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 June 9, 2008   •   VOL. 46, NO. 11   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

Community outreach
Members of Brownie Troop #30943 at St. Edward School in Newark are all smiles as they hold up flower pots they painted and delivered to the retired Sisters at the motherhouse of the Mission San Jose Dominicans in Fremont. As a second community service project, the troop collected 12 boxes of toiletry items, which they donated to Second Chance, an emergency shelter in Newark, as part of a substance abuse treatment program.
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Food Bank award
The Alameda County Community Food Bank gave St. Mary’s High School in Berkeley its “Red Plate” award on May 5 for donating 4,406 pounds of canned foods to the Food Bank’s Thanksgiving Day Drive last fall. The high school collected the most food of 80 schools participating in the drive that netted 80,000 pounds of food. Representing the sophomore home room with the largest collection are, standing from left, Cameron Davis, Demetrius Lee, Jared Mitchell, Moses Wekunda, and Clare McCormick (faculty member and service learning coordinator); seated, from left, Caitline Damacion and Alex Owens.

Carnival 4 Kids
Erica Arroyo-Rami, a student at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, helps one of the 200 children from four Concord and Oakland elementary schools who came to the campus for the sixth annual Carnival 4 Kids, May 2. The event was hosted by St. Mary’s Catholic Institute for Lasallian Social Action and supported by Sodexho Dining Services.

Honoring Dr. Greene

Alexandra Greene, a local Catholic, was just weeks away from picking up her M.D. degree from UC Davis when she was killed in a private plane crash in Tuscon, Arizona, on April 15, 2007. The university granted her degree posthumously.

To honor her memory, her friends have organized a concert to benefit Doctors With-out Borders, an organization she admired. The concert, June 22 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at St. John’s Presbyterian Church in Berkeley, will feature pianist Elizabeth Morgan and harpist Carla Gee. Tax-deductible donations will be accepted at the door.

Greene had worked as an emergency medical technician and as a wilderness first-responder and volunteer. She had also volunteered at clinics for low-income families in the Sacramento area and on medical trips to Guatemala.

She is survived by her husband, Dr. Daniel Micsunescu, and her parents. Her mother is a member of St. Ambrose Parish in Berkeley.

Around the Parishes

Two Oakland parishes, St. Louis Bertrand and St. Anthony, co-hosted a candlelight prayer vigil at St. Louis Bertrand Church on May 19 for victims of violence and crime in Oakland.

On June 21 San Leandro’s oldest parish, St. Leander, will honor and bless members of its community who are celebrating hallmark wedding and ordination anniversaries — 10th, 20th, 25th, 50th, etc. at the 4:30 p.m. Mass, followed by a reception.

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Around the Schools

The Purvis sisters at Oakland’s St. Elizabeth High School brought home gold and silver from the CIF State track championships in Norwalk, May 31. Ashton Purvis took the state title in the 100 meter race and placed second place in the 200 meters. Her sister, Julian, came in second in the 100 meter hurdles. Other local medalists include: Alitta Boyd, Moreau Catholic in Hayward, second in the triple jump, and third in the long jump; Adrienne Johnson, Carondelet in Concord, tied for second, high jump; Brazile Clark, Bishop O’Dowd in Oakland, fourth, 800 meter; 4 x 100 meter relay team (Travis Carrie, Chase Wheeler, Ricky Kearney and Ken Egu), third De La Salle, Concord; 1600 meter relay team, fifth, Bishop O’Dowd; and Chase Wheeler, De La Salle, fifth, long jump.

Taryn West, Bishop O’Dowd High Class of 2009, was one of six young women who represented Region 1 in the USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic Level 10 National Championships held May 16 – 18 in Kissimmee, Florida. As a Region 1 team member in the Senior “A” division, West contributed to the team’s third place finish.

Learn how to pray like a mystic, write icons or understand the New Testament during the 2008 Summer Session at The Dominican School of Theology in Berkeley. Summer students can earn graduate academic credit, experience professional development and gain personal enrichment. For more information, visit the school’s website at www.dspt.eduor contact the admissions office at admissions@dspt.edu or (510) 883-2073.

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Among the Religious

Congratulations to Father Vince Cotter, pastor of St. Philp Neri Parish (since 2001) and St. Albert the Great Parish in Alameda (since 2007), who was honored by the parishes June 1 for 25 years of service as a priest. A 6:30 p.m. reception will also be held June 14 in the social hall at St. Ignatius Parish in Antioch, where he previously served as pastor (1993-2001).

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Names, News, Notes

Rawn Harbor, a nationally known liturgist and pastoral associate at Oakland’s St. Columba Parish, will present the Rawn Harbor Workshop Choir Experience June 17 – 20 at the National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi in San Francisco. Registration is open until June 17. Contact Joyce Herbert at (415) 983-0405, ext. 16.

Velma Richmond and Peer Portner, members of Berkeley’s St. Mary Magdalen Parish, were recently honored as fellows of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley at the annual commencement exercises. Richmond is professor emeritus at Holy Names University in Oakland and Portner is a consulting professor of cardiothoracic surgery at Stanford University Medical Center.

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