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placeholder September 8, 2014   •   VOL. 52, NO. 15   •   Oakland, CA

Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, joined with pastor, Rev. Richard J. Culver and Deacon Loc Nguyen, right, as the parish celebrated its 52nd anniversary and the feast of Our Lady Queen of the World, the diocese's patron. To celebrate the diversity of the parish, members were invited to wear their native country's traditional garments. Above, standing in front of the choir, are seminarians Matthew Murray and Luis Lopez.
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Mary showed us sacrifice key to marriage survival

It was standing room only at Our Lady Queen of the World Parish in Bay Point at the noon Mass Aug. 17, as Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, helped parishioners celebrate the feast of Our Lady Queen of the World.

It was the parishes' 52nd anniversary.

In his homily, Bishop Barber recalled at a recent workshop, how he was asked what the one piece of advice he could give for a successful marriage.

"Mary showed us that true love comes from sacrifice," he said. "You can't have real love without sacrifice." The proof of love, he said, is when you are married and one of the couple must make a big sacrifice. "That's proof of love."

Mary was a woman of her time, Bishop Barber explained. Women of her time were expected to have many children, because families needed the income they could generate, and many children died young. "Her dreams were to be a mother and grandmother," the bishop said.

Instead, based on faith, she raised Jesus and had no grandchildren.

"Never doubt your faith," he said. "Mary is faithful. Never give up hope."

About 500 people joined in the celebration. To celebrate the diversity of the parish, members were invited to wear their native country's traditional garments.

 
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