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 November 19, 2012   •   VOL. 50, NO. 20   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

Day of the Dead
St. Leander School's art teacher, Nicole Colburn, had her students create artwork and masks influenced by the Mexican holiday, Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Pictured is one of the students, Stephanie Aguirre, wearing her beautifully designed mask.
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Cathedral field trip
The eighth graders of St. Felicitas School in San Leandro ventured to the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland and met up with the other eighth graders from all over the diocese. They started with ice breakers, then enjoyed a great talk about personal identity and faith. They celebrated in community at Mass and finished with a tour of all the intricacies of the Cathedral — a day filled with great faith and community.
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A silver jubilee
A joyous celebration of the 25 years of the priesthood of the Rev. Jayson Landeza was celebrated Oct. 27 at St. Felicitas Church in San Leandro, where the Berkeley native has served as parochial vicar for the past two years. The celebration was enriched by the St. Columba Gospel Choir, under the direction of Rawn Harbor. Father Landeza had served as pastor of St. Columba from 1999 to 2009. He serves as chaplain of the Oakland Police and Fire departments, as well as the San Francisco Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. At Father Landeza's right is his mother, Frances Landeza.
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Around the Parishes

St. Raymond Parish in Dublin will host the first Tri-Valley Community Outreach Dinner on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22. A traditional sit-down meal will be served to families, singles and seniors in need from the Tri-Valley area, a region comprised of three valleys — Amador, Livermore and San Ramon — that includes the cities of Dublin, San Ramon, Pleasanton and the town of Danville. The day, which begins at 11 a.m., will also include light entertainment and activities for children.

At 11 a.m. on the second Thursday of the month, members of Santa Maria Parish in Orinda and the Pastoral Care Outreach Ministries come together to lead a "sing-a-long" at the Orinda Convalescent Hospital.

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Around the Schools

Twenty-eight juniors from Alameda's St. Joseph Notre Dame High School were recently inducted into the National Honor Society in recognition of their demonstrated excellence in the areas of character, scholarship, leadership and service. The SJND (NMS) chapter officers for 2012 are seniors: Justin Deierling, president; Michelle Seiwald, vice-president; Rebecca Johnson, secretary; and Tristan Wilson, treasurer. The new NHS members are: Chloe Cunningham, Janelle de Dio, Austine De Los Santos, Kimberly Gonzalez, Dalton Green, Lydia Hall, Katherine Hanover, Jacqueline Hitchcock, Andrew Hovermale, Lena Jennings, Sophia Kaunda, Will Keane, Amelia Khoo, Ryann Malicdem, Giulia Marinos, Alexa Martinez, Amanda Mattoon, Neil Mendez, Christopher Oberempt, Catherine Oberle, Mika Olaguer, Marissa Quinones, Anissa Ramos, Isabela Reid, Jonathan Schuitema, Madeleine Shiber, Melanie Shojinaga and Mark Venturini.

The annual student fundraiser for tuition assistance got underway on Nov. 1 at Saint Mary's High in Berkeley. Students will again raise funds in support of one another's Lasallian Catholic education through raffle ticket sales and online donations. Contact Cathy Molinelli, vice-principal, for ticket and donation information, at 510-559-6249.

Students from Carondelet High School and De La Salle High School, both in Concord, attended the 22nd annual Contra Costa County Model United Nations Conference held Nov. 2 and 3 at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill. The two-day event drew more than 300 local high school students. The Model UN simulates the activities of a UN group like the General Assembly; students take on the role of delegates and gain a close look at the world's problems and how various nations are impacted.

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EWTN FOCUS: St. Xavier and euthanasia. Special programs on St. Xavier and euthanasia will be featured on the Eternal Word Television Network this month. "Xavier - Missionary & Saint," a documentary narrated by actor Liam Neeson, follows St. Francis Xavier's missionary journey through Europe and Asia. Air dates: 11p.m. Nov. 24 and at 7 p.m. Nov. 30.

"Death with Dignity? A Closer Look at Euthanasia," explores the moral, political and personal aspects of the euthanasia issue. The program includes interviews with proponents of euthanasia, as well as poignant accounts of victims of involuntary euthanasia. Airs at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 29. EWTN is carried on Comcast Channel 229, AT&T Channel 562, Astound Channel 116, Dish Satellite Channel 261 and Direct TV Channel 370. In Alameda, Comcast carries EWTN on Channel 30.

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Celebrating a new saint
Parishioners at St. James the Apostle Church in Fremont enthusiastically celebrated the canonization of St. Pedro Calungsod with an afternoon of thanksgiving, prayer and fellowship. Rev. Antony Vazhappilly presided at a special 3 p.m. Mass, followed by the unveiling of the image of the new saint. The Color Corps of the Knights of Columbus led the procession around the parking lot while the parishioners held images of St. Pedro Calungsod. Father Vazhappilly offered special intentions for the Filipinos and the youth during the procession. The celebration continued with a program and buffet of Filipino food. The St. James Environment Committee and God Our Father choir performed traditional Filipino dances. The audience was also serenaded by Myka Mabandos and Rev. Raul Caga, SVD, a.k.a. the Filipino singing priest. The Teen Generosity group of St. James performed a skit reenacting scenes from St. Pedro Calungsod's missionary work, martyrdom and miracle.
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Mock election
Third graders at Corpus Christi School in Piedmont participate in a mock election Nov. 6, left. Fifth grader Keale Young, above, votes. More than 200 children from Kindergarten through 8th grade learned the importance of voting, and were able to observe real-life voting at the adjoining church's Gibson Center polling place.
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