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The Great Season of Lent



Each year, through Mother Church, God “gives us this joyful season when we prepare to celebrate the paschal mystery with mind and heart renewed… as we recall the great events that gave us new life in Christ” (Preface of Lent I). We can thus journey from Easter to Easter towards the fulfilment of the salvation we have already received as a result of Christ’s paschal mystery – “for in hope we were saved” (Rom 8:24). This mystery of salvation, already at work in us during our earthly lives, is a dynamic process that also embraces history and all of creation. As Saint Paul says, “the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God” (Rom 8:19).


- From the Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for Lent 2019



The celebration of Mass, the Sacred Liturgy, is the center and focus of Christian life, informing and guiding our efforts to live closer to Christ. The liturgy allows us to know Christ better, and in community with others, to make him better known. In this way, we honor the mystery of Redemption throughout the year. The liturgy touches all aspects of our parish life. It teaches us the value of a deeper understanding of the scriptures, the selfless joy that comes from service to the poor, the strength we gain from community, and the peace that can come from personal prayer.

Our work is to help you find the resources you need to learn more about the liturgy. The liturgy praises God while giving thanks for his blessings. An active liturgy provides living examples of his wisdom, love, generosity and redemption – within our parishes, our community and our world.


Office of Worship

Mr. John Renke
Interim Director

 Mr. Mark Hernbroth
Coordinator of Liturgical Celebrations

Diocese of Oakland
2121 Harrison St., Suite 100
Oakland, CA 94162-3788



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