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 May 10, 2010   •   VOL. 48, NO. 9   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

First-graders at St. Joseph School in Alameda get ready to sell cookies and other snacks during the school’s monthly “Goodies for Good” project. Their sale raised over $450 for Family House, a place for a family to stay while their sick child is being cared for at UCSF Hospital.
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Consider pastoral ministry

Local Catholics who are interested in exploring opportunities in lay ministry are encouraged to apply for admittance to the Master of Arts degree program in pastoral ministry at Oakland’s Holy Names University (HNU).

Applications are being accepted now for the three-year formation and educational program, which was developed in collaboration with the Oakland Diocese. Classes, held one night per week at the HNU campus at 3500 Mountain Blvd., will begin this fall.

The program is built around certification standards of the National Association for Lay Ministry. As a community of learners, the students grow with their peers in prayer, take part in faith-sharing activities, and develop a distinct path to ministry.

Information: Mary Turowski, (510) 436-1139 or Turowski@hnu.edu. Website: www.hnu.edu/academics/graduatePrograms/pastoralMinistries.html

Around the Parishes

Paulist Father Bernard Campbell, pastor at Holy Spirit/Newman Hall Parish in Berkeley, recently reported in the parish bulletin that his e-mail account had been compromised and that parishioners were getting messages, purportedly from him, asking for money to be sent to London because his wallet was stolen. He is warning others to beware of this scam and to not respond.

St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Martinez will host a parish mission led by Richard Lane, Catholic speaker and evangelist, May 17 through 20, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. He will discuss God’s healing power in the Eucharist and the Sacrament of Penance. Information: Colleen Porter, (925) 228-2230, ext. 7, or drestcath@yahoo.com.

St. Edward Parish in Newark is one of several sites around the country to host a special screening for the first episode of “The Catholicism Project,” a series produced by Father Robert Barron, an author, theologian and evangelist from the Archdiocese of Chicago. The screening will take place at St. Edward’s, 5788 Thornton Ave., on May 28 at 7:30 p.m. and May 30 at 2 p.m. “The Catholicism Project” focuses on theological and liturgical issues that are central to the Church.

Our Lady of Good Counsel Church at 2500 Bermuda Ave. in San Leandro opened a new Adoration Chapel last month. The hours of adoration are 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Everyone is welcome to join parishioners in prayer.

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Around the Schools

The fourth grade class at Queen of All Saints School in Concord has adopted two U.S. Marines serving in Afghanistan. The class has sent them care packages of stationary, puzzle books, candy and cards. Their teacher, Darlene Wehrlie, shared a letter from Sgt. Bryant expressing his thanks: “It is not easy being away from home for so long but your letter thanking me for my service made it much easier.”

Students, their family members and teachers gathered on April 24 at Our Lady of Grace School in Castro Valley for the campus’ Second Annual Earth Day Clean Up. The adults picked up trash and applied compost and mulch around the playground, parking lot and parish grounds. The students cleaned lunch tables and picked up trash in the courtyard. The school is part of the “Green Schools” program sponsored by the Castro Valley Sanitary District, which supplied the compost and mulch.

Students at Assumption School in San Leandro recently took their education outside the classroom. The 4th grade class visited the California State Railroad Museum in Old Sacramento to learn about California history and the fifth-grade class went back in time after boarding the 19th century sailing ship Balclutha docked in San Francisco. The 6th graders gained a deeper understanding of the natural environment during their five-day Caritas Creek Environmental Program.

Fremont’s Dominican Kindergarten will host an open house May 16, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., for families interested in kindergarten for their children. Teachers will showcase the curriculum including the sign language, art and music programs. The kindergarten is located in Fremont at the Motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose. Information: Sister Jane Marie Estoesta at (510) 651-7978.

Johana Yesenia Pena, a senior at Oakland’s St. Elizabeth High School, is one of six students in California recently awarded a $20,000 national college scholarship from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. Pena, who has been accepted by numerous colleges, has also the Alumni Scholarship and Achievement Award at UC Berkeley (full tuition), the Bill and Melina Gates Scholarship at Claremont-McKenna (full tuition plus $4,000 each summer for summer research) and the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans ($4,000).

April was a busy month at Berkeley’s St. Mary’s High School. Students, alumni and friends donated 64 pints of blood during the school’s annual blood drive. The students also collected a whopping 5,357 pounds of canned goods in the annual canned food drive for the Alameda County Community Food Bank, earning the campus another Gold Plate Award. Students and faculty participated in the Walk for Multiple Sclerosis along the Alameda shoreline and raised over $1,000 for MS research.

Alameda’s St. Joseph Notre Dame High School is offering a variety of summer camps for students entering grades three through nine. They include an exploration of forensic science in “CSI: Alameda,” volleyball and basketball camps, and a skill-building program for students beginning high school. Information or to register: (510) 995-9460 or www.sjnd.org.

The parliamentary debate team at Oakland’s Bishop O’Dowd High School — seniors Carey Appeldorn and Kate Drew — defeated Granite Bay High School in the final round of the California High School Speech Association State Championship Tournament last month at Bakersfield College and earned the title of state champions.

Also at O’Dowd, the campus’s Robotics Club placed second among nine East Bay high schools in the Pioneers in Engineering robotics finals last month.

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Names, News, Notes

The Human Rights Commission of the City of Concord honored several Concord Catholics on May 3 for their contributions to the community. John and Sharon Ouimet of St. Agnes Parish and Donald and Bea Ouimet of St. Bonaventure Parish, were awarded the Community Involvement Award. The pastoral staff at St. Bonaventure Parish nominated the Ouimets, former owners of the Ouimet Mortuary, for their support to grieving families and volunteerism in the Concord community. The Commission presented its Humanitarian Award to George Conlow of St. Agnes Parish for over 20 years of volunteerism at the Share Food Pantry. The Rose Galindo Award was given posthumously to Rose Howard of Queen of All Saints Parish for her volunteer work through the St. Vincent de Paul Society and the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at John Muir Medical Center.

What’s on EWTN? The Eternal Word Television Network, the 24-hour Catholic television network, will broadcast much of Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Portugal and Fatima, May 11 – 14. Highlights include Mass at the Terreiro do Paco in Lisbon on May 11 at 10:15 a.m.; Vespers in the Church of the Most Holy Trinity at Fatima, May 12 at 10 a.m.; Mass in the Basilica where the visionaries are buried, May 13 at 6 p.m., Mass at the Av. Dos Aliados Square in Port, May 14 at 7:30 p.m. All broadcast times are 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. The times given are subject to change. Visit www.ewtn.com for time changes, rebroadcasts and updates.

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