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 January 25, 2010   •   VOL. 48, NO. 2   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

On the college court
A 4th grade boys CYO team from St. Felicitas School in San Leandro stands on the court at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont after a visit that included meeting Notre Dame players and coaching staff, touring the team’s locker room and playing on the court during half-time. With the young athletes are their coaches, from left, Chris Alvarez, Mike Carvalho, and Mark Puppo.
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A Friendly celebration

Friends and supporters of A Friendly Place, a day center for homeless women in downtown Oakland, will gather next month to celebrate the organization’s 20th anniversary. The center, founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, offers guests a place to do laundry, get a hot shower, and a safe respite during the day. The center also has a transitional housing facility, A Friendly Manor.

Around the Parishes

More than 850 people gathered at Christ the King Church in Pleasant Hill on Jan. 7 for a healing Mass for and with Father Declan Deane, parochial vicar, who is fighting cancer. In addition to CTK parishioners, Catholics from other parishes where Father Deane has served were in attendance.

The Women’s Guild at St. Raymond Parish in Dublin will be giving valentines to the resident veterans at Livermore VA Hospital as part of their “Valentines for Vets” campaign.

St. Isidore Parish will host its annual candlelight Rosary commemorating the 37th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 29 in the church, 445 La Gonda Way in Danville. The Rosary and Benediction will be followed by a dessert buffet. Children are welcome and babysitting will be available. Info: Ann Del Becarro at (925) 820-4246.

Brandon E. Macadaeg, a member of St. Joan of Arc Parish in San Ramon who is studying for the priesthood at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, was instituted into the ministry of lector Jan. 17. Fifty other seminarians also became lectors, one of the ministries they receive as they proceed towards diaconal and priestly ordination.

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Names, News, Notes

Happy Birthday to Louise DeRoche, a longtime member at St. Edward Parish in Newark, who will celebrate her 90th birthday on Jan. 29.

Congratulations to Robert and Berenice Gray who are celebrating 60 years of marriage on Jan. 28. They were married at St. Mary Magdalene in Berkeley, spent 40 years at St. Ambrose Parish in Berkeley and are now parishioners at St. Anne Parish in Walnut Creek. They have seven children, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Holy Names University in Oakland will host a blood drive on Jan. 28, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in Brennan Lounge on the campus, at 3500 Mountain Blvd. Phone 800-GIVE-LIFE (800-448-3543) or go to HelpSaveALife.org/NC (Sponsor code: HNU) to schedule an appointment.

Volunteers are needed! Birthright of Concord, a crisis pregnancy center, will conduct a two-day training session on Feb. 19 from 7 – 9 p.m. and Feb. 20 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the office at 3106 Clayton Road in Concord. For applications: (925) 798-7227.

What’s on EWTN? The Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) will broadcast “Demographic Bomb: Demography Is Destiny,” which makes the argument that population control programs have violated human rights around the world, creating a profound imbalance in the world’s economy, on Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. EWTN is carried on Comcast Ch. 229, AT and T Ch. 562, Astound Ch. 116, DISH Satellite Ch. 261, and DirecTV Ch. 370; and in Alameda Comcast airs EWTN on Ch. 30. For more information, visit www.ewtn.com.

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