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 September 21, 2009   •   VOL. 47, NO. 16   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

When I was hungry . . .
JC Orton, a member of Newman Hall-Holy Spirit Parish in Berkeley, won the Jefferson Award for Public Service, Sept. 3, for his work as coordinator of Night on the Streets-Catholic Worker, which has served over 100,000 meals to the homeless since 1997.
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Honoring Mary
The Men’s Choir at St. Joseph Parish in Fremont stand in the sanctuary after singing the 10 a.m. Mass for the Feast of the Assumption, Aug. 15. After the Mass, there was a traditional farmers market depicting the diversity of the parish.

Bishop Cordileone on TV

Bishop Salvatore Cordileone will be the feature interview on “Mosaic – A Catholic Perspective” on Sunday, Oct. 4, on KPIX Channel 5. The program will air at 5 a.m. “Mosaic” is co-produced monthly by the Archdiocese of San Francisco and KPIX.

Walk for the poor

The St. Vincent de Paul Society of Alameda County is sponsoring a walkathon to aid the poor, Saturday, Sept. 26, at Moreau Catholic High School athletic field in Hayward, beginning at 9 a.m. In case of rain, the event will be moved to Sept. 27.

St. Vincent de Paul’s Kitchen of Champions will furnish a free barbecue lunch for the walkers. There will be music to walk to, face painting for kids, and shady benches for resting.

Pledges on behalf of registered walkers will go towards helping Alameda County’s neediest residents. To register as a walker, to pledge support, or for more information phone (510) 568-6123 or go to www.svdpfriendsofthepoorwalk.org.

The local walk is part of a nationwide fund-raising effort by St. Vincent de Paul Conferences throughout the U.S.

Honoring Blessed Damien

Blessed Damien of Molokai’s upcoming canonization to sainthood by Pope Benedict XVI is cause for two local celebrations on Oct. 16 at St. Joseph Basilica in Alameda. Damien’s religious community, the Sacred Hearts Fathers, staffed St. Joseph’s for 25 years.

Damien went to Hawaii in 1864 as a missionary and nine years later began ministering to leprosy patients on Molokai, where some 8,000 people had been banished amid an epidemic in Hawaii in the 1850s.
The priest eventually contracted the disease and died in 1889 at age 49.

Casey Groves will perform “Damien,” a one-man show at 6 p.m. A free-will offering will be taken and a brief reception will follow. Then at 7:30 p.m. Oakland Bishop Salvatore Cordileone and Honolulu Bishop Larry Silva will co-conduct a prayer service with the veneration of a relic of Damien.

Around the Parishes

Members of St. Ignatius Parish in Antioch brought smiles to 70 students at St. Peter Martyr School in Pittsburg by delivering backpacks and school supplies contributed by parishioners.

The St. Albert the Great and St. Philip Neri cluster parish in Alameda commemorated 9/11 by honoring local firefighters, police officers, airline personnel and civil servants with a picnic Sept. 13 at Lincoln Park.

St. Barnabas Parish in Alameda held a blood drive in the school hall, Sept. 12, sponsored by the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Starting Oct. 11, St. James the Apostle Parish in Fremont will have three Sunday Masses instead of two. Times are now 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and noon. The parish decided to add an extra liturgy because of the increase in attendance.

Folks who are battling addictions can find support and help at St. Columba Parish in Oakland. AA meets Thursdays at 8 p.m. and NA convenes on Fridays at 7 p.m. Both meetings take place in the parish hall.

Congratulations to outstanding Antioch police officer Mike Mellone, Contra Costa firefighter Randy Kramm and K of C member Rich Confetti who were honored Sept. 19 by the Knights of Columbus of St. Ignatius Parish in Antioch.

If you have a pet in need of a blessing, bring your beloved critter to the garden of St. Leo Church in Piedmont at 10 a.m. on Oct. 3, the eve of the feast of St. Francis of Assisi.

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Around the Schools

Paul Delucchi, 1987 Moreau Catholic High School graduate and chair of the Hayward school’s board of trustees, has been named to the Alameda County Superior Court by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Delucchi, 40, has been a deputy district attorney for Alameda County since 1996. He is the son of the late Alameda County Superior Court Judge Alfred Delucchi and holds a law degree from Santa Clara University.

Sacred Heart Sister Barbara Dawson, president of St. Martin de Porres School in Oakland, has accepted the part-time position of interim director of the diocesan consortium of schools – St. Anthony and St. Bernard in Oakland, St. Cornelius in Richmond and Our Lady of the Rosary in Union City. The program assists the urban schools with marketing and fund raising.

St. Felicitas School in San Leandro held a “Patriot Day” prayer service on Sept. 11 to honor those who were injured or died during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The school also invited family members of students who are police officers, fire fighters, emergency first responders or active military personnel, to come to the church for a special blessing.

Empower the Children, an organization which aids needy children in Calcutta, India, has an extra $1900, thanks to an enterprising Corpus Christi School in Piedmont seventh-grader, Omar Abdul-Rahim, who played the piano in a fund-raising concert. Over 100 people attended.

Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland recently welcomed four foreign exchange students from Colombia, Germany, China and Denmark. The students, all juniors, are living with local host families or relatives for the 2009-2010 school year.

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Names, News, Notes

The Missionaries of the Precious Blood, who staff St. Edward Parish in Newark, are sponsoring a vocation discernment retreat in Chicago, Oct. 30-Nov. 1 at Gasper House, their new house of initial formation. Father Jeff Keyes, pastor of St. Edward’s, served as director of vocations from 1991-1994. For more information, contact Father Ken Schnipke, (937) 228-6224, or email him at vocation@cssp-preciousblood.org.

The diocese’s Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services has a new family services manager for Contra Costa County. Richard A. Davis, 49, headed the Catholic cemeteries for the Diocese of Fresno for seven years before coming to Oakland.

Birthright of San Lorenzo, a crisis pregnancy center, participated in a community-wide garage sale on September 19 to raise money to help expectant mothers.

The Special Religious Education Department (SPRED) attended its first liturgy at Christ the Light Cathedral. Sept. 20. Bishop Salvatore Cordileone was the celebrant. It was SPRED’s second major event of the month. On Labor Day, 64 adults with developmental disabilities and 33 catechists participated in the group’s 32nd annual retreat.

EWTN will carry Pope Benedict XVI’s apostolic visit to the Czech Republic on Sept. 26-28. Live telecasts will include the Holy Father presiding at Vespers in the Prague Cathedral, Sept. 26 at 9 a.m., with an encore telecast at 3:30 p.m., His visit to the city of Brno, Sept. 27, where he will celebrate Mass and pray the Angelus at the Turany Airport will air at 1 a.m. and 9 a.m. On Sept. 28, he will go to Stara Bleslav to celebrate Mass for the feast of St. Wenceslas. These events will air on Sept. 28 at midnight and 2 p.m.

All telecasts are Pacific Time. EWTN is carried on Comcast Ch. 229, AT & T Ch. 562; Astound Ch. 116, DISH Satellite Ch. 261 and Direct TV 370. In Alameda Comcast airs EWTN on Ch. 30. For updates regarding the pope’s visit go to www.ewtn.com.

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