APRIL 12, 2004



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




Around the parishes
Over 60 teens and their sponsors in the youth program at St. Agnes Parish in Concord traveled to Mexico April 10 to take part in the 18th annual work camp to build homes for needy families. Over the years the youth project has tallied up some inspiring statistics: some 1,200 teens and sponsors have made the trip; 36 single family homes were built; 126 total days of work; and 40,000-board feet of lumber, 800,000 hammered nails, and 100 tons of applied stucco.

The Catholic Community of Pleasanton is establishing a memorial garden at St. Augustine’s Cemetery. A garden design has been completed and trees have been installed. Parishioners gathered at the cemetery on March 27 to provide landscaping with plants, shrubs, and vines.

The youth of St. Stephen Parish in Walnut Creek presented the Living Stations of the Cross on Good Friday (April 9) at the parish church. The Living Stations is a dramatic presentation of the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ. During the presentation, which also included music and spoken meditation, the young people enacted each station in tableau form.

Around the schools
Congratulations go to Amrita Mehta and Amanda Sawit, 7th graders at St. Clement School in Hayward, who are honorable mention winners for their entry, called “Tuna Uncanned,” in the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision competition honoring projects that demonstrate innovative thinking about how science and technology can change the future. “Tuna Uncanned” proposed an upgraded design in dolphin-safe tuna nets.

Two thumbs way up for the 5th grade class at St. David School in Richmond. The students raised $251 for their Lenten Service Project by selling their jar/vase art. The proceeds will be split between the Uganda Mission of the Sisters of Notre Dame and the Get On The Bus program, which helps reunite children with their mothers who are serving time in prison.

Rose Alvidera, a senior at Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward, attended the National Young Leaders Conference last month in Washington, DC. The NYLC scholars examined current affairs in small groups and met members of the U.S. Congress or their staff.

Speaking of Moreau: Congratulations go to Joseph Beardslee, Randy Lazaro and Bernadette Valdellon who are finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Finalists are the top 15,000 students in the country based on their performance in PSAT and SAT scores as well as their grades. Richard Sue, a semifinalist, placed in the top 16,400 of all high school students.

Students at St. Raymond School in Dublin are showing their winning spirit in various ways. Tim DeSimone, an 8th grader, and Morgan Malone, Sarah Forde and Joey Fiorino, all 7th graders, took top honors in the Dublin-San Ramon Services District Creative Writing Essay Contest. Bridgette Larsen, James Nakano, Lauren Leahy, Derek Kanowsky, Justine Songey, Justin Brunnett, all in the 5th grade, and 4th grader Morgan Lander and 3rd grader Morgan Kavanagh won participation certificates from the Dublin San Ramon Women’s Club for the artwork they created for the club’s contest.

Much applause goes to the student council at St. David School in Richmond for organizing a “Save the World Drive” during Lent. Used toys, books, clothes and blankets will be given to the local St. Vincent de Paul, Salvation Army and Goodwill.

The Contra Costa Board of Education appointed David Krapf, a professor in the education department at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, to fill a vacancy on the board. Krapf will represent an area that comprises Clyde, Crockett, Hercules, Martinez, Pacheco, Port Costa, Rodeo, and parts of Bay Point, Concord, Kensington, Lafayette, Orinda, Pinole, Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill, and Richmond until November 2004 when his seat will be up for election.

Addendum: Hilary Wood’s name was not listed along with her teammates who were mentioned in the March 29 issue – but the athlete is a member of the winning 7th Grade Girls’ Volleyball team from St. Joseph Elementary School in Alameda. Congratulations again to the entire team.

Names, News, Notes
Congratulations to Esther Mabray, a member at St. Columba Parish in Oakland, who was honored as Christian Woman of the Year by the Epsilon Phi Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Christy Schneider, a member at Concord’s St. Bonaventure Parish, will participate in Tour de Cure, the annual cycling event sponsored by the American Diabetes Association to raise funds for diabetes research and education. Schneider has committed to cycling 25 miles in the Napa Valley on May 2. To be a sponsor visit the website: call 888-DIABETES.

VOLUNTEER ALERT: Be a catechist for SPRED (Special Religious Education Department). Volunteers must be at least 22 years of age, able to offer three hours a week from October through May, and be open to share and grow in faith with others. Training is provided. For more information call Sister Aurora at (510) 635-7252 or visit the SPRED website:

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