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August 8, 2016   •   VOL. 54, NO. 14   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

Celebrating St. Ignatius of Loyola
The Most Rev. Michael C. Barber, SJ, greets people after Mass. Bishop Barber — the first U.S. Jesuit priest named a bishop by the first Jesuit pope, Francis — was joined on the altar of the Cathedral of Christ the Light by priests both Jesuit and diocesan on July 31 to celebrate the solemnity of St. Ignatius of Loyola, priest and founder of the Society of Jesus. Rev. George Schultze, SJ, assistant professor of moral theology and director of the pastoral year program at St. Patrick's Seminary in Menlo Park, gave the homily, noting that the founder of the order "did not seek to conquer the world; he sought to conquer himself." In the pews was Gov. Jerry Brown, who was a Jesuit seminarian.
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Native American Catholics celebrate the 'bridge'
A weeklong celebration of "the bridge between our faith and our traditions" came to a vibrant and memorable conclusion July 25 at Mission Dolores Basilica in San Francisco as the Tekakwitha Conference closed with a Mass celebrated by Bishop William Justice of San Francisco, with Bishop William Clark of Los Angeles and Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento concelebrating. The procession to the altar was led by Native Americans in traditional attire, and was followed by the incensing of the church. An enthusiastic choir of many nations sang hymns both traditional and contemporary, with responses involving chant. At consecration, instead of bells, a drum was struck three times. Vincent Medina, who almost a year ago at the canonization of St. Junipero Serra proclaimed the First Reading in Chochenyo, the language of the Ohlone people, proclaimed the First Reading on this day. Drawing on the day's readings, Bishop Justice drew on the image of the bridge in his homily, encouraging "prayer that recognizes God our Father." He offered encouragement: "Don't be defeated by the struggle," he said, "ask God's help. Knock on the door of God's love." To those who filled the pews, he said, "in times of fear and crisis, there still is love and a possibility of justice and peace." At the end of Mass, Sister Kateri Mitchell, executive director of the Louisiana-based conference, told the bishops, "It means so much that you support us as Native American Catholics in this universal church." A statue of St. Kateri Tekakwitha and a first-class relic were passed from the California planners to their counterparts in the Dakotas and Montana region. Next year's conference will be in Rapid City, South Dakota. Kathy Piguet from Southern California had reached the end of a busy week directing youth activities. "It's a very rewarding conference because it's family," she said. "A lot of the teens listen to the elders and try to figure out their place."

'A place to be with Jesus Christ'
Among those bringing up the gifts for the 50th anniversary Mass of the founding of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish in San Leandro on July 10 were Agata and Adam Fedorowicz, right, dressed in traditional Polish clothing, An overflow crowd greeted Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, and more than a dozen priests who came to help celebrate the parish's jubilee. Extra seating was set up in front of the church to accommodate the large crowd, which filled the parish hall after Mass for a lunch and reception. San Leandro Police had a cruiser on hand and gifts for children outside the hall after the Mass. In his homily, Bishop Barber congratulated the parishioners: "You have made this a dwelling place of God. You have made this a place for people to come to be with Jesus Christ. … Every day the body and blood of Christ is given to people here." Pastor Rev. Jan Rudzewicz read a letter of congratulations from the Vatican, and delivered Pope Francis' apostolic blessing. Left: members of the choir. More at Facebook.com/TheCatholicVoice. Besides producing a souvenir book, the parish also is planning a jubilee dinner dance on Aug. 20, and a concert on Oct. 29. For more information, visit www.olgcsan leandro.com or contact the parish office, 510-614-2765.

Columnist to speak during Hesed anniversary

The Oakland diocese Hesed Community will celebrate its 35th anniversary with a talk by Sister Joan Chittister, OSB, an author and columnist for the National Catholic Reporter, at 1 p.m. Oct. 1 at Christ the King Parish, 199 Brandon Road, Pleasant Hill.

The price is $45 until Sept. 14 at www.Hesed community.org.

Hesed ("God's loving kindness") is based on Benedictine spirituality and silent meditation. Sister Joan helped get the Oakland community established by giving talks and donating the proceeds to it.

Sister Joan is the author of more than 50 books and was prioress of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Pennsylvania, for 12 years. She is a past president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.

For more information about Hesed: Barbara Hazzard, OSB, Hesed Community, 2501 Harrison St., Oakland, 94612 or 510-207-7367.

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