Devotions to the Blessed Mother are special in the hearts of Catholics worldwide. Rev. Quang Minh Dong, pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Brentwood, witnessed this during the inaugural Marian Conference last October where close to 750 people registered for this spiritual event with Mary and the family in mind.
This year’s theme, “With Mary, We Trust in God’s Mercy!” is centered on the Mercy of God and how our Blessed Mother leads us, her children, to trust the Lord more. The scope of the Conference has been widened this year by designing concurrent sessions in both English and Spanish, with close to 1,000 people in projected attendance.
Very Rev. George Mockel, vicar general of the Oakland diocese, will open the two-day Marian Conference with a solemn Mass, followed by his keynote address. After the dinner, Dave and Joan Maroney of Divine Mercy for America (Mother of Mercy Missionaries) will share their moving personal testimonies. Friday evening will also include praise and worship music for the entire family provided by rising local band, SkaAmén and the witness of Seminarian Jimmy Jimenez.
Saturday guest speakers include Bishop Jaime Soto of the Diocese of Sacramento, the Maroneys, Rev. Mark Wiesner of the Catholic Community of Pleasanton, Father Gladstone Stevens, PSS from St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore, Maryland, and Msgr. Eduardo Chavez from the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. The conference will conclude with a candlelight rosary procession and solemn Mass presided by Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ.
“With Mary, We Trust
in God’s Mercy”
When: Oct. 11, 1 p.m. to
Oct. 12, 9 p.m.
Where: Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish
500 Fairview Ave., Brentwood
Opening Mass celebrant and keynote speaker: Very Rev. George Mockel, vicar general of the Diocese of Oakland
Speakers: Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento; Joan and Dave Maroney of Missionaries of Mercy; Rev. Mark Wiesner, pastor of the Catholic Community of Pleasanton; Rev. Gladstone Stevens, PSS, from St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore, Maryland; and Rev. Msgr. Eduardo Chavez from the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City
Closing Mass celebrant: Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ,
– from a Aug . 12 story in Oakland diocese paper, the Catholic Voice