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February 20, 2017   •   VOL. 55, NO. 4   •   Oakland, CA
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More than 50 scouts were recognized with religious awards at the annual diocesan Celebration of Scouting.

Scouts honored with religious awards at annual celebration

Diocesan scout awards,
recipient and parish

Maxwell Damonte, Christ the King
Samuel Damonte, Christ the King
Tony Garliepp, Christ the King
David Hanley, Christ the King
Benjamin Muniz, Christ the King
Mason Marquez, Christ the King
Henry Block, Christ the King
Dominic Swift, Our Lady of Guadalupe
Joseph Tran Dang Swift, Our Lady of Guadalupe
Patrick Andre Manarang, St. Patrick, Rodeo
Jacob Domen, St. Anthony, Oakley
Yeshua Gutierrez, St. Joseph, Pinole
Weslee Dimalanta, St. Joseph, Pinole
Kieran Brosnan, St. Joseph, Pinole
Nicholas Ruiz, St. Joseph, Pinole
Kamron Esplana, St. Joseph, Pinole

Blake McCall, Christ the King
Luke Hanley, Christ the King
Marcus Kauffman, Christ the King
Connor Nachand, Christ the King
Will Toribio, Christ the King
Brenden Tuey, Christ the King
Antonio Estacio, Christ the King
Cecilio Foronda, Christ the King
Olivo Nuti, Christ the King
Joshua Rudis, St. Joseph, Pinole
Eric Conner, St. Joseph, Fremont
Cale Anderson, St. Perpetua
Declan Anderson, St. Perpetua
Matei Escudero, St. Philip Neri
Kaiden Esplana Le, St. Joseph, Pinole
Alexander Eby, St. Joseph, Pinole
Justin Cancino Ear, St. Joseph, Pinole
Jansun Cancino Ear, St. Joseph, Pinole
Lucas Dominguez, Corpus Christi, Piedmont

Irina Escudero, St. Philip Neri

Genevieve Boken, St. Joseph, Fremont
Amanda Joy Teano, St. Joseph, Fremont
Kylie Cole Walrod, St. Joseph, Fremont
Mikayla Ann Rudis, St. Joseph, Pinole
Juliana Arlene Rudis, St. Joseph, Pinole
Kayla Kathleen Collins, St. Joseph, Pinole
Kylie Sophia Sanchez, St. Patrick, Rodeo
Melissa Anthony Cellis, St. Patrick, Rodeo
Kristen Rivera Cabatingan, St. Patrick, Rodeo

(Not able to be present, but received award at Scout Sunday Mass at Holy Rosary)
Nicholas Labrador, Holy Rosary
Christian Mariner, Holy Rosary
Daniel Frise, Holy Rosary
Brandon Frise, Holy Rosary
Leo LaRosa, Holy Rosary
Daniel Roberts, Holy Rosary
Heath Galiwango, Holy Rosary
Gabriel Tanu Tafito, Holy Rosary
Michael Boushey, Holy Rosary
Anthony Lopez, Immaculate Heart of Mary

Charles Couch, Queen of All Saints
Christopher Dalanan, St. Bonaventure
Emily Kinsey, St. Bonaventure
Ben Maier, St. Francis of Assisi
Jacob Rudis, St. Joseph, Pinole
Ethan Inouye, St. Joseph, Pinole
Thomas Nguyen, St. Joseph, Pinole
Allan Solarzano, St. Joseph, Pinole
Thomas Baker, St. Mary
Nicholas Nguyen, St. Joseph Fremont

Thomas Baker, St. Mary

Skip Phair, St. Joseph, Fremont


Scouts, scout leaders and their families came to the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland in February to celebrate their Catholic faith and their participation in Girl Scout and Boy Scout programs.

Fifty-five scouts from around the Oakland diocese processed into the cathedral for the annual Celebration of Scouting. The celebration included the procession, a prayer service and the presentation of Scout religious awards. Rev. Neal Clemens, diocesan scout chaplain, led the scouts in prayer and presented their awards.

The theme of the celebration was chosen as the theme picked by Pope Francis for this year's World Youth Day: "The Mighty One Has Done Great Things for Me, and Holy Is His Name." (Luke 1:49)

In his homily, Father Clemens spoke to the scouts about a plastic apple that was found and given to members of his family at a picnic. He told the scouts that God does not give them "plastic apples" but gives them real gifts. Because God loves them and they love God, they are challenged to live their Catholic faith through their scout programs: to love each other and to give back to others in service.

Scouts were then presented with religious awards for a variety of ages, earned by completing requirements that relate their scout activities to their faith.

In addition to the religious awards, a "Pillars of Faith" award was presented to Thomas Baker of St. Mary parish, Walnut Creek. He previously completed all four religious recognition awards during his years as a Cub Scout and Boy Scout.

Receiving the St. George Adult Recognition Award for outstanding contributions to Catholic Boy Scout programs was Skip Phair from St. Joseph Parish, Fremont. For 30 years, Phair has promoted Catholic religious awards and a variety of activities to area scout units, has served as a scout leader and as a religious awards counselor. He was a founder of Boy Scout Troop 199 at St. Joseph Parish and is active at his parish in liturgical ministries.

The Celebration of Scouting ended with Father Clemens blessing the scout leaders and commending them for their service to young people. He then blessed the scouts and thanked them for their service to others.

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. 5.

Girl Scouts USA designates Girl Scout Sunday to begin Girl Scout Week. This year, Girl Scout Sunday will be March 12.

Scout Religious Awards are available to both Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts at each age. Scouts work with their own parents/guardians or with a scout religious awards counselor in completing the age-appropriate requirements.

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 contact CYO at 510-893-5154.

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