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November 7, 2016   •   VOL. 54, NO. 19   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

Chanticleer in Pleasanton
The world-renowned men's chorus, Chanticleer, performed for the Catholic Community of Pleasanton at St. Augustine church in late September. The concert was their only East Bay performance of "My Secret Heart," featuring a world premiere, and works from the Renaissance repertoire, as well as Rachmaninov, George Gershwin and Noel Coward.
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Youth rally
Parishes of Region 5 of the Oakland diocese held their 15th annual Youth Rally on Oct. 8 at St. Bede Church in Hayward. The theme of the rally was: "A Year of Mercy ... A Time To Heal, To Help, To Forgive." More than 800 youth participated in the day, which included workshops on sex trafficking, the Corporal Works of Mercy and Eucharistic Adoration, Mass and keynote talks by Bryan Stow of the Bryan Stow Foundation and noted Catholic recording artist Tony Melendez.

Art and encyclical
"Crossings," by artist Randy Dixon, a parishioner at Holy Spirit/ Newman Hall Parish in Berkeley, addresses the struggle of the Syrian refugees crossing numerous barriers to make a new home. The piece is part of Encyclical, an art exhibit based on the environmental concerns and obligation to the disadvantaged in Third World nations raised in Pope Francis' encyclical, "Laudato Si." This exhibit will be on display through Nov. 19 at Encyclical Gallery, 2566 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley.
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Around the Parishes

St. Mary Parish and School in Walnut Creek celebrated the community's cultural diversity Oct. 4 with an international festival that included Mass, music, food and different ethnic cuisines.

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Around the Schools

Rebecca DeWeese, an art teacher at De La Salle High School in Concord, has been selected to receive the 2016 Warren Eukel Teacher Trust Award. The mission of the Warren W. Eukel Teacher Trust is to foster excellence in education by providing annual monetary awards to exceptional Contra Costa County K-12 classroom teachers. Eukel Teacher Trust recipients are nominated by principals, parents, colleagues and students. DeWeese, who is also the visual and performing arts chair, will receive her award at the organization's annual dinner hosted by KCBS Food & Wine Editor Narsai David, on Nov. 17 at Diablo Country Club.

Berkeley's Saint Mary's College High School focused on the November elections during the campus's Fall Term Peace and Justice Days. Over the course of three days in mid-October, students participated in a Day of Dialogue, discussing topics during an assembly, and a schoolwide Town Hall. Representatives of the Alameda County Registrar of Voters were on campus to register voters and explain the importance of civic engagement.

Holy Names University in Oakland hosted a presentation Oct. 19 by Shiza Shahid, co-founder of the Malala Fund, an organization established with Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize winner and author of "I Am Malala." Yousafzai's book is featured this year as part of the campus University Common Reading program. During her presentation, Shahid shared her personal journey and spoke about the process of creating change by pursuing one's passion.

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Among the Religious

Attention Christmas Shoppers! The Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose are once again hosting their Annual Holiday Boutique Nov. 19 and 20. Fill those stockings with Dominican Olive Oil, Bourbon Balls and Fruitcake as well as handmade artisan and handmade items such as afghans, aprons and more. The Holiday Café will be open for lunch and the weekend activities will include entertainment and silent auction. The festivities take place at 43326 Mission Circle in Fremont. For more information: 510-657-2468.

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Oakland Community Organization (OCO) announced that executive director Amy Fitzgerald will step down from her position after four years for personal reasons, effective Nov. 17. The OCO Board of Directors has established a transition team to help select a successor for Fitzgerald, who earlier served as a community organizer and as associate director.

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