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January 8, 2018   •   VOL. 56, NO. 1   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

Regina Mundi Mass
Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, accepts the gifts at the annual Regina Mundi Society Mass Dec. 16. The Mass and a breakfast afterward allows the bishop to express his gratitude to the 409 society members who raised about 30 percent ($767,000) of the $2.7 million total of the annual Bishop's Appeal, which funds many ministries of the Diocese of Oakland. More photos at facebook.com/TheCatholicVoice.
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Comfort and healing
As he stood on the sidewalk beside a grieving family whose pain was clearly etched across their tear-streaked faces, Father Aidan McAleenan, pastor at Oakland's St. Columba Church, offered words of comfort and healing during the annual Memorial Cross prayer service on Dec. 31. This year 73 white crosses, representing lives lost to violence in the city during 2017, had been placed outside the church. Although grateful the number of homicides in Oakland has fallen from the 100-plus highs from just eight years ago, Father McAleenan urged all segments of the community to recommit to efforts to bring down the number of homicides even more. In addition to bereaved families and friends, the gathering brought together parishioners, neighbors, representatives of community organizations, local law enforcement officers, and from Emeryville, Mayor John Bauters and Police Chief Jennifer Tejada.


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