Pacific Mozart Ensemble program, Heaven and Hell, features Renaissance music and madrigals of Palestrina and Gesualdo as well as the premiere of a new work by Persian-American composer, Omid Zoufonoun. It will be at 8 p.m. March 31 at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. Tickets: www.pacificmozart.org.
Pedals, pipes and pizza
Children of all ages are invited to a special concert featuring the 5,298-pipe organ at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 21 in a program, "Pedals, Pipes and Pizzas — A Pipe Organ Concert for Children." Prokofiev's music and narration of the children's story, "Peter and the Wolf," will be followed with pizza on the Cathedral Plaza. The event costs $5 per person, and was organized in partnership with Children's Fairyland. Visit www.ctlcathedral.org.back to top
Pray for religious liberty
WASHINGTON — The U.S. bishops have urged Catholics and "all people of faith" across the nation to observe March 30 as a day of prayer and fasting for religious freedom and conscience protection.
The bishops announced the daylong observance in a statement titled "United for Religious Freedom" that was approved March 14 by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Administrative Committee.
Help the Holy Land
VATICAN CITY — Tension, hostility and even violence are the "daily bread" of many of the Christian communities living in the biblical lands of the Middle East, said Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches. In a letter to bishops around the world, Cardinal Sandri asked for widespread participation in the annual collection on behalf of Christians in the Holy Land. The collection, coordinated by the Congregation for Eastern Churches, is taken up during Good Friday services in many dioceses. Cardinal Sandri said Good Friday is a special time to remember Mideast Christians' needs, which "are bound up with the sufferings of the entire Middle East.
Unions devalue marriage
VATICAN CITY — The Catholic Church condemns violence and discrimination against homosexual persons, but recognizing same-sex unions as a marriage devalues the unique identity and social contributions of the union of a man and a woman, a Vatican official told the U.N. Human Rights Council. Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, Vatican observer at U.N. agencies in Geneva, told the council March 9 that the Vatican "condemns discrimination and violence against any human person, including those who are so targeted because of perceived sexual differences."
Document leaks probed
VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI has established a commission to investigate a series of leaks of letters exchanged among Vatican officials and between the officials and the pope himself. Archbishop Angelo Becciu, Vatican substitute secretary of state, said March 16 that the papal commission would try "to shed light on the whole affair," while a Vatican tribunal would look into taking legal action against those who gave the documents to reporters, and the Vatican Secretariat of State would carry out an administrative review of every Vatican office. While some of the leaked letters are gossipy, others include allegations of serious financial misconduct.back to top
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