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 February 23, 2009   •   VOL. 47, NO. 4   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

St. John’s performs Disney
Julian Serrano, Sarah Mercado and Remy Puou, (left to right) eighth-graders at St. John Elementary School, will star as Ryan, Sharpay and Ms. Darbus in the San Lorenzo school’s production of Disney’s “High School Musical on Stage” March 11 at 12:30 p.m. and March 13 at 12:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Smith Center at Ohlone College in Fremont. Ticket prices for matinees are $5 for students in school uniforms attending with their class and $7 for general admission. General admission is $10 for the March 13 evening performance. This marks the sixth year that the San Lorenzo elementary school has produced a spring musical. For tickets or more information, contact the school at (510) 276-6632 or visit the website, www.stjohnslz.org.
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Jesuit superior visits Bay Area
Jesuit Father Adolfo Nicholas, elected a year ago as Superior General of the Society of Jesus, paid a visit to Oakland, Feb. 6. He met with staff and leaders from Oakland Community Organizations and the PICO National Network, founded by Jesuit Father John Baumann 35 years ago, to learn about successful models of community organizing. He also met with Bishop Emeritus John Cummins of Oakland and students at the University of San Francisco, a Jesuit institution.

Low-cost dating

With tough economic conditions impacting families, The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ “For Your Marriage” website offers 10 suggestions for romantic, low-cost dates. From planning an indoor “picnic” to “midnight bowling,” the ideas can inspire couples to be creative date planners. The website — www.foryourmarriage.org— also is available on the social networking sites Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and the bookmark site, Delicious. The “For Your Marriage” project is funded through a grant from the national Catholic Communication Campaign.

Around the Parishes

Mark Price, whose vivid theatrical presentations bring biblical figures to life, will visit St. John the Baptist Church in El Cerrito March 7-10 to conduct its parish Lenten mission. Price will speak at the weekend Masses and then deliver a presentation as St. Peter on March 9 at 7 p.m. and as St. Paul on March 10 at 7 p.m. The church is located at 11150 San Pablo Ave.

St. Joseph Parish in Pinole will honor its patron saint on his feast day (March 19) and dedicate its new pipe organ. Bishop Emeritus John Cummins will preside at the 7:30 p.m. dedication. Mario Ballestrieri, organist at Epiphany Church in San Francisco, will provide musical accompaniment.

A poster of the image of St. Theresa as a child, made of the faces of students and staff of St. Theresa School in Oakland over the past 50 years, is available for $16. You can see the image on page 7 of this issue of The Voice. Proceeds will benefit the parish’s project to help build houses in Mexico. Orders are due by March 15 to: St. Theresa Church, 30 Mandalay Road, Oakland, CA 94618.

The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano recently thanked Santa Maria Parish in Orinda for the 6,192 pounds of food donated during 2008 by parishioners.

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Around the Schools

Students at Queen of All Saints School in Concord celebrated the 100th day of school by collecting 100 boxes of cereal for a local food bank and purchasing $100 worth of phone cards for U.S. military personnel.

During Catholic Schools Week students at Fremont’s Holy Spirit School participated in a “Blow your top day” in which students were allowed to decorate from the neck up. They also donated $1000 to the American Cancer Society in exchange for free dress privileges.

Students in the campus ministry program at Oakland’s St. Elizabeth High School served as ushers and carried the Offertory gifts at the farewell liturgy for Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron at the Cathedral of Christ the Light on Feb. 6.

Moreau Catholic High School, in partnership with Apple Education, hosted a group of 25 principals, teachers and librarians from across the state and beyond to learn more about the Hayward school’s 1 to 1 laptop program.

Two juniors at Moreau have received special recognition for their musical skills. Kimberley Freid was selected to participate in the California All State Honors Band and Albert Baliwas was tapped to be part of the All State Jazz Band. The selection marks the second time that Freid, who plays the French horn, is performing in the State Honor Band. She is also a member of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra. Baliwas, an alto saxophonist, is a finalist for the national Grammy Jazz Band.

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Among the Religious

The Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers Western Region, previously located at the now-closed St. Alphonsus Liguori Church complex in San Leandro, have moved their offices to the convent at St. John the Baptist Parish in San Lorenzo.

Twenty-four female students and 10 adults from seven Christian Brothers high schools in four states, including California, gathered for the second annual vocations retreat at St. Joseph’s Camp on the Russian River Jan. 17 – 19. The juniors and seniors were discerning a variety of vocational calls, from teaching to marriage to religious life.

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Names, News, Notes

Sister of Charity Mary Ann Donovan of the Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley, led an experience of Lectio Divina based on the vine and the branches image of John 15: 1 – 17 during a retreat held recently as part of the ongoing Ch’an/Zen Catholic Dialogue in Washington, D.C.

Congratulations to Elizabeth Harris-Council on her reelection as Grand Lady of Knights of Peter Claver, Ladies Auxiliary Court 127. This is her fourth term. Her top priority this year is the expansion of the Junior Daughters division. Serving as her Vice Grand Lady is Millie Jones.

Brian Copeland, local author, comedian, talk radio host and a product of East Bay Catholic schools, was the guest speaker at Assumption School in San Leandro last month during Catholic Schools Week 2009.

Catholic Charities of the East Bay (CCEB) is once again providing free tax services through its VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program. Taxpayers must have earned $45,000 or less in 2008 to be eligible for this program, which includes free e-files services. This service is operated mainly by volunteers who are trained and certified by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). For information or to make an appointment contact CCEB’s Concord site at 3540 Chestnut Ave., (925) 825-3099, ext. 302; or the Oakland site at 433 Jefferson St., (510) 768-3128.

The Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) will broadcast the Ash Wednesday Mass celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI live from the Basilica of St. Sabina in Rome on Feb. 25 at 7:30 a.m. and rebroadcast at 3 p.m. the same day. Visit www.ewtn.comfor more information.

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