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January 7, 2013   •   VOL. 51, NO. 1   •   Oakland, CA
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Veterans provide history moment
St. Francis of Assisi School in Concord continued its four-year tradition by having some Pearl Harbor veterans stop at the school on their way to Mt. Diablo for their annual beacon-lighting ceremony. Three of the vets (all in their 90s) met in a great "history moment" for our pupils, said Sister James Marien Dyer, principal. The first year, the veterans drove by the school as we lined the street, but this was hard for the kids who did not get a look at these warriors, she said. Now the veterans stop and meet pupils.
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Assumption helping out
Assumption School and Church hosted two events that benefited the George Mark Children's House in San Leandro. George Mark is a pediatric palliative care center that serves families with children who have a serious medical illness. Assumption School's second-grade class hosted the school's monthly "Mission Munchies" bake sale, raising $250 for the George Mark House. Then, Assumption Church's Confirmation Class planned and hosted a Morning with Santa where the "admission fee" was a gift card to be donated to George Mark House. They collected $600 in donations. Above from left, 10th graders of the confirmation class accepting the donations: Emily Caviglia, Hannah Wulff, Toni Gadar and Juliana Wells.
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Assisting All Saints
Heavy rains in early December unveiled exterior damage that will need to be repaired at All Saints Church in Hayward. Decorative pieces of the historic church's east tower fell to the ground, shattering and revealing the damage. It was quite the sight in downtown Hayward when contractors Resti and Scott Zaballos were hoisted 100 feet in a construction crane basket to begin repairs and estimate additional damage to the structure. "The church structure is 100 years old," said Steve Mullin, parish life director. "The tower damage just opened our eyes to some overdue repairs necessary to maintain the structural integrity of the church." To pay for repairs — and replacement of a 31-year-old roof and a paint job that is estimated in triple figures — Mullin is inviting families to pledge $20 a month to help with maintenance.
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