Aug. 20: 11:30 a.m., Mass, 55th anniversary, Our Lady Queen of the World Parish Bay Point
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Aug. 21: 5 p.m., Mass, installation of Rev. George Schultze, SJ, as president rector of St. Patrick's Seminary and University, Menlo Park
Aug. 22: Solemnity of Our Lady Queen of the World, Patroness of the Diocese of Oakland.
12:10 p.m., Mass, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland.
1 p.m., Chancery employees appreciation Celebration, Chancery
Aug. 24: 5:30p.m., Benedict XVI Institute board meeting, San Francisco
Aug. 26: Coast Guard ceremony, Coast Guard Island, Alameda
Aug. 28-31: On duty with the Navy
Sept. 2: National Association of Deaf Priests Retreat talk and luncheon, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland
Seminary names new faculty, boosts student recruiting
MENLO PARK — St. Patrick's Seminary and University is welcoming five professors and expects to admit as many as 15 new seminarians this fall as the institution's new president-rector reaches out to bishops in several Western states to encourage them to consider the Menlo Park seminary for priestly formation.
Jesuit Father George Schultze, the new president-rector, discussed the details of the seminary's transition under new leadership mix following the May departure of the Society of St. Sulpice, whose priests had served the seminary since it opened in 1891. San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone named Father Schultze to lead the archdiocese-owned institution in February. His appointment was effective June 1.
The seminary chose the new professors from among 79 applicants including priests, religious and lay academics, Father Schultze said. "It's a nonstop-and-go situation," he said. "We are just moving forward. The Sulpicians who were leaving participated in interviewing some of the new faculty as well. They want the seminary to be a success."
— Catholic San Francisco
Liturgy institute to be revamped
SAN FRANCISCO — A liturgical institute established in 2014 by Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco will be revamped to broaden its focus beyond forming ministers of sacred music and liturgy and to "reclaim the Catholic imagination," especially through literature. The Benedict XVI Institute for Sacred Music and Divine Worship will be re-imagined "as a center for promoting Catholic culture," continuing its emphasis on promoting sacred music, particularly chant, the archbishop announced.
The Board of Directors, which includes Oakland Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, has appointed Maggie Gallagher, a senior fellow at the Washington-based American Principles Project, as the institute's new executive director. Gallagher, 56, graduated from Yale University in 1982 with a bachelor's degree in religious studies and has been published in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times and has written several books. She is the founder and former president of the Institute for Marriage and Public Policy, a nonprofit organization focused on research and public education on marriage and family law. The institute's new emphasis was hammered out in January in meetings with Gallagher, the archbishop and three professors at St. Patrick's Seminary & University in Menlo Park, the institute's planned future base. The expanded vision was presented to the board for its deliberation and approval.
— Catholic San Francisco
Health care Mass
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Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, will celebrate the second annual Thanksgiving Mass for Health Care Providers at 10 a.m. Sept. 30 at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland. All who provide physical, mental and spiritual health care services, direct and administrative, are invited to attend the multicultural Mass. A reception will follow the Mass.
Blue Mass Oct. 6
Police, firefighters and first-responders — as well as their families, friends and those they serve — are invited to the fourth annual Blue Mass at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland at 10 a.m. Oct. 6. Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, will celebrate the Mass, and police chaplains have been invited to participate. Among the traditions of the Mass — named for the predominant color in officers' uniforms — are a color guard, bagpiper and two fire engines with the American flag raised between them in front of the cathedral at 2121 Harrison St.
Catholic Voice collection
Parishes will accept donations for the annual collection to support the publication of The Catholic Voice, El Heraldo Católico, the annual Diocesan Directory and affiliated websites.
The official weekend for this second collection was set by the diocese as Sept. 30-Oct. 1, though individual parishes can change the date.
The money donated in each collection remains in each parish to offset the parish's support for The Voice and affiliated operations. Make the checks payable to your parish.
The Voice publishes 21 issues a year and is delivered to 90,000 Catholic households — about half of all Catholic households — in the Oakland diocese. El Heraldo Católico is available monthly at all parishes where Mass is said in Spanish and selected retail outlets, and at www.ElHeraldoCatolico.org.
Every registered Catholic household is entitled to receive The Voice as part of belonging to a parish. It is the bishop's primary method of communicating with the people, and the primary method people of the diocese know about each other and their Catholic faith. The newspaper is also available online at www.catholicvoiceoakland.org as is an online subscription.
If you are not receiving The Catholic Voice and would like to, please contact your parish or The Voice at 510-893-5339 or via email at email@example.com.
New cathedral choir
The St. Hildegard Schola is a new ensemble at the Cathedral of Christ the Light for women and girls age 10 and up. They sing at the 5:30 p.m. Vigil Mass Saturdays and for several other liturgical celebrations throughout the year. The repertoire ranges from Gregorian chant to other great choral music for treble voices written through the centuries to current day. To schedule an audition, contact Rudy de Vos, director of music, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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When Pope Francis chose one of the Little Brothers of Jesus to be rector of the Diocese of Rome's main seminary, members of the order founded by Blessed Charles de Foucauld were stunned. "The explicit request of Pope Francis" that Father Gabriele Faraghini, 51, be released for service as the seminary rector "was, for our little fraternity, a bolt out of the blue, a novelty that literally floored everyone," said a note posted on the brothers' website. But the order's general chapter confirmed the nomination, which was announced July 31.
Pope Francis urged young Brazilian Catholics to follow the example of Mary by courageously setting out to improve their society with love for the poor and a commitment to make real connections with other people. Writing to young people concluding a three-year program of faith formation and social commitment, the pope asked them to "transform the 'networks' of your life — networks of friends, social networks, material and virtual networks — realities that are often divided, into something more meaningful: becoming a community, mission communities 'on the move,' communities that are the light and leaven of a more just and fraternal society."
Prayers for victims
Human trafficking is "brutal, savage and criminal," Pope Francis said, but often it seems like people see it as a sad, but normal fact of life. "I want to call everyone to make a commitment to seeing that this perverse plague, a modern form of slavery, is effectively countered," the pope said July 30, the U.N.'s World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. After reciting the Angelus with thousands of people gathered in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis asked them to join him in praying a "Hail Mary" so that Jesus' mother would "support the victims of trafficking and convert the hearts of traffickers."
A Vatican consultation group will consider initiatives to bolster the fight against corruption and organized crime, including by looking at possibilities for excommunicating members of the Mafia and other criminal organizations.
— Catholic News Service