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 June 8, 2009   •   VOL. 47, NO. 11   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

Jesuit to be ordained
John Braverman, a student at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley and a deacon at St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Berkeley, will be ordained to the priesthood June 13 at Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland, by Bishop Carlos Sevilla of Yakima, Washington. Braverman holds a doctorate in population biology from UC Davis He also has a graduate degree in health care ethics and has taught at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He joined the Jesuits in 1998.
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New champions

Local Catholic high school athletes were among the big winners at the May 30 North Coast Section Meet of Champions, May 30 at UC Berkeley’s Edwards Stadium.

Ashton Purvis, a junior at Oakland’s St. Elizabeth High School, finished first in the girls 100-meter and 200-meter dash events for the third straight year; Alitta Boyd, a senior at Moreau Catholic High in Hayward, won the long jump and the triple jump for the second consecutive year; Adrienne Johnson, a junior at Carondelet High in Concord, took the high jump; Lia Rivers-Birt, a senior at Oakland’s Bishop O’Dowd High claimed victory in the 800-meter race, and Chad Jones, also a BOD senior, won the 110-meter hurdles; Chase Wheeler, a senior at De La Salle High Concord, won the long jump and was part of the Spartan’s winning 400-meter relay team.

In team championships, Bishop O’Dowd’s softball team, the top seeded Division III team, won its first NCS championship title, May 30 at Chabot College. St. Mary’s High in Berkeley defeated Salesian High in Richmond to claim the Division IV NCS baseball team title May 30 at Albert Park in San Rafael.

Around the Parishes

Members of Oakland’s St. Patrick Parish gathered last month at Oakland’s Mountain View Cemetery to mourn the death of Iva Rene Beatrice Lett, a 97-year-old parishioner who was beaten to death in her apartment, making her one of the oldest homicide victims in the city. Jesuit Father Gregory Chisholm, St. Patrick pastor, presided over the funeral along with Father Jay Matthews, pastor at Oakland’s St. Benedict Parish.

The youth group at Santa Maria Parish in Orinda is grieving the tragic death of one of their members, 16-year-old Joseph Loudon. The teen, who was confirmed at the Cathedral of Christ the Light two weeks ago, was part of the youth group’s spring break mission to a Salesian-run orphanage in Leon, Mexico (see story in Voice, April 27). He was also working to earn his Eagle Scout badge by collecting new shoes for student athletes at St. Cornelius School in Richmond.

Santa Maria Parish honored Dorothy Harrington on May 31 as she retired from catechetical ministries after 25 years of faithful service. Msgr. Ted Kraus, pastor of the Orinda parish, praised Harrington for sharing “her talent, time and treasure with parents and the young Church.”

St. Leander Parish in San Leandro will honor and bless couples in the parish who are celebrating wedding anniversaries at the 4:30 p.m. Mass on June 20.

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Around the Schools

The fourth-graders at St. Philip Neri School in Alameda worked all year to raise money to build two new classrooms for the children of a village in Caihe, China, whose school was destroyed in last year’s earthquake. They set a goal of $5,000 and successfully raised more than $3,000. For their final fundraiser, a May 29 “Dance to Freedom,” students performed ballroom/Latin dances and made a DVD of the evening available for sale.

Congratulations to Marina Weiner, a sophomore at Oakland’s Holy Names High School, who won an art contest sponsored at Zachery’s Pizza in Berkeley. Her creation is on display at the eatery at 1853 Solano Ave.

De La Salle High School in Concord will run athletic camps this summer for area youth in over a dozen sports, including track and field, soccer and lacrosse. Fees range from $85 – $175. Proceeds will help support the Bishop John S. Cummins Scholarship Program, which provides financial assistance for qualifying DLS students from low-income families. For more information, visit http://www.dlshs.org/athletics/summer/index.aspx.

Malik McCord has been appointed as the new varsity girl’s head basketball coach at Oakland’s Bishop O’Dowd High School. He succeeds Kevin Cushing, who will continue to serve as assistant principal for campus life. McCord, a personal trainer who works with youth, collegiate and professional players through his company Basketball Zone, had been an assistant to Cushing for the past two years.

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Among the Religious

Family and friends will join Redemptorist Father Donald MacKinnon, director of the diocesan Kmhmu/Laotian Pastoral and Cultural Center, on June 21 for a celebration of his 50 years in the priesthood. The festivities will take place at the Holy Redeemer Center, 8945 Golf Links Road in Oakland.

Congratulations to Franciscan Brother Sebastian Sandoval, associate director of vocations for the Oakland Diocese, who was recently approved for solemn vows. He will formally make his lifelong commitment as a friar of the Province of St. Barbara of the Order of Friars Minor on Aug. 22 in Los Angeles.

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Names, News, Notes

Rosa “Rosie” Gumataotao Rios, a graduate of Hayward’s Moreau High School, was recently nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as U.S. Treasurer. Rios, 43, was raised in Hayward and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in sociology, romance languages and literature from Harvard University. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, she will be the third consecutive Latina to hold the post.

Anne Rynders, a member of St. Theresa Parish in Oakland and former director of FACE (Family Aid-Catholic Education), is the new development director at Mercy Retirement and Care Center in Oakland. She will focus on raising funds for charity care for MRCC residents who have outlived their savings.

Debbie de Coudreaux, choir and vocal ensemble director at Oakland’s Holy Names High School, took the stage herself on May 15 at the Paramount Theater where the Oakland East Bay Symphony presented selections from “Showboat.” De Coudreaux performed the role of “Julie.”

Pastor Lucy Kolin of Resurrection Lutheran Church was honored with the Father Bill O’Donnell Memorial Award at the annual Clergy and Laity Breakfast of the East Bay Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice. The organization supports the struggles of and advocates for low-wage workers. The award honors the legacy of the late Father Bill O’Donnell, a longtime social activist and former pastor at St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Berkeley.

Congratulations to Virginia and Frank Rogers, members of Assumption Parish in San Leandro, who celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on May 29. And to Alberta and Joseph Whalen, members at St. Michael Parish in Livermore, on the occasion of their 55th wedding anniversary.

Much applause for Jose Aguirre, a staff photographer at The Voice and associate editor for El Heraldo Catolico, who received first place honors in documentary photography from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

Nine members of All Saints Young Ladies Institute (Y.L.I.) #166 joined with other Y.L.I. Institutes in the Oakland Diocese for the annual Golden Jubilee Burse Mass and Presentation at St. Michael Church in Livermore. Father Dan Danielson, then diocesan administrator, presided. A check for $10,275 was presented to help seminarians who are studying to become diocesan priests. Since the burse checks were first given for students at St Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park, donations have totaled nearly $3 million.

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