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Cathryn Oliver Brown, co-chair of the Catholic Committee on Scouting, helps Rev. Neal Clemens award the "I Live My Faith" medal to Emma Curtin of St. Philip Neri Parish.

Celebration of Scouting recognizes
82 boy and girl scouts with awards

Eighty-two scouts in the Oakland Diocese were honored recently at the annual "Celebration of Scouting." Scouts from Boy Scout and Girl Scout programs received their religious awards from newly appointed diocesan scout chaplain, Father Neal Clemens, who led a prayer service at the Cathedral of Christ the Light that included readings from scripture, an awards presentation and concluded with the blessing of scouts and their leaders.

The theme of the "Celebration" was "God is our Motivator!" Father Clemens spoke to the scouts about how God is at the center of their lives, motivating them each day to live fully as followers of Jesus.

In addition to the religious awards, the "Pillars of Faith Award" was presented to two scouts. This award is given to a girl or boy who previously completed all four religious recognition awards during his or her years as a scout. The awardees were: Joshua Hughes, Christ the King Parish and Ryan Sanchez, St. Joseph Parish, Pinole.

Scouts earn Catholic religious awards for their own age groups by completing requirements and service projects that explore the relationships between their faith and their daily lives as scouts. Awards are available for both boy scouts and for girl scouts at each age and scouts work with their own parents/guardians or with a scout religious awards counselor in completing the age-appropriate requirements.

In addition to the "Celebration of Scouting," many scouts in the diocese are honored each year in their own parishes by attending Mass as scouts on Scout Sunday. The Boy Scouts of America designates the Sunday on or before Scout Anniversary Day, Feb. 8, as Scout Sunday. This year, Boy Scout Sunday was on Feb. 8. Girl Scouts USA designates Girl Scout Sunday to begin Girl Scout Week. This year, Girl Scout Sunday will be on March 8.

The Oakland Diocese Catholic Committee on Scouting through the CYO Office offers programs for scouts of Catholic faith. For more information about Catholic scout programs in the diocese visit the website; www.oakdiocesescouts.org or contact CYO at 510-893-5154.

Here is a list of the recipients who attended the Celebration of Scouting, listed with their awards and parish:

Light of Christ Awards

Christ the King: Roman Bettiga, J.T. Bricca, Blake McCall, Connor Nachand, Aidan Pilarski, Tyler Rubino, Will Toribio, Brenden Tuey; Corpus Christi: Lucas Dominguez; Our Lady of Grace: Tyler Daniels, Adam Koceniak, William Hudson; St. Joseph, Pinole: Joshua Rudis.

I Live My Faith Awards

St. Clement: Hannia Rosas; St. Joseph, Fremont: Grace Florendo, Gabi Murata, Alysa Ngo, Erica Wooding; St. Philip Neri: Keira Barot, Emma Curtin, Sarah Lisanti, Lucy Sacco, Sofia Yildirim, Madelena Velasquez.

Parvuli Dei Awards

Christ the King: Joe Corona, Sean Hanley, Michael Bruin, Matthew Dominguez, Duncan Galloway, Jack Gros, Alexander Velasco; Our Lady of Grace, Ethan Hudson; Our Lady of Guadalupe: Benjamin Swift; St. Catherine, Fabian Sherwin; St. Isidore, William Andrews, Brandon Babby, James Carney Jr., Jack Christensen, Joseph Corona, Cole Deviney, Jack Jacobson, Aidan Kelly, Cooper Kennedy, James Alan Kuiper, Robby Malnight, Hayden Motas, Atticus Novak, Alejandro Stapleton; St. Joan of Arc: Shane Badcock, David Noble; St. Joseph, Pinole: William Liem.

Ad Altare Dei Award

Catholic Community of Pleasanton: Aaron Toothman, Owen Plute; Christ the King: Jesse Doke, Cody Flitton, Ryan Seto, Ethan Tuey; Our Lady of the Rosary: Richard Brown, Ken Oliver; St. Catherine of Sienna: Dylan Woodhall, Nicholas Woodhall; St. Charles Borromeo: John Molitoris; St. Isidore: Christian Velasquez; St. Joseph, Fremont: Lionel Jeremiah, Nicholas Nguyen; St. Joseph, Pinole: Ethan Inouye, Jacob Rudis, Allan Solorzano: St. Mary: Thomas Baker, Reggie Ruiz; St. Michael: Greg Aufderheide, Eric Lessard, Jonathan Mulrooney, Owen Plute; St. Paul: Thomas Nguyen.

Pope Pius XII Award

Christ the King: Joshua Hughes; St. Agnes: Timothy Afinowicz, Patrick Murray, Andrew Wood;St. Joseph, Pinole: Aaron Smith; St. Patrick, Rodeo: Ryan Sanchez.

Pillar of Faith Award — Duty to God

Christ the King: Joshua Hughes; St. Joseph, Pinole: Ryan Sanchez.

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