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 April 9, 2007 • VOL. 45, NO. 7 • Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

Student scientist
Michelle Legasto-Eckard, an 8th grader at St. John the Baptist School in El Cerrito, earned a 4th place ribbon in physical science at the San Francisco Bay Area Science Fair. She made household paper from newspapers, paper towels, and print paper and compared their strength and quality to commercial paper. Through her experiment, she concluded that commercial paper was stronger than household paper but paper made from recycled newspapers was better to write on.

Musical magic
Sold-out audiences enjoyed Holy Names High School’s recent production of “The Wiz.” Lead characters, from left, were Fannie Hughes ‘07 as the Lion, Ashli Fisher ‘09 as Dorothy, Anna DiGiovani ‘08 as the Tin Man and Stephanie Nishi ’10. Half of the Oakland school’s student body joined the production as cast members, crew, stage hands or orchestra members.

New mural

Eighth grade students at St. Anthony School in Oakland sit in front of a new mural designed and painted on the gym wall of their school, depicting the school’s mascot and Our Lady of Guadalupe. Students (also seated) from St. Mary’s High in Berkeley created the mural under the direction of art/drama teacher Antone Olivier (far left). It was one of many community outreach projects done by St. Mary’s students during the school’s 10th annual enrichment week in early March.

A traveler’s blessing
Dominican Sister Mary Liam Brock, principal of St. Elizabeth High School in Oakland, blesses Claudia Jimenez, 17, after the school’s annual Stations of the Cross, March 28. Jimenez and other students left the following day for a community outreach trip
to Kenya.

Visualize the cathedral

Anyone who passes by the construction site for the new Christ the Light Cathedral and diocesan Cathedral Center at the corner of Harrison Street and Grand Avenue in Oakland might wonder what all that cement will eventually look like. A scale model is now on display in the lobby of the diocesan chancery building at 2900 Lakeshore Ave. and all are welcome to come by and see this future worship site and resource of the East Bay Catholic community.

Elizabeth House
Ayelet Waldman, a New York Times best-selling author, will be the guest speaker at “Where Hope Lives,” a fundraising event for Oakland Elizabeth House on April 19 at the Claremont Country Club, 5295 Broadway Terrace in Oakland. The event, which begins with a reception and boutique at 11:30 a.m., also includes a live auction by Steve Burke and a book signing by Waldman, whose works include “Love and Other Impossible Pursuits,” “Daughter’s Keeper,” and the “Mommy-Track Mysteries.” Tickets are $60 per person. Proceeds benefit Oakland Elizabeth House, a transitional residence for women who have experienced homelessness, domestic violence, addiction or poverty. RSVP before April 13, (510) 658-1380.

Musical schools
The campuses of local Catholic schools are alive with the sound of music! For the past several weeks Catholic high school thespians have put on or are planning musical performances ranging from the World War II-era Rodgers and Hammerstein classic “The Sound of Music” to “Hair,” the 1960s rock musical.

Audiences are still roaring with appreciation for Richmond’s Salesian High School’s production of “The Sound of Music.” The cast and crew of 25 students put on over a half dozen performances from mid-March to April 1.

The thespians at Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland will present the rock musical, “Hair” later this month. The production, suggested for mature audiences, consists of 8 p.m. shows on April 27, 28, May 4, 5, 11 and 12; 2 p.m. shows will be on May 6 and 13. Ticket prices are $20 (general admission), $15 (senior citizens) and $10 (students). Advanced ticket orders are recommended. Call the box office at (510) 553-8600 or visit the BOD website: www.bishopodowd.org.

Student actors at St. Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda gave audiences something to cheer about with their spring musical, “As Thousands Cheer,” last month. The musical, set in the 1930s, featured multiple storylines and songs by Irving Berlin. Every student sang and many had multiple roles, making the musical quite an event to stage.

Fans of musical theater can also savor the triple Tony Award-winning musical, “Urinetown,” as presented by the Performing Arts Department at St. Mary’s College in Moraga. The musical, a funny tale of greed, corruption, love and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold, opens on April 26 at 8 p.m. at the LeFevre Theater on the Moraga campus. Reid Davis, an award-winning SMC faculty member, is director of the production, which features a live five-piece orchestra. Other performances are scheduled for April 27 and 28 at 8 p.m., a 2 p.m. matinee on April 29, and shows on May 2, 3 and 4 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 general, $10 for SMC students, faculty and staff. For tickets call (925) 631-4670.

Around the Parishes

Looking for a way to unclutter your life and protect yourself from identity theft at the same time? If the answer is “Yes!” take yourself to Community Shred Day at St. Bonaventure Church in Concord on April 21 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. The Golden Bear Shredding Co. will be in the parking lot to shred documents, ranging from old checks and bank statements to income tax return papers and business records. The cost of shredding the contents of a filled brown grocery bag is $5 and a filled file box costs $10. There is no need to remove staples or paper clips. Plastic bags are not recommended. Proceeds from the event benefit the Bosco Yuvodaya Project, which assists street kids in Bangalore, India.

Corpus Christi Parish in Piedmont and its JustFaith Alumni group are sponsoring a presentation on “The Climate Crisis” on April 18 at 7:30 p.m. Paul Valva, who trained with former Vice President Al Gore, will discuss scientific, economic, political and moral aspects of the environmental crisis. The program includes a slide presentation, question and answer period, and a brainstorming session on “what can be done.” Corpus Christi is at 322 St. James Dr. in Piedmont.

The Respect Life Ministry at Danville’s St. Isidore Parish is marveling at the generosity of parishioners and their friends who supported its recent baby shower with 69 complete layettes. Each layette contains the essentials every newborn baby needs from diaper bag to baby’s first blanket and outfit. Many of the 21 items were handmade by St. Isidore’s Knitting Group or their knitting associates at That Yarn Store in Dublin. The layettes, along with boxes and boxes of diapers, were delivered to Mary’s House in San Pablo, Birthright of Livermore, Birthright of Concord and Valley Crisis Pregnancy Center of Dublin.

The Knights of Columbus at St. Raymond Parish in Dublin will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the founding of their council with a 5 p.m. Mass followed by a catered dinner on April 28. Diners will have the choice of prime rib or baked salmon with all the trimmings for the price of $25 per person. To reserve a ticket, contact Matt Troiano at matt_troiano2001@yahoo.com or Grand Knight Mike Krausnick at mkrausnick@comcast.net.

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Around the Schools

Two thumbs way up for the 1st and 2nd graders at Queen of All Saints School in Concord who participated in the Nets Are Nice service-learning project. They used money they raised through their classroom store to purchase insecticide-treated bed nets for African families at risk in the fight against malaria.

Three 5th grade students from St. Philip Neri School in Alameda held a bake sale at Lincoln Park to raise money for Operation Rice Bowl as part of their Catholic Relief Services Lenten project. They baked brownies, cookies and cakes and raised $54.83.

As part of its annual service learning project, the CYO boys' basketball teams at St. Joseph Parish in Fremont raised over $3,234, which they donated to the Ronald McDonald House, Tri-City Homeless Shelter, Sister John Marie’s Pantry, and the Tamarindo Foundation. In addition, one of the teams chose to donate their funds to assist another local CYO program. Team members also collected winter coats for the Tri-City Homeless Coalition and canned food to benefit the poor of the area.

Ke’Nyia Richardson, a senior at Holy Names High School in Oakland, set the national indoor triple-jump record during the National Scholastic Championships in New York City last month. Richardson set the new record with a 44-feet, 6.75-inch leap on her sixth and final jump. The previous record was established in 1991 at 43-11.5. Richardson a senior, is set to continue her winning ways at UCLA this fall.

Charles Guiam, a senior at Salesian High School in Richmond, took first-place honors at the 2007 American Guild of Organists/Quimby Chapter Competition for Young Organists. Guiam, a senior organ scholar at Pinole United Methodist Church, played three pieces and his composition based on a pre-selected hymn for a panel of judges in Berkeley. The San Francisco chapter of the organist guild will send Guiam to the regional competition in Orange County this summer.

The men’s varsity basketball team at Oakland’s Bishop O’Dowd High School, which earned a place in the finals of the Division III State Championship, fell to nationally ranked Artesia High of Lakewood, 91-64, on March 24 at the Arco Arena in Sacramento.

Speaking of Bishop O’Dowd … the campaign for student body officers is in full swing and the candidates are turning to one of the latest electronic tools to make their case to voters. Students running for office have created podcasts – also known as BODcasts – of their speeches to allow fellow students to listen on their computers, websites or portable media players like iPods or other
mp3 devices.

Emma Thatcher, a junior at Carondelet High School in Concord and amateur film maker, was part of a team that produced a documentary on the Rubik’s Cube subculture that was screened at the recent South by Southwest Film Festival. The 15-minute film has since been selected for the Tribeca Film Festival which starts later this month in New York.

Meanwhile, Natalie Coughlin, a Carondelet High School graduate, broke her own world record for the 100-meter backstroke (set in 2002) with a time of 59.44 second, at the 12th FINA World Championships in Melbourne, Australia on March 27.

Lloyd Sachs, a United Nations worker who just returned from Darfur, spoke to students and faculty at Alameda’s St. Joseph Notre Dame High School about his work. He interviewed persons affected by the conflict, conducted needs assessments, established field offices, and coordinated, monitored, and evaluated relief programs.

The “Belles” of St. Mary’s” women’s group gathered March 24 at Berkeley’s St. Mary’s High School for its 20th anniversary membership tea. Annual dues support the Belles Endowed Scholarship Fund, established in 1987 by Mary Woodson and Eunice Jackson, which now stands at $52,000. Five percent is given to a deserving student each year. The group includes generations of St. Mary’s mothers, grandmothers, wives, faculty and staff, and young alumnae, as well as current students. The group’s oldest member is Lucille Boero, 89, of St. Theresa Parish. Her husband, sons, and grandson are school alumni, dating back to the Class of 1933. For more information about the Belles, contact Joanne Howe at (510) 559-6227.

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Names, News, Notes

Barbara Garcia, a member of Our Lady of Grace Parish in Castro Valley and a long-time advocate for disability rights, was recently named Woman of the Year by Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata (D-Oakland). Garcia is the coordinator for the Developmental Disabilities Council within the Department of Public Health of Alameda County. She worked as an educator and disability rights advocate promoting self-sufficiency and independence for people with disabilities for 32 years. Garcia is the wife of Deacon Jaime Garcia.

Russell Lopes, retired Berkeley Police Department lieutenant and member at St. Columba Parish in Oakland, was recently given an exceptional service award for over 30 years of service in the police department. Lopes, who also received the award in 2001, came out of retirement to work on several unsolved homicide cases, including the 1970 murder of Berkeley Police Officer Ron Tsukemoto.

Suzette Warren, secretary at St. Columba Parish in Oakland, was honored March 24 as Christian Woman of the Year by Epsilon Phi Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., a historically African American sorority.

Congratulations go to Bea and George Costa, members at St. Leander Parish in San Leandro, who celebrated the 63rd anniversary of their wedding on March 20.

Mary and Angelo Maraccini recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by renewing their vows at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Concord. Father Jerry Brown, former parochial administrator at St. Francis, presided at the service.

SPRED the Word XVI, a benefit supporting SPRED (Special Religious Education Department) in the Oakland Diocese, will be held April 21 at St. Mary Parish, 2039 Mt. Diablo Blvd., in Walnut Creek. The event begins with liturgy at 4:30 p.m. and includes dinner by Taquerie El Balazo, silent auction and raffle. Tickets are $25 for adults and $12 for children. For tickets or more information, call (510) 635-7252.

Can You Help? A Friendly Manor, a day center in downtown Oakland for homeless women founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, has compiled the following items on their wish list: wash cloths, combs and brushes, safety pins, sugar, toilet tissue, bandages, spray deodorant, air freshener, and bingo prizes. Call: (510) 451-8923.

Next Voice: April 23. Send submissions by April 11 to Carrie McClish, 3014 Lakeshore Ave., Oakland, 94610; phone: (510) 419-1074; fax: (510) 893-4734; e-mail: cmcclish@oakdiocese.org.

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