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April 21, 2014   •   VOL. 52, NO. 8   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese


SJND wins state championship
The Pilots of St. Joseph Notre Dame High School of Alameda captured their fifth state basketball championship by dominating Renaissance Academy of Altadena, 57-32, on March 28 in Sacramento. The Pilots won the CIF Division V boys basketball state title in 2011, as well as in 2004, 1992 and 1991. In the title game, Temidayo Yussuf scored 21 points, and Lamont Banks added 14 points.
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Honoring altar servers
The Serra Club of West Contra Costa awarded 96 certificates to altar servers from four local parishes at its Altar Server's Mass and Award Program at St. Callistus Parish in El Sobrante on March 29. Father Benedict Wonganant from St. Patrick parish in Rodeo celebrated the Mass. Serra Club Vice President Ron Acquistapace awarded certificates to altar servers from St. Callistus, St. Jerome in El Cerrito, St. Patrick and St. Joseph in Pinole parishes. The altar servers and their family guests enjoyed refreshments in the parish hall after the event. Serra Club President Tom Heim cooked the hot dogs, and the Serra club members supervised and assisted serving the more than 200 guests.
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Young principal gets help for SVdP
St. Francis of Assisi fourth grader Emily Viscia, left, was Principal for a Day on April 15. She sponsored a "One Can Raiser" event asking each pupil in the school to bring a can to stock the shelves at the St. Vincent de Paul food bank at St. Francis of Assisi Parish. "The day was a total success," reported Principal Sister James Marien Dyer, CSJ, bringing in more than 250 cans. Emily's classmates, Claire O'Connor, Kyleigh Tibbets and Kristi Lansang helped her with collection and transportation of the cans to the SVdP shelves.
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Good Shepherd Passion play
The Youth Ministry of Church of the Good Shepherd in Pittsburg offered five presentations of its Passion play. It was the 22nd year for the presentation, which involved more than 85 youth and adult leaders. The play depicts the Passion of Jesus Christ: his trial, suffering, death and resurrection. Church of the Good Shepherd is at 3200 Harbor St., Pittsburg, www.goodshepherdpittsburg.org.
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Around the Parishes

Because their parish was not blessed with a school of its own, St. Ignatius Parish in Antioch adopted St. Peter Martyr School in Pittsburg. For the past seven years Holy Rosary has designated the school as a recipient of Lenten Alms collected by the Antioch community. According to the parish bulletin dated March 30, the parish had already collected a total of $4,567 from its contributions to Ash Wednesday liturgies, All Souls offerings and money from a recent parish festival. The Lenten Alms collection will be in effect until Holy Thursday (April 17).

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Around the Schools

Ivan Rabb, a junior from Oakland's Bishop O'Dowd High School, was named the Bay Area News Group's East Bay Boys Player of the Year. Rabb, considered by many to be the best junior basketball player in the country, has also been named the Chronicle's All-Metro Player of the Year and No. 1 in the Class of 2015 by ESPN.

Congratulations to three stellar Catholic high school basketball athletes, Mikayla Cowling and Gabby Green both at Saint Mary's High School in Berkeley, and Mariya Moore of Salesian High School in Richmond. All three played in the 2014 McDonald's All-American East-West game in Chicago on April 2.

Despite reaching the California Interscholastic Federation State championship game for the third year in a row, the Salesian High School girls basketball team fell short against the No. 4 nationally ranked Long Beach Poly team from Southern California last month in the open division final. Completing the season with an overall record of 30–7, the Lady Pride ranked No. 1 in the Bay Area by Cal-Hi Sports and number 23 in the nation by Maxpreps.com.

Oakland's Bishop O'Dowd High School boys basketball team also came close to winning but were taken down by the nation's No. 1 team, Mater Dei-Santa Ana, in the open division game.

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