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placeholder October 23, 2017   •   VOL. 55, NO. 18   •   Oakland, CA

Oct. 24-26: Newman Institute Lecture, Newman Center; Lincoln, Nebraska

Oct. 28: 9 a.m., diocesan Encuentro, V Encuentro Pastoral Hispana, St. Elizabeth Parish, Oakland

Oct. 30: Alta-Baja California bishops meeting, San Diego

Nov. 2: 11 a.m., Catholic Telemedia Network, Menlo Park

      7 p.m., Requiem Mass, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland

Nov. 3: Meet with new priests, San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville

Nov. 4: 11 a.m., Memorial Mass for deacons and their families, St. Joan of Arc Parish, San Ramon

Nov. 6-8: Catholic-Muslim Dialogue seminar, University of California, Berkeley

Nov. 8: 11 a.m., Holy Family Sisters' building dedication, Fremont

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Seminarians visit parishes
Seminarians from the Oakland diocese made several parish visits recently, including Our Lady Queen of the World Parish in Bay Point. Pictured above, from left, top row, Anhvu Nguyen, Candelario Jimenez (seminarian candidate), Rev. Peter Duc Dung Ngo (pastor of OLQW), Mario Rizzo, Huong Dinh, Mac Lingo; bottom row, Mark Ruiz, Javier Ramirez, John Pietruszka, Garrett McGowan, Peter Lawongkerd, Jimmy Jimenez and Rev. Alexander Castillo.

New music, choir at All Souls Day Mass

The Solemn Mass on All Souls Day, at 7 p.m. Nov. 2, will mark a number of firsts for the Cathedral of Christ the Light.

A 21st-century composition — David Briggs' Requiem — will have its West Coast premiere in the 21st-century Oakland cathedral, under the direction of Rudy de Vos, director of music.

All Souls Day
Solemn Mass

When: Nov. 2, 7 p.m.
Where: Cathedral of Christ the Light 2121 Harrison St., Oakland
Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, celebrant
Music: Requiem, by
David Briggs
"My aim here," de Vos said, "was we have something that's not been built before. Let's see if we can bring something pleasing to the ear, but new."

The Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys will make its debut that evening. The boys are students at Oakland's Pacific Boychoir Academy. This Mass will be their first appearance as part of this choir that will sing at major cathedral events throughout the year.

Briggs' Requiem, said de Vos, calls for "an interesting combination of instruments." The cathedral orchestra will feature the organ, oboe, flute, trumpet, harp, timpani and glockenspiel.

"I think it will be very effective in our cathedral," de Vos said, "and help folks pray and remember their dead."

The Requiem by Gabriel Fauré, which has been at the cathedral in previous years, features strings and woodwinds.

In the Briggs Requiem, de Vos said, one can hear influences of 20th-century composer Maurice Duruflé.

In future years, de Vos said, the cathedral might rotate the Requiems composed by Briggs, Duruflé and Fauré.

As he prepares the year of cathedral music, de Vos said, "I make it a point to include a certain number of living composers."

While "continuing to foster the church's rich history," de Vos said, "we are utilizing the talents of living artists.

"You look for the best art of the living composers," he said.

Briggs, the artist in residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York, had a previous engagement and will be unable to be part of the West Coast premiere.

To help cover the costs of presenting the work, donations may be made to honor the dead. They will be remembered at Mass and their names will be printed in the commemorative program.

To make a donation, mail a check to Cathedral Music, The Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Suite 100, Oakland, CA 94612. Please note "All Souls Requiem Mass" on the check memo line and include the names of those you wish to be remembered.

The annual Vigil of Light prayer service will follow the Mass. Very Rev. James Matthews, rector of the cathedral, will preside at the service in the Cathedral of Christ the Light Mausoleum.

Support for Malta Clinic
More than 250 people attended the annual fundraising dinner for the Order of Malta free medical clinic Oct. 4 at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco. More than $250,000 was raised mostly via auctions, enough to fund the clinic for 25 weeks, or half the year. The clinic is currently open 3½ days a week. To help this free medical clinic, which has offered health care on more than 25,000 uninsured patient visits, go to www.orderofmaltaclinic.com.

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Amazon synod
Addressing the challenges of evangelization in one of the world's most remote areas and the connection between faith and environmental concern, Pope Francis announced a special gathering of the Synod of Bishops to focus on the Amazon region. "Accepting the wish of several episcopal conferences of Latin America as well as the voice of pastors and faithful from other parts of the world, I have decided to convene a special assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazonian region, which will take place in Rome in October 2019," Pope Francis announced Oct. 15.

Guilty of embezzlement
A Vatican court found the former president of the Vatican-owned pediatric hospital guilty of abuse of office for using donations belonging to the hospital's foundation to refurbish a Vatican-owned apartment used by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, former Vatican secretary of state. Originally charged with embezzlement, Giuseppe Profiti was sentenced to one year in jail and fined 5,000 ($5,900) euros on the reduced charge, but the sentence was suspended.

Friar named publisher
Conventual Franciscan Father Giulio Cesareo has been appointed head of the Vatican Publishing House. The 39-year-old member of the Order of Friars Minor Conventual replaces Salesian Father Giuseppe Costa, who ended two five-year terms in June 2017.

Catholic News Service

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