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October 10, 2016   •   VOL. 54, NO. 17   •   Oakland, CA
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Around the Parishes

Steve Lanctot, a member at St. Philip Neri-St. Albert the Great Parish in Alameda, was recently named a recipient of the 2016 St. Thomas More Award by the St. Thomas More Society of San Francisco. This prestigious award recognizes those who have made significant contributions to the legal community, the Catholic community, or the society and/or have dedicated themselves to public service or charitable works. Past winners have included U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, California Supreme Court Justices Carol Corrigan and Ming Chin and Rev. Louis Vitale.

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Around the Schools

Alijah Vera-Tucker, who plays football for Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland, received an honorary game jersey Sept. 28 during the American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the 2017 Under Armour All-American All Star Football Game. He is one of more than 100 players selected nationally to compete in the 10th Annual Under Armour All-America Game, which spotlights the country's top high school seniors. The game will be played Jan. 1 at the Orlando Citrus Bowl.

The Most Rev. Stephen E. Blaire, bishop of Stockton, will address faith and politics in his discussion "Faith Meets Political Reality: A Catholic Response to Physician Assisted Suicide: A Case Study," at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17, as part of Saint Mary's College of California's Bible Speaker Series. The talk in the college's Soda Center, is free and open to the public. Saint Mary's is at 1928 St. Mary's Road, Moraga.

Saint Mary's recently hosted a panel discussion, "Voting Rights and Wrongs," on Sept. 29 that examined matters of importance concerning the national and state fall elections. Panelists included Jason Brennan, an associate professor of strategy, economics, ethics and public policy at Georgetown University, and David Campbell, professor of American democracy at the University of Notre Dame. Part 2, "Populism, Polarization and Political Parties," will be held Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Soda Center.

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Names, News, Notes

The working poor and uninsured who line up each month outside the St. Vincent de Paul Community Center at 23rd Street and San Pablo Avenue in Oakland received more than free foot exams Sept. 21 from volunteer podiatrists from the Order of Malta Clinic. Each person received a free pair of new socks as well as gently used shoes straight from the closets of the families and coaches of the Oakland Raiders professional football team. The event was organized to raise awareness in the community of the lack of affordable health care for those in the most need. The Malta Clinic, located at the diocesan chancery office at 2121 Harrison St. in Oakland, serves more than 2,500 uninsured patients a year. The public is also welcome to support the clinic's work with donations of new socks and slightly used shoes. For more information, call 510-638-7600.

Congratulations to Genevia Gee Fulbright, a graduate of Oakland's St. Louis Bertrand School and now president and COO of Fulbright and Fulbright in Durham, North Carolina. Her company was voted best accountants by Durham Magazine readers. Fulbright said that she visits her parish when she comes back to Oakland.

Five lucky Catholic Voice readers each won two tickets to see the Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions 2016 at the SAP Center on Sept. 18. The winners were selected in a random drawing. They were: Noriko Mahr, Alameda; Gabrielle Klapperich, Martinez; Leticia Flores, Livermore; Morgan Lander, San Ramon; and Tara Sundy, Clayton. Watch The Catholic Voice for other exciting offers.

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