|February 8, 2016 • VOL. 54, NO. 3 • Oakland, CA|
| 24 Hours for the Lord scheduled
The Cathedral of Christ the Light will answer Pope Francis' call to observe "24 Hours for the Lord" March 4-5 with Masses, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, music, Scripture, presentations on reconciliation and the opportunity for confession in four languages.
"The initiative of '24 Hours for the Lord,' to be celebrated on the Friday and Saturday preceding the Fourth Week of Lent, should be implemented in every diocese. So many people, including young people, are returning to the Sacrament of Reconciliation; through this experience they are rediscovering a path back to the Lord, living a moment of intense prayer and finding meaning in their lives. Let us place the Sacrament of Reconciliation at the center once more in such a way that it will enable people to touch the grandeur of God's mercy with their own hands. For every penitent, it will be a source of true interior peace."
The celebration at the cathedral will begin March 4 with a 7:30 p.m. multicultural Mass. A program for young adults will follow. Plans include prayer by the recently formed Sant'Egidio group from St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Berkeley, worship music and the involvement of young adults in the Spanish-speaking Catholic movements, said Steven Lewis, who coordinates young adult ministry and evangelization for the Diocese of Oakland. Confession will be available during this time.
From midnight to 7:30 a.m., there will be the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Groups from around the diocese will spend an hour with the Lord. This silent, prayerful time will be open to the public.
The Vietnamese community will gather for its 7:30 a.m. Saturday Mass on March 5, to be followed by a two-hour presentation that will include teaching on reconciliation, Scripture and music. Confession in the Vietnamese language will be available.
Afterward, space will be made available in the cathedral center for additional prayer and community.
From 10 a.m. to noon, a similar presentation will take place for English-speakers. The choir from Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Oakland will provide the music during this time.
From noon to 2 p.m., the presentation will be available in Tagalog and English for the Filipino community. The Spanish community is invited to the Spanish-language presentation from 2 to 4 p.m.
"We want people to go to confession in their own languages," said the Very Rev. James Matthews, rector of the cathedral, who has invited several priests to hear confessions in those four languages.
At 5:30 p.m., Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, will celebrate Mass in the cathedral, marking the end of the 24 hours.
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