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November 5, 2012   •   VOL. 50, NO. 19   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

Fall festival in Richmond
St. David School in Richmond's annual Fall Festival Oct. 13 drew a sell-out crowd. The festival started with a parade, above. Principal Brian Swanson reports that Heather Sorenson, a parent at the school, organized the day to include two adults and five children from the GRIP Foundation (Greater Richmond Interfaith Program). Fourth- and fifth-grade families donated money to support the guests for food and games, and St. David pupils paired up with the guests for the day.
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Salesian Family Day
About 200 people gathered at two sites, Richmond and Bellflower, in California to participate in Salesian Family Day Oct. 13, which included food, fellowship, prayer, education and Mass. Salesian sisters, priests and brothers joined with friends and supporters to hear, via an Internet WebEx simulcast, Rev. Joe Boenzi, SDB, consider Don Bosco the educator in the context of the 19th century time he lived. Among those attending at Salesian High School in Richmond, from left, school supporters Marguerite Goyne, Janis Vega, Joyce Pimm and Bee Sena; at right, Cindy Nguyen and Melissa Benitez, at right, two candidates in the Salesian sisters formation program, are joined by Rev. Tom Prendiville, SDB.

Buster Posey and Sister Paschal Elvin, PBVM.

Presentation sister a Posey fan

Sister Paschal Elvin, PBVM, Presentation High School, Berkeley, Class of 1929 and a former teacher at St. John School in San Lorenzo, at age 99 is an avid San Francisco Giants baseball enthusiast and especially a fan of Catcher Buster Posey.

Sister Paschal had a dream come true when she was able to attend a Giants game and have a special one-on-one meeting with Buster Posey on Sept. 26. The outing quickly became an all Motherhouse event, with Sister Paschal decked out in a new Giants sweatshirt, a black and orange knit cap knitted by Motherhouse administrator Sister Dolores Quigg, SNDdeN, and her wheelchair sporting orange and black crepe paper ribbons and bows.

That September game was special for Buster Posey as well, because he batted in his 100th run — we like to think it was because of his meeting with Sister Paschal and (perhaps) her prayers for him.

Film on St. Augustine in Livermore, Antioch

Two groups have arranged for showings of "Restless Heart," a film based on the "The Confessions" of St. Augustine, in Contra Costa County this month.

The Faith Enrichment Team at St. Michael Church in Livermore has engaged the film for a one-week engagement at the Livermore 13 Cinema, 2490 First St., Livermore. From Nov. 9 to 15, show times are 1, 4, 6:50 and 9:40 p.m. daily. Ticket prices are $7.75 for children and seniors and matinee and $10 after 6 p.m.

Holy Angels Books is presenting the film Nov. 16 and 18 at El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St., Antioch. For tickets, contact Andrea at 925-778-7575.

Filmed in Europe, "Restless Heart" is the first full-length feature movie on St. Augustine. Christian Duguay directed the film. The cast includes Franco Nero, Johannes Brandrup, Monica Guerritore and Alessandro Preziosi.

Around the Parishes

Step back several centuries in California history with the help of special guided tours that will be offered at the Old Mission San Jose in Fremont at 1 p.m. Nov. 11. Named for Saint Joseph, the foster father of Jesus, Mission San Jose was the 14th of 21 California missions to be established, many of them along the coast. Founded by the Franciscan Friars, Mission San Jose is the only mission to be built on the east side of San Francisco Bay. Highlights of the tour include a visit to the Mission Church of 1809 and the nine-room museum that was formerly the padres' living quarters. The tours, which cost $5 per adult and $2 per student, last approximately two hours.

The Catholic Community of Pleasanton will set up its 2012 Christmas Nativity display on Dec. 2 after the 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Masses at St. Elizabeth Seton Chapel at 4001 Stoneridge Drive, Pleasanton. The display is sponsored by the Italian Catholic Federation and CCOP Diversity Committee.

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Around the Schools

Effective July 1, Salesian High School in Richmond will have a new president. Current President Rev. Nicholas Reina will be succeeded by Timothy Chambers, the current school principal.

Having served 10 years in the role, Father Reina will transition into a new position fulfilling ministry duties. Earlier, Father Reina served as the provincial in San Francisco from 1997 to 2003, and was president of Don Bosco Tech in Rosemead from 1985 to 1997. Chambers has been with Salesian High School since 1986. He has served as principal since 1997, and fulfilled roles as assistant principal and faculty member.

Henrik Choy, a junior at Saint Mary's College High School in Berkeley, has been accepted to the California Orchestra Directors Association Honor Symphony for the second consecutive year. Choy, a violinist, will perform at San Francisco State University in December. Results from that performance will determine Choy's chance to join the All-State Symphony in February.

Speaking of Saint Mary's College High, more than 100 school alumni, family members and friends participated in the school's 28th golf invitational Oct. 15 at the Mira Vista Golf and Country Club. The event has raised tens of millions of dollars for student tuition assistance at SMHS.

Veronica Oberholzer, a senior at Oakland's Holy Names High School, recently joined an elite group of 16,000 high school students from across the country to become a National Merit Scholarship semi-finalist. A total of 1.5 million juniors took the PSAT last year and entered the National Merit Scholarship Program. To be eligible as a finalist, Oberholzer had to fill out a detailed application, write an essay and provide information about her participation and leadership in school and community activities.

Eric Baskett, Phoebe Grunt, Robin Levy and Tristan Wilson, seniors at St. Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda have been named National Merit Commended Scholars for demonstrating exceptional academic abilities on the PSAT.

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Names, News, Notes

Ernesto "Jun" Bajet, a member at St. Ignatius Parish in Antioch, is leading a special Thanksgiving Day project. A traditional Thanksgiving Day dinner will be served to homeless persons in the gym at Most Holy Rosary Church, also in Antioch, on Nov. 22.

The Star Council Award recently went to the Knights of Columbus Council No. 12587 at St. Ignatius Parish in Antioch. The award is given to a local Knights council in recognition of its outstanding works in membership, insurance and service programs.

— Carrie McClish

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Fremont fund-raising
The student council at Our Lady of Guadalupe School in Fremont sponsored Denim Day and a Walkathon to raise money for the HERS Breast Cancer Foundation. The pupils collected more than $2,200 and presented a check to Vera Packard, representative from the foundation, at morning assembly on Oct. 17. From left, Vera Packard (HERS), Kisa Pernia (Grade 7), Lizzy Musgrove (Grade 7), Taylor La (Grade 8), Jasmine Yuen (Grade 7), Alyssa Silva (Grade 8), Hannah Pham (Grade 8), Valerie Domingo (Grade 8), Shannon Bellison (third grade teacher), Janina Marquez (Grade 7), Christian Pedgrical (Grade 7), Paolo Pedrigal (Grade 7), Maggie Silva (sixth grade teacher) and Gloria Higares (kindergarten teacher).

Fire safety at St. Leander's
Firefighters visited St. Leander School's pre-Kindergarten to second graders to talk about fire safety on Oct. 15. The pupils had a great time taking a tour of the fire trucks, listening to the firefighters give them tips on fire safety like dialing 9-1-1 for emergencies and learning the simple fire technique of stop, drop and roll to extinguish fire on clothing or body. Second graders crafted a poster as a gift for the firefighters.



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