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 June 22, 2009   •   VOL. 47, NO. 12   •   Oakland, CA
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The Holy Names High vocal ensemble prepared to perform at the Holy Names Sisters’ 150th anniversary celebration in Portland, Oregon. (See first story below.)

Applause, please
Students at St. Felicitas School in San Leandro take a bow after performing in “Cindy & Her Fella.” The show raised more than $1,000 for the eighth grade gift to the school.

A choral collaboration

The vocal ensemble at Holy Names High School in Oakland (see photo at top of page), along with six members of the school’s orchestra, performed recently in Portland, Oregon, at a celebration marking the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the Sisters of the Holy Names to the United States. They were joined by student singers and musicians from other schools sponsored by the Holy Names Sisters in the U.S. and Manitoba, Canada.

The vocal ensemble is directed by Debbie de Coudreaux, an alum who has a distinguished vocal performance career. Kirstin Shallenberg is the orchestra director.

Diocesan appointments

Bishop Salvatore Cordileone, installed as Oakland’s bishop last month, has named four priests to key diocesan posts. They are: Father George Mockel, vicar general and moderator of the Curia; Father Raymond Sacca, episcopal vicar for priests; Father Raymond Breton, episcopal vicar for matrimonial matters and episcopal co-vicar for religious; and Conventual Franciscan Father Robert Herbst as episcopal co-vicar for religious.

He has also confirmed the appointment of Dominican Sister Glenn Anne McPhee as diocesan chancellor and Michael Canizzaro as chief finance officer.

Aid for Gazans

The social justice committee at All Saints Church in Hayward is rallying around the efforts of one of its members, Corrie van Thiel, to raise funds for medical and humanitarian aid for the people of Gaza. Van Thiel hopes other Catholics will also support Viva Palestina, an organization founded by British MP George Galloway, that brought 100 vehicles filled with aid to Gaza in March.

Galloway and Vietnam War vet Ron Kovic, on whose life the movie “Born on the Fourth of July” was based, are organizing Viva Palestina USA. The goal is to deliver 500 aid-filled vehicles at a cost of $20,000 each.
Van Thiel said she wants to help the 1.5 million Palestinians in Gaza, half of whom are children, who are suffering because of the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas.

For more information, call van Thiel at (510) 537-2324. Checks payable to the Middle East Children’s Alliance, a Viva Palestina partner, can be sent to MECA, c/o 2519 Oakes Drive, Hayward 94542.

Helping vets find work

Veterans are invited to attend the RecruitMilitary Career Fair July 1 at AT&T Park in San Francisco from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The event will focus on helping recently returning troops and other veterans and service members and their spouses to find jobs. The free event is being produced in cooperation with the President’s National Hire Veterans Committee (HireVets First), The American Legion, and the Military Spouse Corporate Career Network (MSCCN). For more information, visit the website: www.recruitmilitary.com.

Around the Parishes

The Contra Costa Interfaith Supporting Community Organization (CCISCO) at Queen of All Saints Parish in Concord organized a health care town hall action on June 13 in response to fears that many Californians may lose their health coverage as a result of the current budget cutbacks at the state levels. The event included testimony on the current state of health care and a report by local Congressman George Miller, who is drafting a House of Representatives proposal for health care reform.

Oakland Community Organizations at St. Louis Bertrand Parish hosted a foreclosure prevention workshop on June 9 that brought banks and county and city officials together to get commitments that they would modify their mortgage loans.

The Catholic Community of Pleasanton celebrated an “Expectant Family Mass” June 14 at the parish’s St. Elizabeth Seton Church for families who are awaiting the arrival of of a new child.

A bereavement support group is organizing at Holy Spirit/Newman Hall Parish in Berkeley.

Oakland’s St. Leo Parish has launched a children’s book drive for Gonzaga School and Orphanage in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. The director of the facility is Jesuit Father Charles Mnubi who served as a deacon at the parish for several years.

St. Anne Parish in Union City is organizing a new choir called He Aloha Ke Akua (God is Love) that will feature Hawaiian ukulele players, guitarists, singers and other musicians who will sing praises to God in Hawaiian style.

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Around the Schools

Congratulations to the local Catholic school athletes who picked up state track and field titles at the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) championships June 6. They are: Ashton Purvis of Oakland’s St. Elizabeth High School who won the girls 200-meter dash; Adrienne Johnson, Concord’s Carondelet High School, girls high jump; and Chase Wheeler, Concord’s De La Salle High School, boys long jump.

Much applause also go to Nick Richards from De La Salle, who was named an All-American by U.S. Lacrosse; and to Dominic Daley, also from DLS, who was named a first team high school All-American by ESPN Rise.

The annual boys CYO sand volleyball tournament at Quarry Lakes Park in Fremont resulted in the following winners: St. Elizabeth School, Oakland (fifth, sixth grades), St. Philip Neri School, Alameda (seventh grade), St. Edward Parish, Newark (eighth grade). Winners of the CYO girls basketball playoffs were: St. Clement Parish, Hayward (seventh, eighth grades), St. Anne Parish, Union City (fourth, sixth grades), St. Joseph Parish, Pinole (fifth grade).

CYO track and field finished its year with a championship meet at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill and Logan High in Union City. More than 500 students (grades three through eight), qualified to compete in the two-day event. Records were set by Maiakla Scott, Holy Rosary Parish, Antioch (fourth grade, 400 meter); Tiffany Cerruti, Queen of All Saints Parish, Concord (sixth grade 200 meter); Christine Bayliss, St. Joan of Arc Parish, San Ramon (sixth grade, 1600 meter); Brenna Gracely, St. Mary Parish, Walnut Creek (seventh grade, 800 meter); St. Joan of Arc eighth grade girls, (4 x 400 relay); Ryan Bayliss, St. Joan of Arc (third grade, 1600 meter); Dylan Scott, Holy Rosary Parish (fourth grade, 400, 800 meter); Derek Vrendenburg, St. Anthony Parish, Oakley (fourth grade, 1600).

Adult leaders recognized for their contributions to CYO were Sondra Russi (Diablo Valley track), Terri Herigstad (St. Michael Parish, Livermore), Karla Rodriguez (St. Paul Parish, San Pablo), John Rath (Oakland track) and Nancy Bell (Corpus Christi Parish, Fremont).

St. Mary’s College in Moraga has a new way for alums to reconnect with their classmates through a web-based networking tool. A visit to www.st.marys-ca.edu/inCircle, enables alums to find and communicate with former SMC friends and classmates. St. Mary’s inCircle also gives alums access to Fortune 500 companies with job opportunities, and news about exclusive events for SMC alums.

Speaking of St. Mary’s College, the Moraga campus was recently recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for the college’s ability to incorporate its community outreach with its academic curriculum.

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Names, News, Notes

The International Interior Design Association has recognized the Cathedral of Christ the Light as the Best in Competition, the highest honor of their 36th annual interior design competition. It was selected from the top six winning projects. This latest award brings the cathedral’s tally to 25 awards, 16 of which have been announced in the last six months

Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron of Detroit has been elected chairman of The Catholic University of America’s board of trustees. The former bishop of Oakland is an alumnus of the Washington university, having received a master’s degree in 1983 and a doctorate in 1987.

The Contra Costa and East Bay Districts of the Italian Catholic Federation recently gave the diocese $7,250 for financial support of seminarians. The presentation was made during the annual Bishop’s Day Mass and lunch, hosted this year at St. Rose Parish in Crockett by ICF Branch 14.

John Stepanek of St. Michael Parish in Livermore has been awarded this year’s CYO Marty Mart Scholarship. Earlier this year, Alexandria Tartt of St. Lawrence O’Toole School in Oakland received the Marty Mart Volleyball Scholarship. Both awards are not based on athletic ability but on the winners’ expression of Christian values while on a CYO team, said CYO director Bill Ford. Stepanek will attend Granada High in Livermore and Tartt will attend St. Mary’s High in Berkeley. The scholarship is named for the late Marty Mart, former CYO assistant director, who died five years ago. Tartt also was a winner in the YMI Pro Patria essay contest, the only elementary school student in the diocese to write a winning essay.

The Legal Justice Center at the Cathedral of Christ the Light is hosting a free dinner and documentary film screening of “Recycled Life,” an Academy Award nominee, about Camino Seguro, an organization aiding the poorest at-risk children of families working in the Guatemala City garbage dump. The event takes place on June 29 from 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in the cathedral parish hall. RSVP by June 26 to Jayne Fleming at jfleming@reedsmith.com or (510) 466-6847.

Congratulations to the following readers who recently won ticket vouchers for Sesame Street Live in the Voice Give-A-Way. The winners are: Carmen Barrera, Oakland; Teresa DeGraca, Concord; Mary Hernandez, Fremont; Moses Ramirez, Oakland; Misty Rodriguez, San Leandro; Queen Sanders, Hercules.

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