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placeholder Advent

Advent begins
on December 3

Advent Events

Filipino tradition
of Simbang Gabi
kicks off Dec. 14

Spreading an idea: The tenderness revolution

'Blue Christmas'
offers reflective light
in a season that
can be dark

Catholic Cemeteries Remembrance Tree Celebrations

Gift of Giving

'Radical answer' to assisting victims of commercial sexual exploitation

Help aging Sisters, Brothers and priests
in religious orders

Local charities
deliver holiday
season wish lists

Financial Matters

Five questions
to ask before
making gifts


800 runners participate in CYO championship


Sister Mary
Denis Baldwin, OP

Sister Romona
Nowak, OP

Drive through
prayer — it's
'God on the go'

St. Perpetua
new center triple
size of old hall

'Taking our
faith back'

'We can do
something for those
who have died'


Message of Fatima
still relevant for
the world today

A museum for
which to be thankful

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Upcoming Advent Events

Cathedral of Christ the Light

Through Dec. 31, Global Fair Trade Nativity Festival, a curated collection of Nativity scenes from around the globe at the Cathedral Shop, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland, Plaza Level. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily; closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day.

Through Dec. 31, Welcome Christmas Home, a winter art show featuring works, including posters and 3-D Nativity scenes, from schools in the Diocese of Oakland. At the Cathedral Shop, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland, Plaza Level. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day.

Dec. 2, Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration. Join Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, as the diocese honors Our Lady of Guadalupe, patron saint of the Continental Americas. The celebration begins with a pilgrimage from St. Louis Bertand Parish, 1410 100th Ave., Oakland, and makes its way down International Boulevard to the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. Mass will be celebrated in the cathedral.

Dec. 10, 6 p.m., A Chanticleer Christmas. A musical tradition returns to the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. Tickets available through City Box Office.

Dec. 14, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Winetasting at the Cathedral Shop, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland, Plaza Level. Sample fine wines from the Bishop's Vineyard.

Dec. 21, 5:30 p.m., Blue Christmas. On the longest night of the year, a service of readings and reflection at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland.

Jan. 7, 2018, 5:30 p.m., Epiphany Festival of Lessons & Carols. A festival of readings, hymns for the congregation and music sung by the Cathedral Choir of Men & Boys.

Events around the diocese

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Dec. 2, 7 p.m., Catholic Underground, St. Mary Magdalen Church, 2005 Berryman St., Berkeley. Adoration and prayer at 7 p.m. Confession will be available. Social and concert by All Saints Unplugged at 8 p.m. in the parish hall. For young adults. Contact: www.oakdiocese.org/CUBayArea.

Dec. 2, 7 p.m., A Choral Christmas Concert with the Saringhimig Singers, Sacred Heart Church, 4025 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland. www.saringhimigsingers.org. Free will offerings.

Dec. 3, 3 p.m., "Rejoice! Rejoice!" a family-friendly musical program of sacred masterworks of the Renaissance and Baroque periods, will feature Voci Women's Vocal Ensemble and Jubilate Baroque Orchestra at St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St., Alameda. This is the final 2017 concert of Listen for Life's Notes for Nourishment series. The one-hour concert is free; donations will be accepted at the door to benefit the Alameda Food Bank. Contact: www.NotesForNourishment.blogspot.com or 510-540-8136.

Dec. 10, 6 p.m., "Sing Along Messiah," St. David of Wales Church, 5641 Esmond Ave., Richmond. Singers will be accompanied by period instruments.

Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m., Christmas Concert at St. Louis Bertrand Church, 100th Ave. at International Blvd., Oakland. Music by the Castro Valley Community Band under the direction of Kathy Maier. Free admission.

Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m., Christmas Concert: Gloria! Songs of Praise, St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Drive, Pleasanton. Music of the season and faith with the whole family, presented by the Catholic Community of Pleasanton's music ministry, featuring the adult choir, teen choir, children's choir, cantors and instrumentalists. A free-will offering will help defray concert expenses. Information: www.catholicsofpleasanton.org.

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