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 April 11, 2005 VOL. 43, NO. 7Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

Saving lives
Parishioner Marina Chiappellone (left) checks in with volunteer Mary Ellen Kulawiec at the St. Agnes Parish blood drive on Good Friday. Fifty-three pints of blood were collected for the American Red Cross.

Distinguished visitor
During his recent visit to St. Mary’s High School in Berkeley, Christian Brother Alvaro Rodriguez Echeverria, superior General of the Brothers of the Christian Schools (second from right), stands with Brother Edmond Larouche, the school’s president (left); Rebecca Robles and David McGuiness, co-student body presidents; and Ted Tsukahara, chair of the school’s board of trustees. Behind them is a painting of St. John Baptist de La Salle, who founded the Christian Brothers 325 years ago.

New Catholics welcomed
During the Easter Vigil, parishes in the Oakland Diocese welcomed 328 catechumens – 215 adults and 113 children – as well as 341 candidates, either for full communion or completion of initiation. Several parishes also received candidates at various times during the year.

New spiritual directors
Four men and 14 women will complete the three-year Spiritual Directors’ Institute during a May 21 closing ceremony at Mercy Center in Burlingame. Those completing the program from the Oakland Diocese are: Larry Fisher, Christ the King Parish in Pleasant Hill; Sister Marilyn Barry, OSF, and Nancy Jokerst, St. John Vianney Parish in Walnut Creek; and Ruth Picha, Our Lady of Grace Parish in Castro Valley.

Around the Parishes

Theology on Tap, co-sponsored by St. Leo Parish in Oakland, is back for a spring season of presentations and discussions on faith and life issues. Aimed at young adult Catholics, the sessions take place every other Tuesday through June 14 at 7 p.m. at the Kerry House, 4092 Piedmont Ave., in Oakland. Upcoming sessions will cover such topics as Buddhism, Christian themes in rock music, and natural disasters and God. For more information contact the parish at (510) 654-6177.

Volunteers from All Saints Parish in Hayward and the local St. Vincent de Paul helped provide an Easter meal with all the fixings for the homeless who came to Julio Bras Portuguese Centennial Park in Hayward.

The Luau Committee at Oakland’s St. Columba Parish recently announced that Mother’s Day will also be dubbed “Fancy Hat Sunday” and invited mothers and others to wear that special hat, head wrap, chapeau, etc., on May 8.

St. Isidore Parish in Danville is beginning a spiritual book review club on May 5. The group will meet every Thursday after the 8:10 a.m. Mass. Father Paulson Mundanmani, parochial vicar, will lead the group. Discussion on May 5 will center on “Jesus Before Christianity” by Albert Nolan.

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Around the Schools

Congratulations to 7th graders Mark Ennis and Thea Nippress from St. Mary School in Walnut Creek, winners in last month’s San Francisco Bay Area Science Fair. Mark took first place in behavioral science with his project, “They Can Be Taught: The Long Term Memory of Carassius auratus auratus” (goldfish). He advances to the California State Fair in Los Angeles on May 22-23. Nippress placed third in behavioral science for her project comparing the values of American and Australian teenage girls.

Antioch’s Holy Rosary School is also celebrating the accomplishments of its students at the Science Fair: Alex Solak and Taylor Chavez, 7th grade, 3rd place in behavioral science for “Does The Tongue Have Eyes?”; Justin Roman, 7th grade, 4th place physical science for “Rust Be Gone”; Sara Aliotti, 8th grade, 3rd place physical science for “Protection From UV Rays”; Katlynn Lawrence, 8th grade, 4th place physical science for “May The Force Be With You” (Lawrence also received an Outstanding Achievement award from United States Air Force). Other participating students were Jeffery Forrester, 8th grade, with “Is Reverse Osmosis Ruining Your Pipes?” and Erin Youngman, 7th grade, in physical science for “Cold Feet Warm Heart.”

Two other Holy Rosary School students were honored recently. Kaylee Johnson, 8th grade, received the 2005 Contra Costa County Youth Hall of Fame in the artiste category for her Christian Service Learning Project - “Reuse a Dance Shoe.” Eighth grader Alexis Gonzales was nominated in the Youth Hall of Fame Good Samaritan category. Both students were honored at an awards ceremony, April 5, at the county Board of Supervisors office.

Concord’s De La Salle High School conducted a “Change Wars” fundraising event during Lent and raised over $21,000 for tsunami victims in India and Sri Lanka and students at their sister school, Nativity Village School in Eritrea, and Demarillac Middle School in S.F.

The students at Our Lady of the Rosary School in Antioch, St. Clement School in Hayward, St. John School in San Lorenzo, and St. Leander School in San Leandro recently joined forces to collect 26 boxes (750 pounds) of school supplies and school uniforms for Hunsenkruos School in Siem Raep, Cambodia. This school has 809 students and is located in one of the poorer sections of town. Now the schools are looking for someone to deliver the items. A local shipping company can get them to Phnom Penh, but help is needed to take them to their final destination. If you have a relative or know of someone in Phnom Penh or Siem Raep who can assist with this project, call St. Clement School at (510) 538-5885.

Attention alumni of St. Patrick School in Rodeo. Principal Kelly Stevens is seeking composite photos for several graduating classes that have been missing since a 1982 fire destroyed the originals. If you or a relative have class photos between the years 1958 and 1980 contact the school at (510) 799-2506 or send your photo to St. Patrick School, 907 7th St., Rodeo, CA 94572. Include your name and address to ensure the photo’s return.

Much applause to the students at Oakland’s St. Leo School for good stewardship! Students donated toothbrushes, toothpaste, disposable shavers, socks, and t-shirts for 76 gift bags for homeless men who visit the St. Vincent de Paul Champion Center for Men in Oakland. They also delivered three large bags of additional personal hygiene items.

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Among the Religious

Members at St. Anne Parish in Walnut Creek bid a fond farewell to Jesuit Father Bill Kegel, 94, who has retired and will be returning to his native state of Wisconsin later this month. A native of Milwaukee, he entered the Jesuit novitiate in 1929 and was ordained a priest in June 1942. Over the years he worked as a teacher and parish priest in the U.S., Canada and for 10 years in South Korea. In the Oakland Diocese he served for 30 years, the last eight as parochial vicar at St. Anne. Previous assignments were at St. Joseph in Alameda, Transfiguration in Castro Valley, St. Edward in Newark and St. Theresa in Oakland.

Father James McGee and Father Filiberto Barrera have been appointed as deans of their respective deaneries. Father McGee, parochial administrator at St. John Vianney Parish in Walnut Creek, is the new dean of Deanery 3 (St. John Vianney, St. Anne, and St. Mary, all in Walnut Creek.) Father Barrera, parochial administrator at St. Cornelius Parish in Richmond, is dean of Deanery 21 (St. Cornelius, St. Mark in Richmond, Our Lady of Mercy in Pt. Richmond, St. Paul in San Pablo, and the Khmmu, Portuguese and Vietnamese communities based in San Pablo). Both appointments are effective through Oct. 1, 2006.

Got news? Send your school news, anniversaries, parish activities, individual achievements and other happenings in the Catholic community to Carrie McClish at The Catholic Voice, c/o Around The Diocese, 3014 Lakeshore Ave., Oakland, Ca 94610; phone: (510) 419-1074; fax (510) 893-4734; e-mail: cmcclish@oakdiocese.org.

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Names, News, Notes

Congratulations to Ann and Joseph Borg, members at Queen of All Saints Parish in Concord for more than four decades, who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last month.

Andy Canepa, music director at St. Mary Magdalene Parish in Berkeley, will perform a solo classical piano recital at the Pacific School of Religion chapel (at 1798 Scenic Ave. in Berkeley) on April 29 at 8 p.m. Canepa will play works of Bach, Beethoven, Granados, Ravel and Chopin.

EWTN programming: The 24-hour Catholic network will broadcast a behind-the-scenes visit to the Vatican, April 11 – 15 and 18 – 22 at 3:30 p.m. Footage focuses on St. Peter’s Square, Pope John Paul II, the Swiss Guard, daily life, museums, the Vatican Archives and various activities. The network will also air a special on the construction of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. on April 14 at 10 a.m. and April 16 at 5 p.m.

“The Way of St. Francis,” a publication of the Franciscan Friars of the Province of St. Barbara, is inviting writers to submit their essays or feature-length articles to the 7th Annual Simon Scanlon Writing Awards. Participants can write about any theme dealing with the influence and relevance of Franciscan life, spirituality, history, etc., in the world today. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 4. For more information contact David Elliott, editor of The Way of St. Francis, 1112 26th St., Sacramento, CA 95816-5610; e-mail: ofmcaway@att.net, or website: www.sbfranciscans.org/publications/theway/contest.htm.

VOLUNTEER ALERT! The Boys and Girls Club of Oakland is seeking dedicated men and women to serve as mentors to foster children who are dependents of the court and are being raised by a blood relative. Mentors, who will receive support and training, must be 18 years of age or older, clear a background check, have experience working with youth from diverse backgrounds and able to work with families. For more information, phone Cindy Cain at (510) 444-8211.

The Oakland East Bay Symphony will present Leonard Bernstein’s landmark work, “Mass, A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players and Dancers,” on May 20 at 8 p.m. and May 22 at 3 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland. Bernstein’s Mass was commissioned by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in 1971 to inaugurate the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The multi-media work fused a great variety of musical styles ranging from spirited march music, blues, and gospel to Gregorian chant, Latin American and jazz rhythms, set to text from the Roman Mass with additional text by Stephen Schwartz and Bernstein. Tickets are $25 — $65 and may be purchased by calling (510) 625-8497 or (415) 421-8497. A pre-concert lecture will be offered one hour prior to each performance.

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