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May 18, 2015   •   VOL. 53, NO. 10   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

Celebrating Earth Day in style
For the third year in a row, St. Patrick School's kindergarten, first- and second-graders have dazzled the students, parents and faculty with their performances of "Update: Earth, an Earth Day Musical" which teaches the value of recycling and reducing our carbon footprint. Each year, the Rodeo school's youngest pupils audition for a speaking, singing or dancing role. This year more than 60 students auditioned for a chance to be in the play. Teachers work to place every pupil in a role he or she is best suited for, and where each one brave enough to audition gets a moment in the spotlight.
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St. Benedict retreat
Seventy-four parishioners from St. Benedict Parish in Oakland, including Rev. Jayson Landeza, joined in a spiritual retreat April 24-26 at the Vallombrosa center in Menlo Park. Workshops were led by Sister Eva Lumas and Rev. Ken Hamilton, SVD. Breakout sessions were led by the retreat committee members from St. Benedict. "This was our fourth retreat at Vallombrosa," reported parishioner Jaylynn B. St. Julian. "We love the retreat center and had an awesome spiritual weekend."
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May crowning
Kristin Kong, an eighth-grader at St. Edward School in Newark, had the honor of crowning the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary at the 10 a.m. Mass on May 3 at St. Edward Church. Father Jeffrey Keyes, CPPS, blessed the floral wreath before Kristin climbed the ladder to place it.

Around the Schools

Alli Fisher, a senior at Carondelet High School in Concord, attended the She++ [24] tech summit held in the Silicon Valley for a select group of female high school students from around the country. Treated as the VIPs that they are, the students toured Google and Facebook and heard speeches from some of the industry's most influential people like Cheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, and other power players in the industry, according to the school's May 5 newsletter. The summit was offered to help empower and encourage young women to seek careers that will boost their presence in the tech world. In a funny twist, Alli was even wooed by a start-up company that wanted her to write code for them, the newsletter noted.

St. Isidore School in Danville held a successful science fair April 22 where the Seventh and Eighth grade students developed an original scientific experiment by applying their prior knowledge and critical thinking skills. In the process they totally impressed the judges which included volunteer engineers, chemists and toxicologists.

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Among the Religious

Sister Bernice Gotelli, PBVM, the long-serving chaplain of the USF Benioff Children's Hospital in Oakland, will speak at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University commencement at 3 p.m. May 23 at the Pacific School of the Religion's Chapel of the Great Commission at 1798 Scenic Ave., Berkeley.

All friends of the Sisters of the Presentation and all alumnae of their schools are invited to an East Bay Presentation Reunion Party, from 1 to 3 p.m., Sunday, June 14, at University Terrace, Building nine, site of the former Presentation High School, at 2116 Jefferson Ave., Berkeley, indoors on the ground floor facing the grotto side. The event will be catered. Come catch-up with one another, remember old times or make new friendships. For details visit www.PresentationSistersSF.org.

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Political commentator Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC's "Hardball with Chris Matthews," will deliver the 2015 undergraduate commencement address at Saint Mary's College in Moraga on May 23. Matthews, who attended a Christian Brothers high school in Philadelphia, said the educational mission of the Brothers and Saint Mary's resonates profoundly with him.

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