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 May 25, 2009   •   VOL. 47, NO. 10   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

Procession in Danville
Father Paul Coleman, parochial vicar at St. Isidore Parish in Danville, led the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary in a procession celebrating the Feast of The Divine Mercy on April 19, attended by nearly 200 people.
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Joining the cancer fight

Alameda’s St. Joseph Basilica Parish along with St. Joseph Elementary School and St. Joseph Notre Dame High School joined forces with the American Cancer Society to “Paint the Town Purple” to kickoff this year’s Relay for Life fundraising season. Local businesses and other organizations decorated storefronts and streetscapes in purple ribbons, balloons, and streamers to call attention to efforts to raise money for the Cancer Society’s outreach and education programs.

Last year the St. Joseph community raised over $12,000 and hosted a prayer service for those touched by cancer. This year’s Alameda Relay for Life will be held June 27 and 28 at Encinal High School, and the fifth annual Faith in a Cure prayer service will be held June 15 at 7:30 pm in St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut Street.

Around the Parishes

Members at St. Ignatius Parish in Antioch will gather June 6 to observe the parish’s 30th anniversary. The celebration will include a Mass of Thanksgiving at 5 p.m., followed by a reception where a variety of ethnic foods will be available in several food booths. Charter members of the parish, both living and deceased, will be honored.

St. Albert the Great and St. Philip Neri, Alameda’s cluster parish, is continuing its campaign of environmental stewardship. Parishioners have collected 19,544 used household batteries — moving another step closer to its goal of 20,000 by May 31, marking the third anniversary of the parish campaign.

St. Peter Martyr Parish in Pittsburg observed Children’s Day, April 25-26, by blessing the parish’s children at all the weekend Masses.

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Around the Schools

Congratulations to 11 award-winning fifth-graders at Our Lady of Grace School in Castro Valley whose work will be published in the Anthology of Poetry by Young Americans. The poets are: Nicole Nazareth, Elliot Farinaro, Sydney Bridgeman, Macey Ibalio, Elias Wahbeh, Olivia Smith, Ryan Cardenas, Christopher Marquez, Lyndsey Wong, Maia Samboy and America Morales. And speaking of award-winning writers, congratulations also go to Jennifer Smith, a third-grader at OLG, whose essay on Castro Valley won an award in a contest sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. Among other prizes, Jennifer was given an opportunity to ride in the Rowell Ranch Rodeo Parade.

The choir at Oakland’s St. Leo School sang at the Annual Police Memorial, which honors and remembers Oakland police officers who were killed in the line of duty.

The seventh-grade class at Our Lady of Guadalupe School in Fremont recently raised $100 for the St. Justin Center in Tanzania, Africa.

St. Mary’s High School in Berkeley has four new Eagle Scouts in its Class of 2009. They are Michael Conn, Daniel Woelffer, Patrick Nolan, and Kevin Renner. All four are members of Corpus Christi Parish in Piedmont and the Piedmont Council of Boy Scouts of America.

St. Mary’s High
track team swept both the girls and boys team titles at the Bay Shore Athletic League (BSAL) Championships. The girls team scored 239 points and the boys raked up 191 points. Top performances by individual athletes included Aziza Baker who won the high jump, long jump and triple jump; Trinity Wilson who triumphed in the 100-meter hurdles and the 200-meter and 100-meter races; Alice Baker who went long with distance victories in the 1,600 and 3,200-meter events; and Ikem Okmudiafor who turned in a double win in the 110-meter hurdles and the triple jump.

Congratulations to Kristian Ipsen, a sophomore at Concord’s De La Salle High School, who dominated the North Coast Section (NCS) diving championship on May 14 at the Concord Community Pool. On his final dive Ipsen received perfect scores from all judges, earning a score of 699.60, over 180 points greater than his nearest competitor.

Alitta Boyd
, a senior at Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward, swept all three of her events at the Hayward Area Athletic League track meet in Castro Valley, May 16. She won the 100 and 200 meter events for the second straight year and broke her own record in the long jump, set last year. At that same meet Damajeria Dubose, a senior at Oakland’s Bishop O’Dowd High School, took four titles including wins in the 800 and 3,200 events. She was also a member of the winning 1,600 relay team.

Troy Channing
, a freshman who plays third base on the baseball team at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, is one of 16 semifinalists for the 2009 Dick Howser Trophy, which is given to the top player in collegiate baseball. Channing, who is hitting .379, set single-season records in home runs and RBIs, at 20 and 75 respectively.

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Among the Religious

Retired San Francisco Archbishop John Quinn will preside at a memorial Mass June 8 for Sister Maria de la Cruz Aymes, a member of the Society of Helpers and renowned catechetical pioneer, at San Francisco’s cathedral, 1111 Gough St. Sister Aymes, who died last month in Chicago, was supervisor of CCD for the San Francisco Archdiocese. She also lectured extensively throughout the world and wrote catechetical textbooks for Wm. H. Sadlier, Inc. with Jesuit Father Francis Buckley from 1956-1981.

A Mass of Thanksgiving will celebrate the five decades of priestly ministry of Father Walter Mayer at 11 a.m. on May 30 at St. Michael Parish in Livermore. The retired priest, a native of Chicago Heights, Illinois, served as an associate pastor at St. Mary Parish in Walnut Creek and St. Felicitas Parish in San Leandro after ministering in the Diocese of Joliet, Illinois. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 30, 1959.

Father John Maxwell
, pastor at St. John the Baptist Parish in El Cerrito, will celebrate his golden jubilee as a priest with a Mass on June 13 at 5 p.m. He has spent most of priestly ministry in the Oakland Diocese including nearly 30 years as pastor at the former St. Andrew-St. Joseph Parish in Oakland, as a co-founder of Salesian High School in Richmond, and a co-founder of the Greater Richmond Interfaith Program.

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Names, News, Notes

Best wishes to Francine and William Zimmerman, members of St. Anne Parish in Walnut Creek, on the 65th anniversary of their marriage, May 6.

Congratulations to Ingrid and Bob Solorio, Hellen and Nick Nicolosi, and Helen and Bob Makepeace, all members at St. Michael Parish in Livermore, on 50 years of marriage.

Robert Montgomery
, a 1970 graduate of Concord’s De La Salle High School, was named the school’s Alumnus of the Year for his myriad contributions to the school and the local community. A longtime resident of Walnut Creek, Montgomery has served as a member and chair of the DLS board of trustees, as a member and president of the alumni association, and in the local Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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