OCTOBER 4, 2004



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




Random act of kindness
Prayer groups at St. Joseph and St. Barnabas parishes in Alameda are sponsoring a benefit concert, Oct. 9, for Ramiro Zavala, a 23-year-old who was stabbed in the neck last year while he was putting gas into his car. The young husband and father of a two-year-old daughter was paralyzed as a result of this random act of violence.

Jaime Galindo, a member of the prayer groups, met Zavala when he was taking Communion to patients at Alameda Hospital. The prayer groups began including Zavala in their visits and decided to organize the concert.

Headlining the concert is a group called God-Sent Music Ministry. They are members of the Catholic Association of Musicians, headed by the well-known musician, John Michael Talbot. The concert will be held at St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut Street between 7:30 and 9 p.m. A free-will offering will be requested. For more information, contact Galindo at (408) 644-9116.

Another round of TOT
East Bay Theology on Tap – a casual forum that brings young adult Catholics together at a bar to discuss life and faith issues – has kicked off its Fall 2004 speaker series. St. Leo Parish in Oakland and The Kerry House are sponsoring the series at The Kerry House at 4092 Piedmont Ave. Up this month: Gustavo Nystrom, a social justice activist, will talk about “Christians, Jews and Muslims,” on Oct. 5; and on Oct. 19, Jean-Francois Racine, assistant professor of New Testament at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, will present “Filling in the Holes: The Bible and the Reader’s Response.” The social begins at 7 p.m., speaker presentation from 7:30 – 8:15 p.m., Q and A to follow. More information:

Around the parishes
For the second year, the Assumption Parish and School in San Leandro will participate in the American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” on Oct. 23 at Speedway Meadows in Golden Gate Park. Last year the “Assumption Angels” team registered over 200 walkers and raised $12,000 in the fight against breast cancer. Their goal this year is $25,000. If you would like to help, call team captains, John Chovanes, (510) 357-4912, or Barbara Roe-Wright, (510) 352-4640. To donate online go to follow the “Team Rank” link to
Assumption Angels.

Tri-parish Youth Ministry Rocks! The Lamorinda Deanery (St. Perpetua Parish in Lafayette, Santa Maria in Orinda and St. Monica in Moraga) organized a “Faith Safari” on Sept. 19. Over 160 middle and high school youth gathered at Santa Maria for an afternoon of music, games, food and a scavenger hunt. The day ended with Mass. St. Perpetua Parish will host the next tri-parish youth activity in February.

The St. Louis Bertrand Parish Local Organizing Ministry hosted a forum on immigration on Sept. 20. Guests included Rep. Barbara Lee of the 9th Congressional District, representatives of the INS office, and immigration lawyers.

The Father Bill O’Donnell Social Justice Committee at St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Berkeley this month launched a new film series called First Fridays at St. Joseph the Worker. The films will explore themes of social justice and rights action. On Nov. 5, “Hidden In Plain Sight,” a documentary reviewing the history of the School of the Americas, will be shown. Dec. 3, the first anniversary of Father Bill’s death, will feature his first videotaped conversation with actor-activist Martin Sheen in 1998. Free admission to the films, which start at 7:30 p.m. at 1640 Addison St. in Berkeley.

Around the Schools
Fremont’s Our Lady of Guadalupe School (formerly St. Leonard School and St. Leonard-Santa Paula School) will hold a 40th anniversary celebration, Oct. 23 at the school, 40374 Fremont Blvd. Social hour begins at 4 p.m., followed by Mass at 5 p.m., dinner and open house. The cost of the dinner is $12 per person. Children are welcome. Forward checks to the school office at 40374 Fremont Blvd., Fremont 94538 prior to Oct. 9. Former students and those who know the whereabouts of fellow classmates are encouraged to contact the school or send any school photos they may have. School office: (510) 657-1674.

More Our Lady of Guadalupe School news! Students will participate in an Oct. 8 walkathon on the school track. Family and friends will sponsor the students per lap or as a flat fee. Proceeds will benefit the school. Want to help? Contact the school office, (510) 657-1674.

The junior high students at St. Agnes School in Concord will wash your car for $5 on Oct. 17, between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., at Mountain Mike’s Pizza, 5358 Clayton Road in Concord. Proceeds will help defray expenses for their upcoming trip to Washington, D.C. and New York.

The University of San Francisco (USF) dedicated the new home of its School of Business and Management on Sept. 28. The $20 million project includes 26,000 square feet of new space and 30,000 square feet of renovated space. It features a $1 million technology center with computer labs and a teleconferencing center.

The Graduate Theological Union (GTU) in Berkeley will honor Huston Smith for his lifelong contributions to religious scholarship at an Oct. 6 black-tie gala, Blessing of the Crush. The fundraising event will benefit student scholarships. Smith, the author of 14 books on subjects from science and religion to the challenges of post-modernity, is a practicing Methodist who for 25 years has prayed five times a day in Arabic.

Among the Religious
Paulist Father Richard Sparks, pastor at Holy Spirit/Newman Parish in Berkeley and a moral theologian, will examine issues of embryonic stem cell research and Prop. 71 during an Oct. 12 presentation at St. Bonaventure Church, 5562 Clayton Road, Concord, from 7:30 – 9 p.m.

HOLIDAY SHOPPER ALERT! The Sisters of the Holy Family will sponsor their 2004 Holiday Boutique on Oct. 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Oct. 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at their motherhouse, 159 Washington Blvd. in Fremont. Gifts for various occasions will be on sale as will handcrafted decorations for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Refreshments – including cookies, cakes and brownies – will also be available for purchase. Raffle prizes will be awarded.

Names, News, Notes
Many blessings and good wishes to the following couples who are celebrating their wedding anniversaries: Bette and Jack Tunney, members at St. Anne Parish in Walnut Creek, 60 years; Peggy and Dick Boerger, St. Michael Parish in Livermore, 49 years.

Congratulations to the following honorees who will be recognized for their good works during Oakland’s St. Mary’s Center Annual Dinner and Auction on Oct. 16: Our Lady of Grace Parish in Castro Valley will receive the Parish of the Year Award; John Van Hoomissen, senior board member at St. Mary’s Center, will be presented the Sister Baptista Dean Humanitarian of the Year Award; and Earlene Dutton will be given the Robert Dutton Volunteer of the Year Award. The event will take place at the Greek Orthodox Auditorium, 4700 Lincoln Way, Oakland, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person. For more information: (510) 893-4723.

Are you open to offering your heart to a child in need of a home? Consider becoming a foster or adoptive parent. If you are single, married, an experienced or never-before parent, older than 45, young, a renter or homeowner. you are eligible. AASK Adopt A Special Kid facilitates adoptions and foster care for California toddlers to teens. The organization offers training to enhance decision-making processes and has experienced social workers to assist in the adoption. Information workshops will take place Oct. 5 and Nov. 4, 7–9 p.m. at 7700 Edgewater Dr., Suite 320, Bldg. B, Oakland. For reservations and other information call Andrea at (510) 553-1748, ext. 12 or e-mail:

The Portuguese Chamber of Commerce is offering a $1,000 scholarship for graduating high school seniors. Eligible applicants must have maintained a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average that can be verified by an official transcript and are able to meet the admission requirements to an accredited college. Required documents must be submitted and postmarked by Oct. 31. For an application form and more information, contact the Chamber Office at (408) 288-7655 or toll-free (877) 728-4039.

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