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 May 19, 2008   •   VOL. 46, NO. 10   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

March for
immigrant rights

Participants in a May 1 march for immigrant rights walk towards Oakland’s City Center where they held a rally calling for an end to workplace raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and anti-immigrant actions by some local employers. The Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice joined several labor groups in the march.
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Around the Parishes

The Holy Rosary Organizing Committee at Holy Rosary Parish in Antioch helped lead a May 3 community protest calling on several banks to come to the table and halt foreclosures. The protest, at the Somersville Shopping Center in Antioch, focused on banks that denied face-to-face meetings with homeowners to discuss a renegotiation of their loans. The parish committee has been working to develop solutions to the foreclosure crisis in Antioch for the past five months.

Two Oakland parishes — St. Anthony and St. Louis Bertrand — are hosting a candlelight vigil tonight (May 19) to pray for the victims of violence and crime in the city. The 6 p.m. vigil at St. Louis Bertrand Church, 1410 100th Avenue, will include photo remembrances of those who have been murdered.

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Around the Schools

In a poignant turn of events, Alameda’s St. Barnabas School will celebrate its 50th anniversary weeks before the facility closes its doors for the last time at the end of June. Declining enrollment and the high cost of living in the East Bay have been cited as reasons for the school’s closure. A reunion gathering of alums, teachers, staff and adult family members will take place May 30 at the New Zealander Pub at 7 p.m. The next day there will be a carnival (1 – 3:30 p.m.), Mass at 4:30 p.m. and a dinner celebration at 5:30 p.m. A June 1 potluck lunch will take place at Crab Cove after the 10:30 a.m. Mass. For more information, contact the school at (510) 521-0595.

Congratulations to the Saint Mary’s College High School Chorus, which earned a unanimous superior rating at the California Music Educators Association Choral Festival competition, May 2 at Cal State East Bay in Hayward. With scores of 91, 91, and 96, the Berkeley-based chorus placed among the most elite ensembles in California earning the highest honors possible at the competition.

Sandra Jewett-Ramirez has been hired as the new executive director of the Catholic Schools Consortium, established by the diocese last year to aid struggling urban schools. Jewett-Ramirez has been an elementary principal in the San Jose Diocese, an assistant superintendent of curriculum in the Alum Rock School District and project director for Equity 2000, a San Jose educational consortium within the San Jose public school system. She is completing her doctorate at the University of San Francisco.

FACE (Family Aid for Catholic Education) has a new director, Krista Rosa, who comes to the position from the high-tech field, where she managed effective sales teams and designed and implemented educational programs for sales professionals. A Dean’s List graduate of Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, Rosa has been a softball coach, worked as a contract grant writer, and served on a variety of non-profit and organization boards including Palo Alto Girls Softball, Positive Coaching Alliance, the Rosary Project, and the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center. She replaces Anne Rynders, who raised millions of dollars for tuition assistance during her 13 years at FACE.

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Among the Religious

Following his May 16 ordination to the priesthood, Father Kenneth Richard Nobrega offered Masses of Thanksgiving at St. Philip Neri Church in Alameda on May 17 and St. Clement Church in Hayward on May 18. He will preside at a third Thanksgiving Mass at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Livermore on May 25 at 9:30 a.m.

Two permanent deacons began new assignments last month: Deacon Manuel Moya at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Livermore and Deacon Donaciano Perez at St. Joseph Parish in Pinole.

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Names, News, Notes

Congratulations to Erma and Roy Truax, longtime members at St. John Parish in San Lorenzo, who celebrated 61 years of marriage. They were wed on April 20, 1947 at Sacred Heart Church in Oakland.

Best Wishes also go to Louise and Gasper Tassielli, members at St. Leander Parish in San Leandro, on the occasion of their 45th wedding anniversary.

Mary’s House, a residence for women in crisis pregnancy operated by the Divine Mercy Eucharistic Society, is selling discount tickets to Giants and A’s baseball games to help raise funds for the San Pablo shelter — May 31 at 1 p.m. at AT&T Park in San Francisco (Giants vs. Padres) for $24; and June 8 at McAfee Coliseum in Oakland (A’s vs. Angels), for $26. A tailgate BBQ will be offered before the June 8 game for an additional $4. Contact Lou Santero at (925) 846-5124 or Analyn Garcia at (510) 236-0383.

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