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September 22, 2014   •   VOL. 52, NO. 16   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

Holy Spirit's One-Day Congress

Holy Spirit Parish in Fremont is having its second One-Day Congress, featuring workshops, five speakers and religious vendors, from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Oct. 18, followed by a closing Mass at 5 p.m.

Holy Spirit's congress last year drew 200 participants. The theme this year is "We are one body," witnessing our faith as community. Keynote speaker Deacon Matt Dulka will consider Pope Francis' dreams of a Church driven by a "missionary impulse capable of transforming everything" composed of "communities of missionary disciples" that go forth in joy to share the Good News.

Holy Spirit is at 37588 Fremont Blvd. Registration through Oct. 16 is $20, and $30 at the door. Boxed lunch for $10 is available if ordered by Oct. 11. Visit www.holyspiritfremont.org for additional information and to register. Email questions to OneDayCongress@gmail.com or dial 510-456-4972.

Some workshops include: building a parishwide program of communities of faith, hope and love in action; insights for parents, parish leaders and nonprofits for bringing Catholic social teaching and family life together; creating evangelizing communities capable of "lighting a fire in the heart of the world"; a new awareness of what it means to "love your neighbor as yourself" in today's social, economic, political and religious context for Catholics and non-Catholics alike; and following in the footsteps of Dorothy Day.

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St. Louis Bertrand Parish sets annual festival

St. Louis Bertrand Parish, 1410 100th Ave., Oakland, will host its annual two-day festival and dance, Sept. 20-21.

Saturday's family-friendly festivities will run from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and include a youth dance with a DJ playing modern music, as well as sweets booths and games for children of all ages. Pre-sale tickets for the dance are $5 or $8 at the door. Tickets may be purchased at the parish office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays except Wednesdays.

Sunday's festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. will have live music, food booths and games. Both events will take place in the church parking lot. For more information, dial 510-568-1080.

Around the Schools

Jeff Rogers, U.S. History teacher and coach at Saint Mary's College High School in Berkeley, appeared with his class earlier this summer in the History Channel documentary "10 Things You Don't Know about the Flag." The group is featured in a discussion about the first "salute" to the American flag that preceded the Pledge of Allegiance.

St. Elizabeth High School's baseball program from 1962 to 1970 is among the inductees for the Oakland school's 2014 Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will be Oct. 11 in the school's gym. In addition, a special tribute will honor the SEHS "fallen heroes." Questions? Call Claudia Briones, 510-532-8947 x 9121.

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Among the Religious

Rev. David Vasquez-Levy has been elected the 13th president of the Pacific School of Religion (PSR) in Berkeley. He will be one of only three other persons of Latino descent currently serving as president of an accredited seminary in the U.S. and its territories. Rev. Vasquez-Levy will assume office on Jan. 1. PSR is a multidenominational Christian seminary and is a member of the Graduate Theological Union.

The Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose are one of the partners in a Sisters Leadership Development Initiative recently launched by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. The three-year educational program will be offered initially to a 20-sister cohort. The participants will receive training in business, marketing, finance and technology that can be used by the sisters to strengthen their organizations and support their ministries.

The Maryknoll Sisters Assembly, meeting in Woodcliff, New Jersey, has brought together 149 sisters from 18 different countries, including the U.S. The Maryknoll Sisters gather once every six years to elect new leadership and discuss community business. During the Assembly, which began Sept. 7 and close on Sept. 21, the sisters are likely to look at ways to continue their ministry in the future. The Maryknoll Sisters, who founded their community in 1912, are the first womens religious dedicated to foreign mission.

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Names, News, Notes

Saint Mary's College High School in Berkeley welcomed Joseph McGinty as director for Advancement on Sept 1. A native of New Jersey, McGinty has a long history with the work of the De La Salle Christian Brothers.

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