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placeholder December 15, 2008   •   VOL. 46, NO. 21   •   Oakland, CA
Latino Catholics honor Our Lady of
Guadalupe in Oakland procession

More than 1500 Catholics walk along International Blvd. in Oakland, Dec. 6, in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe whose feast is celebrated Dec. 12. The procession, which began at 7 a.m. from St. Bernard Church, included participants from parishes throughout the diocese. The nearly four-hour procession concluded at the Cathedral of Christ the Light.
All Photos by Greg Tarczynski

ABOVE: Jerry Alcala and Sylvia de Leon of St. Mary Parish in Walnut Creek carry an image of the Virgin.

LEFT : Elena Cervino, a member of the dance troupe at St. Mark Parish in Richmond, dances along the pilgrimage route.

Members of St. Bernard Parish carry banners during the procession. The parish hosted several participants who arrived the previous day from Brentwood so they could finish their float in the early morning.
ABOVE LEFT: This float, developed by St. Anthony Parish in Oakland, calls for just immigration reform and respect for the rights of immigrants. ABOVE RIGHT: Maggie Lima and Jose Manuel of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Fremont reenact the Guadalupe story on one of 10 floats in the procession.
ABOVE LEFT: Dancers line the cathedral’s Pilgrim Path to welcome the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe on a float by St. Louis Bertrand Parish in Oakland. This year’s diocesan pilgrimage, coordinated by the Latino Ministry office, was held prior to the Guadalupe feast to allow Catholics to join in the parish celebrations on Dec. 12. ABOVE RIGHT: Dancers from Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Brentwood lead the pilgrims along the route to downtown Oakland.

Bishop Allen Vigneron incenses the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe during the Mass at the cathedral that concluded the pilgrimage.
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