If you are near St. Ignatius Church in Antioch at the right time, you will hear the sound of sacred music coming from the newly installed O'Connor Memorial Carillon. The carillon was installed in August in memory of parishioner Dan O'Connor. The Angelus, followed by two seasonal songs, can be heard at noon and 6 p.m. each day. The carillon also sounds the Call to Worship five minutes before the Saturday evening and Sunday morning Masses (10 a.m. and noon). And it will peal for weddings and toll for funerals.
Richmond's St. Mark Church served as the launch site of the first Get Out the Vote Walk staged by the Contra Costa Interfaith Supporting Organization, CCISCO, on Sept. 22. CCISCO's goal is to contact some 25,000 "infrequent" voters in the county and build support for Proposition 30, which if passed will raise around $7 billion.
Catherine Farinas, a senior at Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward, is one of some 30 best student artists in the country to be featured in the AP Art Portfolios Exhibition. The artwork of these student artists is on display in different gallery locations around the U.S. throughout the year. The exhibition is scheduled to be at the gallery of San Leandro High School in January 2013.
Oderah Chidom, a senior at Bishop O'Dowd High School, returned to the Oakland campus from summer break with some serious hardware — a gold medal that she won playing basketball at the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship for Women Aug. 17-26 in Amsterdam in The Netherlands.
Sean Spees and Daylen Yang, both BOD seniors, are among approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 58th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. They now have the opportunity — along with academically gifted students from around the nation — to compete for some 8,300 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million which will be awarded next spring.
To mark Hunger Action Month in September, students and faculty at Carondelet High School in Concord took a stand and gave voice to millions of Americans who struggle silently with hunger. On Sept. 24 the school community along with volunteers and staff from the Monument Crisis Center in Concord and the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, all donned orange T-shirts (the color of hunger relief), and spelled out "End Hunger" on the high school's tennis court.
Thirteen students from the Saint Mary's College High Environmental Science class and teacher John Forte '81 teamed with the city of Berkeley during Coastal Clean-Up Day Sept. 15 at the Codornices Creek pollution hot-spot study site in Berkeley. The group collected trash and other solid waste items, and catalogued these on data sheets for use in further monitoring urban influence on the creek ecology.
Among the Religious
The Italian Catholic Federation (ICF) presented its Mother Teresa Award to Sister Maureen Delaney, SNJM, for "outstanding work in her community" on Sept. 2. Msgr. Dan Cardelli, a retired priest of the Oakland diocese and regional chaplain of the ICF, nominated Sister Delaney for the award. She accepted the award, though given to her, on behalf of the SNJM community and the people of Tutwiler, Mississippi, a small town on the Mississippi Delta, where the Oakland native has spent a number of years in ministry serving the impoverished and disadvantaged residents.