Catholic Schools Week
Schoolchildren can put words into actions
Michael C. Barber, SJ
Catholic schools are a vital part of the teaching mission of the Church.
Pope Francis has asked this Jubilee Year of Mercy be one of living the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. He invites us to help people carry their cross.
I have asked the students in our Diocese of Oakland to participate in the pope's call, and for older students to lead their younger classmates in putting words into actions.
I've challenged our schoolchildren to do a project of a spiritual or corporal work of mercy: to collect food for the hungry, visit lonely people, sing for them, make cards or pray for world peace.
On these pages, you will read about just a few of the good works our school children are doing to be true friends and disciples of Jesus.
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