Catholic Underground Arrives in the Bay

The Strawguys dig the Bay Area.

The Strawguys dig Catholic Underground.

Ergo, the Strawguys dig that Catholic Underground has arrived to the Bay Area.

Growing up Catholic in the Bay Area, I've definitely felt blessed. The local Church has been a great support to me and my vocation, and the Church has always felt vibrant out here in Northern California. I have seen both youth and young adult ministry grow in a healthy way in this past decade.

Now with Catholic Underground Bay Area, young adults have another beautiful way to connect in fellowship with one another, spend some time with Jesus, and grow in their faith.

Hit the jump for more information about the CU Bay Area event, and for more info about Catholic Underground itself.

CU Bay Area Event

Saturday, April 21, 2012
7:30 pm - Prayer & Adoration
9:00 pm - Underground Concert

Prayer Led by: Fr. Agustino Torres, CFR
Performance by: Jackie Francois
Confession will be available

St. Augustine Parish
400 Alcatraz Ave. at Colby (near Rockridge Area)
Oakland, CA 94609
Free Event - Donations Welcome

And Be The Straw will have a booth, so make sure you stop by, and say"Hi."

So, what is Catholic Underground?
Via the Catholic Underground NYC website:
Catholic Underground ©, a.k.a. CU, is a cultural apostolate of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal
It is a direct response to a call that began with Pope John Paul II, and is continued by Pope Benedict XVI. JPII said that because the Gospel lives in conversation with culture, we must be fearless in crossing the cultural threshold of the communication and information revolution now taking place.
The first part of the evening is Eucharistic adoration, and begins with Vespers (Evening Prayer). This is the universal prayer of the Church - prayed by the Catholics throughout the world in every time zone and in every language. After Vespers, there is a time of simple praise. This provides a window for each person to personally encounter Jesus Christ.  The holy hour ends with solemn Benediction.  
The second part showcases Catholic artists. Here we experience the “new evangelization”. The Underground includes music, poetry, visual art, dancers, film, drama, etc. 
We end our evening as we began. With the prayer of the Church. Compline (Night Prayer) is simple and beautiful. It concludes with a hymn to Our Lady, Daughter Zion. Mother of the New Jerusalem.