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placeholder Sharing 50 years
of their gifts at
St. Edward

St Joseph Pinole marks 50 years

St. Perpetua celebrates 50th

St. Michael turns 100

St. Theresa pupils learn to share the wealth via Lenten project

Doing one thing is
no small thing

Poets at St. David

Facelift at
St. Paul School

Long-shuttered gym reopens at St. Martin de Porres School

Yearbook technology

Peer tutoring program

Pupils learn to lead with faith

St. John pupils
use iPads to bring
learning to life

Catholic education:
A gift that keeps
on giving

Choir offers more
than music at St. Leo
the Great School

Bishop marks O'Dowd's opening

St. Mary's Center
Gala more important
than ever

College to inaugurate president

Archbishop Brunett recovering

Bay Area Catholic Singles group looking for a few good participants

Pope Francis desires to draw remarried people to Christ

Contra Costa group meets monthly

Church upholds rules about marriage

Birthright fundraiser

Respect Life program begins

Respect life not just
for the unborn

Cardinal O'Malley
calls for hope, action, compassion

Bishop Daly
to lead seminary

Finding common

"Got love?"
conference returns

placeholder October 7, 2013   •   VOL. 51, NO. 17   •   Oakland, CA
St. Joseph Pinole marks 50 years

The campus family of St. Joseph Elementary School in Pinole gathered last month for a special Mass kicking off a year-long celebration of the school's 50th anniversary.
Bishop Emeritus John Cummins presided at the Mass along with the parish priests. The event brought together students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni and others who were involved with the school over the years. A reception and barbecue lunch followed the liturgy.

The next major gathering will be an auction and gala on March 8, 2014, at the Hilton Concord. "People are already excited about it," said Arlene Marseille, the school's principal, about the upcoming "off-campus" event.

When Father Thomas Collins was administrator at St. Joseph Parish, he took the idea of building a school to Bishop Floyd L. Begin. The idea met with almost immediate approval, and the new school was built. Although completed in 1962, the school's opening was delayed until 1963 when a community of Sisters became available to run and staff the school, according to the school's history page.

Three Sisters, members of the Sisters of St. Joseph, Third Order of St. Francis, came to the new diocese to staff the school. The Sisters opened the first three grades, which had a total of 103 pupils. Each year after that, a new grade was added. The school held its first graduation in June 1969.

Throughout the anniversary year, the school will sell keepsakes that bear the name of the school along with its logo. Today, St. Joseph School, which now includes a kindergarten, has a student population of 282.

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