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CURRENT ISSUE:  April 7, 2008
VOL. 46, NO. 7   •   Oakland, CA
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The Cathedral of Christ the Light at the corner of Harrison Street and Grand Avenue in Oakland will be dedicated Sept. 25. The complex includes a book store and café, seen here from a plaza behind the building.
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To help parishioners prepare for the opening of the new Cathedral of Christ the Light in September, two diocesan leaders have begun a series of parish town hall meetings.

At these meetings, Father Paul Minnihan, cathedral provost, and Dominican Sister Rose Marie Hennessy, head of the cathedral ministry planning process, discuss the mission of the cathedral, its relationship to parishes, and explain opportunities for parishioners to become involved. There will also be “plenty of opportunity for conversation, questions and answers,” Father Minnihan said.

His office is also organizing the formation of a 60-voice choir for three cathedral events — commemoration of the former St. Francis de Sales Cathedral on Sept. 14, the Sept. 25 dedication of the new cathedral, and the blessing of the cathedral mausoleum and interment of the body of Oakland’s first bishop, Floyd Begin, on Nov. 2.

Auditions for the choir are taking place between 7 and 10 p.m. at the following locations: Corpus Christi Church, Piedmont, April 7; St. Edward Church, Newark, April 8; and St. Stephen Church, Walnut Creek, April 14. Auditions at Good Shepherd Church, Pittsburg, on April 12 will be between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. For audition appointments, call Denise Kogler at 510-271-1935.

The town hall meeting schedule follows:

April 7, St. Augustine Church, Pleasanton, 7 p.m.

April 8, St. Bonaventure Church, Concord, 7 p.m.

April 29, Assumption Church, San Leandro, 7 p.m.

April 30, St. John Vianney Church, Walnut Creek, 7 p.m.

May 5, Corpus Christi Church, Piedmont, 7:30 p.m.

May 7, Most Holy Rosary Church, Antioch, 7 p.m.

May 14, Our Lady of Grace Church, Castro Valley, 7 p.m.

May 15, St. Joan of Arc Church, San Ramon, 7 p.m.

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