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 July 6, 2009   •   VOL. 47, NO. 13   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

New Eagle Scout
Toby Gay, a graduating senior at Bishop O’Dowd High in Oakland, works on the arbor he built at the Alameda Point Collaborative as part of the requirements for the rank of Eagle, the highest Boy Scout honor. Gay also built a bench for the common area at the Collaborative, which provides low-income housing at the former Naval Air Station. He has been awarded an NROTC scholarship.
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A time to learn

Local Catholics can increase their knowledge about the Church’s social teachings, canon law or liturgical theology, by auditing courses through the diocesan School of Pastoral Ministry (SPM) at Oakland’s Holy Names University.

Classes meet on campus, 3500 Mountain Blvd., once a month beginning Aug. 8, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 – 3:30 p.m. Cost is $50 per course or $10 per session for non-SPM students and $25 per course or $5 per session for SPM students/alums.

For more information, contact Sandra at smartinez@oakdiocese.org or (510) 267-8371 by Aug. 7. Space is limited.

The Franciscan Spirit and Life Insti-tute in Castro Valley is offering a 45-hour evening course in Fundamentals of Christian Doctrine, July 27 to August 14. The certificate program is designed for continuing adult faith formation and for preparing and training lay leaders in the Church. Coursework includes the creed, sacraments, moral theology and prayer. Enrollment is limited to 20 adults.

For registration information, contact franciscanspirit@gmail.com or 510-373-7989.

Around the Parishes

Fatafehi Tuitavake, a member at All Saints Parish in Hayward, was selected to participate this summer in the National Catholic Youth Choir on the grounds of Saint John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minn. Founded in 2000 by Benedictine Father Anthony Ruff, the choir is sponsored by the Saint John’s School of Theology Seminary and is comprised of high school students from across the U.S. They sing music of various eras, ranging from medieval Gregorian chant to 20th century.

The Haiti Action Committee hosted a memorial service for the late Father Gerard Jean-Juste at St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Berkeley, June 27. The Haitian priest, who died on May 27 at the age of 62, preached liberation of the poor, release of prisoners, human rights for all and a fair distribution of wealth.

Members of St. Mary Magdalen Parish in Berkeley gathered June 27 for a prayer service, joining with people around the world in prayer for those suffering at the hands of torturers. The service was part of the annual prayer vigil organized by Action by Christians Against Torture.

St. Clement Parish in Hayward recently marked the 20th year of the SPRED (Special Religious Education) Center at the parish with participants, their families and catechists celebrating during a liturgy. St. Clement is one of several parishes in the Oakland Diocese that hosts a SPRED Center where youth and adults with special needs come together with catechists to share and grow in faith.

More than three dozen women from Our Lady Queen of the World Parish in Bay Point and St. Anthony Parish in Oakley became first or second degree Columbiettes in a joint ceremony held June 14 at the Bay Point parish. Members of the Columbiette Supreme Council from New York officiated over the ceremony of the auxiliary groups who are affiliated with local councils of the Knights of Columbus.

Father Jayson Landeza, pastor at St. Columba Parish in Oakland since 1999, will be stepping down from his post to take a year-long sabbatical, beginning next month. St. Columba parishioners will shower their gratitude on their pastor with a farewell weekend that includes a reception/dinner on Aug. 8 at Hs Lordship Restaurant at the Berkeley Marina and a reception following his final Mass at the parish (10:30 a.m. liturgy) on Aug. 9.

Father Michael Sears, pastor at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Los Nietos, Calif. and a frequent speaker at Charismatic and Marian conferences, will preside at a Healing Mass on July 7 at St. Joseph Church at 837 Tennent Ave. in Pinole at 7 p.m.

The San Lorenzo Ruiz group at St. Patrick Parish in Rodeo will sponsor the 8th Annual Summer Jam Session Dinner Dance, Aug. 1 in the parish hall from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Proceeds support such activities as the Flores de Mayo, Feast of San Lorenzo Ruiz, Simbang Gabi celebrations and other parish needs. Donation: $25.

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Around the Schools

Notre Dame Sister Rosemarie Nassif, president of Oakland’s Holy Names University since 1999, has announced plans to retire, effective July 1, 2010. During her tenure, the university experienced record enrollment increases, reaffirmation of accreditation for 10 years, establishment of four new baccalaureate majors and four new master degrees, and the development of a state-of-the-art video conference studio that transmits the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing degrees to seven hospital sites in California and Nevada.

Avin Daniel Andrade, a recent graduate of De La Salle High School in Concord, was promoted to Eagle Scout Rank by Troop 905 in Dublin, June 19. To earn this honor, Andrade organized a blood drive in Pleasanton, working with the Red Cross and securing donated food for donors through community stores. The drive yielded 38 pints of blood that will help approximately 100 people.

Allison Davis, who will attend Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward this fall, is this year’s recipient of the All Saints Young Ladies Institute #166, Hayward, scholarship award. Earlier this year the Y.L.I. #166 joined with other Y.L.I. institutes at the annual Golden Jubilee Burse Mass and presented Father Dan Danielson, then administrator of the diocese, with a check for $10,275, to help seminarians pay for their seminary education.

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Among the Religious

The Dominican Sisters of San Rafael convened last month to pray, study, discuss and vote on various matters, including a public call for compassionate immigration reform. The Sisters also blessed and installed the newly elected prioress and council. They are Sister Maureen McInerney, prioress general; Sister Patricia Boss, first councillor; Sister Patricia Farrell, second councillor; Sister Carla Kovak and Sister Sue Albritton, councillors.

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Names, News, Notes

Congratulations to Marge and Ron Murray, members at St. Michael Parish in Livermore, on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary.

A children’s concert featuring Gary Lapow and Peter Morrison will be held July 12 to raise funds for the George Mark Children’s House, a haven for sick children and their families in San Leandro, which is threatened with closure. The concert will begin at 2 p.m. at Piedmont Community Church, 400 Highland Ave. in Piedmont. Tickets: $10 for kids,$15 for adults will be available at the door or by calling (510) 346-4624.

The East Bay Refugee Forum, which is supported by a variety of East Bay groups, including Catholic Charities of the East Bay, sponsored its annual celebration of World Refugee Day on June 19 at San Antonio Park in Oakland. The program included speakers, cultural performances, food and games.

What’s on EWTN? Special programming on the Eternal Word Television Network during July:
“Pope Benedict XVI: A Profile,” a documentary detailing the Holy Father’s life from childhood to the present. The one-hour program airs July 12 at 7 p.m., July 14 at 11 a.m. and July 17 at 1 a.m.

“Iraq’s Christians,” a focus on Iraq’s rich Christian heritage and the struggles and faith of present-day Christians in Iraq. Airs July 15 at 7 p.m. and July 18 at 2 a.m.

“Sudan: The Promise of Peace,” a one-hour documentary about the brutality and upheaval suffered by the Sudanese, airs July 26 at 7 p.m., July 28 at 11 a.m. and July 31 at 1 a.m.

EWTN is carried 24 hours a day on Comcast Ch. 229, AT&T Ch. 562, Astound Ch. 116, DISH Satellite Ch. 261 and DirecTV Ch. 370; in Alameda on Comcast Ch. 30. Visit www.ewtn.com for more information and programming updates.

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