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placeholder Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish
has a festive
'welcome home'

Crèche Festival
draws 51 entries

Diocese, cemetery workers ink 10-year, no-layoff pact

Sisters find a new home for valued
piece of their history

Lourdes, a place
of healing for
wounded warriors

Advocate and
fighter for justice:
Gwen Watson

Food justice is theme
of HNU workshop

Widows and
widowers find
support at
Brentwood parish

Two find their voice
in writing stories
of Notre Dame

Retirement? No, thanks, I'd rather
be working

Christmas in Pinole

Christmas for All Saints' 'Busy Bees'

Just for Seniors
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Demographic
changes affecting church now an emerging reality
for nation

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placeholder  January 5, 2015   •   VOL. 53, NO. 1   •   Oakland, CA

Darwin Sayo/THE CATHOLIC VOICE

ALBERT C. PACCIORINI/THE CATHOLIC VOICE
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Crèche Festival
draws 51 entries

Parishes, schools and pastoral groups participated in the Diocese of Oakland's Fifth Annual Crèche Festival Dec. 12-14, which drew 51 entries. The Christmas tree and Nativity scene are reminders of the mystery of the Incarnation and they both carry "a message of light, hope and love," Pope Francis said Dec. 19. The pope said the crèche and Christmas tree are a sign of how "God made man to save us and the light that Jesus brought to the world with his birth." Click here to view all 51 entries. The festival ended with hundreds of people attending a service with Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, and the Cathedral Choir, with lessons and Christmas carols, top photo. At left, crèches from St. Paul School in San Pablo, and below, St. Francis of Assisi in Concord's kindergarten.
 
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