A two-year labor of love comes to fruition when "Christ Among Us — His True Presence in the Diocese of Oakland" is premiered Sept. 8 at the Event Center of the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland.
Such devotions may include Eucharistic processions, Forty Hours Devotion and exposition of the Holy Eucharist.
"Eucharistic Adoration has been growing year by year," Father D'Anjou said. "It is nice to see it grow in the diocese."
Three places in the diocese — Holy Spirit Church in Fremont, the Divine Mercy Chapel next door to St. John the Baptist Church in El Cerrito, and St. Agnes Church in Concord — offer Perpetual Adoration. More than 50 parishes offer at least an hour of Eucharistic Adoration a month.
One of CEDDO's goals is to increase the opportunities for Eucharistic Adoration in the diocese. The DVD is part of that effort. A member of CEDDO will hand-deliver a DVD to each parish.
The hope is that it "become a real resource in parishes and schools," said Father D'Anjou,"if they need help to grow or if they don't have one, how they can start."
Among the other features on the DVD is a beautiful Benediction filmed at St. Margaret Mary Church, with the Rev. Stanislaw Zak presiding, and with the sweet young voices of the St. Joseph Choir.
There's also the CEDDO prayer, developed with Archbishop Vigneron, who encouraged CEDDO members to pray it daily.
Information on becoming a member of CEDDO is available at www.oakdiocese.org/ministries/worship/eucharistic-devotion/ceddo.
CEDDO conducts an annual survey of parishes to determine the hours of Eucharistic Adoration, and further explore why there are decreases and what would explain the increases, and report that information to the diocese.
"Last year, we were able to report that there were 3,500 hours monthly," said Pamela Hamilton, CEDDO's current moderator.
That represented an increase of 61 hours over the previous year, she said.
One reason for a decrease in hours can be safety issues, she said.
"The hope in the future is we can have one parish in each of the five regions" with Perpetual Adoration, she said.
Hamilton said she would like to see a site in the Dublin/Livermore area in particular, because for some of the faithful in that part of the diocese, it's closer to go to Tracy, which is in another diocese, for adoration.
"It's wonderful to hear stories from the parishes that have Perpetual Adoration," she said, noting a decrease in criminal activity nearby and that neighbors notice the positive impact.
Hamilton is looking forward to the Sept. 8 events, and knows it is just the beginning for distribution of the film and its message. "Our goal is as soon as it's premiered, take this wonderful tool for teaching the wisdom of Eucharistic Adoration and spread it around."
She said that although CEDDO was founded by the third bishop of Oakland, the group found a strong supporter in the fourth, and will miss him.
"This will be our last big hurrah with him," she said. Hamilton noted that the Mass, the talk by Father Serpa and the premiere are three extraordinary happenings. "I think the Holy Spirit plans it so all three events will happen on one day," she said.
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