|Memorial Mass for students|
Five Irish students, whose summer adventure in the United States ended in tragedy, and one's Irish-American cousin, were mourned June 17 at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland. A lone piper's rendition of "Amazing Grace" served as a solemn prelude to the memorial Mass celebrated by Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, above, entering the cathedral. A day earlier, the balcony on a Berkeley apartment collapsed, sending the students to the street five floors below. "Please know how much we share your sorrow," the bishop told about 200 people. Father Aidan McAleenan, right, pastor of St. Columba Church in Oakland, spent much of June 16 at the hospital with the injured students and gave the homily at the memorial Mass. "I knew what it was like to be young and come to this whole new world," Father McAleenan, an Irish immigrant himself, said. "There but for the grace of God go any of us." Among the concelebrants were Bishop Emeritus John Cummins, and about a dozen priests of the diocese.
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