JANUARY 26, 2004




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


Catholic Schools Week events
Students, faculty and staff members at campuses across the diocese will be marking Catholic Schools Week, which began Jan. 25, with a variety of activities and events ranging from special liturgies to open houses.

At St. David School in Richmond today (Jan. 26) the student body will welcome their grandparents or other special guests for classroom visits and lunch. Later in the week the student council will prepare a special lunch for the teachers.

Several miles away at Christ the King School in Pleasant Hill students will show their appreciation for parents by writing them thank you letters. They will also show their gratitude for the school by participating in clean-up projects or by presenting special treats to faculty or staff members.

Their counterparts at Holy Rosary School in Antioch will display what they’ve learned in school with a science fair exhibit and a special essay activity, while students at St. Clement School in Hayward plan to showcase their scholarly skills with a science fair on Feb. 1, following the 11 a.m. Mass.

Students at Assumption School in San Leandro will add a fun twist to their celebration with a “Buddy Bingo” competition, Jan. 26, and “Teacher Switch Day” on Jan. 28. And the student body at St. Patrick School in Rodeo will cap their festivities with a spirit rally and sock hop with music provided by the faculty on Jan. 30.

Paintings, quilts and other artwork created by students at St. Barnabas School will be on display and for sale at the Alameda school where a number of students will also take part in the “Quiz Bowl” academic competition.

Musician Tom Franzak will visit All Saints School in Hayward to perform a condensed version of his “Saints!” concert. Students there will also participate in the annual chess tournament.

Boys Can Sing, Too!
Boys Can Sing, Too!, the second annual workshop and clinic for boys in grades 3 through 6, will be held Feb. 6 at All Saints Church in Hayward. William R. Adams, founder/director of the Fort Bend, Texas Boys Choir, will lead the workshop, helping boys learn to use their voices. Steven J. Meyer, founder/director of the Golden Gate Boys Choir, is the event organizer. Boys from both choirs and from All Saints School will mentor and lead the day’s events, which culminate in a 3 p.m. concert in the church. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Golden Gate Boys Choir office at (510) 887-4311 or (415) 431-1137.

The Golden Gate Boys Choir is recruiting new members for its regular choir school program, especially boys, ages 10-14 with unchanged voices who would like to participate in the International Catholic Boys Choir Congress in Cologne, Germany, this summer. Rehearsals take place in Oakland (Our Lady of Lourdes Community Center, Wednesdays), Hayward (All Saints School Auditorium, Thursdays) and in Dublin (St. Raymond’s School Music Room, Tuesdays). For further information and an audition packet, call (510) 887-4311.

Deacon turns artist
For all those eager to complete their three-book set on “The Gospel Stories of Jesus” by Deacon Dick Folger, the wait is over. The latest book, containing 57 Gospel stories from Luke, Lectionary Cycle C, is now available.

Deacon Folger first penned his Gospel stories for the bulletin at Our Lady of the Rosary Parish in Union City. They were later republished as a weekly feature in Celebration, the worship resource of the National Catholic Reporter. In each reflection, Deacon Folger invites readers to imagine that they were present to see and hear events in the life of Jesus. The first book covers Matthew’s accounts (Cycle A) and the second book focuses on Mark (Cycle B).

With his third book Deacon Folger also reveals his talent as an illustrator. There are 60 watercolor sketches depicting such scenes as the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist and the journey of the Three Wise Men.

To order a copy of the newest book as well as the earlier books or CD versions (separately for $9.95 or as a set for $29.85) contact him at (510) 475-7669 or e-mail:

Around the parishes

Oakland’s St. Columba and St. Augustine parishes joined members of neighboring Downs Memorial United Methodist Church on Jan. 15 for an interfaith service to pray for an end to violence that claimed 114 lives in Oakland last year and another 10 victims in the first two weeks of 2004. Oakland Community Organizations (OCO), which represents over 40,000 families in 40 churches and over a dozen schools, sponsored the gathering.

Wedding Anniversary Bells will ring at St. Bonaventure Parish in Concord on Feb. 14 when the community gathers at the 5 p.m. Mass to celebrate marriage.There will be a special blessing for couples marking their “big” anniversaries in 2004 – 10, 20, 25, 30, 35 and above. Appetizers and wine will follow in the parish hall.

Members of the youth group at St. Anne Parish in Union City will participate in The Souper Bowl of Caring on Feb. 1, a nationwide project organized around Super Bowl Sunday to inspire and mobilize youth to fight hunger and poverty. The Union City youth will stand outside the entrances of the church to collect donations for the St. Anthony Foundation of San Francisco.

The Holiday Outreach Program at St. Mary Magdalen Parish in Berkeley helped to spread Christmas cheer to many persons in need. Donations to St. Mary’s Center in Oakland meant 20 families, including 68 children, received a $100 grocery certificate and gifts. Mercy Center Brown Bag Program was able to provide 39 bags of holiday groceries to needy seniors. A Friendly Place in Oakland gave socks, toiletries and Christmas cookies to homeless women.The LEO Center in Oakland received two boxes of school supplies and the Western Service Workers Association received eight bags of school supplies.

Around the schools
Oakland’s St. Elizabeth Elementary School will celebrate the completion of long-awaited renovations on Jan. 30 at 1:30 p.m. with a blessing ceremony and open house. The additions include a full-sized library, science lab, principal and staff offices and a chapel. The school is located at 1516 33rd Ave. RSVP: (510) 532-7392.

Three gold stars for the students at St. Mary Elementary School in Walnut Creek who recently orchestrated a collection of new socks, teddy bears, and candy for the annual Christmas Gift Program at St. Vincent de Paul Visitation Center in Oakland. Sister Marion Bill, a member of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul who oversees the center, said that the school donation helped 800 children in the Oakland community.

The Jan. 12 issue of The Voice profiled the Sunday ministry to the hungry at Portuguese Parish in Hayward. All Saints School also reaches out to the homeless who gather there. Every Tuesday for the past nine years, the students have made sandwiches which are handed out by 8th graders.

Names, News, Notes
St. Vincent’s Day Home will honor four supporters with its Children’s Choice Awards, Feb. 20 at Scott’s Restaurant, at Oakland’s Jack London Square. Honorees are Justice Carol Corrigan, an associate justice of the California Court of Appeals; Maude Pevere, 1997-2003 board of directors member; Shawna Jones, head teacher at the Day Home and distinguished alumna; and HP Invent (the Hewlett Packard Company). Cocktails at 6 p.m. Dinner at 7 p.m. Phone: (510) 832-8324 or website:

Msgr. James Lisante, director of The Christophers, and Dr. Donna Orsuto, lecturer on lay spirituality at the Pontifical Gregorian University, and Music Icon Talent Search winner Dan Gardner headline the 11th annual St. Mary’s Conference Feb. 21 at the Hilton Hotel in Concord. The program includes lectures, a healing service and the Sacrament of Reconciliation. $55 fee includes lunch. Phone: (510) 724-7272 (day), (510) 799-0474 (evenings), website:

The St. Rose Hospital Foundation will host its fourth annual wine tasting and auction, March 14 at the Hayward City Hall Rotunda, 3-5 p.m. Proceeds will provide funds to buy new digital diagnostic radiology and fluoroscopy equipment. Contact the Foundation at (510) 264-4007; e-mail:

Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization is hosting a community event on breast cancer. Renowned oncologist Craig Henderson, M.D., will speak at the event at the Hyatt Fisherman’s Wharf, 555 North Point St., San Francisco, 6-8 p.m.

Congratulations and many blessings to Ann and Leonard Bailey who marked their 60th wedding anniversary on Jan. 10. The Baileys have been members at Our Lady of Grace Parish in Castro Valley for 52 years. Anne was secretary at the parish school for many years before retiring in 1982 and Leonard has worked as the “handyman” around both the school and parish.

Belated congratulations to Eleanor and James Whittaker who celebrated their 60th anniversary late last year. The Whittakers have two daughters and two grandchildren and have been members at St. Bede Parish in Hayward for 42 years.
Best Wishes also go to these couples who are celebrating their long-time unions: Patti and Ron Turner, St. Bonaventure Parish in Concord, 50 years; Mardell and Charles “Chuck” Reeves, Queen of All Saints Parish in Concord, 50 years; Lucille “Lucy” and Richard “Dick” Walsh, St. Bonaventure Parish, Concord, 50 years; Janet and Brian Davis, St. Monica Parish in Moraga, 50 years; Lori and Walt Hagge, St. Bonaventure Parish in Concord, 40 years; Marie and Tony Russo, St. Catherine Parish in Martinez, 40 years; Christine and Al Rivera, St. Bonaventure Parish, Concord, 40 years; Mae Lourdes and Ed Combong, St. Joseph Parish, Pinole, 30 years.


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