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 February 6, 2012   •   VOL. 50, NO. 3   •   Oakland, CA
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Around the Schools

St. Mary’s College High School in Berkeley will be well represented at the Lillian Black Traveling Art Show 2011-2012 by: Freddie Lambright, Zoe D’Esposito and Carol Ahuna. The Lillian Black Art Show travels to 12 elementary schools in the Oakland Diocese and the artwork is prominently displayed in the Lillian Black Arts Festival at Bishop O’Dowd High School on Feb. 26.

Let’s hear it for the Pilot basketball teams at Alameda’s St. Joseph Notre Dame High School. Nine months after claiming the Division V State basketball championships and the graduation of three starting seniors, the men’s team has caught the attention of local news outlets — The Oakland Tribune and Contra Costa Times — who ranked the team in the Top 20 in the East Bay.

Each week the seventh- and eighth-grade classes at Our Lady of Guadalupe School in Fremont make sandwiches for the Tri City Volunteers, a community-based social service nonprofit organization in Fremont. The sandwiches are given away at the organization’s food bank. Students raise money to make the sandwiches by holding family movie nights on their softball field and donating the snack bar revenue to the food bank. The students also accept monetary donations to buy the fixings — such as bread, peanut butter, etc. — to make the sandwiches.

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Around the Parishes

St. John the Baptist Parish in El Cerrito hosted a special Lunar New Year Mass on Feb. 5 to celebrate the Year of the Dragon.

Members of the youth ministry at St. Raymond Parish in Dublin deliver sack lunches for those in need on the streets of San Francisco once a month.

East Bay women have been gathering at St. Michael Parish in Livermore to make dresses for girls in developing countries. Since August 2010 they have made 1,000 dresses. The next sewing fest will take place Feb. 21 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in St. Augustine’s Hall at St. Michael Church. To help, contact Suzanne Slupesky at 510-352-8447.

The Faith Enrichment team at St. Michael Parish in Livermore recently launched Hi Tech Catholic to help web-surfing Catholics find digital resources that are available online for deepening their faith. Through a website, blog and Facebook page, visitors will be able to find Catholic apps for their smart phones and other digital devices, as well as podcasts and Twitter feeds worth following. Debbie Post, the faith enrichment coordinator and RCIA catechist at St. Michael, is the force behind Hi Tech Catholic. Post has personally collected a number of Catholic websites, blogs and apps for Catholic prayer and study. When she began sharing these resources with friends, the response was usually, “’I had no idea there was Catholic content on the Internet!’” she said. To begin the adventure visit www.hitechcatholic.com to receive email updates or “Like” Hi Tech Catholic on Facebook.

Need to mobilize volunteers for your parish ministries? The Diocese of Oakland’s Youth Ministry office is hosting a workshop from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Santa Maria Parish Center, 40 Santa Maria Way, Orinda, that will teach methods and tools to recruit, train and maintain dedicated ministry volunteers. Cost for the workshop, which will be presented by the Center for Ministry Development, is $54, which includes packets of handouts and lunch. Information: www.oakdiocese.org/youth-and-young-adults/youth-ministry.

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Among the Religious

The Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose are hosting monthly Discernment Days for single young women (18-40) who are curious about religious life or reflect on their vocation in life. For a list of retreats and other questions contact Dominican Sister Frances Mary Pierson at vocations@msjdominicans or 510-933-6335.

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The Eternal Word Television Network, the 24-hour Catholic TV network, has on its programming schedule a number of special programs to mark the start of Lent. TV coverage of Ash Wednesday events will begin at 7:30 a.m. Feb. 22 and will include a Penitential Procession from the Basilica of St. Anselm in Rome led by Pope Benedict XVI. The pope will also preside in a liturgy at The Basilica of St. Sabina. It will be rebroadcasted at 3 p.m. Feb. 22.

Other special programs include the airing of the documentary, “Healing and Miracles at Lourdes” at 7 p.m. Feb. 10, and at 11 a.m. Feb. 16. The film describes the establishment of the Shrine and the process by which healings are evaluated.

“Men, Women & the Mystery of Love,” is a five-part series especially targeted to young people. Edward Sri presents Pope John Paul II’s teaching on love and responsibility. The series airs at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 13-17.

The late Father John F. Harvey SSFS will be the focus of “Profile in Courage: Father John F. Harvey SSFS,” which focuses on the late Father Harvey’s apostolate. He founded “Courage” and answered God’s call to minister to persons with same-sex attraction. The program airs at 10 a.m. Feb. 17.

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