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placeholder November 24, 2014   •   VOL. 52, NO. 20   •   Oakland, CA

All Saints, All Souls, All Spartans
On Oct. 31, the first Mass was celebrated at De La Salle Academy in Concord, and the new school's altar and chapel were blessed. The fifth- and sixth-grade boys set up chairs, welcomed guests, dressed the altar, did the readings and helped with every aspect of the blessing and dedication of the new chapel and the altar it contains. The celebrant was Rev. LaSalle Hallissey, OP, a member of the first graduating class of De La Salle High School, an "original Spartan," as he said and he spoke feelingly in his homily to the boys who are the youngest Spartans of all. At the heart of the renovated corporate building on Galaxy Way that houses De La Salle Academy is a spacious, sparely decorated room that is the school's chapel. Leading the students in procession to it, Father Hallissey intoned, "Let the doors be opened." With prayer, holy water, chrism, and light, the new altar was blessed and the chapel dedicated. Guests included many parents of students and some siblings, as well as De La Salle Christian Brothers from Saint Mary's College in Moraga and the Provincialate at Mont La Salle in Napa.
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