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placeholder May 22, 2017   •   VOL. 55, NO. 10   •   Oakland, CA

May 23: Meetings, chancery:

      Audience for the mother general of the Congregation of the Mother of Carmel

      Catholic Daughters of America

      Deacon Oscar Rojas: call to orders

      Priest Personnel Board

      6 p.m., Confirmation, St. Michael's Parish, Livermore

May 24: 6 p.m., candidates for priesthood ordination

May 25: Meetings, chancery

      College of Consultors

      Presbyteral Council

      Executive Finance Committee

May 26: 9 a.m., Mass, St. Paul School, San Pablo

      7 p.m., ordination to the priesthood, Cathedral of Christ the Light

May 27: 10 a.m., Confirmation, St. Bernard Parish, Oakland

      6:30 p.m., Confirmation, St. Louis Bertrand Parish, Oakland

May 28: 11:30 a.m., Confirmation, St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Livermore

      6 p.m., Confirmation, Christ the King Parish, Pleasant Hill

May 31: 7 p.m., Confirmation, St. Leander Parish, San Leandro

June 1: 6 p.m., Confirmation, St. Mark Parish, Richmond

June 6-8: Pilgrimage with The Knights of Peter Claver to Cartagena, Colombia

June 9: 3 p.m., meeting with the presbyterate of the diocese

      5 p.m., priests' picnic and Jubilarians' celebration, Santa Maria Parish, Orinda

June 10: 10 a.m., group Confirmations, Cathedral of Christ the Light: Queen of All Saints, Concord; Our Lady of Mercy, Point Richmond; St. Barnabas, Alameda

      5 p.m., Confirmation, St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Concord

June 11: Noon, Confirmation, St. James the Apostle Parish, Fremont

      6 p.m., Confirmation, St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Martineze

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New assignments
Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, made the following appointments:

Rev. Luke Ssemakula, from parochial vicar, St. John Vianney Parish, Walnut Creek, to parochial vicar, St. Theresa Parish, Oakland, effective June 15.

Rev. Francisco Javier Diaz Diaz, SJ, who went to medical school in Costa Rica for eight years and was ordained last year, will be parochial vicar at Cathedral Parish of Christ the Light, Oakland, effective July 1.

Rev. Alfonso Borgen, OFM Conv, from parochial vicar, Cathedral Parish of Christ the Light, Oakland, to parochial vicar, St. Michael Parish, Livermore, effective Aug. 1.

Second collection
The second collection for the Catholic Communication Campaign will be held in most diocesan parishes the weekend of May 27 and 28. This campaign connects people with Christ through the print media, the internet, television and radio. Fifty percent of the funds we collect remains in the Diocese of Oakland to support local communications projects. The other 50 percent funds national communications efforts as well as projects in developing countries.

In the Oakland diocese, these funds support websites and social media for the diocese and the cathedral, as well as The Catholic Voice and El Heraldo Católico newspapers and websites. We are active on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin. The diocesan Facebook account has more than 16,000 followers and is an important channel for us to share news and events immediately. More than 225,000 people see each issue of The Catholic Voice — about half the registered parishioners in the diocese.

Funeral for Archbishop Niederauer
Oakland Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, left, attended the funeral Mass May 12 for retired Archbishop George H. Niederauer of San Francisco, a longtime English professor and 11-year bishop of Salt Lake City, who died May 2 at 80. In the foreground are Sister Rosina Conrotto, PBVM, director of consecrated life, for the Archdiocese of San Francisco, and Archbishop Niederauer's cousin, Anne Arthofer. "Archbishop Niederauer was known for his spiritual leadership, intelligence and wisdom, compassion and humor, and was always focused on his responsibility to live and teach the faith," said San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone.
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Pope Francis to meet Trump at Vatican May 24
President Donald Trump will visit the Vatican and meet with Pope Francis May 24 as part of his first foreign trip as president. White House officials said the visit will be part of a trip that will include stops in Israel and Saudi Arabia before Trump attends a NATO meeting in Brussels May 25 and the G7 summit in Taormina on the island of Sicily May 26-27. The trip is an attempt to unite three of the world's leading religious faiths in the common cause of fighting terrorism, reining in Iran, and "unifying the world against intolerance."

Museums explore menorah
A replica of the 1st-century Arch of Titus showing Roman soldiers carrying the menorah is seen in a two-part exhibition at the Vatican May 15. The Vatican Museums and the Jewish Museum of Rome are exploring together the significance of the menorah, although they also give a nod to the centuries-old legend that the Vatican is hiding the golden menorah from the Temple of Jerusalem. The two-part exhibition, one at the Vatican and the other at the Jewish Museum of Rome, includes a coin minted in the century before Christ's birth to a 1987 Israeli comic book featuring a superhero with a menorah on his chest, the exhibit, "The Menorah: Worship, History and Myth," documents the use of the seven-branched candelabra both as a religious item and a symbol of Jewish identity. The exhibit is scheduled to be open through July 23.

End 'absurd' conflicts
More penance and prayers are needed to end the wars underway today and so many "absurd" conflicts, Pope Francis said. Praying for all those affected by war and thanking those involved in humanitarian aid efforts, the pope also marked Mother's Day May 14 by asking everyone to thank and pray to their mothers on earth or in heaven. After reciting the "Regina Coeli" prayer with an estimated 25,000 people gathered in St. Peter's Square, the pope said, "Let us remember with gratitude and affection all mothers, including our mothers in heaven, entrusting them to Mary, the mother of Jesus."

Science and religion
Science and religion are not at odds but are united in the continuing search for truth in unlocking the mysteries of the cosmos. The scientific conference titled, "Black Holes, Gravitational Waves and Space-Time Singularities," is an opportunity to show that "the church supports good science," said Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, director of the Vatican Observatory. Renowned experts from around the world were to meet at Vatican Observatory in Castel Gandolfo for the May 9-12 conference, which seeks to bring together science and religion in the continuing search for truth in understanding the mysteries of the universe, he said.

Share the Gospel
Without waiting for some well-researched, detailed plan with action items and measurable goals, Catholics in Quebec must go out and share the Gospel, Pope Francis told the bishops of the province. Meeting the 29 bishops of Quebec May 11, Pope Francis said, "You've got to go, and it's going to be messy," according to Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher of Gatineau, former president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

See the wrongs
Faith is a journey guided by the Holy Spirit, who helps the church grow in understanding the sinful nature of once-accepted practices like slavery and the death penalty, Pope Francis said. While people once even used religious reasons to justify practices such as slavery, the death penalty and "wars of religion," over time the Holy Spirit has deepened the church's understanding of the Gospel, the pope said May 11 in his homily during morning Mass at Domus Sanctae Marthae.

Read the Bible
To know and follow Jesus, a Christian must read the Bible and learn to pray with it, allowing the Holy Spirit to help one understand it and put it into practice, Pope Francis said. "My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me," Jesus says in the Gospel of John. Christians today learn to know and hear Jesus' voice by reading the Bible, the pope said May 9 during his early morning Mass.

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