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 November 9, 2009   •   VOL. 47, NO. 19   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese


Student volunteers
Students at St. John the Baptist School in El Cerrito model the limited-edition T shirt designed by one of their schoolmates which they sold at the parish festival to raise funds for community building activities on campus. They are from left, Andrew Beasley, grade 7; Kailey Walker, grade 8; Madison Schram, grade 4; Thomas Arouge, grade 7; Tatiana Luevano, grade 4; Veronica Molinar, grade 7; and Jonae Gonzales, grade 8. They also sold raffle tickets to benefit the school’s computer program.
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Honoring
Our Lady
of Fatima

Members of St. Edward Parish in Newark walk in procession with a statue of Our Lady of Fatima during the annual Nossa Senora de Fatima celebration, Sept. 23-25, organized by the Portuguese Cultural Center. The event included a Saturday evening rosary and a Sunday Mass celebrated by Father Hugo Franca, parochial administrator of St. John the Baptist Parish in San Lorenzo.
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Ignatian Exercises

Since 1998, Alameda’s St. Joseph Basilica Parish Community has offered an experience of Ignatian spirituality to parishioners of the Oakland Diocese and beyond. St. Ignatius of Loyola created the Spiritual Exercises over 400 years ago as a 30-day retreat to enable people to deepen their prayer lives, but wisely offered a “Nineteenth Annotation” to permit adaptations for those unable to spend a month away from family and work.

At St. Joseph’s, a team led by Holy Names Sister Barbara Williams has provided various adaptations designed to be accessible to Christians living in a busy world. Intensive weekend experiences are offered, from Friday night until Sunday afternoon, over a period of several months. Each weekend is free-standing (people can attend one or more) and focuses on a different aspect of the Spiritual Exercises. The weekend includes input, guided meditation, journaling, sharing, and tools for discernment.

The next retreat is Nov. 13-15 (“A Call to Deeper Conversion: Experiencing the Merciful Love of God.”) Advance registration is required by Nov. 10. Suggested donation is $75.

Additional weekends will be offered Jan. 22-24, (“A Call to Discipleship: Experiencing Intimacy with Jesus”), and April 16-18, (“A Call to Compassion and Conversion: Experiencing Death and Resurrection with Jesus”).


Bishop joins Sheen cause

Oakland Bishop Salvatore Cordileone recently joined the Episcopal Advisory Board of The Archbishop Fulton John Sheen Foundation that is working for beatification of the late author, evangelist, missionary, and radio/TV personality. Archbishop Sheen is best known for his “The Catholic Hour” radio program and “Life Is Worth Living” TV series that aired from the 1930s well into the 1950s.

The cause for his beatification and canonization was opened in 2002. Dec. 9 will mark the 30th anniversary of his death. For more information, visit the Foundation’s website at www.archbishopsheencause.org.


Around the Parishes

Some 1500 parishioners at Christ the King Parish in Pleasant Hill signed a statement, Oct. 25, in support of U.S. women religious as their communities face “investigations” by the Vatican. The statement recognized the Sisters’ decades of devoted service in education, health care and ministry to the poor and marginalized. “We sign in gratitude for their decades of untiring work to bring about peace and justice, both locally and globally. . . . It is our hope that the two investigations of our Sisters by the Vatican will ultimately conclude with a celebration of these remarkable, heroic women, and official recognition of the abundance of gifts and graces they contribute to our lives as well as to the vitality of the Roman Catholic Church throughout the world,” the statement read.

The Church of the Good Shepherd in Pittsburg has been serving the community as a distribution site for the Brown Bag Program, an outreach effort of the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, since January. Through this program, the parish gets bags of food and groceries into the hands of low-income seniors. Currently the site serves approximately 108 individuals/households. Most of the 33 volunteers are from the parish.

A new multi-parish group for young adults ages 18 though 20s sponsored by five parishes in Fremont and Livermore officially begins this month. Called “Launch,” the group will offer monthly “Mass and Movie,” weekly “Catechism and Conversation” meetings, social activities, retreats and travel opportunities. Inaugural activities are “C&C” gatherings Nov. 15 and 22 at Holy Spirit Church in Fremont at 3 p.m. Father Jim Sullivan, parochial vicar at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Fremont, will lead the gatherings, which are open to all young adults in the diocese. For more information, contact Father Sullivan at launchoakland@hotmail.com or (510) 657-4043.

During Thanksgiving Week (Nov. 23-30) St. Ignatius Parish in Antioch will partner with Community Presbyterian Church in Pittsburg to offer a safe haven and meals to homeless families through the Winter Nights Rotating Family Shelter. Shelter guests will stay at Community Presbyterian and St. Ignatius will assist with food, supplies and volunteers. On Thanksgiving Day shelter guests will be invited to the Antioch parish’s second annual Thanksgiving dinner in the parish hall.

Members of the pastoral and finance committees at the Church of the Transfiguration in Castro Valley raised their shovels and joined pastor, Father Mario Borges, on Oct. 25 for a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction for a new driveway that will address concerns for parishioners driving on to parish property from East Castro Valley Boulevard.

Concord’s St. Bonaventure Parish has a support ministry that reaches out to the widowed, divorced or separated. Those who would like information about this group should contact Lori Hagge at lori@lorihagge.com or (925) 998-8844.

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Around the Schools

Third-graders at two Catholic elementary schools — St. Jerome and St. John the Baptist — were among several schools in El Cerrito to receive copies of Webster’s Dictionary for Students by the Rotary Club of El Cerrito.

Suzanne Emelie Okada
, a teacher at Richmond’s St. Cornelius School, is one of several educators to receive a $500 grant from the University of Phoenix Bay Area Campus. The funds will buy grammar workbooks for her fifth-grade class.

Congratulations to Julia Gullikson, a sophomore cross country runner from Oakland’s Holy Names High School, who ran in the 62nd Mt. San Antonio College cross country invitational in Walnut, CA, which drew about 25,000 participants. Gullikson finished 10th out of 151 girls.

Since his arrival at Bishop O’Dowd High School two years ago as jazz band director, Fred Randolph has turned up the volume for young musicians at the Oakland campus. Randolph, now director of the music program, has infused the music program with a new beginning jazz band class that brings professional musicians to teach master classes.

Thirty-two students from Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievements on AP exams. Only 18 percent of the nearly 1.7 million students worldwide who take AP exams earn an AP Scholar Award.

Renovations were recently completed at McLean Chapel at Holy Names University in Oakland. Funded by a bequest by Eva McLean, a 1950 alumna who died in 2007, the renovations included improvements to the chapel’s acoustics, the elimination of “squeaky flooring,” and beautifying the interior of the chapel.

Robert Lassalle-Klein, associate professor of religious studies and philosophy at Holy Names University, was recently awarded the Spring 2010 Bannon Research Scholarship by The Center for Jesuit Education at Santa Clara University. Lassalle-Klein, a HNU faculty member since 2003, will be on academic leave during the spring semester working on a manuscript on intellectual theology, and teaching and lecturing at Santa Clara University.

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Among the Religious

Paulist Father Michael McGarry, former pastor at Holy Spirit/Newman Hall Parish in Berkeley, has been elected president of his religious community, formally called the Missionary Society of St. Paul the Apostle. Father McGarry, 61, joined the Paulists in 1968 and was ordained in 1975. He served as pastor at the Berkeley parish from 1993-1999.

Dominican Sister Mary Peter Traviss has been recognized by The Bishop John S. Cummins Institute for Catholic Thought, Culture and Action for her contribution to Catholic higher education by naming her the second Montini Fellow. Sister Traviss has been a teacher, high school administrator, director of education, and professor in education. She served as director for the Institute for Catholic Educational Leadership at the University of San Francisco from 1989 – 2000 and was named president of Queen of the Holy Rosary College in Fremont in 2006. Sister Traviss appeared last week at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, where the Bishop Cummins Institute is located, to deliver a lecture on Catholic higher education and moral development.

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Names, News, Notes

Congratulations and many blessings to Rocco and Josephine Battaglia, members at St. Ignatius Parish in Antioch, who are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary as well as Rocco’s 90th birthday.

Forty-eight members of the Young Men’s Institute (Y.M.I.) and their families from across the state, including representatives from the Y.M.I. Council #8 in Oakland, took part in the Y.M.I.’s 2nd Annual Bocce Ball Tournament at Orange Park in South San Francisco, Sept. 26. It was the Oakland team’s first appearance in the tournament, which was won by Council #32 from South San Francisco.

The Next Step Learning Center, an adult literacy program in Oakland sponsored by the Holy Names Sisters, celebrated its 15th anniversary Oct. 29. Since its founding, the Center had served over 3,200 Oakland residents and helped over 450 former high school dropouts earn full GED certification. Over 250 East Bay residents have contributed thousands of hours at the Center as one-on-one tutors.

Catholic Charities of the East Bay (CCEB) is in need of volunteers to assist low-income wage earners with their income taxes. VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) volunteers receive approximately 20 hours of free training by the IRS in tax law and the TaxWise program to be certified prior to preparing returns for clients. The training will be provided in a classroom setting and online. Most classes are on Saturdays. CCEB will operate VITA services at its Concord and Oakland sites between February and mid-April 2010. Information: Wanica Means at (510) 768-3121 or Chi Pham at cpham@cceb.org.

Did you know that you can help the homeless and the environment at the same time? The Family Emergency Shelter Coalition (FESCO) in Hayward is working with Recycle1234.com, a certified e-waste recycling center that runs a processing plant in Union City. Recycle1234.com gives 10 cents to FESCO for every pound of e-waste donated when a donor says they are a “friend of FESCO.” Items can be dropped off at 33446 Western Ave., Union City, CA 94587 Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Infor-mation: (510) 468-2642.

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