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placeholder April 30, 2012   •   VOL. 50, NO. 8   •   Oakland, CA

May 1-9: Knights of Malta Pilgrimage to Lourdes

May 10: (Morning) Bishop's Administrative Council, Chancery

      (Afternoon) Diocesan Consultors, Chancery

May 11: (Evening) Confirmation, St. Patrick, Oakland

May 12: (Morning) Group Confirmations, Cathedral

May 12-14: Parish visitation, Holy Spirit, Fremont

May 14: (Evening) Diocesan Planning Board, Chancery

May 16: (Evening) Jubilarian Celebration, Walnut Creek

May 17: (Morning) Bishop's Administrative Council, Chancery

      (Afternoon) Presbyteral Council, Chancery

      (Evening) Confirmation, St. Edward

May 18: (Evening) Confirmation, Assumption

May 19: (morning) Diocesan Pastoral Council, Chancery

May 19-20: Confirmation and Parish visitation, St. Louis Bertrand

May 24: Talk, National Religious Freedom Conference, Washington, D.C.

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"Peter and the Wolf"
Hundreds of adults and children listened to lively organ music and a narration of "Peter and the Wolf" at the Cathedral of Christ the Light April 21. Afterward, they gathered on the Plaza for pizza, cookies and refreshments in this inaugural event by Cathedral Ministries.
Auintard Henderson PHOTO

New clergy assignments

Bishop Salvatore J. Cordileone announced a number of clergy assignments:
Rev. Ray Breton is granted retirement status effective July 1.

Rev. Ray Breton is appointed Promoter of Justice effective July 1.

Rev. Robert Herbst, OFM Conv., is appointed Judicial Vicar effective July 1.

Rev. David Staal is appointed Tribunal Judge effective July 1.

Rev. Paul Coleman is appointed Secretary to the Bishop, Diocesan Director of Worship and Director of Cathedral Liturgy effective Aug. 1.

Rev. Gus Acob is appointed hospital chaplain for the Fremont Deanery effective May 1.

Rev. William Rosario is appointed temporary administrator of St. Charles Borromeo parish effective May 1.

Father Mark Hoc, O. Cist., will assist with the responsibilities of parochial vicar at St. Raymond of Peñafort parish during the absence of Father Rosario.

Rev. Salvador Macias is granted disability status effective May 1.

Rev. Sergio Lopez is appointed temporary administrator of Corpus Christi parish in Fremont effective May 1, while remaining as Tribunal judge and continuing as co-vocation director for the Spanish-speaking.

Rev. George Alengadan is appointed Parochial Administrator of Santa Maria parish to assist with administrative responsibilities effective April 16. Msgr. Ted Kraus will remain as pastor and attend to the pastoral care of the parish. Father Alengadan continuing as the director of ongoing formation of priests and of deacons.

22 parishes over goal

The Bishop's Appeal has jumped to 84 percent of the overall goal, with pledges and gifts totaling $1.7 million. Twenty-two parishes have exceeded their individual goals:

Cathedral Parish of Christ the Light, Oakland; Christ the King, Pleasant Hill; Church of the Assumption, San Leandro; Church of the Good Shepherd, Pittsburg; Corpus Christi, Piedmont;

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Fremont; Queen of All Saints, Concord; Santa Maria, Orinda; St. Anne, Union City; St. Anne, Walnut Creek; St. Barnabas, Alameda; St. Benedict, Oakland; St. Callistus, El Sobrante; St. Clement, Hayward; St. Francis of Assisi, Concord; St. James the Apostle, Fremont; St. Jerome, El Cerrito; St. Joan of Arc, San Ramon; St. John the Baptist, El Cerrito; St. Patrick Mission, Port Costa; St. Patrick, Rodeo; St. Rose of Lima, Crockett.

Catholic Charities Appeal

Last year Catholic Charities of the East Bay served more than 22,000 individuals in need and families in crisis. Consider making a generous contribution on May 20 to support CCEB's education and employment services, immigrant legal services, mental health and violence prevention programs and poverty reduction efforts. For information, www.cceb.org.

Warning on organization

A non-Catholic group is operating in certain parts of the diocese that sometimes masquerades itself as a Catholic organization. The name of this group is Banal Na Pag-aaral (BNP). It is a movement founded in the Philippines in 1968 which, among other things, teaches that God is to be worshipped as "Mahal na Ingkong." The BNP teaches that "Mahal na Ingkong" communicates with human beings through Mrs. Salve Carreon, who is the chairperson of the BNP movement. She allows her followers to reverence her with genuflections and other gestures normally reserved to Christ.

The BNP is propagated through weekend retreats called "Apostolic Mission Classes," modeled on the Cursillo, but intended to introduce new members both to the teachings of the BNP and to "Mahal na Ingkong." During these retreats traditional Roman Catholic teaching is mixed with BNP doctrine, sometimes giving retreatants the false impression that the BNP is a Catholic organization. The group has been investigated and condemned. Bishop Gerald Barnes of San Bernardino stated, "The BNP movement promotes activities and teachings that are not in conformity with the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church." Similar statements and expressions of concern have been issued by Cardinal Sin of the Philippines, Archbishop John R. Quinn of San Francisco and Bishop Larry Silva of Honolulu.

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Open house

The Cathedral Event Center, 2121 Harrison Street, Oakland, will host an open house from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. May 3, an opportunity for parishioners who plan events to tour the event center, now under new management. Enjoy live music along with great food and beverages provided by the Cathedral-preferred caterers. For more information, contact 510-497-7233 or e-mail eventcenter@oaklandvm.com.

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Practice faith once again

WASHINGTON — A document on the new evangelization from the U.S. bishops' Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis exhorts Catholics to at all levels in the church to step up to invite Catholics who have stopped practicing their faith to do so once again. The new evangelization is a call to each person to deepen his or her own faith, have confidence in the Gospel and possess a willingness to share the Gospel.

Cuts to poor opposed

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has expressed its concerns over proposed cuts in federal programs serving the country's poorest and most vulnerable people in a series of letters to congressional leaders since April 4 as debate over the fiscal year 2013 budget begins. A common message in the letters focuses on the necessity of "shared sacrifice by all, including raising adequate revenues," the elimination of unnecessary military and other spending and fairly addressing long-term costs associated with health insurance and retirement costs.

Ruling appealed

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has appealed a federal judge's ruling that the Constitution forbids religious accommodation in the delivery of services under a federal contract. The appeal challenges the decision of District Court Judge Richard G. Stearns, who said in a March 23 ruling that the Department of Health and Human Services violated the Establishment Clause of the Constitution in delegating to the bishops' conference the decision on which services to offer or not offer to foreign-born victims of human trafficking under a federal contract.

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Papal age
Pope Benedict XVI, who turned 85 on April 16, is currently the sixth-oldest pope in recorded history.

CNS/Emily Thompson

Pope meets US donors

VATICAN CITY — Meeting a group of major U.S. donors to Catholic charitable works, Pope Benedict XVI asked them to pray "for the freedom of Christians to proclaim the Gospel and bring its light to the urgent moral issues of our time." The pope met April 21 with about 80 members of the Papal Foundation, who presented him with an $8.5 million donation that will be used to fund scholarships and 105 Catholic projects in close to 50 countries.

Communion preparation

VATICAN CITY — Preparing children for their first Communion must be done with both great zeal and moderation, Pope Benedict XVI said. Around the world, many children receive their first Communion during the Easter season. The pope urged "priests, parents and catechists to prepare for this feast of faith well, with great fervor but also with sobriety. For many of the faithful, this day continues to be memorable as the moment when, even if in a rudimentary way, they first came to understand the importance of a personal encounter with Jesus."

Stop organ trafficking

VATICAN CITY — The scourge of sex tourism and the trafficking of human beings for harvesting organs must be urgently addressed, Pope Benedict XVI said. Such crimes are "evils that must be dealt with urgently since they trample on the rights of millions of men and women, especially among the poor, minors and handicapped," he said.

Vatican bank meeting

VATICAN CITY — Trustees of the U.S.-based Papal Foundation, which donates millions of dollars to papal charities each year, spent two hours at the Vatican bank April 20 and came away convinced that the institution's bad press was undeserved, said Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington. "I found it very reassuring," the cardinal told Catholic News Service in Rome. "The effort of the Holy See to be transparent is demonstrable."

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