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 August 9, 2010   •   VOL. 48, NO. 14   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

Celebrating in Rome
Father Jeffrey Keyes (left), pastor of St. Edward Parish in Newark, and Father Stanislaw Zak, pastor of St. Margaret Mary Parish in Oakland, stand among the thousands of priests at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome during a celebration in early June marking the end of the Year for Priests.
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Kmhmu garden in Richmond
Earlier this summer, members of the Kmhmu Pastoral Center in Richmond tilled a plot of land at 20th and Ohio Streets, loaned to them by the City of Richmond as part of the city’s greenway. This is the third year the Kmhmu community has planted various vegetables and flowers. Twenty-four families work the land, but the crop is shared by all members of the pastoral center. Left, Boun Rattana turns over soil before planting. Above, clearing the land are, from left, Keo Manivong, Kam Setoue, Kham Vivideth, Plao Vivideth and Boon Manivong.

New leadership team (Above)
The Presentation Sisters, who have served in the Bay Area since 1854, have elected a new leadership team. They are, seated from left, Sister Stephanie Still, president; Sister Rosina Conrotto, vice president; standing from left, Sister Joan Riordan, councilor; Sister Judith Romero, councilor. Sister Stephanie Still is a graduate of St. Jerome School in El Cerrito (1966) and Presentation High in Berkeley (1970). She taught at the high school from 1978 to 1982 and returned there as principal in 1986 and 1987. Sister Joan Riordan taught at Presentation High in Berkeley from 1964 to 1967. Sister Judith Romero taught at Presentation High in Berkeley from 1985 to 1988 and was director of religious education at St. Perpetua Parish in Lafayette from 1988 to 1990.
Visiting the grave of a saint (Right)
Father Lane Akiona, left, pastor of St. Augustine by the Sea Parish in Waikiki, Hawaii, and Father Jayson Landeza, former pastor of St. Columba Parish in Oakland, now on sabbatical, visit the grave of St. Damien at Kalaupapa, Molokai, during a five-day celebration of priests who have had an association with the Honolulu parish. Father Landeza has been serving the parish during his sabbatical. Father Herman Leong, a member of the Canon Law dept. of the Oakland Diocese, grew up in St. Augustine Parish.
  Gift of wheelchairs
The Knights of Columbus at St. Michael Parish in Livermore raised $35,000 for the American Wheelchair Mission to send wheelchairs to Haiti, Mexico and the Philippines. Holding the check are Father Robert Mendonca, pastor, and Vaughn Brugman. With them are, front row from left, Rob Shiells, Deacon Bill Archer; back row from left, Ken Rief, Tom McCaffrey, Randy Starkweather.

Operation Rice Bowl

Catholic Charities of the East Bay (CCEB) in collaboration with Catholic Relief Services is now accepting proposals for the Operation Rice Bowl grant program, which distributes funds to parishes, agencies, organizations and projects within the Diocese of Oakland that are working on ways to ease hunger. Proposals for up to $1,000 will be considered by the allocation committee.

Organizations and agencies interested in applying for a grant should contact Marc McKimmey at: mmckimmey@cceb.org or (510) 768-3116. Deadline for application submission is Sept. 10.

Hartman to design Orange cathedral

Craig Hartman, award-winning architect of the Cathedral of Christ the Light, has been selected to design the new cathedral for the Diocese of Orange.

The news of his selection came as a “wonderful surprise and, of course, it comes as a great challenge,” Hartman wrote in an e-mail to the Oakland Diocese’s two former bishops, Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron, and Bishop Emeritus John Cummins. “Christ the Light Cathedral has created an architectural challenge for any architect who has the opportunity to design a cathedral at this moment in time, including me.”

Bishop Tod D. Brown of the Orange Diocese said that Hartman’s selection marks the first of many steps “towards the cherished goal of building and dedicating a new cathedral complex.”

The new cathedral, the first cathedral to be built for the Orange Diocese, will be located in Santa Ana on the 15-acre site of Christ Our Savior Cathedral Parish, which was founded five years ago. According to the diocesan website the first phase of the project is to design a cathedral that will meet the current social and spiritual needs of the diocese’s population, now at 1.2 million members, as well as anticipate future growth.

Best in the nation

Many call Ashton Purvis (right) the fastest girl in California. Now she has the distinction of being named Gatorade/ESPNRise National Girls Track and Field Athlete of the year. Purvis, who graduated in May from Oakland’s St. Elizabeth High School, was selected from a field of over 457,000 athletes who were judged in the areas of athletic excellence, academic excellence and exemplary character.

“Without question, Ashton is deserving of recognition as the nation’s best high school girls track and field athlete based on her statistics on the track and the impact her accomplishments have had on St. Elizabeth’s success,” said Jennifer Storms, Gatorade senior vice president of sports marketing. “But she is also a shining example to peers and aspiring young athletes of what a leader and student athlete should be. She represents everything we hope for in a Gatorade Player of the Year recipient.”

The track star capped her high school athletic career by winning the 100 meter dash and 200 meter dash at the California Interscholastic state championship this spring. But her success was not limited to the track. While maintaining a B average despite a grueling travel schedule, she participated in the Black Student Union and Drama Club and accumulated over 100 hours of services during her years at St. Elizabeth.

She also served as a tutor for the East Oakland Youth Development Center’s Leadership Program and the Tavis Smiley Foundation’s Youth Leadership Institute. She mentored youth athletes for 100 Black Men of the Bay Area, Inc., the Pacific Association, and the 3M Track Club.

This month Purvis begins her freshman year at the University of Miami.

Around the Parishes

For the second consecutive year St. Anne Parish in Union City will participate in the national St. Vincent de Paul Society Walk for the Poor, Sept. 26, from 2 – 5 p.m. at Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward. Funds raised in the community will be used locally in direct service to the poor. Participants can support the walkathon by walking themselves, pledging a walker, collect pennies or praying for the walkathon’s success. Registered walkers will receive a free meal. To register (no cost) or for more information, contact Roseann Cotter, event chair, at (510) 471-6545 or VIINBUR@aol.com.

Members at St. Ignatius Parish in Antioch will gather Sept. 12 for a farewell reception for Passionist Father Tom Bonacci, who has been assigned by his community to serve at their retreat center in Citrus Heights, beginning Oct. 1. Father Bonacci has been in residence at the Antioch parish for more than four years. Information about the reception: (925) 778-0768.

A new group for single adults (30s – 50s) made its debut at the Catholic Community of Pleasanton (CCOP) with a “meet and greet” at the Hop Yard Alehouse and Grill on July 23. More activities are being planned. Information: CCOPsingles@gmail.com or (925) 980-8124.

The Isabell Kellum Scholarship Fund Committee at St. Columba Parish in Oakland awarded more than a dozen scholarships to the following students following Mass on July 20: Haley Arterberry, Briana Alford, Mia Brown, Christian Harris, Shiela Johnson, Martinique Monerieffe, Aaron Permillion, Nicole Rodriguez, Malcolm Smith, Gary Collins, Kiana Glaude, Marcus Lang, Philip Johnson, Keith McCullom, Marisa Monerieffe, Karen Permillion, Kevin Peters, and Sidney Ragland.

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Around the Schools

Rosemary Cook, a member of St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Martinez, was selected as Carondelet High School recipient of the National Jefferson Award Youth Initiative for Continuous Community Service. This prestigious honor was bestowed on Cook, Class of 2013, by Teresa Hurlbut, Carondelet High principal, during a school assembly at the Concord campus.

Courtney Gegg, 18, a 2010 graduate of Carondelet High School, is one of five Bay Area youth to receive a $1,000 scholarship from the Kohl’s Kids Who Care Scholarship Program in recognition of their volunteer activities. Gegg was cited for collecting more than 600 school supply-filled backpacks for local children.

Morgan Chandler, a recent graduate of Berkeley’s St. Mary’s High School, was named one of four 2010 Scudder-Singleton Scholarship recipients by the Bay Area News Group. The grants are awarded to children of News Group employees. Morgan is the daughter of Roland Chandler, an employee at the Group’s East Bay Newspaper Packaging Center. She plans to study psychology at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles beginning this fall.

St. Martin de Porres Regional School in Oakland
hosted an eye clinic last month. The four-day clinic, an outreach organized by local community groups, accommodated over 500 people. More than 300 received corrective lenses. According to Holy Family Sister Elaine Sanchez who serves as a social worker at the school, a number of the school’s students and/or family members received the free glasses from local organizations. The West Oakland campus also hosted a summer program in collaboration with the Prescott-Joseph Community Center. About 130 students took part in classes that ranged from math to theater.

The campus at Oakland’s Holy Names High School was busy during the summer break with young people engaged in various creative pursuits. The school hosted Galileo Summer Quest, giving students in grades five through eight opportunities to explore such topics as fashion design, Go-Kart making, hip-hop dance and the science of explosions. Other students took part in The Summer Shakespeare Conservatory, studying acting, physical comedy, and improvisation.

Oakland’s St. Elizabeth High School has a new athletic director, Greg Brannon, an alum (Class of 1980) who returns to the high school where he played varsity football and was captain of the basketball team. Jim Klaczak is the new head football coach.

Alameda’s St. Joseph Notre Dame High School has bragging rights for having the best crab feed in the city, according to Alameda Magazine. The social event, now in its 30th year, was cited in the magazine’s annual “Best of” issue last month. The crab feed draws more than 400 people and raises more than $50,000 for athletics program and tuition assistance.

St. Mary’s High School in Berkeley will begin its 147th year of Catholic education in the Bay Area this month. Eight De La Salle Christian Brothers arrived in San Francisco by steamboat on Aug. 10, 1868, to take over management of St. Mary’s College and its high school department, which had been founded in 1863 by Archbishop Joseph Alemany. On Aug. 28, St. Mary’s High will mark 83 years at its Peralta Park campus in Berkeley.

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Among the Religious

Father Jesus Nieto-Ruiz, pastor at St. Anthony Parish in Oakland, has been appointed to also serve as parochial administrator at Mary Help of Christians Parish in Oakland, effective July 1.

Father Joseph Nguyen, parochial vicar at St. Joseph Parish in Fremont, has been appointed as parochial vicar to the Cathedral Parish of Christ the Light in Oakland, effective Sept. 15.

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Names, News, Notes

Congratulations to Anastacio and Crisanta Gallardo on the occasion of their 67th wedding anniversary; to Fernando and Virginia Romero, who have been united in marriage for 55 years; and to Al and Betty Lewis, who are celebrating 54 years of marriage. All are members at St. Michael Parish in Livermore.

It is not too late to make a difference in the life of homeless pregnant women in need of spiritual and financial support at Oakland’s Casa Vincentia.

The organization is conducting its annual Gold Key Sponsorship: for a $50 donation, contributors will be in the running for the grand prize of $1,000 and other prizes. The drawing will be held Sept. 26 from 2 – 4 p.m. at the Casa, 3210 – 62nd Ave. in Oakland. Tours will be offered as well as opportunities to learn more about services provided there. For more information, contact Barbara Jackson at (510) 729-0316.

SAVE THIS DATE: Nov. 6, 2010. Catholic Charities of the East Bay will celebrate 75 years of service at a Gala Celebration at the Blackhawk Auto Museum in Danville. Bishop Salvatore Cordileone will welcome donors and board members at this event which will include dinner, dancing and a black-tie optional reception. $150 per ticket. Discounted pricing for tables of 10. For more information, contact Colleen Miller at cmiller@cceb.org or (510) 768-3115.

What’s on EWTN? Eternal Word Television Network, the 24-hour Catholic network, will feature a live broadcast of the Solemn Mass of the Assumption of Mary from the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. on Aug. 15 at 9 a.m.

Another special program, “Interrupted Lives: Catholic Sisters Under European Communism,” recounting the courage and deep faith of Eastern-Rite and Latin-Rite nuns during the Soviet domination, will air Aug. 14 at 11 p.m., Aug. 18 at 10 a.m., and Aug. 21 at 11 a.m.

All times 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, EWTN also airs on Ch. 30. For more programming information, visit www.ewtn.com.

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