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 June 21, 2010   •   VOL. 48, NO. 12   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

In memory of his sister
Colin Madigan, a fifth grader at St. Joseph School in Pinole, presents a check for $2,450 to Karen Seid of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The money was raised with the help of the school’s students, parents and staff in memory of Colin’s sister, Chloe. The Foundation, which grants wishes to seriously ill children, had granted Chloe’s wish for a family vacation at Disney World. Colin also honored his sister by registering a team for the first Walk for Wishes 5K event, held at St. Mary’s College in Moraga. His team raised an additional $7950 for the Foundation.
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From Alameda to Afghanistan
Sixth-graders at St. Joseph School in Alameda stand on playground equipment to display a quilt their class made and raffled as a benefit for “Pennies for Peace,” a division of the Central Asia Institute founded by Greg Mortenson, author of “Three Cups of Tea,” to build schools for children in Afghanistan. The students decided to create the quilt after reading the book.

Gift of Rodeo Knights
Members of Knights of Columbus Council #7663 of St. Patrick Parish in Rodeo gather with their pastor, Father Larry Young, as they present him with $2,000 for the needs of the parish. With them is Father Lee Chompoochan, the parish’s parochial vicar and a 4th Degree Knight (second from right).
Welcome to
Mercy Retirement
and Care Center

Vickie Cotter, a resident of Mercy Retirement and Care Center, greets Bishop Salvatore Cordileone in the center’s dining room after he celebrated Mass, May 21, in the chapel. It was the bishop’s first visit to the Oakland facility since he became Oakland’s bishop a year ago. He had lunch with residents, staff, and members of the Oakland chapter of the Knights and Dames of Malta.

CYO tournament roundup

The season recently concluded for young athletes competing on a number of Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) teams. Below are results from recent playoffs and tournaments:

Girls basketball playoffs

Forty teams from 4th through 8th grades represented their leagues in games at Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward, St. Joachim in Hayward and St. Leo the Great in Oakland. Finals were held to a packed house at Moreau. The winning teams were: 8th grade: St. Lawrence O’Toole, Oakland; 7th grade: St. Anne, Union City; 6th: St. Lawrence O’Toole, Oakland; 5th grade: St. Anne, Union City; 4th grade: St. Bede, Hayward.

Over 200 teams competed in the girls CYO basketball program this past spring.

Track and field championship

Over 500 girls and boys in grades three through eight qualified for the annual two-day track and field championships held at James Logan High School in Union City and Granada High School in Livermore. The participants represented 41 parishes. The meet included a parade of athletes, opening prayer and presentation of adult recognition awards.

Adult coaches and meet officials recognized for outstanding contributions to the CYO program during the opening prayer ceremony were: Rich Vasquez, St. Mary Parish, Walnut Creek; Brad Morisoli, Granada High School; Sarah Palmer, St. Paul School, San Pablo; Anthony Colbert, St. Jerome Parish, El Cerrito; Jerry Morro, Corpus Christi Parish, Fremont; Tim Reiner, Holy Spirit Parish, Fremont, John Embody Transfiguration Parish, Castro Valley.

Mikayla Scott of Holy Rosary, Antioch, set a record in the 5th grade girls 400 meter, 1:03.57. Savannah Wieser of St. Joan of Arc, San Ramon set a record in the 7th grade girls 800 meter run with a time of 2:23.3. Megan Coppa of St. Bonaventure, Concord, set a record in the 8th grade girls 400 meter with a mark of 59.78. She also holds the 7th grade 400 meter record that she set last year. The 8th grade girls 4x400 relay team from St. Joan of Arc, San Ramon also ran a record time of 4:15.9.

Adam Goltra of St. Mary, Walnut Creek, set a record in the 8th grade boys 1600 meter race with a time of 4:44.1. Two other runners — Gabriel Arias, St. Philip Neri, Alameda (4:47.0) and Cody Mayer, St. Anne, Byron, (4:48.3) also beat the old record of 4:48.6, set in 2003.

This year, 2500 participated in CYO track and field.

Boys sand volleyball tournament

Seventeen teams competed in boys CYO sand volleyball over the six-week season that included play on two sand courts — and family cookouts. The annual tournament took place at Quarry Lakes Regional Park, Fremont.

Winners were, 5th/6th grade: Corpus Christi, Piedmont; 7th grade: St. Edward, Newark; and 8th grade: St. Philip Neri, Alameda, Team 2.

OCP picks Hurd’s music

OCP, the not-for-profit Catholic music publishing company, has selected Bob Hurd’s Misa del Pueblo Immigrante/Mass of the Immigrants as one of four revised Mass settings for initial publication for the upcoming new translation of the Roman Missal.

As a teacher, composer and liturgist, Hurd has served in various pastoral and academic environments including the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley and St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park.

The Misa del Pueblo Immigrante/Mass of the Immigrants was inspired by dance rhythms and music that Hurd heard while he and his wife, Pia Moriarty, were in Oaxaca, Mexico, for the annual Guelaguetza celebration.

“Guelaguetza means gift-sharing, with the idea that each person or diverse group contributes their talent for the common good,” Hurd said. “Similarly, this Mass setting invites diverse language communities to join together in the celebration and the work of the Eucharist.”

Hurd’s parish-tested music will be included in an Order of Mass supplement, which will be made available to OCP clients that are using resources affected by the new translation.

The Roman Missal is the ritual text for the celebration of the Mass. In 2000 the late Pope John Paul II called for a third edition of the missal during the Jubilee Year. This new edition will contain, among other things, prayers for the celebration of recently canonized saints, additional Prefaces for the Eucharistic Prayers, and some updated and revised instructions, also known as rubrics, for the celebration of the Mass.

Around the Parishes

The annual Portuguese Holy Ghost Festa celebration and parade took place in San Pablo on June 13. Highlights included a procession from Maple Hall to St. Paul Church, where participants were invited to the noon Mass. The program also included a free traditional lunch, music and dancing.

Holy Spirit Parish in Fremont has kicked off a new young adult ministry for those ages 18 and over (20 somethings). “Launch” is open to those who have questions about the faith and are looking for answers, say organizers. Participants will meet the first and third Sundays from 3 – 4:30 p.m. in the library four-plex at the church, 37588 Fremont Blvd. Young adults are also invited to attend the 5 p.m. Youth/Young Adult Mass on the first Sunday of each month.

All are invited to an evening of Filipino and American music, dinner and dance on July 31 at St. Joan of Arc Parish in San Ramon. Jointly sponsored by the Simbang Gabi Ministry at the parish and the Knights of Columbus Council #9206, the event will feature performances by Michelle Ocampo Diggs and Bradley Thompson. Proceeds will go toward the parish’s grounds and lighting improvement fund and vocation fund. Tickets are $35 until July 15; $40 after July 15 and $45 at the door. Contact Arnel Tecson at (925) 548-0425 or arnel.tecson@hotmail.com or Marietta Ocampo at (925) 525-6821 or mocampo@kw.com.

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Around the Schools

Carlos Briones, a sophomore at Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward, capped off an impressive year of golf by placing sixth at the State Golf tournament in Santa Maria, June 8. His journey to the tournament followed a victory at the league meet (for the second straight year), placing second at the North Coast Section Tournament of Champions in Arcata, and placing fifth at the Nor Cal tournament in Patterson. He played an even par 72 at the state tourney, four strokes off the leaders.

Speaking of golf…the men’s golf team at Alameda’s St. Joseph Notre Dame High School was recently recognized for being outstanding scholars as well as athletes. The Alameda team posted a grade point average of 3.52 and earned the North Coast Section Scholastic Boys Golf Championship Team Award for Spring 2010. This award is presented to the top three NCS varsity teams in each division of a sport with the highest composite GPA of 3.0 or above. There are 168 schools in the NCS. NCS presented a pennant to SJND to mark the accomplishment, and each member of the team received a certificate.

Family, friends, and faculty gathered at Concord’s Carondelet High School on June 2 to celebrate the ministry of Sister Patricia Anne Gilligan who is leaving the school after 22 years. A native of San Francisco, Sister Gilligan joined the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1946 in Los Angeles. She returned to northern California to serve as principal at Queen of All Saints School in Concord in 1960. She celebrated her 60th Jubilee in religious life in 2007.

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Congratulations to Norman Evans of the Berkeley Council of the Knights of Columbus who was honored for 50 years of service to the organization by the California State Council Knights of Columbus. Evans, who currently is financial secretary of the council, has held all offices of the subordinate councils including Grand Knight, Faithful Navigator, Chapter President and District Deputy. The Berkeley Council is one of the oldest councils in California.

The National Congress on Hispanic Ministry “Roots and Wings 2010” conference will convene in Chicago Sept. 23-26 and is expected to bring together hundreds of Catholic leaders and dozens of national associations that serve Hispanics in the U.S. The current national debate on immigration reform as well as the high level of school dropouts among Hispanics are among the topics to be discussed. Information at www.ncchm.org.

The Courage/ EnCourage Conference, a gathering for individuals who experience same-sex attraction and their family members, will take place July 29 – Aug. 1 at the University of St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein, Illinois. Information at (212) 268-1010 or http://couragerc.net/conference2010.htm.

What’s on EWTN? The Eternal Word Television Network, the 24-hour Catholic network, will feature “Meeting Josemaria Escriva: Brazil,” which includes clips from speeches given in Brazil by St. Josemaria, the founder of Opus Dei. Marriage, family life and attaining sanctity in the world are among the topics addressed. The program will air June 24 at 12 a.m. and June 24 at 3:30 p.m.

EWTN will broadcast “Holy Roman Spies: The Vatican’s Secret Agents,” a documentary about priests trained to infiltrate the U.S.S.R. and minister to people under Communist oppression, on June 27 at 7 p.m. and June 29 at 10:30 a.m.

Two papal liturgies from Rome will mark the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul. Pope Benedict XVI will lead Vespers from the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls live at 9 a.m. on June 28; it will be rebroadcast at 2 p.m. The pontiff will preside over the Mass for the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, airing live from Rome on June 29 at 12:30 a.m. with an encore at 3 p.m.

All are Pacific Time. 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. For more program information visit www.ewtn.com.

VOLUNTEER ALERT! Birthright of Livermore, which offers support to women in crisis pregnancies, is seeking a volunteer CPA to review the office’s books and assist with special tax forms; substitute office volunteer to work with clients; board members from the business or clergy community in the Tri-Valley area; diaper bags, new baby clothing for layette sets, wipes, diapers up to size 3; maternity clothes — tops and, especially, pants in all sizes. For more information: (925) 449-5887 or (800) 550-4900.

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