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February 3, 2014   •   VOL. 52, NO. 3   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

Knights install officers
The Oakland Diocese Chapter, the governing body of the Knights of Columbus in the diocese, installed officers at St. Anne Parish in Union City. From left to right, officers are Chapter Advocate Bob Burnside, Past Chapter President Ernie Medel, Chapter Vice President Charles Bellavia, Chapter Chaplain Rev. Antony Vazhappilly, Chapter President Dr. Noel Panlilio, Chapter Secretary Deepal Karunaratne and Chapter Treasurer Romeo Cabrera.
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For the fourth year in a row St. Ignatius Parish in Antioch has provided weekend relief to St. Paul's Episcopal Church for the Winter Nights Rotating Family Shelter. A project of the Social Justice Alliance of the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County, the shelter program provides a clean, safe and warm place for homeless families with children. Congregations throughout eastern and central Costa Contra County take turns giving meals, volunteers and space to the effort. Last month volunteers from the Antioch parish offered prepared hot meals, presented live music and other entertainment for nine families, four dads, eight moms and 19 children (including eight toddlers aged two and under).

As part of their community's Jubilee Celebration Series, St. Agnes Parish in Concord is co-sponsoring a renewal of vows with Worldwide Marriage Encounter Enrichment for Married Couples on Feb. 15 in the parish hall, 3966 Chestnut Ave., Concord. The program begins at 1 p.m. and concludes with a Mass and a renewal of vows at 5 p.m. Advanced registration is required. Contact Chuck and Annie Cooper at anc2gether4ever@gmail.com.

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Around the Schools

Briana Oakley, a student at Carondelet High School in Concord, hasn't given up her dream to be the next "American Idol." Briana recently returned to the TV program and was going to Hollywood. Last year Briana auditioned for season 12 of the TV program and made it to Hollywood Week before she was sent home. Despite her disappointment she vowed that she would return to Idol "the minute I was cut," she said in a Jan. 21 article that appeared on Carondelet's e-newsletter. "'I am not going to give up. I'm relentless,'" she added.

St. Joseph Elementary School in Pinole will celebrate its 50th anniversary of its founding with a 50th Anniversary Gala and Auction on March 8. The event will be held at the Hilton Concord. Tickets for this gathering — also a fundraising effort — are $75 per person. All school families, alumni, parishioners are invited to attend this festive event. Call the school for more information: 925-689-3990.

Greg Short, a good friend of St. Elizabeth High School, will ride his bike 100 miles in the Tour de Palm Springs Century Feb. 8 to raise money for the Oakland school. According to the school's January e-newsletter. Short's goal is to raise $2,500. Last year he collected $1,875. For more information or help Short reach his goal, visit the My Charity of Choice website at https://mycharityofchoice.com/ charity/profile/9866?evnt=#.UuLwitLTkqf.

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Among the Religious

The Society of Jesus, the Jesuits, are sponsoring a "preached retreat" called Nine Days of Grace, from Feb. 12 to 20 at two San Francisco churches, St. Ignatius Church, corner of Fulton and Parker streets, and at St. Agnes Church, 1025 Masonic at Oak. The preached retreat will be offered at St. Ignatius weekdays and at 12:05 p.m. Feb. 15 and at St. Agnes weeknights and at 7 p.m. Feb. 16. The theme for the retreat is, "Fall in Love, Stay in love … it will make all the difference." The theme is inspired by the appeal of Father Pedro Arrupe, SJ, urging the practical act of finding and falling in love with God. No registration is necessary. Free will offerings will be accepted to cover retreat costs; proceeds will benefit Jesuit Refugee Services. Questions: DaysofGraceSF@gmail.com.

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Attention Saint Mary's College High School Class of 1964 — The 50th reunion weekend will take place June 7 and 8. Golden Graduates will join the seniors at the Baccalaureate Mass on campus and will receive special diplomas at graduation at UC Berkeley's Zellerbach Hall. A reunion dinner will take place on June 7. For information and reservations, contact Joanne Marchetti Howe in the Saint Mary's Advancement Office at 510-559-6227 or jhowe@stmchs.org.

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