JULY 5, 2004



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




Traveling icon in diocese
A traveling icon of the Divine Mercy will spend much of this month in the Tri-Valley area through the efforts of the local Knights of Columbus who are encouraging local Catholics to participate in a novena and be part of an hour of prayer that includes the rosary, Gospel readings and Benediction.

Faustina Kowalska (1905-38), a Polish nun who later became a saint, introduced the devotion to the Divine Mercy, which centers on veneration of the image of the merciful Jesus.

The icon will be at St. Raymond Church, 11555 Shannon Ave., Dublin (July 5-7 at 7:30 p.m.); St. Charles Borromeo, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore (July 8, 7:30 p.m. and July 10, 6:30 p.m.); St. Michael, 458 Maple Ave., Livermore (July 11, 4 p.m. and July 12, 6:30 p.m.); St. Joan of Arc, 2601 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon (July 13, 7 p.m.); St. Leander, 550 W. Estudillo Ave., San Leandro (July 17-20, 7:30 p.m.); and St. Isidore, 440 LaGonda Way, Danville (July 21-24, 7:30 p.m.).

Saying grateful good-bye
The parish and school community at St. David in Richmond gathered June 20 to shower heartfelt appreciation and affection on their pastor, Father Ronald Atwood, who was forced by chronic health problems to retire from priestly ministry last month. Joining Father Atwood in concelebrating the liturgy, which included music from the Schubert Mass in G, were Father Richard Deitch, retired pastor of Star of the Sea Parish in San Francisco, and Father Mel Serraon, who came to St. David to assist the ailing pastor.

Retired Oakland Bishop John Cummins, and Father John Maxwell, head of the West County deanery, attended the farewell reception in the parish hall.

Father Atwood, an Oregon native, was originally ordained for the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon and served a number of churches in that state. He was also rector of Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in Pleasant Hill. After converting to Catholicism, he was ordained a Catholic priest in 1984. He served as pastor at St. Joachim Parish in Hayward from 1986-1991 and had been pastor at St. David since 1991.

Be a Faithful Citizen
Local Catholics willing to organize a voter registration effort in their parish are invited to attend one of two non-partisan voter registration/education workshops this month in Contra Costa County. One session will be Friday, July 23, in the conference room at Orinda’s Santa Maria Church, 40 Santa Maria Way, from 10 a.m. – noon.

Another session will be July 24, at Christ the King Church, 199 Brandon Road, Pleasant Hill, also from 10 a.m. – noon. The education effort is being coordinated by the diocesan social justice resource center. RSVP by phone: (510) 267-8379 or e-mail:

Around the parishes
The Berkeley Organizing Congregations for Action (BOCA) will honor the life of the late Father Bill O’Donnell, longtime peace activist and former pastor at Berkeley’s St. Joseph the Worker Parish, July 24 with their first benefit event at St. Mary Magdalen Church, 2005 Berryman St. in Berkeley, from 12-3 p.m. Admission to the event is free and includes a silent auction, a raffle, food, and music. For more information, call (510) 658-2467.

One hundred and thirty youngsters participated in the first ever Vacation Bible Camp at Christ the King Parish in Pleasant Hill. Holy Names Sister Maureen Viani, director of the parish’s school of religion, and many adult and youth volunteers planned and staffed the week-long event. The youngsters brought extra school supplies each day to fill backpacks donated by parishioners. These will be given to children in inner city schools.

Msgr. Ted Kraus, pastor at Santa Maria Parish in Orinda, is researching the parish’s history and has already discovered much in the way of oral, written and photographic materials. But the sleuth is seeking many more precious memories. Are there any amateur photographers out there who have photos of the construction of the church, the convent and school? He is also seeking photos of the day the church and school were formally dedicated. Photos of weddings, baptisms, liturgies or other events in the life of the parish would also be appreciated. If you can help, contact Msgr. Kraus at (925) 254-2426.

The Youth Group at Assumption Parish in San Leandro is accepting donations of new and used items for their Flea Market, Aug. 14 and 15 at the parish. Proceeds will help fund the Youth Group’s trip to Mexico for the Corazon House Building/Community Building Project. Donations are being accepted after the noon Sunday Mass, on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9-9:30 or by special arrangement. Limited pickup of donations is available. Electronics, appliances and computers more than three years old cannot be accepted. For more information, call Jan Brooks, (510) 276-7608.

Around the schools
Congratulations to the following 8th graders of Antioch’s Holy Rosary School who earned the distinction of being academic achievement recipients: Monica Camorongan, William Forrester, Kyle Golinveaux, Cole Marchetti (Academic Achievement Award); Chapin Bouffard, Monica Camorongan, Cole Marchetti, Angelica Tripp (Christian Life Award); Ashley Rose (Knights of Columbus – Eugene A. Ponte Scholarship); Alyssa Zickenberg (Knights of Columbus Council #3265); Kyle Hardester (Knights of Columbus Essay Winner); Melissa Powell (Alice Danilovich Memorial Scholarship); Jack LaRocca and Neyshia Go (Catholic Daughters of America); Chapin Bouffard (Scott Chapman Memorial Scholarship); Monica Camorongan (DenDen Parayno Christian Spirit Scholarship); Lindsay Cross and Katrina Ramirez (Lynn Fitzgibbon Memorial Scholarship); Monica Camorongan, Neyshia Go, Alyssa Zickenberg, Nicole Crenshaw, Angelica Tripp, William Forrester, Kyle Golinveaux, and Cole Marchetti (Gold Cord at Graduation – students attaining a 3.75 or higher GPA for all three semesters, both 7th and 8th grade years in the core subjects).

Names, News, Notes
Help save the life of Veronica Chavez or someone like her in need of a bone marrow transplant by participating in a donor registration drive on July 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Edward Church, 5788 Thornton Ave. in Newark. It is hoped that the drive will yield a compatible match for Chavez, 28, who has been battling chronic myelogenous leukemia for three years. St. Edward Parish was chosen for the drive because her grandmother was buried from the parish and an uncle is a member there. Participants should be between ages 18 and 60 and in good general health. The procedure takes about 15 minutes. A small blood sample will be added to the National Marrow Registry.

Presentation Sister Bernice Gotelli, chaplain at Oakland’s Children’s Hospital, was among a handful of hospital staff to receive an award of gratitude recently from the hospital’s Grateful Families Program.

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