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  October 8, 2007   •   VOL. 45, NO. 17   •   Oakland, CA

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A Final Goodbye to St. Joseph the Worker School

GRIP's homeless shelter at risk of closing

Parish expansion in Pleasanton

Waiting to die, she prayed, survived Rwanda genocide

OBITUARIES
Fr. Donald Hudson
Sr. Marietta Conrardy, CSJ

Catholic Charities USA decries veto of SCHIP bill

'Reclaiming Fatherhood' movement helps men touched by abortion

Vatican says food, water must be provided to vegetative patients

Diagnosing persistent vegetative state not exact

Vatican official tells U.N. that climate change demands a cooperative international strategy

Church workers in Brazil wary of ethanol boom

Maryknoll's work in North Korea diocese honored

New online survey asks Catholics to rate quality of singing in church

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A final goodbye to St. Joseph the Worker School


ABOVE: Father Stephan Kappler (left), parochial administrator of St. Joseph the Worker Parish, and Father Jayson Landeza, a graduate of St. Joseph the Worker School and pastor of St. Columba Parish, give flowers as a token of appreciation to Frances Landeza and others who taught and worked at the school.

AT RIGHT: Alexis Angulo, a former student of St. Joseph the Worker School, and Presentation Sister Denise Bourdet carry a lantern during the entrance procession of a Sept. 15 liturgy marking the close of the school after 130 years in Berkeley. Declining enrollment and financial problems led to the closure in June. Sister Denise has been a teacher at the school for 34 years and received a special commendation during the closing liturgy.

AT LEFT: Jim Ryken holds a photograph of his 1931 eighth-grade graduation class prior to the Sept. 15 Mass. He believes he is the oldest living graduate of St. Joseph the Worker School.

AT RIGHT: A portrait of Nano Nagle, foundress of the Presentation Sisters, sits below a lantern, a reminder of the one Nagle used in Ireland and a symbol of all Presentation Sisters. The Sisters founded a Berkeley convent in 1878 and later established the elementary school and Presentation High School, which closed 19 ago. During the liturgy, candles were lit from the lantern and given to former students, who will help carry on the SistersÍ mission of bringing light to the world.

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