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 November 23, 2009   •   VOL. 47, NO. 20   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese


USF remembers slain Jesuits in El Salvador
Students gathered at the University of San Francisco, Nov. 16, to mark the 20th anniversary of the murders of six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her daughter at Central American University in San Salvador, El Salvador. Above, a participant at the USF vigil plants a cross bearing the name of one of the murdered priests. In San Salvador, El Salvador’s President Mauricio Funes gave a medal to Catalina Montes, sister of Spanish-born Jesuit Father Segundo Montes who was among those massacred by the military on Nov. 16, 1989.
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Supporting Catholic schools
Bishop Salvatore Cordileone proudly displays a jacket he received from Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward during the school’s 15th annual dinner honoring the partnership between parishes, parish schools and parents in furthering Catholic education. With him are Terry Lee (left), Moreau’s president, and Lauren Lek, principal.
 


Blood drive for Aaron

A blood drive will be held Nov. 30 to help a young Antioch boy at the center of a family’s quest to find him a new heart and kidney. Four-year-old Aaron Tanner, whose family are members at Holy Rosary Parish in Antioch, needs blood for a successful transplant operation.

The blood drive will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Eastside Church of Christ, 1020 East Tregallas Road in Antioch. Donors with O positive blood are especially encouraged to donate. For more information about donating blood visit the website, www.givelife.org.

Learn more about Aaron’s story at www.saveabrokenheart.com. Tax-deductible donations can be made to The Aaron Tanner Foundation, c/o Ecc Bank of Agriculture, 2251 Balfour Road, Brentwood, CA 94513.


LEO celebrates 15 years

The LEO (Lasallian Educational Opportunities) Center in Oakland recently celebrated its 15th anniversary during the organization’s annual Friends of LEO Dinner for its benefactors at Mont La Salle in Napa. The center, sponsored by the Christian Brothers, offers after homework help to 6th through 12th graders as well as English and computer classes for adults.

During the event, Christian Brother Robb Wallace, the LEO board chair, announced the dedication of the Center’s main room in memory of Christian Brother Chris Bassen, one of the Center’s founders. A portrait of Brother Chris by former center volunteer Rosa Kadera-Redmond, now religious education director at St. Monica’s Parish in Moraga, was unveiled.

The LEO Center is located on the corner of 40th Street and Martin Luther King, Jr. Way.


Around the Parishes

The Heavenly Harmony Children’s Choir at St. Bonaventure Parish in Concord participated in the regional Pueri Cantores music festival for parish and school choirs Nov. 7 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco. The event brought together young voices (grades fourth through 12th grade) from the Archdiocese of San Francisco and the dioceses of Oakland, Fresno, Sacramento, Monterey, San Jose, Santa Rosa, Stockton and Reno.

Members of the Filipino community at St. Joan of Arc Parish in San Ramon held a successful relief drive for victims of Typhoon Ondoy in the Philippines. The effort resulted in about 250 boxes of donations including canned goods, clothing, medicine, toiletries, medical supplies, and bedding. The donations, packed by volunteers, were shipped free of charge by Manila Box Cargo and Alpha Cargo to ABS-CBN Foundation and Operation “Tulong Bayan” in the Philippines.

The centennial year at St. Ambrose Parish in Berkeley is coming to an end and the community will come together for a concluding Mass and luncheon reception Dec. 6 at 11:30 a.m. Bishop Salvatore Cordileone will be the main celebrant. Information: contact the parish at (510) 525-2620.

Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Brentwood
is sponsoring a new cancer support group that meets every Tuesday from 6-7 p.m. in the 2nd floor conference room at the John Muir Outpatient Center, 2400 Balfour Road, in Brentwood.

St. Clement Parish in Hayward
held a community health fair on Oct. 25. Sponsored by the parish’s Filipino Advisory Board, the fair included 18 health care, nutrition, and educational institutions and 11 nurses from various hospitals and clinics who provided blood pressure monitoring, diabetic screening, and CPR orientation.

The choirs of the cluster parishes of St. Albert and St. Philip Neri in Alameda lifted their voices for an evening of sacred song on Nov. 21 that was part concert and part sing-along.

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Around the Schools

Students at St. Joseph School in Pinole took part in the second annual Veterans Day Memorial and Flag Retirement Ceremony Nov. 11 at Fernandez Park in Pinole.

Over 100 first, second and third graders at St. Felicitas School in San Leandro celebrated the lives of the saints with a festive march around the parish and school in honor of All Saints Day. The children sang “When the Saints Go Marching In” while holding up signs and pictures of their favorite saints.

Salesian High School in Richmond “e-hosted” a signing event on National Letter of Intent Day when seniors Desmond Simmons and Malina Terrell committed to Washington State University and University of San Francisco, respectively. Simmons is a standout varsity basketball player and a member of the Salesian 2009 Division IV State Championship team, while Terrell will play volleyball at USF after leading Salesian’s 2009 BSAL league championship team to victory.

Spencer Dial
, a June graduate of Oak-land’s Bishop O’Dowd High School and member of Boy Scout Troop 11 in Alameda, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout and will be honored at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor Nov. 28. For his Eagle Scout project, Dial led a crew of over 25 volunteers in building a structure for Ploughshares Nursery, a non-profit organization in Alameda that provides training and employment in nursery sales and management to low-income residents of Alameda. Dial attends Sonoma State University where he is majoring in business.

Jessica Brunelli
, a junior at Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward, recently became one of 10 finalists to earn a spot in NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity. She traveled to the Motor Mile Speedway to tryout for the diversity program, designed to give young minority and female drivers opportunities to compete with established NASCAR teams at the grassroots level. According to an Associated Press article, Brunelli is planning to move to Charlotte, N.C., to continue her training.

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Among the Religious

The Sisters of the Holy Family, who have ministered in the Hawaiian Islands for the last 62 years, gathered at their Fremont Motherhouse Nov. 22 for an afternoon of prayer, talking story and celebration in honor of the newly canonized St. Damien of Molokai. Photos of the Sisters’ ministry on the islands were displayed.

Dominican Father Michael Sweeney
, president of the Dominican School of Philo-sophy and Theology in Berkeley, delivered a talk on Catholic education in America on Oct. 27 at the Holy Family Cathedral in Anchorage, Alaska.

Deacon Dave Rezendes
, known to many as “Deacon Dave,” will once again host the Annual Blessing of the Christmas Lights and Procession at his home, the House of the Dove, on Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m. The opening ceremonies will include Marshall Kamena, the mayor of Livermore. The display of Christmas lights and decorations will open nightly at 6 p.m. and close at 9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and at 10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, except during adverse weather. Admission is free. This is the 27th year for Deacon Dave’s “Ministry of Lights.” Information: www.casadelpomba.com.

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Names, News, Notes

On Nov. 22 Vietnamese Catholics in the diocese were to celebrate the feast of the Vietnamese Martyrs with a Mass at the Oakland cathedral with Bishop Salvatore Cordileone as presider.

Congratulations to Angela and Gilbert Cortez, members at Assumption Parish in San Leandro, who celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary this month.

What’s on EWTN?
Special programs scheduled to air on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) include a documentary about young people journeying to the March for Life and a Mass in remembrance of the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.

“Thine Eyes: A Witness to the March for Life”
follows actress Jennifer O’Neill as she tracks young people traveling across the U.S. to attend last January’s March for Life 2009 in Washington, D.C. The documentary airs Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 28 at 2 a.m. (1hr)

The Mass for Archbishop Sheen, marking the 30th anniversary of his death, will be celebrated at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. The Mass will air live on Dec. 9 at 2:30 p.m. A prolific spiritual writer, the archbishop appeared on radio and television for many years

EWTN is carried 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. Visit www.ewtn.com for more information.

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