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 November 8, 2010   •   VOL. 48, NO. 19   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

Money for breast cancer
Members of the volleyball teams at Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda wear T shirts they sold to raise $1,000 for breast cancer research. The T shirts commemorate a special Dig Pink SJND volleyball match against Salesian High School. Proceeds were donated to the Side-Out Foundation, which pairs volleyball enthusiasts with breast cancer researchers.
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Newly ordained deacons
Twelve Jesuits, newly ordained as transitional deacons, stand with Oakland Bishop Salvatore Cordileone after the Oct. 23 ceremony at the Cathedral of Christ the Light. They are, from left, Juan Manuel Montoya, J. Patrick Hough, Radmar Agana Jao, Andrew Kirschman, Pedro Flores, Paul Vu, Ricardo Manchuca, Dairo Orozco, Trung Pham, Enrique Mireles, Marco Hernan Quezada and Salvador Ramírez. Three men studying for the priesthood in the Oakland Diocese were also ordained as transitional deacons. They are: Edilberto Solis Castanas, Rafal Duda and Alexander Quiros-Castillo.

Money for breast cancer
Students, family and friends of Assumption School in San Leandro gather at Golden Gate Park, Oct. 23, for the American Cancer Society’s annual “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” walk. The Assumption community has participated in this event for several years, coordinated by Thelma Dawson, a teacher at Assumption School.

Make reading count

Students at St. Isidore School in Danville placed third worldwide in the Book of World Records for summer reading minutes. Their efforts totaled 822,459 minutes, moving the young readers up from last year’s sixth place finish.

The top readers per grade are: Cole Deviney, kindergarten, 4391 minutes; Lily Bowes, first grade, 5258 minutes; Emmy Dunn, second grade, 11,324 minutes; Emily Wolfert, third grade, 7014 minutes; Cole Leone, fourth grade, 8300 minutes; Amelia Clute, fifth grade, 8078 minutes; Christine DeMartini, sixth grade, 15,426 minutes; Tanya Yakoubovsky, seventh grade, 6028 minutes; and Jessie Stauber, eighth grade, 7290 minutes.

Just how did the Danville readers manage to accomplish this feat? Jesse Stauber said it was not hard for her to find the time to read because reading is her favorite activity. Cole Leone said he always has a book with him and reads on the way to soccer practice and anywhere else he is going.

The Danville students received “perfect book” suggestions and inspiration from Lee Lewis, the school librarian. The Harry Potter, Percy Jackson and Maximum Ride books remained among the students’ favorites.

The top readers each received a gift certificate from Scholastic Books.

Around the Parishes

Congratulations to John Di Palermo, co-founder of the Muffin People, who was recently received a local Jefferson Award for service in the community. The Muffin People are a group of volunteers from St. Monica Parish in Moraga who collect day-old baked goods and food donations from local bakeries and supermarkets and deliver them to several Oakland organizations that feed the hungry in Oakland, including St. Mary’s Center, A Friendly Place/Manor and the St. Vincent de Paul Dining Room.

West Oakland elected officials along with community and faith leaders and parents of school-age children gathered Oct. 30 at Oakland’s St. Patrick Church to rally for the support of two measures on the Nov. 2 ballot that seek funding for local education and youth programs.

St. Joachim Parish in Hayward and St. John Parish in San Lorenzo joined the Eden-Cherryland COR (Congregations Organizing for Renewal) in co-sponsoring a forum on Oct. 26 featuring candidates seeking election to the Hayward Unified School District.

Oakland’s St. Anthony Parish
welcomed faith leaders, neighborhood crime prevention councils, representatives from the Oakland Police Department and others to a gang awareness workshop on Oct. 27. The parish, along with four other Oakland parishes — St. Elizabeth, St. Bernard, Mary Help of Christians, and St. Louis Bertrand — have been working with Oakland Community Organizations (OCO) to address gang violence through effective education, outreach intervention and support programs.

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Around the Schools

Fremont’s St. Joseph Elementary School celebrated its 50th anniversary on Oct. 20 with a Mass in the parish church overflowing with past and present parents, alums, students and parishioners. The Mass with Bishop Salvatore Cordileone included a procession of principals and a specially organized 50th anniversary choir that closed the liturgy with a Missioning song. After Mass the student council led tours of the school. A historical DVD was available for viewing in classrooms as well as albums of past classes and events.

Jaylyn Tidwell (’11), Alexis Maynard (’12) Andria Maynard (’12) and Anika Anderson (’14) of Oakland’s Bishop O’Dowd High School attended an elite Olympic development discus clinic last month at James Logan High School in Union City.

Also at O’Dowd, Nicolas Carera and Joseph Ross, both seniors, are among 3,100 students named Outstanding Participants in the National Achievement Scholarship Program. They are among the top three percent of more than 160,000 Black Americans who requested consideration for the program when they took the 2009 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Congratulations go to Lettie Gallup, lead golfer at Oakland’s Holy Names High School, who placed second out of 40 golfers in the Bay Shore Athletic League (BSAL) Finals. She also made All League for the third year in a row.

After examining the low voter turnout rates for mid-term elections, seniors studying American Government at Holy Names High decided to help get out the vote by spending 150 hours registering voters. Under the guidance of Jill Ratner, parent of a 2009 alum, the students registered voters at street fairs, BART stations, on the UC Berkeley campus, and at local community colleges.

The junior class at Oakland’s St. Elizabeth High School, under the direction of campus minister Patrick Landeza, collected 40 bags of warm clothes during October for those in need.

Gino Inzerillo
, a senior at De La Salle High School in Concord, was recently named a recipient of the youth initiative of The Jefferson Awards, called Students in Action. A leader of many clubs on campus including the Green Club, Amnesty International, and Young Entrepreneurs, Inzerillo is also a volunteer at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation where he mentors a five-year-old with Type I diabetes.

Chris Wondolowski,
a member of the De La Salle’s class of 2001 and currently striker for the San Jose Earthquakes’ soccer team, was recognized for his skill in scoring goals and for unselfish team play when he was named most valuable player by Major League Soccer, on Oct. 23.

Clio Goldstein, a freshman at St. Mary’s High School in Berkeley, has been accepted to the viola section of the California Orchestra Directors Association (CODA) Honor Symphony Orchestra. Goldstein is the first student from St. Mary’s to be accepted for this honor. Goldstein will participate in the symphony’s performance in Santa Monica in early December.

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Names, News, Notes

The diocesan Catholic Campaign for Human Development recognized four special honorees for service to the community during its 2010 annual lunch last month. They are Monica Clark, retiring editor of The Catholic Voice; Holy Names Sister Anne Dineen, a member of the CCHD local committee; Father George Crespin, retired pastor at St. Joseph the Worker Church in Berkeley; and Mary McEnroe, CCHD volunteer.

Congratulations to Ken and Connie Logsdon, members at St. Michael Parish in Livermore, on the occasion of their 60th wedding anniversary on Oct. 29.

More than 50 people attended the annual Dia de los Muertos fundraiser and Mass on Oct. 31 at the Oakland Catholic Worker house in east Oakland.

VOLUNTEER ALERT! Catholic Charities of the East Bay is in need of volunteers for the Volunteer Income Tax Program (VITA) at its sites in Oakland, Concord and Richmond. No experience needed. All volunteers receive Internal Revenue Service (IRS) training and certification. Volunteer hours are flexible. For more information, contact Chi Pham at cpham@cceb.org or (510) 768-3161.

The Christophers, founded by Maryknoll Father James Keller in 1945 to use mass media to help change the world for the better, has recently updated two favorite offerings for the digital age. The classic film, “You Can Change the World,” can now be viewed on YouTube while the latest volume of its “Three Minutes a Day” series is available as an ebook. For more information visit the website: www.christophers.org.

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