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August 10, 2015   •   VOL. 53, NO. 14   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

Dancing, Zydeco music and Creole cooking drew a crowd at St. Louis Bertrand.

Zydeco at St. Louis Bertrand

The earthy traditions of musician Andre Thierry and his Zydeco Magic found a receptive audience at St. Louis Bertrand Parish in Oakland this spring.

The gig was a gumbo of West Coast, Gulf Coast, R&B and traditional Creole music. Attendees were treated to both traditional and soul numbers. Zydeco is a blend of blues and rhythm, originating in Louisiana. The mélange of music was aptly reflected in the multicultural crowd that reflects the parish, including a healthy contingent of Creole folks.

"Only in Oakland does one find such stuff," said Pat Brown, who trekked all the way from Rancho Cordova.

Internationally known award-winning author Michael Parenti ("Waiting for Yesterday") said, "It was such a warm gathering. Its diversity was striking; indeed a joyous event, lively dancing, delightful music and down home food."

The food, links, red beans and rice, was prepared by the parish's New Orleans contingent, the Davis family, which guaranteed its authenticity.

Plans are being set to have Thierry and Zydeco Magic perform their magic again next year.

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Transitional kindergarten opens
Kindergartners — as cute as they may be — will no longer be the youngest students on campus at St. Edward School in Newark. When the school bell rings this month, the doors to the new transitional kindergarten will open for students who are 4 years old by Sept.1, 2015. "We welcome children who are potty trained and 4 years of age as of Sept.1, 2015," the school said in a statement. The transitional kindergarten school day is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Applications will be accepted throughout the school year. More information:
510-793-7242 or www.stednewark.org.

Walkin' and rollin'
Holy Family Sisters Joanna Connolly, left, and Aurora Perez will be participating in their community's annual Walk and Roll a Thon on Labor Day to raise money to fight human trafficking. The duo will be participating as Team 101 — in honor of Sister Joanna's age. She is a former parishioner at St. Paschal Baylon Parish in Oakland, and Sister Aurora served as the director of SPRED, Special Religious Education, for more than 30 years in the Diocese of Oakland. A donor will match donations up to $15,000. To help the Sisters' effort to fight modern-day slavery, checks to support the cause, made out to Sisters of the Holy Family, may be sent to Sisters of the Holy Family, Attn: Sister Caritas Foster, SHF, P.O. Box 3248, Fremont 94539-0324. To support Sisters Joanna and Aurora's walk and roll, write "Team 101" on the memo line.

Seminarian support
St. Ignatius of Antioch's Knights of Columbus Council 12587 hosted another successful tri-tip sandwich fundraiser in honor and support of the parish's adopted seminarian, Mario Rizzo Jr., following each of the liturgical services on July 19. His father, Mario Rizzo Sr. also attended. The seminarian was presented with a check for $1,000 which will be used for his studies. Shown above, from left: Mario Rizzo Sr., seminarian Mario Rizzo Jr., Parochial Administrator Father Robert Rien and Grand Knight Bill Barbanica.
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Around the Schools

Bishop O'Dowd High School, Oakland: Junior Danielle West, served as Hayward Youngster of the Month for July. At BOD, West is a student leader for the Career Partnerships Program, a program designed to connect high school students with professionals in order to expose participants to various career paths. She is also on part of the school's track and field team, as well as an active participant of the Campus Ministry Team. Two students, Leo Nierenberg '16 and Otis Statum '16, participated in the 2015 Area Code Games as members on the Oakland Athletics (Northern California) team. They are among the top players in the nation, on eight regional teams, playing in a tournament at Blair Field in Long Beach Aug. 4-9.

Holy Names University name Karl Solibakke as vice president for Finance and Administration. Solibakke joined HNU on July 1, replacing Stuart Koop who retired. Earlier, Solibakke served for six years as the chief financial officer of the College of Arts and Sciences, the largest of 11 academic divisions at Syracuse University.

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Among the Religious

Members of Sacred Heart Church in Oakland gathered after Masses Aug. 2 to give thanks for and wish a fond farewell to Rev. Karl Davis, OMI, who served as pastor for the past six years. While waiting for his reassignment, Father Davis will remain in the East Bay, possibly at the Oakland residence of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. He will be succeeded by Rev. Bill Mason, OMI.

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Volunteers needed: Birthright Pregnancy Support Center in Livermore, which serves the Tri-Valley, is searching for new volunteers to help pregnant women and their families in need. Dial Erika Ratto at 925-518-9616.

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