For more on the Championship roundup:
2012 Boys Basketball CIF State Division 1 Champions
(record setting 9th State Title)
ESPN.com: "Mater Dei wins ninth CIF state title" (Boys)
2012 Girls Basketball CIF State Division 1 Champions
(4th [third consecutive] State Title)
MaxPreps News: Mater Dei to third straight title (Girls)
Catholics to Celebrate “Magnificat Day of Faith” at the future Christ Cathedral
The Magnificat Foundation presents a day of prayer and communion observing Year of Faith
The Magnificat Foundation will celebrate the first “Magnificat Dayb of Faith” at the future Christ Cathedral, Saturday, November 3, 2012. Pope Benedict XVI has proclaimed 2013 as the Year of Faith for all Catholics, and the “Magnificat Day of Faith” demonstrates this call to prayerful Catholic action.
The mission of the Magnificat Foundation is to promote expressions of prayer and devotion to help others deepen their faith and grow in a loving relationship with Jesus Christ. This is accomplished by offering prayer services, preaching events, performing arts programs, as well as social, educational, and cultural experiences.
“Through prayer and communion we seek to rediscover the joy that springs from the encounter with Christ – a joy that the Blessed Virgin Mary proclaims in her Magnificat song of praise,” said Bishop of Orange Most Reverend Tod D. Brown. Catholics will come together at the future home of the Diocese of Orange to rediscover and celebrate the very heart of the Christian experience - the “joy of believing.”
According to Pierre-Marie Dumont, founding Publisher of the monthly magazine Magnificat and President of the Magnificat Foundation, “The Day of Faith will be filled with the same prayerful approach to beauty and truth found within the pages of Magnificat.” Presentations will feature leading Catholic thinkers – men and women of faith – with a keynote address by Fr. Peter John Cameron, O.P., Editor-in-Chief of Magnificat.
The spiritual guide for the services will emphasize music, both sung together and prayed through the Liturgy of the Hours. The day will conclude with an Evening Prayer and a special organ performance of Bach’s masterpiece, the Magnificat.
For more information: http://www.magnificatday.com/
YOUTH FROM 17 parishes THROUGHOUT ORANGE COUNTY
perform choral concert at Segerstrom center
SANTA ANA, CA (March 26, 2012) - Seventy junior high students from 17 churches and parish schools from throughout the Diocese of Orange performed in “A Festival Concert”, a vocal music concert held March 26 at the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Center for the Arts to an audience of 1,200.
The seventh and eighth grade students are members of the Junior High Honor Choir, a vocal music program offered in the spring at Mater Dei High School. Participating students are invited to join the choir based on recommendations from their parish and school choir directors.
After preparing for just three weeks, the Junior High Honor Choir was prepared for their great performance at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The youngsters were in awe of the spectacular venue in which they would perform, as this was the first time many have entered the Segerstrom Center. After performances by Mater Dei’s choral, handbell and wind ensembles, the junior high choir preformed two pieces, “Pie Jesu” and “Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel”. They then joined Mater Dei High School choral students for the concert finale, “Praise His Holy Name”, bringing more than 300 students to the stage.
“It was an amazing experience for the student performers,” said Scott Melvin, Mater Dei High School Choral Director. “It was a display of unity and pride for their parishes, their schools, and their art. This concert is definitely one of the highlights of my year and I look forward to working with these eager kids for many springs to come,” he added.
Scott Melvin started the Junior High Honor Choir in 2010 to support music making in the Diocese of Orange, and to continue building a lifelong love for music which parish music directors have begun instilling in their students. The choir began with 40 junior high students from eight parishes, but expanded rapidly to over 70 junior high students from 17 parishes in just three years.
The Junior High Youth Choir will convene again next spring. With the overwhelming success of the program in just its third year, Scott Melvin has plans to expand the program to reach more students.
Bishop Vann will be celebrating Mass Thursday, February 28 7:00PM in thanksgiving for the service of Pope Benedict XVI and for the election of a new Pope at Holy Family Cathedral. The date was chosen because it is the day of Pope Benedict’s XVI resignation, however due to time zones the See of Peter will be vacant at the time of the Mass allowing us to also pray for the success of the election of a new Pope. It affords us an opportunity to pray together as a diocese in this season of Lent for the guidance of the Holy Spirit in the selection of a new Supreme Pontiff. Please invite others to join in this Eucharistic Celebration.
The Great Easter Vigil is a Cherished Liturgical Tradition;
2012 Ceremony Again Recognizes Significant Diocesan Growth
Orange, CA, (April 4, 2012) – 921 new Catholics were baptized and 668 already baptized Christians were received into full communion into the Catholic Church during the Annual Easter Vigil, April 7, 2012, throughout Orange County.
The Easter Vigil Rite consists of four elements: The Service of Light, the Liturgy of the Word, Christian Initiation and Renewal of Baptismal Vows, and the Holy Eucharist.
The Service of the Light: Began outside the church, in darkness. The darkness represents evil, deceit, and sin and allows the believer to reflect on these metaphors as obstacles to faith. Worshippers gather around a freshly lit bonfire known as the new fire or Easter Fire. The fire is blessed and from it the Paschal candle, which symbolizes the Light of the Risen Christ, is lighted. A priest then carries the burning Paschal candle at the head of a procession and into the church. He will stop three times and chant “Light of Christ,” to which the people and attending clergy respond, “Thanks be to God.”
Once the procession entered the sanctuary the Easter proclamation or Exultet was sung. This ancient hymn of praise recounts God’s saving acts throughout history, and asks God to accept the Easter Candle as it dispels the darkness as does Christ, who sheds his graceful light on all humankind. The congregation then sat for the second Vigil element.
The Liturgy of the Word: Seven readings, recounting the history of the People of God and an additional New Testament reading were altar candles were lit, bells rung, and the Alleluia sung for the first time since the beginning of Lent, all in preparation of the proclamation of the Resurrection from the Gospel. A homily followed.
Christian Initiation and Renewal of Baptismal Vows: Following the Liturgy of the Word, all elect and candidates for entrance into the Faith joined the congregation invoking the saints by means of an ancient litany. After a blessing of the water within the baptismal font, the group was asked to renounce sin and profess their faith in Christ. The elect were then baptized into the Church. Baptism is the sacramental entry into Christian life. After the Elect were baptized, they and the witnessing congregants, were sprinkled with the same baptismal water.
The Profession of Faith, for those who have already been baptized and those converting from other Christian traditions, followed. Candidates were asked if they reject sin, reject the glamour of evil and reject Satan and asked to express their belief in the Creed. The newly-baptized and those who have made their profession of faith then shared in the sacrament of Confirmation. When Catholics complete the Sacraments of Initiation they are confirmed into the Roman Catholic Church through the gift of the Holy Spirit.
All newly baptized, and those who have made their first Profession of Faith, stood with their individual Confirmation sponsors as they were anointed with Chrism, a holy oil blessed earlier in Holy Week during the solemn and beautiful Chrism Mass.
Celebration of the Holy Eucharist: The Easter Vigil liturgy culminated with the celebration of Holy Eucharist, the final sacrament of initiation. For the first time, candidates and the elect received the body and blood of Jesus Christ through Holy Communion. This sacrament is considered to be an intimate encounter with Christ, in which people receive Christ into their bodies, under the species of consecrated bread and wine. This holy sacrament is the final step in their initiation into the Roman Catholic Church and the beginning of their journey with Christ. It is carried out in keeping with the Last Supper celebrated by Jesus, in which he asks that his disciples “Do this in memory of me.”
For the Diocese of Orange, the number of inductees set a new record – an increase of over 14 percent when compared to last year’s impressive count.
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Let us give thanks to God and celebrate the election of Pope Francis. I will be celebrating a Mass of Thanksgiving Saturday morning. This historic time will soon lead us into Holy Week and Easter with joy, confidence and concern for the Church and all she serves. We are the living Body of Christ, a vibrant, relevant and loving people of Faith!
- Bishop Kevin Vann
Mass of Thanksgiving
Saturday, March 16, 2013, 8:15am
Holy Family Cathedral
566 S. Glassell Street
Orange, CA 92866
Wednesday, December 19 at 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 20 at 12:30 a.m.
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Saturday, December 22 at 12:30 a.m.
Monday, December 24 at 5:30 a.m.
Tuesday, December 25 at 12:30 a.m.
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DIOCESE OF ORANGE CELEBRATES ALL SOULS DAY IN HONOR OF THE DEPARTED
Colorful Banners, Flowing Flowers and Skeleton Effigies are displayed at Cemeteries
Orange County Bishops and clergy will hold several outdoor masses celebrating All Souls Day, the ancient feast day honoring the dead at Orange County's three major Catholic cemeteries, November 2, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. All Souls Day is a Roman Catholic holy day when one prays for the souls of the faithful departed, still undergoing "purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter heaven," as the Catechism of the Catholic Church explains "purgatory."
This feast is an important tradition in Mexico and other parts of Latin America where it is known as El Día de los Muertos, or "the Day of the Dead." The Diocesan Office of Hispanic Ministries will hold a special El Día de los Muertos observance in Spanish, November 2, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery in Orange. Hispanic Catholics from several parishes in the Diocese of Orange will gather at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery for the annual outdoor mass to pay their respects and to celebrate the life of their loved ones who have departed.
"This sacred tradition reminds us of our commitment to live holy lives and that our prayers can help in the purification of souls destined for Heaven. Our annual celebration of All Souls Day highlights the rich culture and devotion of the people of our Diocese," said the Most Rev. Kevin Vann, Bishop of Orange.
There are many customs and traditions that occur during All Souls Day depending on the culture. An altar is often intricately built at the cemetery offering food for deceased family members in the belief that the dead participate in the meal in spirit. The offerings are arranged with colorful banners and flowers, which serve as a living memory of deceased loved ones. Candles, incense, mementos, photos, and other remembrances are used in the preparation of the altar honoring the faithful departed.
El Día de los Muertos is a tradition in Mexico and in other Latin-American Countries. This observance dates back many hundreds of years and is associated with All Souls Day, honoring departed family members. It is marked by festivities, including spectacular parades of skeletons and ghouls. Many families visit the graveyards of their loved ones and celebrate throughout the day with a picnic as they remember the deceased.
"The Day of the Dead is passionately observed by the Hispanic community in our Diocese. It is an occasion for families to come together in prayer to celebrate a ritual that has profound spiritual and cultural importance," said Bishop Vann.
All Souls Day Masses:
Saturday, November 2nd at 10:00 a.m.:
- Celebrant: Bishop Kevin Vann
Holy Sepulcher Cemetery
7845 E Santiago Canyon Rd
Orange, CA 92869
- Celebrant: Bishop Tod Brown
24754 Trabuco Rd
El Toro, CA 92630
- Celebrant: Bishop Dominic Luong
Good Shepherd Cemetery
8301 Talbert Ave
Huntington Beach, CA 92646
El Día de los Muertos Celebration:
Saturday, November 2nd at 2:30 p.m.
- Celebrant: Bishop Kevin Vann
Holy Sepulcher Cemetery
7845 E Santiago Canyon Rd
Orange, CA 92869
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