Published in Mercury News, 12/31/13

St. Columba’s Catholic Church, an OCO congregation, held its annual Cross Ceremony on Dec. 31, 2013, to remember the victims of homicide in Oakland.

During the year, a white cross bearing the name and birthdate, if known, of each murder victim is placed in front of St. Columba. At the end-of-the-year ceremony, participants join together in song and prayer, which is followed by the removing of the crosses, reading the names of those killed, a procession and testimonials of friends and family members.