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November 18, 2013   •   VOL. 51, NO. 20   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

St. Catherine honors Sister Moira
Sister Moira Macpherson, OP, was honored at a reception sponsored by the organizations and parishioners of St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Martinez. Sister Moira spent many years as head of the parish's RCIA and grief committee and was beloved for her dedication to the sick. She is living at the motherhouse of the Dominican sisters in Mission San Jose. Sister Moira is pictured with a group of members of St. Catherine's Young Ladies Institute No. 64.
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Rosary study
In honor of the Month of the Holy Rosary, the third grade class of St. Joseph Elementary School in Alameda did a study on the rosary. Under the instruction of teacher Ashley Rowe, the pupils constructed their own rosaries and learned to pray the rosary together as a class. After the experience, one student reported that praying the rosary was calming, and another said she felt closer to God. Students showing their rosaries, from left: Samantha Arajado, Dashiell Eckmier, Camille Dawson, Jaden Alberto, Dylan Wondolleck, James Hardy, Jason Johnston, Zachary Hoover, Kaitlyn Thompson, Kiki MacAskill and Avery Steuer.
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'50s Halloween
Teacher Joanne Laus dressed "'50's style" with her seventh grade students for the all-school Halloween parade at St. Joseph School, Fremont.
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Helping women, children in need
This year, students at Carondelet High School in Concord, decided to make and donate fleece blankets to the Bay Area Crisis Nursery for the children. This project wouldn't have been possible without the generous donation from the Soroptimists of Diablo Vista. By collecting money for Soroptimist Club membership dues and selling food items on Spirit Days, the students plan on buying more material to make more blankets for the nursery.
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New learning
Fifth-grader Gerald Mulingtapang is one of the fifth- to seventh-graders at St. Bede school in Hayward who are experiencing how using technology as a tool to communicate with others leads to an active role in their learning. The 6th graders have teamed up with students across the globe to create interactive blogs where they can express their ideas on literature and world events. After reading and responding to various opinions from their peers in Ghana, Ireland and throughout the world, our young people are responding and being exposed to different points of view while creating defensible reflections and viewpoints of their own. Teachers' roles have changed as well — no longer acting as the center of the classroom to dispense information, but rather act as facilitator, setting project goals and providing support for interactive student learning.
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