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 April 20, 2015   •   VOL. 53, NO. 8   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

Bishop O'Dowd wins 2 state championships

The boys', above, and girls', below, basketball teams at Oakland's Bishop O'Dowd High School achieved an unprecedented milestone March 27-28, both winning state championships the boys an Open Division title and the girls a Division III title at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley.

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Young man going places

Scott Lombardi, right, an eighth-grade student at Most Holy Rosary School in Antioch, earned the title of School Champion for the National Geographic Geography Bee 2015. Scott advanced to the California State finals held on March 27 in Fresno, where he placed in the Top 25 out of 112 California students. He is pictured with Tim Hooke, principal of Most Holy Rosary School.
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Going to Cal

Ivan Rabb '15 the most highly recruited basketball player in Bishop O'Dowd High School history has committed to the University of California. Rabb selected Cal over Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky and UCLA. "It was definitely a tough decision. The reason why I decided on Cal is because that's where I felt the most at home. It felt like family from day one," he said. At 6-feet, 11-inches and 225-pounds, the power forward is O'Dowd's all-time leading scorer (more than 2,000 points), rebounder (more than 1,000 rebounds) and winningest player (108-19).

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Three-day Marian festival at St. Joachim

St. Joachim Parish, 21250 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward, is having a special three-day celebration to pray together to honor Our Lady, May 6-8.

The festival will begin at 7 p.m. May 6 with a procession of shrines, rosary and Mass; continue at 7 p.m. May 7 with rosary and Mass, and conclude with a Mass at 7 p.m. May 8, followed by a procession.

There will be six shrines involved, for Our Lady of Fatima, the Immaculate Conception, Our Lady of Manaog, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Our Lady of Nicaragua and Our Lady of Lavang.

For more information, inquire at the rectory, 510-783-2766 or www.stjoachimchurch.net.

Students observe Year of Consecrated Life
St. Joseph Basilica's Junior High Faith Formation class visited a community of religious women in the spirit of the Year of Consecrated Life. The Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) and the one Sister of St. Francis of Philadelphia provided refreshments to the students and their catechist, shared the stories of their call to religious life, and answered the students many questions (including whether the Sound of Music was a true story). The young people were interested to learn that religious life is not simply about praying, although prayer is a vital part of their day. The students discovered the Sisters have served in many ways: as teachers and principals, social workers and substance abuse counselors, spiritual directors and RCIA directors, and by advocating for peace, social justice and mindful use of the earth's resources.
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