May 8-10: Pilgrimage to Lourdes with the Order of Malta
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May 12: 10 a.m., Mass, Saint Mary's College High School, Berkeley
1 p.m., Board meeting, St. Patrick's Seminary, Menlo Park
7 p.m., Confirmation for St. Joseph Basilica Parish at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland
May 13: 11 a.m., Confirmation, St. Isidore Parish, Danville
2 p.m., Confirmation, St. Isidore Parish, Danville
6:30 p.m., Rev. Stan Fortuna, CFR
May 15-18: Retreat master, spiritual retreat for the Presbyterate of the Archdiocese of Toronto, Canada
May 20: 10 a.m., Group Confirmations for St. Paul, St. Stephen, Our Lady of Good Counsel and the Cathedral of Christ the Light parishes at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland
5 p.m. FACE Gala dinner, Blackhawk Museum, Danville
May 21: 11 a.m., Confirmation, St. Theresa Parish, Oakland
6:30 p.m., Confirmation, St. Joseph Parish/ Old Mission San Jose, Fremont
The Holy Spirit at Holy Spirit/Newman Hall
Nineteen young people — teens, university students and young adult parishioners — received the Sacrament of Confirmation, conferred by Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, at Holy Spirit/Newman Hall in Berkeley on April 20. The modern church at Dwight Way and College Avenue, four blocks from the University of California campus, and parish celebrate their golden jubilee this year. "You heard the word of God," the bishop said in his homily. "You acted on it." The gifts of the Holy Spirit that the 19 would receive in Confirmation, the bishop said, will "be there your whole life." You may not always get what you want, the bishop said, "but you will get what you need."
MICHELE JURICH/THE CATHOLIC VOICE
Knights give $10K for vocations
Romero Cabrera, chapter president of the Oakland district Knights of Columbus, met Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, April 21, on behalf of the Knights of the Oakland Diocese, presented a $10,000 donation to be used for the formation of our seminarians. The donation is the result of the annual vocations dinner hosted by the Knights on March 11 at Carondelet High School in Concord.
REV. ALEXANDER CASTILLO/SPECIAL TO THE CATHOLIC VOICE
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Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, made these assignments:
Rev. Wayne Campbell, diocesan director of Vocations, effective June 1.
Rev. Carl Arcosa, from parochial administrator to pastor, Church of the Good Shepherd, Pittsburg, effective April 1.
Rev. Jan Rudzewicz, from parochial administrator to pastor, Our Lady of Good Counsel, San Leandro, effective April 1.
Rev. Ismael Gutierrez, from parochial administrator to pastor, St. Francis of Assisi, Concord, effective April 1.
Rev. Neal Clemens, from temporary parochial administrator to pastor, Queen of All Saints, Concord, effective July 1.
Rev. Michael Cunningham, retiring as pastor of Queen of All Saints, Concord, effective June 30.
Rev. Clarence Zamora, retiring as pastor of St. Catherine of Siena, Martinez, effective Aug. 31.
Rev. Nicholas Glisson, pastor, St. Lawrence O'Toole/St. Cyril, Oakland, to pastor, St. Mary Magdalen, Berkeley, effective July 1.
Rev. Brandon Macadaeg, temporary parochial administrator of Holy Spirit Parish, Fremont, to parochial administrator, at both St. Lawrence O'Toole/St. Cyril, Oakland, and St. Paschal Baylon, Oakland, effective July 1.
Rev. Anthony Huong Le, parochial vicar, St. Joseph Parish, Fremont, to parochial administrator, St. Catherine of Siena, Martinez, effective Sept. 1.
Rev. Paul Coleman, from an assignment outside the diocese, to parochial administrator, St. Monica, Moraga, effective July 1.
Rev. Michael Pham, associate pastor, Catholic Community of Pleasanton, to parochial vicar of St. Joseph, Mission San Jose, effective Sept. 1.
Rev. Mr. Matthew Murray, after ordination to priesthood, to parochial vicar, Holy Spirit, Fremont, effective July 1.
Rev. Mr. Oscar Rojas, after ordination to priesthood, to parochial vicar, St. Bonaventure, Concord, effective July 1.
Memorial Day, May 27, marks the 20th anniversary of the dedication of the Monument of the Unborn at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Lafayette. This was a joint venture of four Knights of Columbus Councils and two Assemblies. Since then, three councils have dedicated a bench next to the monument. For the past 20 years, there has been at least one Knight at or near the monument every Saturday morning to pray the rosary for the unborn. To help celebrate this anniversary, join the Knights for the rosary at 10 a.m. May 27 at the monument at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, 1965 Reliez Valley Road, Lafayette. Information: Cristina Hernández, 510-267-8379 or email@example.com.
Papal honor recipient
Alan Sears, recipient of the Vatican's highest honor for a lay person, will speak to the Catholics at Work breakfast at 7 a.m. May 9, at Crow Canyon Country Club in Danville. For more information: www.catholicsatwork.com. Sears was named a Knight of St. Gregory the Great in recognition of his leadership in the fight to protect religious freedom. He won a key legal fight to protect a family-owned business from being required to provide abortion in its business health coverage. In addition to direct legal fights for religious freedom, Sears has trained nearly 2,000 attorneys to assist in the struggle.
Mandate still there
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WASHINGTON — Groups that legally challenged the Affordable Care Act's contraception requirement for employers still do not have clear direction on how to move forward because nearly a year after the U.S. Supreme Court sent their cases back to the lower courts, the Justice Department still is appealing some of them. On April 24, the Justice Department asked the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals for 60 more days to essentially pause the ruling in favor of East Texas Baptist University and several other religious groups that had objected on moral grounds to providing contraceptive coverage in their employee health plans.
Unhappy, hopeless society
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A society only concerned with people's needs, not their value, is a sad and disheartened society, Pope Francis said. "The point is that a participatory society cannot settle for ... pure solidarity and welfare spending, because a society that is solely based on solidarity and assistance, and not brotherhood, would be a society of unhappy and hopeless people from whom everyone would try to escape, in extreme cases even through suicide," the pope said April 28 in a message to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.
Church needs missionaries
The Catholic Church needs laypeople with a missionary spirit, which means Catholics do not have to try to force members into a vocation that is the Holy Spirit's to give, Pope Francis said. The temptation to impose a vocation on lay people as some kind of validation of their service in the church "worries me," the pope said April 27 during a meeting with members of Catholic Action.
— Catholic News Service