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 January 24, 2011   •   VOL. 49, NO. 2   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

To honor and remember
       “God Will Take Care of You” is the theme for the 27th Annual African American Celebration Series at St. Columba Parish in Oakland. The month-long series, which includes guest homilists and speakers from around the country, will also feature the Rawn Harbor Gospel Workshop Choir.
       The series began with Redemptorist Father Maurice Nutt, pastor at Holy Names of Jesus and Mary Church in Memphis on Jan. 23. Other guest speakers, scheduled to join the 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Masses, are: Divine Mercy Father Kenneth Hamilton, Bowman-Francis Ministry to African American Young Adults in Oakland, on Jan. 30; Pierre Labossiere, co-founder of the Haiti Action Committee, on Feb. 6; Divine Word Father Kwame Assenyoh, a doctoral candidate at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley and clergy support at St. Columba Parish, on Feb. 13; Jesuit Father Greg Chisholm, pastor at St. Patrick Parish in Oakland and assistant professor at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, on Jan. 20; and Deacon Dunn Cumby from Corpus Christi Church in Oklahoma City and the Rawn Harbor Gospel Workshop Choir, on Feb. 27. Rawn Harbor is a pastoral associate at St. Columba Church in Oakland, adjunct faculty and director of liturgy and music at the Franciscan School of Theology, and adjunct faculty and director of the Gospel Choir at the University of San Francisco.
       This annual fundraiser is organized to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and commemorate Black History Month. St. Columba Church is located at 6401 San Pablo Ave., Oakland.

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Dressed for success
Students in grades kindergarten to second grade at St. John School in San Lorenzo were recently allowed to wear their pajamas to school as a reward for taking part in a service learning project. They collected just under 110 pairs of pajama for Scholastic’s Great Bedtime Pajama Drive. The PJ’s will go to children in need. Scholastic matched each pair of pajamas with a new reading book.

Around the Parishes

Members of St. Anne Parish in Walnut Creek gathered on Jan. 14 to remember and celebrate the life of Jesuit Father William Kegel, who died Dec. 26 at age 100. A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Father Kegel served for a number of years as a philosophy and language teacher in seminaries and universities run by the Jesuits (Society of Jesus) in the U.S. and Korea. In the Oakland Diocese he was an associate pastor at parishes in Alameda, Oakland, Walnut Creek, Hayward, Castro Valley and Walnut Creek. He also served as an administrator at St. Stephen Parish in Walnut Creek and at St. Joachim in Hayward. He spent his later years as a member of the Jesuit Community in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, where he died.

On the World Day of the Sick (Feb. 11), St. Edward Parish in Newark will host a “White Mass” at 9 a.m. to honor the doctors, nurses and medical workers in the parish.

Seeking help from a higher power — St. Blaise, patron of diseases of the throat — St. John Vianney Parish in Walnut Creek will have a blessing of throats at all Masses on Jan. 29 and 30 and on Feb. 3 (8:30 a.m. Mass) at the church and at the chapel of John Muir Hospital in Walnut Creek at 10 a.m.

The Filipino Catholic Community at St. Joseph Parish in Fremont celebrated the feast of Santo Niño during the 12:30 p.m. Mass on Jan. 23. The feast commemorates the beginning of evangelization in the Philippines when Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan and his crew arrived in the Philippines bringing with them the image of the Infant Jesus. The celebration is observed the third Sunday of the year.

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Carondelet High School (CHS) in Concord and the Oakland Military Institute shared the honor of being named Outstanding School for Service by the Jefferson Awards, Students in Action Program. Katie Miyakado represented CHS at the celebration which was sponsored by CBS5 and KCBS radio and held at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco.

Students from Bishop O’Dowd High School and Holy Names High School, both in Oakland, went to Washington, D.C. earlier this month, to participate in the Close Up government studies program. During the week-long program students received a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the nation’s capital and Washington politics for one week. Forty-two students from BOD and 12 HNHS students took part in discussion groups, debates and seminars with students from around the country.

Artwork by Lila Elias, Genny Smith, Freddie Lambright III, and Grace Miller, all students from St. Mary’s High School in Berkeley, is part of the Lillian Black Children’s Art Council Traveling Art Show this semester. The art show will visit 12 elementary schools around the Bay Area. And, on Feb. 27 the art show will be displayed at the Lillian Black Arts Festival at Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland.

The Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley has launched a new program, the master of theological studies for working professionals who intend to remain in their current profession and integrate theology into their profession. The program is suitable for professionals with a minimum of two years of experience in a specialized field, such as business, law, health care, education and other related fields who are interested in exploring how their professional experience interfaced with the life and mission of the Church. Applications for 2011 will be accepted until Feb. 15. For more information, go to www.dspt.edu/mts or dial (510) 883-2073.

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Congratulations and Many Blessings to Leonard and Jo Gregory, members at St. Michael Parish in Livermore, on the occasion of their 64th wedding anniversary.

VOLUNTEER ALERT! Birthright of Concord will be expanding its hours and is in need of a volunteer or a board member. The only qualification is a “loving and non-judgmental heart when working with pregnant women and their families.” Training sessions will be held in early March. For more information or to obtain an application, contact Birthright at (925) 798-7227.

SAVE THIS DATE: April 2 — All Catholics are invited to attend the 38th Annual Ministry Day at St. Mary’s High School in Stockton. Workshops on such topics as the Sacraments, youth ministry, family life, will be offered. There will be more than 50 exhibitors. Advanced registration: $30 until Feb. 22, then it is $35. To register and for more information visit http://is.gd/iVn41.

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