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August 11, 2014   •   VOL. 52, NO. 14   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

Bishop Silva visit
On a visit, Bishop Larry Silva of Hawaii celebrated Mass Aug. 3 at the Church of the Transfiguration in Castro Valley. Bishop Silva was included with a group celebrating August birthdays. The bishop, a native of Hawaii, spent 50 years in the Oakland diocese before being named Bishop of Honolulu. After his ordination in 1975, he was associate pastor of St. Bernard in Oakland, Our Lady of the Rosary in Union City and St. Bede in Hayward. He was pastor of St. Patrick and St. Andrew-St. Joseph, both in Oakland, at St. Peter Martyr in Pittsburg, St. Anthony in Oakland and St. John the Baptist in El Cerrito. He was also vicar general of the Oakland diocese, and vocations director.
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O'Dowd aids typhoon victims
Father Gerald Pedrera, chaplain at Bishop O'Dowd High School, hand-delivered a check for more than $9,000 to Father Francisco and Ms. Maricel, pictured, in the Philippines recently. These funds were raised for Typhoon Haiyan victims during the Oakland high school's 2014 Mission Drive. The funds will go toward the purchase of fishing boats and nets. Father Pedrera also brought them a T-shirt that the school's Filipino Club sold to raise funds during the Mission Drive.
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Serra Club in Sacramento
Left, Raoul Martinez, secretary, and Tom Heim, president, of the Serra Club of West Contra Costa visited the Junipero Serra statue at the Capitol Park Grounds in Sacramento during the Serra International Convention. More than 300 delegates representing Serra Clubs from 33 countries attended the conference, which was held July 10-13. The conference included daily Mass at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. Most Rev. Jaime Soto, bishop of Sacramento, celebrated the opening Mass and Most Rev. David Walkowiak, bishop of Grand Rapids, Michigan, celebrated the closing Mass. Serra promotes and supports religious vocations.
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Moreau to dedicate athletic complex as golden anniversary year begins

Al Vermeil Field at Moreau Catholic High School will be dedicated Sept. 6. The school, at 27170 Mission Blvd. in Hayward, borders Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

Moreau Catholic High School kicks off the celebration of its 50th anniversary with the ribbon-cutting and opening of the state-of-the-art athletic and student activities complex and Al Vermeil Field at 10 a.m. Sept. 6.

Vermeil will be the keynote speaker at the event, which will take place at the field named for the longtime football coach.

"There is a great renaissance happening at Moreau, and this complex will complete a major campus renovation," said Terry Lee, president of Moreau Catholic. "I am so excited to share this new facility with our community."

The $5 million complex includes an artificial turf field lined for soccer and football, an all-weather 400-meter track, upgraded lighting and sound system, new bleachers, announcers' booth, plaza entry and storage.

The renovation of the athletic facilities comes after a lengthy renovation of the campus that has seen improvements to classrooms, library, laboratories and the theater.

Athletics and Student Complex and Al Vermeil Field
When: 10 a.m., Sept. 6
Where: Moreau Catholic High School, 27170 Mission Blvd., Hayward
RSVP: By Aug. 29, dial
510-881-4330 or email ddefrance@moreaucatholic.org
"There's a sense of pride in finally renovating an area in the school that is long overdue," Lee said. "Our students are deserving of a great facility." The complex is "the school's largest classroom," he said, that not only supports the athletic program, but also school activities, the physical education program, and the growing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) program.

The Holy Cross Priests and Brothers, who traveled from France to the United States in 1842 to found the University of Notre Dame, were invited by Bishop Floyd Begin to establish a Catholic high school in Hayward. It opened its doors to 103 boys in several classrooms of the newly built St. Bede School in Hayward as the high school buildings were being constructed on what would become the Mission Boulevard campus.

Anniversary events at the school, which boasts 12,000 alumni, will continue throughout the year, ending with the Presidential Ball, scheduled for fall 2015. For information on anniversary events, visit www.moreaucatholic.org.

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School adds up $12,450 in awards

At Holy Rosary School in Antioch, from left: Laurence Tacderas, Daniel von Savoye, Cathy Nelson of Catholic Daughters Association, Caitlin Henrikson and Giulia Sarti.

Holy Rosary School in Antioch's Class of 2014 celebrated its Awards Night in June with scholarship and achievement awards totaling $12,450.

Pupils received recognition for altar serving, CCD service, choir, student leadership, National Junior Honor Society and Presidential Fitness Awards.

These graduates received scholarships:

The Lynne Fitzgibbon Scholarship ($300) awarded to Ginelle Kiana Ereno.

Christian Life Award ($100 each) to Emily Marine, Natalie Tong, Gianna Ariente and Jeremiah Pino.

The Outstanding Faith-Filled Student Leadership Award ($100 each) awarded to Merry Dannelle Wilson, Gianna Ariente, Nicole Kwasny and Giulia Sarti,

Scott Chapman Scholarship ($1,000) to Nicholas Cortez.

Catholic Daughters ($500 each) to Caitlin Henrikson, Giulia Sarti, Laurence Tacderas and Daniel von Savoye

Young Ladies Institute ($500 each) to Skylar Hancock and Laurence Tacderas.

St. Vincent dePaul ($500) to Gianna Ariente.

Holy Rosary Catholic Youth Organization (iPads) to Megan Nguyen, Dominic Zuniga, Nicole Kwasny and Andrew Thomason.

Knights of Columbus ($500 each) to Daniel von Savoye, Siah Baakoi and Giulia Sarti.

Holy Rosary Religious Education (iPad) to Trent Porter and ($500) to Brandon Pena.

Alice Danilovich Scholarship ($1,000) to Gianna Ariente.

Holy Rosary School Academic Excellence Award for achieving a 4.0 in each trimester of 2013-2014, ($100 each) to: Abigail Norris, Natalie Tong, Anatori Prieto, Nicole Kwasny, Ginelle Kiana Ereno and Ariel Chen.

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Around the Parishes

Oakland's Christ the Light Parish has recently announced the start of a new ministry. The homebound ministry will visit and provide the Eucharist to those who are temporarily or permanently unable to attend Mass to receive Holy Communion. To register as a recipient or if you know of someone in need contact the Christ the Light Parish office at 510-796-7204. If you are interested in becoming a CTL Parish homebound minister, trainings are held every Third Sunday of the month, excluding holidays. Need more information, use the parish office phone number above.

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Among the Religious

Brother Ronald Gallagher, FSC, who served as president at Saint Mary's College of California in Moraga for 8½ years, has been appointed interim president for Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory in San Francisco, which enrolls girls and boys in grades 9 to 12. During Brother Gallagher's one-year term, the high school continues its national search for a permanent leader.

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Names, News, Notes

How is an Ohio-born Jesuit priest, who was ordained June 7 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, connected to the Diocese of Oakland? His journey to ordination included a stop in the East Bay. Rev. John Shea, SJ, graduated with his master in divinity degree from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley. He served as a deacon at the Newman Center at the University of California, Berkeley, and was part of a ministerial team at the Apostleship of the Sea, a Catholic ministry that is based at the Port of Oakland. Congratulations and Many Blessings, Father John Shea.

Can you make simple dresses for girls in third world countries? The next so-called Sew-Fest will be Aug. 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Augustine Church, small rooms, in Pleasanton. They need all kinds of help: sewing, ironing, cutting; bring your sewing machine, iron, ironing board, scissors, along with your helping hands. Also needed "cheerful" cotton fabric donations. You can stay for as long as you like, one hour to all day. If you can't come to the Sew Fest ask for a home kit. Suzanne Beck, 925-352-8447 or suzbeck@yahoo.com.

The artwork of Lauren Napolitano is on exhibit until Oct. 5 at the Redux Studios and Gallery, a social enterprise of the St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County. It is located at a former SVDP thrift store at 2315 Lincoln Ave., Alameda. Napolitano, a Bay Area artist, creates art from found objects that she transforms into installations. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily.

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