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APRIL 26, 2004

 

 

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

BISHOP
VIGNERON

 

AROUND THE DIOCESE

Honor for Oakland teen
Rosalyn Reed, student body president at Oakland’s Holy Names High School, was honored April 3 by radio station KBLX and NBC 11/KNTV as one of the 10 most influential African Americans in the Bay Area. Reed is a life member of the California Scholarship Federation and a member of the National Honor Society. She is involved in the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, the Oakland Youth Chorus, and New Hope Baptist Church where she is a choir member and participates in the Feed the Hungry program as minister, cook and clothing distributor.

Good Friday protest
Some 240 people gathered Good Friday at the Lawrence Livermore Labs for the annual peaceful protest of the facility’s work in the manufacturing of nuclear weapons. The participants, which included clergy and lay people from across the East Bay, prayed and sang. Sixty-one people were arrested for choosing to protest on lab property. Among them was Dominican Sister Evelyn Montez, pastoral associate at St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Berkeley.
Mary O’Donnell, sister of the late Father Bill O’Donnell who played a leading role in the protests for many years, carried a sign bearing his likeness and honored his work in the peace and justice movement – as did several others – by taking part in the event.

Around the parishes

Members of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish in San Leandro will gather after the 11 a.m. Mass on May 2 for the groundbreaking ceremony for the new parish hall. Bishop Emeritus John Cummins will do the honors.

The youth ministry at St. Edward Parish in Newark conducted a collection of much needed disposable diapers for distribution by the parish St. Vincent de Paul Society and at the St. Vincent de Paul Dining Room in Oakland.

Danville’s St. Isidore Parish has launched a new singles ministry – “Single, Safe and Spiritual.” It is designed for all single adults, including those who are widowed, divorced, and separated, who are interested in faith sharing, dialogue on life issues, making new friends and celebrating being single.

The Hispanic community at St. Mary Parish in Walnut Creek will celebrate “Cinco de Mayo” on Sunday, May 2, from noon to 5 p.m. in the parish hall. The fiesta will include traditional foods — enchiladas, tacos, tamales, and Mexican beverages.

Names, News, Notes
David McCosker, who recently completed a six-year tenure as chair of the board of directors of Catholic Charities of the East Bay, was recently one of 10 finalist for Catholic Charities USA’s 2004 National Volunteer of the Year.

Rawn Harbor, liturgy director at St. Columba Parish in Oakland, was recently named National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM) Musician of the Year. The NPM is the professional organization of Catholic church musicians, clergy, liturgists, and other church personnel involved in liturgical and pastoral music throughout the U.S.

Nancy Schluntz, executive director at FESCO (Family Emergency Shelter Coalition) has been inducted into the Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame in the Business and Professions Category. FESCO provides emergency shelter, support services and transitional housing for homeless families with children. A number of Catholic parishes and organizations provide financial and volunteer support to the Hayward-based organization.

SPRED the Word XIII, the liturgy and dinner dance fundraiser for the diocesan Special Religious Education program, will be held this Saturday, May 1, at St. Isidore Parish, 440 LaGonda Way, Danville. The liturgy begins at 4 p.m. and no-host social at 5 p.m. Tickets are $27 for adults and $8 for children (6-12). There will be no ticket sales at the door. Call (510) 635-7252.

VOLUNTEER ALERT: The Community Violence Prevention Program (formerly known as the Victim Offender Reconciliation Program) at Catholic Charities of the East Bay is seeking volunteers to offer mediation as an option for youths charged with crimes and their victims. Free training for mediators will be offered. For more information call (510) 768-3132.

Rally for seniors
A delegation from Oakland’s St. Mary’s Center will travel to Sacramento May 12 to rally in support of vital program for seniors threatened by possible state budget cuts.

“We have to let everyone know that the budget cuts are very, very serious,” said Margaret Molina Hinckley, hope and justice coordinator at St. Mary’s Center. The contingent of clients and staff will be part of a 60-organization coalition called Save the Safety Net.

Programs like the Recovery 55 program for individuals in alcohol or drug rehabilitation could be negatively impacted, Hinckley said, because most of the funds are used to pay staff who help those in need.

In preparation for the march St. Mary’s Center is sponsoring three weeks of training with the focus on issues of housing, health and food.

While Hinckley would like to see more local people at next month’s rally, she said it is just as important for people to voice their concerns to Gov. Schwarzenegger in letters or phone calls. “Come July when the budget is out it’s too late,” she said. “The more people who speak out, the louder the voice.”

Contact St. Mary’s Center at (510) 893-4723, ext. 216 for additional information.

Around the schools
The Dominican Kindergarten in Fremont will be hosting Kinderjog 2004, their major fundraiser, on May 7. This year 33 kindergarteners, along with some Dominican Sisters, will jog around the Kindergarten complex for pledges. Proceeds will benefit The Vision of Hope Campaign, which provides tuition assistance for inner-city children; improvements to the Dominican Kindergarten School; the needy in the community; St. Joseph Build-A-Church Campaign; the Dominican Sisters mission in Mexico; and the Circle of Caring. To make a tax-deductible donation, contact Monica Hogan at (510) 490-6361.

Ladies and Gentlemen! Boys and Girls! The 4th and 5th grade students at St. Patrick School in Rodeo will perform in their annual circus on May 3, beginning at 7 p.m. Expected performances include unicycle riding, juggling, jump rope routines, and multicultural dances. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children. For more information,call the school office at (510) 799-2506.
Congratulations to the 7th and 8th grade students at St. Raymond School in Dublin who proudly represented their school at the recent Tri-Valley Science and Engineering Fair. Meg Haupt, 8th grade, took top honors in the Junior Division Best Project; her project is now entered into the state competition – a first for the school. In Biological Sciences – Teni Ugbah, 7th grade, second place; Tim DeSimone, 8th grade, third place; Behavioral Sciences – Amanda Bagnall, 8th grade, honorable mention; Tim Salud, 8th grade, honorable mention; Stephanie Songey, 8th grade, honorable mention; Physical Sciences – Nolan Frost, 8th grade, first place; Meg Haupt, 8th grade, first place; Alex Laughton, 7th grade, second place; Charles Misra, 8th grade, third place; Alicia Martinez, 7th grade, honorable mention. A total of 350 students from 23 schools with 264 projects participated in the fair.

More applause for student science achievers! Students from Holy Rosary School in Antioch made their presence felt at last month’s San Francisco Bay Area Science Fair. Chapin Bouffard was awarded second place in Physical Science, a special award in Outstanding Field of Engineering and breakfast at Ames NASA! He will represent Holy Rosary School at the California State Science Fair in May. Other honorees: William Forrester won third place in Physical Science. Michael Santa Maria took fourth place in Biological Science. Matt Schuster – Biological Science, Alex DeDomenico and Jessica Khalil – Consumer Science, and Kyle Hardester – Biological Science, were also participants.

Speaking of notable achievements, Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland is rightfully proud of the following students who are recipients of national honors. National Achievement Scholars: Kia Alexander, Barry Breaux, Sasha Guillory, Alexis Jackson, and Kelly McDonald. National Hispanic Scholar: Louis R. Medina. National Achievement Scholars Commended Students: Kia Alexander, David Bordow, Jared Jegaraj, Daniel Larsson, Alicia Marshall, Sophia Meadows, Anna Purcell, Dana Riley, Christine Schreck, Joanna Sokol, Danielle Tiesma, Brittany Votto, and Christopher Wong.

Among the Religious
Congratulations and many blessings to Sister Marie Myers, principal at St. Barnabas School in Alameda, and Sister Madeline Antoskiewicz, director of faith formation at St. Barnabas Parish, who are celebrating their 50th and 51st anniversaries in religious life, respectively. Both are members of the Sisters of St. Joseph, Third Order of St. Francis, a congregation based in Stevens Point, WI. Sisters Myers and Antoskiewicz opened St. Raymond School in Dublin in 1986 as principal and vice principal. Sister Myers also served as a teacher and principal at St. Joachim School in Hayward from 1967-86, while Sister Antoskiewicz taught and worked as vice principal at St. Joachim from 1968-86. St. Barnabas honored the Sisters at a April 18 reception.

Oakford Dominican Sister Polly Torrino, the enthusiastic youth minister at Assumption Parish in San Leandro – and featured in the Aug. 11, 2003 issue of The Voice – has been transferred by her community. Her last day at the parish will be June 6. A farewell reception will be held for her at the parish after the noon Mass.

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