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October 21, 2013   •   VOL. 51, NO. 18   •   Oakland, CA
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Honored guests
When St. Edward School celebrated its 50th anniversary on Sept. 28, the Newark school honored the 10 Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose who have served as its principal. Those in attendance were, in the front row, Sister Mary Peter Traviss, former director of schools; Sister Rosaleen Stoiber, pioneer principal, 1963-1968; and Sister Carolyn Marie Monahan, 1991-1996. In the back row are Pat Young, 1988-1991; Sister Karen Elizabeth Zavitz, 2003-2006; Sister Diane Aruda, 2006-2011; Sister Johnellen Turner, 1999-2003; and Joann Kozloski 1974-1981.
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Using Catholic values to make good choices
Eighth-graders at St. Mary School of the Immaculate Conception in Walnut Creek participated in a beginning of the year retreat, led by their pastor, Father Paulson Mundanmani. He was assisted by Doug Talmadge, youth minister, and accompanied by Principal Suzanne Edwards, and the eighth-grade teachers. With the chaperones, students hiked on the Rim Trail at the Lafayette Reservoir. During the hike, they wrote in their journals and discussed the importance of making good choices based on prayer and Christian values. Reflective writing and discussions included dealing with difficult decisions and choices, as well as the tools the students could use to help them personally make the right choices for the future. These discussions were focused on how life's path might be similar to a trail. The day concluded with Mass celebrated in the picnic area by Father Mundanmani, followed by lunch.
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Spirits of the season
The door to the extended care room of St. Leander School is all decked for Halloween, thanks to the creativity of Brianna Soto, coordinator for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten extended care at the San Leandro school. The little "ghouls" and "goblins" peeking out the windows are some familiar faces.
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St. Felicitas' Book Faire
Fourth grader Marianas Fernandez and first grader Arisbeth Orozco attended the annual, week long Scholastic Book Faire at St. Felicitas School in San Leandro. Pupils can come in after school and purchase books and the school receives a percentage of sales to go toward classroom books or books for the library.
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St. Francis' Wheel-a-thon
St. Francis of Assisi School in Concord held its annual Wheel-a-thon Sept. 25, where pupils get sponsors to pledge funds for the number of times they can ride their bicycles around a circuit. This enables pupils to raise funds for yearly field trips. At this year's event, Father Ismael Gutierrez, above, joined the children their ride. A Concord fire truck led the first lap for some of the classes and a California Highway Patrolman led the others.
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Around the Parishes

Parishioners from St. Francis of Assisi Church in Concord recently traveled to San Francisco on a pilgrimage to the National Shrine of St. Francis. A formerly shuttered parish church in the city's North Beach district, the Shrine is the oldest church in San Francisco, predating the establishment of San Francisco and the state of California. It was deemed a shrine in 1999. The visit included a tour of the La Porziuncola Nuova, a replica of the church in Assisi, Italy.

St. Michael Parish in Livermore is one of several area churches involved with the Livermore Homeless Refuge, a volunteer program that provides a warm place for the homeless to stay the night when temperatures drop below 40 degrees or when there is more than a 20 percent chance of rain.

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Around the Schools

Kobi Allston, a freshman at St. Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda, was an ambassador for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk on Oct. 13 at the Oakland Zoo. At this event Kobi voiced her support of other teens and children with diabetes. Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 9, Kobi is not only fit, she competes on SJND's women's varsity volleyball team.

Rod Brown, a junior at Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland, recently passed the Eagle Board of Review to become an Eagle Scout. His Eagle Court of Honor took place on Sept. 21 at the Allen Temple Baptist Church's Family Life Center Auditorium. For his Eagle project Rod and his troop crew updated and beautified the court yard at the Baptist church.

Recently, students from the Outdoor Adventures Club at Salesian High School in Richmond biked across the new Bay Bridge to catch a firsthand glimpse of the architectural masterpiece.

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The San Francisco Boys Chorus is inviting boys in kindergarten through first grade to join the Boys Chorus. No musical experience is needed — if he can talk, he can sing. New choristers are being accepted through Oct. 30. Visit www.sfbc.org/auditions or dial 415-861-7464. Financial aid is available for qualifying families.

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