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CURRENT ISSUE:  December 12, 2011
VOL. 49, NO. 21   •   Oakland, CA
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2012: year of important events
 
The “why” behind changes in the Roman Missal
Livermore Christmas display
delights, challenges for 29th year
 

Despite some grief caused by high winds, the annual Christmas display at Deacon David A. Rezendes’ home, Casa del Pomba (House of the Dove), 352 Hillcrest Ave., Livermore, opened with the usual colorful candlelight procession down Hillcrest Avenue on Dec. 2. The Christmas display, now in its 29th year, has grown larger and more ambitious over time, now involving a vast crew that works for months to prepare it. Deacon Rezendes says this year the number of lights in the display grew to 343,200. The theme and décor change each year; for 2011 it challenges: “Do you believe?” For visitors who want to see the display up close, hours are from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. evenings through Dec. 25, and to 10:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; after that through New Year’s Eve, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. For drive-by visitors, the lights remain on until midnight, though Deacon Rezendes, who’s assigned to St. Michael Parish in Livermore, cautions it can be closed during heavy rain and or strong winds. For detailed information, to learn more about the display, the charitable works done via the Casa del Pomba and driving directions, consult the website: www.casadelpomba.com.
David Graber Photo
 

RIGHT: Father Javier Aguilar, Deacon David A. Rezendes and Father Robert Mendonca, all of St. Michael’s Parish in Livermore, take part in the procession down Hillcrest Avenue prior to the opening of Deacon Rezendes’ 29th Annual Christmas display.

BELOW: A record number of 343,200 lights brighten this year’s display.
David Graber Photos
 

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