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Crèche Festival
Dec. 12-14

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placeholder November 24, 2014   •   VOL. 52, NO. 20   •   Oakland, CA
Crèche Festival Dec. 12-14

The Cathedral of Christ the Light celebrates the holiday season with the Fifth Annual Crèche Festival Dec. 12-14, a unique, three-day event exulting the family tradition of the Nativity scene. Local floral designers and artists will showcase their unique crèche displays in each of the meditation chapels in the cathedral.

In the event center, crèche displays create the opportunity for visitors to reflect upon the spiritual meaning of the season. One highlight of the event will be the "Starlight Festival," which prominently features crèches created by parishes from the Diocese of Oakland and are displayed in the Cathedral Event Center. Last year close to 60 parish crèches were displayed.

Events include a donor reception that will take place the evening of Dec. 12 as well as the first viewing of the crèches by the public, beginning at 7:30 p.m., followed by the Grammy-award-winning ensemble Chanticleer, performing its annual Christmas concert at 8 p.m.

On Dec. 13 a senior tour, lecture and luncheon; classes in learning to make your own crèche; and at 8 p.m. a concert by Catholic high school choirs.

On Dec. 14 a guest lecture on the origins of the crèche, as well as a service with Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, and the Cathedral Choir, with lessons and carols.

Many events are free; some require pre-registration and a fee. For more information, www.ctlcathedral.org.

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