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CURRENT ISSUE:  December 14, 2009
VOL. 47, NO. 21   •   Oakland, CA
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Honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe
More than 2,000 Latino Catholics from parishes throughout the diocese converged on International Blvd. in Oakland Dec. 5 for the annual pilgrimage in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe, whose feast is celebrated on Dec. 12. They walked, danced, sang and prayed during the three hour procession to the Cathedral of Christ the Light, where Bishop Salvatore Cordileone celebrated Mass.

Dancers from Most Holy Rosary Parish in Antioch perform during the procession along International Blvd. The parish brought four busloads of parishioners to the pilgrimage.
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Participants in the annual diocesan pilgrimage honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe wait for the procession to begin along Oakland’s International Blvd.
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The young women of Danza de las Plumas are among the many dance groups in the procession.
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LEFT: A young child sits on a float created by St. Louis Bertrand parishioners to represent the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. ABOVE: This portrayal of Our Lady of Guadalupe is one of 14 floats in the procession.
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Members of St. Bernard Parish in Oakland, carrying a large image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, lead the pilgrims into the cathedral.
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ABOVE: A group of dancers from Tracy pay homage to Our Lady during the procession. RIGHT: Alberto Cortez of St. Bernard Parish in Oakland, portraying St. Juan Diego, prays before the Guadalupe image in its place of honor in the cathedral.
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