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placeholder October 18, 2010   •   VOL. 48, NO. 18   •   Oakland, CA

Surrounded by priests serving the diocese’s ethnic communities, Father George Mockel, vicar general, sings during the multi-lingual liturgy. With him, from left, are Father John Direen, pastor of St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Deacon Rey Encarnacion of the Cathedral of Christ the Light, and Deacon Witold Cichon of the Polish Pastoral and Cultural Center.
all photos by José Luis Aguirre
Chautauqua 16:
celebrating ethnic diversity

More than 700 people filled St. Joseph the Worker Church in Berkeley, Oct. 2, for the annual Chautauqua (Gathering of Peoples) celebration. All 14 ethnic pastoral centers in the Oakland Diocese were represented — Asian Indian, Brazilian, Chinese, Eritrean, Fijian, Indonesian, Kenyan, Kmhmu, Korean, Nigerian, Polish, Portuguese, Tongan and Vietnamese — for a procession through the streets of Berkeley, a Mass, and a festival of ethnic foods and dances.

Members of the Brazilian community carry a statue of Our Lady of Aparecida, patroness of Brazil, into St. Joseph the Worker Church where the statue was enthroned in a temporary shrine at the beginning of Mass. Each year, a Marian devotion is honored during Chautauqua.

Girls from several ethnic communities dance to “Gentle Woman, Quiet Light” in honor of Mary during the meditation after Communion.

A dancer from the Asian Indian Cath-o-lic Community performs during the entertainment program after Mass.

Young women from Cameroon (left) and Tonga listen attentively during Mass. The theme for this year’s Chautauqua was “One God, Many Faces.”

ABOVE: Boys from the Nigerian Catholic Community perform a cultural dance during the entertainment program.
LEFT: A member of the Vietnamese Pastoral Center walks in a procession through several Berkeley streets before entering St. Joseph Church. 
BELOW: Father James Kairu, parochial vicar at St. David Parish in Richmond and contact person for the Kenyan Pastoral Center, distributes Communion.

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