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 April 7, 2008   •   VOL. 46, NO. 7   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

Friendship in Tanzania
Permanent Deacon Matt Dulka, regional director of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers in San Leandro, enjoys laughter with some of the street children in Mwanza, Tanzania, during a recent visit. The children, who sleep in the streets and beg for a living, come to a daytime drop-in-center, set up by the Church, where they are fed and taught reading and writing.
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CDA contest winners
Nicole Zipp (left) a sixth grader at St. Felicitas School in San Leandro, and Emma Cronin, a seventh grader, proudly show the awards they earned for their winning posters in the recent contest, sponsored by the St. Felicitas Court of the Catholic Daughters of Americas. The contest theme was “Jesus Light of the World.” With the students are CDA representatives Charlene Raimondi and Marlene Costilla.

Dental poster winner
Phillip Rudolph, a sixth grader at St. Jarlath School in Oakland, is the grand prize winner in a poster contest sponsored by the National Dental Society of the Bay Area and Eastmont Wellness Center. Holding his poster is NDSBA convener Dr. Pamela Alston. With them are Sean Baumgarten, Rudolph’s teacher, and Kathy Capra, principal. The contest theme was “How Cavities Form.”

Action for justice

A dozen local clergy, including Father Stephan Kappler, pastor of St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Berkeley, washed the feet of several UC Berkeley service workers on Holy Thursday as part of an interfaith ceremony calling upon the University of California to provide just wages for its service workers. Foot-washing ceremonies also took place at the UC medical centers in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Irvine and San Diego.

Discussing dating violence

The issue of “dating violence” recently made its way into the curriculum at Oakland’s Holy Names High School. Students learned how to identify different types of dating abuse – emotional, physical, sexual and verbal, watched a video about a teen who experienced date violence, and received information on how to help friends or family members who might be in a violent relationship.

Speakers from SAVE (Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments) identified the warning signs of dating violence and offered students tools on how to create healthy relationships. Later, students engaged in homeroom activities that included creating “My Dating Rules.” The program was created and organized by Karen Vigna, director of student activities, and Molleen Dupree, campus minister.

Around the Parishes

Congratulations to Brownie Troop #30943 at St. Edward Parish in Newark who earned their Family of God awards, which were presented at the 10 a.m. Mass at the parish church on March 9.

An image of the Divine Mercy was officially enthroned at Holy Spirit Church in Fremont on March 30 at all the Masses.

San Francisco Auxiliary Bishop Ignatius Wang presided at a special Mass in honor of the Divine Mercy at St. John the Baptist Church in El Cerrito on March 30.

The Youth Ministry-Women’s Guild bake sale at Santa Maria Parish in Orinda recently raised $2,360 to assist the family of Christopher Rodriguez, the 10-year-old Oakland youth who was shot and paralyzed by a stray bullet while he was in the middle of a piano lesson in January.

Eighty-three women from the Catholic Community of Pleasanton gathered at San Damiano Retreat Center in Danville for their annual weekend retreat, led by Father Padraig Greene, CCOP parochial administrator.

The Catholic Community of Pleasanton is offering a 10-week workshop for those who are separated or divorced. The workshop, which began April 2, will be held Wednesdays from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Chapel through June 11. There is a $20 one-time donation for the entire workshop. No one will be turned away for inability to pay. For more information contact Lisa Fairchild at (925) 600-1765 or lisafairchild@sbcglobal.net.

St. Anne Parish in Union City
opens its doors every First Friday of the month for Eucharistic Exposition, Adoration and Benediction, which follows the 7:30 p.m. Mass until midnight.

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Around the Schools

Students at St. Joachim School in Hayward recently had a “hunger banquet” at which they were divided into groups representing countries with a high, adequate or low standard of living. Students in the low standard of living group walked away from the lunch still hungry and all learned a powerful lesson — that food is distributed unequally in the world.

Top spellers who competed in the 32nd Annual Contra Costa County Spelling Bee, sponsored by the Contra Costa Times, included the following students from Catholic schools: Connor T. Menefee, Christ the King, Pleasant Hill, grade 3; Zoe Tacderas, Holy Rosary, Antioch, grade 5; Jordan Latini, St. Agnes, Concord, grade 7; Rachel Lee A. Millena, St. Francis of Assisi, Concord, grade 6; Connor Asercion, St. Jerome, El Cerrito, grade 6; Michelle Edwards, St. Joseph, Pinole, grade 7; Sam Scheffler, St. Mary, Walnut Creek, grade 8; Ashley See, St. Perpetua, Lafayette, grade 8; Giovanni Ferrante, St. Peter Martyr, Pittsburg, grade 6; and Katia Berg, Queen of All Saints, Concord, grade 7. Conner Asercion advanced to the state elementary bee.

Cady Oberle, a sixth grader at St. Lawrence O’Toole School in Oakland, who took part in the local Scripps National Spelling Bee competition, sponsored by the San Francisco Chronicle, will participate at the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., May 29-30.

Veronica Locher, a fourth grader, and Melissa Russi, an eighth grader, at St. Mary School in Walnut Creek, won in their respective age groups at the diocesan Free Throw Shooting Contest last month.

Our Lady of the Rosary School in Union City
is celebrating its 40th anniversary. At its first event, April 4, a new statue of Our Lady of the Rosary was blessed. The statue, donated by the graduating class of 2004, stands in the hallway of the school building. The main anniversary event will be a Mass and luncheon on May 3. Alums and their families should call the school at (510) 471-3765 for more information.

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Among the Religious

Bishop Allen Vigneron has appointed Father Bob Mendonca, pastor at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Livermore, as dean of Deanery One, replacing Father Dan Danielson who recently retired. The deanery includes St. Charles, St. Michael Parish, also in Livermore, and the Catholic Community of Pleasanton (CCOP).

The Sisters of Social Service will present a concert featuring the Hail Mary the Queen Children’s Choir on April 13 at St. Anne of the Sunset Church in San Francisco at 3 p.m. The Filipino children’s choir recently garnered three medals in Jakarta, Indonesia — a gold in spiritual gospel, a silver in contemporary and a silver in sacred music. Proceeds from the concert will support the Sisters’ ministries in the Philippines and help the community build a novitiate for women joining the Social Service Sisters there. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for children ages 5-13 years. Contact: Sister Annamaria Rebus and Sister Nodelyn Abayan at (415) 681-9219.

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Names, News, Notes

Best Wishes to Janet and Robert Besse on their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married on March 30, 1958, at Sacred Heart Church in Oakland and have been parishioners at St. Isidore Parish in Danville for the past 30 years.

Congratulations to two members at Oakland’s St. Columba Parish: Dolores Hill-Newman was honored March 22 as Christian Woman of the Year by the Epsilon Phi Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., a historically African American sorority; “Mother” Esther Mabry was inducted March 29 into the West Coast Blues Hall of Fame and received the lifetime achievement award. Known as the Grand Dame of 7th Street, Mabry is the owner of Esther’s Orbit Room, the top blues entertainment center for the African American community on the West Coast from the 1940s through the 1960s.

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