|March 4, 2013 • VOL. 51, NO. 5 • Oakland, CA|
| Bringing the Divine
More than 140 people attended the Divine Mercy Parish Leaders' Congress and Workshop on Jan. 19 at St. Agnes Parish in Concord. Speakers included Father Carl Arcosa, Divine Mercy chaplain of the Diocese of Oakland; Brother John Paoletti, MIC; the Marian Evangelization Team from Stockbridge, Massachusetts; and Dave and Joan Maroney of the? Mother of Mercy Messengers lay apostolate.
"Father Carl uses his great charisma in all his activities which truly invites all to join and be authentic participants of the church especially in understanding what Divine Mercy really means," said Arcilia Petersen, a parishioner at St. Francis of Assisi in Concord.
Brother Paoletti spoke on the Divine Mercy's mission in evangelization. "Brother John explained the mission of St. Faustina well," said Ritzi Ramos, a St. Francis parishioner. "He explained it in layman language that it should be understood well as it sinks in our heart and soul, I believe he is guided by the Holy Spirit."
Three parishes — Immaculate Heart of Mary in Brentwood, St. Francis of Assisi in Concord and St. Joachim in Hayward — hosted presentations by Mother of Mercy Messengers. "The Spark" engaged the students in a pictorial essay beginning with St. Faustina's childhood and her journey to religious life. "Divine Mercy for Young Hearts" delivered catechism and the riches of the Catholic faith to both youth and adults.
The Spanish Leadership for the Diocese of Oakland Divine Mercy Apostolate and Ministry invited Father Fernando Echeverri of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, New York, to the Spanish Divine Mercy Conference and Healing Mass at St. Anthony Parish in Oakley.
For more information and to view upcoming events, visit www.divinemercyoakland.org.
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