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 January 23, 2012   •   VOL. 50, NO. 2   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese


Staff Sgt. Robert Aceret made a surprise visit home from military service in Afghanistan to see his children at the annual Advent Program at St. Felicitas School in San Leandro. Sergeant Aceret’s three St. Felicitas children, Roena, grade 8; Robert, grade 6; and Remius, grade 1; were surprised to see their father in the front row. He was joined by his wife, Rezena and baby Reilani.
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Day of the Sick scheduled

The Order of Malta in the Diocese of Oakland will host the fourth annual Diocesan World Day of the Sick at 10 a.m. Feb. 11 in the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland.

The principal celebrant will be Bishop Salvatore J. Cordileone. During the Mass honoring Our Lady of Lourdes, the Sacrament of the Sick will be administered to all those who suffer from a serious acute or chronic illness.
Persons living with any serious or acute illness and their families and caregivers are invited to participate.

Please arrive at the Cathedral by 9:30 a.m. to assure seating. Free parking will be available in the cathedral garage for the first 200 cars. Attendants will be available to help those requiring assistance to reach the elevators and the cathedral floor. There are also pay parking lots nearby and the 19th Street BART station is approximately three blocks from the cathedral.

Around the Parishes

St. Perpetua Parish in Lafayette will celebrate its 60th year as a faith community with a gathering at the Lafayette Memorial Veterans building on Jan. 21.

This year St. John Vianney Parish in Walnut Creek will once again participate in the Contra Costa Interfaith Council Winter Nights program by providing refuge to homeless families for two weeks. Through the annual program, which began its season in October, homeless families are given shelter in churches and temples throughout the community. The parish will provide three meals each day for the families and tutors from the parish will offer homework help and educational activities to the children and youth. On the weekends the parish will provide fun activities for their guests.

Valerie and John Burkart of Oakland’s St. Margaret Mary Parish will be passing on their Mardi Gras King and Queen crowns at the 2012 Mardi Gras fundraising event on Feb. 11. This year’s Mardi Gras is dedicated to both the St. Margaret Mary Building Fund and the Jubilate Deo Sacred Music Society at The Cathedral of Christ the Light. Tickets are sold only in advance. Please register now at www.stmargmaryoak.org/mardigras or dial 510-536-4423.

The Women of St. Joan of Arc present their fifth annual retreat from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 4. The cost of the retreat, which will be at St. Joan of Arc Church, 2601 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon, is $35. For more information contact Anna Calderon at 925-828-4374.

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Around the Schools

With the 60th anniversary of its founding approaching, Oakland’s Bishop O’Dowd High has added a new feature to its website (www.bishopodowd.org) filled with photos representing moments of time from the school’s original dedication in 1955 to a color photo perhaps a decade later depicting students “hanging out” on the quad. The site also includes a section where students, school families and faculty members share their memories of campus life over the decades. The campus will host an anniversary celebration on March 25.

About 60 students from St. Mary’s High School in Berkeley will visit teen homeless shelters in the Bay Area during the second “Peace and Justice Days” of the school year, Jan. 29-31.

Students from grammar and high schools in the Oakland diocese are invited to participate in the Annual Locks of Love hair event at St. Mary’s High School in Berkeley at 4 p.m. Feb. 15 in the St. Joseph’s Conference Room. For more information, contact Clare McCormick at 510-559-6217.

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Names, News, Notes

Michael D’Orazi, a member of the class of 1974 at Oakland’s Bishop O’Dowd High School, was recently appointed chief of the Alameda Fire Department.

Donna Watson, conference president of the St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Philip Neri-St. Albert Parish in Alameda, received the Frederic Ozanam Top Hat Award at the Jan. 15 volunteer honors dinner given by the district. The award is the highest award a Vincentian can receive.

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