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placeholder May 20, 2013   •   VOL. 51, NO. 10   •   Oakland, CA
Catholic cemeteries observe Memorial Day

Memorial Day observances are planned at four Catholic cemeteries in the Diocese of Oakland.

At Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward, Mass will be celebrated outdoors at 11 a.m. May 27 on the steps of the Mausoleum of the Apostles. A presentation by a color guard from Travis Air Force Base is expected to follow the Mass, along with the playing of Taps, a 21-gun salute and a ceremonial laying of the memorial wreath.

After the formal ceremonies, a family gathering will take place in the cemetery, in which American flags will have been placed at veterans' graves by Scout troops.

The Rev. Brian Joyce, pastor of Christ the King Parish in Pleasant Hill, will celebrate Mass at 11 a.m. May 27 in the chapel of Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Lafayette. Area Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts will place flags on the veterans' graves on May 25.

At St. Joseph Cemetery in San Pablo, Mass will be celebrated in St. Michael Chapel at 11 a.m. May 27. Boy Scouts will place flags on the graves of veterans over the weekend.

Similarly, at Holy Cross Cemetery in Antioch, Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. May 27 in the chapel. Local Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts will decorate the graves of veterans with American flags on May 25.

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