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May 21, 2012   •   VOL. 50, NO. 9   •   Oakland, CA
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50 years: One faith, many cultures
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Major events will mark diocesan anniversary
Bishop John S. Cummins and Oakland Mayor Lionel Wilson are joined by pupils
at St. Patrick's school in 1977. Wilson was a member of St. Andrew Parish.
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The Diocese of Oakland's 50th anniversary includes four major events, including a Mass to celebrate its patron on Aug. 22; a Sept. 9 symposium to explore the history of the diocese; a multicultural event on Oct. 13; and a dinner in January that will close the yearlong observance.

The observance began on the Feast of the Epiphany, with parishioners at Masses invited to pray the special prayer written for the observance.

Bishop Salvatore J. Cordileone will be the principal celebrant at the Aug. 22 Mass, which honors the Feast of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Concelebrants will be Bishop Emeritus John S. Cummins, the second bishop of Oakland, and Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron of Detroit, who served as the third bishop of the Oakland diocese.

Seating in the cathedral for the late afternoon Mass will be limited. Tickets will be allocated to parishes, which can distribute them to parishioners.

The day's festivities will begin with a concert on the Cathedral Plaza featuring gospel, Vietnamese and Latino choirs. Admission to the plaza for the pre-Mass concert requires a ticket for the Mass. After the Mass, attendees will gather on the Cathedral Plaza to continue the celebration.

The second event, a symposium on the topic, "Fifty years of life in the Diocese of Oakland in the Light of Vatican II," is open to all. It is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 9 in the Event Center at the Cathedral of Christ the Light.

Bishop Cummins will moderate the panel discussion, which includes Rev. John Coleman, SJ; Rev. Joseph Chinnici, OFM; Sister Rose Marie Hennessy, OP, former superintendent; and Mary Ann Mattos, an assistant principal at De La Salle High School. All have been involved in the life of the diocese, said Rev. George Alengadan, director of priests' ongoing formation and deacon formation, who is coordinating the symposium.

Jubilee Events

Aug. 22
Mass: The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Concert at 2:30 p.m.; Mass follows at 4 p.m.
Celebrating the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Cathedral of Christ the Light
Limited tickets allocated to parishes

Sept. 9
"Fifty years of life in the Diocese of Oakland in the Light of
Vatican II"
4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Cathedral of Christ the Light Event Center
Open to the public

Oct. 13
Multicultural celebration
"Jubilee 2012: Gather, Bless and Share"
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cathedral of Christ the Light
Open to the public

Jan. 6
Gala Dinner
Marriott Oakland
Ticket distribution to be determined

Topics of discussion will include social justice, scripture and liturgy, exploring "the gifts and challenges Vatican II brought to our diocese," Father Alengadan said.

The symposium is also an opportunity, Father Alengadan said, of "looking forward to the future as we look back at the past."

The public is also invited to attend the multicultural celebration "Jubilee 2012: Gather, Bless and Share," which will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 13, with Bishop Cordileone presiding. All cultural/parish groups are invited to attend. Sister Felicia Sarati, CSJ, is the coordinator of the event. Details will be available later in the year.

The celebration will close with a dinner planned for Jan. 6, 2013, to which guests will be invited.

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