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June 9, 2014   •   VOL. 52, NO. 11   •   Oakland, CA
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Rev. Lawrence D'Anjou
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St. Raymond hosts SPRED celebration

"Jesus says to you today: I call you by name. Hear my voice. Repent, believe in me and follow me. Receive the gift of the Holy Spirit and have life, life more abundantly, life forever."

That was the homily, delivered in words and gestures, by Father Lawrence D'Anjou to those gathered May 9 at St. Raymond Church in Dublin for the Mass for the Special Religious Education Department — known as SPRED.

SPED catechists and friends also participated in the Mass, using sacred gestures to illustrate the first reading, response and Gospel.

With many St. Raymond parishioners in the pews, there was an additional celebration: An infant was baptized.

After the Mass, the dancing broke out early and jubilantly at SPRED the Word XXIII, the annual fundraiser for the organization that brings one-on-one faith formation to people with intellectual disabilities from age 6 through adults. The Knights of Columbus at the parish prepared a barbecue dinner, served by the parish youth group.

Many of the SPRED friends took to the dance floor to celebrate.

For more information about SPRED, either to volunteer as a catechist, or arrange participation for a new friend, contact Michelle Martinez-Kilty, SPRED coordinator, at 510-635-7252 or email info@spredoakdiocese.org.

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Boys choir announces camp scholarship

The Golden Gate Catholic Boys Choir Board of Directors has announced four half-scholarships to the group's 2014 Summer Music Camp.

Camp is at the Oakland Youth Retreat Center, July 29 through Aug. 9. Each scholarship is $625, which is half the full camp cost of $1,250 for the 12-day resident summer music camp. The scholarship awards are drawn from the Memorial Fund established in honor of artistic director Steven Meyer's recently deceased parents, John and Bernice Meyer. The choir experience provides a sound music education and opportunities for performance, summer music camp, concert tours and exciting events. Boys are drawn from the Diocese of Oakland and the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

GGBC will participate in the next International Catholic Boy Choir Congress (Pueri Cantores) at the Vatican, Dec. 28, 2015-Jan. 1, 2016, singing at the papal Mass on New Year's Day, 2016. Boys entering the program at this time are eligible to participate in this once in a life time experience.

Pastors, associates, principals, music or choir directors may nominate a boy, age 8 to 12 with unchanged voice, for this scholarship opportunity. Send the contact information for the candidate to the GGBC at ggbcbr@aol.com, or by dialing the choir office voice mail, 510-887-4311. Candidates will meet with the director for an audition and announcements will be confirmed in writing by June 20.

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