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February 9, 2015   •   VOL. 53, NO. 3   •   Oakland, CA
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Meeting people where they are, Berkeley style
In the spirit of meeting people where they are, Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, went to Sproul Plaza on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley. Tabling is a noontime tradition at the university, and despite loud noise from the construction project at the nearby Student Union, the bishop was able to speak with several students. The Catholics@Cal table, sponsored by Holy Spirit/Newman Hall Parish, was staffed with young volunteers, who offered passersby flyers with Mass times and a schedule of events, including Bible study led by the FOCUS ministry, a rosary group, Students for Life and LGBTQ group and knitting group. Maya Neam, one of the FOCUS missionaries, said of the bishop's presence, "It's good to have his support, and for him to see the lives of the students, and for the students to see him." Fourth-year student Rose Hoang, from Oakland, said she attends the 5 p.m. Sunday Mass; afterward, students gather for dinner. "It's a great way to get to know all the students," she said. She's active in the rosary group, which draws about 40 students weekly at Newman, and attends the evening Masses for students at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday and 9 p.m. Thursday, which follows an hour of Eucharistic Adoration. She's not alone. She said the Masses draw "tons of students. Students are really seeking to know Christ more." Among those conversing with the bishop was first-year student Juliane Trapse, from Tulare, who was passing by on her way to lunch. Before the hour was up, the bishop — ever the Navy chaplain — greeted a Naval ROTC instructor who passed by. Before the Campanile struck 1 p.m., the bishop thanked the students who staffed the table: "Thank you for professing your faith," he said. As he walked back to Newman Hall, with pastor Rev. Ivan Tou, CSP, the bishop said of the students, "I was so impressed by how much they love the Church and love Christ."
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