||Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco, above, greets well-wishers after the Aug. 13 Mass at St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Berkeley as part of the Our Lady of Fatima centennial celebration. At left, the archbishop receives the gifts at the altar. Behind him are the Diocese of Oakland's newest deacons, Rev. Mr. Mario Rizzo and Rev. Mr. Arturo Bazan.
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Archbishop: Message of Fatima can be found in silence
The Diocese of Oakland has designated St. Joseph the Worker Church, 1640 Addison St., Berkeley, as the official pilgrimage site from May 13 to Nov. 26.
Sept. 13, 7 p.m.
Oct. 13, 7 p.m., Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, celebrant
Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco celebrated Mass on Aug. 13 at St. Joseph the Worker Church in Berkeley, the Diocese of Oakland's official pilgrimage site for the Centennial of the Appearances of Our Lady at Fatima.
The diocese's two newest deacons — Rev. Mr. Arturo Bazan and Rev. Mr. Mario Rizzo — assisted the archbishop, who served as bishop of Oakland from 2009 to 2012.
The Berkeley church was filled with worshippers, many of whom arrived early to spend time in prayer at the Fatima statue, to the right of the altar.
In his homily, the archbishop said Mary's role has been consistent. "First, in history, when she walked on Earth, and in heaven: To present her Son to the world and direct the world to her Son," he said.
"Her message is always consistent," he said. "She gives us the message of prayer, of penance."
The archbishop encouraged prayer, especially the rosary, and penance, during the Fatima celebration. He also encouraged silence. "We must seek the Lord in silence," he said.
"We must always keep our eyes fixed on Jesus," he said. "We must ignore the distractions around us."
The Blessed Mother plays a role in this, he said. "She tells us to keep our eyes always focused on Jesus."
During the centennial observance, Masses will be celebrated at 7 p.m. Sept. 13 and Oct. 13 at St. Joseph the Worker. Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, will celebrate the Oct. 13 Mass.
At the conclusion of the Aug. 13 Mass, many worshippers returned to the Fatima statue, to light candles and pray. Some sang softly.
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