in The Catholic Voice
50 years ago
June 7, 1963
• Oakland Knight Lawrence Lafranchi of the Livermore Father Patrick Power council, Knights of Columbus, presented a $100 award to Miss Beverly Watt, outstanding student from the first graduating class of the St. Michael CCD high school of religion. The award is given in honor of the late Michael Morris, a former Chicago attorney who was the only fourth degree knight in the council.
June 14, 1963
• About 3000 people of the Diocese of Oakland gathered in the Oakland auditorium last Thursday to pay their formal farewell to Pope John XXIII in a Solemn Pontifical Requiem Mass. Men, women, children, Catholics and non-Catholics, civil officials, Sisters, Brothers, priests, clergy of all faiths filled the main floor and the front rows of the balcony of the auditorium temporarily converted into a place of worship.
• The Catholic Voice salutes the Brothers of the Christian Schools and the faculties of St. Mary's College in Moraga and St. Mary's High School in Berkeley as they complete their centennial year, marking "100 years of service to the Catholic Church and to the local area in forming citizens for heaven and for America."
June 21, 1963
• The Sacred College of Cardinals, sealed off from outside contact, today began its second day of voting for a successor to Pope John XXIII. Yesterday puffs of black smoke from the Sistine Chapel stove indicated that no agreement had been reached in the first day's balloting.
• Undefeated St. Bede's fourth grade team, finished their south Alameda County CYO games with a 12 win and no loss record — won the All-Star game — and conquered St. Philip Neri to be acclaimed the first diocesan championship team in the Oakland Diocese.
June 28, 1963
• As Pope Paul VI prepared for his coronation Sunday as the 262th Pontiff of the Church, the Vatican announced that the coronation would last at the most about one hour and a half or only one-third of the usual length of such events.
The coronation will begin at 4 p.m. (8 a.m. PDT) in St. Peter's Square, and the entire ceremony will take place outside rather than in St. Peter's Basilica, as has been the custom for almost a century. Pope Paul decided to have the ceremonies outside so that a large number of people — up to 300,000 —could attend.
• In a statement to The Catholic Voice this week, Bishop Floyd L. Begin said that minority groups in the North and the South are right to demonstrate "for fair housing and other civil rights." And if they can't get what they have a right to, he added, "they are perfectly justified in drawing attention to their cause by non-violent demonstrations. In fact they should demonstrate in order to make this country practice what it preaches in the Constitution. After all, these people have been waiting 100 years to receive those rights."
25 years ago
June 6, 1988
• Striking East Bay cemetery workers brought their dispute over the use of contract workers to the office of the Oakland Diocese June 1 in an effort to nudge Catholic Church officials toward the negotiation table.
About a dozen members of Local 265 of the Cemetery workers and Greens Attendant Union picketed the diocesan chancery building at 2900 Lakeshore Ave. on the third day of a strike that, as The Voice went to press, halted burials at five Catholic cemeteries in the Oakland Diocese. A total of 17 cemeteries in the East Bay and the San Francisco peninsula were affected.
June 20, 1988
• In the meditation garden at St. Bonaventure Parish, Concord, members of the Japanese-based Society for World Peace erect a seven-foot redwood obelisk with the message "May peace prevail on Earth" in four languages. This peace pole is one of more than 60,000 planted around the world including the Vatican.
• Father Brian Joyce is installed on June 20 as pastor of Christ the King Parish in Pleasant Hill by Msgr. James Wade, retiring pastor, and Msgr. Manuel Simas, dean of central Contra Costa County and pastor of St. John Vianney Parish, Walnut Creek. Father Joyce was formerly pastor of St. Monica Parish, Moraga.
• Christian Brother Allen Brousseau, a mathematician and longtime Saint Mary's College professor and administrator, died May 31 at the age of 81.
Brother Brousseau was featured in a 1969 Time magazine article for his work on Fibonacci numbers, a mathematical phenomenon that pervades the natural world. He wrote many articles on mathematics and on religious education and was honored by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and other groups.
• The Catholic Ladies Aid Society will observe its 100th anniversary during a three-day Grand Council meeting beginning today (June 20). Grand President Gaetana Castaldo will preside at the meeting at the Concord Inn in Concord. Officers, directors and representatives of 14 of the 17 branches in the state will be in attendance.
— Compiled by Carrie McClish
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