2017 Deacon Dave’s 35th Annual Christmas
Grand Opening Night is
Friday Night December 1st.
Display opens this night at 6:30 p.m. with a colorful Christmas
Procession down Hillcrest Ave from Fordham Way.
Opening Ceremonies follow.
Hillcrest Ave. to be closed between Compton Ct. and Pomona way, after
the procession passes Pomona. Attendees
will gather in the street in front of Deacon Dave’s Home, 352 Hillcrest
Ave. The Display will be dark (lights
out) until the opening ceremonies. This is a great way to begin the
Hours of the Display:
Friday & Saturday: 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Sunday thru Thursday: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Christmas Eve: 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Christmas Night: 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
December 26th to
January 1st: 6:00 p.m. to
New Year’s Eve: Gates close at 8:00 p.m. Lights remain on until midnight.
LAST NIGHT OF THE
DISPLAY: New Year’s Day. We close at 9:00 p.m.
DISPLAY MAY BE CLOSED DUE TO HIGHT WINDS AND OR RAIN
Deacon Dave’s 35th Anniversary of Ordination
as a Roman Catholic Deacon:
A celebration of Deacon
Dave’s 35th Anniversary will take place at St. Michael Church, 4thand Maple Street, Saturday December 2nd at the regular 5 p.m. Vigil
Mass. A reception will follow in the
remodeled St. Michael Hall. This will be
the first event in the Hall in over a year and a half. There will be a ribbon cutting before entry
for the Grand Opening of the Hall. All
are invited to attend the Celebration.
The Rev. Deacon is a
fourth generation Livermore resident.
His Great Grandparents and Grandparents were ranchers in Livermore. Deacon’s Mother, the matriarch of the family,
celebrated her 94th birthday this year.
Deacon Dave to celebrate his retirement as the
Bishop’s Representative & Director of Deacon Personnel (Director of
NO! Deacon Dave is NOT retiring from active
ministry at St. Michael Parish. YES!
Deacon Dave is retiring from the Diocese Position as Director of the Office of
the Diaconate. After 22 years & 7
months, the Deacon will retire December 31st.
Bishop Michael Barber has
appointed Deacon Tim Moore from Transfiguration Parish in Castro Valley to
succeed Deacon Dave.
Deacon Dave will also
celebrate the Diocese Office retirement at the Anniversary Mass at St. Michael
Church on December 2nd. We
have the making for a wonderful celebration.
Again, the Deacon will NOT BE RETIRING FROM MINISTRY AT ST. MICHAEL
THOUSANDS UPON THOUSANDS OF LED CHRISTMAS LIGHTS TO
85% of the Christmas
lights this year will be LED Christmas Lights.
This year’s Light Count will exceed last years. This year each light will be dedicated as a
prayer for police, fire and all first responders to crisis and
2017 DISPLAY THEME:
THE TOP SECRET THEME, will
not be announced until the opening ceremonies on Friday December 1st. As in the past, the Theme is kept secret
until the opening night.
STAND FOR THE ANTHEM, KNEEL FOR GOD!
Deacon Dave is clear on
this issue. It is very close to his
heart. All his Christmas team members
agree with him. We at the House of the Dove
are not afraid to say “God Bless America!”
We Support the United States Military Services and we Support our
Veterans. We stand for the National
Anthem and refuse to politicalize the National Anthem. Deacon Dave served in the U.S. Army.
Don’t be shy.
You are on camera:
Casa del Pomba (House of
the Dove) Christmas Team welcome all visitors to the Christmas Display. We do reserve the right to refuse entry to
anyone. Year around security cameras
seen and unseen, cover the entire 2/3rds acre.
The meditation gardens buildings and Christmas Display. Yes, you are on camera. This for your safety and that of the display
and property. We even have our own back-
up generators should the power to out. Security
Cameras run 24/7 and have night vision. We hope all our visitors enjoy the
hospitality of Deacon Dave and his Christmas Team, we want our visitors to feel
Proposal Bridge under the Christmas Lights:
To date there have been
over 65 marriage proposals on Proposal Bridge under the Christmas Lights. That’s how the Bridge got the name. The Bridge has become famous over the years
and many photos are taken on the bridge.
House of the Dove Christmas Team:
You can spot a House of
the Dove Christmas Team Member. They
wear the Red Baseball Cap with the emblem of the White Dove on the front of the
Cap. Team Members who have volunteered 3
years are awarded the Red with White Lettering House of the Dove Jacket. These Team Members welcome guests, answer
questions, control lines, act as safety volunteers, and assist in security
during display hours. They observe and
report problems to the Livermore Police as needed. Have any questions about the display? I bet that they have the answer or if they
don’t will find the answer.
Rumors, Rumors and more Rumors:
Every year we hear that
this is going to be the last year Deacon Dave will be doing the Christmas
Displays. The Deacon and Christmas Team has no intention of ending the
Christmas Display in the foreseeable future.
We laugh when we hear the rumors each and every year. If you hear the rumor, you can tell your
friends with authority “The Rumor is FALSE!”
Speaking of Rumors: Is it true that there is a Chapel
on the grounds of the House of the Dove?
Yes, The Deacon has a
private Chapel on site. The beautiful Chapel
of the Holy Spirit is located in the Meditation Gardens. The Chapel is not open to the general public.
House of the Dove Christmas Planning Team:
The Christmas Planning
Team is a Major help to Deacon. The
Planning Team Members are: Deacon Dave,
David and Jeanie Haigh, Rod and Jackie Hollister, Keith and Michelle Jess and
Additional Christmas Team
Members include, volunteer carpenters, decorators, painters, garland staplers,
prop dept. members, costumes, Christmas Light Crew,
And much, much more. You can be a part of the 2018 next year’s
crew by going to www.casadelpomba.com and searching for contact of Jeanie Haigh, volunteer coordinator. We would love to have you join the crew. That is one way to get into the Spirit of
Santa’s Secret Service 58th Year:
One of Deacon Dave’s
favorite charities is “Santa’s Secret Service”. Operation out of St. Michael
Church for the past 58 years, the organization provides Christmas Gifts to: U.
S. Veterans Care Home in Livermore, Pleasanton Convalescent, Kindred Nursing
and Healthcare, Good Shepherd Homes #1, 2 & 3. St. Martin Dominican Sisters Infirmary, Holy Family Sisters Infirmary, Our Lady of
Lourdes Dominican Sisters Infirmary (many of those sisters taught at St.
Michael School in Livermore. Silver Oaks
Care, Tiffany Gardens, New Haven Care #1,2,3,4, & 5. Livermore Valley Senior Living, Bethany Home
#1 & 2. Home of Our Own, Quail Gardens, Homeless, Poor, Shut-Ins and
more. The Coins from the Coin Toss at
Deacon Dave’s Christmas Display Helps purchase Christmas Gifts for many of the
above locations in addition to the hundreds of people who donate wrapped
Christmas Gifts. The Gifts are given to
people of all faiths.
Holy Spirit Chapel:
Holy Spirit Chapel is
located in Deacon Dave’s Meditation Gardens.
The Chapel was blessed by Bishop Vigneron of the Diocese of
Oakland, Bishop Vigneron is now the
Archbishop of Detroit. The Chapel Chimes
play at noon and 6 p.m. During the
Christmas Season the Christmas Chimes ring out Christmas Bells at 6 & 7:30
Deacon Dave’s Home:
There have been countless
questions over the many years as to how many inside Christmas Trees the Deacon
has? Deacon has 43 or more Christmas
Trees in the home. The tallest tree is
23.5 feet tall and has 1000 Christmas Ornaments. The third largest Christmas Tree is the
Antique 100-year-old bubble light tree that has 750 Christmas Ornaments from
Deacon’s Great Grandmother, Grandmother, Mother and his own ornaments.
Sorry the home is NOT OPEN
TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC. The Deacon has
some nights designated for: Display Team
Members and various nights set aside for specially invited groups.
Front of Line Privilege:
Elderly with cane or
anyone in a wheelchair should not stand in a line to enter the display on
nights that have a line of people. They
should come to the front of the line and a Christmas Display Team Member will
assist you in entering the display. Look
for the Team Member Wearing the Red Cap with the White Dove.