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 April 11, 2011   •   VOL. 49, NO. 7   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

Honor for Morneau
Don Morneau, longtime teacher and coach at Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward, is a recipient of a 2011 Hero Award from the Hayward Education Foundation. He has served as a teacher (physical education, religion, and social studies), coach and the school’s athletic director (1996-2004) since 1976. Hero Awards were presented March 25 to 33 Hayward educators and volunteers.
 
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Schools aid after Japan earthquake, tsunami
Eighth-grade pupils at St. Mary School in Walnut Creek, ABOVE, took time out of their English class to create cards and write letters to Japanese students to express their concerns and offer their prayers for those suffering from the devastation of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The pupils wrote their letters in English, then used a text translator to translate their messages into Japanese. The cards were sent to students in Salesian Catholic Girls School and St. Mary’s Catholic Boys School in Tokyo. The St. Mary’s Student Council also held a “Jeans for Japan” day where students made a donation and, in exchange, could wear jeans to school, in order to raise funds for emergency services and recovery. RIGHT: In honor of Spirit Day on March 25, the Student Leadership Team at Assumption School in San Leandro had a “Jerseys for Japan” fundraiser, collecting $925 that was donated to the American Red Cross Japan Fund. In addition, the student leadership team led the student body in a trivia game about Japan and in making and decorating origami hearts with messages of hope on the back.

 
 
 
 
Life up close
Kristine Agzikyouchoukian, Nicolette Escudero, Mary Nguyen and Sophia Bribiesca, pupils in Jane Symonds’ 7th-grade science class at St. Felicitas School in San Leandro, got an up-close look at the life cycle of the chicken egg as they studied fertilized eggs from incubator, to hatchling, to fuzzy baby chick. In all, nine baby chicks were born and later adopted by fellow classmates.

Easter Messiah sing along

For 50 years the 120-member Oakland Symphony Chorus has been recognized as one of the East Bay’s finest choirs and a premier resource for continuing education in the choral arts. From 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 17 you can join with the chorus at St. Paschal Baylon Church in an Easter Messiah sing along. Cost is $10. For more information, dial (510) 207-4093.


Christ the King wins CYO girls 8th-grade-east title

There were some very close games and great basketball play in the playoffs and in the final games of the Oakland Diocese Girls’ CYO Basketball playoffs for girls’ CYO basketball teams in the eastern portion of the diocese. None of this year’s diocesan champions repeated from last year.

The playoffs included 40 CYO basketball teams with 400 participants and were played at Tice Valley Community Center, Walnut Creek; Christ the King gym, Pleasant Hill; and St. Francis of Assisi gym, Concord. The teams represented their grade groups in 4th through 8th grades from the West Diablo and the Diablo East CYO leagues.

The 8th-grade final, in which Christ the King defeated St. Mary’s, 45-37, was a rematch of the 2010 7th-grade final, only last year, St. Mary’s defeated Christ the King for the championship. This year, Christ the King won the championship.

Girls in the western half of the diocese are currently playing basketball, and their playoffs will be held in May.

— Bill Ford


Around the Parishes

Members of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish in San Leandro gathered Feb. 20 for a Mass to mark the community’s final farewell to their pastor and friend, Father Thuong Nguyen, who after 10 years as their spiritual leader, left to take on a new assignment as pastor at St. John the Baptist in El Cerrito. Six priests and two deacons joined the congregation for the liturgy which paid warm tribute to the priest who was also thanked for his many contributions to the parish. During his tenure the small community built a social hall, an Adoration Chapel and added a Grotto area, reflecting his devotion to the Blessed Mother Mary. A special blessing, given by the children of the parish, ended with a touching “group hug” as they surrounded Father Nguyen to pray for him one last time, said Kathy Ippolito, a parishioner.

At St. Raymond Parish in Dublin the Knights of Columbus prepared, and the Catholic Daughters served, a traditional St. Patrick’s Day corned beef and cabbage dinner for 450 parishioners and guests on March 12. The mayor of Dublin’s Sister City, Bray, Ireland, attended.

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Around the Schools

Students at Dominican Kindergarten in Fremont, took a unique approach to celebrating 100 days of kindergarten this year, which culminated on Feb. 3. Rather than creating a post representing 100 days of kindergarten, the students, along with their teacher, Dominican Sister Jane Marie Estoesta, decided to reach out to the less fortunate by collecting much needed items for various non-profit organizations. The “Collecting to 100” Drive for Outreach brought non-perishable food items, jars of baby food, pairs of new socks and other items.

Concord’s Carondelet High School was honored as a finalist for the “Outstanding School of Service in Northern California” last month by the Jefferson Awards Organization. The high school is one of several schools around the East Bay and nation that participate in the Jefferson Awards, Students in Action program, which helps to cultivate and support a culture of service within the student body. In other Jefferson Awards, Students in Action news: four sophomores: Molly Bonney, Sydney Ching, Nicole Santos and Jane Kennedy, were honored at the Quarterly Jefferson Awards by the administration, student body and their parents, for their dedication to community service; and four seniors: Carolyn Fluehr, Geraldine Jorge, Katie Miyakado and Grace Olson, and three juniors: Julia Czarnecki, Anabella Fosbery, and Monica Fiedler-Ross, traveled to Walnut Creek to present a Powerpoint presentation describing the work accomplished by the Carondelet Jefferson Awards, Students in Action Leadership Team before a panel of judges from the Jefferson Awards Organization. The Carondelet students also took part in a leadership training in San Lorenzo where they presented workshops and offered ideas and suggestions to the over 100 students from schools from the Bay Area.

The track team at St. Mary’s High School in Berkeley continued its early season dominance at the Stanford Invitational on March 26 in Palo Alto. More than 100 teams participated. Trinity Wilson won the 100 meter hurdles, setting a national leading time. The sprint quartet of Ali Roosevelt, Chris Carnegie, Caleb Coleman and Murad Williams won the 4 x 100 relay and 4 x 400 relay. They are currently ranked 6th and 3rd in California. Wilson and Carnegie were also named preps of the week for their efforts, reported Coach Jay Lawson.

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Among the Religious

Oblate Father Jose Arong, celebrating 45 years as a priest, was honored with a Mass and reception April 9 at Sacred Heart Church in Oakland. Father Arong served as pastor at Sacred Heart from 1991 — 1998.

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Names, News, Notes

Staff Sgt. Eric Trueblood, a member of the St. Joseph Notre Dame High School community in Alameda, died March 10 in Kandahar province in Afghanistan. The U.S. Department of Defense said that the 27-year-old soldier was killed when his unit was attacked with an improvised explosive device. Trueblood had served eight years in the U.S. Army and was assigned to the 391 Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 16 Sustainment Brigade, which operated out of the Spinelli Barracks in Manheim, Germany.

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