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placeholder MAY 6, 2013   •   VOL. 51, NO. 9   •   Oakland, CA

The Knights of Columbus provided an honor guard. Many priests of the diocese, along with deacons, religious and seminarians, were joined by members of the orders of Malta and the Holy Sepulchre.
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Mass of Thanksgiving celebrated for Pope Francis

At left, Archbishop Alex J. Brunett and Rev. Ray Sacca, cathedral rector, stop at the Cathedral entrance.

Poor. The Cross. Joy. Young people.

These are four clues to the papacy of Pope Francis, for whom a Mass of Thanksgiving was celebrated on April 17 at the Cathedral of Christ the Light.

About 700 people filled the front pews of the cathedral as a program of choir music, and liturgical dance preceded the Mass of Thanksgiving to celebrate the beginning of the Petrine ministry of Pope Francis. Archbishop Alex J. Brunett, apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Oakland, had invited the people of the diocese to the Mass.

Tiny pig-tailed dancers accompanied their more accomplished elders step by step through liturgical movement that filled the cathedral's center aisle. Incense bearers helped prepare the way for worship. Danza Tonatzi, the liturgical movement ministry of St. Cornelius Parish in Richmond, provided this portion of the ceremony.

While they provided the dance, the Youth Choir and Youth Music Ensemble of the Richmond parish provided the spirited pre-Mass music, in both English and Spanish.

With Knights of Columbus of the Oakland Diocese serving as the honor guard, the evening's procession included the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Malta, Western Association, and the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, Northwest Lieutenancy.

The Most Rev. John S. Cummins, the bishop emeritus of Oakland, along with two dozen priests, joined in the celebration, which offered thanks to God for the gift of the new Holy Father. Archbishop Brunett called it "an occasion of joy and happiness."

In his homily, the archbishop spoke in Vietnamese and Spanish, as well as English. He said the early days of Pope Francis, in his actions and in his words, has showed certain characteristics.

"He is very, very pastoral," the archbishop said, noting the former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio has "spent his life working for people."

The new pope, he said, is a very intelligent man who has chosen a simple lifestyle. He also noted joy as one of the pope's hallmarks, as well as his devotion to the Cross and to young people.

Dancers and incense bearers from St. Cornelius Parish, Richmond, incensed and blessed the assembly before the Mass.

The Youth Choir and Youth Music Ensemble of St. Cornelius Parish, Richmond, representing the Latino communities of the diocese, offered a concert before the Mass.
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