Bishop Barber, SJ Celebrates Feast of All Saints with St. Joseph Community
Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School was honored to welcome Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ to preside its annual All Saints Day liturgy on November 1. Students and faculty from St. Joseph Elementary School joined SJND, along with St. Joseph Basilica parish members, as one family in SJND’s Kelly Gymnasium.
SJND Theology Chair Mike Kamplain provided a brief catechesis before the mass on the important role of the local Bishop in the life of Catholic community. During the mass, Bishop Barber shared about young saints, including St. Maria Goretti, St. Joan of Arc and St. Tarsicius, as examples of lives of virtue, love, and forgiveness at a young age. He also reflected back on his own days of teaching high school history, and emphasized during his homily that we are never too young to be inspired and to do great things. Regardless of what we become in life, the most important thing to remember is that we are sons and daughters of God.
“Being a child of God is the path to being a saint,” said Deacon Matthew Murray, SJND’s Campus Minister, following the mass. “Every single one of our students has the potential of becoming a saint, one who does great things for God and others.” Participating in response, in song, and in celebration of the Eucharist, the St. Joseph Community was left inspired by Bishop Barber’s visit to Alameda.