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September 8, 2014   •   VOL. 52, NO. 15   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

A visit to St. Elizabeth
Student ambassadors at St. Elizabeth High School surround Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, after he celebrated the Mass of the Holy Spirit for students from the high school and St. Elizabeth Elementary School on Sept. 2. After Mass, the bishop visited the high school, where he blessed the gym that has been renovated with funds donated by the Wayne and Gladys Valley Foundation. Student ambassadors — who represent the high school, give tours and go to elementary schools to talk about high school — gave the bishop a tour of the school and talked with him in the boardroom afterward. Pictured from left are Omar Gallegos, Joel Badilla, Ruth Elizondo, David Iniguez, Joelyn Badilla, Tyson Frank, Bishop Barber, Leslie Magana and Melissa Becerra.
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Christ the Light Parish in Oakland recently announced the start of a ministry to the homebound. It is open to parishioners who are permanently homebound or temporarily unable to attend Mass to receive Holy Communion. If you are or know of someone in the parish who is in need of this service, phone 510-796-7209. If you are interested in becoming a minister to the homebound at the parish, trainings are held the third Sunday of the month, excluding holidays. Contact Julie Cornell at 925-478-9343.

St. Columba's Hope for Haiti: Education ministry is beginning its fifth year of sending children in Grand Ravine to school. The ministry seeks to educate 100 children this year, at the cost of $250 per child, and welcomes donors. Tax-deductible contributions can be made through Sirona Cares, Inc., and sent to HHE, P.O. Box 8975, Emeryville CA 94662. For photos and addition information, see http://www.stcolumba-oak.com.

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Christopher LeBoa '15, right, with Dr. Robert Ballard, Director of the Center for Ocean Exploration, Graduate School of Oceanography URI.
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Around the Schools

Christopher LeBoa '15, of Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland, spent part of his summer as an intern for the Ocean Exploration Trust, working at the graduate school of oceanography at the University of Rhode Island.

Carondelet High School students Siena Armanino, Katie Kuptz, Mia Malone and Sami Martellaro are coordinating the Friends of the Poor Walk on the grass field at St. Isidore Parish at 440 LaGonda Way in Danville on Sept. 27. Their goal is to raise awareness of county residents living in poverty and raise funds for the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Contra Costa County. Anyone interested in participating or making a pledge can log on to www.fopwalk.org, Walk #222 the Contra Costa Walk.

For the second consecutive year, Ivan Rabb, a senior at Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland, was part of the USA Basketball's FIBA U17 World Championship team. Last month the U17 team held off the team from Australia to won a gold medal last month at the Hamdam Sports Complex in Dubai.

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Among the Religious

Sister Dulce Sarai Aguilar Rodriguez, OP, made her perpetual profession last month to Sister Gloria Marie Jones, OP, the Congregational prioress of the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose. Sister Dulce received much love and support from a large gathering of sisters, family members and guests who attended the Eucharistic celebration in the Motherhouse Chapel. Rev. Carl Seewald, SVD, was the main celebrant and was joined by a number of clergy, including Bishop Emeritus John S. Cummins of the Oakland diocese.

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Names, News, Notes

An International Day of Peace will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 21 at Mount Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church, 55 Eckley Lane in Walnut Creek. The event is co-sponsored by the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County and the Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center in Walnut Creek. Information: 925-933-7850,  www.mtdpc.org or info@mtdpc.org.

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