JANUARY 10, 2005



Official newspaper of the Roman Catholic
Diocese of Oakland, California encompassing all of
Alameda &
Contra Costa counties.




Rosaries urgently needed
The Family Rosary, a ministry of the Congregation of the Holy Cross that promotes family prayer, has teamed with Lewis and Company, a rosary parts supplier, to get volunteers to assemble simple plastic rosaries for distribution around the world. Volunteers will be sent free rosary kits with written instructions for assembly. When the rosaries are completed, they are returned to Lewis and Company in a pre-addressed envelope. The company then sends the rosaries to Family Rosary, started by the late Holy Cross Father Patrick Peyton, known as the Rosary Priest. For more information or to request a free Rosary Kit, phone, (800) 342-2400, or visit the Lewis and Company website at or the Family Rosary website at

Around the parishes
In what has become an annual tradition at Holy Spirit Parish in Fremont, volunteers gathered Dec. 19 to sort over 3,000 gifts donated by parishioners to the Share Christmas Program. Cindy Buell coordinated the volunteer “elves” who included students from Holy Spirit School and Boy Scouts from Holy Spirit’s Pack 154. Other volunteers loaded the gifts into vans for delivery to retirement and convalescent care facilities. Holy Spirit has provided gifts for the elderly and those who are less fortunate in the care homes and other facilities around the Bay Area for many years.

Members of St. Joseph Parish in Fremont welcomed their neighbors of all faiths to their church at 4 a.m. on Dec. 31 for the 25th annual International Prayer for Peace. They joined millions of people across the world who at the same time bowed their heads or raised their hands in a prayer for peace.

The 600-seat Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Union City was filled to overflowing last month to honor the Virgin of Guadalupe on her feast day. Parishioners packed the church at 6 a.m. for the mañanitas or serenades to the Virgin. Large throngs of people also filled the 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Masses.

Oakland’s St. Augustine Parish played a big role last month in helping right a wrong. Thanks to a campaign led by parishioner Jackie Frost, 10 bicycles were donated to Elizabeth House to replace newly donated bikes that had been stolen from their fenced yard in late November. Elizabeth House is a transitional home for low-income women and their children located at the former St. Augustine convent. Along with the new bikes, youngsters living at the facility received bicycle locks.

The Meridians of St. Leander Parish, a group of single adults who gather for social activities and participate in charitable events, are extending a welcome to new members. The group meets the every first Thursday at 7 p.m. in the parish office building, 474 West Estudillo Ave. in San Leandro. The next meeting is Feb. 3.

Lights! Camera! Community! Members of Oakland’s St. Leo Parish gather every second Saturday for movie night in the church parking lot or the parish hall at 7 p.m.

Student choral fest
Catholic school and parish youth choirs are invited to participate in the inaugural Pueri Cantores Festival and Mass, bringing together several hundred singers ages 7 – 18 from the five Bay Area dioceses on Feb. 26 at the Cathedral in San Jose. San Jose Bishop Patrick McGrath will preside at the Mass and noted American conductor Patrick Flahive will conduct the young singers. Participants will sing as one large combined choir.

Pueri Cantores, the official student choral organization of the Catholic Church, is comprised of 60,000 singers from 30 countries. The American Federation Pueri Cantores sponsors regional, national and international festivals throughout the U.S. and abroad. For more information, visit the web site at

Be a builder of hope
Catholic Charities of the East Bay is offering three training workshops to prepare volunteers for programs aiding juvenile offenders. Volunteers are needed for Operation New Hope: a program that aims to reduce recidivism among youth incarcerated at Camp Wilmont Sweeney in San Leandro (25 hours required training, Jan. 22, 29 and Feb. 5); Ministry to Inmates: Liturgy of the Word services for adults and juveniles incarcerated within Alameda and Contra Costa counties (six hours required training, Feb. 12); or Victim/Offender Mediation: transformative mediation services for youth offenders (40 hours required training, Feb. 3 and 26). For more information or registration, contact Jacqueline Manibusan, (510) 768-3158, Jacqueline@cceb.orgor Daina Landeza, (510) 768-3107,

Around the schools
Bishop Allen Vigneron will join students, faculty and alumni at St. Jerome School in El Cerrito, to commemorate the campus’s Golden Jubilee on Jan. 30. The bishop will preside at a 9 a.m. anniversary Mass. Following the liturgy, the festivities will continue at St. Jerome School at 320 San Carlos Ave., with a continental breakfast and the annual Open House. Former students are invited to share their memories and photos. To contact organizers, call (510) 525-9484 or or

Athletic teams at local Catholic schools continued their wins as 2004 came to an end. The boys soccer team at Oakland’s Bishop O’Dowd High School captured the Winter Soccer Classic Silver Division Championship by defeating Mission San Jose on Dec. 23. Not to be outdone Bishop O’Dowd’s girls soccer team defeated California High in a non-league girls soccer match on Dec. 22. Cheers also go to the Carondelet High School girls basketball team who took the West Coast Jamboree Diamond Division championship Dec. 29 in an overtime victory over Oakland Tech 55-50. Hayward’s Moreau Catholic High School girls basketball squad emerged victorious over Pinole Valley 62-53 in the Jamboree Topaz Division championship game.

Two thumbs way up to the students of St. John School in San Lorenzo who collected 2,475 canned goods/non-perishable items for holiday baskets that the St. Vincent de Paul Society distributed to the needy in their community. Students also collected over 160 gifts for persons who have no family or are elderly or disabled in the parish.

ANNIVERSARY ALERT! Corpus Christi School in Piedmont will celebrate its 50th anniversary in the fall of 2006. Alumni and friends are urged to visit the school website at or phone (510) 530-4056 for information and registration.

Names, News, Notes
Mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade, a member at St. Joseph Basilica Parish in Alameda, joined an elite group late last year when she was named one of the 2004 inductees to The American Classical Music Hall of Fame in Cincinnati. Other newcomers included Michael Tilson Thomas, San Francisco Symphony Music Director, composer John Williams, and conductor Zubin Mehta.

Congratulations to Marlene and Doris Moeller, members of St. Anne Parish in Walnut Creek, who recently celebrated 50 years of marriage.

An indication of difficult times: The St. Vincent de Paul Free Dining Room in downtown Oakland served 449,436 meals in 2004 – a 10 percent increase over the previous year. The Dining Room, which opens every day for a mid-day meal, also provides meals to those in need at more than 15 satellite locations.

Family Connections Adoptions, a Christian non-profit agency that specializes in placing waiting children from California and across the world, will hold a free information session on Feb. 5 at 2 p.m. at the Family Connections Adoptions building, 1120 Tully Road in Modesto. For more information, call (209) 524-8844.

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