|February 6, 2012 • VOL. 50, NO. 3 • Oakland, CA|
| Youth rally
set for April 21
with easy BART access
High school students in the Diocese of Oakland are invited
to attend “Ignite: Pure Explosion,” Youth Day 2012, on April
21. The event, sponsored by the diocesan Youth Ministry, will include
Mass, speakers, music and lunch.
Last year’s event, at Bishop O’Dowd High School, drew about 1,000 young people. This year Youth Day will be held at James Logan High School in Union City. The site is within walking distance of the Union City BART station, which will be helpful to the many youth groups that rely on public transportation.
The event features the Rev. Agustino Torres, CFR. The Franciscan Friar of the Renewal will speak to the students and celebrate Mass at the end of the day. Father Torres’ preaching last year, which included music, spoken word and dramatic storytelling, held the youthful audience spellbound.
Ronnie Lagro will be the emcee for the day’s events, which will also include a talk by Chris Stefanick. Stefanick, director of youth, young adult and campus ministry for the Archdiocese of Denver, is part of the Chastity.com ministry.
Music will be provided by City’s End, which played at the rally and Mass last year. Most of the band members play at the Life Teen Mass at Queen of All Saints Church in Concord. Adam Chaffey, the lead guitarist, is youth ministry coordinator at St. Barnabas and St. Joseph parishes in Alameda.
Lunch will again be catered by the New Mecca in Pittsburg.
Students must attend in chaperoned groups from their parishes or schools. Tickets are $25 per person. Youth groups may register online at http://eastbaycatholicyouth.com.
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