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placeholder September 8, 2014   •   VOL. 52, NO. 15   •   Oakland, CA
Bishop to celebrate Mass for SPRED

The Special Religious Education Department's annual Mass with the bishop is set for 10 a.m. Sept. 14 at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland.

Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, will celebrate the Mass. Friends — people with intellectual disabilities who attend special religious education classes in more than 20 parishes — will be joined by their families and catechists.

During the month of September, training begins for catechists new to the program. The program is a one-catechist-to-one-friend ministry. Catechists are needed particularly in centers serving Oakland, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Hayward and Fremont, said Michelle Martinez-Kilty, SPRED coordinator for the diocese. New catechists are welcome in other areas of the diocese as well.

Mark the calendar for April 18 for the annual fundraiser, SPRED The Word XXIV, which will be at St. Raymond Parish in Dublin. The evening begins with Mass, followed by dinner cooked by the parish Knights of Columbus, and ending with dancing. Auctions conducted during the evening also benefit the ministry.

For more information about SPRED: the SPRED Model and Training Center, 510-635-7252 or by email at info@spredoakdiocese.org.

 
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