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placeholder Five decades
of leadership

Bishop Floyd Begin,
a bridge builder for all

Oakland diocese's
first parish celebrates
its jubilee, too

The first priest
of the diocese

Commitment to a demanding life

Bishop Begin:
Blessed beginning, blessed ending

Fond memories of Bishop Floyd L. Begin

'Where were you …'

Pastoral Council made diocese a leader in giving laity a voice

Interfaith good feeling, openness part of our diocesan heritage

Housing to rise at former cathedral site

At Cooper Chapel, building community, Catholic identity

'Community' crypts provide peace of mind

Stewardship of the end-of-life

Institute aims to refute atheist influence in science

New film tells story of Cristero War


Catholic population at nearly 59 million in 2010

Religious freedom rally set for June 8

Fundraiser on May 26 for Haitian children

Visitation of the
Blessed Virgin:
What it means for us

50 years later, still answering Fatima questions

Magnificat Maternal Health: Mission to protect women in childbirth

Special collection
for Catholic Communication

Parishes lifeblood
of the diocese

placeholder May 21, 2012   •   VOL. 50, NO. 9   •   Oakland, CA
Special collection for Catholic Communication

The Catholic Communication Campaign collection, which will be taken in most parishes the weekend of June 9-10, this year is themed to "How the GOOD NEWS Gets Around — to YOU."

Funds provide for the gathering and dissemination of information about the Diocese of Oakland's parishes, schools, programs, services and events, as well as the Catholic Church in the world, using all available means:

The Catholic Voice newspaper and website.

El Heraldo Católico.

The Diocese of Oakland website.

Media relations.

Catholic Social Media — Facebook and Twitter.

Multimedia podcast, online video, photo- graphy.

Service support, consultation and advice for special projects and events.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops established the Catholic Communication Campaign collection in 1979 to respond to national and local communications needs of the Church.

The Vatican also declares World Communications Day, this year, May 20; theme is "Silence and Word: Path of Evangelization," as announced by the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, based on remarks of Pope Benedict XVI.

The pope focused on the need to value silence, not as an antidote to the relentless pace of modern communications, but to factor in discernment and reflection in order to enrich the value of communication.

World Communications Day, the only worldwide celebration called for by the Second Vatican Council, is celebrated in most countries on the Sunday before Pentecost.

— Staff report/Valley Catholic

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