Staff Sgt. Robert Aceret made a surprise visit
home from military service in Afghanistan to see his children at the
annual Advent Program at St. Felicitas School in San Leandro. Sergeant
Aceret’s three St. Felicitas children, Roena, grade 8; Robert,
grade 6; and Remius, grade 1; were surprised to see their father in
the front row. He was joined by his wife, Rezena and baby Reilani.
Day of the Sick scheduled
The Order of Malta in the Diocese of Oakland will host
the fourth annual Diocesan World Day of the Sick at 10 a.m. Feb. 11 in
the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland.
The principal celebrant will be Bishop Salvatore J. Cordileone. During
the Mass honoring Our Lady of Lourdes, the Sacrament of the Sick will
be administered to all those who suffer from a serious acute or chronic
Persons living with any serious or acute illness and their families and
caregivers are invited to participate.
Please arrive at the Cathedral by 9:30 a.m. to assure seating. Free parking
will be available in the cathedral garage for the first 200 cars. Attendants
will be available to help those requiring assistance to reach the elevators
and the cathedral floor. There are also pay parking lots nearby and the
19th Street BART station is approximately three blocks from the cathedral.
St. Perpetua Parish in Lafayette will celebrate
its 60th year as a faith community with a gathering at the Lafayette Memorial
Veterans building on Jan. 21.
This year St. John Vianney Parish in Walnut Creek will once again
participate in the Contra Costa Interfaith Council Winter Nights
program by providing refuge to homeless families for two weeks. Through
the annual program, which began its season in October, homeless families
are given shelter in churches and temples throughout the community. The
parish will provide three meals each day for the families and tutors from
the parish will offer homework help and educational activities to the
children and youth. On the weekends the parish will provide fun activities
for their guests.
Valerie and John Burkart of Oakland’s St. Margaret Mary Parish
will be passing on their Mardi Gras King and Queen crowns at the 2012
Mardi Gras fundraising event on Feb. 11. This year’s Mardi Gras
is dedicated to both the St. Margaret Mary Building Fund and the Jubilate
Deo Sacred Music Society at The Cathedral of Christ the Light. Tickets
are sold only in advance. Please register now at www.stmargmaryoak.org/mardigras
or dial 510-536-4423.
The Women of St. Joan of Arc present their fifth annual retreat
from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 4. The cost of the retreat, which will be
at St. Joan of Arc Church, 2601 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon, is
$35. For more information contact Anna Calderon at 925-828-4374.
With the 60th anniversary of its founding approaching,
Oakland’s Bishop O’Dowd High has added a new feature
to its website (www.bishopodowd.org) filled with photos representing moments
of time from the school’s original dedication in 1955 to a color
photo perhaps a decade later depicting students “hanging out”
on the quad. The site also includes a section where students, school families
and faculty members share their memories of campus life over the decades.
The campus will host an anniversary celebration on March 25.
About 60 students from St. Mary’s High School in Berkeley
will visit teen homeless shelters in the Bay Area during the second “Peace
and Justice Days” of the school year, Jan. 29-31.
Students from grammar and high schools in the Oakland diocese are invited
to participate in the Annual Locks of Love hair event at St. Mary’s
High School in Berkeley at 4 p.m. Feb. 15 in the St. Joseph’s Conference
Room. For more information, contact Clare McCormick at 510-559-6217.
Names, News, Notes
Michael D’Orazi, a member of the class
of 1974 at Oakland’s Bishop O’Dowd High School, was
recently appointed chief of the Alameda Fire Department.
Donna Watson, conference president of the St. Vincent de Paul Society
at St. Philip Neri-St. Albert Parish in Alameda, received the Frederic
Ozanam Top Hat Award at the Jan. 15 volunteer honors dinner given by the
district. The award is the highest award a Vincentian can receive.