2012 is the 30th anniversary of Deacon Dave Rezendes' Christmas light display. It's also the 30th anniversary of his ordination as a deacon.
This year the Christmas display opens a week earlier.
Participants in the colorful Candlelight Procession down to the display at 352 Hillcrest Ave., Livermore, will gather at 6 p.m. Nov. 30 at the foot of Hillcrest Avenue and Fordham Street. Afterward, visit the glow (last year, the ambitious project grew to 342,000 lights) from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, and to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
"Opening ceremonies take place when the procession reaches the House of the Dove," Deacon Rezendes reports. "The mayor and police chief are scheduled to speak. We announce the number of lights, announce this year's theme and read this year's prayer. I read from the book of Genesis and when I read the part 'and God said let there be light' all the lights are turned on. Then the blessing of the lights and people take place. St. Michael Choir will be stationed in front of the darkened house and sing Christmas/Advent songs. This year the Trinity Baptist Choir will be in the procession and sing along the way."
For detailed information, to learn more about the display, the charitable works done via the Casa del Pomba (House of the Dove) and driving directions, consult the website: www.casadelpomba.com.
Deacon Rezendes will celebrate his ordination anniversary at the 6 p.m. Mass Dec. 9, followed by a reception in the St. Michael Parish Hall. The Youth Music Ministry Group is providing the reception, and Cathedral of Christ the Light Rector, Father Ray Sacca, former pastor at St. Michael, will preside at the Mass.
In reflecting on his time as a deacon, Deacon Rezendes said, "Of those 30 years, I have been the bishop's representative and director of Deacon Personnel for the past 16 years. I have served three bishops and now one archbishop.
"As a fourth generation of St. Michael Parish I have so much to be thankful for. The people of St. Michael's Parish, past and present, are a remarkable example of Christ's love and service. They inspire me so much in ministry.
"I often reflect while walking at St. Michael Cemetery and viewing the names on the grave markers, how many of these folks were the ones that I looked up to as a child. They were the movers and shakers in parish life, love and service. My family Catholic upbringing is something that will always remain in my heart."
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