2016 Celebration of Scouting
Fifty-two scouts, their leaders, families and friends joined in the annual Celebration of Scouting.
ALL: BILL FORD/SPECIAL TO THE CATHOLIC VOICE
Mission of service to others highlight of awards
Evelyn Sanchez, with Very Rev. Robert Herbst, OFM Conv., and Cub Scouts, Christian De La Torre, Francisco Sanchez and Alex Guzman-Contreras. Sanchez was recognized for her work in organizing scout units and promoting religious awards.
Fifty-two scouts and their scout leaders from the Oakland diocese processed in to the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland and were greeted by their families to begin the annual Celebration of Scouting on Feb. 6.
At the celebration, scouts from Girl Scout and Boy Scout programs received their religious awards at the prayer service that included readings from scripture, an awards presentation and concluded with the blessing of scouts and their leaders. Very Rev. Robert Herbst, OFM Conv., diocesan chancellor, led the scouts in prayer and presented their awards.
In keeping with the Jubilee Year of Mercy, the theme of the celebration was "Scouts Growing in Service to Others." Father Herbst reminded the scouts that a vital part of the scout program is service to others and gave them specific examples of how scout units contribute to the community with projects in each of the Church's Corporal Works of Mercy. He challenged the scouts to continue to serve others as scouts and as individual Catholics.
In addition to the religious awards, "Pillars of Faith" awards were presented to two scouts who had previously completed all four religious recognition awards during their years in scouts. The awardees were Alice Aufderheide and Charlotte Miranda, both from St. Michael Parish, Livermore.
There were three recipients of Adult Recognition Awards with their recognition strongly emphasizing service to others. Receiving the St. George Award for outstanding contributions in Catholic Boy Scout programs were Evelyn Sanchez from St. Joseph Parish, Pinole, and Philip Boken from St. Joseph Parish, Fremont. Receiving the St. Anne Award for outstanding contributions in Girl Scout programs was Monica Wong from St. Joseph Parish, Fremont. Sanchez was especially recognized for her work in organizing scout units and promoting religious awards in areas of the diocese underserved by scouting. Boken was recognized for his work as a religious awards counselor, organizing the "St. Peter Patrol" for scouts to earn their religious awards. Wong was recognized for her work with Girl Scouts, especially for centering her religious awards program around many outstanding service projects in the Church and community.
Scouts earn Catholic religious awards for their own age groups by completing requirements and service projects that explore the relationships between their faith and their daily lives as scouts. Awards are available for both Girl Scouts and for Boy Scouts at each age and scouts work with their own parents/guardians or with a scout religious awards counselor in completing the age-appropriate requirements.
In addition to the "Celebration of Scouting," many scouts in the diocese are honored each year in their own parishes by attending Mass as scouts on Scout Sunday. The Boy Scouts of America designates the Sunday on or before Scout Anniversary Day, Feb. 8, as Scout Sunday. This year, Boy Scout Sunday was Feb. 7. Girl Scouts USA designates Girl Scout Sunday to begin Girl Scout Week. This year, Girl Scout Sunday will be March 6.
The Oakland Diocese Catholic Committee on Scouting, through the CYO Office, offers programs for scouts of Catholic faith. For more information about Catholic scout programs in the diocese visit the website; www.oakdiocesescouts.org or dial CYO at 510-893-5154.
(Bill Ford is the director of the Catholic Youth Organization in the Diocese of Oakland.)
Philip Boken, with Very Rev. Robert Herbst, OFM Conv., received the St. George Award for outstanding contributions in Catholic Boy Scout programs.
Monica Wong, with Very Rev. Robert Herbst, OFM Conv., received the St. Anne Award for outstanding contributions in Girl Scout programs.
Very Rev. Robert Herbst, OFM Conv., led the scouts in prayer and presented their awards.
Girl Scouts Charlotte Miranda and Alice Aufderheide flank Very Rev. Robert Herbst, OFM Conv.
Diocesan scout awards, recipient and parish
LIGHT OF CHRIST AWARD
Brenton Anderson, Christ the King
Christian De La Torre, St. Cornelius
Alex Guzman-Contreras, St. Cornelius
Francisco Sanchez, St. Cornelius
Jack McDevitt, St. Joseph, Alameda
Justin Khoury, St. Joseph, Fremont
Matei Escudero, St. Philip Neri
PARVULI DEI AWARD
Hayden Anderson, Christ the King
James Block, Christ the King
Blesnin Estrada, Christ the King
Andrew Kennedy, Christ the King
Benjamin Reichelt, Christ the King
Elijah Ramirez, St. Anne
Zacharia Lazzarini, St. Bonaventure
Austin Doyle, St. Isidore
Jack Smiley, St. Isidore
Ian Vodopich, St. Isidore
Benjamin Arnold-Galati, St. Joachim
PJ Landeza, St. Joachim
Joaquin Preciado, St. Joachim
Peter Scott, St. Joseph, Alameda
Matthew Conners, St. Joseph, Fremont
Antonio Arevalo, St. Philip Neri
Rexford Evans, St. Philip Neri
Robert Fintland, St. Philip Neri
Matthew Johnson, St. Philip Neri
Albert Schmidt, St. Philip Neri
Andrew Van Hespen, St. Philip Neri
Arman Yildirim, St. Philip Neri
I LIVE MY FAITH AWARD
Mailia Caluya, Holy Spirit
Aaliyah Ramirez, St. Anne
Alicia Lucero, St. Felicitas
Rachel O'Neill, St. Felicitas
Melanie Salas, St. Felicitas
Kelly Chew, St. Joseph, Fremont
Katelyn Nguyen, St. Joseph, Fremont
Airi Trisnadi, St. Joseph, Fremont
Madeleine Wong, St. Joseph, Fremont
SPIRIT ALIVE AWARD
Alice Aufderheide, St. Michael
Charlotte Miranda, St. Michael
Emily Robinson, St. Michael
AD ALTARE DEI AWARD
Gabe Smith, St. Agnes
Alexander Griffin, St. Bonaventure
Benjamin Ibarra, St. Bonaventure
Andrew Williams, St. Bonaventure
Holland Bakowsky, St. Felicitas
Angelo Huerta, St. Felicitas
Karl Lachenmyer, St. Felicitas
Alejandro Morales, St. Felicitas
POPE PIUS XII AWARD
Christopher Boken, St. Joseph, Fremont
Lucas Lam, St. Joseph, Fremont
Nathan Hutama, St. Joseph, Fremont
PILLARS OF FAITH AWARDS SERVICE TO GOD
Alice Aufderheide, St. Michael
Charlotte Miranda, St. Michael
ST. GEORGE ADULT RECOGNITION AWARDS
Evelyn Sanchez, St. Joseph, Pinole
Philip Boken, St. Joseph, Fremont
ST. ANNE AWARD
Monica Wong, St. Joseph, Fremont
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