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 November 3, 2008   •   VOL. 46, NO. 20   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

at rally

Participants in the sixth annual regional youth rally celebrate their faith during the Oct. 4 event at St. Bede Church in Hayward. More than 675 teens from 13 parishes gathered for a workshop and concert with noted Catholic musician Steve Angrisano, a presentation by the Seldom Seen Acting Company of St. Vincent de Paul Society, Mass and a dinner/dance.
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Working for a cure
St. Mary’s High School in Berkeley observed October Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a number of projects that resulted in more than $2,000 in online donations to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation and $1500 in pledges at the Mills College Swim for the Cure. Members of the campus Yarn Club sold handmade scarves in shades of pink. With some of their creations are club members, from left, Jocelyn Crudo, Maggie Buchanan and Julie Anderson with faculty member Clare McCormick.

Hooray for the refs!

A standing ovation to a group of referees from the diocesan Catholic Youth Organization (CYO)! Mark Leyva, director of referees for the CYO’s Southern Alameda County, asked his referees to consider donating what they earn from just one CYO game to a fund he set up called “1 Game, Many Meals” to benefit programs aiding those who are hungry.

More than half of the 40 referees said “Yes!” and since September they have donated $768. Leyva, a member at St. Leander Parish in San Leandro where he is the assistant athletic director, said he was especially moved by the response because a good number of the referees are teens. At a meeting later this month, the referees will decide what non-profit program or service will receive the funds.

Around the Parishes

Members of the Heavenly Harmony Children’s Choir from St. Bonaventure Parish in Concord will participate in the Pueri Cantores Choral Festival on Nov. 15 at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption in San Francisco. The festival is organized by the American Federation Pueri Cantores which brings together parish and school choirs (children ages 8-18) to sing sacred and liturgical music. The Nov. 15 performance will include a choral concert starting at 4:15 p.m. as well as a Eucharistic liturgy at 5:30 p.m.

Our Lady of Grace Parish in Castro Valley was recently cited by the Family Emergency Shelter Coalition (FESCO) newsletter for providing “significant funds” and “untold” volunteer hours to the organization.

St. Ignatius Parish in Antioch will host a traditional holiday dinner on Thanksgiving Day for those in the parish who will be away from their families on the holiday.

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Around the Schools

Congratulations to five 5th graders at St. Jerome School in El Cerrito who were among the winners of a poster contest held in conjunction with the 22nd Annual GRIP (Great Richmond Interfaith Program) Harmony Walk to End Hunger. Emily Soe, a first place winner, received $100; Alexis Foster, a second place winner, picked up $50; Deija Jackson, took third place and $25; and honorable mention went to Marisa Gonzalez and Juliette Langari. The El Cerrito students who won prizes donated their winnings back to GRIP for the organization’s shelter and food programs.

St. Peter Martyr School in Pittsburg has six winners in the Fourth Annual Art of Dairy contest and their art has been sent to the national contest sponsored by Lucerne. The prize artists are: Alexandra Cardona (third grade); Gabriela Loretto, (fifth grade) Jazelyn De Guzman and Nena Manuel (seventh grade) and Hunter Aliotti and Anela Medeiros (eighth grade).

A number of families of Assumption School in San Leandro participated in the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, Oct. 18, in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. The “Assumption Angels,” many wearing team t-shirts designed by Danielle Perez, lived up to their name by completing their five-mile walk and raising over $31,000.

For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the fourth grade class at St. Joseph School in Alameda used their first Goodies for Good bake sale to raise more than $900 for local breast cancer support groups in two 15-minute recess periods. The class sold packaged and homemade treats. This month, the third grade class will do a Goodies for Good project for a local animal shelter.

Eight seniors at Alameda’s St. Joseph Notre Dame High School (SJND) have been named commended students in the 2009 National Merit Scholarship Program. They are: William Connacher, Genora Givens, Anna Patricia Jimenez, Michael McAlister, Teresa Mooney, Madeleine Seiwald, Ryan Sze, and Nicolas Tubbs. Genora Givens, has a second reason to celebrate: she and Dominic Guiton, another SJND senior, have been recognized by the National Achievement Scholarship Program, which honors black Americans who are among the top students in the country.

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Among the Religious

Congratulations to Deacon Jeffrey Burns on his 25th anniversary as archivist for the San Francisco Archdiocese. Burns, who was ordained as a permanent deacon in the Oakland Diocese in 2003, has written extensively in local church history and is the co-author of “We Are The Church: A History of the Diocese of Oakland.” He also serves as an adjunct faculty member at California State University, Hayward; St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park; and the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley.

Msgr. Ted Kraus, pastor at Santa Maria Parish in Orinda, and Passionist Father Tom Bonacci, in residence at St. Ignatius Parish in Antioch, are planning to lead a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in November 2009. For information, a brochure or to register, contact (925) 254-2426, ext. 301. Sign-up required before Nov. 15, 2008.

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Names, News, Notes

Many Blessings to two couples who are celebrating 50 years of marriage: Phylis and Peter Carpino, who recently renewed their vows at Good Shepherd Church in Pittsburg; and to Toni and Ed Furrer, members at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Concord.

St. Vincent de Paul Society of Alameda County needs volunteers in three of its programs in Oakland. The Free Dining Room needs help with serving meals; contact: Jonas Williams (510) 877-9213/jwilliams@svdp-alameda.org. The Champion Center for men needs volunteers to help clients fill out forms and to monitor the showers; contact: Rueben Garza (51) 877-9238/rgarza@svdp-alameda.org. The Visitation Center for women and children needs help with maintenance, client registration, children’s activities and its ESL program; contact Carmen Edstrom (510) 444-3790/cedstron@svdp-alameda.org.

The Family Emergency Shelter Coalition (FESCO), which provides emergency shelter and comprehensive support services to homeless families in Alameda County, needs volunteers to supervise children while their parents are participating in life skills classes; provide office assistance; sort, organize, and accept donations at the organization’s warehouse; and repair a porch at the counseling center. Contact FESCO at (510) 886-5473, fesco@fescofamilyshelter.org, or www.fescofamilyshelter.org.

What’s New on EWTN? The Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), with the support of the Primavera Fine Art Foundation, will air “Catholic Canvas,” a 10-episode look inside the Vatican Museums, beginning Nov. 6. “‘Catholic Canvas’ is a journey through salvation history as seen in the art of the Vatican Museums,” said Mary Shovlain, Rome producer. Episodes will focus on the angels, Mary, the Epiphany, Christ’s earthly ministry, the saints, and more. For more information, visit www.ewtn.com.

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