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 September 6, 2010   •   VOL. 48, NO. 15   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese


A day of service
Before school reopened for the fall, these women from Moreau Catholic High in Hayward joined nearly 100 other faculty and staff in a day of service at Our Lady of the Rosary School in Union City. They painted classrooms, washed windows and blinds, cleared gutters and downspouts, repaired doors and floor tiles, and configured computers.
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Awards to seminarians
The Young Men’s Institute (YMI) Seminarian Foundation recently gave financial awards to four men studying for the priesthood in the Oakland Diocese. Pictured during ceremonies at San Damiano Retreat Center are, from left, Michael Pham, Joe Languemi (YMI Council #83), John Musgrove (YMI Council #83), Bishop Salvatore Cordileone, Derrick Oliveira, Gepaul Carpio, Gerald Pedrera and Father Larry D’Anjou, diocesan vocations director.


Fundraising success
Members of the San Lorenzo Ruiz community at St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Martinez stand with Father Leo Asuncion, parochial administrator, after giving him a check for $5,482 for church improvements. The money was raised during a dinner dance in June.


New classrooms added
Bishop Emeritus John Cummins blesses the new junior high/science building at St. Patrick School in Rodeo, Aug. 23, the first day of the new school term. Students gathered in the school patio for the blessing. The school addition is the culmination of eight years of fundraising.
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Renovated classrooms blessed
Bishop Salvatore Cordileone blesses 10 newly renovated Smart Classrooms at St. Joseph Notre Dame High in Alameda, Aug. 26, after presiding at a Mass opening the 2010-2011 school year. The classrooms are now fully interactive for faculty and students. Several alumnae and nuns from Notre Dame Academy, one of the two founding schools of SJND, attended for the dedication of a marker commemorating the contributions of the Sisters of Notre Dame to the school.
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Celebrating peace

St. Ignatius Parish in Antioch is hosting the East County International Day of Peace Celebration, Sept. 18-19. Co-sponsored by the parish, the United Nations, Contra Costa Interfaith Council and the Interfaith Peace Project, the event, at 3351 Contra Loma Blvd., is free and open to all.

Observed by the United Nations since 1982, Peace Day is centered around the idea that if a person, group, community or nation can celebrate peace for 24 hours then peace can be extended into a life practice.
The celebration, which begins at 6:15 p.m. on Sept. 18, includes a World Religion Sacred Scripture display, interfaith candle-lighting, interfaith musical celebration and an all-night prayer/reflection vigil. On Sept. 19 the celebration will resume from 1:15 – 5 p.m. and includes an interfaith musical celebration and planting of a peace pole with a Native American Indian ritual.

While the Antioch parish has commemorated the peace celebration for four years, this marks the first time the event has been expanded to a regional level with invitations being sent to other churches and the larger community, said Walter Ruehlig, the parish’s communications director. Organizers hope the celebration will be embraced by other faith communities in the years to come with, for example, a new peace pole planted by a different faith community each year and a portable labyrinth installed at different sites.

The celebration is bannered on the U.N. International Day of Peace web site www.internationaldayofpeace.org. Plans also call for the event to be broadcast and put on YouTube. For more information contact Ruehlig, (925) 756-7628 or (925) 864-0314.


HNU president leads rite

Bill Hynes, in his first public appearance as president of Oakland’s Holy Names University, led the incoming freshman class through the traditional “The Rite of Passage” ceremony Aug. 21 during which the students climb the 106 stairs at the center of campus.

Each freshman’s name was inscribed in pastel chalk on the steps leading up to the top of the campus and as the students journeyed up the steps, they were welcomed with cheers and applause by parents, family and friends, and HNU faculty and staff. Hynes told the students that they are welcomed as family, as brothers and sisters of one another.


Dual transplant for tot

After spending almost a year waiting for a heart and kidney transplant Aaron Tanner, now five years old, received both organs during two operations held Aug. 14 and 15 at the UCLA Medical Center.

According to Timothy Lyle, a family friend, Aaron received his heart on Aug. 14 but the kidney transplant scheduled for the following day was delayed when the child went into cardiac arrest. Once the new heart was stabilized, the medical team was able to proceed with the second transplant. Lyle noted that that surgery took place on the feast of the Assumption of Mary and was an answer to many prayers.

Aaron was born with a rare congenital heart defect that greatly limited the ability of his heart to circulate blood throughout his body. The circulation problems resulted in kidney failure. In addition to the child’s health problems Aaron’s parents also suffered the heartbreak of losing their three-year-old son, Ethan, to an unrelated heart problem shortly after Aaron’s birth. The Tanners, who are members at Holy Rosary Parish in Antioch, also have two older sons.

Aaron has been released from the hospital and is expected to spend several months in the Los Angeles area for follow-up care. In the meantime Lyle and others in Contra Costa County are planning fundraisers to help the family meet the rising expenses related to the child’s medical treatment. Visitors to the website, saveabrokenheart.com, will find information on how to make a donation.


Around the Parishes

Members of the St. Albert-St. Philip Neri Cluster Parish in Alameda will gather at Lincoln Park on Sept. 12 for the annual 9-11 Memorial Mass at 11 a.m. The liturgy will honor local fire fighters, police, rescue services, airline personnel, doctors and nurses while remembering those who gave their lives in service on Sept. 11, 2001.

Fremont’s St. Joseph Parish
is looking for a few children who love to sing — or want to learn to sing — for their new children’s choirs. Practice for middle school singers (6th – 8th graders) will be on Thursdays from 3:15 – 4:30 p.m. Practice for the children’s choir (3rd – 5th graders) will be Fridays from 4 – 5:30 p.m. So-called Cherub singers (K – 2nd graders) will also rehearse on Fridays. All of the choirs will sing at scheduled parish events.

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Around the Schools

Trinity Wilson, a junior and rising track star at Berkeley’s St. Mary’s High School, won her heat in the girls 100-meter hurdles trials at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore last month. Her wind-legal time of 13.88 seconds was the sixth-fastest time in the heats. In June Wilson finished second in the 100 hurdles at the California Interscholastic Federation track and field championships.

As The Voice went to press, St. Mary’s College in Moraga was scheduled to play host to the first U.S. Senatorial debate between incumbent Sen. Barbara Boxer and her Republican challenger, Carly Fiorina, on Sept. 1. Christian Brother Ronald Gallagher, SMC president, said the college welcomed the opportunity to “provide these thoughtful candidates with a venue to discuss matters of extreme importance to our students, California and the nation.”

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Among the Religious

Holy Names Sister Marcia Frideger, associate professor of business and chairperson of the Department of Business at Oakland’s Holy Names University, has been selected to be part of a five-person Provincial Leadership Team for the U.S.-Ontario Province of the Holy Names Sisters for a five-year term. The Province includes 575 Sisters living in Washington, Oregon, California, Mississippi, New York, Maryland, and Florida as well as Ontario, Canada. In addition to Holy Names University, the Province sponsors six high schools, as well as retreat houses, art and music centers, and a large variety of educational, spiritual and social outreach ministries.

Social Service Sister Eva Marie Lumas
, an assistant professor of faith and culture and director of field education at the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, was a keynote speaker at the Third National Gathering for Black Catholic Women in Charlotte, N.C. Aug. 13 – 15. The gathering was sponsored by National Black Sisters’ Conference (NBSC).

These priests were recently assigned as parochial vicars: Society of Divine Word Father Emilio Reyes to St. Bernard Parish in Oakland, effective Aug. 1; Salesian Father Joseph Fernandez to St. Mary Parish in Walnut Creek, effective Sept. 1 – May 2011; Salesian Father Jesse Montes to St. Ambrose Parish in Berkeley, effective Sept. 1; Father Jayson Landeza to St. Felicitas in San Leandro, effective Sept. 1; Father Joseph Nguyen to Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland, effective Sept. 15; Father Jun Manalo to St. Joseph Parish in Fremont, effective Sept. 15. It was also announced that Salesian Father Juan Francisco Munoz was assigned as pastor at St. Ambrose in Berkeley, effective Sept. 1.

Deacon Dick Folger of Our Lady of the Rosary Parish in Union City
, author of “The Gospel Stories of Jesus,” is expanding his ministry. He is available to make power point presentations on such topics as Baptism and the Eucharist to participants in RCIA programs. Contact him at: dickfolger@aol.com or phone: (510) 887-5656.

On Aug. 23 in Lithuania, the documentary film, “Red Terror on the Amber Coast,” written and produced by Dominican Father David O’Rourke, parochial administrator at Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Point Richmond, was the centerpiece of the national televised commemoration of the Hitler/Stalin Pact that handed the Baltic nation to the Soviet Union on Aug. 23, 1939. The hour-long documentary tells the story of the 50 years of Soviet terror waged on Lithuania.

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Names, News, Notes

The Companions in Ignatian Service and Spirituality, a program of prayer and Ignatian spiritual reflection coupled with community service for persons 50 and older, is still accepting applications for its 2010-2011 program at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley. A typical group of 8-10 people meets monthly for prayer and community. Contact: Kay Mascoli, (408) 666-7506 or kmascoli@scu.edu

Congratulations to James and Amy Webb on the occasion of their 58th wedding anniversary on Aug. 16, to Bob and Dorothy Tarte who celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary on Aug. 16, and to Lionel and Bonnie Avila, who marked their 50th wedding anniversary on Aug. 27. All are members at St. Michael Parish in Livermore.

The diocesan Lay Ecclesial Ministers Council recently selected the following people to be their representatives: Annette Roux and Liz Rogers, Region 1; Lisa Promani and TreEssa Palmieri, Region 2; Anne Marie Fourre and Suzy Silva, Region 3; and Gloria Espinoza and Marilyn Marchi, Special Works. These representatives join Robyn Lang and Michele Walsh from Region 4 and Laureen Aguayo and Frances Rojek from Region 5.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Chautauqua 16: A Gathering of People, a celebration of diversity in the diocese, will be held Oct. 2, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 1640 Addison St., Berkeley. It will begin with a Marian procession honoring Our Lady of Aparecida (Patroness of Brazil), followed by a multicultural, multilingual Mass with Bishop Emeritus John Cummins as celebrant and Father George Mockel as homilist. Ethnic foods and cultural entertainment throughout the day.

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