Outreach project Lucas Shapiro and Antonia Acquistapace of St.
Catherine School in Martinez hold two of the many household items
students collected last month for a local family homeless shelter.
Each class, kindergarten through eighth grade, collected a specific
item needed by the shelter.
New life for used shoes
Proving that there is life for used and outgrown athletic
shoes, Tony Freccero, a member at St. Lawrence
O’Toole-St. Cyril Parish in Oakland, is spearheading a
campaign to get those shoes out of people’s closets and onto the
feet of underprivileged youth in Brazil.
Freccero’s project began after he went to Rio de Janeiro to help
run the Bolar Basketball School and saw kids playing basketball who were
too poor to own shoes. “I saw children competing in actual games
barefoot,” he said. So Freccero launched Project Shoe Assist,
a campaign to collect used shoes he can deliver when he returns to Brazil
Already the campaign has received more than 500 pairs of shoes, said Lou
Richie, a teacher at St. Lawrence O’Toole-St. Cyril School.
The two men are hoping to collect 2,000 pairs. Drop-boxes for donated
shoes are set up at various locations: St. Lawrence O’Toole School,
3725 High School; Vella Locker Room sites in Oakland and Castro Valley,
and West Coast Sporting Goods in San Leandro. Shoes can also be shipped
to Triple Threat Academy, 1271 Washington Ave. #623, San Leandro, CA 94577.
More information is available at the Academy website: www.triplethreatonline.com.
Around the Parishes
St. Anne Parish in Walnut Creek will
observe its annual triduum (three days of prayer) honoring Our Lady of
Perpetual Help June 27-29. The triduum will consist of Mass, homily and
prayers at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. in the church, 1600 Rossmoor Parkway.
About 70 parishioners from St. Joseph Basilica Parish in Alameda
will participate in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, a 24-hour
fundraising event, June 25 and 26 at Alameda’s Encinal High School.
The parish community is also sponsoring an interfaith Faith in a Cure
Prayer Service, tomorrow (June 21) at the Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St.,
at 7:30 p.m.
With the arrival of summer, Father Richard Mangini recently
reminded parishioners at St. Bonaventure Parish of the Concord
faith community’s summer dress code. “Dressing up” for
church is a goal and “an important part of religious practice,”
the pastor wrote in the parish bulletin. Among garments deemed inappropriate
are caps, sports jerseys, t-shirts, sweatshirts, shorts and beach apparel,
short dresses or skirts. “Yes, Jesus would have been very concerned
about how he looked when he went to the temple in Jerusalem or into a
synagogue,” he wrote. “There was a dress code then. He may
have had only one set of ‘going to Church clothes,’ but he
Let’s give a standing ovation for Andy
Gutierrez, a sixth grader at St. John the Baptist School
in El Cerrito, who is already making his mark in the world of
music. He was the boy soprano for the Oakland East Bay Symphony’s
production of the Leonard Bernstein Mass last month and he sang the treble
solo in Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms with the Santa Rosa Symphony
in December. He also helps direct the children’s choir at St. Ambrose
Church in Berkeley and has spent four years in the Piedmont Choirs.
The art class at Oakland’s St. Elizabeth High School
is painting a mural of St. Elizabeth on the west side of the front wing
of the school that dramatically portrays the most famous miracle of Elizabeth,
Queen of Hungary – that of roses tumbling from her cloak which had
been filled with bread to feed the poor of her kingdom. Art teacher David
Burke oversaw the painting of the mural.
Congratulations to the following student-athletes and teams who ended
their athletic seasons in top form: Ke’Nyia Richardson,
a sophomore at Holy Names High in Oakland, who brought
home two medals for finishing second in the girls triple jump and third
in the 100-meter hurdles at the California Interscholastic Federation
state track and field championships in Sacramento; Lauren Rogers,
a senior at Carondelet High in Concord, earned two North
Coast Section titles, giving her a record-tying eight swimming titles
for her career; Jayne Appel, also from Carondelet,
was picked to participate in the fourth annual USA Basketball Women’s
Youth Development Festival, June 15-19 in Colorado Springs, just one 36
prep girls basketball players from around the country; Bradford
Goshorn of Concord’s De La Salle High,
was named to the U.S. Lacrosse Secondary School All-American Team; De
La Salle’s baseball team went 23-4 to capture the North
Coast Section 3A championship title; the Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland)
baseball team who, despite a bittersweet loss in the semifinals
at the North Coast Section 3A, compiled a 25-1 record (the best in school
history), won the prestigious West Coast Classic and claimed their third
consecutive Hayward Area Athletic League title.
Congratulations to Heidi Harrison,
a lector and a coordinator for union liturgies at St. Mary-St.
Francis de Sales Parish in Oakland, who received this year’s
Lasallian Educator Award at Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory in San
Francisco where she teaches.
Parishioners of two Oakland parishes, Sacred Heart and St. Mary,
Immaculate Conception, joined members of the Oblates of Mary
Immaculate (OMI) on June 18 at Sacred Heart Church for a memorial Mass
to celebrate the life and ministry of Gladys Perry who died earlier this
month. Perry spent over two decades as housekeeper and cook for the Oblate
community. “She was mother to Oblate seminarians at St. Mary,”
said Oblate Father Jose Arong. Perry transferred to Sacred Heart Parish
when the Oblates assumed responsibility for that parish in 1991 and served
there until her retirement.
Planning a day-trip to San Francisco? You may want to consider a visit
to Mission Dolores, where an exhibit called “Ohlone
Portraits: Our Faces, Our Families, Our Stories,” will
run until Oct. 1. Built in 1791, Mission Dolores is the oldest building
in The City and is located at the corner of 16th and Dolores Streets.
EWTN programming: This month’s highlights on the
24-hour Catholic TV network include the audience of Pope Benedict
XVI from the Vatican, Wednesdays at 12:45 p.m. and “Christ
in the City” with Father George Rutler, a New York City
pastor, Tuesdays at 8 p.m. A special on Bruno Camacchiola,
a Rome trolley operator who planned to kill the Pope in 1947 until he
experienced a vision of the Blessed Mother, will air June 30 at 10 a.m.
and July 2 at 5 p.m. EWTN is carried on Comcast Digital channel 229; DISH
Channel 261; Direct TV channel 422; in Alameda on channel 30; and Alameda
Power channel 19.
The Concord Vet Center, in cooperation with a variety of East Bay organizations,
will host a free Veterans Information Fair on July 9
from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at 5298 Clayton Road. Topics will include soldiers’
homecoming and readjustment from a combat and military environment. For
more information, contact Nathan Johnson at (707) 590-3639.