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March 20, 2017   •   VOL. 55, NO. 6   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

Meaning of Lent
Kindergarteners at St. Felicitas School in San Leandro learn the meaning of Lent as they act out the "first miracle" when Jesus turned water to wine .. .in this case, grape juice. Pictured from left, Avery Fernandez, Kylie Reyes, Jordan Nguyen and AJ Torres.
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A Lenten journey with Faust

"Lent, Faust and Rachmaninov," a story of conversion, through music," featuring concert pianist Donna Stoering will be performed at 3 p.m. April 2 at St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St., Alameda.

The rarely performed sonata, Stoering said, "tells the story of Faust using the piano as the symphony orchestra, representing the viewpoint of each of the three main characters in Faust, through three distinct movements, or sections, of the work."

Rachmaninov created this piece while he was in Dresden, Germany, she said, "shortly after he had had a religious/spiritual conversion and wanted to somehow send a musical 'message' to his agnostic or atheist friends and colleagues back in Russia, as he was worried for them — so he used the moral/legend of Faust to do it," she said.

The story, she said, "is about our desire for longevity and fullness of life," Stoering said. The beneficiary of this program is Alzheimer's Services of the East Bay, which has programs in Berkeley, Hayward and Fremont, where the organization works closely with the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose.

The concert is part of the Notes for Nourishment series. For more information, see www.NotesForNourishment.org or contact its sponsoring organization, Listen for Life, at 510-540-8136. Admission is free, with donations to Alzheimer's Services of the East Bay gratefully accepted.

Around the Parishes

St. Paul Parish in San Pablo is again partnering with the City of San Pablo in sponsoring a Cinco de Mayo celebration. It will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 6 and will include a parade with elaborate floats, horses, bands, dancers, custom cars and more. The parade will begin on Barrett Avenue in Richmond and end at St. Paul School, 1825 Church Lane, San Pablo.

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Around the Schools

Kenneth Farr, who teaches fifth grade at Richmond's St. David School was selected as Teacher of the Week of March 7 by KRON TV. He was nominated for "His extraordinary heart and passion for St. David School, and his students. In his third year of teaching, he continues to pour his heart into each student. "He has a unique gift of making each student feel special." In addition, "he stepped up and is filling a critical administrative role assisting the incoming principal as the school transitions with a new principal and staffing changes (and on the parent/teacher board). If he wasn't already doing enough, most recently, he took on the role as coach for eighth grade basketball coach — rather than have the students forfeit the season."

Congratulations to the Girls' and Boys' Varsity Basketball teams at Salesian College Preparatory in Richmond for becoming the new reigning North Coast champions.

School of the Madeleine seventh-grader Ryan Halloran has qualified to participate in the California Geography Bee sponsored by the National Geographic Society. The state bee will be March 31 at California State University, Fresno. State winners advance to the national finals in May in Washington, DC. Ryan, four-time champion at the Berkeley school, is one of the Top 100 qualifiers for the state bee and is the only student from the Diocese of Oakland to be competing this year.

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