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Elementary Schools Information Guide

'I see you in me.
I hope you see
me in you.'

teacher was nurtured
in Oakland schools

Bishop tells eighth graders to be leaders to younger pupils

Gift aids
St. Elizabeth

success at
St. Raymond Parish

'Good Pirates
of the Sea' at
St. Paul School

Comfort for those
in need

A visit from
an astronaut

Voyage to the Stars

'Parts' of photosynthesis

High schools make room for transfers
from St. Elizabeth


US Catholic China Bureau honors Bishops Cummins, Wang

In Cartagena,
bishop to meet
pilgrims led by
Fathers Matthews, Solis

Respect for Life

Josh Burger:
'What I do with my
life is my gift to Him'

Bishop supports
40 Days for Life

The Culture of Life begins in our hearts and our hands

Pro-life groups
gear up for
January events

Sacred Heart Parish celebrates blessings
of domestic animals

Blue Mass set
for Oct. 14

An Rx for the health care providers: Mass
of Thanksgiving
Oct. 29

Year of Mercy Calendar

Riding for a
good cause

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Elementary Schools Information Guide

Eighth-grade students from all around the diocese filled the Cathedral of Christ the Light Sept. 13 and 14 to hear speaker Joshua Burger, and attend Mass celebrated by Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ.

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.

"If you are kind and friendly, they will act that way," Bishop Barber told eighth-graders who came to the Cathedral of Christ the Light on Sept. 13 and 14.

Class pictures
Click here to See the Eighth Graders who attended the Masses on Sept. 13 and 14.
"If you're mean, they will imitate that," he said. "If you swear, they'll imitate that."

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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