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 November 17, 2008   •   VOL. 46, NO. 20   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese


Inaugural visit
Third graders at St. Leander School in San Leandro gather in the plaza of the Cathedral of Christ the Light after their cathedral tour, led by Leo Keegan (right), director of docent and ministerial services at the cathedral. The students were the first class to visit the cathedral after it was dedicated on Sept. 25.

Franciscan’s anniversary
Franciscan Father Raymond J. Bucher, director at San Damiano Retreat Center is Danville, celebrates his 50th jubilee of investiture into the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor on Oct. 25 with a Mass in the center’s garden. Father Bucher, who grew up in Oakland’s St. Elizabeth Parish, has been director at San Damiano for 12 years.
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Wanted: tax helpers

Income tax season is just round the corner so Catholic Charities of the East Bay (CCEB) is issuing the call now for helpers to assist low-income wage earners claim their full tax benefits through VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Services.

Volunteers must commit at least two hours per week between February and April and complete approximately 20 hours of training next month (December) or January 2009. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will provide the training, including materials, free of charge, in a classroom and online. Most classes are on Saturdays.

CCEB will operate VITA services at its Concord and Oakland sites from February through April 2009. For more information, contact Chi Pham at (510) 768-3161 or cpham@cceb.org.


What’s new on EWTN?

Special programming this month on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) includes “Love Is A Choice,” a documentary about St. Gianna Beretta Molla, an Italian physician who, in 1962, sacrificed her own life for the life of her unborn child.

The program features interviews with those who knew Gianna and letters that she exchanged with her husband. The one-hour program airs Nov. 22 at 5 and 11 p.m. and Nov. 27 at 10 a.m.

EWTN is carried 24 hours a day on Comcast channel 229, DISH Satellite channel 261, and DirecTV channel 370; and in Alameda on Comcast channel 30 and Alameda Power channel 26. Visit www.ewtn.com for more programming information.


Around the Parishes

St. Joan of Arc Parish in San Ramon is providing dinners for homeless families living at Mountain View Home, a shelter in Martinez, this week.

Raising awareness about global hunger will be on the menu of the Oxfam Soup-Supper Night at St. Edward Parish in Newark on Nov. 20 beginning at 6 p.m. Participants will gather for a simple meal ($5 for adults and $3 for children) and proceeds will be donated to Oxfam. The event is part of The Fast for a World Harvest campaign, organized by Oxfam America, to educate people of faith about the causes of hunger.

Santa Maria Parish in Orinda welcomed former and current members of the armed services and their families to the parish’s annual Veteran’s Day Liturgy on Nov. 9. Families of deceased veterans from the Lamorinda area were also invited to the liturgy and the reception that followed.

Fremont’s Holy Spirit Parish joined forces with the Alameda County Public Health office and opened a free flu clinic on Nov. 9 and 16 in the parish gym to provide an opportunity for local residents, especially those most vulnerable, to receive flu shots. Our Lady of Grace Parish in Castro Valley, along with Sutter VNA and Hospice, provided a flu shot clinic on Nov. 2 at the parish.

On Nov. 9, St. Patrick Parish in Oakland launched a celebration of its 130 years as a community of faith that will extend through Palm Sunday (April 9, 2009). Parish events including the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Black History Month will observe the theme, “We’ve Come This Far By Faith.” The anniversary committee also has plans to publish a photo directory of parish families, revivals for the parish’s English-speaking and Spanish-speaking communities, an oral history project, and an anniversary dinner. For more information, contact the parish at (510) 444-1081.

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Around the Schools

Teachers, administrators and staff of the elementary and secondary schools in the diocese gathered at the cathedral last month for Mass and a commissioning ceremony. Bishop Allen Vigneron presided at both events, along with Holy Names Sister Barbara Bray, superintendent, and Father Paul Minnihan, cathedral provost.

Congratulations to the kindergarten class at St. Catherine of Siena School in Martinez which recently emerged victorious in the annual campus Penny War. Led by the student leadership team, classes competed to bring in the most money for the parish’s St. Vincent de Paul Society. The school-wide total was $610. The kindergarten class won a pizza party.

On Oct. 29, 5th grade students at St. Isidore School in Danville prayed a Living Rosary for parents and parishioners in the parish church. Under the direction of their teachers, each of the 72 children represented a bead or medal on the Rosary and led the congregation in prayer. The Glorious Mysteries were celebrated as the students dedicated their prayers to family members who have died.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, students at Our Lady of Guadalupe School in Fremont sponsored a school-wide Denim Day to support breast cancer research. On Oct. 1 students and staff could wear denim clothing in exchange for a minimum donation of $1. Proceeds, which totaled $225, were given to Dr. Vera Packard, executive director of the Hers Breast Cancer Foundation in a presentation by members of the OLG student council and Shannon Peterman, student council moderator.

Seventh-grade students at St. Felicitas School in San Leandro performed a short dance in honor of the Day of the Dead during the school’s morning assembly.

Oakland’s Holy Names High School recently held a clothing drive to benefit St. Anthony Foundation in San Francisco. Students responded enthusiastically to the drive, spearheaded by the sophomore religious studies classes, by contributing hundreds of pieces of clothing for the free clothing store operated by the Foundation. Sophomores make their retreat at St. Anthony Foundation each fall.

Continuing the spirit of stewardship, St. Mary’s High School in Berkeley has kicked off its annual food drive in support of the Alameda County Food Bank. Last fall, the students collected 4,400 pounds of food to help local families in need during the holiday season. The campus has earned the Food Bank’s Red Plate award for their efforts for the past three years. The food drive continues through Dec. 19.

Eight seniors at Alameda’s St. Joseph Notre Dame High School (SJND) have been named commended students in the 2009 National Merit Scholarship Program: William Connacher, Genora Givens, Anna Patricia Jimenez, Michael McAlister, Teresa Mooney, Madeleine Seiwald, Ryan Sze, and Nicholas Tubbs.

The athletic department at Alameda’s SJND also reported that 38 students received Scholar Athlete Awards from North County Section for a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

Two June graduates of St. Lawrence O’Toole School in Oakland are now attending Catholic high schools with scholarship assistance from the American Council #8 of the Young Men’s Institute. Isabella Beatty is a freshman at Bishop O’Dowd High in Oakland and Briana White is a freshman at St. Joseph Notre Dame High in Alameda. Stu MacIntyre presented the checks on behalf of the YMI.

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Among the Religious

Father Sonny Ramirez, a priest and preacher well-known in the Filipino community, will preside at the 12:30 p.m. Mass at St. Joseph Church in Pinole on Nov. 23.

Seven jesuits studying at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley were ordained to the diaconate, Oct. 18, at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland. They are: John Braverman, Joseph Carver, Sang-Yong Dominique Kim, Fernando Alvarez Lara, Joseph Riordan, Martin Scheiber and Dat Tran.

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Names, News, Notes

The Knights of Columbus in Antioch presented their 17th annual police and fire awards at a dinner, Oct. 5. Captain John Kipp was honored as Firefighter of the Year and Detective Desmond Bitter was named Police Officer of the Year. The Knights 50 Year Service Award was given to Brian Gilbert. Alfred Radovan was named Knight of the Year.

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