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CURRENT ISSUE:  November 21, 2011
VOL. 49, NO. 20   •   Oakland, CA
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Crèche Festival set for December 9-11
Crèche Festival

When: Dec. 9-11

Where: Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland

Admission: Free to view the crèches; concert tickets vary

Buy concert tickets, register for events and see full schedule at: www.ctlcathedral.org

At St. Paul School, some glass bottles are not heading for the recycling bin — they’re in for an artistic upcycle. Fitted with Ping-Pong ball heads and armature to support clay hands, and clothed in donated fabrics, these bottles will be fashioned into the figures for the crèche the San Pablo school will display at the second annual Crèche Festival at the Cathedral of Christ the Light.

Under the leadership of principal Natalie Lenz-Acuña, 30 students gathered after school in the parish hall to create St. Paul’s contribution to the festival, which last year drew 1,000 visitors who viewed crèches from 17 parishes.

In their classes, St. Paul students will be given strips of paper on which to write a question for the characters in the manger. Those questions will be placed in the bottles.

A crèche from last year's holiday festival at the Cathedral of Christ the Light.
Their crèche, as well as those made by other parishes and schools throughout the diocese, will be on view Dec. 10 and 11, as will the Starlight Festival professional exhibits in the Cathedral Event Center and the Cathedral Shop. Professional florists and designers will create displays in the chapels of the Cathedral. Participants include La Flor Floral Creations of Alameda; Orchard Florist of Berkeley; Lyal Nickals of San Leandro; and the Lafayette Garden Club, 15031 Hesperian Blvd, San Leandro. The exhibit of crèches will open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Dec. 10 and 11. The Cathedral exhibits will not be available for viewing during Mass. Admission is free.

The weekend’s activities include a free “How to Make a Family Crèche” event from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 10. Last year, more than 150 families participated.

From 4 to 5 p.m. Dec. 11, Franciscan Brother William Short will speak on the origins of the crèche, its multicultural meanings and its importance in the Catholic tradition. The cost for the talk is $10.

Musical highlights include a Dec. 9 evening performance of the San Francisco Girls Chorus Holiday Concert; the Chanticleer Christmas Concert Dec. 10; and a Christmas Jazz Concert that concludes the festival at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 11.

A full schedule of Crèche Festival events is available at ctlcathedral.org/visit/creche/schedule.

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