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 March 8, 2010   •   VOL. 48, NO. 5   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

Girl Scouts highest award
Six high school seniors who began their Girl Scout adventures as Brownies at St. Theresa School in Oakland when they were in the second grade have earned the Gold Award, equivalent to the Eagle Scout Award of the Boy Scouts. They are, from left, Ellen Cannon, Emily Penaranda, Katie Knutson, Rose Ver, Allison Salamack, and Samantha Fitzsimmons. Cannon is a senior at St. Mary’s High in Berkeley. The others are seniors at Bishop O’Dowd High in Oakland. The awards’ ceremony took place Feb. 2 at St. Theresa School Center.
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Ordination anniversary
Permanent deacons ordained for the Oakland Diocese on Feb. 25, 1995, gather with Bishop Emeritus John Cummins (center) and Msgr. Ted Kraus (second from right), pastor of Santa Maria Parish in Orinda, following their 15th anniversary Mass in Santa Maria Church. Theirs is the largest class of permanent deacons in the diocese. Their wives and other deacons and wives also attended the Mass and reception.

Spring musical (above)
Holy Names High School students will perform Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Pirates of Penzance” March 26-27 at 7:30 p.m. and March 28 at 3 p.m. in the school auditorium in Oakland. The all-girl cast is under the direction of Debbie de Coudreaux. Kirsten Shallenberg is conducting the orchestra. Tickets are $10 for adults ($12 at door) and $5 for students ($7 at door). Phone: (510) 450-1110.
Feminist for Life (right)
Serrin M. Foster, president of Feminists for Life of America, will present “The Feminist Case Against Abortion” in a 7 p.m. lecture in the Soda Center at St. Mary’s College, 1928 St. Mary’s Road in Moraga on March 9. The event is free and open to the public. She will also speak at UC Berkeley’s Dwinelle Hall on March 10 at 7 p.m.
Honored for service
Enry Gamboa-Tiangsing will receive the Lifelong Service Award from St. Patrick Parish in Rodeo, March 13, for her outstanding service to the parish for the past 32 years. She was instrumental in the building of the present church in 1997 and has filled numerous volunteer positions, including president of the parish council and Legion of Mary, catechist, lector and Eucharistic minister. She started the parish’s St. Lorenzo Ruiz group and initiated the annual Simbang Gabi observance. She is a member of the Secular Carmelites.

Lenten prayer
Encircling a purple-draped cross in the campus court at De La Salle High in Concord, faculty and students lead a Lenten prayer service for the student body. A similar prayer service takes place each morning of the school year. Pictured, from left to right, are Greg Schmitz, director of curriculum and instruction; Roger Hassett, director of campus ministry; Mary Ann Mattos, assistant principal for academic life; Joe Ly, 12th grade student; Brett Klement, art instructor; Marco Marino, 11th grade student; and Jack Dyer, assistant principal for student life. The flags at the foot of the cross commemorate two alumni who died in military action.

Diocese celebrates scouting

Ninety-three scouts from around the diocese were recognized at the annual Celebration of Scouting event Feb. 6 at the Cathedral of Christ the Light. Father Larry D’Anjou, diocesan scout chaplain, presided over the ceremony which honored all Catholic scouts who had earned scout religious awards

During the prayer service, scouts led the recitation of the Girl Scout, Cub Scout and Boy Scout oaths and members of the Girl Scout troop at St. Joseph Parish in Pinole led some of the prayers. Life Teen Ministries from Corpus Christi Parish in Fremont provided the music.

Lorine Bakowsky, a member of St. Felicitas Parish in San Leandro, received the St. Anne Award for her service to Girl Scouts. An active Girl Scout leader, Bakowsky began a diocesan retreat evening last year for young scouts, called the “Show of Faith.”

Anne O’Neal, a member of St. Patrick Parish in Rodeo, and Louanne Lee-Kravnik, St. Joseph Parish in Pinole, received the St. George Award for service to boys in Scouting. O’Neal has been a scout religious award counselor for seven years. Lee-Kravnik, also a religious award counselor, was recognized for her involvement in Cub Scouts.

For information about Catholic scouting programs in the diocese, visit www.oakdiocesescouts.org or call the CYO office at (510) 893-5154.

Seniors help Haiti

Residents at Salem Lutheran Home in Oakland recently partnered with the Pleasanton Rotary to collect medical supplies for the earthquake relief efforts in Haiti. The residents cleaned up 85 walkers, wheelchairs, canes and other assistive devices that the Rotary members picked up and delivered to MedShare in San Leandro for transport to Haiti.

The rehabilitated medical equipment is much needed in Haiti where many thousands were injured in the Jan. 12 earthquake. “The statistics on the number of amputees as a result of the earthquake are staggering,” said Chuck Haupt, MedShare’s executive director and member of St. Raymond Parish in Dublin. MedShare is a non-profit organization that helps distributes surplus medical supplies and equipment to underserved healthcare facilities in developing countries.

Salem Lutheran Home is affiliated with Elder Care Alliance which is cosponsored by the Sisters of Mercy Regional Community of Burlingame and the Sierra Pacific Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Funds for Get on the Bus

Student leaders involved in the Jefferson Awards, Students in Action program at Carondelet High School in Concord presented a check for over $5,000 to St. Joseph Sister Claire Williams and Maura Kelley, a volunteer and Carondelet alum, of the Northern California Office of “Get on the Bus” during a special assembly Feb. 11.

The non-profit organization offers free transportation for children to visit their incarcerated mothers and fathers at various prisons in the state, usually around Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. The children are accompanied by their caregivers or other family members for the round-trip journey that is otherwise prohibitive because of distance or cost.

The money raised by the Carondelet students provided funds for 24 children and 11 caregivers to fly from Sacramento, Oakland and San Jose to southern California where they boarded a bus to the California Institute for Women in Corona.

The Jefferson Awards, Students in Action program is a teen component of the Jefferson Awards which recognizes community volunteers. Carondelet High School has been a Jefferson Awards, Students in Action school since 2007. Jefferson Award schools have a team of students who promote and document volunteerism on their campuses. These student teams also raise funds for worthy causes.

Around the Parishes

Christ the King Parish in Pleasant Hill will host the Winter Nights Homeless Shelter for two weeks beginning March 15. Homeless families, including children as young as seven months, will sleep in the school gym at night. In the morning they will be transported to school, work or the Daytime Oasis at St. Vincent de Paul in Pittsburg. Parishioners will help set-up the gym for the guests as well as provide meals and offer tutoring help. The shelter is sponsored by the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County.

Mark Price
, who brings Biblical characters to life with his dramatic theatrical presentations, visited St. John the Baptist Church in El Cerrito last month following the start of Lent. During his first visit he depicted Judas and on his second visit he portrayed St. Joseph.

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Around the Schools

Isabella Deatherage, a sixth-grader at St. Joseph School in Alameda, collected 200 pairs of new socks from classmates during a two-week campaign last month. The socks were given to homeless adults at interim housing programs in Richmond and Concord.

Brian Bentley
, a guest scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley Lab, recently visited the first and second graders at All Saints School in Hayward. Through some hands-on activities Bentley taught the first grades about glaciers and how feathers help to keep penguins warm, while the second graders experimented with bubbles. The school’s fourth grade took part in the “Jump Over the Record” event in conjunction with the American Heart Association.

The student council at St. John School in San Lorenzo recently coordinated a school-wide “Change for Change” collection to help the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. Their efforts raised $1613.

Congratulations to the high school athletes who turned in winning performances during the recent round of North Coast Section tournaments. The wrestling team at Concord’s De La Salle cruised to the team title over Granada High (270.5-166.5) at Newark Memorial while the soccer team successfully defended their NCS Division I title against California, 1-0, at Dublin High, both on Feb. 27; the girls soccer squad at Oakland’s Bishop O’Dowd High defeated Alhambra High, 1-0, to win the NCS Division II championship at Dublin High on Feb. 27.

Speaking of sports, students at Berkeley’s St. Mary’s High also posted several notable athletic achievements. Trinity Wilson (’12) broke the sophomore age group record, with a time of 8.29 seconds, in the 60-meter hurdles at the Simplot Games in Pocatello, Idaho on Feb. 20; Grace Tillemans (’12) skated in the U.S. Figure Skating Sectional Synchronized Skating Competition in Iowa where her team qualified for the Nationals. Tillemans will travel to Minnesota this month for the 2010 Championships. St. Mary’s women’s basketball team won the Bay Shore Athletic League (BSAL) title for the second year in a row.

Also at St. Mary’s High, Taylor Lawson (’10) received the Brian Ohleyer Award at the Olympic Club Foundation’s third annual scholar-athlete awards banquet on Feb. 16. The award includes $4,000 in college scholarship funds. Natalia Giles (’10) was awarded an official City of Berkeley Proclamation by Mayor Tom Bates for outstanding achievement in service to the city.

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Names, News, Notes

The Catholic Voice warmly remembers Rita Schneider, a former member of our advertising staff and a longtime parishioner of St. Raymond Parish in Dublin, who died Feb. 13 at age 86. Survivors include Walter, her husband of 63 years, their eight children, nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

The diocesan Italian Catholic Federation will honor Bishop Salvatore Cordileone at their annual Bishop’s Day, March 20, at St. Michael Church in Livermore. The noon Mass will be celebrated by the bishop, with lunch following in the church hall. The bishop will be presented with the seminary burse checks from branches in the I.C.F. Districts and Central Council. Cost is $35 per person. Call Rosalind, (510) 537-6657 or Holly, (510) 451-0608 by March 12.

Bob Ladouceur
, football coach at Concord’s De La Salle High School, will receive the outstanding coaching achievement award from the African American Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame on March 19. The induction ceremony, which begins with a reception at 6 p.m., will take place at The Temple on the Hill Theater (Mormon Temple) in Oakland. Tickets, $50 to $125, can be purchased at the website http://afrosportshall.com. More information: (510) 452-2693.

What’s on EWTN? The Eternal Word Television Network will broadcast “NFP: Embracing the Marital Gift” with Catholic Evangelist Damon Owens discussing the theology, science and proper use of Natural Family Planning, on Fridays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 11 p.m. Viewers watching “The Faithful Traveler” can visit Catholic shrines around the U.S. as host Diana von Ghlan reviews the life of the saint associated with each shrine. The series airs Sundays at 2 p.m. and Thursdays at 10 a.m. All tines mentioned are Pacific Time. EWTN is carried on Comcast Ch. 229, AT and T Ch. 562, Astound Ch. 1126, DISH Satellite Ch. 261, and DirecTV Ch. 370; in Alameda Comcast airs EWTN on Ch. 20. For more programming information, visit www.ewtn.com.

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