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October 7, 2013   •   VOL. 51, NO. 17   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

Golf tourney aids tuition assistance
The 29th Saint Mary's College High School Golf Invitational held at the Richmond Country Club on Sept. 16 drew more than 125 golfers and raised tens of thousands of dollars for the school's tuition assistance fund. From left, Jim Stewart, Joe Kelly, Peter Boero, Don Attix, Phil Wanlin, Jim Burns and John Lineweaver. All are members of Saint Mary's Class of 1964 and will gather next June for their 50-year reunion.
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Two-day grief ministry workshop

A two-day workshop to train parish teams to provide comfort and support to those who have experienced a loss will be conducted Oct. 25 and 26 in San Pablo.

The workshop, sponsored by Holy Angels/St. Joseph Cemetery, will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days at the cemetery.

Sandy Heinisch, grief minister trainer for the Diocese of Oakland and grief counselor with Contra Costa Crisis Center, will conduct the workshop.

It's time well spent, said Suzanne Tchan-Grosse, who coordinates the grief ministry at St. Joseph Parish in Pinole. She attended the grief ministry workshop more than a year ago. Since then, she said, "I have been attending funerals and sending cards."

A dozen people in her parish are interested in helping comfort their parishioners who have suffered a loss. But so far she is the only one who has the training. "A lot of people think, 'I can't do that," or 'I'd cry' or 'I'm too emotional,'" she said.

The training will make the difference, she said. "They have to be trained so they know what to expect," she said.

Cost of the workshop is $35 per person. Participants should bring lunch each day. Registration is available through the grief ministry of St. Joseph Parish in Pinole. RSVP to Suzanne Tchan-Grosse, 510-384-1398 or email SuSutgsr@yahoo.com. Please put St Jo Grief Training in the subject line.


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