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placeholder October 9, 2017   •   VOL. 55, NO. 17   •   Oakland, CA

Oct. 9-11: US bishops' Secretariat on Higher Education, Symposium on Campus Ministry, University of Notre Dame; Notre Dame, Indiana

Oct. 12: 10:30 a.m., clergy study day on the V Encuentro of Pastoral Hispana, Santa Maria Parish, Orinda

Oct. 13: Noon, Catholic Charities of the East Bay Transforming Lives luncheon, Marriot Hotel, San Ramon

      7 p.m., Solemn Mass, 100th anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima, St. Joseph the Worker, Berkeley

Oct. 14: 4:30 p.m., 125th anniversary Mass, Congregation of the Divine Savior, Divine Savior Church, Orangevale

Oct. 17: US bishops' Catholic Higher Education meeting, Boston College, Boston

Oct. 19: Presbyteral Council day of Recollection, San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville

Oct. 20: San Francisco Province bishops' meeting

      St. Patrick's Seminary and University sending bishops' meeting, St. Patrick's Seminary, Menlo Park

Oct. 21: 10 a.m., ordination to the deaconate for The Jesuit Order, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland

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ICF aids seminarians
About 200 members of the Italian Catholic Federation joined Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, at a Mass at St. Cornelius Church, Richmond, and dinner Sept. 17. ICF members raised a combined $6,500 for the annual event, which supports seminarians.

New assignments
Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, made these assignments, all effective Oct. 1:

Rev. Michael Nufable, as parochial vicar, St. Patrick Parish, Rodeo.

Rev. Benedict Wonganant, as parochial vicar, St. Leander Parish, San Leandro.

Rev. Dante Tamayo, as parochial vicar, St. Mary Parish, Walnut Creek.

The Special Religious Education Department diocesan communities, in conjunction with the St. Joseph Basilica parish community, will celebrate a special liturgy for SPRED catechists, friends and their families at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 15 at the Basilica of St. Joseph, 1109 Chestnut St., Alameda. A reception follows; open to the public. For more information: info@spredoakdiocese.org.

Final Fatima Mass
St. Joseph the Worker Church, 1640 Addison St., Berkeley, the Diocese of Oakland's official pilgrimage site for the Fatima Centennial, will celebrate its final centennial Mass at 7 p.m. Oct. 13, with Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, presiding.

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Prayers after 'terror'
WASHINGTON — The nation has experienced "yet another night filled with unspeakable terror," and "we need to pray and to take care of those who are suffering," said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington. In Las Vegas, a gunman identified by law enforcement officials as Stephen Craig Paddock, 64, was perched in a room on the 32nd floor of a hotel and unleashed a shower of bullets late Oct. 1 on an outdoor country music festival taking place below. The crowd at the event numbered more than 22,000. He killed at least 58 people and wounded more than 500. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, conveyed Pope Francis' prayers and condolences.

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Papal selfie
A woman takes a selfie with Pope Francis as he visits a migrant reception center during a pastoral visit in Bologna, Italy Oct. 1. Politics as service to the common good and the need to create spaces where citizens and migrants can meet and overcome fear were topics Pope Francis repeatedly returned to at the "Regional Hub," a government-run processing center for migrants, refugees and asylum seekers. Just four days after he kicked off Caritas Internationalis' "Share the Journey" campaign to encourage Catholics to meet a migrant or refugee and listen to his or her story.

Cardinal Burke named
Pope Francis has named U.S. Cardinal Raymond L. Burke a member of the Apostolic Signature, the church's supreme court, which the cardinal headed as prefect from 2008 to 2014. Members of the Apostolic Signature serve as judges in the cases, which mainly involve appeals of lower-court decisions or of administrative decisions by other offices of the Holy See.

Recall not unusual
The recall of a Vatican diplomat suspected by U.S. authorities of having a connection with child pornography reflects normal international protocol, but the suspect must be put on trial and receive punishment if found guilty, said a key organizer of a world congress on child protection. "Due process has to be followed. If there is a case and if the person is found guilty, then he or she needs to be punished, whoever that is," said Jesuit Father Hans Zollner, head of the Pontifical Gregorian University's Center for Child Protection, which is hosting a world congress on protecting minors from online abuse, violence and exploitation on Oct. 3-6 in Rome.

Little Sisters praised
Obviously struck by the Little Sisters of Jesus he met living in a trailer among poor carnival workers outside of Rome, Pope Francis praised the way members of the order live like the people they minister to, sharing the Gospel through their solidarity, smiles and silence.

Defend life
Everyone, but especially young people, should have the "wonderful experience of giving" of their time and resources; giving open hearts and minds to brotherhood and sharing and is essential for building "the civilization of love," Pope Francis said. Endorsing the celebration in Italy of "Giving Day," which takes place Oct. 4, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, Pope Francis said all Christians should experience how giving a gift freely to others does not mean losing it, but "increasing its value."

Catholic News Service

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