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November 7, 2016   •   VOL. 54, NO. 19   •   Oakland, CA
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The Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy will close at the 10 a.m. Mass Nov. 20 at the Cathedral of Christ the Light.

Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, will preside at the Mass, during which he will close the Holy Door through which pilgrims have streamed since the bishop cut the ribbon on the door Dec. 13, 2015.

Almost 6,000 pilgrims — 1,000 of them children — have walked through the door during the past 11 months. Four parishes — Christ the King of Pleasant Hill on Nov. 7; St. Raymond Parish and School of Dublin on Nov. 12; St. Francis of Assisi Parish of Concord on Nov. 13; and Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish of Fremont on Nov. 19 — are scheduled to make pilgrimages in the last days of the Year of Mercy.

By Nov. 20, about 50 parishes will have been represented. One memorable August morning, 800 people from the Delta Deanery made the pilgrimage to the cathedral.

Diocesanwide events included 24 Hours for the Lord in March, and the Sept. 6 Mercy: The Heart of Peace, an interfaith meeting of prayer for peace that drew 600 people

The diocesan Jubilee of Mercy website —www.jubileeofmercy-eb.org/page/mercy-project-diocese-of-oakland— has been nominated for a Fisher's Net Award. Vote at http://bestcatholicwebsites.com/nominees/best-diocesan-use-of-new-media.

The website features videos of mercy in action in ministries around the diocese. The people featured in those videos have been invited to the Nov. 20 liturgy.

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