MAY 10, 2004



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




Diocesan medal of merit
Katherine King, development director for the Oakland Diocese for 12 years, received the diocesan Medal of Merit from Bishop Emeritus John Cummins last month during ceremonies thanking her for raising more than $25 million for diocesan programs. Before coming to the diocese to lead the annual Bishop’s Appeal, King was development director for Catholic Charities of San Francisco and Catholic Charities of the East Bay.
On May 3 she assumed a new post as executive director of the Seton Health Services Foundation at Seton Medical Center in Daly City.

Speaking out
More than 80 people from the Oakland Diocese joined Catholics throughout the state in a one-day lobby effort in Sacramento. Oakland delegates, including a group of Latino parishioners of St. Louis Bertrand and students from Holy Names High School, visited nine legislators’ offices, leaving informational packets on the negative impact of budget cuts on the poor and disabled, college students, and legal immigrants

Earth-aware students
While many people took a day last month to honor the Earth, students at Moreau High School in Hayward spent an entire week celebrating the wonders of the planet and the creatures that inhabit it. During assemblies and eco-fairs, the students munched on organic fruits and vegetables, examined hybrid and electric cars on display, and learned about energy conservation, composting and recycling, and efforts to control water pollution.

Cemetery dedication
Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward will rededicate its shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe, May 15, at 2 p.m. A new image has been inscribed on the back of the original shrine so Mary’s image can be viewed from both sides. Father Francisco Figueroa, parochial vicar at Hayward’s St. Clement Parish, will lead the blessing. All are invited to attend.

Around the parishes
Members of Our Lady of the Rosary and St. Anne parishes in Union City and St. Edward in Newark joined other congregations in southern Alameda County April 21 for an educational forum on immigration at Our Lady of the Rosary Parish Hall.

Members at Berkeley’s Holy Spirit/Newman Parish repainted the common area of the Men’s Overnight Assistance Center at the Berkeley Food and Housing Project last month for the parish’s Volunteer Day.

Last weekend (May 1-2) Christ the King Parish in Pleasant Hill collected funds for the Bay Area Crisis Nursery in Concord, which provides a temporary home for children whose parents are in crisis, and the Get On the Bus program, which reunites children with their incarcerated mothers for Mother’s Day.

Each month, the Women’s Guild at Santa Maria Parish in Orinda collects supplies for A Friendly Manor, a daytime shelter for homeless women in Oakland.

The 125th anniversary of Berkeley’s St. Joseph the Worker Parish was recognized with an exhibit at the Kittridge Street showcase of the Berkeley Public Library in downtown Berkeley from April 20 though May 3.

Members of St. Perpetua Parish in Lafayette honored their pastor, Father John Kasper, on the 25th anniversary of his ordination.

Around the schools

Congratulations to Miyanna Williams, a senior at Holy Names High School in Oakland, recently selected as a recipient of the 2004 Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship. Williams has served as ASB vice president and leader of the campus’ diversity committee.

Call it a virtual encore. A page on the website of St. Patrick School in Rodeo ( features a number of the thespians (6th, 7th and 8th graders) who starred in last month’s performance of “Godspell.”

Sounds of applause are still reverberating at St. Isidore School in Danville where students performed in the campus talent show, “School of Rock.” Students sang, danced, did gymnastic routines and impersonations and performed on drums, guitars and keyboards.

Much applause also goes to the 7th graders at Holy Rosary School in Antioch, who collected $1450 during their three-day Penny Challenge Drive. All funds have been donated to the parish’s St. Vincent de Paul organization.

Congratulations to Tierney Haupt, a member of Dublin’s St. Raymond School Class of 2000, who was recently named a National Merit Scholar Finalist. Tierney will be attending Gonzaga University in Spokane on a four-year academic merit scholarship.

Sixth graders at Holy Spirit School in Fremont recently spent a week in the Santa Cruz Mountains in an outdoors education program where they learned about tide pools and slugs.

St. Mary’s College in Moraga welcomed more than 250 children from Oakland and San Francisco to the campus April 23 for its second annual Carnival 4 Kids. Each child was paired with a St. Mary’s student “buddy” and was entertained with food and game booths run by college clubs, residence halls and athletic teams.

Names, News, Notes

Best wishes and many Blessings to Isabel and Albert Rajan, members at Assumption Parish in San Leandro, who are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary.

Rob Grant, director of music at St. John Vianney Parish in Walnut Creek and a liturgical musician at Holy Spirit/Newman Hall Parish in Berkeley, is facilitating a May 22 workshop on liturgy at the Vallombrosa Retreat Center in Menlo Park. The $35 cost for the workshop, which begins at 9:30 a.m., includes lunch. To sign-up contact Grant at (415) 647-5205 or or Sister Rosina Conrotto at (650) 325-5614.

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