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CURRENT ISSUE:  January 10, 2011
VOL. 49, NO. 1   •   Oakland, CA
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When: April 2     •      Cost: $20
Where: Bishop O’Dowd High School, Oakland
More info: www.eastbaycatholicyouth.com

Up to 1,500 high school students are expected to participate in the Oakland Diocese Youth Day on April 2 at Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland,

“Ignite the Fire Within” is the theme for the daylong event, which will include Mass celebrated by Bishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, two nationally recognized speakers, workshops and music.

The goal of the event, says Patti Collyer, director of youth and young adult ministry for the diocese, is “to give kids the tools to discern God’s plan for their lives and empower them to a life of holiness in the culture.”

Collyer met last month with the principals of the Catholic high schools and received their enthusiastic support.

Keynote speakers at the Oakland event will be Father Agustino Torres of the Fran-ciscan Friars of the Renewal, and Bob Rice, a musician and speaker.

Father Torres spoke to parish leaders in the Oakland diocese two years ago about urban violence, and to youths at a rally at St. Bede’s Church in Hayward.

Rice, an associate professor of catechetics at Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, ministers to more than 10,000 people each year by hosting conferences, giving talks, teaching workshops, leading worship and performing his music.

Participants will also be able to meet representatives from groups such as NET Ministries and the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, as well as representatives from the diocese and religious orders to offer information on vocations.

NET Ministries has eight retreat teams composed of 10 to 14 volunteers, ages 18 to 28, that facilitate retreats six days a week for youth in junior high and high school. Teams travel to dioceses and serve the individual parishes there.

Collyer said that while many parishes regularly send delegations to the annual Religious Education Conference’s Youth Day in Anaheim, costs for the transportation and lodging can exceed $300 a student, making it impossible for some students to have such an experience.

Collyer acknowledged the generosity of Bishop O’Dowd High School in offering its campus for the event.

“Bishop O’Dowd is honored to be able to meet the needs of the youth of the diocese and of our own school with this rally,” said Steven Phelps, president of the school.

Tickets will be $20, which includes lunch, and will be on sale through www.eastbaycatholicyouth.com.

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