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 November 7, 2011   •   VOL. 49, NO. 19   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

Mask-making on Day of the Dead
From left, Joshua Lowe, Aryn Kim, Jasmine Delgado and Addison Isaac, pre-kindergarten pupils at St. Leander School in San Leandro, model the masks they made for the Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, celebration happening on All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day (Nov. 1 and 2).
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SJND assistant principal
Kristopher White is the new assistant principal of Academics at Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda. He started his career as an educator teaching at Presentation High School in San Jose and later joined the faculty at De La Salle High School in Concord, where he served as department chair for Religion. In 2007, White was appointed vice principal for Academics at Justin-Siena High School in Napa.
Mission helpers
Pupils at St. Joseph School in Fremont put their faith into action by helping less fortunate families meet their basic food needs. Each month, as an extension of SJS’s Mission Helper Program, the 6th grade class organizes a school-wide canned food drive. Pupils collect the food and then stock the shelves at the St. Vincent de Paul center, located at St. Joseph Parish.

St. John pupils learn fire safety
For Fire Safety Month — October — pre-kindergarten pupils from St. John Catholic School in San Lorenzo had the opportunity to meet firefighters from the Alameda County Fire Department, Station 23. The pupils listened attentively to Firefighter Mike Agustin talk about fire safety, the duties of a firefighter and what telephone number to dial in the event of an emergency. To conclude their visit, the children were taken outside to explore and learn about Fire Engine 23.

Environmental education
Principal Lynne Mullen is joined by some of her pupils at St. Leander School in San Leandro, where they are showcasing their garden replete with big sunflowers. The garden is one thing the school is doing to educate pupils about nature and the environment. The school won a grant from StopWaste.org to do more environmental education within the community.

Walking for the poor
Thirty-six walkers laced up their shoes Sept. 24 for the first St. Vincent de Paul Contra Costa County Friends of the Poor Walk at the St. Isidore Church track in Danville. The National St. Vincent de Paul Friends of the Poor Walk, which is in its fourth year, attracts more than 18,000 walkers, raising more than $1.4 million. Local walk coordinators Kerianne Hunt and Morgan Castelein are students at Carondelet High School in Concord. Cathy Whiting of Safeway Corp. provided water and snacks for the participants. The $1,500 raised by the local walkers will stay in Contra Costa County to support St. Vincent de Paul’s programs, which provide food, clothing, medical care, furniture, shelter, warm coats, eyeglasses and rental/immigration assistance to the poor.
Photo courtesy of St. Vincent de Paul Contra Costa County

Around the Parishes

Members of St. Ignatius Parish in Antioch joined other faith communities in Antioch and Pittsburg at the CROP Hunger Walk on Oct. 23.

All are invited to remember and give thanks for all the persons you have loved who have died at a Mass of Remembrance at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Drive, Pleasanton. Participants may bring a small photo or memento of their loved one.

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Around the Schools

Corpus Christi School in Piedmont has earned a full six-year “term of accreditation” from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the Western Catholic Education Association. This is the highest accreditation awarded to K-8 schools.

“It is a very proud moment to receive the six-year term without a mid-period review, which is the more common rating,” said Katie Murphy, the school’s principal.

A team of seven school administrators and teachers from the Greater Bay Area visited the school and conducted an extensive academic and operational review as part of the year-long accreditation process.

St. Felicitas School in San Leandro celebrated “Make a Difference Day,” a national day of helping others, by organizing a clean-up day at St. Jarlath School, located in the Fruitvale district of Oakland, on Oct. 23. Volunteer parents, students and teachers from St. Felicitas cleaned and organized library books, and made repairs around the campus. They also built a “Word Wall” in the cafeteria for the early readers.

St. Isidore School recently opened the doors of the school, and the homes of 10 host families to 18 children, ages 11-18, from El Salvador. For one week the Danville school and parish shared their lives with the orphaned youths. The special guests attended Mass with St. Isidore students who said the Mass prayers in Spanish, ate lunch with their new American friends and spent a day filled with intercultural activities. The visiting youths were also treated to a typical after school activity — a visit to the Yogurt Shack. In addition to filling in for the school choir, the youths from El Salvador also dressed in traditional festive attire and performed dances for St. Isidore’s students and staff members.

The visit is part of a continuing tradition of outreach to orphans. This project began in 2007 when Father Frank Colacicco, a retired priest, shared with the St. Isidore community the plight of orphans he had visited while in Latin America. Inspired by what they heard, the school and parish began lending their support to the Friends of the Orphans project also called Father Frank’s Kids.

The Danville parish hosts an annual Father Frank’s Fiesta dinner and auction, sponsors individual children, and makes annual shipments of donated clothing, school supplies, bicycles and more to the “Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos” network of orphanages. If others are interested in getting involved in Father Frank’s Kids, contact the parish office at 925-837-2122.

Berkeley’s St. Mary’s High students took part in Peace and Justice Week from Oct. 24-26. The student-run fall program explored the issue of the death penalty. Youth homelessness will be the topic of the winter program, and in the spring, students will explore food justice.

Also from SMHS: Sophomore Henrik Choy has been accepted into the second violin section of the 2011 California Orchestra Directors Association Honor Symphony Orchestra.

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WHAT’S ON EWTN? Special programs scheduled to air on the Eternal Word Television Network in November include coverage of the annual Fall General Assembly of the United States Conference of Bishops in Baltimore. Among the highlights: the Nov. 15 session at 6 a.m. (3 hours) and at 10 a.m. (4 hours) and the Nov. 16 session at 6 a.m. and at 11 a.m.

EWTN will also offer live coverage of Pope Benedict XVI ‘s Nov. 18-20 visit to Benin for the 150th anniversary of the west African country. Missionaries from the Society of African Missions will accompany the Holy Father.
For program times for the pope’s visit to Benin, go to www.ewtn.com and click on “television,” “program schedules” and “November grids.” Or phone 205-271-2900 and ask for viewer services.

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. Visit the website for more information.

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