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 July 5, 2010   •   VOL. 48, NO. 13   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

Statewide honor
The Father Frank Colacicco Council #4060 of the Knights of Columbus in Danville recently was recognized for the highest net gain in membership among all 585 councils in the state. Standing with their award trophy are, from left, Deputy Grand Knight Joe Bagonis, Grand Knight Jack Martin, Mike Gnos, membership program director, and Deputy District Director Ron Cortez.
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Student walkers for CRS
Fourth graders at Fremont’s St. Joseph School stand for a class photo after raising more than $3,500 for Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and the Red Cross during the 11th Annual Mission Walk, May 21. The students walked or ran for one hour on a half-mile course around the school and Mission San Jose, fulfilling donation pledges.

Another cathedral honor
Oakland developer Phil Tagami stands with Bishop Salvatore Cordileone after presenting the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce’s “Oakland on the Map” award to the Cathedral of Christ the Light during the Chamber’s 105th annual meeting, June 23, attended by 350 Oakland business leaders. The award recognizes the new Cathedral Center as “a beautiful addition to downtown Oakland, drawing architectural acclaim and visitors from around the world.” The cathedral has received more than 35 design and innovation awards over the past several years.xx

HONK! if you want to help cure cancer

A group of musicians, actors and theatre lovers have joined together to raise money for the American Cancer Society (Oakland chapter) by producing “Honk!,” a musical version of “The Ugly Duckling.” Performances will be held at Holy Names High School in Oakland, July 16, 17, 18.

Calling themselves A Dramatic Cure, the group includes Joanne Romeo, registrar at Holy Names High, on percussion and Paula Wujek, a HNHS counselor and member of the school’s visual and performing arts department, as Queenie, the stuck-up cat.

“This is a fun-filled family musical telling the story of Ugly, a duck who struggles to find his self-worth while avoiding Queenie, who wants him for dinner,” said Romeo. Along the way Ugly meets many animals, some nice and some not so nice, and a motivational bullfrog.

This is the group’s second musical. Last year they produced “Godspell” as their fundraiser for the Cancer Society’s Relay for Life program.

This year’s performances are July 16, 17 at 8 p.m. and July 18 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Tickets for “HONK!” are $15 with all proceeds going to Relay for Life. All tickets must be purchased through the “Honk!” website: www.adramaticcure.com.

Joan Evans of Pleasanton and Sebastian Romeo of San Leandro rehearse for the July 16-18 production of “Honk!”.

New free Dining Room

Catholics in parishes and social service organizations in Contra Costa County will gather July 15 to celebrate the opening of the new Pittsburg Free Dining Room and St. Vincent de Paul Community Center at 1415 Simpson Court in Pittsburg. The event begins at 10 a.m.

The new facility, a partnership between The Society of St. Vincent de Paul and Loaves and Fishes of Contra Costa County, will serve free nutritious meals five days a week to those in need. Up to 150 people are expected to eat there each day.

By virtue of its location, the dining room will be part of a one-stop resource center. The dining room is adjacent to a medical clinic that will offer free health care when it also opens on July 15. The Oasis, which serves as the daytime location for the Winter Nights Shelter Program, an interfaith outreach to those who are homeless in the county, is also based at the site.

Pioneer women painters

Nearly 100 landscape paintings by three pioneer Western women — Annie Harmon, Mary DeNeale Morgan and Marion Kavanagh Wachtel — will be showcased in an exhibition at the Hearst Art Gallery at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, beginning July 25.

The exhibition will open with a lecture by art historian Erika Esau, author of “Images of the Pacific Rim: Australia and California, 1850 – 1935,” on July 25 at 2 p.m. A reception will follow in the museum’s patio.

The Hearst Art Gallery is located on the college campus directly behind the chapel. The museum is open Wednesdays through Sundays, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $4 for adults, free for youth 12 years and under.

Catholic Youth Choir

Three students from the Oakland Diocese recently participated in this year’s National Catholic Youth Choir (NCYC). They are: Richard J. Clark-Landry of St. Jarlath Parish in Oakland, Christopher Dobbins of St. Joseph Basilica Parish in Alameda, and Fatafehi Tuitavake of All Saints Parish in Hayward.

Sponsored by the Saint John’s School of Theology and Seminary in Collegeville, Minn., the NCYC met there last month for the two-week camp including choir rehearsal; daily classes based on their repertoire in religion, music theory, and music history; daily worship and prayer; and sports and recreation. High school students from across the U.S. participated.

Around the Parishes

Two parishes will welcome Glenmary Father Francois Pellissier to speak about the Glenmary Home Missioners and their ministry in Appalachia, the South and Southwest. He will speak during Masses at St. Michael Church in Livermore July 10 – 11, and at St. Joseph Church in Pinole July 17 – 18. Glenmary is a Catholic society of priests and Brothers who minister exclusively in the U.S. in areas where less than three percent of the population is Catholic and the poverty level is twice the national average.

The Spiritual Life Committee at the Catholic Community of Pleasanton is hosting a “Spiritual Café” on most Tuesday evenings over the summer. The program includes “Centering Prayer” on the first Tuesday of the month and a six-part evening series on “The Interfaith Practice of Jesus” facilitated by Passionist Father Tom Bonacci on July 20 and 27, Aug. 17 and 24, and Sept. 21 and 28. For more information, visit the parish website at www.catholicsofpleasanton.org or contact Lisa at (925) 600-1765.

Dan Schutte
, composer of such popular songs as “Here I Am, Lord” and “You Are Near,” will lead an afternoon of spiritual renewal at St. Joan of Arc Church, 2601 San Ramon Valley Blvd. in San Ramon, on July 25, from 4 – 5:50 p.m. Schutte will discuss the place of prayer in a life of faith and introduce his new book, “Walking the Sacred Path: Spiritual Exercises for Today” and the companion CD. The event is free. More information: (925) 830-0600.

Community leaders at St. Louis Bertrand Parish in Oakland hosted a health fair, June 26, for families without health insurance. Services included free check-ups, blood pressure readings, dental and vision assessments, and H1N1 vaccinations.

Congratulations to Morgan Aspelund of St. Joseph Parish in Fremont, the first recipient of the Joseph Faria Memorial Scholarship for her exceptional leadership and service to the parish while in high school. The scholarship is presented by the St. Joseph Men’s Club in honor of the late Joseph Faria, a benefactor to the Oakland Diocese and the parish. The award recognizes teenagers who are actively involved in the liturgy and life of their faith community.

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Around the Schools

Trinity Wilson, sophomore and track star at St. Mary’s High School in Berkeley, will represent Team USA in the inaugural Youth Olympics in Singapore next month.

The Rotary Club of Alameda recently recognized three seniors at Alameda’s St. Joseph Notre Dame High School (SJND) for their outstanding academic achievements. The students are: Chris McClintock, who is heading to the University of California, Berkeley, received a $3,000 scholarship; Nkeiruka Umeh, who will attend Duke University in the fall, received a $1,000 scholarship; and Jean Eisenman, who is going to Smith College in Massachusetts, received a $750 scholarship for fine arts.

Also at SJND: a $2 million renovation project to modernize the classrooms surrounding the Quad and to refurbish Notre Dame Hall began last month. There will be new lighting, paint, flooring, windows and furniture, as well as built-in whiteboards, display boards and other technology features to support both teachers and students.

“Thomas Berry and the Great Work of Our Time” will be the focus of the annual summer institute, July 15-18, at the Sophia Center on the campus of Holy Names University in Oakland. Presenters include Brian Swimme, Jennifer Berezan, Carl Anthony and Riane Eisler. Information: www.hnu.edu/Sophia or phone (510) 436-1046.

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Names, News, Notes

Immaculate Heart Radio, the 24-hour Catholic Radio network, will feature a series of interviews with Catholic leaders across the country, including Oakland Bishop Salvatore Cordileone, for a project called “Reclaiming the Culture.” Dolores Meehan, co-founder of the Walk for Life West Coast, hosts the program on KSFB Radio 1260 AM, Mondays at 9 a.m. throughout July. Dominican Father Michael Sweeney, president of Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, will speak July 5 on “Authentic Catholic Education — and the Impact of the Land O’ Lakes Conference.” Bishop Cordeleone can be heard July 12 on “The Manhattan Declaration: A Call to Christian Conscience. The July 19 show features Father Robert A. Sirico, president of the Acton Institute, on “The Principle of Subsidiarity and the Service of the Poor.” On July 26 Janet Smith of Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit will talk on “The Right to Privacy.” More information: www.reclaimingtheculture.org.

Did you attend St. Mary’s Seminary in the borough of North East, PA? If so, the former Redemptorist Fathers’ preparatory college and high school would like you to attend an alumni reunion, July 30 – Aug. 2, hosted by the school’s current owners, Mercyhurst North East. Information: www.smsreunion2010.com or Jack Breslin, reunion coordinator, at jbreslin@iona.edu or (914) 632-9805.

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