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November 9, 2015   •   VOL. 53, NO. 19   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

Rosary crusade
A large crowd filled St. Leander Church in San Leandro on Oct. 3; for Mass said by Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, followed by a procession from church to nearby Thrasher Park, including statues of the Blessed Virgin, as part of This Public Square Rosary, sponsored by America Needs Fatima, one of more than 14,000 rallies that took place across the United States on that day.
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Celebration at St. Francis of Assisi
Both the school and parish at St. Francis of Assisi in Concord enjoyed lively celebrations Oct. 3-4; both celebrating visits by Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, and the feast day of St. Francis (Oct. 4), and the parish celebrating its 60th and the school its 50th anniversaries. A gala at Carondelet High School featured Bishop Barber and Bishop Emeritus John S. Cummins, eight priests, two seminarians, a Christian Brother and, above, 13 Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. Earlier this year, Bishop Barber talked about the diocesan Capital Campaign to school pupils. At right, Derrick Bajada, a second-grader who put the first dollar into the school's contribution to the Capital Campaign, visits with the bishop. Bishop Barber also said two Masses at the parish on Sunday.

Moreau Merit
Twelve Moreau Catholic High School seniors were named Commended Students in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program. placing among the top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2016 competition by taking the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The students received their certificates from Moreau Catholic Principal Lisa Tortorich and Ryan Brusco, assistant principal for instruction. The students are: Novelpreet Boparai, Rohan Divate, Alexandra Farhangui, Maria Ibalio, Jason Jin, Samhita Kamath, Ankita Khatri, Aniruddh Mandalapu, Tanushi Sahai, Mitchell Slivinsky, Meghana Sukthankar and William Wu.
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Father Sacca installed
Father Ray Sacca was officially installed Oct. 24 as pastor of St. Joan of Arc Parish in San Ramon. Father Sacca, former rector of the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland, was joined by a number of former cathedral parishioners — including from left, Rose Carroll, Lu Bradford, Father Sacca, Merlie Pablico and Fe Quinto.
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Jeans for Dreams
Pupils at St. Felicitas School in San Leandro normally wear their school uniforms, but in mid-October they were able to wear their jeans! Pictured are the middle school students who donated to "Jeans for Dreams," a fundraiser to send the seventh-graders to Caritas Creek. This educational camp helps young people discover the connection between all living things, and helps foster a deeper connection to the natural environment, to self, to the Spirit of Love, and to community.
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Around the Parishes

The Catholic Community of Pleasanton has been receiving favorable reviews for its new website, reported its pastor Rev. Paul Minnihan in a recent parish bulletin. While still a work in progress the two-minute homilies that are uploaded each week have really caught on with parishioners. The homilies "have been the source of some great conversations," Father Minnihan said. "That you are asking questions about the content is GREAT."

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Around the Schools

Fourth- and Fifth-grade students from St. Martin de Porres Regional School in Oakland recently received the opportunity to work with Opera Parallele. The San Francisco organization has a school lunch program where professionals partner with schools to enable students to fully experience contemporary opera. As a result, the Oakland students will be in the chorus of the world premiere of "Amazing Grace: A Children's Opera." The premiere takes place at 6 p.m. Nov. 12; other performances happen at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Nov. 14 at Buriel Clay Theater, African American Art and Culture Complex, 762 Fulton St., San Francisco. Information: https://operaparallele.org/amazing-grace. Tickets are free but should be reserved at http://brownpapertickets.com/event/2411961.

Joel Cabral, a member of Saint Mary's High School Class of 2015, chose as his required Senior Project to restore and sell the 1985 Monte Carlo in his family's garage, with sale proceeds to be donated to a charity. Joel used $400 from the sale to purchase 300 pounds of food he donated to the Alameda County Community Food Bank, along with donating service hours at the facility. Joel began his studies at San Jose State this fall.

Olulani O. Oisaghie, a 2015 graduate of De La Salle High School, has been awarded a National Achievement Boule Foundation Scholarship. The Boule Foundation, an affiliate of Sigma Pi Phi, a professional fraternity, offers scholarships to outstanding finalists in the National Achievement Scholarship Program. Oisaghie is attending Harvard University.

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Among the Religious

An appreciation celebration will be held Nov. 15 for Deacon Bill Archer for his many years of service as business administrator. He will, however, continue his deacon ministry, said Mary Dayton, office administrator. Archer has been a permanent deacon for the Diocese of Oakland since his Feb. 25, 1995, ordination.

Rev. Christopher J. Renz, OP, of the Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology, Berkeley, has received a $10,000 grant from the John Templeton Foundation via John Carroll University to teach a course titled Liturgical Piety: Anthropological Foundations of Catholic Worship. Father Renz was one of 15 recipients nationally, each of whom received a $10,000 award for developing courses that treat a range of topics at the intersection of religion and the natural and social sciences.

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Names, News, Notes

Actor Jim Caviezel will narrate "Guadalupe: The Miracle and the Message," a documentary that paints a comprehensive and inspiring picture of the history, facts, legacy and continued relevance of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The documentary, produced by the Knights of Columbus, will air on ABC affiliates in December. For more information, including broadcast times and the DVD release, visit guadalupethefilm.com or follow the hashtag #guadalupethefilm.

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