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Vatican Corner 08-08-2021

Latin was the language spoken around the area of Rome called Latium in the 1st century BC. With the power of Rome, Latin became the dominant language in Italy and in the entire Western Roman Empire. After Pentecost, the apostles spread Christianity throughout the...

Pastor’s Desk 08-08-2021

This and ThatWe AskedLoving Creator,We asked for strength, and yougave us difficulties to make usstrong.We asked for wisdom, and you gave us problems tosolve.We asked for prosperity, and you gave us purposeand brains to use.We asked for courage, and you gave us fears...

Vatican Corner 08-01-2021

Twenty-five years after Michelangelo painted his masterpiece the: ‘Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel’, and after a long, successful period working for the Medici family in Florence, he returned to the Vatican to work. He was welcomed by Pope Clement VII who commissioned...

Pastor’s Desk 08-01-2021

Practicing FaithQuestion:I’d like to make some new resolutions about practicing the faith in our family during the year. Do you have any suggestions?Answer:The family is the most essential space for the formation of values and character. Practicing your faith as a...

Vatican Corner 07-25-2021

Shortly before Pope Francis’ planned colon surgery, Salvatore Izzo the director of the Vaticannews website told Francis about his own medical problems, but Francis did not reveal his pending surgery in return. The Vatican and the Pope probably wanted to keep the...

Pastor’s Desk 07-25-2021

St. Joachim, Father of the Most Blessed Virgin Feast: July 26th  St. Joachim was the ever-chaste husband of St. Anne, the mother of our Blessed Virgin. Though advanced in years, Sts. Joachim and Anne remained fervent in their prayers to be blessed with a child. God...

Vatican Corner 07-18-2021

On July 4, 2021, the 84-year-old Pope Francis had surgery to remove a portion of his left colon in what has been described as a planned procedure. A 10 person team of doctors and nurses at Rome’s Gemelli hospital performed the operation in about 3 hours’ time. That...

Pastor’s Desk 07-18-2021 (Message from Bishop Barber)

~ A Return to the Eucharist ~~ “How I have longed to celebrate this Passover with you” (Luke 22:15). When people ask, “Why should we go to Mass?” I answer, “Because Jesus is waiting for you there in the Church, and He wants to be with you — right there — in the Holy...

Vatican Corner 07-11-2021

On Thursday July 1, 2021, Pope Francis hosted a day of prayer for Lebanon with 10 senior Lebanese Catholic and Orthodox leaders. They spent the day discussing the future of Lebanon which is currently in a very serious economic crisis. Throughout its existence, it has...

Vatican Corner 07-04-2021

Standing In the Courtyard of the Pinecone at the Vatican Museum is a tall contemporary sculpture known as Sfera con Sfera or Sphere within a Sphere. It is the work of Italian sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro, born June 23, 1926. He is known for his geometric bronze works and...

Pastor’s Desk 07-04-2021

Fr. Henry was appointed as the Pastor of St. Joachim Parish by Oakland Bishop Michael C. Barber, S.J. effective July 1, 2021. Fr. Henry was born in Poland in 1968 and ordained a priest for the Divine Word Missionaries on April 27, 1996. For two years he worked in the...

Vatican Corner 06-27-2021

On Sept. 27, 2019, the then former Vice President Joe Biden was denied communion at a Catholic church in Florence, South Carolina over his support for abortion rights. Father RobertMorey said “any public figure who advocates for abortion places himself or herself...

Pastor’s Desk 06-27-2021

While talking to me these days, quite a few of our parishioners have asked me to name one work of mine at St. Joachim in the last ten years that I feel so close to my heart. Without hesitation I have named the construction of the sanctuary in our church and bringing...

Vatican Corner 06-20-2021

German Cardinal Reinhard Marx, 67, of Munich and Freising, German submitted his resignation to Pope Francis and that news was made public on June 4, 2021. The reason Marx gave was that he is taking responsibility for the failures of the Church in handling clerical...

Pastor’s Desk 06-20-2021

Three years back, one day as I was walking back to the sacristy after the 12.15 pm Sundaymass, a Spanish speaking young lady who comes regularly to our Sunday Mass along with her husband and two sons came to me and said that her elder boy who was studying third grade...