|August 12, 2013 • VOL. 51, NO. 14 • Oakland, CA|
| Chautauqua celebration set for October 12
The statue of Our Lady Queen of the World will be the centerpiece when the Diocese of Oakland's ethnic ministries gather Oct. 12 for Chautauqua 18.
"We are very honored to host," said Father Francisco Figueroa-Esquer, parochial administrator.
He noted that when the new St. Jarlath Church was dedicated in 1954, the building was home to a wooden statue of Our Lady Queen of the World.
"She's the queen of all people, all races, all ethnicities," Father Figueroa-Esquer said. "Before the establishment of the diocese, she was there."
Our Lady Queen of the World would, eight years later, become patroness of the Diocese of Oakland, when it was created in 1962.
"She wants to unite us all together: one family, one faith, one church, one body, one mother," he said.
Chautauqua is an opportunity to display that unity. The celebration is being planned by representatives of the more than dozen ethnic pastoral and cultural centers throughout the diocese.
The last Chautauqua was held in 2011; last year, a Unity Festival at the Cathedral of Christ the Light brought the ethnic communities together for a prayer service and gathering that was part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the Diocese of Oakland. The more-familiar Chautauqua celebration returns in 2013.
Liturgy is being planned by Rev. Gerald Pedrera, chaplain of Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland. Ariel Mayormita, music director of St. Joachim Parish in Hayward, is gathering together musicians of many cultures for the celebration.
St. Jarlath Parish is hosting the event for the first time. The first Chautauqua was celebrated in 1992, the 500th anniversary of the evangelization of the Americas. The first event sought to reflect the hospitality of the first Native Americans and celebrate the richness of the diocese's diversity.
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