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 February 7, 2011   •   VOL. 49, NO. 3   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

Sea science
Owen Lojo (left) and James Porter (right), seventh graders at St. Jerome School in El Cerrito, investigated the properties of the Rex Sole during a week-long ocean education program called MARE (Marine Activities, Resources and Education). The schoolwide program was developed by the Lawrence Hall of Science.
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Boys group visits Italy
Members of the Golden Gate Boys Choir and Bellringers, a Bay Area Catholic boys choir, recently returned from Italy, where the group, along with more than 5,000 other boys’, girls’ and children’s choirs from around the world, rehearsed, sang concerts and joined together to sing for the Papal Mass on New Year’s Day. Director Steven Meyer noted there were several times at different concerts where the bellringers, above, had not yet finished playing the last notes of their selections when the audience had already begun to applaud. Pope Benedict XVI attended the final rehearsal of the combined choirs, and encouraged the singers to consider their vocation, to use their voices and training to glorify God.
Berkeley students’ enrichment

Students at St. Mary’s College High School in Berkeley are looking forward to Enrichment Week from Feb. 28 to March 4. The popular program, begun in 1979, offers a mix of academic, travel and career exploration classes, as well as service opportunities. In this photo, from last year’s program, Jade Hodge, a Saint Mary’s senior, plays with youngsters at St. Vincent’s Day Home as part of the 2010 Enrichment Week “Venaver (come and see) East Bay” course that took students to various service sites. Find out more on the school website, www.stmchs.org under Academics.

Student/athlete honored

Navah Evans (above) an eighth-grade student and athlete from St. Lawrence O’Toole School in Oakland, was recently awarded the 2011 Marty Mart Scholarship for Girl’s CYO volleyball in 2011.

Evans has been participating in CYO sports since kindergarten. In addition to volleyball, she has taken part in basketball, track, cross country and cheerleading. She is also a member of student leadership at her school.

In her scholarship essay, Evans wrote: “Sportsmanship is another big aspect in any sport I play and I believe in that. God says to treat each other as you would like to be treated, and I do. I’m not saying I’m on the court and give the ball away, but I do congratulate others when they win and give them a cheer if they lose. It’s not about winning and losing to me, it’s about having fun while you’re out there and enjoying what you’re doing.”

Since 2003, the Marty Mart Scholarship has been awarded twice annually to two outstanding CYO participants. Candidates are recognized on how they express their Christian values in sports rather than athletic talent.

The scholarship is named in honor of the late Marty Mart, former CYO assistant director, who died in 2002. Another scholarship will be given to a CYO athlete this spring.

Call to service, prayer

If you are 50 years or older, retired or semi-retired, seek a deeper relationship with God, or have a desire to serve the poor, voiceless and powerless, the Companions in Ignatian Service and Spirituality would like to meet you.

The Companions in Ignatian Service and Spirituality is made up of women and men who dedicate themselves to service and spirituality in the tradition of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, also known as the Jesuits.

A series of weekly information nights will be held every Wednesday evening, from March 2 to April 13, at sites in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. For specific dates and times, visit the Companions website at www.ignatiancompanions.org, or contact Kay Mascoli at (408) 666-7506 or kmascoli@scu.edu.

Championship play

Twenty-four 7th- and 8th-grade volleyball teams throughout the diocese gathered recently to take part in the 2011 Jim Negri CYO Girls Volleyball Tournament at Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward.

The teams from St. Bede in Hayward and St. Felicitas in San Leandro, in the 7th-grade division, and St. Bede, in the 8th-grade division, were given the RC Camp Sportsmanship Award, which is bestowed on the teams displaying the best sportsmanship throughout the tournament. The award, voted by the tournament referees, honors the late RC Camp, a longtime CYO official. It is considered the highest award in the tournament.

The team from School of the Madeleine in Berkeley won the championship game in the 8th-grade division, with St. Lawrence O’Toole as the runner up. The Consolation division was won by the team from All Saints, Hayward, with St. Bede placing second.

Meanwhile, the team from St. Joseph in Fremont took the 7th-grade division, with St. Joseph in Pinole as the runner up. St. Lawrence O’Toole won the Consolation division with St. Edward, Newark, coming in second.
The tournament is sponsored annually by the Diocesan CYO Office and begins with a Mass in the morning with the teams. The tournament is named in honor of the late Jim Negri Sr., one of the founders of girl’s CYO athletics in the Oakland Diocese and who began the tournament over 40 years ago.

Around the Parishes

Mark J. Sullivan, a teacher, liturgist and choral director in the San Francisco Bay Area, is the new director of music ministries at the Catholic Community of Pleasanton. In the Oakland Diocese, he has served as director of music at St. Joseph/Old Mission San Jose in Fremont, and at Old Saint Mary’s Cathedral and Mission Dolores Basilica in the San Francisco Archdiocese.

Members at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Oakland gathered at the 11 a.m. Mass on Feb. 6 to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the parish. San Francisco Archbishop Edward J. Hanna created the parish on Dec. 9, 1921. The parish church is located by Lake Merritt, where the first Catholic Mass in the area was celebrated by Franciscan Father Juan Crespi in 1772. According to the parish’s website, only three priests have served there as pastor: Father Bartholomew J. Kevany (1921 – 1958); Msgr. John J. Clougher (1958 – 1988) and Father Seamus D. Genovese, since 1988. The parish church received its name from events that occurred at a grotto near Lourdes, France, where a young girl, Bernadette Soubirous, is believed to have been visited by the Virgin Mary in 1858.

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Around the Schools

Congratulations to sixth grader Nicole Bermudez, who was crowned spelling champion at Assumption School in San Leandro last month. A total of 18 students from grades three though eight participated in the competition, supervised by teacher Cindi Simpson. Bermudez will represent Assumption School at the San Francisco Chronicle Spelling Bee this spring.

Becky Vastola and Kevin Daley, seniors at Oakland’s Bishop O’Dowd High School, recently won the Pepperdine Invitational. The debate duo defeated the Valencia High School team in the final round of the three-day tournament. The Valencia High School team of Erin Smith and Debbie Garcia defended the resolution, “The U.S. federal government should invest in a long-term job creation program, while the O’Dowd team argued in opposition.

Also from BOD came news that Hardy Nickerson Jr. had been named to the 2010 Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass football team as a first team linebacker.

Members of the sixth-grade boys basketball team at St. Felicitas School in San Leandro showed their support and class when, after losing their game earlier, they cheered the sixth-grade girls volleyball team on to victory.

The sound of scissors cutting hair will resonate in the St. Joseph Hall Conference room at St. Mary’s High on Feb. 15 with the return of the Locks of Love program at the Berkeley campus. Locks of Love is a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces for financially disadvantaged children suffering from long term medical hair loss. Students from Salesian High School in Richmond as well as St. Elizabeth and Holy Names high schools, both in Oakland, have been invited to attend and donate hair. The donation requires clean untreated hair, preferably from donors 25 years and younger. The hair must make a pony tail or braid of at least 10 inches. Contact Ms. McCormick at (510) 559-6217 for further information or to donate your own pre-cut pony tail or braid.

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