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 September 20, 2010   •   VOL. 48, NO. 16   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

Liturgy at O’Dowd marks start of school
Oakland Bishop Salvatore Cordileone celebrates Mass, Sept. 8, in the outdoor quad of Oakland’s Bishop O’Dowd High School for the entire student body. Assisting are Dominic Niespolo, an O’Dowd senior, and Father Jay Matthews, a member of O’Dowd’s Board of Regents and pastor of St. Benedict Parish in Oakland. After the Mass, Bishop Cordileone offered a special blessing for O’Dowd’s new facilities.
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Student leaders in diocese
Some of the 340 middle and high school students from Catholic schools in the Oakland Diocese gather after a liturgy during the 30th annual diocesan Student Leadership Conference held in June at Holy Spirit School in Fremont. The conference focused on helping students become better leaders in their schools and communities.
Alum celebrates Mass at De La Salle
Dominican Father Sean Hallissey, one of the first group of freshmen when De La Salle High School opened in Concord on Sept. 7, 1965, celebrates Mass at the school on Sept. 7, 2010 to mark the campus’ 45th anniversary and the beginning of the new academic year. There were 115 freshmen in the first class with a faculty of four Christian Brothers and one layman. Today’s school enrollment is more than 1000 boys with 180 faculty and staff, including 23 alumni.

Newman symposium

Bishop Emeritus John Cummins attended the beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman by Pope Benedict XVI at a huge open-air Mass in Birmingham’s Cofton Park Sept. 19, the last day of the pope’s four-day visit to England and Scotland.

Bishop Cummins will speak about the 19th century theologian during a symposium at Stanford University, Oct. 30 from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The symposium will be repeated on Oct. 31, from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Dominican Sisters Motherhouse in Fremont. Other symposium speakers include Jesuit Father Ted Ross on “JHN: A Saint Long Overdue” and Jesuit Father Michael Barber on “Newman’s Lessons for the Church of the Third Millennium.”

Cardinal Newman was an Anglican priest who became a Catholic after first founding the Oxford Movement to try to return the Church of England to its Catholic roots.

Reservations: (510) 933-7322 or mmiller@msjdominicans.org.

Celebrating peace

The United Nations has designated Sept. 21 as International Day of Peace, a time to practice acts of peace. Peace advocates in Oakland are inviting people to observe the day with musical reflection at a series of concerts throughout the city.

Among the concert sites are St. Mary’s Center at 925 Brockhurst St. with music from 11 a.m. to noon and St. Augustine Church, 400 Alcatraz Ave., with music from 7 – 10 p.m. At St. Mary’s, James “J.B.” Brooks will provide the vocals. The concert at St. Augustine Church will feature such internationally-known artists as The Gasmen, an Irish band; the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir; Spiritual Image, a Filipino choir; and Patrick Landeza, master of the Hawaiian slack-key guitar.

At St. Jerome School in El Cerrito, students will gather in “student family” groups to make peace wreaths that will be on display throughout the school year. The observance will conclude on the playground with students praying together and singing songs they’ve learned on the theme of peace.

St. Ignatius Parish in Antioch
hosted the East County International Day of Peace with other faith communities on Sept. 18 and 19.

For more information about these and other Peace Day events, visit: www.listenforlife.org/peaceday and http://www.internationaldayofpeace.org.

25th anniversary

On Oct. 9, Mercy Retirement and Care Center in Oakland will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its Care Center, which provides 24-hour nursing care to its residents. Bishop Emeritus John Cummins will preside at a 3 p.m. Mass at nearby St. Elizabeth Church. A reception will follow at Mercy Center.

Established in 1872 by the Sisters of Mercy, the retirement facility on Foothill Blvd. provides assisted living services in a six-floor complex. It is one of the Elder Care Alliance senior communities.

Immigration workshop

Local Catholics are invited to become better informed about immigration reform proposals by attending a workshop on Sept. 25 from 1 – 3 p.m. at St. John Vianney Church, 1650 Ygnacio Valley Road in Walnut Creek.

Sponsored by the Oakland Diocese along with Catholic Charities of the East Bay, the workshop will include presentations by policy experts, theologians and several immigrants.

For more information, contact Nora Petersen at (925) 939-7911, ext. 107, or npetersen@sjvianney.org.

Around the Parishes

The Knights of Columbus Council #12587 at St. Ignatius Parish in Antioch hosted its annual tribute to local first responders at a Sept. 18 luncheon at the Lone Tree Gold and Event Center in Antioch. The event included an awards presentation to an Antioch police officer, firefighter and California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer.

The week of Oct. 4, members at St. Joan of Arc Parish in San Ramon will provide dinner for homeless families who have found shelter at the Mountain View Home in Martinez.

St. Anthony Parish in Oakley and CCISCO (Contra Costa Interfaith Supporting Community Organization) hosted a forum Sept. 15 to celebrate progress made in its campaign to expand access to health care in East County, including the upcoming opening of a health clinic at the Raley’s shopping center on Main Street in Oakley.

St. Jerome Parish in El Cerrito will host the St. Ignatius Press Catholic Book and Film Fair during the parish’s annual festival, Sept. 29. Catholics will be able to pick up order forms and catalogs or place orders for Ignatius Press products. The parish will receive a percentage of the total sales. Information: David Thayer, (510) 662-7478.

A Fair Trade Market featuring chocolate, jewelry, scarves, and other Fair Trade items was offered during the St. Charles Festival and Classic Car Show which took place in Livermore, Sept. 18 – 19.

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Around the Schools

Once again, St. Elizabeth High School in Oakland has a dedicated position of librarian with the arrival of Mission San Jose Dominican Sister Christopher Miller, who previously taught science and math at the school. Sister Miller has been a high school administrator, associate superintendent of education for high schools in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and on the board of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. She is coming to St. Elizabeth’s from St. Catherine’s Academy in Anaheim.

Quentin Caruso, Chris Oberempt, and Alexa Martinez of Assumption School in San Leandro, and Adam Taylor of St. Leo the Great School in Oakland are recipients of the United States Achievement Academy (USAA) National Award for 2010. The 2010 graduates were nominated by Joe Leo, technology coordinator at both sites, for the award in recognition of their outstanding work as staff members of their schools’ yearbooks.

Jason Baskett, a sophomore at St. Joseph Notre Dame High School (SJND) in Alameda, attended a course for high school students on “American Politics and Public Affairs” at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. in July. The seminar included lectures by professors from Georgetown and George Washington Universities and presentations by lobbyists for the United Brotherhood of Teamsters and others.

John McCord
and Matthew Cerio, juniors on the men’s golf team at SJND, placed in the 16- to 17-year old boys category of the Alameda Junior Golf Club Tournament in July. McCord shot an 82, four behind Axel Larsen who captured first place with a 77; Cerio took third place with an 89.

Laurence Atkins, a freshman at SJND, won a second place trophy at the Ame-rican Tennis Association National Tennis Tour-nament held in Atlanta over the summer.

Oakland’s Holy Names High School
received a $2,500 grant from Home Depot to purchase supplies through the store to build a greenhouse and an enclosed chicken coop in its campus garden. Last spring the school’s biology classes harvested cherry tomatoes, peppers, mint and potatoes. Students are preparing to plant the fall crop.

Calling all Cal Bears Fans! Concession booth #13 at Memorial Stadium will be manned by Berkeley’s St. Mary’s High School students during each home game this season. Students will be earning funds for travel to service immersion programs next spring.

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Among the Religious

The Conventual Franciscans of California will remember the passing of St. Francis of Assisi from life through death to eternal life, also called the Transitus of St. Francis, on Oct. 3 at the St. Joseph Cupertino Friary in Arroyo Grande. The gathering will begin with dinner at 4 p.m. followed by the Transitus Prayer Service at 5:30 p.m. For more information and to RSVP call (310) 866-8463 by Oct. 1. Space is limited.

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Names, News, Notes

Congratulations to Peter and Elaine Fazzio of St. Isidore Parish in Danville, who are celebrating their 66th anniversary this month; and to Andy and Dottie Leven, members at St. John Vianney Parish in Walnut Creek, who are celebrating their 50-year anniversary.

JustFaith Engaging Spirituality Groups will be forming at several parishes in the diocese this fall and winter. JustFaith Ministries presents a spiritual deepening process that invites small groups of adult Christians to explore the intersection between contemplative presence and social action in their lives. This 21-week course is generally spread out over five months. Participants do not have to be a JustFaith graduate to take this course. For more information, contact Gaby Miller at gabymiller@sbcglobal.net or Meg Bowerman at LMJTBOW@pacbell.net; or visit www.justfaith.org/programs/engagingspirituality.html.

For the second straight year, the Humane Society of the United States is celebrating the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, by offering a multimedia package designed to explore and examine the responsibility of human beings toward other living beings. The “Saint Francis Day in a Box!” package, which costs $15, includes DVD documentaries entitled “The Cove” and “Eating Mercifully,” “The Green Bible Devotional: A Book of Daily Readings” by Carla Barnhill, and a profile of St. Francis of Assisi from HSUS’s Faith Outreach. The package can be ordered online at humanesociety.org/faith.

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