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St. Michael's 100th

Congratulations to our local St. Michael's school (K-8) on its 100th birthday. This is quite a bit older than our Diocese of Oakland and it is still going strong.

We can only continue to hope and pray for our graduates to be able to attend a Catholic high school right here in Livermore that has been promised (land bought and owned by our diocese) for many, many years. It is truly a shame nothing has happened and our students, if they wish to continue their Catholic education, have to commute to Concord, Oakland or Hayward.

Nancy Morgan

Who was there?

I was baptized on Sunday, July 23, 1972 at Queen of All Saints Catholic church in Concord by Father Ben Calleja. If anybody attended my baptism, remembers it or might have pictures of the event, please write to me: Donald Moore P.O. Box 61, Bountiful, Utah 84011.

Donald Moore
Bountiful, Utah

Heart of the faith

What does it mean to be Catholic? What is "The heart of the faith"? Education in the basics has been sorely lacking for generations now. We need clear teaching. We need to get back to the basics.

I believe we need to start with the foundation of the faith — the core claim of the Catholic Church — Christ's gift (charism) of infallibility in matters of faith and morals. If we do not believe this, then we believe nothing. Either we believe Christ's promise to preserve His Church free from error, or we don't.

If we truly believe, then we accept everything that our Holy Mother, the Church, proposes for our belief, because it comes from Christ Himself. Many today say, "I believe this doctrine or that teaching, but I don't accept these." That, my dear brothers and sisters in Christ, is not faith. That is saying I "believe," but in reality means "I happen to agree." What you "happen to agree with" today may change tomorrow.

The truth cannot change. What is evil today cannot be good tomorrow. Faith, like love, is much more than feelings. Faith and reason are united. Is there a way for us to know what is right and what is wrong, what is good and what is evil? Our relativistic society says no. Christ says, yes. May we choose Christ.

In this time of the 40 Days For Life Campaign, and the beautiful Month of Respect for Human Life and of the Rosary, may we pray, work and fast to build the Culture of Life, and bring souls to Christ. Let us beg our bishop and our priests to teach us the faith.

David Zarri

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