1. His Holiness Pope Francis has granted an opportunity to receive a plenary indulgence during the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions throughout this centennial year, which ends on November 26, 2017.
To obtain the plenary indulgence, the faithful can make a pilgrimage to the Shrine in Fatima, Portugal or to a specially designated Pilgrimage Shrine (church) by the local Bishop. In our Diocese this special church is Saint Joseph the Worker in Berkeley. In addition, the faithful must pray the Our Father, recite the Creed and invoke the Mother of God.
Those who, because of age, illness or other serious cause, are unable to get around, may pray in front of any statue of Our Lady of Fatima and must spiritually unite themselves to the jubilee celebrations on the days of the apparitions, the 13th of each month, between May and October 2017. They must also offer to merciful God with confidence, through Mary, their prayers and sufferings or the sacrifices they make in their own lives.
2. Today, volunteers from Birthright are here to pick up the baby bottles with your spare change. This non-profit organization has been providing love, support and hope to women facing unplanned pregnancies for over 45 years. They operate nearly 300 locations and the closest one is in San Lorenzo. We thank you for supporting Birthright, for supporting life.
3. We also thank you for supporting today’s second collection for Catholic Charities of the East Bay. Your contributions enable the Catholic Church to be the largest provider of social services in the East Bay as we strive to welcome the stranger, heal trauma and lift people out of poverty.
4. We have received the 2017 Directory of the Diocese of Oakland. In the directory you can find a lot of contact data and important information about the Chancery, parishes and religious institutions across our Diocese. On your way out please take a copy of this Directory home and enjoy the rest of the weekend.