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 May 9, 2011   •   VOL. 49, NO. 9   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

(Berkeley) Way of the Cross
Caption About 100 people joined the Way of the Cross that wound through the University of California at Berkeley campus on Good Friday. The walk was sponsored by the Catholics at Cal and Newman Hall, along with Adventist Christian Fellowship, AGO Christian fraternity, Campus Crusade for Christ (Grad Cru), Episcopal Campus Ministry, First Congregational Church of Berkeley, Lutheran Campus Ministry and Westminster House. Participants carried a large wooden cross, beginning at Sather Gate and ending at the Campanile. The stations incorporated social justice themes, and included readings from Martin Luther King Jr., Cesar Chavez, Dorothy Day and Oscar Romero. And this being Berkeley, the procession passed familiar Cal landmarks, a performance of the Cal Straw Hat Band and an earthbound practice by the Cal Quidditch team.
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Bears for kids
Fifth-Graders at Our Lady of Guadalupe School in Fremont sewed stuffed bears for “Get on the Bus,” a nonprofit that brings children and their caregivers from throughout California to visit parents who are in prison. Pictured are, back row, Samantha Ng, Dario Tran, Wayne Russell, Jacob Burns, Kenneith Nguyen, Azara Atakiti, Janina Marquez, Melissa Banuelos, Kisa Pernia and Elizette Ureno. Middle row: Paolo Pedrigal, Christian Pedrigal, Savannah Jusinski and Jasmine Yuen. Front row: Xenia Valdivia, Bea Mendoza, Jisselle Kelsey.
Champion Pilots
St. Joseph Notre Dame High School men’s varsity basketball celebrated a record fourth state title with a victory parade that stretched from the school on Chestnut Street down Santa Clara Avenue to Alameda City Hall on April 14. Above, the men’s varsity basketball team poses on the steps of City Hall. At right, players Lawrence Grayden, Marc Voisenat and Garrett Rich cheer during the parade. More than 1,000 SJND fans watched the Pilots beat St. Bernard-Playa del Rey, 47-44, in a tightly contested game at the Power Balance Arena in Sacramento on March 25, for the California Division State Championship. It was the 20th anniversary of SJND winning its first state title in basketball in 1991.
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Around the Parishes

About 500 people in need received Easter baskets containing canned goods and gift cards from Saint Raymond Parish in Dublin.

Cinco de Mayo came early in San Pablo, where Saint Paul Church hosted the day-long event on April 30. The festivities included a parade with participation from the cities of San Pablo and Richmond. There were also games for children, music, live entertainment and food.

Members of Our Lady of Lourdes in Oakland are celebrating with their pastor, Father Seamus Genovese, the 30th anniversary of his ordination on May 2.

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Around the Schools

The third- and fifth-grade classes at St. John Elementary School in San Lorenzo teamed up to present a Living Museum in honor of Black History Month. The classes spent many days in pairs researching the accomplishments and contributions of famous African Americans. During the presentation the third-graders dressed as famous Americans while the fifth-graders served as tour guides and read short biographies on the lives of their persons. Among the people mentioned in the presentations are Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Thurgood Marshall, Madam C. J. Walker and Harriet Tubman.

Congratulations to Monica Strosina, a junior at Holy Names High School in Oakland, who received the Youth Leadership Award from the San Leandro Youth Advisory Commission on April 6.

Kasiemobi Udo-Okoye
, a senior at Berkeley’s Saint Mary’s High School, has been selected as a recipient of a National Achievement $2,000 Scholarship. The National Achievement Scholarship Program is an academic competition established in 1964 to provide recognition for outstanding Black American high school students. Out of approximately 170,000 students who enter the program each year, about 4,800 are honored.

Saint Mary’s High School Coach Jay Lawson (SMCHS ’81) reports that at the Stanford Invitational on March 26, with more than 100 teams participating, the Saint Mary’s track team continued its early-season dominance. Trinity Wilson set a national leading time, winning the 100 hurdles in her first outdoor race of the year. The sprint quartet of Ali Roosevelt, Chris Carnegie, Caleb Coleman and Murad Williams won the 4x100 relay and 4x400 relays. They are currently ranked sixth and third in California. Carnegie and Wilson were also named preps of the week for their efforts.

Also from Saint Mary’s High, members of the Class of 1936 gathered in the Christian Brothers residence on the Berkeley campus on April 30 for their 75-year reunion. This class has met every year since graduation except for two during World War II.

In the spirit of “Bring Your Child to Work Day,” Holy Names High is organizing a “Bring Your Pastor to Breakfast Day” on May 12. Students have been encouraged to invite the leaders of their faith communities — pastors, rabbis, or youth ministers, for example — to the campus for the event.

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Among the Religious

Christian Brother Alvaro Rodriguez Echeverria, the superior general of the De La Salle Brothers worldwide, visited Saint Mary’s High School in Berkeley on April 28. He has been visiting Lasallian communities around the U.S. during the month of April. The Costa Rican native is in his second seven-year term as superior general.

The Dominican Sisters of San Rafael are hosting a Vocation Discernment Day for young women on May 15 at Nazareth House in San Rafael.

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Names, News, Notes

Janice Johnson Chambers, a member of the class of 1965 at the former Presentation High School in Berkeley, was one of three women who were recently recognized as outstanding Presentation Alumnae. Chambers has spent many years studying pesticides and the harmful effects they might have on people and animals. She has also been working to improve the health of people living in the Mississippi Delta.

Members of faith communities around the Bay Area are invited to an African American Cancer Care Conference from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. May 14 at Samuel Merritt University, 400 Hawthorne Ave., Oakland. Among the topics to be discussed are nutrition and early detection of breast cancer. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Michael A. LeNoir. RSVP required. $15 donation includes gift bag. (714) 507-0338, (510) 277-3123, thegreenfoundation3@yahoo.com or www.thegreenfoundation.net.

Congratulations and Many Blessings to Bob and Helen Makepeace, members of Saint Michael Parish in Livermore, who are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. The couple was married at Saint Michael.

Two Cursillo weekends will take place at the Holy Redeemer Center in Oakland later this month. A Cursillo is a short course in spirituality that gives participants a chance to share, discuss and learn about their faith. The men’s weekend will be May 12-15, while the women’s weekend is May 19-22. For more information visit www.oakdiocesecursillo.org.

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