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"Putting the Church’s teaching into works of mercy is a big part of the approach the Diocese of Oakland, Calif., is taking.
The diocese and parishes have collaborated to put together an enrichment series at the local level to help people live out Pope Francis’ vision for the Year of Mercy.
The diocese also is promoting 'The Mercy Project: Diocese of Oakland,' which consists of testimonials from local Catholics about how they are trying to live out the spiritual and corporal works of mercy.
Margaret Turek, director of the Department of Faith Formation and Evangelization, told the Register that a number of the resources they are developing will help Catholics practice mercy at home, since 'forgiveness is learned in the family.'
Her office is also working with Catholic Charities of the East Bay to help Catholics connect the teaching of their faith with the need to take action in society. They are going to help parishioners see how they can take action against human trafficking or even co-sponsor a refugee family, 'to build bridges and reach out,' she said, adding, 'Even to become aware of the person next to you in the pews.'"