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placeholder October 7, 2013   •   VOL. 51, NO. 17   •   Oakland, CA
Bay Area Catholic Singles group looking
for a few good participants

Dorothy Hann hopes more singles will participate.

Have you aged out of the young adult group at your parish? Not quite mature enough to join the seniors group? Feel queasy about approaching an online dating service?

Relax. Take a deep breath and consider another way to meet other single Catholics in your community – the local Catholic Alumni Singles club.

If you haven't heard about the club you are not alone. The organization has been flying below the radar for a number of years but Dorothy Hann is out to change that. Hann is president of the local Catholic Alumni Singles Club in the San Francisco Bay Area and her club is in the midst of a membership drive.

San Francisco
Catholic Alumni Club


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The San Francisco Catholic Alumni Club is a non-profit, all volunteer organization which is one of some 30 chapters of the Catholic Alumni Club International. Membership is open to anyone aged 21 "to whatever," Hann said. Members also must be practicing Catholics who are free to marry in the Catholic Church. Those who have legally divorced must also have had the broken marriage annulled. Unlike some "alumni" groups that limit membership to college graduates, the San Francisco group also considers people who have "life experience."

Individual clubs have a variety of events on their calendar that range from volunteering at a local charity like a food bank to attending Mass. Each year the national club organizes a convention open to all members. In addition to meetings, members can visit museums, hike or explore the community.

Formerly a member of the club's Philadelphia chapter, Elinor had met several members from the Bay Area at the national conventions. When she moved to the Bay Area in the early '70s, she reunited with those friends and joined the club's San Francisco Bay Area chapter. "I like the friendliness of so many of the members," said Elinor, who didn't want her last name used and who belongs to St. Cyprian Parish in Sunnyvale.

Single Catholics are part of a larger trend in the U.S. and much like their counterparts, they are not alone. More than 100 million people in the U.S. are single and they represent nearly 47 percent of the U.S. population, according to the Census. About 37 million "singletons," as they are sometimes called, were formerly married and more than 60 percent of single people have never been married.

Hann, a member of St. Joan of Arc Parish in San Ramon, is one of the never married. She has been involved with the Catholic singles club off and on for years both in Southern California and here in the Bay Area. In recent years she became involved with the group as a regional representative and as vice president prior to becoming president about two years ago.

When she lived in Southern California, Hann said that the group she belonged to then had some 300 members. "I would like to see that happen here," she said.

For more information, contact the San Francisco Catholic Alumni Club at 925-735-0208 or visit the website at catholicsingles-sfbayarea.com.

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