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placeholder January 8, 2018   •   VOL. 56, NO. 1   •   Oakland, CA

Jan. 2-10: On duty with the Navy

Jan. 11: Office meetings, Chancery, including Priest Personnel Board

      7 p.m. Bishop's Appeal training, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland

Jan. 12: Office meetings, Chancery

Jan. 13: 10 a.m. Adult Confirmation, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland

      2 p.m. Adult Confirmation, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland

Jan. 14: 11 a.m., Mass, Pan de Vida Retreat, St. Joachim Parish, Hayward

Jan. 16-18: US bishops' meeting on Catholic education, Washington, DC

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Clergy assignments
Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, made these assignments:

Deacon David Rezendes as Temporary Pastoral Administrator, St. Michael Parish, Livermore, effective Nov. 20.

Rev. Mark Wiesner as Temporary Parochial Administrator, St. Michael Parish, Livermore, effective Nov. 20. Father Wiesner will remain as pastor of St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Livermore.

Rev. Luis Lopez has been appointed parochial vicar at St. Lawrence O'Toole-St. Cyril Parish and St. Paschal Baylon Parish, Oakland, effective Jan. 1.

Traditional Latin Mass
The Traditional Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form, or Tridentine) will be offered at St. Michael Parish, 458 Maple St., Livermore, once per month, at the 8 a.m. second Sunday Mass from January through June. It is part of the parish's dentennial celebration of its church building, dedicated in 1918. It is meant to allow parishioners to experience the Mass as worshiped from 1592 until the 1960s. Learn more at www.StMichaelLivermore.com/Latin.

Guadalupe Pilgrimage date
Mark your calendars early for the Our Lady of Guadalupe Pilgrimage, which will be held on Dec. 1, 2018. For questions, contact Hector Medina, coordinator of Latino Ministries, 510-496-7224 or hmedina@oakdiocese.org.

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Gingrich begins service
Callista L. Gingrich presented her letters of credential to Pope Francis, formally assuming her duties as U.S. ambassador to the Holy See. Gingrich met privately with the pope Dec. 22 after introducing her husband, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and members of her staff.

New Year Mass
Children dressed as the Three Kings walk to their seats after presenting the offertory gifts during Pope Francis' celebration of Mass marking the feast of Mary, Mother of God, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Jan. 1.

New Year message
Pope Francis began the New Year praying the world would demonstrate a marked increase in solidarity and welcome for migrants and refugees. "Let's not extinguish the hope in their hearts; let's not suffocate their hopes for peace," the pope said Jan. 1 before reciting the Angelus with a crowd gathered in St. Peter's Square. For the New Year's celebration of World Peace Day and the feast of Mary, Mother of God, Pope Francis had chosen to focus on migrants and refugees and their yearning for peace.

Paul VI

Paul VI canonized?
Blessed Paul VI is depicted in a stained-glass window at St. Anthony of Padua Church in East Northport, N.Y. Blessed Paul VI could be declared a saint in 2018, perhaps during the Synod of Bishops, an institution he re-established after the Second Vatican Council, according to the newspaper of his home diocese, La Voce del Popolo of the Diocese of Brescia, Italy.

Hope where fear reigns
Cristmas calls believers to see God's presence where he is often perceived as absent, especially in the "unwelcomed visitor, often unrecognizable, who walks through our cities and our neighborhoods, who travels on our buses and knocks on our doors," Pope Francis said. "Christmas is a time for turning the power of fear into the power of charity," the pope said Dec. 24 as he celebrated Christmas Mass.

Church workers killed
The majority of Catholic Church workers violently killed in 2017 were victims of attempted robberies, the Vatican's Fides agency said, with Nigeria and Mexico topping the list countries where the most brutal murders were carried out. The agency said 23 people working for the church worldwide — 13 priests, one religious brother, one religious sister and eight lay persons — died violent deaths in 2017; that number was down from 28 people killed in 2016.

Cardinal Law's funeral
Cardinal Bernard F. Law, who resigned as archbishop of Boston when it became clear he had knowingly transferred priests accused of sexually abusing children, made mistakes as all people do, Cardinal Angelo Sodano said at his funeral. Cardinal Sodano, as dean of the College of Cardinals, celebrated the funeral Mass for Cardinal Law Dec. 21 at the Altar of the Chair in St. Peter's Basilica.

Curia exists to serve
The people who work at the Vatican and in the Roman Curia are supposed to be "sensitive antennas" that faithfully transmit the desires of the pope and receive information from dioceses and Eastern Catholic churches around the world, Pope Francis said.

Get to Mass early
Don't be late for Mass believing the introductory rites do not matter, Pope Francis told visitors and pilgrims. The words and gestures that open the celebration help the faithful come together as one and prepare them to listen to the Word of God and celebrate the Eucharist worthily, he said Dec. 20 during his weekly general audience.

Catholic News Service

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