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 September 19, 2005 VOL. 43, NO. 16Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

Concert for Katrina aid
Popular Vietnamese singer Duc Dat performs at a benefit concert, Sept. 10, at St. Mary-St. Francis de Sales Church in Oakland. The concert, which featured several Vietnamese singers from Los Angeles, raised money for Catholic Charities USA’s efforts to aid survivors of Hurricane Katrina.


Eucharist Year ends

Bishop Allen Vigneron will celebrate a special Mass at 7 p.m. on Oct. 6 at Oakland’s St. Elizabeth Church to mark the end the Year of the Eucharist, established last year by the late Pope John Paul II. The Year of the Eucharist began with the International Eucharistic Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico, which was attended by Bishop Emeritus John Cummins and several people from the Oakland Diocese.
Throughout this special year Catholics were called to honor the Eucharist by strengthening and deepening their prayer life.

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Bless the Animals

Attention pet guardians or all who have a furry, feathered, finned, hooved, or reptilian companion in their lives! Franciscan Father Floyd A. Lotito and the Franciscan Friars will have the Sixteenth Annual Blessing of the Animals, honoring the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of the city, on Oct. 1 from 1:30 – 3 p.m. in St. Boniface Churchyard, 133 Golden Gate Ave. in San Francisco. The Friars will bless the pets at 1:30 p.m., 2:15 p.m. and at 3 p.m.

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Young and Gifted

Catholic school and parish choirs are invited to register now for the Pueri Cantores Festival and Mass, which will bring together several hundred singers, ages 7 – 18, from the five Bay Area dioceses on May 6, 2006. San Jose Bishop Patrick McGrath will celebrate the 4:30 p.m. Mass at San Jose’s cathedral.

Noted American conductor Lee Gwozdz, music director at the Cathedral of Corpus Christi, will conduct the choristers. Participants will sing during the Mass as one large combined choir. Pueri Cantores is the official student choral organization of the Catholic Church and includes 60,000 singers from 30 countries. For more information, visit the website: www.puericantores.com.

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Around the Parishes

Members of St. Anne Parish in Union City came together on Sept. 14 to honor their pastor, Father Ramon Gomez, who marked the 20th anniversary of his ordination.

Since Sept. 4, St. Leo Parish in Oakland has tolled its bells 30 times at 12:15 p.m. for those who have died in the previous week in Iraq and Afghanistan. This action, known as the “Ring of Remembrance,” joins churches across the nation that call themselves FaithfulAmerica as they pray for the end of violence in the world.

All who hear the bells are invited to pause in prayer for peace and for those who have perished. For more information visit: www.faithfulamerica.org.

Fall workshops for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one, due either through death or divorce, will begin the first week of October at the Catholic Community of Pleasanton. The divorced/separated workshop starts Oct. 5 and continues on Wednesdays through Dec. 14. The bereavement workshop begins on Oct. 6 and continues on Thursdays through Dec. 1.

Both groups meet at 7:30 p.m. in the chapel at St. Elizabeth Seton, 4001 Stoneridge Dr. in Pleasanton. Advance registration is required. No charge, but donations accepted. For information or registration contact Karen Laible, director of Family Life Ministries, (925) 484-1143, ext. 129 or
klaible@catholicsofpleasanton.org .

Since April 1, members of the outreach committee at St. Perpetua Parish in Lafayette have fed about 75 people each month at the North Concord Shelter.

And speaking of St. Perpetua Parish, Raymond Garner, director of music ministries will shine the spotlight on the parish’s new organ during a concert of classical organ music, Sept. 25 (see the Datelines page). The organ, built by Rodgers Organ Co. of Hillsboro, Ore. is a Trillium Model 967 that includes three manuals and pedal, comprising 132 speaking stops.

The Catholic Community of Pleasanton, St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Livermore, St. Isidore Parish in Danville, St. Raymond Parish in Dublin and St. Michael in Livermore are among the parishes that have raised and contributed funds for the Birthright Pregnancy Support Service in Livermore.

WHO’S READING WHAT? This month the Book Review Club at St. Isidore Parish in Danville has been reading and discussing “The Rhythm of Life – Living Every Day With Passion and Purpose” by Matthew Kelly; the October book selection at St. Joan of Arc Parish in San Ramon is “Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith,” by Anne Lamott.

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Around the Schools

Students at St. Mary’s College in Moraga placed 3,000 flags on the chapel lawn in observance of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that killed at least 2,981 people.

Kyle Gregorio, a 14-year-old freshman at Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward, performed in a benefit piano recital on Sept. 11 at Cal State University Hayward. Proceeds went to the church building fund at St. Anne Parish in Union City.

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Names, News, Notes

The diocesan Department of Parish Catechetical Outreach has a new name – Department for Evangelization and Catechesis—but the mission remains the same: To serve parish and ethnic communities in their work of life-long faith formation.

Best wishes go to Sylvia and Kyle Griggs, members at St. Michael Parish in Livermore, who recently marked the 50th year of their marriage.

Congratulations also to Jocelyn and Pat O’Brien who are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary. They have been members at St. Raymond Parish in Dublin since 1962.

The diocesan Lay Ecclesial Ministry Council is hosting its 4th Annual Convocation, Blessing Rite and Dinner on Oct. 13 at St. Joan of Arc Parish in San Ramon. Dominican Father Michael Sweeney, president of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley and co-founder of Siena Institute, will discuss, “Why Lay Ecclesial Ministry?”

Father George Mockel, diocesan vicar general, will preside at the blessing liturgy. For more information or to register contact Peggy Maurer at pmaurer@oakdiocese.org.

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