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 June 23, 2008   •   VOL. 46, NO. 12   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

Champion swimmer
Madison White, an eighth grader at St. Isidore School in Danville in the fall, holds a bouquet of flowers and USA balloons given to her by Jean Schroeder, her principal, during a school assembly last month. Just days before, she had qualified for the 2008 Olympic Swim Trials in Nebraska, June 30. Madison, 13, ranks number 1 in the nation in backstroke in her age group. She has been swimming since she was four and won a first-place medal at the Contra Costa County championship when she was six.
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Thumbs up for cathedral
While work continues on the new Cathedral of Christ the Light, the future spiritual center of the Oakland Diocese has been bestowed with the title of “Best Lake Merritt Skyline Addition” in the June issue of Oakland magazine.

Editor Judith M. Gallman used such terms as “graceful,” “elegant” and “airy” to describe the structure at Harrison Street and Grand Avenue. “Quite simply,” Gallman wrote, “this is architecture at its finest, bringing new energy to the southern end of the lake.”

Richmond crime reduction
Over 200 Richmond residents gathered at St. Mark Church on June 12 to ask city officials to re-commit to a crime prevention strategy presented to them one year ago by the Contra Costa Interfaith Supporting Community Organization.

Victoria Leftridge, CCISCO leader, said her group wanted to make sure elected officials “work on the problems that our community faces.”

The plan includes improved street lights, blight and trash abatement, year-round youth activities designed by youth, and increased police and community policing. Already new, bright street lights have reduced crime in the area.

The event was organized by CCISCO leaders at St. Mark Parish, the Historic Triangle Neighborhood Council, Atchison Village Neighborhood Council and the Pacific Institute.

Around the Parishes

Concord’s St. Francis of Assisi Parish hosted a vigil June 11 in response to several recent incidents of violence in the Monument Corridor, including the shooting of a 20-year-old man.

Seven members of St. Albert the Great Parish in Alameda joined 200 walkers to raise money for breast cancer research at a 10K walk in Pleasanton. They walked to honor St. Albert’s members who are survivors and to support those members currently undergoing treatment for the disease. The parishioners raised about $3,000 for the Susan B. Komen Foundation.

Our Lady of Grace Parish in Castro Valley launched a food drive this week, which runs through Aug. 4, on behalf of the Alameda County Food Bank. The parish’s efforts will help provide nutritious food during the summer for many children who rely on school lunch programs.

Five Cub Scouts received their religious scouting awards at Berkeley’s St. Mary Magdalen Parish on June 15. Kiran Aranha, Matteo Gozzini, Christopher McKeon, and Kaylb Nichols of Cub Scout Pack 30, Wolf Den 1 earned the Light of Christ Religious Medal and Leonardo Nakamura, a member of Cub Scout Pack 30, Webelos Ram Den earned the Parvuli Dei Religious Medal.

Union City’s St. Anne Parish will mark the 35th anniversary of its founding with a parish festival, July 26 – 27. A Kick-Off Dance will be held July 18 at 8 p.m. For more information, contact the parish office at (510) 471-7766 or stanne@sbcglobal.net.

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Around the Schools

Four students from St. Mary’s High School in Berkeley, all from Scout Troop 6 in Piedmont, are netw Eagle Scouts. They are Jeff Kalmon and Guy Hager, graduating seniors, and Kevin Renner and Dan Woelffer, incoming seniors.

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Among the Religious

Precious Blood Father Marvin Steffes, who served for 12 years as pastor at St. Edward Parish in Newark, recently returned to the parish to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his ordination. Father Steffes became the first Precious Blood Father to serve the parish when he was appointed pastor in 1979.

Father Gerard Reid, who provided clergy support at Oakland’s St. Columba Parish duirng the past nine years, will be relocating to Boston at the end of the month. Parishioners recently held a “recognition celebration” to thank the priest for his service to the community.

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Names, News, Notes

St. Joseph’s Center for the Deaf in Union City said a fond farewell to Ardith Lynch, their executive director for the past 28 years, who has accepted a new position as director of Disabled Student Services for Saddleback Community College in Mission Viejo. Under her leadership, St. Joseph’s Center established Mass and religious education programs for the deaf; counseling services for families and individuals; and programs providing education for at-risk youth. Center staff and diocesan colleagues honored Lynch with a June 16 lunch at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Hall. Dominican Sister Glenn Anne McPhee, diocesan chancellor, presented her with the diocesan Medal of Merit.

Best Wishes to Alberta and Joseph Whalen, members at St. Michael Parish in Livermore, who are celebrating 54 years of marriage.

Congratulations to Delia and Hugo Zarate, members of St. Patrick Parish in Rodeo, who marked their 45th wedding anniversary on June 1. Mr. Zarate is president of the Knights of Columbus Oakland Diocese Chapter.

Keith E. Brandt was recently appointed vice president for development at St. Mary’s College in Moraga. Brant, who previously served as vice chancellor for external relations at UC San Diego, assumes the position on July 15.

The Golden Gate Boys Choir and Bellringers will tour Washington, D.C., June 28 – July 7. The group’s itinerary will include a performance at the Veterans Administration Medical Center and participation in the Pueri Cantores American Festival for Catholic youth choirs from across the country. They will take part in a July 4 concert on the National Mall and an evening Mass in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on July 5.

VOLUNTEER ALERT! San Damiano Retreat Center in Danville has numerous openings for volunteers from helping out at the front desk or gift shop to working in the organic gardens. The schedule is flexible and a free meal is included. For more information, contact Sandy at (925) 837-9142, ext. 307.

WHAT’S ON EWTN? A seven-part series, “Paul: From Tarsus to the World,” will air in 30-minute segments, June 23-27 at 12 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The series looks at St. Paul’s life and wisdom and takes the viewer to places where he taught and preached. On June 28 Pope Benedict XVI will lead Vespers at the start of the Pauline Year. EWTN will broadcast the service live from Rome on June 28 at 8:30 a.m. with an encore telecast at 1:30 p.m. Visit www.ewtn.comfor more information.

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