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 October 6, 2008   •   VOL. 46, NO. 17   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

New athletic field
Bob Howard, athletic director at Oakland’s St. Elizabeth High School, stands with students after learning that the school’s new athletic field was being named for him. Howard has been on the faculty for 40 years. With him at the Sept. 12 dedication ceremony are, from left, Jose Epinoza, sophomore; and seniors Abril Solis-Tinoco, Mildreth Rodriguez, and Hector Ortiz-Rosales, student body president.
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Faithful Brown Bag volunteers
Eleanor McGorty, 91, of Alameda, Cora Bowen, 82, of Oakland and Clare Pundyk, 84, of Hayward are three of the original volunteers with the Mercy Brown Bag Program which has been providing low-income seniors with bags of groceries twice a month for the past 25 years. They continue to volunteer with the program, an outreach of Mercy Retirement & Care Center in Oakland.

Lay ministry

The diocesan School for Pastoral Ministry will be hosting a series of information sessions next month to let parishioners know about their program that helps prepare men and women for lay ministry.

The school meets on the campus of Holy Names University in Oakland one Saturday per month for three years, with classes beginning in January.

The information sessions will be held Nov. 1 at St. Anne Church in Union City (classroom 106) 1 – 2 p.m.; Nov. 7 at Santa Maria Church in Orinda (conference room) 6 – 6:30 p.m.; Nov. 8, Santa Maria Parish in Orinda, 12 – 1 p.m.; Nov. 9, St. Peter Martyr Church in Pittsburg (Centro Juan Diego) 1 – 2 p.m.; and Nov. 15, Holy Names University (Heafey Hall 655), 12 – 1 p.m. For more information visit: www.oakdiocese.org/pastoral/SPM.

Around the Parishes

St. Columba Parish is hosting a Breast Cancer Awareness program, Oct. 19 in its community center, 6401 San Pablo Ave. in Oakland, beginning at noon. The event will be presently jointly by the health cabinets of the Oakland parish and neighboring Downs Memorial United Methodist Church. Presenters include Dr. Lisa Bailey, medical director at the Carol Ann Read Breast Health Center, and Pam Ratliss, program director at Northern California Cancer Center. The event is open to the public.

St. Mark Church in Richmond hosted a citizenship drive in conjunction with the Contra Costa Interfaith Supporting Community Organization (CCISCO), Sept. 24. Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin and Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia attended and encouraged immigrants to be more involved in their community. The elected leaders also listened to community concerns about the seizure of people’s property at police checkpoints.

David Marshall Rose, a member of Alameda’s St. Philip Neri Parish, has been selected to receive the Italian Catholic Federation’s Pope John XXIII Award, the highest honor bestowed by the organization on a lay person, for his “humanitarian service to society.” The parish will honor Rose at the 5 p.m. Mass on Oct. 11. A reception to follow in Msgr. O’Brien Hall.

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Around the Schools

A standing ovation to Mariah Vicedo, Jenny Nguyen and Jackie Parra, 8th graders at St. Felicitas School in San Leandro, who raised over $300 for the Make A Wish Foundation by selling homemade baked goods during recess. Their effort was part of an in-service learning project.

Our Lady of Grace School in Castro Valley was recently named a Green Ribbon School by the Castro Valley Sanitary District for its efforts to improve waste reduction and recycling practices. The award included a check for $2,000.

Allyson Little, a senior at Oakland’s Holy Names High School, recently joined the ranks of National Merit semifinalists. Little was one of 16,000 students out of 1.5 million nationwide who took the PSAT last fall to earn the distinction.

St. Mary’s High School in Berkeley is one of three Berkeley schools receiving 40 large, high quality reproductions of great American art as part of the “Picturing America” program of the National Endowment for the Humanities. NEH also provides a comprehensive teacher’s resource book to facilitate the use of works of art in history, social studies, and literature classes.

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Names, News, Notes

Thomas D. Vo, a member of Troop #48 in Pittsburg and a June graduate of De La Salle High in Concord, recently became an Eagle Scout after completing his Eagle Scout project — painting the dining hall and computer rooms of the Ambrose Community Center in Bay Point. He is attending St. Mary’s College in Moraga and serving as assistant scout master for his troop.

Congratulations and many Blessings to Matt Tinonga, a longtime member at Oakland’s Sacred Heart Parish, who recently celebrated his 100th birthday.

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