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 February 21, 2011   •   VOL. 49, NO. 4   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

500-student peace march
In Oakland, St. Elizabeth Elementary School and nearby St. Elizabeth High School joined for a 500-student peace march on Feb. 4. The students, carrying signs and accompanied by the band from the elementary school, started the march at the elementary school yard and covered 33rd, 34th and 35th avenues as well as Foothill and International boulevards.
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Scouts earn religious medals
Three  Webelos Cub Scouts from Pack 248 in Lafayette received the Parvuli Dei medal awarded to boys in the fourth and fifth grades during St. Perpetua’s annual “Scouting Sunday” Mass Feb. 6, which recognized the parish’s Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and adult leaders. In the front row, from left, are Stacey Hinton, den leader, Pack 248; fourth-grade medal winners Matteo Rojas; Edward Altamirano; and Kevin Hinton; and Colin Hinton of Boy Scout Troop 277. In the back row are Father Garrett Galvin, OFM, presiding priest; and Assistant Scoutmaster Jim Cervantes. These Cub Scouts worked with their parents and den leader on a variety of workbook exercises and projects to increase their understanding of their faith. They also lead a service project gathering necessities for the homeless, and took part with a group of other Cub Scouts who were working on the Protestant counterpart to the Parvuli Dei (children of God) medal.
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Around the Parishes

More than 230 women attended the recent St. Joan of Arc Women’s Retreat in San Ramon.

St. Joseph Parish in Pinole will honor its patron saint on the saint’s feast day, March 19, with Mass at 8 a.m. followed by a St. Joseph’s Table after Mass in the parish hall. According to a centuries-old Italian tradition a three-tiered “table,” is set up in the shape of a cross. A statue of St. Joseph will rest on the table along with Italian dishes and symbolic St. Joseph’s bread for those in attendance to enjoy. Participants, many of whom will contribute a meatless pasta dish, will be invited to bring their intentions to the saint.

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Around the Schools

The fall 2010 semester athletic teams at Concord’s De La Salle High School are not only known as top competitors, they can also claim bragging rights for varsity teams with the highest grade point averages. These teams were recently honored for their academic prowess by the North Coast Section as “Scholastic Champions.” The Spartan football team’s GPA of 3.19 and the cross country team’s GPA of 3.65 won them this recognition for Division I teams, as they placed among the top three schools in the entire NCS. The water polo team, which just missed making the top three with its GPA of 3.38, was named a “distinguished scholastic team.” And to recall a memorable athletic season, the water polo team took second place in the EBAL and went to the NCS semi-finals. The cross country team won both the EBAL and NCS team titles and placed 13th in the state meet. And the football team took the EBAL and NCS championships on its way to a perfect 14-0 season, capped by winning the California State Open Division Championship for the second straight year.

Meanwhile, the Jazz Ensemble at St. Mary’s High School in Berkeley performed at the California Music Educators Association Jazz Festival on Jan. 21 at North Gate High School in Walnut Creek, earning the group a rating of “Excellent.”

A 16-member delegation from St. Mary’s High traveled to Sacramento on Feb. 5 and 6 to attend the Northern Junior State of America Winter Congress.

Congratulations to Carenina Magsano, a fourth-grader at St. Patrick School in Rodeo, who won this year’s Saint Patrick School Spelling Bee. Magsano, who even out-spelled her competitors in grades 5 through 8, will next move to the Contra Costa County Spelling Bee in March.

Queen of All Saints School in Concord
welcomed Bishop Salvatore J. Cordileone to its campus last month to kick off a Catholic Schools Week celebration. The bishop presided at a liturgy that included students, families and staff members before sitting down to a lunch prepared by the parents of the pupils.

St. Clement School’s sixth-grade class of 37 students and a sixth-grade class of 38 students from Holy Names School in Long Island, New York, jointly celebrated Catholic Schools Week by coming together via Skype.

Local radio and TV host and comedian Brian Copeland, a graduate of Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward, welcomed students from Carondelet High School in Concord and St. Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda to his 7Live program during Catholic Schools Week last month.

Nearly 180 alumni, family members and friends attended the annual Super Bowl Pool Luncheon at Berkeley’s St. Mary’s High School on Jan. 20 in the school’s student center. Alumni from the 1940s and up were on campus to help raise $13,000 for the school’s tuition assistance fund and to honor deceased classmates.

More St. Mary’s High news: Sixteen students traveled to Sacramento to attend the 2011 Junior State of America Winter Northern California Congress with Kate Long, faculty member and JSA moderator, on Feb. 5. Bills presented by St. Mary delegates included mandated naptime during the school day, funding of organ transplants at 65 percent, and medical care for prison inmates.

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Congratulations and many blessings to Paul and Kathy Nelson, members at St. Ignatius Parish in Antioch, who recently celebrated their 50th year of marriage.

Voices of Musica Sacra
, a community chorus that performs primarily classical, sacred music, is conducting auditions! All voice parts are needed, especially tenors/basses. Rehearsals take place at 7 p.m. Mondays at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1924 Trinity Ave. in Walnut Creek, with John Kendall Bailey, music director. For more information: (925) 670-7089, info@vmschorus.org, or www.vmschorus.org.

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