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 June 6, 2011   •   VOL. 49, NO. 11   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

Lettuce be happy
The Class of 2011 at St. John’s Catholic School in San Lorenzo had a fun and delicious class project: observing the growth of lettuce and finding out what happens when you add energy to natural soil. From left, Takeya Scott, Tee Jay Tison Martinez and Lauren Audencial show off some of the heads of lettuce. The class all brought dressing and croutons for salad after finding that their hypothesis was correct — the lettuce with added energy grew faster and more abundantly than the lettuce with natural soil.
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Honor students at St. Elizabeth High School
Inducted into the National Honor Society on May 4 were, front row from left: Alejandrina Jimenez, Arely Gutierrez, Estefania Garcia, Angelica Pardo and Katherine Jimenez. Back row: Juan Salcedo, Vinay Patel, Jonathan Amos and Omar Aguilar. The juniors at St. Elizabeth High School in Oakland have excellent records in academics, service and leadership.

Kids ask the darndest things
Pupils at St. Francis of Assisi Elementary School in Concord enjoyed a lively visit with Bishop Salvatore Cordileone on May 16, peppering him with questions, including, “Do you want to be pope?” The bishop replied: “It’s not about what I want. As priests, we are here to serve the Church, however the Church asks to serve. . . . I never thought I would be a bishop, but it is how the Church has now asked me to serve her people.” Shown visiting the seventh grade are, from left, Bishop Cordileone; Fathers Glenn Naguit, parochial vicar, and Ismael Gutierrez, parochial administrator; and Sister James Marien Dyer, CSJ, Principal. The event was part of the bishop’s parish visit May 14-16.

‘Goodies for Good’
First-graders at St. Joseph’s Elementary School in Alameda learned about service projects through the school’s monthly “Goodies for Good.” They made posters to advertise the bake sale; decorated almost 300 envelopes for students to hold their money; and made announcements in each class explaining what the money was being raised for — Guiding Eyes, which trains dogs to help blind people. Earlier in the year, the students had read a story about a blind boy who learns to read Braille, and they learned more about animals that help the blind. Several of the students sold their baked items at St, Joseph Notre Dame High School, raising more than $350 for Guiding Eyes.
Mardi Gras memento
Sara Cumbelich, of St. Anne’s Guild of St. Margaret Mary Parish in Oakland, presents a check for $12,000 to Bill McInerny, Knight of Malta, for the Order of Malta Clinic at the Cathedral of Christ the Light. The clinic offers free medical care to uninsured adults. The check represents a portion of the proceeds of the Carnival Christi, the guild’s fourth annual Mardi Gras dinner dance and auction at the parish. Mechanics Bank was lead sponsor of the event; other sponsors included the CAC Group, Sara and Bill Cumbelich, Bay Alarm, Cyrus and Rebecca Johnson and WEBCOR. The balance of the more than $30,000 raised at the event was donated to the St. Margaret Mary Building Fund for the lighting and general security of the church, rectory and parish hall.

Students celebrate a baby shower
Members of the Pink Belles Service Club at Saint Mary’s High School in Berkeley show off the gifts they gathered for pregnant homeless women at Casa Vincentia in Oakland. The donations were collected from the school community during a baby shower in the school’s student center on May 4. Shower guests enjoyed refreshments, games and prizes.
Courtesy photo Joanne Howe

Assumption pupils visit Legislature
The eighth-graders of Assumption School in San Leandro traveled by Amtrak to Sacramento, where they toured the state Capitol during an April field trip. The pupils learned about state government from state Sen. Ellen M. Corbett, D-San Leandro (above with the pupils). Corbett, who attended Assumption School, inspired the class as she spoke about her career path — lawyer, civic activist and politician — and described some of the legislative bills she’s working on.

Around the Parishes

The Oakland Heritage Alliance has recognized St. Leo the Great Church in Oakland with a 2011 Partner in Preservation Award. The Piedmont Avenue landmark was cited as “Best Stewardship of Property for the Seismic Upgrade and Renovation.” Grace Bacchi and Stu MacIntyre, longtime parishioners, represented the parish at the awards ceremony held at the Chapel of the Chimes on May 12.

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Around the Schools

Eighth-graders at Queen of All Saints School in Concord took part in the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s on May 5. Students joined forces with residents of Bayberry Convalescent Home, Bayberry staff members and local business sponsors, walking with and pushing wheelchair seniors through downtown streets, around Todos Santos Plaza and back to the home to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease as well as efforts toward a cure.

Spartan athletes from the 1970s through 1990s were honored by De La Salle High School in Concord with induction in DLS’s Athletic Hall of Fame on June 5. The inductees are: Bernie Stenson ’70, a swimmer who was the school’s first All-American; Scott Molina ’78, a track and cross country star who became one of the world’s professional triathletes and trainer of endurance athletes; Mark Panella ’85, a noted football quarterback and the East Bay Player of the Year in baseball, who is currently assistant football coach with the Spartans; Patrick Walsh ’93, a record-setting running back, State Player of the Year in football and captain of the baseball team, who is now head football coach at Serra High School; Adin Brown ’96, a member of the Portland Timbers and a star goalie in both soccer and water polo; Frank Tamony, a longtime teacher, baseball coach, and dean who was a mentor to generations of students; and the 1991 Cross Country Team, the young team that unexpectedly won the school’s first state championship in cross country running. Sean Farnham ’96, who championed the Spartan basketball team that won the school’s first NorCal title, served as the event’s master of ceremonies. Since 2001, Farnham, who played four years of basketball for the UCLA Bruins and was a UCLA team captain in 2000, has been a radio and TV analyst covering college and professional basketball. He is currently a broadcaster for ESPN.

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