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placeholder April 11, 2016   •   VOL. 54, NO. 7   •   Oakland, CA
Easter 2016

Great three days
The Paschal Triduum are three days that culminate the Church's year, and consist of liturgies of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday, the Passion on Good Friday and the vigil of the Resurrection on Holy Saturday. During the Holy Thursday Mass the evening of March 24, Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, washed the feet of eight people who are involved as ministers in the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, reflecting that this year is an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. In the Gospel, after the Last Supper, Christ rose and washed the feet of the disciples, saying to them, "I have given you an example; that you should do likewise." The disciple Simon Peter at first balked, but acquiesced. Earlier in his homily, the bishop compared Peter's clash of will with Jesus to our own resistance to Him. How many times in our society, through the Church, Our Lord asks the people to do something and they say no, the bishop asked. After the Mass, with Bishop Barber carrying the Blessed Sacrament, the people carrying candles processed out of the Cathedral of Christ the Light, down to Harrison Street and into the Cathedral Mausoleum.
ALL: ALBERT C. PACCIORINI/THE CATHOLIC VOICE


The Passion
For the Good Friday Walk to the Cross in the hills above the San Ramon Valley, about 150 St. Joan of Arc parishioners as well as individuals from neighboring parishes climbed the steep, muddy trail to the metal cross, stopping to recite the stations along the way. The annual walk is a reminder of Jesus' walk and the burden of carrying a heavy cross. Old and young alike are invited to take a turn carrying a wooden cross.
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Familiar symbols
The familiar symbols of Good Friday — the crucifix draped in red; the empty baptismal font and a choir conveying beautifully the story of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ — were evoked at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland on March 25. Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, presided at the liturgy. During his homily, the bishop recalled the recent murder of four Sisters, Missionaries of Charity, in Yemen. He read an eyewitness account of the attack by terrorists that left the sisters, and several aides who helped them in their ministry of caring of the elderly poor in a nursing home. "The murder of these nuns really happened," he said. "The murder of Christ really happened." Among the hundreds in the cathedral were four Missionaries of Charity, the order founded by Mother Teresa. "The blood of martyrs in the seed of Christianity," the bishop said. After the homily, a large wooden cross was carried to the altar, where it was venerated by Bishop Barber, Bishop Emeritus John S. Cummins, priests and deacons. The cross was borne to the center aisle of the cathedral, where the faithful moved toward it from every corner of the cathedral, awaiting an opportunity to touch or kiss the cross.
MICHEL JURICH/THE CATHOLIC VOICE

Alleluia! He is risen!

Most holy of nights
At the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland, the faithful gathered at 8 p.m. March 26 for the great Easter Vigil of the Lord's Resurrection. The fire was lit on the plaza and the Paschal Candle was carried inside, beginning the vigil Mass. Earlier, Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, met with the candidates who were to be baptized and confirmed.
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Journey to conversion
At St. Joan of Arc in San Ramon, Greg Bonn, wearing his Cal T-shirt, converted from Judaism to Catholicism on the 50th anniversary of his BarMitvah. Easter Sunday was his birthday. His conversion was influenced in many ways, including by his former uncle-in-law Rev. Jim Schexnayder, his work for several years as CFO at Notre Dame High School in Burlingame and his involvement at St. Joan's with the Knights of Columbus, Parish Alpha Program, Christian Family Movement and former pastor, Rev. Ray Zielezienski.
All: DOMINIQUE GHEKIERE-MINTZ/SPECIAL TO THE CATHOLIC VOICE

Above, St. Joan of Arc's pastor, Rev. Ray Sacca, lights the Paschal candle. Below, the large group of candidates and catechumens at St. Joan's was bolstered by people from St. John Vianney in Walnut Creek.


'The Lord is truly risen'
"None of us wants to die," said Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, in his homily on Easter Sunday. But eventually we are all going to die. "We can't save ourselves from death, but we can immerse ourselves in divine love," the bishop told the over-capacity crowd at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland. There's a difference between human love and divine love, he said. Divine love has supernatural power. Human love cannot save us from death. Divine power saves us from eternal death. "When our earthly life comes to an end, He will be there to take us by the hand."
ALBERT C. PACCIORINI/THE CATHOLIC VOICE
 
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