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December 16, 2013   •   VOL. 51, NO. 21   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

Dinner for 600
For the fourth year in a row, the St. Vincent de Paul of St. Francis-Concord, and the De La Salle lacrosse team partnered to provide 150 turkeys and Thanksgiving food baskets to the poor and underserved in Concord. More than 30 team members helped distribute the food baskets, which provided dinner for more than 600 people. "De La Salle's motto is 'enter to learn, leave to serve,' and this project enables our young men to actively participate in serving the needy in our local community," said Bob O'Meara, De La Salle varsity lacrosse coach. The St. Francis SVdP, which has operated a food pantry for more than 18 years, supplies the Thanksgiving food basket program.
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Thankful activities
Each month Faith Families, which consist of all different grades in each family, get together for a schoolwide activity at St. Felicitas School in San Leandro. For November, the pupils made a turkey mask on which everyone wrote what they were thankful for. Kindergarteners Libby Kamau and Janelle Um show off the mask they made with a little help from their Eighth Grade buddies.
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Police visit
Kindergartner Jacob Heisick checks out the inside of a police patrol car. Two officers from the San Leandro Police Department visited the Pre-Kindergarten through Second Grade pupils at St. Leander School on Dec. 5. The officers discussed stranger danger, pedestrian rules and safety in general. Near the end of the presentation, the pupils were given an opportunity to see what the inside of a police car looked like. Needless to say, the children thought it was very cool.
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Christmas calligraphy
"The Nativity," a calligraphy project by fifth-graders at St. Martin de Porres School in Oakland, is on display in the Art Hall at the Cathedral Event Center at the Cathedral of Christ the Light. Inspired by the St. John's Bible — a copy is in the cathedral — the students, under the direction of their teacher Caroline Ko and Sister Anne Maher, RSM, copied the story of the birth of Jesus from Luke's Gospel. St. Martin de Porres is a regional school, serving the parishes of Sacred Heart, St. Patrick, St. Columba and the Cathedral of Christ the Light. The exhibit will be on display through mid-January.
Calling all shepherds
"60 Sheep in Search of a Shepherd" is the name of an exhibit of five dozen sheep, gathered from 25 countries, by Judy Davis, at the Cathedral Shop at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland. Last Christmas, the shop displayed 79 Nativity scenes from Davis' collection of 500 from 80 countries. None of those were for sale. But the sheep are available to go home, in exchange for a donation to Friends of the Crèche, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the Christmas Nativity. Each sheep is tagged with a suggested donation. The sheep, from 25 countries, were collected from 1988 to 2012. Information on the Cathedral Shop is at http://ctlcathedral.org/visit/the-cathedral-shop.



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