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MAY 6, 2013   •   VOL. 51, NO. 9   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese


O'Dowd girls take 2nd state title
The Bishop O'Dowd High School girls basketball team beat Windward-Los Angeles, 60-45, at Sacramento's Sleep Train Arena on March 23 to win the CIF Open Division girls state championship. It was the second consecutive state championship for the Dragons. Last year they won the Division III state title. Senior K.C. Waters grabbed a game-high 20 rebounds and senior Ariell Bostick had a team-high 17 points. The Dragons (30-3), led by coach Malik McCord, ended their season with 24 straight wins, including 22 by double digits. McCord has also been named coach of the year by Cal-Hi Sports for two years in a row.
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St. Patrick's Day parade
The city of Dublin St. Patrick's Day Parade is a tradition in which pupils and parents from St. Raymond School participate. Pupils and parents join in the parade and staff an information booth the entire weekend promoting the school and parish.
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Gathering in prayer
Liz Castro, assistant campus minister at California State University East Bay, left, and Rev. Don MacKinnon, director of the Kmhmú/Laotian Pastoral and Cultural Center, attend an interfaith prayer vigil for immigration reform at Oakland's Frank Ogawa Plaza on April 30. Several students from the Catholic Club at the university attended the event. In a statement, Archbishop Alex J. Brunett, apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Oakland, said, "We pray that Congress and the president reach full agreement on a reform plan that protects the basic human rights and dignity of immigrants and ensures family unity and a just path to citizenship."
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Support for SPRED
Knights of Columbus Alameda Council 1658 presented representatives of the Oakland Diocese's SPRED (Special Religious Education Department) program a check for $869.66. In February, Grand Knight Dennis Valerio (holding check) and members of the Alameda Council visited the SPRED friends and catechists who meet at St Joseph Basilica to present the contribution from the Columbian Foundation Supporting People with Intellectual Disabilities Inc. The money will be used to assist in the work of SPRED, which provides spiritual enrichment and faith formation opportunities to those with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Alameda has two SPRED groups: adults meet at St Joseph and youths meet at St Barnabas. The Knights of Columbus is a fraternal organization of Catholic men that provides spiritual support to its members and aid to its parish and community; the Alameda Council meets monthly at St Philip Neri. For more information about either SPRED or Knights of Columbus visit St Joseph's website at www.sjbalameda.org (see "Ministries") or leave a message for Susie Howard (SPRED) at 510-522-0181 or Dennis Valerio (Knights of Columbus) at 510-523-4101.
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Silent tradition
For four years on Good Friday, Rev. Francisco Figueroa-Esquer has organized a silent procession involving all the ethnic groups at St. Jarlath Parish in Oakland to recreate a Spanish tradition, in which masked men and mourning women in black and white costumes accompany the body of Christ to the grave. The theme, Father Figueroa-Esquer explains, is to "join the passion and death of our Lord, giving condolences to our Blessed Mother, Our Lady of Sorrows."
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Fighting hunger, step by step
The Oakland CROP Walk committee stands at the ready to welcome participants in the third annual event dedicated to fighting hunger at home and abroad. The Parish of the Cathedral of Christ the Light was among the leaders in the May 20 effort, which involved 83 participants who raised more than $8,000. The Oakland walk is one of seven in the diocese, and is part of a national effort of Church World Service. Proceeds are divided among local groups and international efforts. The Oakland walk planned to distribute 15 percent of its funds to the Alameda County Food Bank; 5 percent to the Oakland Peace Center, which operates a food pantry; and 5 percent to the St. Vincent de Paul Cathedral Conference for its work with the poor.
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