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 September 22, 2008   •   VOL. 46, NO. 16   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

Fund for seminarians
Representatives of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas present Bishop Allen Vigneron with a check for $4,500 for his burse for seminarians. The money was raised by the combined efforts of all the diocesan CDA courts including a “Treasure Trove” sale at St. Raymond Parish in Dublin chaired by Court St. Raymond #2057. Pictured with Bishop Vigneron are from left, Barbara Bowers, Reina Whitney, Connie Sanchez, Marlene Costilla, Carmel Karrick and Pat Fegan.
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Around the Parishes

Last week Newark’s St. Edward Parish welcomed home a favorite son, Father Stephen Lopes, a graduate of the parish school who is now serving as an official in the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith in the Vatican. Father Lopes gave a presentation on the life and ministry of St. Paul as part of the parish’s observance of the 2000th anniversary of the birth of the apostle.

Members at Pinole’s St. Joseph Parish observed the feast of San Lorenzo Ruiz yesterday (Sept. 21) with Father Leo Patalinghug, a popular speaker and author who combines the art of cooking with his Catholic faith. He presided at the 12:30 p.m. Mass and gave a special presentation that evening in the parish church.

The bells of St. Jerome Church in El Cerrito will ring again, beginning on Sept. 28. Father Dante Tamayo, pastor, and the pastoral council decided to begin ringing the bells in honor of the Feast of St. Jerome (c. 345-420), a priest and doctor of the Church. Although his actual feast day is Sept. 30, the parish moved their celebration to the preceding Sunday. The bells will also ring regularly to announce Masses, weddings, holy days and “all other reasons to celebrate the Good News of Jesus,” according to a recent Sunday bulletin.

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Around the Schools

The start of the school year brought the return of a familiar face to St. Martin de Porres Regional School in Oakland when Maurice Harper assumed the position of principal. Harper succeeds Dominican Sister Kathleen McAvoy who is now working in Mexico. Harper is an alum of the campus, the former Sacred Heart Elementary School and has a long history of ministry at neighboring St. Columba Parish.

The Lady Monarchs at Oakland’s Holy Names High School are testing their athletic prowess this year on some new turf — the golf course! After years of discussion, the all-girls campus has a new eight-member golf team under the guidance of Tommy Scales from the Lake Chabot Golf Course. Alessandra Albrizzio, the high school’s physical education and health teacher, is his assistant.

Twelve members of the first graduating class at St. David School in Richmond celebrated their 40th year reunion on Sept. 6. Members of the Class of 1968 gathered in Orinda with guests and the school principal, Ann Peres. One classmate traveled from Alaska to take part in the festivities. “Some classmates have not seen each other for 26 years,” said Jerry Bowen, reunion participant.

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Names, News, Notes

In collaboration with the diocese’s After the Choice Ministry, First Resort is offering a free eight-week, Scripture-based, post-abortion healing group that will begin Oct. 4 in Oakland. Information and reservations can be obtained by contacting Christine at (510)891-9998 or christinew@firstresort.net. Inquiries and participation are completely confidential.

Many blessings and best wishes to Barbara and Don La Plante, founding members at St. Bede Parish in Hayward, who are celebrating their 62nd wedding anniversary today (Sept. 22).

Congratulations also go to Elaine and John Catrino, longtime members of St. Callistus Parish in El Sobrante, who celebrated the 60th year of their wedded union on Sept. 19; and to Mary and Charlie Berger, members at St. Anne Parish in Walnut Creek, who recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

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