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 August 8, 2011   •   VOL. 49, NO. 14   •   Oakland, CA
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Around the Parishes

The Catholic Daughters Court St. Raymond No. 2057 at St. Raymond Parish in Dublin announced the local winners of The Catholic Daughters Education Contest held earlier this year. In grades 4 and 5: Sophia Graham, essay, and Jason Wong, poetry; in grades 6, 7 and 8: Madeline Williamson won in all four categories, essay, poetry, art and photography. All the local winners, first, second and third places, won cash prizes. The first-place entries were sent on to the state contest where in poetry, Sophia Graham won first place and Jason Wong took third place. Blaz Perko won the local 8th Grade Scholarship Contest in May and received a check from Court St. Raymond No. 2057.

Members of Saint Joseph Basilica Parish in Alameda were among the 25,000 participants at the San Francisco AIDS Walk on July 17. They were part of the Catholic Charities of the East Bay group along with parishioners from St. Barnabas, St. Philip Neri/St. Albert the Great, both in Alameda, Christ the King in Pleasant Hill and St. Joseph Fremont, and alumni from Santa Clara University. The group together raised more than $20,800. 

Around the Schools

Summer school students at St. Joseph Elementary School in Alameda were able to video conference with the crew of the research vessel Atlantis on June 29. Several Atlantis crew members spoke to the students about the scientific research they are doing in the deep ocean and on the ocean floor. Students asked questions of the crew on the live video broadcast as the ship sailed to Astoria, Oregon, to begin a new expedition.

Trinity Wilson, a hurdler who is beginning her senior year St. Mary’s High School in Berkeley, is just simply fast. She won the 100-meter hurdles at the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Championship in June; came in first in the USA Junior Championship in Eugene, Oregon also in June; took home a gold medal from the World Youth Championship in Lille, France; and the 100-meter hurdles at the Pan-Am Junior Champion in Miramar, Florida, in July. Wilson recently appeared as one of the “Faces in the Crowd” feature of Sports Illustrated.

Oakland’s Holy Names High School will again host Middle School Day for all 5th, 6th and 7th grade school girls on Sept. 22. Last year more than 100 girls attended the event, which included games, science experiments and other educational activities.

Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School (SJND) recently helped launch a national program, based at the Alameda campus, that encourages girls to consider classes and careers in technology, math and engineering, fields in which women are typically underrepresented. The three-year program, called Eureka!, is aimed at girls ages 12 to 15. Girls Inc. is also a sponsor of the program, in which students spent four weeks on the SJND campus participating in hands-on activities in math, science, technology, sports, personal development and careers. Girls in the pilot program that stay with the Eureka program through Ninth and Tenth grade will participate in summer programs and school-year programs that continue the focus on technology, science, math and engineering.

Since January Monica Fiedler-Ross, a senior at Carondelet High School in Concord, has been hard at work completing her Girl Scout Gold Award project. Her project was to design and install a vegetable garden at Camp Krem, a summer camp for children and adults with disabilities in the Santa Cruz Mountains. In May she returned to the campgrounds with Arianna Bradley, Rebecca Villegas and Zach Waterson, volunteers from Carondelet and De La Salle high schools, to install a planter box and plant a variety of vegetables and herbs that the camp kitchen incorporated in the meals. Fiedler-Ross also returned to the camp in July to volunteer as a counselor in training and to help lead some activities for the campers.

Imani Berry of Oakland’s Holy Names High School has been selected as a 2010-2011 Discus Award winner for her achievements, especially in the areas of community service and academics. The Discus Awards is a national program that provides recognition and scholarship opportunities to all-around high school students who excel in three of 10 key attributes. Berry is now eligible for 2010-2011 Discus Awards scholarships. Berry created a multimedia profile, highlighting her achievements, that can be viewed in the Discus Awards Winners Gallery at www.DiscusAwards.com/winners.

Jason Kidd, who was instrumental in bringing back-to-back state basketball championships to Alameda’s Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School 20 years ago, earned his first NBA title with the Dallas Mavericks on June 12.

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Among the Religious

Two provinces of the Congregation of Holy Cross officially became one on July 1. The new province, United States Province of Priests and Brothers, formed after the merger of the former Eastern Province of Priests and Brothers and the Indiana Province. More than 400 priests and Brothers form the province, which will be based in South Bend, Indiana. In the Oakland Diocese five Holy Cross priests are based in Berkeley. The Congregation also sponsors Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward.

Dominican Father Richard Schenk
, a longtime member of the faculty of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, was recently appointed president of The Catholic University of Eichstatt-Ingolstadt in Germany. The priest, a professor of philosophy and theology and the Department Chair of Theology at DSPT, will be assuming his new post at the German school this fall. In parting remarks posted on the DSPT website, Father Schenk said that while he is looking forward to his new assignment that it is “with regret that I leave behind the many fine colleagues and students and the unique structures and opportunities I have known and been blessed with in Berkeley.”

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Names, News, Notes

Catherine Mahoney, the French and journalism teacher at Saint Mary’s High School in Berkeley, traveled to Senegal in June where she, along with Chris, her husband/chaperone, and several Saint Mary’s students, did service work in communities there. They also had the opportunity to meet the child Mahoney’s class has sponsored in the African country for several years.

Carol Atacador
of the Oakland Diocese and Msgr. Fred Bitanga of San Francisco received the Archbishop Alemany Award by the Berkeley-based Dominican School of Theology. The award is bestowed by the school to distinguished Roman Catholics in the community. The event took place in the Soda Center at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga on June 4.

Jay Lawson
, longtime coach at Saint Mary’s High School in Berkeley, was named the Bay Area News Group-East Bay Track and Field Coach of the Year. The coach has been coaching the Panthers boys team for 23 of the past 25 seasons. This year the Panther boys team won titles in the Bay Shore Athletic League, the North Coast Section and at the NCS Meet of Champions.

Catherine Narberes
and her family have much to celebrate this year. A member of Queen of All Saints Parish in Concord for 75 years, Narberes will be celebrating her 100th birthday on July 22. Narberes moved to Concord as a bride in 1936. She and her husband Rene were blessed with four children. Kathy Hieb said her mother devoted her life to her family, her Church and her community. In addition to becoming one of the newest centenarians, Narberes joins three of her children who are marking other milestones: Hieb and her husband, Doug, along with Jim and Karen Narberes, are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversaries. Brother William Frederick, her son, is celebrating his golden jubilee in the Dominican Order. Narberes will be counting her blessings with family and friends at the Salvio Pacheco Adobe in Concord.

Best wishes and many Blessings also go to Cliff and Faye Bates, members of Saint Michael Parish in Livermore who are celebrating the 60th year of their union, and to Armando and Helen Rendon, of Saint Mary Magdalen Parish in Berkeley, who are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.

Grace Komasaka
has been appointed executive director of AlmaVia of Union City, an assisted living senior community. She hopes to develop and expand programs at the community to meet the diverse cultural needs of its residents, who hail from a number of cultural backgrounds including Hispanic, Chinese, Greek, Italian, African-American and Eastern-Indian. “I want to explore what is important to our residents in their own particular lives and create programs to support those needs,” Komasaka said. Open since October 2005, AlmaVia of Union City is an assisted living and dementia care community. AlmaVia is affiliated with Elder Care Alliance, cosponsored by the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Regional Community of Burlingame and the Sierra Pacific Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. For more information on AlmaVia of Union City, call (510) 489-3800 or visit the website at www.almavia.org.

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