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 September 5, 2011   •   VOL. 49, NO. 15   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

Library demolition at St. Isidore School
To help raise funds for a $750,000 library remodel and addition, 25 pupils from St. Isidore School in Danville paid $75 each for the opportunity to knock down old walls. Each student was given a commemorative T-shirt along with a hammer, hard hat and goggles, and encouraged to take some swings. The demolition party brought in an additional $1,875 for the new library, which will double in size to 2,000 square feet. At the wall, from left, are Lila Mague, Olivia Conte, Johnny Huber, Natalie Haberstroh, Lauren Berg and Bella Polizzi. In front are Giovanni Polizzi and Wyatt Dafoe.
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New faculty at Saint Mary’s and De La Salle
New teachers and staff from Saint Mary’s (Berkeley) and De La Salle (Concord) high schools gathered at Saint Mary’s Aug. 11 for a retreat and orientation. The New Lasallian Teacher and Staff Retreat was led by Greg Kopra of the Christian Brothers’ District of San Francisco Office of Education, far right, and school administrators Cathy Molinelli of Saint Mary’s, far left, and Mary Ann Mattos of De La Salle, fourth from right. 
photo Courtesy Joanne Howe

Franciscan trio professes final vows
Three Franciscan friars made solemn (lifelong) vows at a Mass Aug. 20 at Ascension Catholic Church in Portland, Ore. They join 170 other friars in the Province of St. Barbara, which is based in Oakland. They are, from left, Friar Martín Sanabria, OFM, 35, who lives on the Tohono O’odham Indian Reservation in Topawa, Arizona; Friar Robert “Bob” Valentine, OFM, 56, who was educated as a physician’s assistant at the University of California at Davis and has worked in Bay Area hospitals; and Friar Eric Pilarcik, OFM, 44, who graduated with a master of arts in theology degree from the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley and now works at Mission Santa Barbara.
Presentation sisters celebrate jubilees
Sisters Cleta Herold (seated) and Katherine Jones of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary celebrated milestone Jubilees with their community, family and friends during a Mass celebrated by Father Anthony McGuire at Saint Ignatius Church, San Francisco, on May 1. Sister Cleta Herold (former religious name, Sister Mary Cletus), celebrated 70 years as sister of the Presentation, and marked her Jubilee of Grace. Sister Katherine Jones celebrated her Diamond Jubilee — 60 years — from Profession of Vows as a Sister of the Presentation. Sister Katherine’s first 20 years of ministry were in elementary education, including teaching at Saint John School in San Lorenzo.
Saint Mary’s College High leaders
Students at Saint Mary’s College High School in Berkeley elected their “Lasallian Student Leaders” for the 2011-2012 school year. They are Will Baratho, community president; Asha Moor and Kiari Young-Collie, ministers of fun; Jasmine Martin, minister of green; Lila Elias, minister of peace and justice; Jon de Leon, minister of media; Sarah Allison, Alfonso Garcia, Irene Wilson, senior class council; Andrea Granera, Marlon Jovez, Kwele Serrell, junior class council; and Tiana Camello, Taylor Kee and Celeste Spohn, sophomore class council.
photo Courtesy of Lawrence Puck

Teachers honored
Fifteen faculty and staff members received Years of Service plaques at the Saint Mary’s College High School Founder’s Day, including (from left) Lee Ouellette (five years), Linda Laufenberg Yaris (15 years) and Amy Gonzales (five years). Annual honors were also awarded to junior Lila Elias, as the Lasallian Student of the Year, and faculty member Maria Harrington, with the Lasallian Educator of the Year medal.
$20,000 grant aids clinic in Pittsburg
Dr. Pacita Aducayen, co-medical director of the RotaCare Pittsburg Free Medical Clinic at St. Vincent de Paul, treats a patient at the Pittsburg clinic. A $20,000 grant from the Los Medanos Community Healthcare District will fund direct patient expenses, including pharmaceuticals, X-rays, lab tests and medical supplies. The free urgent care and primary care clinic provides health care to uninsured adults. More than 141,000 residents of Contra Costa County lack health insurance. This clinic was developed by St. Vincent de Paul of Contra Costa, and is sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Alamo and Pittsburg, and co-sponsored by eight additional local Rotary clubs. The clinic sees patients at 2210 Gladstone Drive, Pittsburg, from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays; appointments can be made by calling (925) 439-2009 between 1 and 3 p.m. Wednesdays.

Rosary crusade returns to SF Oct. 15

A Family Rosary Crusade much akin to the famed “Rosary in Golden Gate Park” with Father Patrick Peyton in 1961 that drew a half-million people takes place at noon Oct. 15 in San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza.
The event is sponsored by the San Francisco Legion of Mary. All Catholics are invited. “Join us as we pray the rosary, adore the Blessed Sacrament, listen to inspirational speakers and ask the blessings of God for ourselves and our community,” organizers said. To view footage of the 1961 Rosary Crusade, visit YouTube. For more information, visit www.familyrosarycrusade2011.com.

Around the Parishes

When plans by the St. Vincent de Sales Conference at Good Shepherd Parish for a community garden ground to a halt after a grant proposal the conference had submitted to raise funds was rejected, Joshua Dominguez, a member of the Pittsburg parish, made the garden his Eagle Scout project. Dominguez, who solicited donations for the project, gathered a team of volunteers to help him clear one acre of weeds and trash on parish property. He made 12 planter boxes (3 feet by 2 feet by 8 feet) from Douglas fir and placed wire screening on the bottom of the boxes. As a result, the entire project was built without cost to the parish or the conference.

Also at Good Shepherd Parish: Guiliana Ferrante, a third-generation member of the Young Ladies’ Institute (YLI) in Pittsburg, recently received the YLI Grand Institute Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. Ferrante is a student at the University of San Francisco. Her mother, Caterina Ferrante, and grandmothers, Nora Ferrante and Teresa Maturzo are all YLI members and members at Good Shepherd Parish.

St. Jarlath Parish in Oakland hosted an immigration forum in the church basement on July 24. Some 78 people attended. During the forum, 42 people received free individual consultations to answer their questions on immigration. Eleven attorneys and 22 community leaders also participated in the event.

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Around the Schools

Carmela Paredes, a recent graduate of St. John School in San Lorenzo, is the 2011 recipient of the Marty Mart Scholarship. Paredes, now a freshman at Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward, received a $500 scholarship. The scholarship is awarded yearly to a CYO player currently enrolled in the eighth grade who is not participating in CYO volleyball. (CYO volleyball players are honored in a separate setting.) The CYO player may attend a Catholic or non-Catholic school. The scholarship honors Marty Mart, the longtime Catholic Youth Organization associate director who died in 2002.

Allen Williams ’11 (Bishop O’Dowd) placed third in the 100-meter hurdles in the junior division at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. By virtue of his performance at the meet, Williams, who will attend the University of Southern California in the fall, was named an alternate on the USA Junior National Team.

Hardy Nickerson Jr., a senior at Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland, has been named to the high school Butkus Award for the 2011 football season. He is one of 51 candidates from 49 high schools across the U.S. competing for the award. Named in honor of the College Hall of Fame and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Dick Butkus, the award is given to the top linebackers in high school, college and professional football. The Butkus Award for high school linebackers will name semifinalists on Oct. 24, finalists on Nov. 22, and a winner on or before Dec. 7.

About a dozen faculty and administrators from Saint Mary’s High School in Berkeley took part in the Albany Race for Life, Aug. 27-28 at Albany’s Cougar Field. The 24-hour walk raised funds for cancer research.

The school year also marks a fresh start for Kris Waller, the new librarian at Oakland’s Holy Names High School. According to the school’s website, Waller, who previously worked at the Oakland Public Library, was drawn to HNHS to work more closely with students.

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Among the Religious

Do you think you have a “calling?” Are you curious about vowed religious life? Visit the Holy Family Sisters for “Come and See” Day from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 11 at their motherhouse: 159 Washington Blvd., Fremont. Lunch will be provided. RSVP requested: vocations@HolyFamilySisters.org or (510) 427-9137.

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