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for peace

Bishop Barber responds
to hate marches

Message of Fatima
can be found
in silence

Catholics@Work announces
17th speaker series beginning Sept. 12

Hundreds gather
to honor patroness
of diocese
in Bay Point


devout Catholic
Ron Olowin
dies at 72

Sister Mary Paschal Elvin, PBVM

Sharon Abercrombie

Father Vazhappilly authors new book

Book explores
Sisters' political

Fall Festivals

Parish festivals
a time of food,
fun and fellowship

Keeping festivals
safe for everyone

Information Guide

Saint Mary's
students live and
learn in community

HNU students experience signature 'radical hospitality'

New dean at USF School of Education

Upcoming courses

University brings Catholic worldview
to law, health care

Father Schultze installed at
St. Patrick's

Registration open
for Faith Formation Conference

Walk for the Poor
Sept. 30

placeholder September 4, 2017   •   VOL. 55, NO. 15   •   Oakland, CA
Fall Festivals

Keeping festivals safe for everyone

What you'll find at festivals in parishes and schools: food, games, fun, fellowship.

What you won't find at fall festivals: bounce houses, dunk tanks, bungee jumping, fireworks.

The Diocese of Oakland provides its parishes and schools with guidelines that preclude high-risk activities — which include use of aircraft, trampolines and livestock, among other things — during activities.

Candles on the table, for example, are replaced by battery-operated lights. Swimming is out; as are boxing and martial arts.

Carnival rides can be operated only by vendors under approved contracts.

School-sponsored festivals may not serve alcohol. Parish-sponsored events, which obtain proper licensing, may serve alcoholic beverages to adults over the age of 21. The bartender may not drink with the patrons.

For more information, contact the Insurance and Benefits Department at the Diocese of Oakland, oakdiocese.org/offices/Ins-Benefits.

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