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March 14, 2016   •   VOL. 54, NO. 5   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

Filling their Rice Bowl
Third-graders in the faith formation program at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Livermore found a good way to fill their Catholic Relief Services' Rice Bowl. What began as a Lenten lessen in almsgiving turned into a bake sale after the 9:30 a.m. Mass March 6. Parishioners purchased cookies, cupcakes and cakes made and attractively packaged by the students and their families. "We wanted to see all the kids give their labor," said Vince Foudy, a parishioner who helps teach one of the three classes of third-graders. Their efforts earned $300.35, which will be donated to the annual CRS Rice Bowl collection. That collection is taken up on Holy Thursday in most parishes.
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Spring concert benefits St. Martin de Porres School

Frederica von Stade, internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano, will take the stage at the Spring Benefit Concert for the St. Martin de Porres Scholarship Fund on April 9 at Saint Mary's College of California in Moraga.

Appearing with her will be the St. Martin de Porres Strings, an ensemble she founded when she put tiny violins into the hands of kindergartners at the Oakland school. The earliest beneficiaries of the vision of "Miss Flicka" have been playing for more than five years.

The regional school, which has two campuses, was formed in 1997 with the consolidation of parish schools at Sts. Columba, Sacred Heart and St. Patrick in Oakland. Today, 63 percent of the students are African American, 32 percent are Latino, and 5 percent are mixed race; 90 percent qualify for the federally funded free or reduced lunch program.

The school must raise 80 percent of its annual budget from individual giving, private foundations and fundraising events.

The April 9 concert will be preceded at 4:30 p.m. by a wine reception, hors d'ouevres and auction in the Soda Activity Center on the campus.

The concert will be performed in the Saint Mary's Chapel from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m.

Among the special guests who will perform are the pupils' violin teachers David Andai and Nicole Nutting, Maestro David Lovelli, Rene Mandel, Jan Buckley, Donna Stoering and Priscillia Alva, a graduate of St. Martin de Porres School.

Tickets to the wine reception are $100 each; the concert is free, but contributions will be accepted gratefully. Tickets may be ordered at https://smdpbenefit.eventbrite.com or by contacting Julie Merrill at St. Martin de Porres, 510-832-1757, ext. 12, or by email: juliemerrill@csdo.org.

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