Curious scheduling choice by Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce for Elk Grove's State of the City address

D.A. Gougherty | 

Like clockwork, the Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce sponsors the Elk Grove mayor's annual State of the City address. The in-person cost for the luncheon to see Mayor Bobbie Singh-Allen's address is $55, and it will be livestreamed by the city.

A couple of readers have contacted Elk Grove News complaining about the schedule - Friday, March 29, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Coincidently, Friday, March 29, is Good Friday.

For Christians, Good Friday is one of the most significant days of the year. It is the day Jesus Christ was crucified on Mount Calvary between noon and 3 p.m. 

For Roman Catholics, the entire Eastern season is sacred. Roman Catholics observe the Lenten season, followed by the Triduum, which includes Easter Sunday. 

Practicing Roman Catholics typically visit a parish church for part or all three hours on Good Friday afternoon to honor the three hours of suffering and pray the stations of the cross. Other mainstream Protestant denominations, such as Lutherans, Anglicans, and Methodists, also attend services during those three hours. 

What is so curious about the scheduling of this event is that, with Elk Grove's significant Roman Catholic population, it seems someone at city hall or the chamber of commerce would have checked a calendar and realized the obvious.  

The good news for the city, chamber, and Mayor Singh-Allen is that the most devout who would be offended by the scheduling will not be in attendance - they'll probably be in church. 

Photo by 
Rodolfo Clix
 

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Juan Trippe said...

Since it is Ramadan, can people of the Muslim faith attend in person free of cost since they'll be fasting during the speech?

Capt. Benjamin Willard said...

It's probably fortunate for Madame Mayor Singh-Allen that most Catholics' nowadays are of the cafeteria variety and probably could care less about doing the stations of the cross between noon and 3 pm on Good Friday. Nonetheless, it does make the city's claim of embracing diversity wobbly when not one person at city hall or the chamber of commerce understands the significance of Good Friday.

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