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 March 7, 2011   •   VOL. 49, NO. 5   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

A special gift
Jessica Pena (from left), Alana Padua, Lupe Espinoza and Kate Beckman were among nine students from local Catholic schools who gave the precious gift of their hair during the fourth annual Locks of Love event at Saint Mary’s High on Feb. 15. The girls had the special treat of having their long braids and pony tails cut by professional stylist Pamela Frogge of “Hair” on Solano Avenue in Berkeley, who volunteered her skills. More than 10 feet of hair was donated to help create hairpieces for young people suffering from illnesses that result in hair loss. The event was coordinated by faculty member Clare McCormick and participants included: Kate Beckman, Holy Names High School; Jessica Pena, School of the Madeleine; Saint Mary’s students Lupe Espinoza, Alana Padua, Luccia Lecce, Diana Rodriguez, Celia Flores and Sandra Souriya; and Saint Mary’s alumna Jocelyn Crudo.
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Jubilarians celebrate
Eleven priests celebrating jubilee years in 2011 were honored Feb. 17 at Mission San Jose and St. Joseph Parish in Fremont with a dinner and program commemorating their service. Bishop Salvatore J. Cordileone and Bishop Emeritus John Cummins joined the priests in the celebration. Pictured at the cake-cutting ceremony, from left to right, are Father Jimmy Thottapally, 40 years; Father Paul Vassar, 40 years; Father Timothy Johnson, 40 years; Bishop Cummins; Bishop Cordileone; Father Thomas Ng, 50 years; Redemptorist Father Richard Schiblin, 50 years; Father Tran Thuc Dinh, 50 years; Father James Pickett, 50 years; Father Wayne Campbell, 25 years; Father Michael Cunningham, 25 years; and Msgr. Manuel Simas, 50 years. Not pictured is Father Gerard Moran, 40 years.

Merit Finalist
Holy Names High School senior Tamara Savage is a National Merit Scholarship Finalist. In the fall Tamara was named a semifinalist after she scored in the top 1 percent of the 1.5 million juniors who took the PSAT. She has moved to the next level of competition, and is one of 15,000 finalists nationwide. Of those finalists, 8,400 Merit Scholars will be chosen. She plays varsity soccer, is an assistant head delegate for Model United Nations, devotes time to peer tutoring and has founded a Holy Names chapter of the Not For Sale Club.

Solomon Belette, chief executive officer of Catholic Charities of the East Bay, has been awarded the Catholic Institute for Social Action’s 2011 Community Partner Award. Each year, the institute at St. Mary’s College in Moraga ackowledges (with an award) the outstanding work of a faculty member, student leader, community partner and a member of its faculty.

Grandparents Day at St. Isidore School

Among those gathering for Grandparents Day, Doris Alioto, grandson Benjamin Parker, Anita Parker, Patricia and Gene Gallagher with granddaughter Mary Bridget Gallagher.
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St. Isidore School in Danville has many traditions and special days for students and family, but once a year third grade students and grandparents are treated to a special day just for them. It happens every February and is worked on for weeks in advance under the direction of third grade teachers Mrs. Maureen Bourne and Mrs. Maureen Christensen. Art, music and computer teachers are also involved in making this a day of collaboration and talents.

On Feb. 17, the third grade students and their guests begin their day together with a Mass especially for them. It was followed up with a continental breakfast prepared by third grade parents, and activities for kids and grandparents. Music director Stephen Duffy led the children in a short musical program, and before the day was done the kids presented their grandparents with a special keepsake book that they had made just for them.

Around the Schools

Six students from Our Lady of Guadalupe School in Fremont received awards at the Diocesan-Wide Science Fair held last month. They are seventh-graders Nick Hess (1st Place), Alexander Braswell (1st Place) and Max Reyna (2nd Place) and eighth-graders Justin Ng (1st Place), Angela Pedrigal (2nd Place) and Athena Pham (3rd Place). Justin Ng and Nick Hess were also finalists in their categories (Justin in physical science, Nick in environmental science) and will go on to represent Our Lady of Guadalupe School and the Diocese at the San Francisco Bay Area Science Fair being held March 28 to March 31.

Both the men’s (21-5 overall, 14-2 HAAL) and women basketball teams at Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland were recently seeded No. 1 for the North Coast Section Division playoffs.

Concord’s De La Salle High School announced a new class of inductees to its athletic Hall of Fame. They are: Bernie Stenson ’70, one of the great swimmers in school history and its first All-American; Scott Molina ’78, a track and cross country runner who went on to become one of the world’s best triathletes; Mark Panella ’85, who displayed legendary football and baseball skills, was a leader on and off the field and is a longtime assistant coach with the Spartan football team; Patrick Walsh ’93, an undersized running back who set rushing and scoring records that stood for years, as well as a superb baseball player, a former coach at DLS and now head football coach at Serra High School; Adin Brown ’96, who starred in both water polo and soccer at DLS, went on to star in soccer at college and now plays professionally for the Portland Timbers; Frank Tamony, a longtime teacher, baseball coach, dean of students and mentor to generations of DLS students; and the 1991 Cross Country Team, a young but indomitable team that fought its way to the school’s first-ever state title in cross country. A ceremony and reception on campus will celebrate these newly honored Spartans on June 5.

The Seventh-Grade Boys Basketball team of Assumption School in San Leandro won the League Championship for its second year in a row. Under the guidance of head coach Matt Castro, the boys not only played a winning season, but they also held a food drive for the George Mark Children’s House in San Leandro as part of the boys’ Catholic Youth Organization outreach service project. Coach Castro and his girlfriend Cindy Rathbun have been helping to supply food to the George Mark House. Rathbun has volunteered there since 2007 where she helps cook, while Castro helps with maintenance. Castro and assistant coach Fred Reveles are currently organizing the annual golf tournament for the George Mark House on Aug. 1.

On Feb. 5, the Assumption Seventh Grade boys basketball team visited kids at the House and filled their pantry with food donations they collected from family and friends like Coach Debbi Long, Gorett Allenbach and the Fifth Grade girls volleyball team at Assumption School. Donations included baked goods, fresh vegetables, canned goods as well as Safeway and Costco gift cards. To contribute to the food drive, contact Matt or Cindy at Bay Valley Realty (510) 351-8400. For more information on the golf tournament, details will be announced on the website soon at www.georgemark.org.

All science fairs, all the time . . . students at Assumption School recently held the 2nd Annual Sue Prince Science Fair. The following students received awards: First place: Matthew Powell (eighth grade), Christopher LeBoa (eighth grade) and Christopher Hitchcock (seventh grade); second place: Jess Sequeira (eighth grade), Drew Retallick (eighth grade) and Garrett Monteiro (seventh grade); honorable mention: eighth-graders Emily Brazis, Haley Parker, Dana Pineda and seventh-grader Justin Carino. First- and second-place winners went on to compete in the diocesan Science Fair, and eighth-grader Christopher LeBoa is among the finalists to compete in the Bay Area Science Fair in March.

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