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 October 19, 2009   •   VOL. 47, NO. 18   •   Oakland, CA
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organ inspection

Father Denis Des Rosiers, pastor of St. Stephen Parish in Walnut Creek and an accomplished organist, inspects the organ console that will soon be installed in the Cathedral of Christ the Light. Father Des Rosiers traveled to Quebec where dozens of craftsmen with Orgues Letourneau Limited have been building the organ. The console and pipes began arriving in Oakland, Oct. 15 and will be installed during the next month.
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Multi-parish YA group

Five parishes in Fremont and Livermore— Our Lady of Guadalupe, Holy Spirit, St. Joseph, St. Michael and St. Charles Borromeo — are sponsoring the new group for young adults ages 18 through 20s, called Launch. Led by Father Jim Sullivan, parochial vicar at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, the group will have a monthly M&M (Mass & Movie) night, weekly C&C (Catechism & Conversation) meetings, a young adult Confirmation option, social activities, retreats and foreign travel.

The first M & M is Saturday, Nov. 7, at St. Michael Church, Livermore. C & C meetings are set for Nov. 15 and Nov. 22, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Holy Spirit Church, Fremont. All young adults throughout the diocese are welcome.

Information from Father Sullivan at launchoakland@hotmail.com or call (510) 657-4043.

Visit other worlds

The Hearst Art Gallery at St. Mary’s College in Moraga is presenting, “Out of This World: The Landscapes of Our Solar System,” featuring the work of artists who have depicted worlds beyond our own as well as visions of new frontiers inspired by scientific research. The exhibition, on display through Dec. 13, also includes detailed photographs taken by interplanetary robotic explorers and satellites.

The gallery is hosting an evening of star gazing and meteor watching, Nov. 17 from 8 – 10 p.m. in the campus’ Soda Center. The Hearst Art Gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Admission is $3 and parking is free. For more information, visit www.hearstartgallery.org or phone (925) 631-4379.

Hymn festival in Antioch

Antioch’s St. Ignatius Parish is hosting a hymn festival, Oct. 25 at 4 p.m. featuring organist Daniel Lockert, director Jenny Matteucci, and the 100 Voice Broadway Chorus. According to the parish bulletin, the hymns chosen for the program are appropriate to this last part of the liturgical year and will be “embellished by harmony and descants by the choir.” The concert is free but a free-will donation will be accepted to help to cover expenses. A reception will follow. Information, (925) 778-0768 or stignatiusofantioch@sbcglobal.net.

Sharing the Hope

Immaculate Heart Radio will present its the Spirit of Service Award on Nov. 4 at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland to three local AM 1260 KSFB supporters who exemplify the ideals of charity and dedication.

The evening’s lineup includes an appearance by Patrick Madrid, speaker, author, publisher and host of EWTN’s “Open Line.” Madrid will talk about how God works through various people and media outlets — including Immaculate Heart Radio — to bring the truth and hope of the Catholic faith to people everywhere. Anna Maria Mendieta, principal harpist with the Sacramento Philharmonic, will provide the evening’s entertainment.

Tickets for the event are $35. Hors d’oeuvres, a wine bar, and dessert stations are included in the night’s refreshments. Information or tickets, call 1-866-77-HEART, ext. 235.

Attention student writers!

Catholic elementary school students are invited to participate in an essay contest in which they write a 250-word essay describing how receiving a Catholic education helps to shape them into becoming well-rounded, faith-filled individuals.

Sponsored by Catholic Family Life Insurance, a Wisconsin-based not-for-profit fraternal benefit society, the contest is open to students in two categories, grades 3-5 and 6-8. Prizes will be awarded in each grade category. First place winners will receive a $500 savings bond; second place winners will receive a $250 savings bond. Each winner’s Catholic school or parish CCD program will receive a $500 or $250 gift, respectively.

The deadline for entries is Dec. 14. Additional information and entry forms can be found online at www.cfli.org or by calling 1-800-227-2354, ext. 280.

The 2010 National Right to Life Pro-Life Essay Contest has two categories for grades 10-12 and grades 7-9. This year’s topic is “When They Say, You Say . . . Answering the Pro-Abortion Arguments.” Essays, 300-500 words, should be submitted between Dec. 21 and Jan. 16, 2010, to: Michelle Fischbach, 416 Burr Street, Paynesville, MN 56362. First prize is $200.

Submission requirements are available at www.nrlc.org, under “Special Event.”

Football giant lauded

Salesian High School in Richmond is dedicating its goalposts to local legend Dan “Shag” Shaughnessy and his late wife, Diane, during the school’s homecoming game, Oct. 24, in honor of his 50th anniversary of coaching football. Shaughnessy, now an assistant coach at El Cerrito High School, coached at Salesian from 1968 – 1984.

Shaughnessy, 73, built the field at Salesian, sowing the seeds along with a dedicated group of parents whose sons played for him in the late 1960s — including the Selway and Martin families — after whom the field is named.

In a career that began in 1959, Dan had substantial head coaching stints at both Salesian and St. Mary’s High School in Berkeley, where he was an alumnus. Diane, who passed away in 2006, was a source of support, encouragement and enthusiasm during his tenure at Salesian, even coining the team’s catchy nickname, “Super Chiefs,” depicting the school’s dominance during the hey day of the former Catholic Athletic League in the 1970s and early 1980s. She kept game stats for Dan and compiled cumulative stat sheets for the players and sports writers throughout the season — each one ending with a clever inspirational message about the next week’s opponent.

Salesian will host St. Elizabeth High School in Oakland for the Oct. 24 game, scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m.

Around the Parishes

Corpus Christi Parish in Piedmont will continue its outreach at St. Mary’s Center in Oakland on Oct. 25 by providing a meal for 70 seniors.

A new image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus was enthroned at St. Anne Church in Union City on Oct. 2. The image will remain in the church through the end of the month, then it will be relocated to the cry-room.

Fremont’s Holy Spirit Parish
played host to an exclusive screening of a much anticipated film about the Marian apparitions in Fatima, Portugal in 1917. “The 13th Day: The True Story of Fatima,” was shown in the parish’s De Sousa House, Valley Theater, Oct. 13. Crafted by writer-directors Ian and Dominic Higgins, the movie used state-of-the-art digital effects to create images of the visions and the final miracle.

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Around the Schools

De La Salle High School, Concord, and St. Catherine School, Martinez, are mourning the death of Darius Jones, a freshman at De La Salle, who collapsed and died while playing in a basketball game at Diablo Valley College.

Students at St. Mary’s High School in Berkeley will begin their annual food drive in support of the Alameda County Community Food Bank on Oct. 27. To donate canned goods and other foods, contact the school at (510) 526-9242.

A dozen students from Concord’s De La Salle High School and Carondelet High School along with their adult chaperones traveled to Salinas Oct. 14 to take part in the first of two fall immersion programs in which they lived and worked with homeless and poor people.

The varsity volleyball team at Oakland’s Holy Names High School won first place for the silver division in the St. Elizabeth Volleyball Invitational, Sept. 26 at Los Medanos College.

Last month the tennis team at Alameda’s St. Joseph Notre Dame High School scored their first victory against John Swett High School in Hercules. The Lady Pilots score was 6 – 1.

Mustangs from near and far gathered at the Tony Lema Golf Course at Monarch Bay on Sept. 25 to celebrate St. Elizabeth High School’s famous 1952 alumnus, professional golfer Tony Lema. Larry Baush, author of “Uncorked — The Life and Times of Champagne Tony Lema,” flew in from Seattle for the event. Proceeds benefitted St. Elizabeth’s scholarship fund.

School of the Madeleine in Berkeley
is hosting parent information night, Oct. 28, in the parish hall. The presentation on kindergarten will take place at 7 p.m. All other classes will begin at 7:30. There will be school tours on Nov. 3 between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Information: (510) 526-4744.

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Among the Religious

Father Thomas Khue, parochial vicar at Our Lady, Queen of the World in Bay Point, has been assigned as parochial vicar at Holy Spirit Parish in Fremont, effective Nov. 1.

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Names, News, Notes

Catholic Charities of the East Bay is now offering short audio podcasts on its website (www.cceb.org) featuring personal stories of their clients and staff.

Salem Lutheran Home
at 2361 East 29th St. in Oakland will observe Family History Month with a two-part seminar highlighting Genealogy, Oct. 20 and 27 at 3 p.m. The sessions will be led by Jane Knowles Lindsey, president of the California Genealogical Society. The Oct. 20 session will focus on how to assure that family treasures and stories are preserved for future generations. The Oct. 27 session will provide the first steps of genealogical research and outline how to get started. Reservations: (510) 534-3637. Salem Lutheran Home is affiliated with Elder Care Alliance and co-sponsored by the Sierra Pacific Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Sisters of Mercy Regional Community of Burlingame.

What’s On EWTN?
An All Saints Day Mass from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception will be featured on the Eternal Word Television Network, Nov. 1. The Solemn Mass will air live from the Washington, D.C.-based basilica at 9 a.m. EWTN is carried 24 hours a day on Comcast Ch. 229, AT and T Ch. 562, Astound Ch. 116, DISH Satellite Ch. 261 and DirecTV Ch. 370. In Alameda, Comcast airs EWTN on Ch. 30. For more information or additional programming, visit www.ewtn.com.

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