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 March 21, 2005 VOL. 43, NO. 6Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

Tsunami relief
These students at St. Raymond School in Dublin helped raise $5,600 to aid victims of the tsunami disaster that struck Indonesia and surrounding countries in December. During a one-month fundraising drive, students solicited donations from family and friends, worked for extra money and collected change in special containers. One student sold chocolate chip cookies and hot chocolate in his neighborhood and earned $90 for the fund.


Mass for Life

The Knights of Columbus and the diocesan Respect Life Ministry have teamed up for a special Mass for Life at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Concord on April 9. Bishop Allen Vigneron will celebrate the 10 a.m. liturgy, commemorating Pope John Paul’s encyclical letter, Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life). Following the Mass, he will join the Knights in dedicating a monument of the Ten Commandments on parish property. The monument is part of Project Moses to erect such monuments around the country. The Beatitudes are on the reverse side of the monument.

At 1 p.m., Tim Stapes, a full-time Catholic evangelist, will speak on “Promoting a Culture of Life by Word and Witness.” Lunch will be served prior to his presentation.

Helping FACE students

Roberta Gonzales, weather anchor at CBS 5, will serve as mistress of ceremonies at the FACE Annual Dinner and Auction, April 16, at the Greek Orthodox Community Center in Oakland. FACE (Family Aid-Catholic Education) has provided tuition assistance for students attending Catholic elementary and high schools in the Oakland Diocese for over 25 years. Since its inception, the program has provided over $10 million to 17,000 students. This year 913 students received tuition grants totaling over $1.5 million. For more information or tickets ($125 per person), contact the FACE office at (510) 628-2155.

Sharing the bread

As part of their Lenten observance, more than half a dozen Catholic groups in the East Bay are participating in the annual Lenten Food Drive sponsored by the Alameda County Community Food Bank. They are: Our Lady of Grace Parish in Castro Valley, Moreau High School in Hayward, St. Albert Parish in Alameda, St. Ambrose Parish in Berkeley, St. Bede School in Hayward, St. Theresa School, St. Elizabeth High School, St. Bernard Parish, all in Oakland, and the chancery employees of the Oakland Diocese. The food bank, a clearinghouse for donated food since 1985, provides monthly food assistance to 120,000 people.


Around the Parishes


Teens in the youth ministry program at St. Perpetua Parish in Lafayette took part on the parish’s Good Friday Cross Walk through downtown Lafayette.

St. Agnes Parish in Concord will host a Blood Drive on Good Friday, March 25. If you are able to give this precious gift of life, make a donor appointment by calling Guy Grace, (925) 825-4127. Learn what to expect when giving blood by visiting the Red Cross website at www.redcross.org/donate/give.

Members at St. Joseph Parish in Pinole gathered on March 19 to celebrate the feast day of their patron saint with a Mass at 8 a.m.

Bev Gregori-Helliwell, a member of St. Leander Parish in San Leandro, was among many who participated in a Marathon Run for Vocations in Los Angeles earlier this month. Coordinated by the office of vocations of the Los Angeles Archdiocese, the “Run” is a sub-event of the 26.2-mile Los Angeles Marathon.

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Around the Schools

Congratulations to the men’s basketball team at St. Mary’s College in Moraga. For only the fourth time in the school’s history, St. Mary’s was invited to the NCAA Tournament of the top 65 teams in the country. The NCAA selection committee picked the Gaels, seeded 10th, to receive one of the at-large bids from the so-called non-power conferences. The Gaels (25-8) were scheduled to meet Southern Illinois (26-7) on March 18, after The Voice went to press.

The basketball team at Carondelet High in Concord earned its third straight North Coast Section Division II championship by defeating Pinole Valley by a score of 49-40 on March 5.

In other sports news, the girls basketball team at Moreau High in Hayward lost to Piedmont High 83-51 in the NCS Division IV title game; Oakland’s Bishop O’Dowd girls basketball squad fell 51-44 in the NCS Division II semis to El Cerrito High; and Richmond’s Salesian boys basketball team were defeated by Marin Catholic, 61-46, in the NCS Division IV semifinal.

And in CYO, the girls volleyball team from St. Joseph School in Alameda captured the eighth grade championship, capping a three-year run as volleyball champions. The team has been undefeated since they began participating in CYO in grade 4. The seventh grade champions are Assumption School (white team) in San Leandro. The sixth grade team at Our Lady of Grace School in Castro Valley captured the championship in their grade classification.

Roxana Vargas, a senior at Oakland’s Holy Names High School, has received one of four Chamberlain Scholarships awarded each year to an outstanding minority student. She will receive full college tuition at Bowdoin College, room and board, books, transportation and the opportunity for summer internships.

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Among the Religious

Redemptorist Father Thomas Picton has been elected Provincial Superior of the Denver Province of his community. He has been a seminary professor, parish priest, novitiate director and a pastoral psychotherapist. He recently completed a three-year term on the national board of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men. In the Oakland Diocese, the Redemptorists staff Holy Redeemer Center in Oakland and the Kmhmu Pastoral Center.

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Names, News, Notes

Health screenings, voter registration and information tables on affordable housing and food security will be offered during the Health and Justice Fair, April 21 from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Center, 635-22nd St. in Oakland.

Catherine and Tobias Wolff will receive the 2005 Archbishop Alemany Award for Christian Service, given by the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley to Catholics for distinguished service to the Church. Dominican Father Michael Sweeney, DSPT president, will present the awards April 14. Catherine Wolff is a social worker and the director of the Pedro Arrupe, S.J., Center for Community-Based Learning at Santa Clara University. Tobias Wolff is an award-winning short story writer and novelist and Stanford University professor.

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