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January 9, 2007 > Our Lady of the Rosary hits century mark

Our Lady of the Rosary hits century mark

A year of happy celebrations will mark '100 Years of Faith'

Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Union City will be reaching "100 Years of Faith" in 2007. "A year-long celebration is planned," says Father Jose M. Leon, pastor. "We are holding our Centennial Celebration because it has been 100 years since the first Mass was said in the Decoto district back in April 1907. The Catholics in this area were then a mission church and the Mass was said in Silva's Hall. A few months later the little church building at 13th and G Streets was opened and Mass was held there for almost half a century."

The first event of the Centennial Year will be a dinner dance featuring authentic Portuguese food and a 1907 fashion show. This event will be held on Saturday, January 13, 2007 at 7 p.m. This fund raising event will also include live music, a deejay, entertainment and special prizes. Tickets are $8 adults and $5 for children.

On April 28 Oakland Bishop Allen H. Vigneron will celebrate Mass along with as many of the former pastors as are able to attend. This Centennial Mass will also provide a time for the Bishop to bless the 13 new stained glass windows that will be installed for the occasion. Later, a dinner celebration will follow in the Parish Hall. The evening will conclude with a fireworks display.

A Centennial Celebration Concert will be held on Sunday, June 24. On August 18 Our Lady of the Rosary parish will hold a procession from the site of the first church to the present location. An outdoor Mass will then be said, followed by a family picnic on the parish grounds.

October 6 and 7 will be the dates for the Parish Centennial Festival at which time the history book, "100 Years of Faith" will be distributed.

The year will conclude on the last Sunday of the year when the Chinese Community will host a Centennial Tree planting and the placement of a time capsule to be opened in the year 2107.

For more information about Our Lady Of the Rosary Church 100th anniversary Celebrations, Please call publicity chairperson Laura Manansala (510) 471-1991 or Deacon Dick Folger (510)489-7611

Our Lady of the Rosary Church
703 C Street, Union City
(510) 471-2609

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