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Every other year, the Bishop of Oakland graciously comes to confirm the candidates prepared by the Institute for this very important Sacrament of Holy Mother Church.  It is always a great occasion to foster the unity of the apostolates on the West Coast.  The faithful of the Institute’s Oratory of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in San Jose, California have the opportunity to join those of Saint Margaret Mary in Oakland.  This year, 43 well-prepared candidates for Confirmation were presented to his Excellency, Bishop Michael Barber, who, after administering the Sacrament of Confirmation, would assist pontifically at the throne during the Solemn High Mass that would follow.  

Canon Ueda , rector of the oratory, celebrated the Solemn Mass.  Canon Avis kindly came from Tucson, Arizona to be the Master of Ceremonies, bringing his expertise for the perfection of the Divine Liturgy.  Canon Meney assisted as Deacon, and clerical oblate, Abbé Kevin Kerscher, served as Subdeacon for the Solemn High Mass.    

A special mention to the wonderful work of the new flower team!  The altar was beautifully adorned for the external solemnity of the Assumption of Our Lady.  Additionally, a special thanks is due to Jay Balza for his diligence in capturing the life of the Liturgy on camera for us all to see.