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June 12, 2017   •   VOL. 55, NO. 11   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese


Chaplains sworn in
The Pittsburg Police Department swore in its chaplains in a May 1 ceremony. From left, they are Rev. Helmut Richter; Pastor Timothy Manly; Pastor Juan Castro; and Rev. Henry Perkins. Father Richter, who served as pastor of Church of the Good Shepherd in Pittsburg from 1997 until his retirement in 2012, continues to serve as a police chaplain. Police chaplains from agencies around Alameda and Contra Costa counties will be out in force at the Blue Mass, which honors and prays for police, firefighters and all first-responders, at 10 a.m. Oct. 6 at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland.
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Around the Parishes

St. Leander Parish in San Leandro will bless those in the parish who are celebrating wedding, ordination and profession anniversaries at the 4:30 p.m. Mass June 17.

Corpus Christi Parish in Fremont will host a 40 Hours Devotion beginning June 14. The event is a "special 40-hour period of continuous prayer made before the Blessed Sacrament in solemn exposition," according to an article in the May 28 parish bulletin. "The 40 Hours Devotion provides a wonderful opportunity for the spiritual growth of each person and the parish as a whole."

In anticipation of the first year anniversary of the canonization of Mother Teresa, St. Joseph Parish in Fremont will begin the celebration on June 17 with songs, story-telling, cake cutting and a raffle. Pope Francis officially declared St. Teresa of Kolkata a saint on Sept. 4, 2016.

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Around the Schools

Cooper Teare and Kiera Marshall, who both recently graduated from Alameda's St. Joseph Notre Dame High School, have continued their winning ways at the NCS Meet of Champions track and field meet held May 27 at the University of California.

Congratulations go to William Mellis, head coach at Richmond's Salesian College Preparatory High School, who was named NorCal Coach of the Year by the California Coaches Association. Facts about Coach Mellis' career: 19 seasons as head coach; 472-149 overall record; 10 league, 7 NCS, 3 Nor Cal and 2 state championships; 8th coach of the year award by different media outlets.

Lizette Ortega Dolan has been named the new vice principal for Mission and Community Development at Carondelet High School in Concord. A native of San Francisco and a graduate of St. Ignatius College Preparatory, she graduated with a bachelor's degree in history and dance from the University of California, Berkeley; master's degree in education from Harvard Graduate School of Education; and a doctoral degree in educational leadership from Saint Mary's College of California in Moraga. A member at Christ the King Parish in Pleasant Hill, Dolan will oversee campus ministry, community service, student activities and personal counseling at Carondelet.

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Among the Religious

Associates and Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary from the East Bay gathered June 4 at Oakland's Mercy Retirement and Care Center to join Sister Mary Herbert Raphael to celebrate her 100th birthday. Last year Sister Herbert, as she is known by many, celebrated 80 years as a member of the SNJM community.

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