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June 8, 2015   •   VOL. 53, NO. 11   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

Serra Club honors essayists
Avanina Cayetano, an eighth-grader at St. John the Baptist School in El Cerrito, receives a check for $35 for her winning essay in the Serra Club of West Contra Costa County's annual essay contest. Her teacher, Bill Walton, left, received $50. Making the presentation is club secretary Raoul Martinez. Each student was asked to write 250 words on "What are Priests and Sisters called to do, and How do they influence your life?" Annette Sanchez is the winner at St. Cornelius School in Richmond; Jason Fritschi is her teacher. Carenina Magsano is the winner at St. Patrick School in Rodeo; Karen Francis is her teacher. Valeria Panameno is the winner at St. David of Wales School in Richmond; Ed Lucido is her teacher.
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The spirit of Notre Dame
Judge David Krashna and his wife, Gina, bring up the gifts as members of the Notre Dame Club of San Francisco gathered at the 10 a.m. Mass on the Feast of Pentecost May 24 to remember Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, CSC, longtime university president. Father Hesburgh, who died in February, was remembered as a spirit-filled priest and educator whose contributions to the nation included service on the U.S. Civil Rights Commission in the 1960s. Rev. Fred Jenga, CSC, a Holy Cross priest from Uganda who is studying in the Bay Area, joined the cathedral rector, the Very Rev. James V. Matthews, on the altar. Father Hesburgh was also remembered by Krashna, who said of him: "He had to endure people like me who were in student government." Father Hesburgh, he said, "at his essence was a wonderful priest."

Around the Parishes

Going to Pleasanton's First Wednesday Summer Street Fair? Be sure to stop by The Catholic Community of Pleasanton's booth between 6 and 9 p.m. One of the parish's choirs will be performing while CCOP teens will paint the faces of the kiddies. "We talk to people about our church and our faith," according to an item in the parish's May 24 bulletin. "It's a non-threatening way to begin sharing our faith." It's all happening every first Wednesday until September.

Meanwhile, the bulletin of Livermore's St. Michael Parish reported that sixth graders from the parish school served recently at the parish pancake breakfast, which was sponsored by the local Knights of Columbus. In return the Knights gave the class quite a tip — $1,500! The cash will help with the cost of the four-day Outdoor Science Camp in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

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Around the Schools

Bishop O'Dowd students Sean Hennigan '16 and Andrew Shaw '15 of Troop 6 Piedmont Council were recently recognized at a special Court of Honor for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. Both Sean and Andrew installed their projects on the O'Dowd campus this year.

Dominic Tu of Salesian College Preparatory in Richmond is the 2015 Tri-Counties Athletic League and North Coast Section singles tennis champion. Dominic defeated his Cardinal Newman opponent 6-2, 6-4 in the NCS Championship at College of Marin on May 9, becoming the first Salesian student to win an individual NCS tennis championship in the school's 55-year history. Dominic will attend the University of California at Berkeley in the fall.

Nathan Tong

Congratulations to Nathan Tong, a seventh grade pupil at Most Holy Rosary School in Antioch. He was awarded an iPad mini plus and a $500 gift package for his winning video entry, "Arriving in America," from the Asian Pacific Fund. He was recognized at a special awards ceremony on May 3 at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.

At Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward, girls varsity basketball coach Jack Kennedy retired after 24 seasons with the school's program. "It's been a privilege to have coached and been associated with some very talented student-athletes," Kennedy said. Kennedy took over as head coach at the start of the 1997 season after six years as an assistant to Paul Phelps. In 1991, the Mariner girls won the California State Championship. Under Kennedy, Moreau won eight league titles in the HAAL and MVAL. His teams made 16 North Coast Section appearances, winning the Div. III championship in 2004. He was selected as HAAL Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2011.

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