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May 8, 2017   •   VOL. 55, NO. 9   •   Oakland, CA
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Holy Rosary Kids Against Hunger
Pupils at Most Holy Rosary School in Antioch joined with Kids Against Hunger, an international agency, on April 12. Each student donated a minimum of $5; the 491 Holy Rosary students gave a total of $2,988. The agency's Pleasanton office provided not only a lesson on hunger, but boxes of long-grain white rice; soy; a dehydrated blend of six vegetables; and a vitamin and mineral mixture. Donning gloves and caps, the students went to work. Working at four stations, the students filled a bag with enough ingredients to feed six people, weighed the bag, sealed it and placed it in a shipping box. The pupils packaged 3,190 bags, preparing 19,140 meals. Egypt is the destination for the students' contribution. Helping out are, above, Chloe Bremhorst, Julie Ramirez, Ariana Gonzalez, Zachary Santiago; bottom right, Ahmad Umair, Marco Lim; bottom left, Ava Ariente, Vivian Nguyen, Brooke Jeremy.

Walk for peace in Alameda
Members of the Legion of Mary at St. Joseph Basilica, Alameda, led a "Shoes of Peace" march for peace on Holy Saturday morning, April 15. Walking, praying the rosary and singing, the group walked around the church on Encinal Avenue and Chestnut Street in a public devotion to bring comfort to the afflicted and cultivate peace in this year of the Fatima centennial.

Around the Parishes

Oakland's St. Columba Parish will host an Earth Day celebration on May 21 at City Slicker Farm, 2847 Peralta St., Oakland. Mass will start at 10:30 a.m. followed by a picnic lunch at noon. The event is open to all. Participants are urged to bring food in reusable containers only — no single-use water bottles and no soda allowed.

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Around the Schools

Students at Saint Mary's High School, Berkeley, collected enough blood from donors at its annual Red Cross Blood Drive in April to help save 130 lives. Junior Bailey Walvoord was selected to serve as the California State 4-H representative at the 2017 National 4-H Conference in Washington, DC, at the end of March. The Panthers girls 4 x 400 team won the Stanford Invitational in early April for a fourth straight year.

Ana Hernández has been named founding principal of Cristo Rey De La Salle East Bay High School in Oakland. Hernández is director of the Magis Program at St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco. The program supports middle school and high school students who are first-generation college bound, from low socio-economic backgrounds and from underrepresented groups in higher education. Hernández is no stranger to Oakland, where she attended public schools as a child, and where she served as director of admissions at St. Elizabeth High School. She had also been principal at St. Clement School in Hayward. Her new assignment begins July 1.

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Among the Religious

During a gathering of their East Bay community at Oakland's Holy Names High School April 29, about three dozen Associates and Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary celebrated the jubilee anniversaries of two members: Sister Helen Clare, who was marking 70 years of her life as a vowed religious and Sister Carol Fleitz who was celebrating 50 years of vowed religious life. Presiding at the Mass was Rev. Henry Ormond, O. Carm., who first met Sister Carol when they were first-graders at the former Our Lady of Lourdes School in Oakland.

The late Rev. Dan O'Donovan was remembered at the 12:15 Mass at St. Jarlath Parish on May 7. Father O'Donovan, who spent every summer for the past several decades ministering to the people of the Oakland parish, recently died in Ireland.

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Names, News, Notes

Actor and activist Martin Sheen will be this year's recipient of the Father Bill O'Donnell Award, which will be presented May 20 by Options Recovery Service. The award ceremony is part of the 20th anniversary gala for Options Recovery Services which provides services for those living with mental health and substance use disorders and was co-founded by the late Berkeley activist priest. Sheen, a long-time supporter of the program, is returning to host the fundraiser. Loni Hancock, retired California State Senator, her husband, Tom Bates, retired Berkeley mayor, and Superior Court Supervising Judge Gregory Syren, will also be honored at the event which will held at International House in Berkeley. For more information or to RSVP visit http://optionsrecoveryservices.org/20th-anniversary/ or contact Bill Joyce at 510-599-4950 or webike@yahoo.com.

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