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April 7, 2014   •   VOL. 52, NO. 7   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

New pastor for Santa Maria
Very Rev. George Mockel was installed as pastor of Santa Maria Parish in Orinda by Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, on March 23. Members of the Order of Malta, of which Father Mockel is chaplain, attended the Mass, along with an elementary school classmate, family, friends and people from the parishes he has served — St. Bonaventure in Concord, Assumption in San Leandro, Corpus Christi in Piedmont, St. Agnes in Concord. Father Mockel continues to serve as vicar general of the Diocese of Oakland. Father Mockel joined the bishop in thanking his predecessors at Santa Maria Parish, including Rev. Msgr. Theodore Kraus, who served as pastor from 2000 to 2013; and Rev. George Alengadan and Very Rev. Robert Herbst, who served as parochial administrators before the new pastor was named. Father Mockel told his new parishioners, "As a parish, if we keep a good sense of humor and keep focused on Jesus, we're going to be just fine."
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Dr. Seuss at QAS
Pupils at Queen of All Saints School in Concord presented "Seussical, Jr." on March 14. This production, based on the books of Dr. Seuss, had a cast of more than 75 pupils. The sets were designed by them and it was directed by Terry Davis. Among the participants, from left: Alexis Sanchez, Shareen Munir, Geline Mascardo, Bryson Benjamin, Sidnee Prince, Malena Rico and Carissa Adriano.
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Helping Special Olympics
Sixth graders Toni Melvin and Dani Balestreri of St. Francis of Assisi School in Concord present Rick Collett, president and CEO of Special Olympics Northern California and Special Olympics Nevada, with a check for $500 from St. Francis School. Each pupil donated $2 to the Special Olympics on Olympic Pride Day, in which they dressed in colors of their favorite countries with winter Olympic teams or in the outfit of a winter sport.
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Around the Parishes

A sung Evening Prayer in commemoration of 40th anniversary of Rev. Robert Rien's ordination to the priesthood will be held on May 30 at St. Ignatius Church in Antioch.

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Around the Schools

Chris LeBoa, a junior at Oakland's Bishop O'Dowd High School, is one of 12 high school students from across the nation selected to participate in the this summer's Honors Research Program sponsored by the Ocean Exploration Trust. LeBoa will travel to the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography in July to participate in the five-week summer program, working with scientists to develop a research project that will culminate with his joining an oceanographic research expedition to the Caribbean Sea aboard the Exploration Vessel Nautilus.

Oakland's Bishop O'Dowd High School will be staging its first annual debate showcase in the O'Dowd Performing Arts Center from 7 to 8:30 p.m. April 10. The event will feature tournament-style demonstration rounds featuring some of the school's grand Douglas, public forum and policy debaters. The debate will be followed by an informal question and answer with the debaters and their coaches. To RSVP: odowddebate@bishopodowd.org.

Congratulations to Concord's Carondelet High School's Varsity Dance and Varsity Cheer Teams, who were invited to compete in the JAMZ All-Star Nationals Championship in Las Vegas on Feb. 21. Varsity Dance took home first place in the Varsity Jazz Category and second in Varsity Pom. Varsity Cheer won first place in the small intermediate division, they scored their highest score of the season with 90.0 points and beat the other teams by over four points.

Nominees are being accepted for the second St. Elizabeth High School Hall of Fame. All alumni, faculty, staff, administrators and friends of the Oakland high school are eligible, as are organizations, businesses or sports teams. This event to celebrate new inductees will take place in October. The Hall of Fame recognizes people that have demonstrated the qualities that exemplify the special spirit of SEHS through achievements while at school, professional success after leaving St. Elizabeth, community service and/or contributions or service to the school. For more information go to the SEHS website at www.stliz-hs.org.

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Among the Religious

During the St. Joseph Day festivities held last month at Carondelet High School in Concord, students, faculty and staff also celebrated the 50 year jubilees of Sister Joann Heinritz, CSJ, staff member, and Sister James Marien Dyer, CSJ, a former principal at the high school.

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