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Thieves strike Antioch church

Oakland Cathedral begins series of concerts through December

Crowd gathers for Twilight by the Lake

At relocated interfaith service, life, legacy of Rev. King recalled

St. James parish celebrates Mother of Vailankanni festival

New book aids parishes in ministering to gays

Gala aids Oakland sculpture honoring 25 peace leaders

College students spend summer vacation working with poor

Events target teens, parents

Youth group in San Leandro

Principals receive Medal of Merit

• Deacon Hector Victoria
• Sister M. Alice Gough, SHF
• Father Ralph Murphy, SDB
• Sister Mary Leonard Donovan, SHF
• Mary Lou Stelly

Group offers faith events on topics for young people

Church has evolving answer on reality of Adam and Eve

Serra High christens $21M arts, science, pool complex

Study finds cohabitation more harmful to children than divorce

Rice Bowl grant applications sought

Casa Vincentia sets fundraising goal

Film project seeks Cristeros

Interfaith Blood Drive exceeds goal

placeholder September 5, 2011   •   VOL. 49, NO. 15   •   Oakland, CA

9/11: 10 YEARS AFTER

Area events to mark 9/11

Holy Spirit/Newman Hall
2700 Dwight Way
Sept. 10, 6-8:30 p.m.

Newman Hall will present a Catholic-Muslim interfaith dialogue entitled: “Conversations We Never Had After 9/11.” The evening includes a light supper, presentations by both Catholic and Muslim theologians, dialogue among attendees of different faiths and prayer from Catholic and Islamic traditions. Presentations will be given by Sister Marianne Farina, a Holy Cross sister and assistant professor at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, and Mahan Mirza, professor and vice president of academic affairs at Zaytuna College, a four-year college of Islamic Studies in Berkeley. This event is co-sponsored by the Oakland Diocese Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs Commission.

‘Blue Masses’
for police, fire
planned in September

St. Ignatius of Antioch
3351 Contra Loma Blvd., Antioch
Sept. 17, 9:30 a.m.

The Knights of Columbus sponsors the Blue Mass, which commemorates the events of 9/11 and honors local police, fire, sheriff’s deputies and the California Highway Patrol in East Contra Costa County. Presider is Father Robert Rien, pastor of St. Ignatius, and Father Helmut Richter, pastor of Church of the Good Shepherd in Pittsburg and Pittsburg police chaplain, among the concelebrants. The liturgy includes blessing for the police officers and firefighters. A reception and luncheon follow at the Lone Tree Golf and Event Center.

Saint Mary’s College Chapel
Moraga, Sept. 30, 10 a.m.

A Blue Mass at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga will honor police and fire personnel of Alameda and Contra Costa counties, in celebration of the Feast of the Guardian Angels. An interfaith service of commemoration for those who have fallen in the line of duty will follow the Mass. Attendance is limited to invited police and fire personnel.
St. Philip Neri Church

3101 Van Buren St.
Sept. 11, 11:30 a.m.

On the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, Father Vince Cotter, then pastor of St. Philip Neri Church, invited local police, firefighters and other first responders to Mass. This tradition continues at the 11:30 a.m. Sept. 11 Mass. City officials have been invited to attend, and parishioners who are first-responders and flight attendants will be in uniform. The parish picnic follows Mass.

St. Felicitas Church

1662 Manor Blvd.
San Leandro
Sept. 11, 9 a.m.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated in honor of all of those who were injured or died during the terrorist attacks 10 years ago. Father Jayson Landeza, chaplain for the Oakland Fire Department and Oakland Police Department, will preach and bless the men and women in uniform who continue to serve in the community and beyond. Students at St. Felicitas School have made cards to thank first-responders.

St. Agnes Church

3966 Chestnut Ave.
Sept. 11, 10:45 a.m.

Local police, firefighters, flight attendants and paramedics are invited to the 10:45 a.m. Mass Sept. 11 at St. Agnes Church in Concord. They will be treated to a free pancake breakfast afterward, “our way of thanking and honoring them for all they do,” said Father Vince Cotter, pastor. “It serves as a reminder to all of us about the events of 9/11, how we must never forget and always work toward peace and justice.”

Cathedral of Christ the Light

2121 Harrison St.
Sept. 11, 5:30-7 p.m.

“9/11/11: A National Requiem of Remembrance: “Looking Back, Moving Forward” is the theme for a community gathering at the Cathedral. Join the Oakland Symphony Chorus and Oakland Civic Orchestra as they perform Mozart’s Requiem on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Oakland Mayor Jean Quan and other elected city officials will be present to pay tribute on this solemn occasion. The event is free; Cathedral Tours are available at 4:30 p.m. for $5 per person. Meet at the Great Doors of the Cathedral.

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