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  CURRENT ISSUE:  January 4, 2016   •   VOL. 54, NO. 1   •   Oakland, CA

A home
for those in need

We are now in the season to celebrate the birth of the Savior of the World, Bishop Barber writes. Your faith must inspire you to act. Contribute to our safe house or co-sponsor a refugee family. "Wouldn't it be great if we become the first diocese in the USA where every parish co-sponsored a refugee family? … Let's do this together in the same spirit in which we would welcome Mary and Joseph as they looked for a place at the inn."   >>>

A crabby situation
Several schools are keeping an eye on what's happening with the crab season, looking at other options for Crab Feed events.   >>>
A 'hidden crime in plain slight'
Groups are spreading the word, not only about sex trafficking but labor trafficking, in the Diocese of Oakland. One of the major acts during the Jubilee Year of Mercy will be establishment, through Catholic Charities of the East Bay, of a safe house for young girls. Additionally, all 84 parishes will engage in education on the issues underlying human trafficking.   >>>

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