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 June 7, 2010   •   VOL. 48, NO. 11   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

Become a digital witness

Attention filmmakers 14 years and older: share your faith on film and win prizes, including a trip to World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid, Spain, or thousands of dollars worth of video production equipment.

The short film contest, called “Goodness Reigns: Share the Story,” follows a challenge posed by Pope Benedict XVI to use new media to express, educate, and evangelize about one’s faith.

Contest participants must be at least 14 years of age and produce films of up to seven minutes in length depicting: Church history including Bible stories and lives of the saints; sacraments of the Church; Church teachings based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church; or present-day missionary spirit of a Catholic ministry or individual.

In addition to individual category awards (open to anyone age 14 and older), other categories include high school class or youth group award (ages 14 – 18) and youth adult group award (ages 18 – 30).

Registration is free and available online at www.GoodnessReigns.com.

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Year for Priests celebration
Thirty-five priests gather after a dinner at the Marriott Hotel at which they were honored by the Filipino Society at Holy Spirit Parish in Fremont. The celebration was the local community’s way of thanking them for their priestly ministry as part of the international observance of the Year for Priests, designated by Pope Benedict XVI.

Parish starts Mobile Mall

Thanks to a new ministry known as the Mobile Mall, Antioch’s Most Holy Rosary Parish is helping those who are struggling to make ends meet during these difficult economic times.

Parishioners collect gently used items such as clothing, shoes, children’s toys and books, and miscellaneous kitchenware and take them once a month to a host location, usually a local school, for distribution. The host site advertises the event through phone calls and flyers sent home with students. On the set date, people shop for free, no questions asked.

As word about the ministry has spread, the parish has begun accepting donations from people outside of the parish, reports Pipa Samson, a parishioner.

Around the Parishes

St. Anne Parish in Union City celebrated the installation of more than a dozen parishioners to the Order of the Secular Servants of Mary, Mother of Sorrows Community, during a simple liturgy held May 15 at the parish church. Father Vidal Martinez, national assistant of the Service Secular Order, traveled from Chicago to attend the installation.

St. John the Baptist Parish in San Lorenzo raised the largest amount – $3,917 – as a team for the Annual Shelter Shuffle Walk-a-Thon fundraiser benefiting The Family Emergency Shelter Coalition (FESCO). The Hayward-based non-profit organization serves homeless families in Hayward, Castro Valley, San Lorenzo and San Leandro. More than 300 community members supported the fundraiser, which raised $45,245.

Former and current members of St. Monica Parish in Moraga gathered May 16 after the 7:30 and 11 a.m. Masses to share coffee, donuts and fond memories during the 45th anniversary celebration of the founding of the parish.

Members of the music ministry at the Catholic Community in Pleasanton have been busy preparing and raising funds for their pilgrimage to Rome Nov. 18-25. They will be the principal choir at the Nov. 21 liturgy at St. Peter’s Basilica. They will also perform in a concert at St. Ignatius Church in Rome.

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Around the Schools

Students at Queen of All Saints School in Concord honored the Blessed Virgin Mary last month by praying a “Living Rosary.” They gathered in the church and small groups of students led the community in each prayer along a paper-beaded, life-sized rosary.

As the school year ended, students at St. Bede School in Hayward recalled the numerous outreach projects they completed to help people in need and the environment. These projects include raising more than $500 during a Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF and netting $178 for Save the Bay, an organization that works to protect and restore San Francisco Bay. Students also collected athletic shoes for children in Ghana and contributed to relief funds to aid earthquake victims in Haiti and survivors of a typhoon in the Philippines.

Last month, students at Assumption School in San Leandro received a visit from the Cowboys and Kids Assembly Program, which fosters high ethical and moral traits in young people by highlighting the American cowboy. Janet Lemmons of Rowell Saddlery in Castro Valley taught the assembly about rodeo equipment and how rides are scored. As a special treat, everyone received free passes to the rodeo at Rowell Ranch.

The Symphonic Band at Oakland’s Bishop O’Dowd High School received unanimous “excellent” ratings at the recent California Music Educators Association (CMEA) Band Festival.

Eighty percent of the 2010 graduates of De La Salle High School in Concord will attend four-year colleges. The remaining college-bound students will attend two-year schools. Two graduates are joined the military and one will attend a military academy preparatory school

Students in the Liberal and Civil Studies program at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga volunteered their time to beautify the garden at Cambridge Elementary School in Concord. They painted cinder-block planters and a large mural.

Ashton Purvis, who graduated from St. Elizabeth High School in Oakland last month, claimed wins in the girls 100 and 200 meter race at the North Coast Section Meet of Champions, May 29. Adrienne Johnson of Concord’s Carondelet High won the girls high jump (with a mark of 5-foot-7) and Trinity Wilson, a sophomore from St. Mary’s High in Berkeley, won the girls 100-meter high hurdles.

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Names, News, Notes

Richard G. Logan, a native of Oakland who served as legal counsel for the Diocese of Oakland from its inception in 1962 until his retirement in 1994, died May 17 at the age of 88. Survivors include Dolores, his wife of 66 years, three children and several grandchildren. A memorial Mass was held June 1 at St. John Vianney Church in Walnut Creek.

Congratulations to five lucky Voice readers who picked up four tickets to Sesame Street Live performances at the Oracle Arena in Oakland June 11 – 13. The winners are: Catherine Arredondo of Richmond; Debbie Banuelos of San Pablo; Teri Hurlbut of Pleasant Hill; Nicole Knight of Hayward; and Barbara Miller of Pleasanton.

What’s on EWTN?
The 24-hour Catholic TV network will air “Gregorian Chant from the Monks of Solemnes Abbey” on June 20 at 10:30 a.m. Another featured program is a documentary “Holy Roman Spies: The Vatican’s Secret Agents,” about priests trained to infiltrate the USSR and minister to people under Communist oppression. It airs June 27 at 7 p.m. and June 29 at 10:30 a.m. All times are Pacific. EWTN is carried 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 special programs and any schedule updates.

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