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CURRENT ISSUE:  July 6, 2009
VOL. 47, NO. 13   •   Oakland, CA
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Teens and young adults will gather Saturday July 25 at the Cathedral of Christ the Light for a youth rally and Mass with Oakland’s Bishop Salvatore Cordileone. This will be the first major gathering specifically for young people of the diocese since the cathedral opened in September.

Both youth groups and individuals are invited, said Joe Murray, diocesan coordinator of youth and young adult ministry. Parents are welcome to accompany their teens, he said.

“This is a great opportunity for the bishop to welcome the youth community of the Church of Oakland to the cathedral and a great opportunity for the youth to meet and welcome their apostle,” he said.

Murray is encouraging youth groups to create personal parish chants that can be part of the festivities.
The event will open with a Festival of Praise and Worship at 10 a.m. The teen band from Queen of All Saints Parish in Concord will provide the music, energizing the youth and preparing them for the Mass that follows with Bishop Cordileone and several parish priests. Youth will take all the major lay roles during the liturgy, Murray said, with seminarians acting as altar servers.

Musicians for the Mass include the En- cuentros group of Latino youth leaders.

A free lunch will be provided after Mass.

The cathedral is located at the corner of Grand Avenue and Harrison Street in downtown Oakland. It is within walking distance of the 19th Street BART station and is accessible via AC Transit. The cathedral parking garage (entrance on 21st Street) will be open with three hours of free parking.

Murray is asking for advance registration, if possible, by Friday, July 17 at www.oakdiocese.org/pastoral/Events/youth_mass.htm or by e-mail to: jmurray@oakdiocese.org. However, he said that registration is not required to attend.

For further information, contact Murray at 510-267-8389.

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