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February 29, 2016   •   VOL. 54, NO. 4   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

A little love with your groceries
Handmade valentines from pupils at St. Elizabeth Elementary School in Oakland; School of the Madeleine in Berkeley; Hillside Elementary in San Leandro; and Albany Middle School provided a little something extra for seniors who were picking up their bags of groceries Feb. 12 at the Oak Center Towers in Oakland. Nicole St. Lawrence, Mercy Brown Bag's volunteer coordinator/administrative assistant, takes valentines off the bulletin board to add to the bags as volunteers look on. The Mercy Brown Bag, which began in 1982 at the Mercy Care & Retirement Center in Oakland, now distributes nutritious groceries to more than 3,000 low-income seniors twice monthly, free of charge, at 18 sites in the East Bay.
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Chinese New Year Mass
More than 200 people joined with a dozen priests and Bishop Michael C. Baber, SJ, and Bishop Emeritus John S. Cummins to celebrate Chinese New Year with a Mass followed by a banquet on Feb. 21 at Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Union City. Bishop Barber was greeted by many and at one point, there was a ceremony honoring ancestors.


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