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November 20, 2017   •   VOL. 55, NO. 20   •   Oakland, CA
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Explore lay Passionists

The Confraternity of the Passion (Passionists) has its own unique charism: devotion to our Crucified Lord, and seeing the Crucified Lord in the poor and marginalized in the world.

There are Passionist Confraternities around the world, most in the United States on the East Coast. Those interested in finding out more about the Confraternity of the Passion, an affiliation of lay people dedicated to remembering the Passion of Jesus through prayer and good works, may contact Joseph Williams, joseph510@comcast.net or 510-541-0504.

St. Paul of the Cross founded the Passionists. A lay Passionist sees the crucified Jesus not only on the Cross, but in the crucified of today: the sick, the poor, the marginalized, anyone who is experiencing Jesus' passion in their own way, including ourselves.

Make a personal commitment to cultivate a devotion to the Passion of Christ and grow more deeply in faith and love of God and neighbor. Be officially enrolled into the Confraternity and follow a simple Rule of Life and recommended practices.

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Fatima in Alameda
At St. Joseph Basilica in Alameda, a candlelit procession around the block of people praying the rosary in different languages took place after Mass on Oct. 13, the 100th anniversary of the appearance of Our Lady at Fatima, Portugal. The parish observed the Fatima centennial each month marking 100 years since the apparations began on May 13, 1917. The procession also included singing, and a new statue of Our Lady of Fatima, and ended with benediction.

30 year celebration
Rev. Jayson Landeza, pastor at St. Benedict Church in Oakland, was joined at the celebration of his 30th anniversary of ordination by Oakland Fire Chief Darin White, Police Chief Anne E. Kirkpatrick and Mayor Libby Schaaf.

Special Connection
Sister Ann Weltz arrived at Orinda's Santa Maria parish hall from the Bay Area Crisis Nursery, explaining she had just tucked three young children into bed for a safe night's sleep. Homeless at the moment, their mother and dad and three older children would have to spend the chill November night in their car, but at least the youngest were warm and safe. Sister Ann (holding check) was there to receive $7,000 from Santa Maria's Knights of Columbus Council 16453, the profits from its first golf tournament. The amount was more than twice the amount the Knights had hoped to raise for the nursery. BACN has provided safe, short-term housing for 20,000 children since opening in 1981. The Knights felt a special connection to BACN because Sister Ann had been a teacher in Santa Maria's parish school in the years before it closed.

A student-teacher reunion
On All Saints Day, Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, welcomed his eighth-grade teacher, Sister Jude Stockholm, OP, to the Cathedral of Christ the Light. By teaching him the faith, she has taught everyone in the Diocese of Oakland, the bishop said. Bishop Barber was a pupil in her class at St. John Vianney School in Rancho Cordova. He is a 1968 graduate of the school. Sister Jude, who lives in retirement in San Rafael, was accompanied by Sister Carla Kovack, OP.
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