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 October 17, 2011   •   VOL. 49, NO. 18   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese


Debaters score points at Yale
The Bishop O’Dowd High School Debate parliamentary duo of Audrey Carson (left) and Nathalie Dierkx, pictured with moderator Jon Thorpe, came up one victory short from claiming the championship at last month’s Yale Invitational, hosted by the Yale Debate Association. Carson and Dierkx dropped the championship round 2-1 to Connecticut’s Wilton High School. Dierkx received the tournament’s prestigious top-speaker award.
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Blessing in Berkeley
LEFT: Father David Farrugia, pastor of St. Mary Magdalen Parish in Berkeley, blesses cats that were brought to the church parking lot on Oct. 2 for the annual Blessing of the Animals, carried out in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi’s love for all of God’s creatures. The Dominican father blessed the animals — three cats and 11 dogs — for a long life, good health and a happy home. In addition, he also offered treats to the animals. RIGHT: Ana Luisa Jacob, a third-grader at the School of the Madeleine, waits to have her dog Angelina blessed.
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Activities at St. Philip Neri
St. Philip Neri School pupils in Alameda attended a prayer service Sept. 14 in remembrance of Our Lady of Sorrows. The students learned and contemplated on the “seven sorrows” of Mary through readings and a general intercession service prepared by the second and fourth graders. Student readers Amanda Lira and Cecilia Costa are at right. A separate prayer service saw the installation of the 20-member 2011-2012 Student Leadership Council, from grades seven and eight, with their adviser, Kathy Hennigh, above.

 

Intramurals go full force at St. Felicitas
Under the leadership of physical education teacher Jennifer King, pupils at St. Felicitas School in San Leandro enjoy intramural basketball. Intramural sports puts boys and girls from different grades together into teams to play a variety of sports. The winning teams from the basketball competition were the Fourth and Fifth grade Hawks and the middle school Bulls.
 


Sisters offer talk, tour

Sister Michaela O’Connor of the Sisters of the Holy Family in Fremont will offer a lecture on the history of the Palmdale property that has been the home of sisters for the last 60 years, at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 22.

Tours of the newly renovated archives building will be offered, and refreshments will be served in Armer Hall. The address is 159 Washington Blvd., Fremont.

Guests will be able to view local history photos and heirloom artifacts the sisters have preserved. Visitors will also be able to stroll around the grounds before and after the talk. The event is being offered as part of the celebration of National Archives Month.

For additional information, contact Sister Loretta Marie Marbach at (510) 624-4515.


Men’s conference set

Evangelists Jesse Romero and Tim Staples will be among the speakers at the fifth annual East Bay Catholic Men’s Conference, to be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (registration 7-8 a.m.) Nov. 5 at St. Isidore Church, 440 La Gonda Way, Danville. Joining Romero and Staples will be Fred Picciano, past president of the Catholic Men’s Fellowship, and Father Gary Sumpter, a pastor in the Diocese of Santa Rosa. Mass will be celebrated and lunch will be served at the daylong event.

Tickets for adults are $45 ($35 before Oct. 21) and tickets for teens are $20 ($15 before Oct. 21). For more information contact Ed Hopfner at (510) 267-8392 or ehopfner@oakdiocese.org or register at www.eastbaymen.org.


Masses at cemeteries Nov. 2, 5

The Catholic cemeteries in the Diocese of Oakland will observe All Souls Day, Nov. 2, with special events. Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward; Holy Cross Cemetery in Antioch; Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Lafayette; St. Joseph Cemetery in San Pablo; and St. Mary Cemetery in Oakland.

A Vigil of Light celebration will begin at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, as well as at Holy Sepulchre, St. Joseph and Holy Cross. Additionally, a Dia de los Muertos celebration will follow the 11 a.m. Mass Nov. 5 at the following cemeteries: Holy Sepulchre, Holy Cross, Queen of Heaven, St. Joseph and St. Mary. For additional information, see www.cfcscemeteries.org.


Social justice ministry workshop Nov. 5

A gathering of parish clergy, staff and lay people looking for ways to improve the respect life and social justice ministries — Workers in the Vineyard — is planned from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Conference Center at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland.

The Diocese of Oakland’s Office for Life and Justice in partnership with Catholic Relief Service and JustFaith Ministries will be hosting the event. Tom Ulrich, Director for Parish Outreach at Catholic Relief Service and author of “Strategies for Success” will lead a discussion around how to develop thriving parish social ministry.

The cost is $20 if paid before Nov. 1; $30 at the door. Those interested may register at http://a3.acteva.com/orderbooking/bookEvent/ A312222. For more information contact John Watkins, jwatkins@oakdiocese.org or (510) 267-8379. Speakers include Maria Arroyo and Joe Hastings from Catholic Relief Service. Father George Schultze from St. Patrick’s Seminary will offer reflections and Francisco Herrera will provide music.


Dinner to fund scholars

Holy Names High School’s annual Fund Her Future Dinner is set for Oct. 21 at Scott’s Restaurant, Jack London Square, Oakland. Cocktails begin at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. Holy Names is celebrating both the 200th birthday of Blessed Marie Rose Durocher, foundress of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, and the school’s 80th year on Harbord Drive. Cost is $80. Contact Kathryn Moir at (510) 450-1110, ext. 118, for reservations or information.


Around the Parishes

“Credo,” the award-winning composition by Frank LaRocca, a member at Oakland’s St. Margaret Mary Parish, will make its West Coast premiere on Oct. 25 at Old First Church in San Francisco. AVE (Artist’s Vocal Ensemble), an acclaimed professional choral group, will perform LaRocca’s piece under the direction of Jonathan Dimmock. AVE and Dimmock have both performed at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland. “Credo” received an award in an International Chorale competition sponsored by the Foundation for Sacred Arts last year. This award included a world premiere performance at the National Shrine in Washington, D.C.

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Around the Schools

Three seniors at Oakland’s Bishop O’Dowd High SchoolMonica Anderson, Victoria Burns and Emmanuel Gallegos — have been acknowledged as scholars by the College Board’s National Hispanic Recognition Program. They are among nearly 5,000 students selected from a pool of more than 235,000 students who took the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test/Prueba de Aptitud Academica and identified themselves as Latino or Hispanic.

Four members of the class of 2011 of Holy Names High School have earned AP Scholors in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP exams. Marina Weiner earned the AP Scholar award by receiving scores of 3 or higher on three exams; Brianna Gonzalez earned AP with Honors status for receiving an average score 3.25 on four exams. To receive this honor students must score an average of at least 3.25. Two students were granted the AP Scholar with Distinctive status, which is given to those who receive an average of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. Jackie Kiikvee took five exams and received an average score of 4.40; while Tamara Savage, who took six exams and scored an average of 4.50 for receiving a score of 5 in all exams taken except one.

Four seniors at Alameda’s St. Joseph Notre Dame High School have been named National Merit Commended Scholars: Jason Beckett, Amanda Khoo, Kate LaSalle-Klein and Ray Levy. Students earn this status for the outstanding academic abilities they displayed on the PSAT exam. Commended students are recognized for placing among the top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million students who took the exam in 2010.

Five students from Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward have been accepted into the American Choral Director Association Coastal Region Honors Choir. They are: Carina Mendoza ’13, soprano; Vy Mai ’12, soprano; Brandon English ’12, tenor; Marco Del Rio ’13, tenor; and Miguel Angeles ’12, tenor. More than 400 students from the Monterey area to the Oregon-California border auditioned for the choir, which will meet Nov. 17-19 at Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz.

The Students in Action Team at Carondelet High School in Concord recently completed “Project Backpack,” a schoolwide project that benefits Get On The Bus, which helps youngsters reconnect or stay connected with a parent in prison. The campaign resulted in the donation of 65 backpacks, 2,000 items to fill the backpack and about $550 cash.

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Names, News, Notes

Catholic Charities of the East Bay has named Frank Malifrando chief development and public affairs Officer. Malifrando has been the chief fundraising officer at Marin General Hospital, Novato Community Hospital, Sutter Solano Medical Center and Seton Medical Center in Daly City.

Brian Copeland, who starred in the acclaimed long-running one-man show “Not a Genuine Black Man,” is hard at work with director David Ford on a new and very personal solo play called “The Waiting Period.” In the play, which premieres in January 2012, Copeland, who was graduated from Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward, explores the subject of depression, often called the last stigmatized disease. The title refers to the mandatory 10-day period that Copeland had to wait before he could get his hands on a recently purchased gun that he intended to use to take his life. To prepare for the show’s premiere in January 2012, Copeland will be conducting eight workshop performances between Nov. 4 and 26 to tweak or fine-tune parts of the play with feedback from local audiences. The preview shows will take place at 8 p.m. Fridays and 5 p.m. Saturdays at The Marsh MainStage, 1062 Valencia St. in San Francisco. For tickets visit themarsh.org or phone (415) 282-3055.

WHAT’S ON EWTN? Pope Benedict XVI will be the focus of a special program on the Eternal Word Television Network as the pontiff leads a prayer vigil on Oct. 26 in St. Peter’s Basilica for the “Day of Prayer for Peace and Justice in the World.” The following day, Oct. 27, EWTN will provide live coverage of the Pope’s pilgrimage to the hometown of St. Francis of Assisi. The Holy Father will invite fellow Christians and all people of good will to join the journey to truth and goodness through prayer. EWTN is carried 24 hours a day on Comcast Channel 229, AT&T Channel 562, Astound Channel 116, DISH Satellite Channel 261 and DirecTV Channel 370; in Alameda on Channel 30. To learn program starting times, go to www.ewtn.com and click on “television,” “program schedules” and “October grids.” Audiences may also telephone EWTN at (205) 271-2900 and ask for “Viewer Services.”

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