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May 23, 2016   •   VOL. 54, NO. 10   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

Pupils crown Mary at St. David's
First graders at St. David of Wales School in Richmond visit with Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, during his school visit on May 6. During Mass, the bishop explained to the pupils the significance of his mitre (hat), crozier (staff) and ring, and told the pupils the bishop is like a shepherd, and the people in the diocese are his flock. Pupils sang in honor of the Blessed Mother and placed a crown on her statue for the month of May.
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Walking the walk
More than 300 people participated in the Family Emergency Shelter Coalition's 19th annual FESCO Shuffle Walkathon on April 30 at the San Leandro Marina. The $63,000 raised through the generosity of individuals, churches and sponsors will help FESCO provide housing and supportive services to homeless families and their children in Alameda County, especially mid-Alameda County. Among the coalition members are All Saints Parish, Hayward; Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, Union City; Our Lady of Grace Parish, Castro Valley; St. Bede Parish, Hayward; St. John the Baptist Parish, San Lorenzo; and Transfiguration Parish, Castro Valley. For more information: http://fescofamilyshelter.org or 510-886-5473.

A capital event
Ground was broken April 2 at the site of the new Early Childhood Development Center at St. Raymond Parish in Dublin. Construction of the building, which will house the kindergarten and a new preschool, is made possible by the parish's successful joint $2.3 million Capital Campaign. Principal Catherine Deehan, fifth from left, used the shovel used for the school's groundbreaking in 1994. At her right is Rev. Lawrence D'Anjou, pastor of St. Raymond, who offered prayers before the groundbreaking. "There is no Catholic preschool in the TriValley," Father D'Anjou said later. "We're proud to be able to offer a Catholic preschool." The 2,500-square-foot modular building is expected to be ready when school opens in August. The preschool, Deehan said, will be "an extension of the educational philosophy of the school." There may be two programs: a morning session for 4-year-olds and an afternoon session for 3-year-olds. Surveys have shown parishioners favor having an onsite preschool. "In the six years I've been here, this has been the No. 1 request," Deehan said. The new construction also includes a facelift for the school's entrance; new office space; and a redesigned plaza at the entrance to the church.

Around the Parishes

The East Contra Costa faith community along with civic leaders and community groups gathered at St. Ignatius Church in Antioch May 12 for a Candidate's Forum. During the event candidates running for candidates for Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors Districts 3 and 5, East Contra Costa Cities from Bay Point to Byron Candidates were asked questions on how they plan to address such issues as racial justice, the criminal justice system, affordable housing, education, health care, job creation, poverty and the environment specifically for East Contra Costa County.

St. Agnes Parish in Concord held its Annual May Baby Shower event on May 14. And shower it did: showers of rattles, onesies, pacifiers, new or gently used baby and maternity items, and cash pull was collected for the benefit of local pregnancy resource centers.

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Around the Schools

Two Saint Mary's College High alumni have made Time Magazine's Top 100 Most Influential People in the World in as many years. Award-winning director Ryan Coogler '03 ("Fruitvale Station," "Creed," and in 2018, Marvel Comic's "The Black Panther") received a 2016 honor, joining 2014 "Titans" recipient, Bobby Murphy '06, co-founder of Snapchat.

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Among the Religious

Rev. Herman H.M. Leong, JCL, of the diocesan Canon Law department, celebrated the 25th anniversary of his priestly ordination at the Church of the Transfiguration in Castro Valley on May 15. A large Hawaiian feast reception followed in the parish hall, complete with barbecued pig. … Rev. Anthony Herrera, parochial vicar at St. Theresa Parish in Oakland, celebrated the 25th anniversary of his priestly ordination at the 11 a.m. Mass on May 22, along with his family, close friends and parishioners. And during a Tridentine Rite Mass, Rev. David Link feted his 25th anniversary of priesthood ordination at St. Margaret Mary on May 22.

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