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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. Perpetua celebrates 50th

St. Perpetua School opened in September 1963 with an enrollment of 200 students in grades one through five. Father John Quinn, pastor, worked closely with Sister St. Michael, the first principal. The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet staffed the school. Thirty-five students were in the first graduation class on June 10, 1967.


St. Perpetua School

Alumni Mass and Reception

WHEN: Oct. 26: 5 p.m., Mass; 6-9 p.m. reception with appetizers, cocktails, pictures, raffles

WHERE: 3445 Hamlin Road, Lafayette

COST: $50 per person; $35 per person for young alumni (ages 21-30)


CONTACT: Renee Kalmes Nelson at rkalmes@exponent.com
Maureen Vierengel at
Sister Mary Sevilla succeeded Sister St. Michael as principal in September 1968. In fall 1974 Sister Patricia Lyons was appointed principal. Sister Joanne Clare became principal in September 1976 and was followed in September 1984 by Sister Francis Marie Hansen. Linda Story became principal in 1994, Joan Burman served as interim principal in 2001, and Kathleen Radecke became principal in 2002. Burman once again served as interim principal in 2007. Karen Goodshaw took over as principal in 2008.

Rev. Arthur Ribeiro was appointed pastor in 1971, when failing health forced Rev. John Quinn to resign. Rev. Brian Timoney was appointed pastor in June 1980, followed by Rev. John Kennedy in July 1985. Rev. Timothy Johnson assumed leadership of St. Perpetua Parish in June 1990 followed by Rev. John P. Gilmore in 1991. Rev. John Kasper, OSFS, was named pastor in July 1997.

In March 1997, and in 2003, the school was evaluated by the Western Catholic Education Association. The Western Association of Schools and Colleges granted full six-year terms of accreditation. In 2009, the process was repeated, and St. Perpetua School once again received a six-year term of accreditation.

In fall 2002, construction for a 13,000-square-foot addition to the school commenced. This is a state-of-the-art science lab/art center, library resource center and multimedia center. The fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grade classrooms were also renovated, and breakout rooms and offices were added to the first floor. A new faculty room, restrooms, teacher workrooms and catering kitchen were also added, as well as a hillside amphitheater. In 2003, The Garden of Learning was completed, and most recently, the Religious Resource Center, kindergarten, and Panther House rooms were renovated.

In 2007, a new hillside-landscaping project was completed, and lunch tables and umbrellas were put into place on the upper and lower lots. During summer 2008, the pavilion was completed. In December 2008, the school and the parish completed the stairway project, which increased safety and access to the upper lot. During summer 2010, the first, second, third and fourth grade classrooms were renovated from floor to ceiling. The front office was reconfigured during 2011. The former teacher office space at the back of the school was repurposed to allow for a larger space for the special needs coordinator and to facilitate an improved learning space for students.

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