Latinos to gather at V Encuentro
V Encuentro — a not-to-be-missed opportunity for Latino Catholics to share their hopes, dreams and talents — is set for Oct. 28 at St. Elizabeth Parish in Oakland. The daylong event will include Mass celebrated by Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, followed by a gathering to present concerns.
By Sept. 11, a half-dozen parishes had completed their preparation for the diocesan event. Each parish — St. Louis Bertrand and St. Patrick in Oakland, St. Felicitas in San Leandro, St. Edward in Newark, St. Bede in Hayward and St. Joseph in Pinole — had completed the process of discerning concerns and selecting its delegates to the diocesan event.
Each of the 35 parishes expected to attend V Encuentro will send a delegation — median size is expected to be 30 people — including people under the age of 35; emerging leaders; established leaders; a member of the clergy or religious; and a non-Latino delegate.
At the diocesan event, the delegates will receive the results of the surveys, and decide which areas to put their efforts into for the coming two years. Also, delegates to the April 28 regional V Encuentro, to be held in Fresno, will be elected. The diocese expects to send 80 delegates to Fresno, and 34 to the national V Encuento in Texas in September 2018.
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