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placeholder May 8, 2017   •   VOL. 55, NO. 9   •   Oakland, CA
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Holy Thursday
The washing of the feet on Holy Thursday is part of the Catholic Church's official rituals, and was expanded in 2016 by Pope Frances to "signify, in a powerful way, the love we are called to have for one another," according to the US Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Divine Worship. It was carried out by Rev. Ray Sacca, pastor of St. Joan of Arc Parish in San Ramon, left, and by Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, at the Cathedral of Christ the Light. Bishop Barber washed the feet of eight people involved in immigration, as migrants themselves or as their advocates. Click here for story.


Good Friday
Parishioners from St. Joan of Arc Parish carry the cross in the Bollinger Hills on Good Friday, praying the Stations of the Cross along the way, following a tradition for the San Ramon parish, above. At the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland, Deacon Christopher Wagner, SJ, and Deacon David Young, behind the candle bearer, carried a large, simple cross to the center aisle, bottom right. After veneration of the cross by Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, who presided at the noon liturgy, the faithful were invited to touch, kiss or otherwise venerate the cross, bottom left.
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Easter Vigil
The Easter Vigil began after sunset on April 15, with parishioners gathering outside the church for the opening rites, with the great fire of Easter common to all. The fire burned brightly at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, top right. From that fire, the Easter Candle was lighted by Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, below. At St. Joan of Arc Parish, Rev. Ray Sacca, pastor of the San Ramon parish, baptized Jennifer Shuen, top left.

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Easter Morning
At St. Joseph Basilica Parish in Alameda, the joy of Easter Morning was reflected in the smiles of the children, who gathered around the altar for a homily from Rev. Mr. Matthew Murray.
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On Holy Thursday, Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, washed the feet of eight people, most of them immigrants. "The Diocese of Oakland supports the dignity of all persons without regard to immigration status," the bishop said in a statement.
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Holy Thursday: Washing the feet of immigrants

Miguel and Laura arrived early for Mass on Holy Thursday, April 13. They were delighted, and humbled, to be asked to take part in the Mass.

An honor, they said. Very important for us.

They came from Mexico by bus to Los Angeles almost two decades ago, he said, "to get a better life." There was "not much work in our little town."

That little town, too, was run by drug cartels.

"We feel very secure here," he said.

To those who might question their residence in the United States, Miguel said: "Everywhere, we're humans. My skin is dark; her skin is white. We have feelings."

Leah Bartolome, 16, from St. Joseph Notre Dame High School has been volunteering in the Life and Justice office as part of her preparation for her confirmation. Born in the United States to immigrant parents, she was participating in honor of them.

Jane and Anthony of Sacred Heart Parish in Oakland know what it feels like to win the lottery.

"I came through the visa lottery," said Jane, who left Nigeria 15 years ago. "It was scary for me to come here," she recalled. She had entered the lottery at the behest of her uncle.

"She invited me," Anthony said.

The immigrants from Mexico and Nigeria , and the daughter of immigrants joined others — from Fiji and Vietnam — in the foot-washing ritual, which was expanded in 2016 by Pope Frances to "signify, in a powerful way, the love we are called to have for one another," according to the US Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Divine Worship.

The Mass included readings in Vietnamese and Spanish.

"The Last Supper was more than a meal," Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, said in his homily, "it was a sacrifice."

After the homily, the bishop removed his white vestments and wrapped a towel around the waist of his simple white alb.

He washed the feet of the eight, who sat in chairs around the altar.

He put into action the words of his recent statement on immigration: "The Diocese of Oakland supports the dignity of all persons without regard to immigration status. The Church stands in solidarity with those who are currently living 'in the shadows.'"


Seder at
St. Paul School

On Holy Thursday, the pupils, staff and parents of St. Paul School in San Pablo joined together to experience the preparation of the sacrifices Jesus made for us. They began with a prayer service where several students read the Gospel describing the Last Supper. Principal Natalie Lenz-Acuña washed the feet of 12 students, showing how Jesus asks us to humble ourselves to serve one another. After a brief recess, the students, in their Faith Families, shared a traditional Seder meal. Students older and younger sat side by side, sharing the reading of prayers and eating symbolic foods.
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