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CCHD collection
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Gifts for children,
no batteries needed

Filipino tradition celebrated in many
of our parishes

Cathedral celebrates African-American

Corpus Christi
School joins Green Apple initiative promoting
sustainable schools

Thanksgiving dinners to be served in the East Bay

Advent calendar
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Crèche Festival

Crèche Festival
Dec. 13-15

Our Lady of Guadalupe pilgrimage Dec. 7

Collection helps communities address retirement shortfall

the dead

Deacon Dave's lights go on Nov. 30

Annual Faith Formation Conference: Multicultural,
multilingual event

Family synod to be based on doctrine,
not public opinion

Secular Christmas seen as encroaching on Advent season

Volunteers sought
for youth detention

St. Leander Parish begins celebration
of its 150th year

become deacons

Alumnus visits

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Gifts for children, no batteries needed

After the batteries have long run out, these intangibles will long endure. They are recommended by Canaan Mantermach and Carl J. Pfeifer through the Department of Religious Education of the National Catholic Education Association.

• Time. It shows them how much they mean to you.

• Love. Nothing is more important than love.

• Sense of justice — that is, fidelity to relationships and responsibilities.

• Laughter and joy. Happiness nurtures. Morality is a by-product of growing up with laughter and joy.

• Celebration. Find something special to do each month as well as mark special occasions.

• Spirituality. Show the importance of prayer and Sunday worship.

• Forgiveness and healing. Never let children go to sleep without being forgiven for a wrong, or healing a hurt.

• Truth. Help them to be truthful and honest.

• Respect for the property of others. Give the example.

• Books. Urge children to read, and read aloud with them.

(Marianist Brother John Samaha is a retired religious educator who worked for many years in the catechetical department of the Oakland diocese. He now resides in Cupertino.)

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