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placeholder June 13, 2016   •   VOL. 54, NO. 11   •   Oakland, CA
Graduation 2016

Most Rev.
Michael C. Barber, SJ

Graduating in a Year of Mercy

Congratulations to all the graduates, their families, friends, their schools and faculties, as the graduates move into a new phase of life.

Pope Francis has made this a Year of Mercy, a time for all to build a better world, a world built around mercy.

Our Catholic education has developed you through strong academics and a vital physical, social and faith life. A part of this education has been to encourage service. Mercy is service.

Blessed John Henry Newman wrote: "I have a mission … I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons; He has not created me for naught. "I shall do good — I shall do His work. I shall be an angel of peace while not intending it."

And Newman composed this prayer: "God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another.

There are countless ways to practice the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. As you move forward in your lives, build on the foundation of service instilled by your Catholic education. Heal those who cry for help.

Most Rev. Michael C. Barber, SJ
Bishop of Oakland

Sister Barbara Bray, SNJM
To the Class of 2016

Congratulations to the wonderful graduates of our Catholic elementary and secondary schools. Let us hold them in prayer during the coming days as we congratulate them and remind them that their loving God will always be with them and we will be companions with them on their future journeys in prayer, hope and support.

We thank all who have brought them this far!

Sister Barbara Bray, SNJM
Superintendent of Schools

Prayers for Catholic School graduates

Lord Jesus, you have said that your followers must be the light to the world.
Light propagates itself, dispels darkness.
It sows rays of joy and hope. It is life-giving.
Help them, Lord, to be a light to this world,
so that their lives radiate your message of
love, hope and joy.

They have knowledge, so will You show them now,
How to use it wisely and find a way somehow
To make the world they live in a little better place,
And make life with its problems a little bit easier to face.
Grant them faith and courage and put purpose in their days,
And show them how to serve You in effective ways.
So their education, their knowledge and their skill
May find their true fulfillment as they learn to do Your will.
And may they ever be aware in everything they do,
That knowledge comes from learning, and wisdom comes from You.

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