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 March 21, 2011   •   VOL. 49, NO. 6   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

St. Bonaventure opens new center
St. Bonaventure Catholic Community celebrated the completion of its new parish Ministry Center Feb. 27, after 10 years of bureaucratic and economic challenges. Bishop Salvatore J. Cordileone (second from left) blessed the new center — a place where all the parishioners, from pre-school to the frail elderly, can come to learn, to meet and to serve.
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St. Jerome celebrates Dr. Seuss
First-graders at Saint Jerome School in El Cerrito, along with their teacher Marcela Macchiavelli, show off the Cat in the Hat hats they made as part of the class’s March 2 birthday celebrations for Dr. Seuss, the week of Feb. 28-March 4. Activities included making Cat in the Hat hats, daily guest story readers, Cat in the Hat parade at morning assembly, Cat in the Hat math, Cat in the Hat cupcakes, rhyming activities and reading with their seventh-grade buddies.

Oakland seminarian joins acolyte ministry

ROME — Brandon Macadeag, a seminarian from the Diocese of Oakland who is in his second year of theological studies, was among 53 seminarians of the Pontifical North American College in Rome instituted to the ministry of acolyte during a celebration of the Eucharist earlier this month.

The Pontifical North American College, founded in 1859 by Blessed Pius IX, serves as the American house of studies in Rome.

The seminarians have now received both the ministry of Lector and Acolyte in anticipation of their diaconal, and then priestly, ordination. An acolyte assists at the celebration of the Eucharist, purifying the sacred vessels and when needed distributes Holy Communion.

Cardinal James Francis Stafford, former archbishop of Denver, celebrated the Mass and instituted the new acolytes. He gave to each seminarian the gold paten used in the celebration of the Eucharist. “Your great challenge,” he said, “is the renewal of parish life . . . which is a community of believers and a community of forgiveness.”

—Staff report

Around the Parishes

The Simbang Gabi Ministry at St. Joan of Arc Parish is sponsoring the appearance on April 3 of Bukas Palad Music Ministry, a highly acclaimed music group which composes, records, and performs original Filipino liturgical and inspirational music. The group is well known for such songs as “Anima Christi,” “Tanging Yaman,” and “I Will Sing Forever.” The event begins at 5 p.m. Tickets are $20. Proceeds from the performance benefit St. Joan of Arc Parish. For more information: Marietta Ocampo, (925) 525-6821 or mocampo@kw.com.

The St. Joan of Arc LIGHT Players returned to the stage for the eighth straight year on March 18 with musical performances of “Aida” by Elton John and Tim Rice. The cast is made up of over 40 area youths representing virtually every high school in the San Ramon area. An additional 25 youth are performing in the orchestra and helping out behind the scenes. Musical productions by the LIGHT Youth players have played to sell-out crowds and raised funds for St. Joan’s youth programs and various charities in the community. Remaining performances are at 8 p.m. March 25 and 26 and at 3 p.m. March 27 at the church, 2601 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon. For more information and to buy tickets ($15/person) go to www.sjasr.org or (925) 830-4720.

Members of St. Ignatius Parish in Antioch will gather March 26 to celebrate the 326th anniversary of the birthday of Johan Sebastian Bach, a German composer and musician who crafted sacred and secular music. A concert, that includes soprano soloist Dawn Farry, will begin the celebration at 7:30 p.m. A reception that follows in the parish hall will include a Bach birthday cake and German beers and wines.

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Around the Schools

Saint Mary’s College High School junior Trinity Wilson represented the U.S. in an indoor track meet against Germany and Japan in Osaka on the weekend of Feb. 5 and 6. Her winning time of 8.41 seconds for the 60-meter hurdles is the fastest time for a high school student in the United States this year. The Osaka win is the most recent in a string of achievements for Trinity in her high school track career.

Local radio and TV host Brian Copeland will give his first Off-Broadway (Terrace) performance in the Holy Names High School Theater at 3 p.m. April 10. The multitasking entertainer, author, comedian and afternoon TV host of 7Live will perform much of his one-man show, “Not A Genuine Black Man.” Individual tickets are $50. Cabaret seating for four is $1,000, and front row seats are $100 a person. Contact Kathryn Moir at HNHS, (510) 450-1110, ext. 118.

Alameda’s St. Joseph Elementary School
played host to more than 600 students, parents and grandparents on Feb. 4 at the grand opening celebration of the school’s new library. The library houses more than 2,100 titles. Proceeds from the 2010 PTG auction made the new library possible with funds going to purchase new hardbound books, three laptops and a new library management system, as well as needed upgrades to the space. Parent volunteers raised additional funds by hosting a used book fair during the opening day event.

Fourteen student artists at St. Mary’s High School in Berkeley were among the area Catholic school students who had artwork on display at the 25th anniversary Lillian Black Festival of the Arts which was held on Feb. 27 at Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland.

The girls basketball team at St. Mary’s High School in Berkeley, won its third consecutive North Coast Section Division IV title recently by defeating Piedmont High.

Eric Adams, a senior at Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland, recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America. An Eagle Court of Honor was held March 5 at the Buena Vista United Methodist Church in Alameda for Eric, a member of Troop 3 in Alameda, and two other Eagle Scouts. Eric’s Eagle service project was to tear down an old storage shed, rebuild the foundation and construct a new storage shed for the Buena Vista United Methodist Church.

Allen Williams
and Ahmbria Ross, both seniors at Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland, posted stellar performances at the Simplot Games held in Pocotello, Idaho, on Feb. 5. Williams placed third in the triple jump and the 60-meter hurdles while Ross placed 18th in the 60-meter hurdles.

The Jazz Ensemble at Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward placed first for the third consecutive year at the Chabot College Jazz Festival. The school’s combo group also placed first in the combo division. Benjamin Jackson, Christopher Jackson, both seniors, and Justin Lazaro, a junior, earned outstanding soloist certificate.

Out of a field of 10 competitors from schools around the Bay Area, Edgard Arroliga, a senior at Moreau Catholic, received a third place prize for his performance at the ESU Shakespeare Competition held March 5 at Sacred Heart Preparatory in San Francisco

Two coaches from Moreau Catholic, Jack Kennedy, girls basketball, and Frank Knight III, boys basketball, were recently honored by HAAL (Hayward Area Athletic League) as Coach of the Year.

Looking for a summer camp for your child? De La Salle High School in Concord will offer an Athletic Summer Camp for youth with a variety of athletic interests. The skill-building camps include sessions on football, track and field, lacrosse, wrestling, volleyball, baseball, water polo and strength and conditioning. The week-long sessions, to be held between June 13 and June 30, benefit De La Salle students by providing resources for the Bishop John S. Cummins Scholarship Program. For more information: www.dlshs.org, summercamps@dlshs.org or (925) 228-8100, ext. 7090.

Eighteen student athletes at St. Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda have been selected to receive top honors by the coaches of the Bay Shore Athletic League. In Women’s Basketball: Carmen Lockhart ’11 and Desiree Harris ’13 were named first team, all league, Monina Cuvugan ’11 and Ashlee Wood ’11: honorary mention; Men’s Basketball: Brendan Keane ’11 and Jacari Whitfield ’11, first team, all league; Dominic Lippi ’11, Gemeny Givens ’12 and Nick Lacey ’12, honorable mention, all league; women’s soccer: Michelle Seiwald ’13, second team, all league. Elizabeth Avalos ’13, Ciara Lane ’14 and Renee Barbour ’13, honorary mention, all league; Men’s Soccer: Chinedu Ezeh ’11, first team, all league; Loren Urtula ’11, and Antonio Ramirez ’13, second team, all league; Angel Hernandez ’12 and Ollie Cunningham ’12, honorable mention, all league.

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Names, News, Notes

Congratulations and Many Blessings to Joe and Sara Rodolico, members of St. Joachim Parish in Hayward, who celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Feb. 23.

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