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 September 17, 2012   •   VOL. 50, NO. 16   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

Around the Parishes

Save these dates: Oct. 26-28 — that is when the Immaculate Heart of Mary Crafty Quilters will be having its annual Holiday Boutique. Featured items include knitted scarves, blankets, specialty plants, holiday gift items and baked goods.

If you missed signing up for the eight-part Stepping Stones on Your Grief Journey series (Sept. 6-Oct. 25) at the Catholic Community of Pleasanton, more programs to assist those who are mourning the loss of a loved will be offered through the end of this year and in 2013. Check future issues of The Voice for updates on the Datelines page.

Around the Schools

Kerianne Hunt, a senior at Carondelet High School in Concord, is helping coordinate the St. Vincent de Paul-Contra Costa County "Friends of the Poor" Walk events in the diocese. These events help support SVDP's programs that minister to the poor in the country, she said. Two walk events are scheduled to take place in Contra Costa County: the St. Vincent de Paul "Friends of the Poor" Walk for Central County will take place from 8-11 a.m. Sept. 29 at the grass field at Danville's St. Isidore Church, 440 LaGonda Way; and the walk for West Contra Costa County is scheduled to take place at Salesian High School, 2851 Salesian Ave., Richmond.

St. Joseph Notre Dame High School's own poet laureate, Robin Levy, received an award at the 19th annual Dancing Poetry Festival at the Florence Gould Theater in the California Palace of the Legion of Honor on Sept. 8. Levy is also one of seven finalists for Oakland's first Youth Poet Laureate.

Student members of the campus ministry executive board at SJND volunteered to greet visitors who attended the 50th Anniversary Mass and celebration of the Oakland Diocese on Aug. 22 at Oakland's Cathedral of Christ the Light. These volunteers included: Ryan Malicdem, Chloe Cunningham, Austine De Los Santos, Robert Hanson, Jonna Mallillin and Anissa Ramos.

Moraga's Saint Mary's College of California has been selected to appear in the prestigious 2013 edition of "Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges." The newly revised guidebook, essential reading for college-bound students and their parents, praised Saint Mary's educational approach as "powerful" and "a mechanism of change." Saint Mary's is the only Catholic college to appear in the school list.

Among the Religious

The Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose will host a vocation discernment group, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 30 in the Spirit Center at their Motherhouse, 43326 Mission Blvd. in Fremont (entrance on Mission Tierra Place.) Single, Catholic women, ages 18-40, are invited to attend this gathering which is designed to help them learn more about the life and charism of women religious, and discuss and reflect on one's life calling. Eucharist at 10:30 a.m. and lunch with the Sisters. RSVP: Sister Marcia, 510-933-6333 or vocations@msjdominicans.org.

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