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  June 6, 2005 VOL. 43, NO. 11Oakland, CA

articles list

Community breaks ground for cathedral

New priests for diocese

Religious investors pressure Wal-Mart

Simplicity, advocacy mark ministry of retiring priest

Father George Crespin returns to ministry

New position for
Concord pastor

Father Thomas Gallagher, pastor at four parishes,
dies at 78

Christian Brother dies in Napa bicycle accident

Contra Costa Interfaith Housing succeeds in developing units for homeless families



Outstanding graduates

School leaders
Janice Cooper
Jill Chacon
Therese Larouche
Rick McGrew and
Joe Marino
Kathie Graber
Karen Mangini

Music to resound in four elementary schools

FACE seeks matching funds to meet goal

Leadership program sets 25-year reunion

Queen of All Saints
teacher honored

Concord teens continue house-building tradition

CCISCO honors 29 youth for
their service and leadership


























Community breaks ground for cathedral

Oakland’s two bishops, joined by nearly 1,000 Catholics, initiated a new era for the diocese, May 21, with the ceremonial groundbreaking for the Cathedral of Christ the Light at the corner of Grand Avenue and Harrison Street, across from Lake Merritt.

Bishop Allen Vigneron told those gathered for the ceremonies that the new cathedral will be a “masterpiece of architecture and a magnificent symbol of our faith.” It will also be, he said, “a welcoming place for all who want to join us in doing good.”

Bishop Emeritus John Cummins noted that the building will be both a “house of God” where Catholics can gather to celebrate liturgy, and “a house of the Church,” belonging to the people “who are themselves the temple of the living God.” The building, he said, “has no meaning apart from the community which it serves.”

Both men praised the Wayne and Gladys Valley Foundation which has been a major contributor to the cathedral project, estimated to cost $131 million. Representatives of the foundation took part in the groundbreaking as did Craig Hartman, principal architect for the cathedral.

Prior to the liturgy, the diocese hosted an outdoor festival at the lake’s pavilion, featuring an array of multi-cultural music and dance. Some of the diocesan ethnic communities served hors d’oeuvres typical of their native foods. Then the assembled crowd walked in procession to the cathedral site.

Construction for the cathedral center, which will include offices for parish and diocesan staff, rectories for the bishop and parish priests, a parish multi-purpose hall, and a conference center, is expected to begin this month and conclude by Epiphany 2008.

Joan August, followed by Anselmo Yang and a group of drummers from St. Andrew Kim Korean Pastoral Center, leads the procession along the shore of Lake Merritt to the site of the new cathedral.

Prior to the groundbreaking ceremony, Vietnamese drummers from San Jose entertain the crowd gathered near the Lake Merritt pavilion.

At the groundbreaking ceremony, Bishop Allen Vigneron and Bishop Emeritus John Cummins perform the customary shoveling of earth, exposed beneath the asphalt parking lot that will soon make way for the new cathedral.

Women sweep the ground in a traditional African American ritual developed by slaves to clean their worship space

Parishioners show their delight during the groundbreaking ceremony.

A member of the Asian Indian Pastoral Center offers a rose petal blessing on the site.

Lidia Carlos Reynes, one of the coordinators of the groundbreaking festivities, leads the singing during the groundbreaking liturgy.


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