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April 11, 2016   •   VOL. 54, NO. 7   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

First-graders bring joy
In this Year of Mercy, the first graders at St. Joseph School in Fremont, brought joy to many children in need this Easter when they asked the school community to donate Easter baskets for children who would otherwise not receive one. The pupils collected the baskets and they were distributed via the nonprofit Tri-City Volunteers. Every class at St. Joseph participates in the school's Mission Helper Program by finding ways to serve the community beyond its doors. Teacher Pat Cordeiro said the Easter basket drive was designed to teach the youngest pupils compassion and stewardship.
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Father Mangini helps
meal deliveries

"March for Meals," an annual national campaign to raise awareness about senior hunger, drew 40 volunteers on March 11 at Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services in Walnut Creek for the Contra Costa County drive. Rev. Richard Mangini, pastor of St. Bonaventure Parish in Concord and a 25-year supporter of Meals on Wheels, with Alayne Balke and Nancy Raniere above, was one of 22 "Community Champions" — community leaders who deliver meals one day during the month of March. Father Mangini said he "attended today's event to help raise awareness about the importance of continued federal funding for senior nutrition programs, and to support the volunteers from St. Bonaventure and the community-at-large." He pleaded for volunteers: "The meals won't be delivered without the help of volunteers." For more information: www.mowsos.org.
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Derby Day at St. Edward School
What do you do after completing a study of force, speed and friction in unit on physical science? If you're second-graders at St. Edward School in Newark, you put those lessons to the test. Each student built and personalized a pinewood car. With the engineering help of teacher Renee Martin's husband, the students learned about the requirements and construction of the race track. On derby day, all the students took to the race track, with parents, grandparents and other classes joining the festivities as spectators.
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Around the Schools

Bishop O'Dowd High School's Dylan Brown '17 will be talking about his experiences with racism, and what it means to be young, Black and male in America, at the April 9 TEDxYouth@SHC event to be held at Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory High School in San Francisco. In BOD's recent newsletter Brown recalled an incident that happened in the local grocery store that he and his mom often went to. Brown, who is biracial and wearing sweats and a hoodie, wandered down one aisle while his mother walked down another aisle. All of a sudden the store owner approached Brown and accused him of stealing. The store owner's tone and narrative noticeably changed when Brown's mom, who is white, appeared. It wasn't the first time he faced racism, Brown said, but the incident, which happened soon after the shooting of Trayvon Martin, left a lasting impression on the teen. "All the store owner saw was the color of my skin. He didn't see me as an Honor Roll student who works hard," Brown said. "It was a loss of innocence for me." Brown's presentation will be based on an essay that he wrote for a Telluride Association Summer Program. "The essay was about my experience with racism. This is very personal for me, and I felt I could give a good speech about it."

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Brother Thomas Johnson, FSC

Brother Thomas Johnson, FSC, the director of the Novitiate for the Region of North America of the De La Salle Christian Brothers will receive an honorary doctoral degree as the guest of honor at the annual De La Salle Week Convocation at Saint Mary's College of California.

The Convocation is the centerpiece of a weeklong celebration of the life of St. John Baptist de La Salle, patron saint of teachers, founder of the Christian Brothers and the College's Lasallian heritage and mission. During the campuswide celebration, Saint Mary's students, Christian Brothers, faculty and staff come together to commemorate and increase awareness of the life of St. John Baptist de La Salle. The Convocation will take place at 1 p.m. April 13 in the Saint Mary's College Chapel, 1928, St. Mary's Road, Moraga.

Brother Johnson began his service to the educational mission of the Christian Brothers in 1969 teaching English at a high school just outside of Chicago, his hometown. Recognized for his faith-inspired leadership and administrative acumen, he would go on to serve as the Visitor of the Chicago District, Visitor of the Midwest District and as the Regional Coordinator of the United States and Toronto Region. Brother Thomas would go on to serve as Vicar General, the second highest position of the Brothers of the Christian Schools in Rome.

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