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 September 19, 2011   •   VOL. 49, NO. 16   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

  Computer lab opens
at St. Leander

Students were “wired” to return back to school at St. Leander School in San Leandro this year. The school opened the new academic year with the dedication and blessing of its new Computer Lab equipped with new computers, servers and laptops for all of its teachers. On hand to give a special blessing was Father Juan Herrera. Attending the dedication ceremony were dozens of new and returning students and their parents. Over the summer, Technology Coordinator John Hall and parent volunteers worked hard to install and connect all of the computer work stations.
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Around the Parishes

In response to these stormy economic times, parishes, schools and organizations around the diocese are looking for ways to raise extra money. Members at Oakland’s St. Leo Parish have been asked to take the search to their homes, to their trinket and jewelry boxes, where that long-forgotten sterling cufflink or 14 karat gold chain that is beyond repair, reside. The appeal seems to be working. According to a recent bulletin the parish received the donation of a gold crown with the tooth still in it.

Pssst! Corpus Christi Church in Piedmont is now offering a 6 p.m. Mass on Sunday evenings. Pass it on!

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Around the Schools

Three new members recently joined the board of trustees at St. Mary’s High School in Berkeley: Father Jayson Landeza, Class of 1979; Casey Bates, Class of 1982; and William Boselli, a former faculty member. They began three-year terms in June, joining eight current board members.

In more St. Mary’s High School News — the school’s cheerleading squad at the Berkeley high school served pancake breakfasts at the Berkeley Lions Club before the Solano Stroll on Sept. 11 . . . The Class of 1966 met for a 45-year reunion on Sept. 10 . . . The school community gathered for the Mass of the Holy Spirit to open the new school year on Sept. 9.

By raising more than $100,000, members of the Class of 1960 at Oakland’s Bishop O’Dowd High School recently created a permanently endowed scholarship fund to aid qualified students.

Two students from Holy Names High School in Oakland, Grace Kellett ’12, and TanYonika Scott ’14, took part in the California Against Slavery two-mile walk at the San Leandro Marina in August. Proceeds from the walk benefitted New Day for Children and Misssey, an Oakland-based center that aids women who have been trafficked.

The boys cross country team at St. Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda heads into the new 2011-12 school year ranked No. 1 in the North Coast Section, Division V.

Ashley Dominici
The Jefferson Awards, Students in Action Team at Carondelet High School in Concord, launched Project Backpack to benefit the children served by the Get On The Bus Program. After the Mass of the Holy Spirit on Aug. 31, Dennis Flannery, who has been with the GOTB Program for more than eight years explained the program to the student body and shared a poignant story of one teenager who visited his mother on Mother’s Day. GOTB is all about the children who are the unseen and unintended victims of crime — the children of inmates are deprived of the attention of their parents for the duration of the prison sentence being served by those they depend on most for love and support. In order to give these children one day of unlimited contact with their parents, GOTB provides the children with transportation to and from a California prison on Mother’s Day or Father’s Day. Ashley Dominici, a junior, explained the process for collecting supplies for Project Backpack, which will provide at least 50 children with school supplies, games and other activities to occupy them during the long bus ride to and from the prison.

St. Isidore Elementary School in Danville ranked No. 3 of schools whose students read the most minutes in the Scholastic Summer Challenge. The free program encourages children to read books and log their minutes during the summer to help avoid the ‘Summer Slide,’ the loss of learning skills while out of school. This year, 4,193 schools representing 22 countries logged an astounding 64,213,141 reading minutes — breaking last year’s record of 52,710,368. St. Isidore pupils read 2,075,131 minutes.

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Names, News, Notes

Turn to the Eternal Word Television Network, EWTN, to follow Pope Benedict XVI’s four-day apostolic visit to his German homeland later this month. The visit begins with a welcome ceremony at Berlin’s Bellevue Castle on Sept. 22 and a courtesy meeting with Christian Wulff, president of the German Federal Republic. Over the course of his travels the pontiff will visit the German parliament, meet with representatives of the Jewish and Muslim communities, participate in an ecumenical celebration, preside at Marian Vespers and at several Masses. EWTN will broadcast all or most of the above events as well as other activities. Visit www.ewtn.com or phone “viewer services” at (205) 271- 2900. EWTN is carried on Comcast Channel 562, Astound Channel 116, DISH Satellite Channel 261 and DirecTV Channel 370.

A review of the book “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett will be held at 1 p.m. Oct. 8 in the conference room at St. John the Baptist Parish in El Cerrito. Proceeds will benefit the Cameron Early Intervention School. RSVP (by Oct. 4): Theresa Parella, (510) 525-4534; Gloria Martinucci, (510) 526-8749.

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