|October 10, 2016 • VOL. 54, NO. 17 • Oakland, CA|
Elementary Schools Information Guide
Bishop tells eighth graders
to be leaders to younger pupils
Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, called upon eighth-graders at the diocese's schools to be leaders in their schools. The younger students, he reminded them, look up to them.
At the conclusion of the 12:10 Mass each day — a celebration of Veneration of the Cross — Bishop Barber blessed wooden crosses on cords, one for each student to keep as a "memorial of your attending this Mass today."
After Mass, the pupils lined up to be photographed with the bishop.
The photo session marked the conclusion of the event, which was divided into two days this year to accommodate all the students.
The pupils began the day on the Cathedral plaza, with ice-breaking activities and spirited music. They heard speaker Joshua Burger, whose pro-life message was received by attentive listeners, who later gathered around his motorized wheelchair to take photos with him.
They attended the 12:10 p.m. Mass, with some taking part as altar servers.
In his homily, the bishop, who once was a high school teacher, showed the pupils examples of crosses, and the crucifix. The cross, he told them, was a method of execution. "Crucifixion was the worst form of death, because the person dies slowly," he said. It was reserved for the worst criminals. "Son of God, Savior of the world, they used that form to kill him," he said.
The cross, he said, "reminds us what Jesus underwent for us."
"Each and every one of us is going to have a particular kind of cross to carry in our lives," he said. Noting that cross might be divorce or illness, he said, "Just remember, Jesus carried the heaviest one."
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