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CURRENT ISSUE:  November 22, 2010
VOL. 48, NO. 20   •   Oakland, CA
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The “Starlight Festival” will feature crèches created by various parishes in the diocese. This nativity scene was unveiled in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Dec. 24, 2009.
CNS photo/Paul Haring

A three-day festival honoring the family tradition of the nativity scene will allow designers and artists to showcase unique crèche displays and also feature music, food, entertainment and prayer.
Crèche Festival
When: Dec. 17-19
Where: Cathedral of Christ the Light and Event Center
2121 Harrison St., Oakland
Details, reservations:
The Cathedral of Christ the Light is celebrating the holiday season with its festival Dec. 17-19 at the cathedral and event center.

Designers and floral artists will showcase their unique nativity scenes in the meditation chapels in the cathedral and event center. Visitors can reflect on the spiritual meaning of the season from the moment they enter the cathedral.

A highlight of the event is the “Starlight Festival” which features crèches created by the parishes of the diocese. It will be in the event center, located in the lower level of the cathedral complex.

Leo Keegan, director of docent and ministerial services for the cathedral, said by mid-November, these early-responding parishes agreed to set up crèches: St. Joseph, Fremont; St. Joseph Basilica, Alameda; St. Jarlath, Oakland; St. Mary Magdalen, Berkeley; St. Ignatius of Antioch; St. Stephen, Walnut Creek; St. Columba, Oakland, and St. Paul, San Pablo. About 20 parishes should be participating by the festival opening.

The opening Dec. 17 includes an interdenominational prayer service followed by a reception, dinner and crèche viewing.

Saturday afternoon offers crèche-making and a performance of the Grammy award-winning San Francisco Boys Chorus.

Sunday afternoon offers a guest lecture on the origins of the crèche, its family traditions and ethnic meanings. A reception and performance by the Bay Brass, a Christmas spectacle with music for brass and organ, culminates the three-day event.

Seasonal food and drinks will be available for purchase in the café. The Cathedral Shop will feature an array of crèches, books and resources for purchase, including an exhibition of Fair Trade crèches from around the world.

Here’s an abbreviated schedule; visit the website — www.ctlcathedral.org— for full details and to make reservations:

Dec. 17, 6 p.m.: Opening prayer service, crèche preview, reception and dinner.

Dec. 18, 2 – 4 p.m.: Crèche-making (limited seating), co-sponsored by the Oakland Diocese Department of the Catholic Schools and Department of Catechesis and Evangelization.

• 8 p.m.: San Francisco Boys Chorus concert.

Dec. 19, 4 p.m.: Lecture on the origins of the crèche and reception celebrating the Starlight Festival

• 6 p.m.: Christmas music for brass and organ with members from the San Francisco Symphony and organist Jonathan Dimmock.

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