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November6, 2006VOL. 44, NO. 19Oakland, CA
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Swimming to help women with cancer
Five members of the swim team at St. Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda -- John Nguyen ’07, Diana Campbell ’09, Sara Harvey ’09, Viviann Nguyen ’08, and Michelle Rothhammer-Ruiz ’09 -- joined the Swim a Mile for Women with Cancer event, Oct. 8 at Mills College in Oakland, along with their coach Joy McCarthy. They swam all 72 lengths without stopping. Each raised a minimum of $250. The event is sponsored by the Women’s Cancer Resource Center in Oakland.

Catholic Women of the Year honored
The Diocesan Council of Catholic Women recently honored 13 women for their contributions to their parishes and community. Holding their “Woman of the Year” certificates are the honorees, top row from left, Pauline Perona, St. Callistus Parish, El Sobrante; Amy Nugent, Our Lady of the Valley YLI; Anna Alberti, St. Paschal Parish, Oakland; Pat Capra, St. John the Baptist Parish, San Lorenzo; Norma De La Cruz, St. Barnabas Parish, Alameda; Delia Dias, St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Berkeley; Brenda McKinley, Our Lady of Mercy Parish, Pt. Richmond; Carmen Alva-Martinez, St. Cornelius Parish, Richmond; front row from left, Franca Ponti, St. Rose of Lima Parish, Crockett; Ruth Vietti, St. John the Baptist Parish, El Cerrito; Sister Christine Hawkins, St. Jerome Parish, El Cerrito; Winnie Leonard, St. David Parish, Richmond; and Marian Myers, St. Ambrose Parish, Berkeley.

Honor for O’Dowd teacher

Gene Luen Yang, a teacher and director of information systems at Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland, is a finalist for a National Book Award in the Young People’s Literature Category for his graphic arts novel, “American Born Chinese.”

Yang, an Alameda native, teaches computer programming and computer science at O’Dowd. His book has three storylines: an adaptation of the Chinese legend of the Monkey King, a coming-of-age story of a Chinese boy, and a sitcom starring a Chinese stereotype.

Want to learn more about Yang’s work? He will be the cartoonist-in-residence Nov. 11 at the Cartoon Art Museum, 655 Mission St., in San Francisco from 1-3 p.m. (414) CARTOON or www.cartoonart.org.

Around the Parishes

St. Michael Parish in Livermore
will once again offer a monthly Mass especially for teens. The first youth Mass was Oct. 29 and subsequent liturgies will be offered on the last Sunday of every month at 6 p.m.

All are welcome to attend a Veterans’ Day Mass at St. Perpetua Church, 3454 Hamlin Road, in Lafayette, on Nov. 12 at 4 p.m. Veterans in three parishes -- St. Perpetua, Santa Maria in Orinda and St. Monica in Moraga – are organizing the gathering to honor friends, relatives and neighbors who have served in the military. A reception will follow in the parish hall.

A special Mass of Resurrection for all children who died before, during and after birth will be held at St. John Church in San Lorenzo, 264 E. Lewelling Blvd., on Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m.

The multicultural task force at St. Bonaventure Parish in Concord will hold an Indian Mass in honor of St. Francis Xavier on Nov. 12 at 11 a.m. All are invited to gather at the church at 5562 Clayton Ave. to witness the richness of India in this liturgy. For more information, contact Jay Francis at (925) 286-9126 or Yuri at (925) 429-2201.

St. Joan of Arc Parish in San Ramon will be hosting the Winter Nights Program, a temporary winter shelter for homeless families and seniors, the week of Nov. 20. The parish is now in its fourth year as a Habitat for Humanity “Covenant Congregation” and contributes both financial and volunteer support towards the effort to provide affordable housing for families who need it.

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Around the Schools

Seventh grade students at St. Bede School in Hayward learned about city government earlier this month when their letters to city hall brought a response in the form of a city council member who visited their classroom. Kevin Dowling, himself an alumnus of St. Bede School, came to discuss with students the suggestions in their letters of ways the city could improve the lives of youth. Their suggestions ranged from building a new library near Southland Mall to more programs to rid neighborhoods of graffiti.

As part of their observation of national Red Ribbon Week (Oct. 23-Oct. 31) students at St. Mary School in Walnut Creek adopted the theme, “Respect Yourself: Don’t Do Drugs.” Each class made a large sun poster displaying the completed phrase, “My Future Shines Bright when I…” and each student signed the poster showing their commitment to be drug free.

Speaking of St. Mary School… Kevin Mulligan and Mary Vaccaro, student body presidents at the Walnut Creek school, represented the entire student body at a thank you dinner sponsored by the greater Bay Area Make-a-Wish Foundation in San Francisco. St. Mary students were honored for their fundraising efforts for the foundation. Under the leadership of teacher Luanne Williams and the student council representatives, students have raised and donated over $11,000 to this foundation.

Kudos go to Joe Poz-Molesky and Ben Zemmelman, seniors at Oakland’s Bishop O’Dowd High School, who were recently named National Finalists in the first annual Latino Entrepreneurial Award of Distinction (LEAD) educational grant program. Poz-Molesky, 17, and Zemmelman, 18, received recognition for their Gilman Productions DJ business which they started as 7th graders at Prospect Sierra School in El Cerrito. The pair invested in DJ equipment as freshmen at BOD and began playing music at various events like weddings, bar mitzvahs and school fundraisers. They also charged admission to a party at a friend’s home and donated the money to the Malawi Youth Fund.

St. Joseph Notre Dame High is hosting an evening of celebration, Nov. 18, in honor of Georgia Vlahos who retired last year after 38 years on the SJND faculty. The event begins at 6 p.m. with a wine and cheese reception, followed by a performance at 8 p.m. of this fall’s student play, “The Diary of Anne Frank.” Money raised by ticket sales will go to the Georgia Vlahos Fund, which supports the school’s arts and tuition assistance programs. For more information or tickets, call (510) 814-7152.

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Among the Religious

Social Service Sister Eva Marie Lumas, assistant professor of religious education and culture at the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, was one of the featured speakers at the Second Annual African American Catholic Catechetical Conference held in San Diego, Nov. 4 and 5. The event was part of African American Catholic History Month celebration in the Diocese of San Diego.

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Names, News, Notes

Many Blessings and Good Wishes go to Alberta and Louie Caporusso of St. Alphonsus Parish in San Leandro, who are celebrating a number of special dates this month. On Nov. 26 the couple, who met in the fifth grade, will be married for 67 years. Louis turned 90 on Nov. 3 and Alberta turned 89 on Nov. 10. “God has been very good to us both in health and religious attachments,” Mrs. Caporusso wrote to ATD. “Sorry I’m not a good story writer, but we are very proud of our heritage and our religion and would like everyone to know it.”
Congratulations go to Barbara and Don LaPlante, members of St. Bede Parish in Hayward, who are celebrating 60 years of marriage.

Undeterred by physical limitations caused by a fall four years ago Lyena Strelkoff turned her experience into a powerful one-woman show, "Caterpillar Soup," that she brings to St. Mary’s College’s LeFevre Theatre on Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. The performance blends humor, storytelling, and Strelkoff’s understated warmth as she continues her life journey as a paraplegic. Tickets are: $20 general, $19 senior, $10 students, free for SMC students. For tickets call (925) 631-4670 or go on-line to www.stmarys-ca.eduand click “The Arts.”

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