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March 9, 2015   •   VOL. 53, NO.5   •   Oakland, CA
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Giving in love
"We will not have a Valentine's Day party," agreed the fourth-grade class of St. Edward School in Newark. This is how the planning of the fourth-grade retreat — "Giving in Love" — began. "What are we giving?," Tina Slagle asked her class. The response was, "Giving a Valentine's Day party to the Dominican Sisters living in the Care Center." Through the Mass, variety show, and handmade Valentine cards for the Sisters, the class was able to integrate community-based learning through the arts and religion. Students gained a deeper understanding of their unique God-given gifts that make a positive contribution to our society. The community gained young volunteers who voiced their desire to return with family and friends.
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Happy 20th anniversary
To the Deacons who were ordained in the Fourth Diaconate Formation Class of the Diocese of Oakland on Feb. 25, 1995. To commemorate this milestone a celebratory Mass and lunch was held on Feb. 25 at Holy Spirit Church in Fremont. Father Mathew Vellankal, (Holy Spirit pastor) and Bishop Emeritus John S. Cummins concelebrated, and Deacon Richard Yee served as the Deacon at Mass. Deacon Richard's wife, Esther Yee, coordinated all of the volunteers, who provided a very memorable and delightful anniversary event.

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Chris Boa, a senior at Oakland's Bishop O'Dowd, is among a handful of high school seniors featured in Diablo Magazine. Titled "The Incredibles," the magazine article looked at the various achievements made by East Bay Area teens.

Since early January Kim Bonney, a teacher at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception School in Walnut Creek, has been is part of a national effort to create standards in arts education. She is participating in what is called a Model Cornerstone Assessment Project, which is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Their ultimate goal is to develop policies and plans that result in providing and improving the education of children.

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Alicia Garza, co-founder of the #BlackLivesMatter political and social justice movement, will discuss civil rights movement of the 21st century at 7 p.m. March 10 in the Soda Center at Saint Mary's College, 1928 St. Mary's Road, Moraga. The lecture is free and open to the public.

#BlackLivesMatter was created by Garza with activists Patriss Cullors and Opal Tometi in 2012 in response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. The campaign's call to justice has since been adopted across the country following the deaths of other African American men in Ferguson, Missouri; New York City; and Cleveland Ohio. For more information: www.stmarys-ca.edu/blacklivesmatter.

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