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Saturday, July 23 at 10:30 AM

Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption
Archbishop Emeritus George Niederauer

The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption continues its special series of reflections and presentations for the Jubilee of Mercy on July 23, welcoming Most Reverend George Niederauer, Archbishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of San Francisco. His talk will be on The Church, Recipient and Agent of Mercy.

The free event will be held in the event center beneath the Cathedral beginning at 10:30 am, with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy prayed at 10:15. All are welcome.

Future announced speakers include Rev. Gladstone Stevens and Msgr. Harry Schlitt, Cardinal William Levada, with Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone concluding the series with his talk on November 19.


July 24-29, 2016

5-Day Silent Contemplative Retreat — "The House Of Clare: Tending The Incomparable Treasure"

Presenters: Jean Molesky-Poz, Ph.D., teaches in Religious Studies at Santa Clara University, and Jane Clare Ishiguro, pastoral associate of Good Shepherd Parish, Menomonee Falls, WI, and Three Poor Clare Sisters; Jane Sorensen, Judith Ann from Montana, and Charlene Toups from New Orleans.

A Contemplative five-day retreat. A time for deep listening and deep looking to experience, "the incomparable treasure hidden in the world and in the human heart," in the words of St. Clare of Assisi.

This silent contemplative retreat, drawn from reflections on St. Clare's spirituality, provides presentations balanced with time for rest, common prayer and Eucharistic liturgy, an opportunity to meet with a spiritual director, and time to enjoy the beauty that surrounds San Damiano. Solitude, nature, and silence enhance these sacred days. Poor Clare sisters will accompany us as spiritual companions and directors.

While this is a silent retreat, there will be optional times for creative expressions and sharing with each other.

710 Highland Drive
Danville, CA 94526
(925) 837-0522


Krakow, Poland: July 25-31

World Youth Day (WYD) is a worldwide encounter with the Pope which is typically celebrated every three years in a different country. The most recent WYD was celebrated in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2013 and the next World Youth Day will be held this week in Krakow, Poland.

WYD is open to all young people to take part in a festive encounter with their contemporaries centered on Jesus Christ. This event is an opportunity to experience in first person the universality of the Church; to share with the whole world the hope of many young people who want to commit themselves to Christ and others. World Youth Day is a unique way to deepen faith and grow closer to Christ, by means of prayer and the sacraments, together with thousands of other young people who share common interests and ambitions.

Official Prayer
"God, merciful Father, in your Son, Jesus Christ, you have revealed your love and poured it out upon us in the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, We entrust to you today the destiny of the world and of every man and woman." We entrust to you in a special way young people of every language, people and nation: guide and protect them as they walk the complex paths of the world today and give them the grace to reap abundant fruits from their experience of the Krakow World Youth Day. Heavenly Father, grant that we may bear witness to your mercy. Teach us how to convey the faith to those in doubt, hope to those who are discouraged, love to those who feel indifferent, forgiveness to those who have done wrong and joy to those who are unhappy. Allow the spark of merciful love that you have enkindled within us become a fire that can transform hearts and renew the face of the earth. Mary, Mother of Mercy, pray for us. St. John Paul II, pray for us. St. Faustina, pray for us.


Father Edward Inyanwachi of Nigeria and Angela Testani, a nurse and active member of the Shrine, speak about needs of population of Ebonyi, Nigeria, and raising money to supply medical/surgical supplies and equipment to facilities there:

For info: Angela Testani (415) 586-5754.