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 August 20, 2012   •   VOL. 50, NO. 14   •   Oakland, CA
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A priest uses a censer in front of a monstrance during eucharistic adoration at the 50th International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin
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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.

With the faces and voices of people throughout the diocese — clergy and lay, young and not-so young, in parishes ranging from Antioch to Brentwood to Livermore to Fremont to El Cerrito — the story of Eucharistic Devotion in the diocese unfolds on the screen.

The Confraternity of Eucharistic Devotion of the Diocese of Oakland (CEDDO) will gather for Mass in the Cathedral of Christ the Light on Sept. 8 celebrated by Archbishop-designate Salvatore J. Cordileone, a talk on the Eucharist by Father Vincent Serpa, OP, popular host of "Catholic Answers," and the premiere of the film.

"The Mass and premiere are open to the public," said the Rev. Lawrence D'Anjou, the parochial administrator at St. Raymond Parish in Dublin who is in his third year as chaplain to CEDDO. "We are proud to be premiering this DVD.

"This is a wonderful organization," Father D'Anjou said. "These people are really a joy to work with."

If you go

Confraternity of Eucharistic Devotion
of the Diocese of Oakland

Sept. 8
Cathedral of Christ the Light,
2121 Harrison St., Oakland
Mass, celebrated by Archbishop-designate Salvatore J. Cordileone, 8: 30 a.m.

Followed by
Talk by Father Vincent Serpa, OP
Social in the Hall of Honor
"Christ Among Us — His True Presence in the Diocese of Oakland" premiere in the Event Center

More information:

CEDDO was founded in 2006 by the Most Rev. Allen Vigneron, the third bishop of Oakland. Its mission is, "to deepen in the Diocese of Oakland, in its members and the members of this Confraternity, reverence and love for the Holy Eucharist, by fostering prayer and spiritual growth in individuals and families, and encouraging, organizing, and participating in various Eucharistic devotions in parishes/deaneries."

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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