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 February 22, 2010   •   VOL. 48, NO. 4   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

Shrove Tuesday ritual
Kamilah Arteaga, a fourth grader at St. Edward School in Newark, puts palms into the fire during the school’s annual Shrove Tuesday ritual, the morning of Feb. 16. Her classmates (from left) Justin Morua, Gabriel Erickson and Jordan Perez watch. The ritual was repeated with the parish’s religious education students that same afternoon, the eve of Ash Wednesday. Precious Blood Father Jeffrey Keyes (upper right), St. Edward pastor, said the rituals produce enough ashes for all of the parish’s Ash Wednesday observances.
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Jumping for charity
Students at Our Lady of Guadalupe School in Fremont jump rope to raise funds for the American Heart Association, Feb. 1. During the pre-event assembly, students prayed, cheered and stretched in preparation for the session that included jumping rope to songs by Eddie Van Halen and Kriss Kross. More than 400 schools took part in the effort.
Youth minister
Soltau honored

Jim Soltau, youth minister at St. Anne Parish in Union City for more than 25 years, has been given the Companions on the Journey Award from the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry. The recognition is the highest given by NFCYM for a diocese to confer on an outstanding adult leader in youth ministry.

Soltau was particularly cited for his leadership in organizing the annual regional youth rally that draws more than 700 young people for prayer and faith formation.
  Musical fundraiser
Renowed mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade (right) will perform at the annual Spring Gala fundraiser for Oakland’s St. Martin de Porres Regional School, March 7 at the Flood Mansion, 2222 Broadway, San Francisco. The Cal Berkeley Young Musicians and the St. Martin de Porres choir will also perform. The event, from 2 – 5 p.m., will include a raffle and silent and live auctions.

Von Stade, a member of St. Joseph Basilica parish in Alameda, teaches music at the West Oakland school, where more than 90 percent of students qualify for a free or reduced-fee lunch and 90 percent of families receive a tuition subsidy. She is this year’s recipient of the Mother Seton Award from the diocesan School Department.

Admission to the event is $75. An online auction is available at www.biddingforgood.com/Stmdp. For more information, contact Julie Merrill at (510) 652-2220, ext. 32.

SJND teacher honored

Kristina Stone, chair of the science department at Alameda’s St. Joseph Notre Dame High School, has been recognized as one of this year’s “Women Who Dare” by Girls Inc.

Stone, who has been on the SJND faculty for eight years, was given the group’s “Innovator” award on Feb. 3. She will also be recognized along with six other local honorees at a March 27 luncheon organized by Girls Inc. to celebrate local women who have successful careers and are inspiring and empowering girls to be successful in their own life journeys.

The theme for this year’s awards is “Honoring Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.” Girls Inc. is honoring Stone for embracing 21st century tools in her classroom and for inspiring students to pursue science at the college and university level. Stone earned a bachelor of science degree from Dominican University in San Rafael.

Tickets for the awards event are $40 and must be purchased in advance. Visit www.girlsincislandcity.org or call (510) 521-1743, ext. 225.

Strengthening marriages

Married couples, Keep This Date: Satur-day, March 20. The Diocese of Oakland will hold a one-day seminar on marriage at St. Isidore Church in Danville.

The seminar will be led by Greg and Julie Alexander, whose own troubled union almost led to the dissolution of their marriage. With the help of a priest, they were able to restore their marriage by inviting God into their relationship. Ten years ago, they formed Alexander House, based in Texas, as an apostolate to strengthen family life and marriage.

The day will begin with Mass celebrated by Bishop Salvatore Cordileone. Cost is $55 per couple or $30 per person and includes lunch. Registration at the door will be $65/$40 respectively. There is no deadline to register, but people should pre-register by March 15 to guarantee lunch.

To register online, go to www.greatmarriage.us. More information, contact Ed Hopfner at (510) 267-8392.

Helping unemployed

Christ the King Parish in Pleasant Hill joined other parishes in the Oakland Diocese earlier this month in establishing a ministry to provide spiritual support and offer practical employment guidance for parishioners who are dealing with job loss.

Through its Job-Networking Ministry, the Pleasant Hill parish will offer presentations and opportunities for job seekers to improve job skills, tap into new resources and develop connections for employment. Upcoming sessions, held every other Thursday, will help participants improve their resumes and prepare for job interviews, cope with job loss, and explore job search strategies. Job seekers and job helpers are encouraged to contact the parish at (925) 682-2486.

Around the Parishes

Young people in the youth ministry and Confirmation programs at St. Joseph Parish in Pinole collected donations of cash and non-perishable food items after weekend Masses on Feb. 6 – 7 for the Souper Bowl of Caring drive. The result — $2363.24 and two dozen bags of food items for St. Anthony’s Foundation in San Francisco and the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano.

Members at Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Point Richmond are conducting a canned food drive for local food banks and collecting clean and gently used clothing for the Souper Center and the Bay Area Rescue Mission, both Richmond-based groups that assist the needy and homeless.

George Conlow, a member at St. Agnes Parish in Concord, has been selected as a recipient of a Jefferson Award for Public Service. Conlow is president of the board of directors at the Share Food Pantry located at the First Christian Church in Concord. The Jefferson Awards, presented on the national and local levels, recognizes community and public service in the U.S.

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Around the Schools

The third-grade class at St. Mary School in Walnut Creek is raising trout in the classroom through a program operated by EBMUD (East Bay Municipal Utility District). The class will observe the development of the fish from eggs to maturity. Once mature the fish will be released into the Lafayette Reservoir.

Students in grades three though eight at Assumption School in San Leandro participated in the school’s spelling bee on Jan. 27. Seventh-grader Jess Sequeira emerged as the spelling champion and will represent Assumption School at the San Francisco Chronicle Spelling Bee. The school’s first annual Sue Prince Science Fair, named for a science teacher who taught at Assumption, yielded several seventh- and eighth-grade winners. Emily Brazis (7th grade) and Elena Aker (8th grade) took first place in the life science category and honorable mention went to Genesis Nunez (7th grade) and Jess Sequeira (7th grade). First place in the physical science category went to Drew Retallick (7th grade) and Claire Ganski (8th grade) and second place went to Tara Viviani (8th grade) and Joey Leal (8th grade). All first and second place winners will represent Assumption at the Diocesan Science Fair March 6.

Alameda’s St. Joseph Notre Dame High School
will host the inaugural diocesan science fair for middle school students on March 6 from noon to 4 p.m. The high school is equipped with college-level labs and a state-of-the-art science center, which opened in 2007. The high school offers several major science scholarships to its top science students each year.

Our Lady of Grace School
welcomed the grandparents, great-grandparents and “special” friends of students to the Castro Valley campus during Catholic Schools Week. The guests visited classrooms, enjoyed a special lunch, attended a school Mass and viewed a performance by each class.

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Among the Religious

Men, between ages 18 and 45, who believe they have a call to religious life are invited to attend a discernment day sponsored by the Marist Brothers and Fathers on March 13 at St. Peter Chanel Seminary, 2335 Warring St. in Berkeley. The Marists, also known as Society of Mary, have a particular devotion to the Blessed Mother. For more information or questions call (510) 486-1232 or send an e-mail to maristvocations@sbcglobal.net.

The Holy Trinity Trappist Monastery in Huntsville, Utah, is hosting a group “live-in experience” from April 7 – 11 for men interested in learning more about monastery life. Individual dates are also available for the discernment retreat. There is no cost for the retreat. Those who take a bus or plane to Salt Lake City will be picked up at no cost. For more information about these retreats, call toll-free, 1-800-221-1807.

WHAT’S ON EWTN? The Eternal Word Television Network will feature a documentary, “The Nun,” which follows the story of Marta, her desire to be a nun and the fervent Catholic family that nurtured her vocation. The program will be broadcast Feb. 27 at 11 p.m., March 3 at 10 a.m. and March 6 at 11 a.m. (All Pacific Time.) 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. Visit www.ewtn.com for more programming information.

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Names, News, Notes

Congratulations to Bill and Helen Silva, members of St. Michael Parish in Livermore, who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Jan. 31.

Maddi and Mike Misheloff, whose daughter Ilene was kidnapped in Dublin 21 years ago, led a candlelight vigil and prayer service to commemorate the sad anniversary of her disappearance. The Misheloffs walked with supporters from Wells Middle School to St. Raymond Church. The then 13-year-old was on her way to ice skating lessons at the Dublin Iceland on Jan. 30, 1989, when she disappeared.

St. Vincent’s Day Home in Oakland, the oldest and largest child development center and child care facility in Alameda County, will honor four individuals who have contributed their time and talents to the organization at the Annual Children’s Choice Awards Dinner on March 5. The honorees are Holy Names Sister Anne Dineen, who originally brought students from Holy Names High School to the Day Home for volunteer work and is now a volunteer herself; Nancy Holland, a volunteer since 2004 who is currently active with the events committee; Daniel P. Sanford, who has been involved at the Day Home since 1998 and is now the Home’s board treasurer; and Jennifer Youngblood, who started as a teacher at the Day Home in 1988 and then became involved in Day Home administration. More information on the event, call (510) 832-8324.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County recently honored 24 long-time volunteers for their service in their neighborhoods and communities. Seven of the honorees received Top Hat Awards. They are Norma Sell, St. Edward Parish, Newark; Rich Nivens, St. Theresa, Oakland; Joe McWalters, St. Mary Magdalen, Berkeley; Marie Maguire, St. Joseph, Fremont; Jean Gatan-Liwanag, St. Anne, Union City; Michael Periera, Assumption, San Leandro; and Ross Cadenasso, Corpus Christi, Piedmont. Seventeen of the honorees received the Vincentian Service Awards: Sachi Capilla, All Saints, Hayward; Al Grassechi, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Fremont; Cynthia Wyman, Our Lady of Lourdes, Oakland; Don Kane, Our Lady of Grace, Castro Valley; Kenneth Kline, St. Bede, Hayward; Gladys Green, St. Benedict, Oakland; Salvador Lopez-Mejia, St. Elizabeth, Oakland; Claire Elmore, St. Lawrence O’Toole, Oakland; Leland Maes, St. Leo, Oakland; Bernard James, Clifford Young, St. Louis Bertrand, Oakland; Edie Fagundes-Anderson, St. John the Baptist, San Lorenzo; Tom Martin, St. Joseph Basilica, Alameda; Elaine LeCrom, St. Joseph the Worker, Berkeley; Brad O’Leary, St. Margaret Mary, Oakland; William H. Heck, St. Philip Neri, Alameda; Jack Clarke, Transfiguration, Castro Valley.

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