It's Official

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Yesterday it was announced at St. Edward Parish in Newark, CA that I have been appointed their new Pastor effective August 1, 2004.

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Congratulations to them and you.
They have a wonderful, user-friendly web site.


You are invited to a meeting this Sunday, March 7, at 4:00 p.m. in St. Gaspar House. We will discuss how we will celebrate the Easter season by dancing at the vigil Mass. We will also discuss other upcoming events. If you have any questions, please call Tami at 506-4641. See you Sunday!

These people are truly blessed to have you. God bless you in your work there.

dear Father Jeff,

when you're ready, I'd love to read some reflections on coming back to this area and this parish in particular.

Yeah! Welcome home!


I am not sure what they do for Dance there. I will wait until I am there. Processions and gestures are an important part of the liturgy and some grace and style has been lost. I am wondering how I might invite these gifted people to help with those parts of the liturgy where their gifts are much needed, without adding anything to the liturgy.


Well and charitably said, Father.
That parish is getting a treasure.

Glad to have you back in the Diocese of Oakland!

Welcome back to the bay area. I remember you well when you were the music minister at Saint Leander in San Leandro. I've mentioned your blog to several parishioners at Saint Leander who knew you when we were all much younger.

Wow. A blast from the past. I was at St. Leander 1978-1983.

dear Father Jeff,

please be gentle with the dancers
(well, with everyone else, too)

it's true every pastor has his own style, his own vision for litrurgy, but for those of us in the pews, we have our communal style and communal vision, too, even if we haven't been given the formation and education to articulate it or to names its sources.

sooner or later, we will have official permission for dance in the parishes the way we have dance at the LA Religious Ed Congress. if dance is an integral part (not an addition, Father) of those major liturgies in a major metropolitan see, theplace we're supposed to look to for our examples (along with dance in St. Peter's in far-away Vatican City), then why all the nay-sayers about processional movement? I've never understood why dance has become such a lightning rod for complaints about contemporary liturgy!

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