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 November 19, 2012   •   VOL. 50, NO. 20   •   Oakland, CA
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The youngest students at St. Mary School in Walnut Creek — the 15 members of the pre-kindergarten class — are teaming up with their sixth-grade buddies on a special project when they return to school after the Thanksgiving break.

They will be making a crèche for display not only at the Walnut Creek school, but at the third-annual Crèche Festival at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, from Dec. 14 through 16.

Each parish has been invited to send a crèche to be displayed at the three-day event, which will also include concerts, a lecture and the opportunity for families to learn how to make a crèche. Organizers hope to display 50 crèches in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Diocese of Oakland.

Crèche Festival

Dec. 14-16
The Cathedral of Christ the Light
2121 Harrison St., Oakland

See crèches made by parishes and schools throughout the diocese, attend a family workshop to help you make your own crèche or take in one of three concerts. Tickets and details: http://ctlcathedral.org/visit/creche11
Some of the favorites of viewers last year were the crèches made by children in the diocesan schools. Vicki Schwartz, the pre-kindergarten teacher at St. Mary School, visited the festival last year with her husband.

There's a big window in the pre-kindergarten classroom that is always filled with a Nativity scene created by Schwartz's students. "We always get together with our sixth-grade buddies," she said.

Plans were still being made for this year's creation, which will perform double duty, appearing both at the Crèche Festival and at the school. The three-dimensional design may include a papier-mâché manager and a three-dimensional Holy Family. Painting is scheduled for Nov. 30.

"Everybody's so excited here," Schwartz said.

But first things first. "We start with Advent," she said. "We always do an Advent wreath and a prayer service."

After that, there will be talk of Christmas, and, for some of the 4-year-olds, introductions to the Holy Family: Who is Mary? Who is Joseph?

The St. Mary School crèche will join the display in the Cathedral Event Center. Professional florists will decorate the chapels of the cathedral.

As part of the festival the cathedral is offering for senior citizen parish groups a special tour, which includes viewing the professional and parish crèches, Christmas shopping at The Cathedral Shop, live Christmas music and a catered box lunch. Call Denise Kogler for details at 510-271-1935 or dkogler@ctlcathedral.org.

Other highlights of the weekend will include a reception for donors, who will get the first peek at the festival Dec. 14. The family crèche-making event is scheduled for the afternoon of Dec. 15. Chanticleer's annual Christmas concert is scheduled for 8 p.m. Dec. 14, while the San Francisco Boys Chorus will perform a holiday concert at 8 p.m. Dec. 15. The festival will end with a holiday jazz concert at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 16.

Additional information on the events, including how to order concert tickets, is available at http://ctlcathedral.org/visit/creche11.

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