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by Tom Burke

Email items and electronic pictures – jpegs at no less than 300 dpi to burket@sfarchdiocese.org or mail to Street, One Peter Yorke Way, San Francisco 94109. Include a follow-up phone number. Street is toll-free. My phone number is (415) 614-5634.


  • Sisters’ jubilees; Riordan alum elected president

    by Karessa McCartney | Aug 29, 2017

    04 8.31 Scan PAGEON HIS WAY: Congratulations to Timothy Denterlein on being awarded his Executive Master of Public Administration degree from Columbia University May 18. Tim is a graduate of St. Brendan School and Lowell High School and holds an undergraduate degree from Syracuse University. Tim is pictured here on Columbia’s Manhattan campus on graduation day with his parents, longtime St. Brendan parishioners Arti and Tom.

    August 31, 2017
    Tom Burke

    Congratulations and thank you to Sister Mary Judine Bruch and Sister Eileen McGovern both celebrating 70 years as Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The sisters entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1947, professed first vows March 19, 1950 and final vows Aug. 15, 1955. They are now retired and live at the sisters motherhouse Mount Carmel in Dubuque, Iowa.

    04 Bruch THUMBSister Judine is from Illinois and taught at San Francisco’s St. Thomas More and Most Holy Redeemer schools.

    04 McGovern THUMBSister Eileen was born in Dubuque and taught at St. Paul School in San Francisco.

    04 Novello THUMBThe votes are in and Angelo Novello has been elected president of the Student Government Executive Council at the University of Dallas where he is a junior.

    Angelo is a graduate of Archbishop Riordan High School, San Francisco and a parishioner of Our Lady of the Pillar Parish in Half Moon Bay. Mighty proud are his folks Laura and Dan Novello.

    “The Executive Council is responsible for setting Student Government’s annual goals and overseeing the senate and various boards and committees,” Laura told me in a note to this column. She filled me on the school, too. “The University of Dallas, located in a metropolitan area of nearly 7 million people, is a leading Catholic university widely recognized for academic excellence,” she said, noting its “commitment to shaping principled, well-skilled leaders and academic rigor in the Catholic intellectual tradition.” Angelo’s dad is also a Riordan alum.

    Angelo has spent time in Rome “so he is very worldly now, of course,” his mom said. “Right now the career goal is heading toward medicine, pediatrician to be precise, but at this point, all bets are off. He finds things he loves at every turn.”

    04 Msgr.Otellini.bell.oiling HALFFOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS: Church of the Nativity is loyal to its tower bell with care sometimes from even pastor, Msgr. Steven Otellini, pictured here oiling the bell mechanism to ensure it remains in good working order. Nativity was established as a parish in 1877, and the bell was installed in the tower in 1888. The bell now has an automatic ringer and rings for the Angelus at noon and 6 p.m. It also rings at 9 p.m. and before the 5:30 p.m. weekday Masses and five minutes before each Saturday vigil and Sunday Mass. Parishioner Mike Demeter for many years rang the bell by hand. When the bell was automated several years ago he was given the bell’s rope.

    HELP FOR THE HELPERS: The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Marin County and St. Anselm conference in Ross have received a $5,000 grant from the National Council of the U.S, SVdP to help further work with the poor. “The Friends of the Poor grant will be used to provide funding for temporary and emergency assistance for basic human needs in our community, specifically housing and utilities,” said William Langley Jr., president of the St. Anselm conference. “The grant will provide funding to assist persons and families in need during the upcoming year.”

    The St. Anselm conference is part of the District Council of Marin County with eight active, four on-call and three associate members dedicated to serving those in need, Bill said. The 2014 U.S. Census states that 8.8 percent of Marin County has income below established poverty lines, he said.

    This grant was one of 14 distributed through the program around the country. Grant applications are evaluated and awarded quarterly on a regional basis by a Vincentian review committee. Funding is provided by the general public and the Society’s members and is targeted to specific needs in each community.

    “Our local conferences are a great example of how a dedicated group of people can make a difference in alleviating suffering,” the national office of SVdP said.

    Email items and electronic pictures – jpegs at no less than 300 dpi to burket@sfarchdiocese.org or mail to Street, One Peter Yorke Way, San Francisco 94109. Include a follow-up phone number. Street is toll-free. My phone number is (415) 614-5634.

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