FEBRUARY 9, 2004



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




Catholic Charities helps give away
new wheelchairs

Catholic Charities of the East Bay teamed up with the Danville-based Wheelchair Foundation and the Contra Costa Professional Firefighters Local 1230 to present new wheelchairs to 30 local residents. The give-away took place Jan. 21 at St. Bonaventure Church hall in Concord.

Catholic Charities identified the wheelchair recipients and the foundation matched funds from Wells Fargo Bank of Rossmoor to buy the chairs.
Last year, the national Knights of Columbus gave the foundation enough money to buy 2,000 wheelchairs for people with disabilities in Afghanistan.
The Foundation was founded in 2000 by Kenneth Behring. Chris Lewis, son of comedian Jerry Lewis, is the foundation’s director of public education.

Honoring law enforcement

The Knights of Columbus (Lafayette Council #7683) and members of St. Perpetua Parish gathered yesterday (Feb. 8) for the annual Blue Mass, thanking God for the service of the men and women in law enforcement and praying for their safety. The celebration is a long tradition of the Council, which includes members from the parishes of St. Perpetua in Lafayette, Santa Maria in Orinda, St. Monica in Moraga and St. Mary’s College.
Through the liturgy the Council also joined Pope John Paul II’s call for interfaith prayer for peace, reconciliation and the building of a just society.

Training at Nevada test site
The Nevada Desert Experience (NDE), a faith-based organization that works at ending nuclear weapons testing, is offering three-to-five day immersion experiences near the Nevada test site to educate young people about the links between peace, economic justice and ecological balance.
Activities include serving at the Las Vegas Catholic Worker community soup kitchen, interacting with leaders of the Western Shoshone Nation on whose land the test site is located, examining the threat the test site poses, and joining in prayer, reflection, liturgy, and demonstration. For more information, call Amy Schultz, NDE youth and young adult outreach coordinator, at or (510) 501-3608.

Hoops and helping others
Enjoy an evening of basketball and help those in need by buying tickets for the March 5 game between the New Jersey Nets and the Golden State Warriors at The Arena in Oakland. $5 of every ticket purchased will benefit the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County. Tickets are $30 (upper sidelines) and $27 (upper corners). For more information contact Andy Berlind, Golden State Warriors Ticketing Office, 1011 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607-4019, phone: (510) 986-2214, e-mail:

Around the parishes
Long-awaited renovation of the worship space at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Livermore has begun. During construction, the church and chapel are closed and the parish’s Mass schedule and location have changed. All liturgies, including daily Mass, are being held in Borromeo Hall. The parish staff anticipates a return to the church and chapel at Easter.

“Follow Jesus” is the theme of this year’s African American celebration at Oakland’s St. Columba Parish. The observances, which began with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday last month, include a visit from Franciscan Father Jim Goode, a well-known Catholic preacher and evangelist, who will preach at the 8 a.m. Mass and preside and preach at the 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 15. The following Sunday, Divine Word Father Ken Hamilton will preach and preside at both Masses. Rawn Harbor, director of liturgy at St. Columba, will lead the Rawn Harbor Gospel Workshop Choir at the 10:30 a.m. liturgy.

The Health Ministry at St. Bonaventure Parish in Concord organized a CPR for Friends and Family course in the parish hall on Jan. 31.

Names, News, Notes
Andrew Galvan became the first Native American curator of a California mission last month when he assumed the day-to-day responsibility for San Francisco’s Mission Dolores. A historian, consultant and partner in the local archaeology firm Archaeor, Galvan can trace his roots back to his great-great-great-great grandfather, an Ohlone man who was born in a village near present day Castro Valley. His brother is Father Michael Galvan, parochial vicar at Assumption Parish in San Leandro.

About 100 people gathered at St. Mary’s Center in Oakland last month to protest proposed state budget cuts that activists say will endanger the lives of homeless people. The activists urged East Bay residents to ask Gov. Schwarzenegger not to cut billions of dollars from health and social services programs.

VOLUNTEER ALERT! The Visitation Center, the St. Vincent de Paul Society’s drop-in center for homeless and low-income women and children in downtown Oakland, needs volunteers to help with cleaning toys, writing thank-you notes, organizing files, supervising the children’s play area; and sorting and washing donated clothing. Contact Amber Martinez at (510) 636-4253 or
Around the schools

Much applause to the performing arts department at Moreau High School in Hayward for its Jan. 29 Winter Dance Concert that included the debut of “Metamorphosis,” a piece based on the works of graphic designer M.C. Escher. “Metamorphosis” was also performed Jan. 30 in the first annual Dance IS Festival at the Julia Morgan Theatre in Berkeley. Angela Demmel, “Metamorphosis” choreographer and director of the campus dance program, has been with Moreau since 1988.

To kick off the 30th annual celebration of Catholic Schools Week (Jan 25-31), principals from 11 Catholic elementary schools along the Highway 880 corridor from Fremont to San Leandro took a one-day whirlwind tour of each other’s campuses to meet students and teachers.

Congratulations to Jenifer Milani, a senior at St. Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda, who attended the National Youth Leadership Forum on Law in Washington, D.C. where she visited the U.S. Supreme Court, Capitol Hill and D.C.-area law schools and law firms. Two of Milani’s classmates, Sabrina Shindler and Kia Charles-Young, will attend the forum this month.

Kudos also go to Kristopher Henrikkson, another senior at Alameda’s St. Joseph Notre Dame High, who was named a semifinalist in the 49th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. He now has the opportunity to compete for some 8,000 Merit Scholarships.

Much applause goes as well to the students at Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland for donating food and gifts for over 40 families at St. Vincent’s Day Home in Oakland this Christmas season.

Two thumbs way up for Meg Haupt, an 8th grader at St. Raymond School in Dublin. who took home the first place trophy in the St. Raymond Geography Bee. She had some tough competition from 6th grader Josh Wilner, who came in second place, and 4th grader Ethan Molinar, who placed third.

And let’s raise the roof for a group of young authors from Holy Rosary School in Antioch who have had their works published in the Anthology of Short Stories by Young Americans, 2003 edition. They are 6th graders: Michael Estrada (“How the Great Blue Heron Got Long Legs”), Nick Goodrich (“Stumpted”), Erin Youngman (“Emma’s Wish”), Robert Stevens (“The Mystery Girl at Summer Home Park”), and Julianna E. Johnson (“The Backstage Mystery”).

Among the Religious
Deacon Ron Horan, who serves at St. Anne Parish in Byron, will welcome participants at the Feb. 13-14 Effective Fathers Seminar at Discovery Bay School in Byron. The gathering is designed to help fathers and grandfathers shape the moral and spiritual development of their children and grandchildren. There will be a presentation by John Reams, EFS founder, and small group discussions. Cost is $45. For more information, contact Deacon Horan at (925) 516-3701 or visit the EFS website at


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