Student outreach Just weeks before school let out for the summer,
the student council of St. Leander School in San Leandro filled treat
bags for Bay Area children who would be traveling by bus to central
California to visit their imprisoned mothers. The “Get on the
Bus” event was sponsored locally by Catholic Charities of the
Award-winning author Mary E. McGann, associate professor of liturgy
and music at the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, received
a first place in the 2005 Catholic Press Association awards for
her ground-breaking book, “A Precious Fountain: Music in the
Worship of an African American Catholic Community” (Liturgical
Press, Collegeville, MN). McGann, a Religious of the Sacred Heart,
is also the author of “Exploring Music as Worship and Theology”
40 years at Good Shepherd
Congratulations to Good Shepherd Parish in Pittsburg,
which is celebrating its 40th anniversary. The parish was formed in 1965
from the southern half of St. Peter Martyr Parish, which had been the
sole parish in Pittsburg.
Father Louis Dabovich, Good Shepherd’s founding
pastor, presided at the parish’s first Mass on July 4 at a rented
hall in the Heights Shopping Center, earning the parish the title, “the
Supermarket Church.” Parish buildings were located on what had been
Camp Stoneman, a former army base.
After numerous fundraising campaigns and with help from the diocese, the
present church at 3200 Harbor St. was completed in September 1970. The
parish now has 3,000 registered families under the leadership of
Father Helmut Richter.
Oakland Bishop Allen Vigneron will join parishioners
on Saturday, Aug. 13, for the anniversary celebration — Mass at
5:30 p.m., followed by a dinner and dance in the church hall with music
by the popular Vocalese and the Boogie Men, most of whom are members of
the Good Shepherd music ensemble. Tickets are $50. For more information
or tickets, call (925) 252-0421 or the parish office at (925) 432-6404.
Festivities will continue the next day with a parish picnic and barbecue
in the parish’s spiritual garden at about 1 p.m.
Oakland Bishop Allen Vigneron joined
members of COR (Congregations Organizing for Renewal) and city, state
and county officials, July 12, at St. John the Baptist Parish in San Lorenzo
to promote secure affordable housing. COR is a faith-based grassroots
federation of 13 congregations, including several Catholic parishes, and
two neighborhood groups.
According to COR, a preschool teacher would need to work over 120 hours
a week to rent a two-bedroom apartment costing $1374.
The Episcopal ordination and installation of Father
Larry Silva as bishop of Honolulu last month had special meaning for two
local women. Sharon Xavier de Sousa and her mother
Louise Xavier traveled to Hawaii to sing at the July 21 ordination
Mass with the Hawaiian choir.
Xavier de Sousa first crossed paths with Bishop Silva a few years ago
when he allowed her lay ministry choir, Deo Gloria, to
rehearse at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, where he was pastor. Later,
when he was appointed vicar general of the Oakland Diocese, she and her
mother sang at a Mass of thanksgiving. “I have never known a priest
who has become a bishop and it is a great honor and privilege to get to
sing for him,” Xavier de Sousa said.
Family members, friends and associates gathered July
20 at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in San Pablo to remember Jabari
J. Mitchell, a longtime employee at St. Lawrence O’Toole-St.
Cyril Parish in Oakland, who died last year. In addition to his
devoted service in the diocese, Mitchell was an advocate and supporter
of orphaned children at Santa Maria Del Mexicano in Queretaro, Mexico.
Friends and admirers are continuing Mitchell’s legacy of concern
for the orphans by contributing tax deductible donations in his memory
to: Sister Mary Paul, The Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity,
P.O. Box 1406, Robstown, Texas, 78380.
Congratulations to Tony Freccero and
all those who supported his Project Shoe Assist. The
summer athletic shoe collection campaign has netted over 2,500 pairs of
shoes for underprivileged youth in Brazil, where Freccero, a member of
St. Lawrence O’Toole-St. Cyril Parish, helps run
free basketball clinics. The shoe campaign drew support from Nike, who
contributed 100 new pairs of shoes, the Golden State Warriors who donated
83 new pairs of game shoes, and Mizuno who gave over 200 pairs of shoes.
And in another show of generosity, The Partnership with Brazilian Mission
agreed to ship all the shoes to Brazil. For more information or updates
all are invited to visit the new website at www.projectshoeassist.org.
The Oakland Diocese’s Columbian Squire Program
did itself proud by taking the two top statewide Circle honors at the
annual state convention held June 17 – 19 at Notre Dame University
The Mother Teresa of Calcutta Circle #4413 at St. Michael Parish
in Livermore topped 59 Circles in overall spiritual, service,
civic and social activities. Led by Chief Squire Luke Logsdon
and Counsellors Tony Lucero and Michael Valent, the Circle,
founded in 1995, was particularly proud of completing a 12-session communication
Congratulations also go to the John Bosco Circle #4710 at St.
Ignatius Parish in Antioch for taking second overall honors with
Joshua Ruehlig named California “Youth Minister
of the Year” for his dedicated altar service.
Congratulations to the five new Eagle Scouts at Berkeley’s
St. Mary Magdalen Parish. The scouts, members of Troop 19, are
Adrian Delmer, Warren Howe, Luc Maheu, Gavin Taylor,
and Ryan Taylor. They completed their Eagle service projects
in Berkeley by improving and repairing the famous path system in the Berkeley
hills with the cooperation of the Berkeley Path Wanderers Association.
Father Elmer Torborg of Indiana will visit St. Margaret Mary Parish
in Oakland, Sept. 3 – 4, to discuss the Mary Mother of
God Mission Society, which is assisting in the rebirth of the Catholic
Church in the Russian Far East. The Society supports five parishes, made
up of about 800 people, who need help building parishes and evangelizing
a culture emerging after 70 years of Communist rule.
Members of All Saints Parish in Hayward gathered last
month to honor and bid farewell to six Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent
de Paul, who after 14 years of renting the parish convent, have relocated
to other convents in northern California. The parish announced it will
donate $1,500 to support the various ministries of the Sisters which include
the St. Vincent de Paul Dining Room and the Visitation Center, both in
Congratulations to Sara Martz, a student
at Salesian High School in Richmond, who was recently
named recipient of a United States Achievement Academy award in history
and government. Matthew Janisch, a teacher at Salesian, nominated Martz
for the national recognition.
One thousand and one cranes were installed recently
above the altar at St. Leo Parish in Oakland to commemorate
the 60th anniversary of the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Paper cranes have become a symbol for all who dream of peace in the world.
According to legend a wish is granted to anyone who folds 1000 or 1001
paper cranes. Several parishioners folded the paper cranes at St. Leo.
Members of St. Bonaventure Parish in Concord last month
welcomed Steven Angelucci as director of liturgy and
A new support group for individuals with autoimmune diseases, such as
lupus, fibromyalgia, and Sjogren’s Syndrome, began meeting last
month at the Catholic Community of Pleasanton. The group
meets the second Thursday of each month. For additional information, contact
Sheila Thompson at (925) 846-5767.
Mary Poppingo, who grew up in Berkeley’s
St. Mary Magdalen Parish and is a graduate of Holy Names
High School in Oakland, recently joined the staff of the Burlingame
Regional Community as resource development director. Poppingo will raise
funds for the Sisters’ ministries in California and Arizona that
focus on service to the poor. She will also seek funds to support retired
The Knights of Columbus Council #4588 in Livermore recently
presented the Birthright office in Livermore with a check for $500 to
support the work of the pregnancy support service.
World Youth Day on EWTN: The 24-hour Catholic TV network
will air extensive broadcasts of World Youth Day 2005 from Cologne, Germany,
where more than a million young Catholics people will gather to share
their faith. Pope Benedict XVI is expected to attend. Live programming
includes: Welcoming Ceremonies, Aug. 18, at 7 a.m.; Way of the Cross,
Aug. 19, at 10 a.m.; Vigil, Aug. 20, at 11 a.m.; and the Closing Mass,
Aug. 21, at 12:30 a.m. Encore broadcasts will be at 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.
EWTN will also air its Life on the Rock youth program from Cologne on
Aug. 18 at 5 p.m. and will present a WYD Wrap-Up on Aug. 25 at 5 p.m.
EWTN is carried on Comcast Digital channel 229; DISH Satellite channel
261; and Direct TV channel 422. In Alameda on Comcast channel 30 and Alameda
Power channel 19. For a complete schedule visit www.ewtn.com.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County
and Habitat for Humanity will hold their 2005 Summer
Festival, a celebration of reusing, recycling and reconstructing creatively,
on Aug. 13, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at 9235 San Leandro St. in Oakland.
Special guests include found-object artists and deconstructionist fashion
designers. Admission is free. For more information visit www.svdp-alameda.org.
Heroes All! A photography exhibit, honoring World War II veterans
on the 60th anniversary marking the end of the war, will open Aug. 31
at San Francisco City Hall Gallery, 401 Van Ness Ave. The black-and-white
portraits by San Francisco photographer Tom Graves show 150 images of
veterans, including mystery writer Tony Hillerman, filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker,
and U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye, a Medal of Honor recipient. Each portrait
is accompanied by a short interview introducing the veteran and describing
that person’s experiences in the military.
“What Tree Is That?,” a 84-page pocket guide
for identifying 157 trees found in the western U.S., is available from
The National Arbor Day Foundation. To obtain a copy, send your name, address
and $3 to “What Tree Is That?,” The National Arbor Day Foundation,
Nebraska City, NE 68410 or visit the website: arborday.org.