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placeholder November 6, 2017   •   VOL. 55, NO. 19   •   Oakland, CA

Nov. 6-8: Catholic-Muslim dialogue seminar, UC-Berkeley, Berkeley

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

Nov. 9:
Priest Personnel Board, Chancery

Nov. 10-12:
US Bishops Administrative Committee meetings, Baltimore, Maryland

Nov. 13-16:
US Bishops general meeting, Baltimore, Maryland

Nov. 16:
5 p.m. Mass, institution of acolytes and lectors, St. Patrick's Seminary & University, Menlo Park

Nov. 17:
10:30 a.m., Benedict XVI Institute board meeting, San Francisco

Nov. 19:
Noon, Mass and procession in honor of the Vietnamese Martyrs, St. Anthony Parish, Oakland

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Vietnamese Martyrs
About 1,000 people are expected to join in the procession, Mass and celebration of the Vietnamese Martyrs at noon Nov. 19 at St. Anthony Church, 1610 E. 15th St., Oakland. Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, will preside and Bishop Emeritus John S. Cummins will concelebrate. For more information, contact Sister Rosaline L. Nguyen, LHC, at 510-628-2153 or rnguyen@oakdiocese.org.

Deaf Mass times
St. Joseph Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (SJCD) in Hayward, a pastoral ministry of the Diocese of Oakland, serves the spiritual and sacramental needs of the Catholic deaf community in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area, as well as their hearing family members and friends. Mass is offered in American Sign Language (there is also voiced English and most of the Mass is presented on an overhead projector) at 10 a.m. Sundays at St. Joseph Center for the Deaf, 25580 Campus Drive, Hayward.

First for Berkeley parish
Rev. Nicholas Glisson was formally installed as pastor of St. Mary Magdalen Parish in Berkeley on Oct. 8 at a Mass presided by the Very Rev. George Mockel, vicar general of the Diocese of Oakland. Father Glisson is the first diocesan priest to serve as pastor at St. Mary Magdalen. The Dominican order served the parish from its beginning in 1923 and left the parish on June 30, 2017.

A visitor from Rome
The Prelate of the Order of Malta, Most Rev. Jean Laffitte, paid a visit to the Order of Malta Clinic of Northern California at the Cathedral of Christ the Light on Oct. 26, and celebrated the 12:10 p.m. Mass at the cathedral. With Bishop Laffitte, left, are Very Rev. George Mockel, vicar general of the Diocese of Oakland; Rev. Robert Christian, OP; and Rev. Francisco Javier Diaz Diaz, SJ, parochial vicar of the cathedral parish and physician at the clinic. The clinic serves uninsured adults.
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Children talk to pope
Pope Francis said that there are no easy answers to the suffering and destruction wrought by hurricanes and that while such disasters happen naturally, humankind must also take responsibility for not caring for the environment. In a video chat with young children participating in a program of the international network of "Scholas Occurrentes" Oct. 26, the pope spoke with children from Texas and Puerto Rico, where Hurricanes Harvey and Maria struck hardest.

Space chat
One perk that comes with floating aboard the International Space Station is NASA arranges for occasional calls with celebrities to keep the astronauts' spirits high during their monthslong flights. Before his first space mission began this year, Catholic astronaut Mark Vande Hei of Falls Church, Virginia, requested a call from Pope Francis, and Oct. 26 his wish upon a star came true. The pope linked up live from the Vatican with the six-man crew as they orbited 250 miles above Earth. "Good morning, good evening," the pope told the crew at 3 p.m. Rome time "because when you are in space, you never know" what the real time is.

Not whole truth
Healthy patriotism is different from nationalist, populist fervor that manipulates people for political ends, said two top church leaders. "When you have the idea that your nation is higher, is better than other nations, that is not Christian, that is not according to the Christian faith," said German Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising, president of the Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Community. "If you say, love your neighbor like yourself, that's Christian," he said Oct. 27 during a news conference with Archbishop Paul R. Gallagher, Vatican foreign minister.

Pilgrims learn lessons
After weeks of navigating difficult terrain, avoiding wild animals and steep cliffs, the devoted pilgrims and hiking enthusiasts who manage to traverse the 155 miles between Assisi and Rome on foot arrive in St. Peter's Basilica and report a special kind of payoff. "It's very moving when you get there and walk through the doors of St. Peter's," said Bret Thoman, director of St. Francis Pilgrimages. "It's almost like walking from the world into heaven." The Way of St. Francis is a network of walking trails that connects Assisi to Rome. Created 15 years ago by the government of Italy's Umbria province, it attempts to mirror the path likely trod by St. Francis of Assisi when he went to Rome to meet Pope Innocent III in 1209.

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