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Unique, seasoned community fetes
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placeholder July 7, 2014   •   VOL. 52, NO. 12   •   Oakland, CA

Rev. Joseph Parekkatt stands next to the statue of St. Anne in front of the church, which opened in 1969.
Courtesy photo

Unique, seasoned community fetes St. Anne
on its 50th anniversary year

St. Anne's Parish, Walnut Creek, will celebrate its Golden Jubilee over the next year, beginning with a thanksgiving Mass by Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, at 4 p.m. Aug. 17 and culminating Aug. 16, 2015.

"We will lead up to that date with a year of spiritual and social events to express our thanks for all that has been accomplished in these 50 years," reported Charles F. Monahan, a parishioner and spokesman for the events.

"All parishioners and friends of the parish are invited to attend," he said. "All are also invited to attend a champagne reception that will follow the Mass" in the Parish Center and the courtyard. During the reception a balloon launch will honor the memory of deceased parishioners, many of whom "were highly instrumental in the success of our unique parish."

A special prayer card has been designed with a picture of St. Anne on one side and a prayer to her on the reverse.

"Four Golden Jubilee dinners are planned for parishioners to celebrate the event socially. All registered parishioners will be invited to a dinner and will be notified as to which dinner to attend. The dinners will be conducted in the Parish Center. Commemorative gifts will be presented to parishioners attending the dinners," Monahan said.

Because St. Anne's serves a mostly retired community, its ministries benefit from the dedication and experience of parishioners.

Current pastor Father Joseph Parekkatt inherited a unique parish and is doing a superb job in carrying on for his three predecessors, Monahan said.

"We have been blessed with four holy and dedicated priests as our pastors and mentors," he said.

 
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