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March 24, 2014   •   VOL. 52, NO. 6   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese


Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!
The Pre-Kindergarten class at St. John Catholic School in San Lorenzo celebrated Theodor Seuss Geisel's birthday, better known as the beloved Dr. Seuss. The class had parent guest speakers read several different stories written by Dr. Seuss all week long. The week started with the famous story, "Green Eggs and Ham." The children had the opportunity to cook and try eating Green Eggs and Ham Sandwiches and later decide whether they "liked" Green Eggs and Ham. See the class webpage at mrsjensjcs.weebly.com to experience firsthand all the amazing work and learning that happens in the Pre-K classroom.
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All-Americans
Saint Mary's High seniors Mikayla Cowling and Gabby Green were selected in January to be members of the McDonald's 2014 All American Team. They are the lone teammates selected to the game and both will be playing for the West squad at the tournament in Chicago in April. Both will also attend UC-Berkeley in the fall.
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Promoting peace and interreligious harmony
To help promote peace and interreligious harmony, the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers Western Regional Mission Center in San Lorenzo and the Buddhist Center for Compassion of Hayward installed permanent Peace Poles at their respective locations. The Peace Poles were donated by two benefactors who share the common interest of promoting peace among people of different faiths. The Buddhist Center for Compassion, on Meekland Avenue in Hayward, dedicated its Peace Pole in a traditional ceremony attended by more than 100 people. The Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, the 103-year-old mission society of the U.S. Catholic Church, dedicated its Peace Pole at the mission center (16642 Ashland Ave.). At the Maryknoll ceremony on March 9, from left: Thich T-'L.u'c (Reverend Long) from the Buddhist Center, Dr. Lonnie R. Bristow and Deacon Matt Dulka, director of the western region of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers Mission Education and Promotion Department.
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Around the Schools

Sydney Smith, a senior at Carondelet High School in Concord, recently committed to Willamette University in Oregon for soccer.

The annual St. Joseph Notre Dame High School's Advanced Student Art Show is now on display at the Blue Dot Café in Alameda. Fourteen SJND students in advanced art classes at the high school, including AP Studio Art, submitted art for the juried show, which includes drawings, photographs, paintings and prints. A reception will be held in honor of the artists on April 2 at the Blue Dot Café on Encinal Avenue, a block from SJND. The art will be on display through April 15.

At Saint Mary's College High School in Berkeley, the community sent 10 huge cartons of books, Panther gear and gently used tech equipment to the Philippines to be delivered to young men at Bahay Pag Asa, an educational work founded in 1986 by the University of St. La Salle in Dasmariñas City as an outreach program for youth offenders previously imprisoned with adult criminals in the overcrowded prison in Bacolod City.

Also at Saint Mary's College High, funds raised by the community during the school's Winter Peace & Justice Week symposium on the topic of water will help support the Kenyan Water Tower project at Saint Mary's Lasallian Twin school, St. Mary's Boys' School in Nyeri, Kenya. More than 300 students and faculty donated a week's worth of money they would otherwise have spent on purchased beverages. An additional $200 was donated from the annual faculty Super Bowl Pool.

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Among the Religious

Two communities of women religious based in the Diocese of Oakland observed the inaugural National Catholic Sisters Week earlier this month on their Facebook pages. The Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose in Fremont posted a black-and-white photo on "Throwback Thursday," showing several Sisters wearing long white habits kneeling on the ground harvesting olives. Up to 1968 the Sisters wore these garments while working outside. The caption with the photo said, "We had fun picking the olives, but washing out the olive stains was not." Meanwhile Under the headline, "You Ought to Be in History," seven Sisters of the Holy Family shared stories about their families and their journeys to religious life. These little vignettes included the story of one Sister who left town to enter the convent without telling her boyfriend. Another Sister recalled the angry reaction of her mother when the young woman announced that she planned to become a sister.

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Names, News, Notes

Kathy Riley, a longtime math teacher at Oakland's Bishop O'Dowd High School, was one of three people honored March 14 at the annual St. Vincent Day Home Children's Choice Awards dinner at Scott's Seafood Restaurant in Oakland. Riley was recognized for her many years of volunteerism and support at the day home, as well as her service as a teacher.

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EWTN News

Special Catholic TV programs on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) include "Sudan: And You Do Not Cry With Us." Produced by the Church in Need, it provides a look at the strained relationship between Christians and Muslims in Sudan. It will be broadcast at 7 p.m. March 27. Another special telecast is "The Night of the Prophet: Padre Pio of Pietrelcina." Through the eyes of a Roman journalist, a dramatization of Padre Pio is unveiled as a man of purity and Christian charity, at 5 p.m. March 29. Also scheduled is Beethoven's Missal Solemn concert for the reopening of the Frauenkirche in Dresden. It will air at 10:30 a.m. March 30.

All times are Pacific Time. EWTN is carried 24 hours a day on Comcast 229, AT& 562, Astound 116 and 80, DISH Satellite 261 and DirecTV 370. In Alameda, EWTN airs on Comcast 30.

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