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June 6, 2005 VOL. 43, NO. 11Oakland, CA
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Graduation retreat
These graduating 8th graders at St. Felicitas School in San Leandro join in clean-up duty during their class’s three-day retreat at the diocesan Youth Retreat Center. Twenty-four students were led in prayer, reflection, and discussion by adult volunteers and some former retreat participants now in their late teens and early 20s. Father Wayne Campbell, pastor, celebrated an outdoor Mass at the retreat’s end.


Take a Cyber Pilgrimage

CyberCatholics can enjoy the blessings and pleasures of a pilgrimage by sitting at their computers and visiting a virtual shrine through www.udayton.edu/mary, or by entering “The Mary Page” via Google or any search engine. The Mary Page is considered a premier Marian website with valuable resources and information about everything concerning the Mother of the Redeemer.

Around the Parishes

Gary Nelson, a member of Assumption Parish in San Leandro, was elected state deputy of the Knights of Columbus last month. Nelson, who will be installed for the one-year term on July 9 at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, will be responsible for the statewide operations of the fraternal organization which has some 62,000-plus Knights and some 530 councils in California. Father Paul Minnihan, pastor at St. Monica Parish in Moraga, will be the celebrant at the 5 p.m. Mass. Father Minnihan will also be installed as state chaplain. A hosted reception and dinner will follow the Mass. For information and dinner tickets contact Peter Dreisbach at (510) 793-8200.

Congratulations go to Jon E. Rosell, III, a member of the Catholic Community of Pleasanton, for completing his Eagle Scout Project – a flagpole at the Ridge View Commons in Pleasanton. Rosell raised funds and oversaw the erection of the flagpole and oversaw the May 30 dedication and flag presentation ceremony. Many of the residents at Ridge View, a residential community in Pleasanton, are veterans of World War II and the Korean War.

Diane Gilfether, a member of St. Joan of Arc Parish in San Ramon and a trustee at Holy Names University in Oakland, directs the Blackhawk Chorus of Danville, which will be singing at a June 14 Mass at the Vatican. Several chorus members belong to St. Joan’s and St. Isidore Parish in Danville.

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Around the Schools

Two thumbs way up to the students at Our Lady of Grace School in Castro Valley who have been shining examples of stewardship in their community. Throughout the year students have shared their “treasure” during the monthly school liturgy and have been able to distribute $1,000 to five organizations that aid women and children.

A standing ovation to Noelle Blanchard, a sophomore at Holy Names High School in Oakland, who has received a full scholarship to the 2005 Telluride Association Sophomore Seminar at the University of Michigan, “Race, Space and American Identity.” This six-week educational program provides a college-level seminar for gifted and highly motivated high school sophomores.

Scott Hugo, a senior at De La Salle High School in Concord and an incoming freshman at UCLA, is one of 135 California high school graduates to be named a National Merit Scholar.

A group of students in the 6th – 8th grades at St. Isidore School in Danville received a close-up look at entrepreneurship last month when they went to McCovey’s Restaurant in Walnut Creek. They talked to the owner, manager and the head chef to learn what it takes to build and a run a successful restaurant.

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Names, News, Notes

Happy Birthday Blessings go to Marguerite Scheffler, a member at St. Anne Church in Walnut Creek, who celebrated her 100th birthday on May 28.

On Saturday, Aug. 6, there will be a major rally and march to the Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Organizers will also call for an end to the war in Iraq, bringing the troops home and creating jobs for peace. The event begins at 5 p.m. at William Payne Park in Livermore.

Family Connections Adoptions will hold a free information session on July 2 at the Family Connections Adoptions building, 1120 Tully Road in Modesto, at 2 p.m. For more information, (209) 524-8844.

Sutter VNA and Hospice is offering two grief support groups in San Leandro. “Partner Loss,” a continuing group, meets Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. – noon. “Daughters Grieving Their Mothers,” an 8-week group, will be held Thursdays, 7 – 9 p.m., from July 7 – Aug. 25. Contact: Barbara Gordon, (510) 450-8867.

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