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April 30, 2012   •   VOL. 50, NO. 8   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

Altar server awards
The Serra Club of West Contra Costa hosted an Altar Server's Mass and award program at St. Jerome Parish in El Cerrito. Pastor Father Dante Tamayo was the celebrant. The Serra Club awarded 154 engraved certificates to the servers of five parishes: St. Jerome, St. Patrick of Rodeo, St. David of Richmond, St. John of El Cerrito and St. Callistus in El Sobrante. Serra members served hot dogs and refreshments to the servers and their families after Mass. Shown above, Serra Club Vice President Ron Acquistapace on the left, a group of altar servers, and Zena Omega, president, and Raoul Martinez, secretary, of the West County Serra Club, both on the right.
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Donation to St. Felicitas
St. Felicitas School in San Leandro received a $4,000 donation from the "Big Rick" Bailey foundation to support Catholic education. Mr. Bailey was a beloved parent at St. Felicitas who died tragically in 2009. His wife Lynette and his brother Rusty, above, created a foundation in his honor to benefit schools and organizations close to Mr. Bailey's heart.

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First Graders helping
The First Graders at St. Joseph's Elementary School in Alameda learned about service projects through the school's monthly "Goodies for Good." The First Graders made posters to advertise the bake sale; they decorated almost 300 envelopes for students to hold their money and they made announcements in each class explaining what the money was being raised for. The First Graders were raising money for the Ozanam Wellness Center which features various classes and groups focused on assisting people in need. Several of the students had the opportunity to sell their baked items to the students at St Joseph Notre Dame High School. The students raised more than $300 for the Ozanam Wellness Center.

Around the Parishes

Lou Cola, a member at St. David of Wales Parish in Richmond, was the recipient of the annual Don Bosco Award from the West Contra Costa Salesian Boys and Girls Club on March 28. Representatives from the cities of Richmond, Pinole and San Pablo also presented Cola with proclamation plaques honoring him for his service and dedication to the organization. Cola, 96, is an original member of St. David Parish, which was founded in 1952. He and his wife, Ella, served as chairpersons of St. David's 50+ Club for almost 14 years of organizing monthly potluck dinners, bus trips to Reno, holiday dinners, etc.

The Knights of Columbus Magellan Council 2730 is sponsoring the display of Our Lady of the Americas, known as the Our Lady of Guadalupe icon, May 10-13 at St. Jarlath Church, 2620 Pleasant St., Oakland. Times for individual and group prayer will be available when the program for the arrival, celebrations and departure is completed. Contact the parish office: 510-532-2068.

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Around the Schools

Show your support for Catholic education by putting on your walking shoes and taking a walk or two.

For the first walk, there's the Dominican Kindergarten Kinderjog 2012 on May 4. DK Kinderjog has a goal of $20,000 and will have a variety of raffle prizes from local businesses. All proceeds will be shared by Dominican Mission in Chiapas, Mexico; Dominican Missions in Cahabon, Guatemala; tuition assistance for St. Joseph School; Mission San Jose Dominicans Master Planning 2015 Project; and the community's Vision of Hope Ministry. Questions? Contact Joanna Diaz Yoshioka at 925-699-6005 or jdiazyoshioka@comcast.net.

On the following day (May 5), Oakland's Holy Names High School Community, (students, friends, family, alums, faculty, neighbors, supporters) will be taking part in a 5K walk — from the campus at 4660 Harbord Drive to Snow Park, near Lake Merritt, beginning at 9 a.m. The event will celebrate two milestone anniversaries in the school's history: the 200th birthday of Blessed Marie Rose Durocher, foundress of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, and the campus' move from Lake Merritt to Harbord Drive 80 years ago. At the finish of the walk participants will be greeted with live music, a few special guests, and refreshments. To sign up for the event, go to https://sites.google.com/site/hnhsoakland5kwalk. The $25 registration donation will support the Holy Names High School Annual Fund.

Oakland's Bishop O'Dowd cheerleaders traveled to Anaheim last month to participate in the USA National Championships. The cheerleaders placed ninth out of 26 teams in their division, and missed qualifying for the finals by only three points. It was the first time in school history that a cheer squad has participated in this competition. More than 200 teams in different divisions participated in the event.

Matthew Wallace
, a senior at De La Salle High School in Concord, continued his undefeated season and is qualified to go to the National Championships in Speech and Debate in Indianapolis in June. His classmate Kevin Costello placed sixth overall.

The East Bay Athletic League has recognized the following student-athletes from De La Salle High in Concord with All-League Honors in winter sports.

Wrestling: David Conte (first place 106 lbs.), Nathan Cervantes (second place 113 lbs.), Joe Ramirez (first place 120 lbs.), Joe Moita (first place 126 lbs.), Jon Jay Chavez (first place 132 lbs.), Mark Bohanan (third place 138 lbs.), Alex Abono (first place, 145 lbs.), Payton Russum (second place, 152 lbs.), Devin Aiello (first place, 160 lbs.), Aaron Pease (first place, 170 lbs.), Frank Rossette (first place, 182 lbs.), Justin Walker first place, 195 lbs.), Sumner Houston (second place, 220 lbs.), Xavier Banks (second place, 285 lbs.).

Basketball: Amadi Udenyi (most valuable player), Elliott Pitts (first team), Remington White (first team), Jeremy Gunder (second team), Nick Sullivan (honorable mention).

Soccer: Johnny Marcinkowski (most valuable player), Evan Molineux (first team), Isaiah Dargan (first team), Andrew Konstantino (first team), Damian Martinez (second team), Conrad Rowling (second team), Carlo Eikani (honorable mention), Nic Bob (honorable mention), Brad McNell (honorable mention).

The varsity grade point averages for all three winter sports teams was above 3.0. The team GPAs were basketball 3.15, wrestling 3.07 and soccer 3.29.

Berkeley's Saint Mary's High School
community collected a whopping 4,500 pounds of food for the Alameda County Food Bank during the school's Lenten Food Drive that ended on Holy Thursday. Student representatives attended a special thank you luncheon at the Food Bank on April 17.

Noted journalist Gwen Ifill will deliver the commencement address for the graduating class of 2012 on May 12 at Oakland's Holy Names University. Ifill, who is moderator of Washington Week and moderator, managing editor and senior political correspondent for the PBS NewsHour, is the first African American woman in U.S. history to host a prominent political TV talk show on national television.

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Among the Religious

Is God calling you to consider Consecrated Life as a Dominican Sister? Single Catholic women, ages 18-40 are invited to attend the Religious Life Discernment Retreat sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose May 18-20. RSVP by May 14 at vocations@msjdominicans.org.

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Names, News, Notes

The LEO Center's second annual Celestial Gala took place at the Soda Center of Saint Mary's College in Moraga on March 31. The gala helps to support the educational work (after school help and ESL classes) of the LEO Center located at the corner of 40th Street and Martin Luther King Way in Oakland. De La Salle Christian Brothers' Provincial, Brother Donald Johanson, prayed the grace. The Brother Chris Bassen Memorial Award for service was presented by Center Director Deacon Noe Gonzalez and Center Treasurer Christian Brother Anthony Lenz, to a group of former De La Salle Christian Brothers called Les Amis de Freres who have been supporting the center since its inception 18 years ago. A silent auction was followed by dinner and dancing to the George Yamasaki Trio. Christian Brother Robb Wallace served as the emcee and St. Joseph Sister Dorothy Stack, CSJ, and the Celestial Gala Committee organized the event.

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