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 October 3, 2011   •   VOL. 49, NO. 17   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

Research vessel sails into classroom
In Alameda, St. Joseph Elementary summer school students, including Kelly and Leah Carlson, grades 3 and 4, were able to video conference via Skype with the crew of the research vessel Atlantis about the scientific research that they are doing in the deep ocean and on the ocean floor. Teacher Linda Radecke said, “The students were able to be on the ship with the crew without ever leaving the classroom.”
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Benefit for Oakland school

Opera star Frederica von Stade will be a special guest at “A Cabaret Evening” which benefits St. Martin de Porres School in Oakland.

Also performing, Cynthia Baggott, Katie Budge, Ceseli Foster, Paul Pelosi, David Pettus, Clark Sterling, Erich Strattman and Lizanne Suter.

The event begins with cocktails at 6:30 p.m., the show at 8 p.m. Oct. 19 at Yoshi’s San Francisco, 1330 Fillmore St., San Francisco.

Tickets are $150. For information, e-mail juliemerrill@csdo.org.

Around the Parishes

Oblate Father Jose Arong, associate pastor at Oakland’s Sacred Heart Parish, was featured in an one-hour documentary called “Harmony in Faith: Asian and Pacific Presence in America” that aired locally on KGO-TV Channel 7 on Oct. 1. The program chronicles an array of activities and rituals in Asian American communities across the U.S., such as the Oakland Diocese’s own “Chautauqua” festival and the Korean celebration at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. Lea Salonga, a Tony-Award winning actress, hosts the documentary. Father Arong also served as executive producer of the program, which was produced by Oblate Media and Communication with funding from the Catholic Communication Campaign.

Several parishes around the diocese hosted/or will host the annual Blessing of the Animals events on or around Oct. 4, the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. Among them, St. Francis of Assisi Church in Concord at 9:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. Oct. 4; St. Philip Neri Church in Alameda at 8 a.m. Oct. 2 and 4; Good Shepherd Parish in Pittsburg at 4 p.m. Oct. 4.

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Around the Schools

Two hundred mothers and sons attended the annual Mother-Son Dinner-Dance at St. Mary’s High School in Berkeley on Sept. 16. The Parent Association sponsored the luau-themed evening.

Twenty years after bringing back-to-back state championships to St. Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda, the acclaimed teams are going to be recognized with an exhibit at the Alameda Museum from Oct. 15 to Dec. 11. Hosted by the Alameda Sports Project, the exhibit will feature more than two dozen items on loan from the SJND archives. The tribute recalls both the leadership of Jason Kidd (who coincidently won his first NBA championship this year), and the legacy of the late coach Frank LaPorte.

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Among the Religious

Are you a single, Catholic woman between the ages of 18 and 40? Are you curious about religious life and want to learn more about it? Could God be inviting you to become a consecrated religious sister? If you answered “yes” to at least a couple of these questions, the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose in Fremont are offering a monthly discernment group where the women can explore these and other questions about their vocation life. Participants will meet with the sisters for discussion, reflection, the Eucharist and lunch. The next group meetings will be at the Motherhouse in Fremont from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 30, Nov. 13 and Dec. 11. More discernment meetings will take place in 2012. For additional information contact Sister Pauline at (510) 789-7079 or e-mail vocations@msjdominicans.org.

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Names, News, Notes

The San Lorenzo-based Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers Western Regional Center will offer a Mission Education Training Session over the weekend of Oct. 21-23. The program is for teachers, principals, DREs, lay ecclesial ministers, catechists, deacons and priests who wish to incorporate a stronger sense of mission into their ministerial identity and spirituality. RSVP: Kris East, keast@maryknoll.org, (510) 276-5021 or www.maryknoll.us. Suggested donation: $100.

40DaysforLife.com is sponsoring a local prayer vigil at the Planned Parenthood facility at 1866 B St., Hayward. According to the blog at the 40DaysforLife.com more than 300 locations across the U.S. (48 states including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico) as well as Canada, Spain, England, Australia, Argentina and Germany have organized these events of fasting, praying, community outreach and constant vigil. The Hayward vigil began on Sept. 28 and will end on Nov. 6. Information: Anne Van Tatenove, annelines@comcast.net or (510) 582-4959.

The 48th Season of Valley Concert Chorale’s begins on Oct. 23, with the theme Saxes and Spirituals. The concert, featuring Anders Paulsson, the Swedish soprano saxophonist, starts at 3 p.m., at Mertes Center for the Arts, Las Positas College, 3000 Campus Hill Drive, Livermore. Tickets: $20/advance, $25/door; $10/high school and college students with valid student ID; free/children under 14. (925) 866-4003 (leave a message); info@valleyconcertchorale.org; www.valleyconcertchorale.org.

— Compiled by Carrie McClish

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