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Jubilee of Mercy

24 Hours for the Lord at the Cathedral

What does the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy mean to me?

Pope's plea: Stop death penalty

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Sister Anne Baxter, OP

Msgr. Fred Bitanga

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Knights distribute coats to schoolchildren


Centers able to offer personal or private retreats

Rachel's Vineyard retreat step toward post-abortion healing

Lively day of music, song at youth retreat

Bay Area retreat centers


Pilgrimage reveals little known history at Holy Land sites

Pilgrimage reunion

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Ten couples win Voice anniversary drawing

placeholder February 29, 2016   •   VOL. 54, NO. 4   •   Oakland, CA
Jubilee of Mercy

24 Hours for the Lord at the Cathedral

The Diocese of Oakland is answering Pope Francis' call for "24 Hours for the Lord" with Eucharistic Adoration, and talks and meditations on the Sacrament of Reconciliation March 4-5 at The Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland.

The observance begins at 7 p.m. Friday with "Experiencing God's Mercy: Forgiveness, Healing and the Sacrament of Reconciliation," a presentation by Rev. Mark Wiesner. Father Wiesner, pastor of St. Charles Borromeo Church in Livermore, was commissioned by Pope Francis on Ash Wednesday in Rome as one of the Missionaries of Mercy.

His presentation will be followed by a program designed for young adults, including Eucharistic Adoration, prayer, praise, worship and a reflection on forgiveness, presented by Steven Lewis, coordinator of young adult ministry and evangelization for the diocese. Members of the new Sant'Egidio community at St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Berkeley will lead prayer.

Confession will be available throughout the evening.

Eucharistic Adoration will end at 10 p.m. and begin again in the cathedral's Blessed Sacrament Chapel at 7 a.m. Saturday, concluding at 5 p.m.

At 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Mass will be celebrated in Vietnamese. From 8 to 10 a.m., there will be a meditation on forgiveness, including music and prayer in Vietnamese. Vietnamese-speaking priests will be available for confession.

From 10 a.m. to noon, the meditation on forgiveness, with music and silent prayer, will be offered in English. English-speaking priests will be available for confession.

The meditation on forgiveness will be conducted in English and Tagalog from noon to 2 p.m., with music and silent prayer. Priests will be available for confession.

At 2 p.m., the meditation on forgiveness, with music and silent prayer, will be offered in Spanish, with Spanish-speaking priests available for confession.

Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, will celebrate the Vigil Mass at 5:30 p.m. in the Cathedral of Christ the Light. The Cathedral Choir will provide the music.

Free parking will be available on the B2 level of the cathedral parking garage from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday. On Saturday, free parking will be available in the Kaiser Garage from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for those attending the events.

Check with parishes throughout the diocese for "24 Hours for the Lord" observances. Among them:

• St Joseph Basilica, Alameda, begins with 8 a.m. Mass March 4, ending with 8 a.m. Mass March 5. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament starts after morning Mass Friday, ending before morning Mass Saturday. There will be confessions from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and meditation on the Stations of the Cross at 7 p.m. March 4.

• St. Raymond Parish, Dublin, plans 24 hour Eucharistic Adoration and additional hours for confessions.

• The Delta Deanery will have an Evening of Reflection with Rev. Msgr. Tony Valdivia at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Brentwood at 7:30 p.m. March 4.

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