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Opening School Liturgy Celebrated

With the entire Bishop O’Dowd High School community gathered on the Quad, Bishop of Oakland Michael C. Barber, SJ, along with campus chaplain Fr. Jim Sullivan, celebrated the Mass of the Holy Spirit on Sept. 8. Diocesan priests Rev. Alexander Castillo and Fr. Bich Nguyen also participated.

Prior to the start of the liturgy, the Campus Ministry Team performed a skit focused on “Community in Diversity,” an integral element in O’Dowd’s Charism and a theme for the 2016-17 school year.

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The CMT members noted that our school community is special because each individual member is different. “We all have different talents, and together we are unstoppable,” they said.

In his homily, Bishop Barber paid a special tribute to Mary, as it was the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. He recounted the story of a student from a Bay Area Catholic high school who was severely injured several years ago while playing baseball. He was hit in the head by a line drive and fell into a coma.

“The students at the school put a photo of the baseball player in front of the statue of Mary in the school’s Chapel, and students said the rosary for him at lunch,” he said. “Two weeks later, the player woke up.”

To honor Mary at Mass, Bishop Barber placed a small framed image of the Virgin Mary on the altar. “Mary is a mother to each and every one of us. She will never let you down,” he said.

Campus Ministry Team with Bishop Barber.

Bishop Barber blesses student body.

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