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 June 20, 2011   •   VOL. 49, NO. 12   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

  Golden jubilee
Philip and Olga D’Cunha, parishioners of St. Albert’s Church in Alameda, are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. Originally from Goa, India, they emigrated to Zanzibar, East Aftrica, where they were married in St. Joseph’s Church on Nov. 26, 1960. Due to the political upheaval in Zanzibar, they left for the U.S. in 1972 with their three daughters Rachael, Mylene and Sharon. Rachael and her husband Tony Rodrigues live in Alameda. Mylene and Oscar Rodrigues live in San Leandro. The youngest daughter Sharon and husband Domnick Teresi live in Toronto. Philip and Olga have eight grandchildren. Philip worked for the Fairmont Hotel; Olga as a legal secretary in San Francisco and Oakland.
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Around the Parishes

Deacon Ernie Freeman recently retired from active ministry at The Catholic Community of Pleasanton. The deacon was primarily assigned to the parish’s Hispanic Ministry through the Faith Formation program, sacramental preparation, parent education and liturgical ministry. The deacon had served the community since 1995.

Two students from the Oakland Diocese are participating in the National Catholic Youth Choir (NCYC). They are Christopher Dobbins from St. Joseph Parish in Alameda and Fatafehi Tuitavake from All Saint Parish in Hayward. Founded in 2000, the NCYC is a response to Pope John Paul II for a “new evangelization.” The choir, made up of 25 students (entering 10th, 11th and 12th grades) from 13 states and the country of Brazil, meets on the grounds of Saint John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minn. Activities in the two-week camp, held in late June, include extensive rehearsals; repertoire-based classes in religion music theory and music history; and performing in a multi-state concert tour.

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Around the Schools

Several swimmers at Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland placed in finals at the North Coast Section Swimming Championship Meet at Concord Community Pool. Fordham-bound Nick Burbidge ’11 placed eighth in the 200-yard freestyle and 15th in the 100-yard freestyle. The quartet of Daniel Truong ’11, Morgan Truong ’13 and Burbidge and Tanner Gregson ’11 placed 15th in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Morgan Truong placed 14th in the 100-yard breast stroke.

The 7th-grade class at Hayward’s Saint Clement School received one more lesson — about the Sikh religion and culture — before the end of school year. Through an informative presentation by two school parents, Mr. Aulukh and Mr. Singh, students learned about the similarities that Christians share with Sikhs. Mr. Singh, who is also the representative for the United Sikhs Organization, encouraged the students to “keep their roots,” because it is important to remember where one comes from in order to “get where you are going.”

Trinity Wilson, a junior at Saint Mary’s High School in Berkeley, made school history (the school became co-ed in 1995) by becoming the first female track and field athlete to win a State title. She took first place in the girls’ 100-meter hurdles on June 4 at the California (State) Interscholastic Federation (CIF) championships in Clovis.

Joe Ross, a 2011 graduate of Bishop O’Dowd School in Oakland and acclaimed pitcher, was selected in the first round of the Major League Baseball amateur draft. Ross was selected with the 25th overall pick by the San Diego Padres. He is one of two Bay Area students to be picked directly out of high school this year.

“Las mentiras” (Lies), a poem written by Mary Onglatco, salutatorian of the Class of 2011 at St. Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda, was published in the winter edition of Albricias, the national magazine of the Spanish Honor Society.

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Among the Religious

Oakland’s St. Leo the Great Parish is gathering July 3 to celebrate the ministry of Father Thomas Ng on the occasion of his 50th year as a priest. Father Ng has been in residence at St. Leo for more than 30 years and is minister emeritus to the Chinese community.

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Names, News, Notes

Congratulations and Many Blessings to Bob and Janet Miller, members at St. Michael Parish in Livermore, who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on May 20.

WHAT’S ON EWTN? Special programs on the Eternal Word Television Network this month include: “The Way to Life,” which explores the spiritual journeys of pilgrims to Santiago De Compostela in Spain and airs at 10 a.m. June 22 and at 5 p.m. June 25. There will also be live coverage of the celebration of the feast of Corpus Christi from the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Ark. The Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word will preside over Benediction and the Procession of the Holy Eucharist at 3 p.m. June 26, with a rebroadcast at 11:30 a.m. June 28. All times are Pacific. EWTN is carried 24 hours a day on Comcast Channel 229, AT&T Channel 562, Astound Channel 116, DISH Satellite Channel 261 and Direct TV Channel 370. Visit www.ewtn.com for more special programs.

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