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 June 11, 2012   •   VOL. 50, NO. 10   •   Oakland, CA
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Around the Parishes

The Music Ministry at St. Raymond Parish in Dublin reached a milestone last month as the men's choir, Men in the Morning, celebrated its 10-year anniversary. Men in the Morning began with a couple of loose guidelines: No practices. No commitments. They sing once a month, usually at the 7:30 a.m. Mass on the first Sunday, and also participate in retreats and other diocesan events. Following the exhortation of St. Bernard of Clairvaux to "stand before God with zest, singing with Manliness and not sparing your voices," Men in the Morning has adopted the motto of "Real men sing real loud." They are a witness that it is normal and desirable to participate in the music in liturgy with exuberance, and see their time together as an opportunity to express their faith in song. With a roster of 75 men, the ministry is the largest, and possibly the only, men's choir in the Oakland diocese.

Members at St. Theresa Parish in Oakland will be hosting a casual picnic and concert from 6-8 p.m. June 16. Participants are asked to pack a picnic dinner, attend the 5 p.m. Mass and then enjoy dinner on the grass. The evening will feature shanty and sing-a-long music by the Shark Alley Hobos. (St. Theresa's Chris Franklin is a member of the band.)

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Cagayanons of Northern California sent a letter of thanks to St. Clement School in Hayward where the Christian Action Club raised $738.15 in a free dress day fundraiser to help survivors who are still affected by a flood that hit areas of the Philippines last year. Cagayanons of Northern California had already sent $3,300 to various key people affiliated with civic and church based associations in Cagayan de Oro City to buy necessary goods and items for the immediate needs. Additional donations from St. Clement and other groups will help others in need such as school kids whose parents will not be able to afford to buy school supplies like backpacks, school bags, pencils and paper, notebooks, erasers and other items for the coming school year which starts in June.

Students at St. Bede School in Hayward raised $1,453.47 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society by participating in the Pennies for Patients program. The Fourth Grade class raised $276.92 the most for a class at the school, and in the process earned themselves a pizza party. Funds raised go to support research and patient support services.

Let's hear it for our "tech stars" at Oakland's Holy Names High School. The school sent two teams to the regional Technovation Challenge, held April 28 at the David Brower Center in Berkeley. Each team created a model for a mobile phone app, developed a business plan and prepared a presentation to promote their app before a panel of judges. The HNHS teams received two of the three possible awards. Placing third was Team Tartan Technology: Irene Anthony, Asia Barton, Clare Colt, Eleanor Good and Nicole Sharp. Their app "Raw Radiance" was praised as being the most marketable. This team will continue to work with its mentor to further develop and market their app.

More news from HNHS: Students in the Holy Names Vocal Ensemble participated in their first California Association for Music Education Choir Competition held April 20 at Acalanes High School in Lafayette. The girls earned an overall rating of "Excellent" for their renditions of: "Ah! Si Mon Moine Voulait Danser" (a French Canadian folk song arranged by Donald Patriquin), "Music, Spread Thy Voice Around," (from the "Solomon Oratorio," music by George Frideric Handel) and "How Can I Keep From Singing" (a Quaker hymn). The girls earned a perfect score for their poise and presence on stage.

Oakland's Bishop O'Dowd High School said in its weekly newsletter it is the first private high school in the United States to offer a Blackboard Mobile Central App. With it, O'Dowd Mobile students will be able to check their grades and assignments, stay up-to-date with the latest campus news, keep tabs on Dragon athletics and (for new students) help for finding their way around campus using "augmented reality" technology, and more. Owners of an Apple iPhone, iPod touch and iPad can find the free app in iTunes. An Android version is expected to be released soon.

Oderah Chidom, a junior at Bishop O'Dowd, recently earned a spot on the 12-member 2012 USA Basketball Women's U17 World Championship Team. The team, which has already participated in a training camp at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resorts in Orlando, Florida, will also meet Aug. 1-7 before leaving for Europe. The team will then take part in a round-robin tournament against national teams in Italy before heading for Amsterdam, The Netherlands, where the team will defend its 2010 inaugural U17 title at the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championships in Amsterdam in mid-August.

Ryan Walker-Hartshorn
, Bishop O'Dowd junior, was named the 2012 Gatorade California Girls Soccer Player of the Year. The award recognizes outstanding athletic and academic achievements.

Seven BOD student-athletes were among the top 125 high school athletes in the East Bay recognized by the Bay Area News Group. They are: Ariell Bostick, Oderah Chidom, T.J. Daniel, Richard Longrus Jr., Hardy Nickerson Jr., Ryan Walker-Hartshorn and K.C. Waters.

Eighty members of the school and local community donated more than 50 units of blood during the annual Saint Mary's College High School Blood Drive with Blood Centers of the Pacific on April 24 in the school gym.

At the conclusion of the Saint Mary's High annual Founder's Day Mass on May 18, honoring Saint John Baptist de La Salle, founder of the De La Salle Christian Brothers in 1680 France, 15 faculty and staff members were awarded Years of Service plaques, a yearly tradition. Among the group are five school alumni and six school parents, alumni parents and alumni grandparents. Honorees include: Connor Banks '00, Fabiola Aguirre, Jennifer Cheng and Calvin Deng for five years; Manny Nodar, Carol Balding, Peter Boero '64 and Modesto Juarez for 10 years; Denis Mohun and Jeff Rogers, 15 years; Jeanne Gray Loughman, 20 years; Carol Lawson and James Lawson '81, 25 years; Lawrence Puck '78, 30 years; and Antone Olivier '70, 35 years.

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