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 October 18, 2010   •   VOL. 48, NO. 18   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese


Special recognition
California State Sen. Ellen M. Corbett (D-San Leandro), left, presents a certificate to Pamela Lyons, principal of Assumption School in San Leandro, in recognition of the school’s “leadership, outstanding commitment and dedicated service to the community of San Leandro.” Sen. Corbett, an alum for the school’s Class of 1969, made a guest appearance along with local dignitaries at the opening of the school’s festival, Sept. 25.
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  ABOVE: New Columbian Squires Circle
The inaugural members of the Squires Circle of the Knights of Columbus Council 4060 at St. Isidore Parish in Danville stand with their sponsors following the Sept. 19 installation ceremony performed by members of the Squires Council of the Livermore Knights of Columbus. They are, from left,Counselor Joe Gutierrez, Grand Knight Joe Bagonis of Council 4060, Counselor Mike Gotowka, Marco Gutierrez, Frank De Martini, Michael Young, District Deputy Ron Cortez, Matthew Fresquez, Counselor John De Martini (in rear), Chief Counselor Alfred Arabejo (in front), and Counselor Brett Forrest.
 
 
LEFT: Celebrating 100 years
Virginia Zaleski walks with her son Peter during an Oct. 1 celebration of her 100th birthday at St. Raymond Church in San Ramon, hosted by Catholic Daughters Court 2057 and the Knights of Columbus Council 7987. Father Terry O’Malley, parochial vicar at St. Raymond, offered a special blessing. She received a proclamation from the San Ramon City Council and Mayor H. Abram Wilson at its Sept. 28 council meeting. She is a founding member in the 1970s of the San Ramon Senior Center and the oldest member of the Catholic Daughters Court.


Youth choirs at Cathedral

Youth choirs representing parishes and middle schools and high schools throughout Northern California will gather Nov. 6 at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland for a choral festival and Mass. Bishop Salvatore Cordileone will preside at the Mass which will begin at 5:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

Sponsored by the American Federation of Pueri Cantores, this special musical and liturgical event will give young musicians from the Oakland Diocese and neighboring dioceses the opportunity to meet, rehearse together, and receive advanced choral training from nationally known conductors. Paul French, director of music at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Chicago and a highly sought after conductor, will lead the singers.

Pueri Cantores is the official student choral organization of the Catholic Church. Some 65,000 singers in 35 countries are involved in the organization. The American Federation of Pueri Cantores, the second largest group worldwide, sponsors regional, national and international festivals that expose young people to liturgical music and provide the tools young singers need to develop in liturgical leadership through music.


Epic production staged

The Performing Arts Department at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga will present a 20th anniversary production of Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize winning “Angels in America” next month. Kushner’s epic stage production, set in the political firestorm of the burgeoning AIDS crisis, chronicles a group of New Yorkers struggling to survive the social and political upheavals of the late 1980s including a devout Mormon married couple, a gay couple and the infamous Communist-hunter Roy Cohn.

The campus production features 10 talented student actors, with stage direction by Professor Reid Davis.

In conjunction with the production, additional activities will be organized with the School of Liberal Arts to promote discussion of questions about community, sexuality, spirituality and identity, and shed light on the leadership role that Catholic relief organizations have taken to provide compassionate care to persons with AIDS. For a schedule of these activities, phone (925) 631-8623.

Performances for “Angels in America Part One: Millennium Approaches” are Nov. 11, 12, 13, 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 14 and 21 at 2 p.m. All performances will be in the LeFevre Theatre. Tickets: $15 general; $12 St. Mary’s faculty and staff and non-SMC students; $8 St. Mary’s students. Reservations: (925) 631-4670 or www.stmarys-ca.edu/arts.

There will be free staged readings of “Part Two: Perestroika” on Nov. 14 and 16 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 20 at 2 p.m. in Hagerty Lounge.


Around the Parishes

Members of Our Lady of Grace Parish in Castro Valley served food to the needy at Portuguese Park in Hayward yesterday (Oct. 17). Members of St. Joan of Arc Parish in San Ramon provided dinners to homeless families at Mountain View Home in Martinez, Oct. 4 – 8.

Parishioners at St. Anne Parish in Union City gathered in the parish hall, Oct. 16, to learn how leftover food scraps from parish meetings and other events can be composted. The program links composting to the “stewardship of time” and the importance to be responsible stewards of God’s creation.

The Catholic Community of Pleasanton held a reception Oct. 14 for all adopted and foster children and their parents as well as those considering adoption or foster care.

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Around the Schools

Marina Weiner, a senior at Oakland’s Holy Names High School (HNHS), has received a letter of commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation as one of the. top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who took the PSAT test in 2009.

Also at HNHS: Seniors Karla Baires, Marissa Corpuz, Camille Hayes and Megan Newcomb received the AP Scholar Award for earning scores of three or higher on three or more AP Exams. Additionally Briana Byrne and Gabriella Freda earned the distinction of AP Scholar with Distinction for receiving an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken. And senior Monica Williams is ranked among 3,100 outstanding participants in the National Achievement Scholarship Program, scoring in the top three percent of more than 160,000 Black Americans who requested consideration in the program when they took the PSAT in 2009.

Three seniors at Oakland’s Bishop O’Dowd High School (BOD), Kristin Kerbavaz, William McAneny and Sonia Rodrigues, recently received certificates of recognition as outstanding writers from the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). They are among 543 high school students across the U.S. selected for the 2010 NCTE Achievement Awards in Writing.

Fifteen O’Dowd seniors were recently named commended students in the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program: Maximilian Burnham, Colin Busby, Thomas Counts, Margaret Daly, Amanda Drury, Nathan Kayhan, Shona Maher, William McAneny, Nate Mills, Dominic Niespolo, Matthew Pang, Sonia Rodrigues, Rebecca Vastola, Grace West and Elise Zarri.

Three students at St. Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda (SJND) — Desiree Harris, Khalia Burton-Hom, and Louis Rodrigues —have been recognized with the Presidential Physical Fitness Award based on fitness tests they took in May. Harris is on the varsity women’s basketball team, Burton-Hom is on the varsity volleyball team, and Rodrigues is a member of the school’s cross country team.

For the second consecutive year, a student from SJND has been selected as the high school poet laureate of Alameda. Tia Gangopadhyay (’11) succeeded Sarah Su (’10) who was honored as the first ever high school poet laureate in the city. Gangopadhyay, literary editor of the school’s Prisms magazine, hopes to study medicine after high school.

Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward has launched a new and improved website at www.MoreauCatholic.org. The new site highlights the school’s college prep and technology focus, includes video “teacher features” in which teachers share projects and other activities by their classes, and has an events calendar and alumni spotlight.

A crew from the NBC Sunday Night Football game for the Philadelphia Eagles vs. San Francisco 49ers game on Oct. 10 visited De La Salle High School in Concord (DLS) to shoot film at the school and at Amador Valley High in Pleasanton where DLS defeated the home team 56 – 0 during a Friday night football game, Oct. 8.

The Hanna Boys Center in Sonoma, a haven for lost and troubled boys in grades 8 through 12, will hold a groundbreaking Oct. 24 as the ceremonial start of construction to renew its facilities. Mass begins at 10 a.m. with festivities to follow. Named for Archbishop Edward J. Hanna, the center was founded 60 years ago by Monsignor William J. Flanagan and Father William L. O’Connor as part of the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Originally conceived as a residential school for underprivileged youth, Hanna Boys Center now caters to a resident population of 100 boys. It is funded solely through donations. RSVP: (707) 933-2540 or rsvp@hannacenter.org.

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Among the Religious

The West Coast Augustinians, who administer Our Lady of Grace Parish in Castro Valley, are inviting men between the ages of 20 and 40 to a Vocation Discernment Retreat at the St. Augustine Monastery in San Diego the weekend of Oct. 22 – 24. For more information, contact Father Tom Whelan at osacole@pacbell.net.

The Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose are hosting a “Religious Life Info Day” on Nov. 6 (the program will be repeated on Nov. 7) for single women between ages 18 and 40 at their Motherhouse, 43326 Mission Blvd. in Fremont. There is no charge for the event which will be held from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. RSVP by Nov. 1 at vocations@msjdominicans.org or (510) 933-6335.

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Names, News, Notes

A four-day conference, exploring the writings of Pierre Teihard de Chardin and its relevancy in today’s world, will be held at Santa Clara University beginning Nov. 18. Sponsored by Santa Clara University (SCU) and the Jesuit School of Theology, the event includes a keynote address by Mary Evelyn Tucker, a senior lecturer in religion and ecology at Yale University, who will speak on “Teihard for a New Generation: An Ecological Vision for the World.” More information: www.teilhardforanewgeneration.com.

Do you know someone who identifies as gay/lesbian, homosexual, or same-sex attracted and feels that this keeps her/him from taking full part in the life of the Church? If so, consider telling her/him about the diocesan chapter of Courage. According to Mike, the chapter leader, Courage believes that the Catholic Church “welcomes all of her children and is our home.” For more information about Courage in the Oakland Diocese, send an email to courage.eastbay@gmail.com. Confidentialty is guaranteed.

WHAT’S ON EWTN? The Eternal Word Television Network, the 24-hour Catholic TV network, is featuring a series, “The Suffering Church,” examining the different areas of the world where Christianity is attacked. The 30-minute program airs Sundays at 8 p.m. Another special program, “The Jeweller’s Shop,” starring Burt Lancaster, focuses on two sets of Polish spouses who face the challenges that love demands during World War II. This 90-minute program airs Oct. 20 at 10 a.m. and Oct. 23 at 5 p.m. EWTN is carried on Comcast Ch. 229, AT and T Ch. 562, Astound Ch. 116, DISH Satellite Ch. 261, and DirecTV Ch. 370; and in Alameda Comcast carries EWTN on Ch. 30. All times are Pacific Time. For more special programming, visit www.ewtn.com.

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