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 August 6, 2007 • VOL. 45, NO. 14 • Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

Ramp blessing
Father Ricardo Chavez, pastor of St. Peter Martyr Parish in Pittsburg, blesses the church’s new ramp, July 1, The ramp, which makes it easier for elderly and disabled parishioners to attend Mass and other church events, was donated by Albert Seeno III and Discovery Builders in memory of Shad Enea, long-time parishioner and former fire chief in Pittsburg.


New principal
Teri Hurlbut is the new principal of Carondelet High School in Concord, replacing Carondelet Sister James Marien Dyer who served two terms as principal and is now on sabbatical. Hurlbut holds a doctorate in education from St. Mary’s College in Moraga. She taught Italian at Carondelet and De La Salle High from 1998-2001 and for the past several years has held leadership positions at College Park High School in Pleasant Hill. Her daughter is a Carondelet alumna and her son graduated from De La Salle. She is a graduate of Holy Names High School and Holy Names University, both in Oakland.


A double celebration

St. Mary’s College High School in Berkeley will mark two significant anniversaries during the 2007-2008 school year which opens on Aug. 20 – 80 years at Peralta Park and 145 years of Lasallian Catholic education.

The high school, founded in San Francisco in 1863, shared a campus with St. Mary’s College in San Francisco and Oakland until the entities separated and the high school moved in 1927 to its present site at Peralta Park, and the college relocated to Moraga the following year. Renowned school architect John J. Donovan of Oakland designed both campuses.

The high school shared its campus with the Brothers’ St. Joseph’s Academy grammar school until 1969. Both schools had boarding and day students. St. Mary’s High, which became coeducational in 1995, has graduated an estimated 7,357 students. The current enrollment is 630.
On Aug. 10, the Christian Brothers will mark their 145th year of teaching in the Bay Area. Eight pioneer Brothers arrived in San Francisco on Aug. 10, 1868, to take over management of the college and high school at the request of San Francisco Archbishop Joseph Sadoc Alemany. The Brothers went on to open schools up and down the Pacific Coast. Between 1880 and 1914 they staffed five parish grammar schools in the East Bay.


Gifts to share

Catechists and friends will gather at San Damiano Retreat Center in Danville, Aug. 31 – Sept. 2, for the 30th annual Labor Day Retreat for SPRED (Special Religious Education - Diocese of Oakland). More than 100 participants are expected to attend. Bishop Allen Vigneron is scheduled to preside at a special liturgy. Volunteers interested in being “helper catechists” are invited to a preparation session on Aug. 22 from 7 – 9 p.m. at the SPRED Model Training enter, 3705 Dorisa Ave. in Oakland. For more information, contact the SPRED office at (510) 635-7252 or visit the website: www.oakdiocese.org/spred.


Around the Parishes

Congratulations to Men in the Morning, the men’s choir at St. Raymond Parish in Dublin, which celebrated its fifth anniversary in June. The 60-member group, whose slogan is “Sing Loud, Sing Proud,” provides music at the 7:30 a.m. Mass once a month. They also have sung for the Knights of Columbus, at the diocesan chancery Christmas party and in a parish music concert, always wearing their matching t-shirts which read, “Real Men Sing Real Loud.”

Our Lady of the Rosary Parish in Union City is continuing to celebrate 100 years of faith in southern Alameda County. On Aug. 12 there will be a centennial procession at 3 p.m. that will take participants from the site of the old church, at the corner of 13th and H streets, to the present church at 703 C Street.

Members of St. Leander Parish in San Leandro celebrated the gift of life by hosting a blood drive on July 15. Parishioners donated 22 pints of blood, which helped ease the current statewide blood shortage.

Speaking of rolling up one’s sleeves for a good cause … Eagle Scouts in Concord are sponsoring a blood drive at St. Bonaventure Parish in Concord on Aug. 11 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Prospective participants should schedule an appointment online at www.beadonor.com(use sponsor code: BONAVENTURE).

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Around the Schools

De La Salle High School in Concord will support the Terrance Kelly Youth Foundation with its third annual dinner and fundraising auction on Aug. 11 in the school’s Hofmann Student Center. The Richmond-based foundation, which sponsors academic and athletic programs for at-risk youth, honors the memory of Terrance Kelly, De La Salle’s star football player who was tragically slain in 2004. For more information visit www.dlshs.org.

Jose (Joey) Belleza, who graduated with honors from De La Salle High in May, will attend the University of San Francisco with a four-year ROTC scholarship. A member of St. Catherine Parish in Martinez, Belleza was also designated as a University Fellow by USF in recognition of being in the top five percent of the university’s incoming freshmen class. He will major in theology/religious studies.

Holly Brown, an athletic trainer at Oakland’s Bishop O’Dowd High School, is traveling to Bangkok, Thailand, as a member of the athletic training team for the 2007 Summer World University Games, Aug. 8 – 18. These games bring together the world’s best student-athletes, ages 17 to 28, every two years for 11 days of athletic competition. The multi-sport games are sponsored by the International University Sports Federation (FISU).

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Among the Religious

Bishop Allen Vigneron has appointed Father Paulson Mundanmani, pastor at St. Mary Parish in Walnut Creek, as chaplain of Catholics@Work, a Danville-based organization that brings together Catholic business professionals who are seeking to actively live their values in the workplace. “The strength of this group is that we can provide each other with tangible and living illustrations of how to make a difference, to not only individually walk in Christ’s shoes, but also how to be a role model for others,” said Father Mundanmani. For more information about Catholics@Work, visit the website, www.catholicsatwork.org, or phone (925) 389-0704.

Precious Blood Father Jeffrey Keyes, pastor at St. Edward Parish in Newark, attended the annual Sacred Music Colloquium, June 20-25, at the Catholic University in Washington, D.C. The event drew organists, choir directors, singers of all levels, and 17 priests, who studied Gregorian chant and polyphony for use in liturgy and then sang the music at Masses in the Church of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

Joanne Muniz, grand president of the Young Ladies Institute (Y.L.I.), presented Bishop Allen Vigneron with a check for $10,623 during the Y.L.I. Golden Jubilee Presentation Mass at St. Joseph Parish in Pinole in May. The funds, raised by members of the organization, are to be used for the education of seminarians. The event was hosted by St. Anne’s YLI Institute #78.

Father Rick Boyle, a member of the Order of Servites of Mary, is joining Father Geoffrey Baraan at St. Anne Parish in Union City this month as a resident priest in the rectory.

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Names, News, Notes

Margaret Doherty and her husband, Joe, of San Leandro are celebrating two family milestones this summer: their 60th wedding anniversary and the 80th birthday of their maid of honor, Sister Eileen (Kathleen) Morrisroe – Margaret Doherty’s sister. Sister Morrisroe, an Oakland native who is visiting her hometown this month, is currently in charge of retired nuns at a large Baltimore school for girls.

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