| Diocese celebrates annual scouting event with awards
Scouting family, from left: Nick and Michael Warriner and Rev. Kenneth Nobrega, diocesan scout chaplain, and in front, Wendy and Elizabeth Warriner.
Bill Ford/Courtesy Photo
Ninety-three young people in scout programs in the Diocese of Oakland received religious awards at the annual "Celebration of Scouting" at Christ the Light Cathedral on Feb. 2. The scouts were joined by their scout leaders and families at the prayer service led by Rev. Kenneth Nobrega, scout chaplain and vocation director for the diocese.
Michael Warriner, an adult scout leader from Christ the King parish in Pleasant Hill, was awarded the St. George Adult Recognition medal by the diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting. Warriner has been active in scouts as a cubmaster, assistant scoutmaster and unit commissioner. He has been counselor for scout religious awards and promoted the awards to many scouts in the parish and the area. He has organized Scout Sunday celebrations at Christ the King parish while an active member of the Knights of Columbus and an usher.
One of the points of the Scout Law is "A Scout is Reverent." Scout religious awards are offered by the diocese as a way for scouts to explore the relationship between their faith and their daily lives as scouts. There are awards offered in both Girl Scout and Boy Scout programs at each age level of scouting. A scout earns an award by completing age-appropriate requirements with either a parent/guardian or with a scout religious award counselor.
In addition to the "Celebration of Scouting," many scouts in the diocese attended Mass in their parishes on Feb. 3 in observance of Boy Scout Sunday. Since the founding of Boy Scouts 103 years ago, a Sunday in February has been designated as Scout Sunday. The Girl Scouts USA, since their founding in 1912, has designated a Sunday in March, corresponding to their founding date, as Girl Scout Sunday. This year, Girl Scout Sunday will be celebrated on March 10.
The Oakland Diocese Catholic Committee on Scouting through the CYO Office offers Catholic scout programs. For more information about Catholic scout programs in the diocese visit the website www.oakdiocesescouts.org or dial CYO at 510-893-5154.
Paul Santo Cook
An Eagle in Martinez
Paul Santo Cook, 15, a parishioner at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Martinez and member of Troop 239, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank of Boy Scouts of America. His community service project involved the construction of a rubble masonry retaining wall in the old St. Catherine Parish Cemetery to prevent the sole access road from eroding. The project, which involved 21 young people over two days of construction, amounted to 348 man hours. Deacon Dave Holland gave the invocation and benediction at Paul's Court of Honor, which was held at the 140-year-old parish. Paul, the son of Tom and Mary Cook of Martinez, is a sophomore at De La Salle High School in Concord.
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