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 March 22, 2010   •   VOL. 48, NO. 6   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

Pink Day at St. Cornelius School
Students and staff at St. Cornelius School in Richmond form a giant ribbon as they get ready to release 200 pink balloons during a breast cancer awareness event in the school yard. Inside each balloon was the message, “In it for the Cure.”
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Celebrating Dr. Seuss
Kindergartners at St. Felicitas School in San Leandro celebrate Dr. Seuss’ 106th birthday in honor of the National Education Association’s “Read Across America” Day. They enjoyed green cupcakes while their teacher, Mrs. Michelle Thompson, read Dr. Seuss classics, “Green Eggs and Ham” and “Horton Hears a Who.”

Honoring African Americans
Seventh graders at St. Elizabeth Elementary School in Oakland sit in front of a display of prominent African Americans they created for the school’s Black History Fair last month. They are (from left) Katherine Carrillo, Sofia Ascencio, Jessica Linares, Elena Stenger, Victor Garcia, and Maria De Jesus Lopez. The second graders developed a Freedom Train Scavenger Hunt while the eighth grade provided listening stations to accompany their timeline of African American Music.
Franciscan honor
Angela Alioto, a secular Franciscan for the past 41 years and creator of the Proziuncola Nuova in San Francisco’s North Beach, received the Tau Award from the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, March 13. The Tau Award, named after the favorite representation of the cross beloved by St. Francis of Assisi, is given to a person who embodies the core Franciscan values of peace, justice, and sacredness of creation. Alioto is a former San Francisco Supervisor and chair of its Board. Past recipients include Bishop Emeritus John Cummins and actor-peace activist Martin Sheen.

A dairy lesson
Jeff Byers introduces Ellie, a 1,800-pound Holstein dairy cow, to students at Hayward’s All Saints School Feb. 24 as part of the Dairy Council of California’s Mobile Classroom program. The students learned about cows, recycling and gardening. They were also able to meet Della, a two-week-old calf, and give her a friendly touch.
Acolyte installation in Rome
In a special Mass in Rome, March 7, Archbishop Thomas Rodi of Mobile, Alabama, installs Derrick Oliveira as an acolyte, one step on his journey to priestly ordination. Oliveira, a second year theology student at the Pontifical North American College, is a member of Our Lady of Grace Parish in Castro Valley. He was one of 55 seminarians installed as acolytes that day.
  Learning origami
Members of the Italian Catholic Federation at St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Martinez successfully hold some of the folded paper sculptures they created under the guidance and nimble fingers of Branch Chaplain and Parochial Administrator, Father Leonard Alban Asuncion. Proudly displaying their hand crafted birds are, from left, back row: Rosemary Cook, Jim Helberg, Ruth Conti, Melanie Smith, Maria Catanese-Helberg and Tom Cook. Front row: Mike Cannady, Jenna and Jackie Shikuzawa, Father Asuncion, Orlando Conti and Paul Cook.

Catholic summer schools, camps

Several of the Catholic high schools in the Oakland Diocese are offering summer schools and camps, some for their students and others open to the wider community.

Bishop O’Dowd High in Oakland
is providing classes for full academic credit, June 14-July 21. Semester and year courses, as well as enrichment courses, are available to students from any of the nine Catholic high schools in the diocese. Costs range from $250 to $1200. Contact: www.bishopodowd.org

De La Salle High in Concord
has week-long summer sports camps for students in grades 6-8, June 14 and July 1. Costs range from $100 to $200 per camp. All proceeds go to the school’s Bishop Cummins Scholarship Fund. Contact: 925-288-8100; summercamps@dlshs.org or www.dlshs.org

Moreau Catholic High in Hayward
is offering a full schedule of classes, including study skills, writing, driver’s education, along with math, science and other courses. Costs vary depending on the course, with some online courses available. Contact: Ana-Hernandez-Cortez: ahernandez@moreaucatholic.org.

St. Elizabeth High in Oakland
is offering a month-long (June 14-July 14) Algebra class open to all high school students. Cost is $400. Their English class is for St. Elizabeth High students only. Contact: Roy Troper, 510-532-8947

St. Mary’s High in Berkeley
is offering academic courses and athletic activities, June 21-July 16, for students entering grades 6-9. Costs begin at $150 with discounts available. Early registration deadline is April 1. Contact: www.saintmaryschs.org.

St. Joseph Notre Dame High in Alameda
has a summer program for students, grades 3-9, that blends academics, athletics and recreation. Among the offerings are a science camp, hoop camp for girls, and a success strategy class for incoming freshmen whether they will attend SJND or not. Costs vary from $125 to $450. Contact: 510-523-1526 or go to www.sjnd.org

Salesian High in Richmond
is offering summer sports camps for students in grades 4-8 at various times from June 21-Aug. 6. Cost is $100 per week. Contact: Chad Nightingale, 510-234-4433 or cnighingale@salesian.com. Salesian is also offering academic review classes for students from all Catholic high schools, June 21-July 23. Cost is $400 for one class, $650 for two. Contact: Gina Cullen, 510-234-4433 or gcullen@salesian.com.

Carondelet High in Concord
and Holy Names High in Oakland are not offering summer schools this year.

An app for prayer

A new application from Ave Maria Press has helped transform two popular mobile devices into pocket devotionals enabling the users to meditate on the prayerful journey of the Stations of the Cross anytime and anyplace.

The new “app,” available in the iTunes App Store, is geared for users of the iPhone and iPod Touch. The program is based on the book, “John Paul II’s Biblical Way of the Cross” by Amy Welborn and Michael Dubruiel. Each station in Jesus’ walk, including prayers in the Garden of Gethsemane, the meeting with the weeping women, crucifixion and burial, is accompanied by colorful paintings by artist Michael O’Brien.

News of the application followed the World Communications Day address by Pope Benedict XVI who urged priests to use the latest technological resources along with traditional media to promote opportunities for dialog, catechesis and evangelization.

For more information, visit the Ave Maria Press website at www.avemariapress.com. Ave Maria Press is a ministry of the Indiana Province of Holy Cross.

School sports wrap-up

Local Catholic school athletes and teams from elementary school to college have made news in various competitions and tournaments in recent weeks.

The men’s basketball team at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, which lost six consecutive times to Gonzaga University, defeated the No. 18 team to claim the West Coast Conference (WCC) championship on March 8, with a score of 81-62. With the victory, the Gaels secured an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and were scheduled to play Richmond on March 18 in Providence, Rhode Island.

The boys’ and girls’ basketball teams at Oakland’s Bishop O’Dowd High School captured Division III North Coast Section (NCS) titles on March 5. They defeated Miramonte and Dougherty Valley, respectively. The victory marked the second consecutive NCS title for the girls’ team.

“Panther Pride” is at a fever pitch at St. Perpetua Parish in Lafayette which boasts several basketball championship teams. The 4th grade boys, 8th grade boys (third consecutive title), 5th grade girls (undefeated season) and 6th grade girls teams all earned the title of diocesan CYO champs; additionally the 6th grade boys team (undefeated in season play) and the 7th grade boys are champions in the West Diablo CYO league.

The volleyball team at Piedmont’s Corpus Christi School earned their third consecutive CYO title on Feb. 16 by defeating Assumption School of San Leandro. With the victory, the team marked its third consecutive undefeated season.

Around the Parishes

The March 5 blood drive, organized at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in conjunction with the American Red Cross, yielded 42 units of blood, which was 12 units “over what we were hoping,” said Conventual Franciscan Father Robert Herbst, who served as site coordinator for the drive. A good number of donors were workers from office buildings near the cathedral complex, where posters announcing the drive were displayed, said Father Herbst, judge and adjutant judicial vicar of the diocesan canon law department.

Close to 100 Cursillistas gathered recently in the parish hall at St. Ignatius Church in Antioch to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Filipino Cursillo Team in Antioch. Father Robert Rien, pastoral administrator at St. Ignatius, presided and preached at the liturgy.

Vince Nims, youth minister at the Catholic Community of Pleasanton, will perform in a Lenten concert in the parish’s St. Augustine Hall from 7 – 8:30 p.m. on March 30. Freewill offerings will be given to Catholic Relief Services for its Haiti earthquake relief programs.

St. Callistus Parish in El Sobrante was one of 76 parishes across the U.S. to receive a grant from OPC, an Oregon-based not-for-profit publisher of liturgical music and worship resources. The parish received $1,000 which they requested toward the purchase of a piano. Since the OCP Parish Grants began in 2001, more than 500 churches have been awarded grants for liturgy and/or music.

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Around the Schools

Two students from Oakland’s Holy Names High School were recently recognized for service to others. Taylor Marie Lyons, a senior, was inducted into Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame. She completed several hundred hours of service to youth through her work at the Boys and Girls Club in Oakland, McCullum Youth Court and as a Girl Scout. Last fall, Lyons received the Jefferson Award for community service and was honored at the Breaking Bread for Social Justice Dinner sponsored by the Legal Clinic at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland. Karla Baires, also a senior, was presented the Jefferson Award for outstanding community service during a March 10 assembly on campus. Baires has dedicated hundreds of hours to a variety of non-profit organizations since her first year at Holy Names, including Alta Bates Medical Center, St. Martin de Porres Regional School in Oakland, East Bay Sanctuary Covenant in Berkeley and the Oakland Animal Shelter.

The Annual Lenten Charity Drive is underway at De La Salle High School in Concord. For the 13th year students have added a bit of friendly competition to their Lenten observance with the Spartan Charity Challenge. Classes seek to outdo one another in generous donations to local and global causes. Funds collected this year will be distributed to five charitable programs: an Eritrean village with which DLS has been “twinned” for many years; the De Marillac Academy in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district where DLS students are tutors; Lasallian ministries in India and the Philippines; and Lasallian ministries in earthquake-ravaged Haiti.

Donors, foundation representatives and other invited guests will gather March 25 for the dedication of the new student center at Oakland’s Holy Names University. Located on the ground floor of Brennan Hall, the new center cost nearly $1.8 million and features classrooms, faculty offices, wireless lounge space, an advanced technology support center, and a student services area.

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Names, News, Notes

“Like A Swarm of Bees,” the final novel by the late Sister Carol Anne O’Marie, a member of the St. Joseph Sisters of Carondelet and author of the popular series of Sister Mary Helen mystery novels, is now available for purchase. The 300-page book chronicles her community’s early Sisters and their mission and expansion in America. Cost is $12 plus postage and handling. For more information contact A Friendly Place, where Sister O’Marie served as co-director, at 2298 San Pablo Ave., Oakland, CA 94612, (510) 451-8923.

Catholic Charities of the East Bay (CCEB) provided free health and well-being services including blood pressure checks, glucose testing, food stamp information and assistance for those at risk for becoming homeless during a special health day March 5 at its site in Oakland.

VOLUNTEER ALERT #1! Are you people-oriented? Do you have a flair for organization? Are you interested in architecture, history, or art at the Cathedral of Christ the Light? The cathedral is looking for volunteers to serve in a variety of posts including the information services desk, as docents, and behind the scenes flexing their administrative skills. For more information contact Leo Keegan at docent@ctlcathedral.org or visit www.ctlcathedral.org.

VOLUNTEER ALERT #2! Casa Vincentia, a residence for homeless pregnant women in Oakland, is seeking volunteers for a variety of roles, including accountant, grant writer, landscaper, and fundraiser. For more information: (510) 729-0316 or casavincentia@yahoo.com.

Two free informational sessions will be held next month in Fremont on the naturalization process. Organized by the San Francisco Field Office of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the sessions will help educate immigrants and their families about the new naturalization test and a variety of educational resources and materials available from the agency. The sessions will take place at the Fremont Family Resource Center, Pacific Room, 39155 Liberty St. on April 15 at 10 a.m.; and at the Fremont Main Library, 2400 Stevenson Blvd. on April 24 at 1:30 p.m. For more information, contact Sharon Rummery at (415) 844-5250.

Need help with a spring cleaning project? The Berkeley-based Multicultural Institute, a non-profit organization affiliated with the Province of St. Barbara (Franciscan Friars), can help connect homeowners who need help with day workers who need a job. Day workers, male and female, are available for hire seven days a week at $12 – 15 per hour. Jobs include construction, gardening, set-up, and painting. For more information, (510) 847-8714 or http://mionline.org.

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