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 April 13, 2009   •   VOL. 47, NO. 7   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese


Blessing Brady Park
The new track and field complex at St. Mary’s High School in Berkeley is in full use after it was blessed earlier this year by Father Jayson Landeza ’79 (right) and Deacon Jorge Angel Arias (center). With them are Thomas Brady ’54 (far left), teacher, administrator and first lay president at the school, and Adrian Mison Fulay, director of campus ministry. The athletic field is named for Brady who served at the school for 35 years. Arias, a member of All Saints Parish in Hayward, was the project superintendent. Father Landeza is pastor of St. Columba Parish in Oakland.
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Children helping childreng
Second-graders at Our Lady of Grace School in Castro Valley sell baked goods on campus that raised over $1200 for the George Mark Children’s House in San Leandro, the nation’s first and only residential palliative care facility for children with serious or terminal illnesses and their families.

CCEB employee honored

Millie Burns, Measure Y director at Catholic Charities of the East Bay (CCEB), received the Community Service Diamond Jubilee Award for Youth and Family Services from the Berkeley Bay Area Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, March 28. Burns was cited for her longstanding involvement with CCEB and the role she played in coordinating the Katrina Evacuee Program and her most recent work directing the Crisis Response Support Network.


Recycle and help SVDP

Attention, Spring Cleaners! Recycle those electronics that you no longer use or need and help fund St. Vincent de Paul employment programs at the same time. WasteNot, a social enterprise of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County, is collecting unwanted or unusable electronics free of charge at all SVDP retail locations. Bulky pick-ups at homes or offices are available if seven or more items are donated. SVDP will receive the revenue from the recycled electronics. For a list of accepted items and store locations, visit: www.svdp-alameda.org. Call (510) 638-7600 to arrange for bulk pick-up.


Honor for Habitat group

Habitat for Humanity East Bay recently earned LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certification for three homes it built at its East Oakland housing development on Edes Avenue. Several parishes in the Oakland Diocese provide financial and volunteer support to Habitat East Bay, which is the organization’s first affiliate in California to receive the LEED recognition for building “green” homes.

The LEED Gold homes are part of a 54-home development that Habitat East Bay is constructing in East Oakland, transforming a former blighted auto salvage yard into a community for low-income families. Habitat East Bay has already completed 26 of the homes and hopes to build 20 more by the year’s end.


Around the Parishes

St. Patrick Parish in Oakland observed the final festivities of its 130th anniversary, with a dinner April 4 that included Divine Word Father Carl Seewald, pastor from 1980-89, as a guest. Mass on April 5 included another former pastor, Jesuit Father Tim Godfrey, who served the parish from 1999-2004.

The local organizing ministry (Oakland Community Organizations) at St. Louis Ber-trand Church in Oakland, hosted a special workshop in the church gym for those in danger of losing their homes to foreclosure.
More than 60 fourth graders at St. Perpetua Parish in Lafayette celebrated the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time last month.

St. Raymond Parish in Dublin hosted a March 28 information event, sponsored by the Veterans Administration (VA), to help military veterans and active duty personnel and their families determine which benefits they are eligible for.

During Lent the Cathedral Parish of Christ the Light in Oakland sponsored weekly collections (canned food and toiletries) for the less fortunate.

On April 19 Oakland’s Sacred Heart Parish will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the completion of its present church, which was dedicated on Easter Sunday, April 4, 1999, replacing the parish’s venerable 90-year-old church that was rendered unusable following the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. That structure was razed in April 1993 following an emotional Good Friday farewell ceremony.

More than 40 members of St. Columba Parish in north Oakland helped serve dinners to homeless senior citizens at St. Mary’s Center in downtown Oakland from December through March.

St. Monica Parish in Moraga received a letter of love and gratitude from Carondelet Sister Maureen Lyons, co-director of A Friendly Place/Manor which ministers to homeless women in downtown Oakland, for a recent donation of $609.95. “We appreciate all you have done over the years to support our ministry to homeless women,” she wrote.

Twenty units of blood were collected during a blood drive at St. Leander Parish in San Leandro last month. The units may help up to 60 patients. St. Agnes Parish in Concord held its annual blood drive on Good Friday.

Speaking of blood drives . . . St. Patrick Parish at 907 Seventh St. in Rodeo will host a blood drive on April 25, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parish hall.

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Around the Schools

Nicholas Quinones, Carmela Val-der-rama, Michael Johnson and Galen Soria, students at St. Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda, received outstanding musician awards at the Chabot College Jazz Festival last month. The Concert and Advanced Band Jazz Ensembles played a collection of jazz charts for the judges and received excellent ratings.

Students from St. Bernard School in Oakland, Corpus Christi School in Piedmont and Christ the King School in Pleasant Hill were among 200 singers performing the National Anthem at the San Francisco Giants game, April 8.

At St. Bernard’s, the school’s annual festival April 26 will include an inaugural scholarship raffle to raise funds to help families with tuition costs.

Congratulations to the following students who participated in the 33rd Annual Contra Costa County Spelling Bee sponsored by the Contra Costa Times. They are: Zoe Tacderas, Holy Rosary School in Antioch; Katie Molyneux, St. Agnes School in Concord; Matthew Cyril Dioso, St. Francis of Assisi School, Concord; Connor Asercion, St. Jerome School, El Cerrito; Isabel A. Valdelomar, St. Joseph School, Pinole; Matthew Grazzini, St. Mary School, Walnut Creek; Sophie Brown, St. Perpetua School, Lafayette; Charmaine Santos, St. Peter Martyr School, Pittsburg; and Madeleine Lopez, Wood Rose Academy, Concord.

Seven students have been selected to attend Oakland’s Holy Names High School through the Achieve program, a four-year high school scholarship and enrichment program. They are Ana Ascencio, Amber Gonzalez, Brenda Loza, Rocio Ochoa, Katherine Robles, Sara Sologaistoa, and Jennifer Urdaneta. The program, which is also offered at Riordan and Mercy High Schools in San Francisco, is funded by Gerson and Barbara Bass Bakar, San Francisco philanthropists.

Miranda Felix, a senior at Salesian High School in Richmond, was recently selected to receive the full four-year Trustee Scholarship from Oakland’s Mills College.

Also at Salesian High, some 600 students, faculty and staff left the campus March 27 to participate in a variety of community service projects during the second annual Day of Service.

May 1 is the deadline to order an honorary brick to be displayed at the new Brady Park track and field complex at St. Mary’s High School in Berkeley. Visit www.bradypark.org or contact Joanne Howe at (510) 559-6227 or jhowe@stmchs.org. Proceeds benefit the park’s construction.

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Among the Religious

Deacon Alfonso Perez has been transferred from St. Edward Parish in Newark to Corpus Christi Parish in Fremont, effective April 1.

Redemptorist Father Don MacKinnon, director of the diocesan Kmhmu/Laotian Pastoral and Cultural Center in the Oakland Diocese, recently showcased his skills as an author in his new book, “Gospel Parish in the Modern World,” published by Perfect Page Publishing in Orinda. He recounts the life of a small mission church in San Francisco’s Hunter’s Point neighborhood in the summer of 1968, in the midst of one of the most turbulent times in the nation.

Salesian Father Timothy C. Plough has been named provincial superior of the Salesian’s San Francisco Province for the six-year term. He succeeds Salesian Father David Purdy. The San Francisco Province has 104 Salesians and includes foundations in Laredo, Texas, and the California cities of Aptos, Bellflower, Berkeley, Oakland, Los Angeles, Richmond, Rosemead, San Francisco, Stockton, and Watsonville.

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Names, News, Notes

Archbishop Allen Vigneron of Detroit, former bishop of Oakland, recently visited the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn, Mich., one of the largest mosques in the U.S. The archbishop’s visit was part of a continuing outreach by Catholic leaders to the Muslim community.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County will honor its volunteers April 19 during National Volunteer Appreciation Week. The event takes place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the SVDP Community Center, 2280 San Pablo Ave. in Oakland. RSVP is required. Contact Kate Nauer, volunteer coordinator, at (510) 877-9237 or knauer@svdp-alameda.org.

The residents and staff at AlmaVia of Union City are already seeing results from a recycling program begun last month, reducing its waste by approximately 25 percent. Each resident at the assisted living and dementia care community received a container for trash and a recycle bag with a list of instructions of what belongs in each. AlmaVia is affiliated with Elder Care Alliance and co-sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Regional Community of Burlingame, and the Sierra Pacific Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

The San Francisco Bay Area Darfur Coalition is hosting a photo exhibit in San Francisco to raise awareness about the ongoing genocide in Sudan. The photos are on display through the end of April at the downtown campus of San Francisco State University, 835 Market St., 6th floor.

The St. Thomas More Society of San Francisco, the oldest fellowship of Catholic lawyers, law students, paralegals and judges in the West, is seeking new members. Information: www.stthomasmore-sf.org, or contact Greg Schopf, Society president, at gschopf@nixonpeabody.com.

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