8:00am, 5:00pm (vigil)
7:00am, 8:00am, 9:15am, 10:45am, 12:15pm, 6:30pm (youth mass)
8:00 am, 7:00 pm;
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament 12 noon-7:00 p.m. (except summer)
Bishop Barber recently sent a letter to the priests of the diocese reminding us to get involved in promoting justice to our immigrant brothers and sisters. He wrote, “I am writing to alert you to President Obama’s immigration Executive order, likely to take effect this summer, which would expand the number of undocumented immigrants able to apply for legal status in the United States. In the diocese of Oakland, an estimated 80,000 undocumented immigrants live in the shadows. They are currently denied legal work, a driver’s license, sometimes deported – their families torn apart at moment’s notice – and soon they may have the chance to live without fear. As a Diocese, I am calling on Catholics to be part of a special immigration initiative, launched by Catholic Charities of the East Bay, called “Helping Our Neighbors,” which finds its purpose in the U.S. Bishop’s Justice for immigrants Campaign.” Bishop Barber has asked parish clergy and staff to promote and participate in events and especially workshops that promote “Helping Our Neighbors.”
Pope Francis made a statement on this issue in the context of the alarming number of unaccompanied children into the United States. He said, “Globalization is a phenomenon that challenges us, especially in one of its principal manifestations which is emigration. It is one of the “signs” of this time that we live in and that brings us back to the words of Jesus, “Why do you not know how to interpret the present time?” (Lk 12,57). Despite the large influx of migrants present in all continents and in almost all countries, migration is still seen as an emergency, or as a circumstantial and sporadic fact, while instead it has now become a hallmark of our society and a challenge. It is a phenomenon that carries with it great promise and many challenges. Many people forced to emigrate suffer, and often, die tragically; many of their rights are violated, they are obliged to separate from their families and, unfortunately, continue to be the subject of racist and xenophobic attitudes.” Pope Francis further said,
“A change of attitude towards migrants and refugees is needed on the part of everyone, moving away from attitudes of defensiveness and fear, indifference and marginalization – all typical of a throwaway culture – towards attitudes based on a culture of encounter, the only culture capable of building a better, more just and fraternal world”.
Francis called the whole church to a spirit of service, accompaniment, and defense of immigrants. He stated "It's important for the entire church that welcoming the poor and promoting justice not be entrusted only to 'specialists,' but that it be given attention in all of pastoral life, in the formation of future priests and religious, in the normal activities of parishes, and in movements and other church groups."
I hope and pray that we as a Church can respond to the call of our fearless leaders – both Pope Francis and Bishop Barber and do our best to promote the cause of immigrants in our society.
I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Fr. George Fitzgerald on the occasion of his 50 Years of priesthood. We love Fr. George and we pray that he continues to bring God’s love and peace to many more in the years to come. In his jubilee message he wrote, ”I feel a great sense of gratitude to God for the opportunity to serve his people. I believe I have been touched more by them than they by me. My strength has come from the many people I have served because it is through the people that I feel God’s presence. The Paulists have always been open to opportunities for priests and how that parlays into opportunities for the communities. I have had some very rich experiences with the Paulists. This is a great community. The sky is the limit in terms of serving with the Paulists.” Fr. George has definitely touched many lives at Christ the King.