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By STAFF     6/22/2022

BLESSING OF THE HAZEL WRIGHT ORGAN
Bishop Kevin W. Vann blessed Christ Cathedral’s Hazel Wright Organ on Friday, June 10 during a special ceremony that included music, a 100-person choir and biblical readings. Pope Francis also sent a special apostolic blessing from Rome. The day also featured a special appearance from Josep Solé Coll, principal organist of St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City and organist for the liturgical celebrations of Pope Francis.

“The purpose of music in the liturgy is, above all and before all else, to give glory to God and to lead us to holiness,” said Bishop Vann, who played organ while growing up in Springfield, Illinois. “Thus, the music of the organ wonderfully expresses the new song that Scripture tells us to sing to the Lord.”

Restoration of the Hazel Wright Organ, which is the world’s fifth largest, was finished earlier this year. It cost $3 million and took nearly a decade. The process included sending the complex instrument to Italy for a full restoration, individual tuning of every pipe, and adding temperature controls to the cathedral.

BISHOP KEVIN W. VANN BLESSES THE HAZEL WRIGHT ORGAN ON FRIDAY, JUNE 10, AS DEACON MODESTO CORDERO LOOKS ON. PHOTO COURTESY OF STEVEN GEORGES/ DIOCESE OF ORANGE.

CHRIST CATHEDRAL CAMPUS HOSTS SUCCESSFUL DIAPER DRIVE
The Christ Cathedral campus hosted its annual Diaper Drive Thru Drop-Off on Friday, June 10, an event organized by HomeAid Orange County with help from corporate sponsors.

Participants drove onto the campus, some in large trucks, to bring boxes of diapers and other supplies that will be donated to needy families. Various public safety agencies were also on hand to help in the drive.

A few groups also made structures out of diaper boxes that were themed.

VOLUNTEERS SET UP DURING THE ANNUAL DIAPER DRIVE THRU DROP-OFF EVENT HELD AT CHRIST CATHEDRAL CAMPUS ON FRIDAY, JUNE 10. PHOTO COURTESY OF IAN TRAN/DIOCESE OF ORANGE.

ADORATION CHAPEL
Will you come spend an hour with me? The 24-hour Adoration chapel will be open on Wednesday, June 29, St. Angela Merici Church, 585 S. Walnut St. Brea. More information will be available at the church over the weekend of June 26, or email adoration. chapel@stangelabreachurch.org. To register, visit https://adorationpro.org/angelabrea

ST. ANGELA MERICI CATHOLIC CHURCH, BREA. PHOTO COURTESY OF JOSHUA SUDOCK/DIOCESE OF ORANGE.

OUR LADY OF FATIMA PARISHIONERS PARTICIPATE IN WALK FOR LIFE EVENT
Our Lady of Fatima parish recently participated in the May 21 Walk for Life in Dana Point Harbor to benefit the San Clemente Pregnancy Resource Center (PRC). Thirty-eight parishioners attended the event, including retired parish priest Father Jim Ries.

Thanks to the participation of Our Lady of Fatima parishioners – as walkers, sponsors or donors – a total of $6,030 was raised to support the Pregnancy Resource Center.

OUR LADY OF FATIMA PARISHIONERS, ALONG WITH RETIRED PARISH PRIEST FATHER JIM RIES, PARTICIPATED IN A WALK FOR LIFE EVENT ON MAY 21 AT DANA POINT HARBOR. PHOTO COURTESY OF OUR LADY OF FATIMA PARISH.