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 October 15, 2012   •   VOL. 50, NO. 18   •   Oakland, CA
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Holy Names High School students Jennifer Vasquez, Alicia Gaitan, Sofia Ascencio and Laila Mufty experienced the Legacy Holocaust Tour last summer.
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Blessing of the animals
After an Oct. 3 Mass, students at St. Bede School in Hayward brought their furry, feathered and finned friends to the playground where they were blessed by Father Seamus Farrell, pastor of St. Bede, and the parochial vicar, Father Derrick Oliveira.

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Through the efforts of the St. Raymond Knights of Columbus council, parishioners at the Dublin parish donated more than $17,000 to the American Wheelchair Mission, which will provide more than 100 wheelchairs to people in Kenya who need one but cannot afford one. The Knights of Columbus worldwide has sponsored nearly 35,000 wheelchairs to children, teens and adults.

Speaking of St. Raymond's, evangelist Richard Lane will be giving a parish mission there Nov. 18-20. His dynamic and charismatic style of ministry is based upon three principles: faith, hope and love. He focuses on bringing restoration and healing to many who have fallen away from His Church. All are welcome. See ww.st-raymonddublin.org for details.

At Immaculate Heart of Mary parish in Brentwood, the lives of deceased family and friends will be celebrated at a 7 p.m. Mass on Nov. 2. A tree will be placed on the altar, with the names of those who have died, for the entire month of November. Everyone attending the Mass is asked to bring photos of their loved ones. The photos are placed on the altar for the Mass. Flowers are given to each person at Mass. Last year, more than 200 flowers were given out.

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Around the Schools

Clio Goldstein, a junior at Berkeley's Saint Mary's High School, has been appointed associate principal viola of the East Bay's Young People's Symphony Orchestra. Goldstein has also won an internship with the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra and will perform with the professional group at many concerts this season.

Kaitlyn O'Connell, a senior at Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward, was one of 65 seniors chosen out of 140 applicants to participate in two weeks of intensive training of Shakespeare in Ashland, Oregon. The students, including one from South Africa, learned everything from acting to lighting and dancing to costume design.

"Grading & Reporting in Catholic High Schools: Problems and Promise," an article written by Pete Imperial, principal at Saint Mary's College High School in Berkeley, has been published in the new issue of Momentum, a magazine published by the National Catholic Educational Association. Imperial's article investigates the practices Catholic high school teachers employ in determining students' grades, the extent to which academic achievement comprises the grades teachers reported, and the extent to which teachers' practices are consistent with their own—and their schools'—expressed purposes for grading. The new issue is due out this month.

Destiney Knuckles, a freshman at Alameda's St. Joseph Notre Dame High School, performed at An Evening of Soul at Yoshi's Jazz Supper Club on Oct. 1. The opportunity to sing at Yoshi's came after members of her church and community urged Knuckles to participate in the talent show sponsored by the NAACP Youth. Yoshi's is one of several venues where the freshman singer has performed. In 2009 she was selected to sing at an event at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, where she also got the chance to meet and shake the hand of President Barack Obama.

Four Holy Names High School students — Jennifer Vasquez '15, Alicia Gaitan '14, Sofia Ascencio '15, and Laila Mufty '14 — traveled through Germany, Poland, and Israel this summer on an amazing journey of discovery of Jewish history and the Holocaust, the role of families, and reflected on spirituality and the common values they share with people across the world. They visited museums and memorials, walked the silent paths of Auschwitz-Birkenau with a Holocaust survivor, celebrated Shabbat in the historic Jewish neighborhood of Krakow, and concluded their tour in Jerusalem. The tour was conducted through Jewish Family and Children's Services Holocaust Center and Lehrhaus Judaica. The students' trip was sponsored by an anonymous donor.

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Upcoming specials scheduled to appear on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) include features on two basilicas, a deaf priest and coverage of services on All Saints Day and All Souls Day.

A documentary called, "One Archdiocese, Two Basilicas," looks at two historical basilicas in Milwaukee, highlighting the fervent faith of America's Midwest, Oct. 30 at 3:30 p.m. Another program, "Hearing God," tells a moving and uplifting story of Father Christopher Klusman who is deaf, his call to the priesthood and the obstacles he faced as one of only a handful of deaf priests. The program airs at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 31.

EWTN will air the Solemn Mass of All Saints on Nov. 1 from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. The Mass will air live at 9 a.m., with a rebroadcast at 9 p.m. on Nov. 1. EWTN's live broadcast of the Mass for All Souls Day from Our Lady of the Angels Chapel in Ironside, Alabama, will be broadcast at 5 a.m. on Nov. 2. Rebroadcasts will air at 9 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Nov. 2.

EWTN is carried 24 hours a day on Comcast 229, AT&T 562, Astound 116, DISH Satellite 261 & DirecTV 370 and in Alameda, on Comcast 30.

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