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October 26, 2015   •   VOL. 53, NO. 18   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

Color them pink
—"as much pink as possible," said Principal Jennifer Diaz — at All Saints School in Hayward, in a show of support for a beloved teacher who underwent surgery to treat breast cancer, and for all people who have been touched by the disease. After Mass, the students, forming a pink ribbon around the altar, became, in Diaz's words, "a living symbol of hope." October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
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Inspired and On Fire
—the capacity of the stadium — enjoyed a day of inspiration, prayer, fellowship and fun at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo for the annual youth event, On Fire. Four bishops joined about 30 priests for Mass. About 400 teens spent an hour in Eucharistic Adoration in the heat of 90 degree weather. Speakers included Amanda Vernon, an acclaimed singer, musician and speaker who recently moved to Hayward; Rev. Agostino Torres, CFR, from New York City; and emcee Steve Agorisano. Bands included Anthem Lights and SkaAmen.

90th anniversary in Alameda
Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, takes the stage in the parish hall after an anniversary Mass at St. Barnabas Church in Alameda on Oct. 11. The parish was celebrating its 90th year.

Do you like to sing?
The Diocesan Children and Youth Choir is looking for more children and youth to join the choir. Rehearsals are at 4 p.m. Wednesdays. Carpooling might be available. The choir sings approximately once a month for Mass and at special celebrations with Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, as celebrant. If interested, contact cathedralyouthchoir@gmail.com. Singing is not just for the young. The Cathedral Adult Choir is always open to new members. If you have basic music reading skills, contact the music office for a stress-free audition at oakdiocesemusic@gmail.com.
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Nikki Elkin '16 of Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland has organized a prom dress collection from Oct. 26 to 30 called "Gowns for Middletown." During the collection period people are invited to donate gently used or new prom dresses, with the donations going to students at Middletown High School in Lake County, where the devastating "Valley" fire left many residents without most of their belongings. The dresses should be in dry cleaner bags and brought to a collection area set up in the school lobby.

St. Joseph Notre Dame High School's speech and debate students took part in the first Golden Gate Speech League tournament Sept. 26, at James Logan High School in Union City. Competing with some of the top ranked teams in the country, the Alameda team performed well. Five SJND students competed in Parliamentary and Congressional Debate. Joseph Picchi '18 and Quinton Owyang '18 competed in the Junior Varsity division; Chris Gerlach '18 and Richard Reid '19 competed in Novice division. James McCloy '19 competed in Congressional Debate and scored a perfect 6 out of 6 on one of his speeches, a great accomplishment for his first tournament!

The Salesian College Preparatory School Community recently gathered at St. Paul Church in San Pablo to celebrate the life of Jesus Rojas, a former student who died after a courageous battle with leukemia. According to the school website, Jesus' mom said that her son wanted to attend Salesian because he was devoted to St. John Bosco.

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The Oakland Catholic Worker is looking for volunteers to prepare and serve hot food once a month on either Monday or Wednesday, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Contact: mariabenevento@yahoo.com.

Youth from the Diocese of Oakland will join others throughout the world in Rome and Vatican City, Dec. 26 to Jan. 2, to take part in the 40th International Congress of Pueri Cantores, the official student choral organization of the Catholic Church. They will be joined by more than 5,000 singers, with more than 1,000 from the U.S., including boys and girls in grades 4 through 12. Held every five years the Congress will be a choral blitz. The choirs, which will sing at several locations, are also expected to sing for Pope Francis.

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