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 May 23, 2011   •   VOL. 49, NO. 10   •   Oakland, CA
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Gates Millenium Scholar
Zahara Jones, a resident of Emeryville and a senior at St. Elizabeth High School in Oakland, has received notification that she is a 2011 Gates Millenium Scholar. The GMS program, founded by Bill and Melinda Gates in 1999, selects 1,000 talented minority students across the country each year to receive good-through-graduation scholarships. If the students maintain their academic standing and participate in the GMS leadership development program, they are also eligible to receive full funding for graduate school. As Zahara is graduating, her brother Cameron is a St. Elizabeth freshman. Zahara will attend UCLA and her goal is to be a pediatrician. Zahara is happy the scholarship will relieve a burden for her mother: “Now she doesn’t have to worry.” To younger students she says, “It’s important to stay focused. Don’t be discouraged. There are a lot of different things that can throw you off. Continue to try, even if you’re not too sure of how it’s going to turn out. Put forth your best effort.”
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Living Stations of the Cross
The eighth-grade class of 2011 at St. Felicitas School in San Leandro performed the “living” Stations of the Cross on Good Friday for the school and parish community.

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A new teen club that advocates for the pro-life cause has sprung up at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Brentwood. The club meets every Saturday afternoon, and some of the activities listed in the parish bulletin include praying the Rosary, discussions on breaking political news and apologetic topic discussions. Members must be between 12 years and college age.

St. Agnes Parish in Concord has been helping the Contra Costa Blue Star Moms gather supplies for care packages that will be sent to U.S. troops and military dogs posted overseas. This past weekend (May 21 – 22) the parish brought supplies such as cotton crew socks and small packages of corn nuts and other snack items for the July 4 campaign and wrote letters to service men and women.

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Around the Schools

Jared Alokozai, a senior at St. Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda, received the outstanding senior in French award from the American Association of Teachers of French. The award is given annually to a graduating senior who has demonstrated excellence in the study of French as well as exceptional commitment to the French language. Recipients must be non-native speakers of French and have completed three years of French study.

Speaking of SJND: The men’s golf team placed second in the Bay Shore Athletic League Championship on April 25 at Chuck Corica North Course in Alameda. The course is a par 71. John McCord, a junior, came in third, with a score of 79. Three other SJND golfers, Brendan Chai, Matt Cerio and Luis Feliciano, placed among the top 15 golfers in the championship.

Brendan Keane, the senior center on the SJND men’s basketball team, was named California Player of the Year for Division V by ESPN’s Cal-Hi Sports. He also was named the Northern California Player of the Year in Division V by NorCal Preps. Keane averaged a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds and was named second team, All East Bay, by the Bay Area News Group and third team, All-Metro, by the San Francisco Chronicle.

Three seniors at Bishop O’Dowd High School in OaklandElise Zarri, Mary Clapp and Annie Dupont — recently received their Gold Awards, the highest award in Girl Scouts. To complete the award, the members of Troop 31187 did two years of prerequisites and a major project within the community.

During March, sophomore students at Saint Mary’s College High School in Berkeley created Comfort Cards that were taken to Haiti by Margaret Trost, a school parent, author and founder of the What If? Foundation. Trost reported that the cards brought great happiness to the youngsters in Haiti, who were delighted to know that young people in faraway Berkeley were thinking of them and praying for them. The laminated cards contain personalized messages and can be used as bookmarks and keepsakes.

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If you or someone you love is hurting after abortion, an eight-week post-abortion healing and Bible study group will offer hope, help and healing in a loving, supportive environment through Project Rachel in the Diocese of Oakland, All inquiries are completely confidential. The group begins early June, and sign-ups are happening now. For more information: www.oakdiocese.org/pastoral/SocialJustice/ or contact Christine at (415) 260-4406, or christine4faith@gmail.com.

WHAT’S ON EWTN? The Eternal Word Television Network will provide blanket coverage of Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Croatia, June 4-5. Highlights of the trip include a prayer vigil with the youth in one of Zagreb’s squares and Mass at the Zagreb Hippodrome for National Croatian Catholic Families Day. When available, broadcast times may accessed by visiting http://www.ewtn.com/tv/NA_2011_Jun_Generic.asp. EWTN is carried 24 hours a day on Comcast Channel 229, AT&T Channel 562, Astound Channel 116, DISH Satellite Channel 261 and DirecTV Channel 370. In Alameda, Comcast airs EWTN on Channel 30.

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