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March 26, 2012   •   VOL. 50, NO. 6   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

Grant aids homeless
The Family Emergency Shelter Coalition, a ministry of the Diocese of Oakland that helps homeless families, was the recipient of a $20,000 State Farm Insurance Good Neighbor Citizenship grant to help FESCO's disaster preparedness and response training, a program being developed with partner Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disasters. Joining at the grant presentation were, from left: State Farm Agent David Pena, FESCO Executive Director Cate Steane, Ana-Marie Jones, CARD executive director, State Farm agents Zulien Morales, Dara Chan and Ernie Lopez and Hayward City Councilman Francisco Zermeno.
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Fifth annual "Brave the Shave"
As an act of solidarity with children who lose their hair due to cancer treatment, Citrus Salon shaved 101 heads clean at the Creek Monkey Tap House in downtown Martinez on March 3 in a "Brave the Shave" fundraiser for the St. Baldrick's Foundation that raised more than $40,000 for children's cancer research. Thirty families from Christ the King Parish in Pleasant Hill participated, with 38 "shavees" being students at Christ the King School. Four Oakland Raiderettes made a guest appearance along with the band, Oola Rocksteady. For more, visit www.stbaldricks.org/events/creekmonkey.

Around the Parishes

St. Margaret Mary Parish, 1219 Excelsior Ave., Oakland, will honor the seventh anniversary of the death of Blessed John Paul II with a special Mass at 8 p.m. April 2. The Mass will be in thanksgiving for Pope John Paul II's beatification on May 1, 2011, and asking for his canonization. The Mass will be followed by a rosary and chaplet of Divine Mercy. At 9:37 p.m., the very time of his death on April 2, 2005, the service will conclude with a moment of silence.

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Around the Schools

The student council of St. Jarlath School in Oakland coordinated a Penny War to benefit the Get on the Bus organization. The school of less than 100 students raised more than $800 for the organization during Catholic Schools Week. Designed by the state's Center for Restorative Justice, the organization is designed to reunite children with their mothers who are in the state's women's prisons on Mother's Day or their fathers who are at men's detention facilities on Father's Day.

St. Philip Neri School in Alameda will conduct its summer school from June 12-29. Academic and enrichment classes will be offered.

The tuition assistance program at Berkeley's St. Mary's High School received a much-needed boost as a result of the annual Student-Sponsored Fundraiser, which ended in late February. Students raised an amazing $58,000 through raffle ticket sales and an online giving tool. The junior class raised the most money, exceeding their goal of $14,500. Two homerooms combined to bring in more than $9,000. School faculty and staff members contributed $3,000 to the fundraiser. More than 40 percent of St. Mary's students are receiving tuition assistance this school year.

The Moreau Catholic High School Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Ted Newton, earned first place at the Chabot College Jazz Festival for the 4th consecutive year. Benjamin Jackson '12, Ian Santillano '14, and Theodore Tan '13 were awarded Outstanding Soloist certificates.

Simon Chiu
Simon Chiu, principal of Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda since 2007, has been elected to the National Catholic Education Association to represent Catholic high schools in California, Nevada, Hawaii and Guam at the national level. "It will be a great opportunity for me to learn from other schools across this country and to have the opportunity to work to improve Catholic education," he said.

Chiu also was invited recently to be part of a School of Education panel at Santa Clara University. He shared his experiences as a leader in Catholic schools in the Oakland Diocese with members of the master's level education course, Foundations of School Organization and Management.

Vanessa Maholland, a senior at SJND, recently won the InvestWrite competition, which is part of the Virtual Stock Market Game. For her winning essay, "A Beginner's Guide to Stock Market Investing," she won a scholarship for $1,000. She will also be awarded a trophy later this year.

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