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Yesteryears in The Catholic Voice

50 years ago

May 10, 1963

• Stefan Cardinal Wyszynski has revealed in Warsaw that the bishops of Poland sought to have lay Catholics participate in the debates of the first session of the Second Vatican Council.

• Catholics in all 50 states, including all families of military, diplomatic and other services abroad, now number 43,851,538, according to the 1963 Official Catholic Directory.

• Bishop Floyd L. Begin confers the Sacrament of Confirmation on students at the University of California's Newman Hall, the first Confirmation at the famed Berkeley landmark.

May 17, 1963

• Last Sunday at San Francisco's Civic Center, Father Eugene Boyle, chaplain of the Catholic Interracial Council, addresses people taking part in a protest demonstration against racial injustice in Birmingham, Alabama.

• Bishop Floyd L. Begin, in historical ceremonies, will solemnly bless Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Lafayette on Sunday. It is the first Catholic cemetery to be opened in the Bay Area in 50 years.

May 24, 1963

• Belgium's Leo Cardinal Suenens declared at the University of Notre Dame convocation that the main problem facing the church is "to make passive Catholics active." Catholics have no right, he said, "simply to accept their faith, but must give it to others."

• For the third time in history, an American president will meet with a Pope when President Kennedy calls on Pope John XXIII next month.

• The Knights of St. Peter Claver, Western States district, will hold their 10th annual conference in St. Louis Bertrand's Parish, 100th Avenue and East 14th Street, Oakland, June 1 and 2.

• Two hundred and fifteen outstanding high school juniors from 20 states have applied for the summer training program in microbiology to be held at the College of the Holy Names from June 24 to Aug. 2. A local Catholic high school girl to join the out-of-staters is Erlinda Guzman of St. Elizabeth High School.

May 31, 1963

• Pope John Paul XXIII, afflicted with an abnormal growth believed to be cancer of the stomach, suffered another internal hemorrhage today, and the Vatican said he is resigned to death if that is God's will.

• The president of an Alabama Catholic college said that blame for "the sordid display of barbarity" in Birmingham's recent racial crisis rests on "all of us who have cringed from defense of the defenseless."

• "This is a great day for the Diocese of Oakland because you are the foundation of this diocese." With these words, Bishop Floyd L. Begin greeted 372 men who attended the first convention of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Men, held at Saint Mary's College, Moraga.

• The annual Spanish-style barbecue sponsored by St. Joseph's Parish, Pinole, will be held Sunday, at the foot of Plum Street. The event has become a tradition in northwestern Contra Costa County. Last year's attendance was estimated at nearly 3,000.

25 years ago

May 9, 1988

• Father Junipero Serra moves one step closer to sainthood: The Franciscan missionary who founded the California mission system will be beatified Sept. 25 by Pope John Paul II.

• In the largest fundraising drive ever conducted by a parish in the Diocese of Oakland, Pleasanton's St. Augustine Parish begins raising $2 million for what will eventually become its sister parish, St. Elizabeth Seton.

• Father Seamus Genovese, a native of Ireland, has been named pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Oakland.

• For 25 Moreau High School students, a recent visit to Japan provided an exciting adventure in basketball diplomacy.

May 23, 1988

• Theologians and nuclear physicists grappled with moral and technical questions on a comprehensive test ban for nuclear weapons at a seminar May 6 at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.

• Dave Stewart travels from St. Elizabeth's to stardom with the A's.

• Small parish communities offer support, service and place for prayer.

• Bishop John S. Cummins blesses the ground where the new St. Patrick School will be built in West Oakland. The old school building, which was more than 100 years old, had to be torn down when structural problems became too expensive to repair.

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