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July 13, 2015   •   VOL. 53, NO. 13   •   Oakland, CA
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Year to celebrate 100 years
Bishop Larry Silva of Hawaii, former pastor at St. Peter Martyr of Verona Parish in Pittsburg, finalized the parish's Centennial celebration by blessing historical marker, saying Mass and joining in festivities on June 7. The historical marker, at Marina Boulevard and Pelican Loop, recalls the parish's first and second churches, built in 1884 and 1910. It relocated to West Eighth and Black Diamond streets in 1922, and was replaced by the current church in 1931. Over the year's celebration, Bishop Emeritus John Cummins and Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, visited the parish. In his blog, Bishop Barber wrote, "there was an incredible energy and enthusiasm shown by the parishioners, I am hoping for great things from this vibrant parish."

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Bishop's visit
Pupils, faculty and staff at St. Philip Neri School in Alameda had a visit and Mass said before the end of the school year by Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, on May 26.

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Tia Agdeppa Ravara, a Seventh Grader at All Saints School in Hayward qualified for and competed in the 2015 USA Gymnastics Women's Junior Olympics Level 8 Regional Championships in Phoenix, Arizona, where the Level 8 Competition Season culminates. Out of the top gymnasts from Northern California, Southern California, Utah, Nevada and Arizona during the April 17-19 weekend, Tia earned the title of regional beam champion by receiving the gold medal in her age division with a score of 9.625. She also received a silver medal for All Around with a personal best score of 37.500 and a bronze medal in bars with a score of 9.500. Tia placed 5th in vault and floor events with scores of 9.025 and 9.350, respectively. Even with a 20-hour-a-week gymnastics training schedule, Tia maintains a 3.83 grade point average, works toward a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and finds to time to serve as an altar server every weekend. Tia is a member of the Pacific West Gymnastics Team in Union City coached by Rodica Apateanu, Jennifer Battaglia, Liviu Mazilu and Hanako Miura.

Oakland's Holy Names University saved more than 7 million gallons of water in university-wide water usage this year compared to last year, which represents a drop in usage of about 19,000 gallons a day. HNU's successful conservation of water resources is due to the continuing effort to locate and repair leaks and the recent installation of low-flow (1.2 gallon) toilets on campus.

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The St. Vincent de Paul, Alameda County's Backpack and School Supply Drive, which began July 6, will continue through Aug. 1. Help collect backpacks and school supplies that will be distributed at the SVdP Back To School Open House event. Supplies are needed at the downtown Oakland Community Center, 2272 San Pablo Ave., Oakland. For more information about our needs or to hold a drive, contact Melanie at mdiegel@svdp-alameda.org; 510- 877-9254.

Elementary, middle school and eighth grade students at Raskob Day School and Learning Institute (Raskob), a division of Holy Names University, raised more than $600 for charity by selling homemade baked goods over a six-week period this spring. The students planned and hosted the bake sales themselves with the help of a teacher facilitator and donated the proceeds to Alameda Meals on Wheels in Alameda, St. Mary's Center in Oakland and to the Red Cross for its disaster relief efforts in Nepal. The Raskob students received letters of recognition from both Alameda Meals on Wheels and St. Mary's Center, and there are plans for the pupils to continue their involvement with the charities throughout the year. Raskob Day School and Learning Institute is a nonprofit organization that serves the Bay Area community by providing services for students and adults with learning differences.

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