FEBRUARY 23, 2004



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




Exhibit on Beatitudes
If you are going to Washington, DC, you might want to visit the newest photo exhibition at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center. This extraordinary exhibit, which runs through May 31, features the pontiff’s work to advance peace, justice and love of neighbor among nations, social classes, religions, and even with the man who attempted to kill him.

Each photo relates to a particular beatitude — the peacemakers, the meek, or those who thirst for justice — while conveying its own historical and intriguing story. Visitors, for example, will be able to view an image of the pope meeting with Holocaust survivors in Poland and conversing with the Dalai Lama.

Admission to the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center, located at 3900 Harewood Road NE in Washington, DC, is by donation. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m. Parking is free. For more information: (202) 635-5400 or visit

Eastern Catholics gather

All are invited to join the Ss. Cosmas and Damian Byzantine Catholic community on March 7 when it celebrates the ancient Eucharistic Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom at 5:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church, 4025 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, in Oakland. The Byzantine community is an outreach of St. Elias the Prophet Melkite-Greek Catholic Church in San Jose, which is in full communion with the Church in Rome.
The community meets every first Sunday at Sacred Heart for the Divine Liturgy sung in English to traditional liturgical melodies. March’s liturgy will include the Mystery of Holy Anointing (Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick).For more information, contact Joseph Williams at (510) 272-0504 or e-mail:

Help families re-unite
Volunteers are needed for the 5th annual “Get On The Bus” event that reunites children with their mothers incarcerated at the women’s prisons in Chowchilla on the Friday before Mother’s Day. The Detention Ministry Department at Catholic Charities of the East Bay helps arrange for a bus to transport children from the East Bay along with their guardians or caregivers to the facilities.

Volunteers can choose to help arrange the event and/or join the children on the bus. The regional planning meeting will be held at Catholic Charities, 433 Jefferson St., in Oakland, on Saturday, March 5, from 12-1 p.m. For additional information or to RSVP for the planning meeting, call the Detention Ministry department at (510) 768-3168.

Around the parishes

Stewardship in Action: Members at St. Agnes Parish in Concord are providing dinners for 50 families living in the North Concord and Martinez Homeless Shelters this week (Feb. 23-27).

Congratulations to the youth group at St. Anne Parish in Union City, who participated in the Souper Bowl of Caring on Feb. 1 and raised over $770 from parishioners for the St. Anthony Foundation in San Francisco. The “Souper Bowl” event is a nationwide project organized around Super Bowl Sunday to encourage youth to mobilize against poverty and hunger.

“Cardboard City,” a service and education project of the youth ministry group at St. Edward Parish in Newark, raised over $1500 for Tri-City Homeless Coalition in Fremont. The youth also gained a better understanding of the homeless by living in cardboard boxes for 13 hours and fasting for 24 hours, then talking about their experiences.

St. John Vianney Parish in Walnut Creek is forming a new liturgical ministry of simple prayer movements to set a tone for prayer and worship. Adults, teens and children are invited to participate. No formal training in ballet or dance is necessary.

Around the schools

Congratulations to the students of St. John the Baptist School in San Lorenzo for providing 300 bag lunches for the homeless in Hayward. Mary Baca, a parishioner, distributed the bag lunches at a street corner in Hayward, an outreach ministry she has been active in since 1985.

Much applause to William Forrester, an 8th grader at Holy Rosary School in Antioch, who earned first place in the school’s spelling bee. He will represent Holy Rosary at the Contra Costa County Spelling Bee.

The news from Oakland’s Holy Names High is so bright you’ve gotta wear shades. The celebrations have already started for several members of the senior class: Allison Yee has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a state-level Certificate of Excellence from the 2004 Prudential Spirit of Excellence Awards Program. Yee planned and constructed a low-ropes challenge course and created an accompanying guidebook for counselors at Girl Scout Camp Menzies. … Shannon Eaves has received a Girls, Inc. of Alameda County national scholarship based on her academic achievement and community service. Eaves is active in Eureka (a program for young women in math and science) and GIFT (Girls Inspired for Tolerance) in which she supports her counterparts with problems like peer pressure, sex and drugs. … Ha Nguyen was recently selected a princess (runner-up) in the Miss Vietnam pageant. … Rosie Reed, Associated Student Body President, is a youth category candidate for “Ten Most Influential African Americans in the Bay Area.”

Students at St. Mary Elementary School in Walnut Creek are continuing their good works as stewards with the St. Vincent de Paul Visitation Center in Oakland. They delivered 150 decorated bags of candy donated by the 6th grade class for children registered at the Center. Sister Marion Bill, Center manager, gave the bags and some extra candy collected by other classes at the school to families for Valentine’s Day.

During the recent Community Service Day at St. Joseph the Worker School in Berkeley students completed a variety of projects. The 1st and 2nd graders went to Berkshire Center and sang. The Kindergarten and 6th grade classes greeted parishioners after Mass with donuts. The 5th grade class served food to the homeless at St. Mary’s Center in downtown Oakland. Other classes picked up litter near the campus. Great job, kids!

Names, news, notes

Bishop Allen Vigneron recently appointed Deacon Steve Budnick as spiritual director of the Filipino Cursillo Movement.

Congratulations go to these chancery employees who were honored last month for their years of dedicated service to the Oakland Diocese: Carmen Batiza, diocesan archivist, 45 years; Tony Maurovich, associate editor for production, The Catholic Voice, 40 years; Mary Lue Daniels, administrative assistant, Faith and Ministry Formation, 35 years; and Bill Ford, director, Youth and Young Adults, and Catholic Youth Organization, 25 years.

Best wishes and many blessings to Teresa and Louis Musetti, who recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with over 200 family members and friends at a Mass at St. Peter Martyr Parish in Pittsburg.

VOLUNTEER ALERT!: Global Volunteers, a nonprofit international development organization, is looking for teachers and health-care professions to join its new service projects in Peru. Teams of volunteers will teach conversational English to children in Manchay, a community near Lima, this summer. Health workers will assess community health needs and provide basic exams in Manchay. Caritas Peru, part of an international confederation of 150 Catholic service agencies, will host the volunteers.

The first teams are planned for July 10-24 and July 31-Aug. 14. The tax-deductible service program fee of $2,295 covers all meals, ground transportation at the site, lodging and program expenses. Airfare to Lima is extra. However all project-related costs, including air, are tax-deductible for U.S. taxpayers. For more information, phone: (800) 487-1074; write: Global Volunteers, 375 E. Little Canada Road, St. Paul, MN 55117; e-mail: Website:


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