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February 4, 2013   •   VOL. 51, NO. 3   •   Oakland, CA
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Mass of remembrance
The Children's Mass on Dec. 24 at St. Rose of Lima Church in Crockett was offered for the victims and their families of the shooting tragedy at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. As the 26 candles were being lit, the pastor, Rev. Ciaran Dillon, OMI, read the names and ages of each victim.
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Gabrielle Poma earns CYO scholarship

The 2013 Marty Mart Scholarship for Girls' CYO Volleyball was awarded at the opening Mass for the recent CYO Jim Negri Volleyball tournament, at Hayward's Moreau Catholic High School in January.

Gabrielle Poma, center, flanked by her parents, Phil and Michele.
Bill Ford/Courtesy photo

This year's $500 volleyball scholarship was awarded to Gabrielle Poma, an eighth grade student and athlete from St. Edward School, Newark. Gabrielle has participated in the CYO sports of volleyball and basketball and is a first-year volleyball player. She is a member of student leadership at the school as student body president, has been a teacher's aide in the parish Faith Formation program and plays violin in the St. Edward's ensemble.

In her scholarship essay, Gabrielle wrote: "Participating in CYO Sports has helped me to realize that positive influences can lead to positive outcomes. I hope that by being upbeat and confident at every game, my teammates will feel the same way as well. Being a positive presence among my peers have also helped me as a leader in school and in activities of service that I do."

The CYO Office has awarded the Marty Mart Scholarship twice annually for the past 10 years to an outstanding CYO participant in girls' CYO volleyball and in another CYO sport. The award is given on the candidates' expression of Christian values experienced in sports and their ability to work with teammates and with other teams in exhibiting those Christian values. Athletic talent is not considered. Candidates submit an application asking for their reflections on their "athletic abilities, sportsmanship, and the effects of their CYO participation on their daily life and their faith." They are also asked to provide a reference from an adult who is significant in their lives.

The scholarship is named in honor of the late Marty Mart, former CYO Assistant Director, who passed away in 2002. This spring, a scholarship will be awarded to another participant in other CYO sports.

Sts. Clement, Bede among winners of tournament sportsmanship award

Twenty-eight seventh and eighth grade girls' CYO volleyball teams gathered recently at Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward for the 2013 Jim Negri CYO Girls Volleyball Tournament.

Teams from each of the four CYO girls' volleyball teams participated in the one day tournament which began with a Mass, celebrated by Rev. John Fernandes.

Each grade's tournament concluded with a presentation of the RC Camp Sportsmanship Award. Since 1980, the Sportsmanship Award has been given to the teams displaying the best sportsmanship throughout the tournament. This year's eighth grade recipients were the teams from St. Clement, Hayward, and St. Bede, Hayward.

In the seventh grade division, the award was presented to Holy Spirit, Fremont, and St. Felicitas, San Leandro. The award is voted by the tournament referees in honor of the late RC Camp, a long time CYO official. It is considered the highest award in the tournament and creates a very positive atmosphere with teams cheering for other teams, making signs congratulating other teams, while striving to display good sportsmanship.

In the eighth grade division, St. Joseph, Alameda, won the championship with St. Leander, San Leandro, as the runner up. The Consolation division was won by St. Felicitas, with Our Lady of Guadalupe, Fremont, the consolation runner up.

In the seventh grade division, St. Leander, San Leandro, was the champion with St. Clement, the runner up. The Consolation division was won by All Saints, Hayward, with St. Felicitas, the consolation runner up.

The Negri tournament is sponsored annually by the diocesan CYO Office. The tournament is named in honor of the late Jim Negri Sr., one of the founders of girls' CYO athletics in the Oakland diocese and who began the tournament more than 40 years ago.

Around the Schools

Nearly 50 students from Oakland's Bishop O'Dowd High School, taking part in the Close Up government studies program in Washington D.C., also had the opportunity to attend the public inauguration ceremony for President Barack Obama on Jan. 21. Photos of some of the students, wearing bulky winter jackets, thick woolen scarfs, gloves and big smiles were posted on the school's website: www.bishopodowd.org.

BOD's Caitlin Walsh '14 and Marco Zepeda '14 took first place in parliamentary debate at the MLK Invitational hosted by James Logan High School Jan. 18-20. Walsh and Zepeda competed in a field comprised of 126 teams drawn from across the state, with the top 32 teams advancing to elimination rounds. In addition to completing the tournament with a perfect 10-0 record, Walsh and Zepeda also won 18 out of 20 ballots cast by judges in their rounds. Walsh also finished the tournament as the No. 3 ranked speaker in a field of 252 debaters. Walsh and Zepeda's performance saw the pair climb to the No. 2 position in the national rankings.

Four BOD women's basketball players have been nominated as 2013 McDonald's All Americans — Ariell Bostick, Breanna Brown, Oderah Chidom and KC Waters. In addition, Kendall Jackson '12, who now attends Suffield Academy in Connecticut, was also nominated.

Salesian High School in Richmond plans to offer bus transportation service to students next school year. Transportation will be offered from the Vallejo-Hercules and El Cerrito-Berkeley areas. The service will be partially subsidized by the school with some contribution from participating families.

Three senior basketball players at Salesian High have signed national letters of intent to play Division I basketball next year. Jabari Bird (UC-Berkeley), Mario Dunn (University of Montana) and Markel Leonard (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo) all accepted offers.

Both the boys and girls basketball teams at Salesian High are ranked in the top five in Northern California by norcalpreps.com. The girls' team moved up to No. 4 in Northern California after defeating rival Saint Mary's of Berkeley. Meanwhile the boys' basketball team defeated powerhouse De La Salle at the Martin Luther King Classic last month at Haas Pavilion at UC-Berkeley. It was the first time the Salesian and De La Salle boys' basketball teams have played in more than 30 years. The Salesian boys' team is ranked No. 1 in Northern California.

Jahslyn Whitelock-Chensee '13 of Oakland's Holy Names High School, received the Destiny Arts Center's Warrior's Code Award. Jahslyn received the Warrior's Code Award during the "Love in Action" recital — while she was the emcee — to a standing-room only crowd at McClymonds High School auditorium on Dec. 15. According to the high school's Jan. 17 alumni newsletter, this award recognizes the individual's commitment to the center and the outcome for which it strives. "Peaceful Warriors" are "mindful of the ways their words, actions and attitudes affect their communities, and the world. They respond rather than react to situations; teach and practice love rather than violence; honor people from different backgrounds and experiences equally; and are active participants in their communities."

Students at St. Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda who are enrolled in the LevelUp secure system and have a smartphone no longer have to worry about leaving home without their lunch money. First a student's family signs up to get a phone app and link it to a credit card or bank account. The student gets a code that, when scanned from the phone to a monitor in the cafeteria, pays for the food. Students who don't have a smartphone can apply for a LevelUp card.

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Our Lady of Fatima Russian-Byzantine Catholic Church will celebrate the Divine Liturgy (Eucharist) at the National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi at 12:15 p.m. March 9. Choral selections include Russian composers Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Dmitry Bortniansky and Nikolai Kedrov with chant settings of Kiev and the Russian Imperial Court in English. This is a special liturgy served twice a year in memory of the faithful departed. www.byzantinecatholic.org.

Rev. John Prochaska of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Fremont will lead a Year of Faith Pilgrimage to Italy from Sept. 23-Oct. 4. The group will visit Rome, San Giovanni Rotondo (Padre Pio), Assisi, Siena, Florence, Padua and Venice. For more information, dial 510-657-4043. Base cost is $3,500.

Author Marty Brounstein will discuss his book, "Two Among the Righteous Few: A Story of Courage in the Holocaust," at two East Bay events. The book is a true story of a Catholic couple in the Netherlands who despite great risks and dangers, helped save the lives of two dozen Jews during World War II. The story also has a meaningful personal connection to Brounstein, which he explains in his talk.

On Feb. 23, the presentation starts after Saturday Mass at 6:30 p.m. at St. Ignatius of Antioch, 3351 Contra Costa Blvd., Antioch, 925-778-0768.

And at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 24, the talk will be at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, 500 Fairview Ave., Brentwood 94513, 925-634-4154.

Matthew William Murray of the Diocese of Oakland, who is in his first year of theological studies, was among 55 seminarians instituted to the Ministry of Reader during a celebration of the Eucharist Jan. 13 at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, archbishop of Galveston-Houston and an alumnus of the college, celebrated the Mass and instituted the new readers.

The Ministry of Reader is one of the ministries seminarians receive as they proceed toward diaconal and priestly ordination. A reader is charged with proclaiming the Word of God in the liturgical assembly, instructing children and adults in the faith and preparing them to receive the sacraments worthily.

The Pontifical North American College serves as the American house of studies in Rome, where more than 5,000 priests have been formed for service in dioceses across North America and around the world.

Sixth Graders at St. Joseph School in Mission San Jose are planning a spaghetti dinner fundraiser to help pay for their trip to science camp. The dinner (with or without meatballs), also includes salad, bread, dessert and wine available for purchase, also features pupils performing and serving and an auction and raffle including a tour of Pixar Studios for eight.

The event will be at St. Joseph Hall, 43222 Mission Blvd., Fremont. Take-out only will be from 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Feb. 23; and both dining and take-out in the parish hall from 1:45 p.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 24. Cost: Adults $8; seniors and children $6. Details: 510-656-6525.

One of four new exhibitions open at Saint Mary's College Museum of Art brings the sight and sounds of Carnaval to Moraga. The creativity, music and color of Carnaval are represented in the costumes, masks and musical instruments of New Orleans, Mexico, Brazil, Trinidad, Italy, Spain and Switzerland. The artwork and artifacts will also show the history and traditions of this festive season that occurs just before the season of Lent.

The exhibition has been made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities on the Road initiative. The curator is Barbara Maudlin, curator of the Latin American Collections, Museum of International Folk Art, and Exhibits USA/MAAA.

The museum is at 1928 St. Mary's Road in Moraga. Hours: 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is free for students up to the 12th grade; $5 for adults. For group tours, contact Heidi Donner at hdonner@stmarys-ca.edu.

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