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June 25, 2012   •   VOL. 50, NO. 11   •   Oakland, CA
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The celebration of jubilee at St. Raymond Church ended with fellowship, song and the unveiling of a portrait, below, that will commemorate the
50th anniversary.
Z'MA WYATT photos

A portrait of the face of Christ, digitally composed of photographs of parishioners at St. Raymond Parish, was unveiled during festivities that closed the yearlong jubilee celebration in Dublin.

With the theme, "A year of favor, 50 years of blessings," the parish had decided to focus on its mission statement — worship, serve, grow and connect.

"I took the word 'connect' and ran with it," Ron Fedore, who chaired the celebration, said as the jubilee began last June. The focus on connections was seen in gatherings, worship and the portrait project.

The parish opened the jubilee year with an unexpected twist: Rev. Robert McCann, the pastor for eight years, was transferred to St. Theresa in Oakland. The opening jubilee event — noon Mass on June 13, 2011, followed by a multicultural potluck — turned into the parish's farewell to him.

Rev. Neal Clemens served as administrator for several months before the arrival of the Rev. Lawrence D'Anjou as parochial administrator in December.

All three — fathers McCann, Clemens and D'Anjou — are in the portrait of the parish.

After the noon Mass on Corpus Christi, June 10, the congregation processed to Moran Hall. After the Corpus Christi rite, they heard reflections from longtime parishioners. Then the 20-by-30-inch canvas portrait was unveiled.

The artwork is composed of 650 photographs — each photo has up to five people in it. Fedore estimates there are 2,000 faces.

The photographs were taken by eight members of the parish youth group. "They were my shooting stars," said Fedore. All were honored for their work on the project; the two who took the most shots got special keepsakes: the cameras.

"Everyone saw it for the first time," said Fedore, who noted that many parishioners spent some time looking for the familiar faces in the artwork.

It is scheduled to be installed in the church vestibule, and those who enter the church will see it.

"Everyone understands it's the face of the parish," he said. The portrait, he said, "will permanently commemorate the jubilee year."

Father D'Anjou said the unveiling came at a significant time. "A good theme for Corpus Christi," he said. "We all see all of our faces in the face of Christ."

St. Raymond Parish has a long special place in the heart of Father D'Anjou. Before he became a priest, he lived in Dublin. "I discerned my vocation in the chapel of the church," he said. It was 17 years between that time and his return as parochial administrator.

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