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Jim and Mira McTiernan, longtime parishioners at St. Veronica, South San Francisco, celebrated their birthdays – Mira’s 85th March 4, Jim’s 90th March 11 – at the now North Beach-located Original Joe’s. Jim and Mira celebr

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Springing forward and looking ahead to future dreams
April 17th, 2013
By Tom Burke

Congratulations to Mercy High School Burlingame senior Katrina Vukasin who has been accepted to Long Beach State University where she will play for the school’s water polo team. Katrina has played on Mercy’s water polo team from freshman year on and joined the varsity team in her sophomore year. She has received first team all-league honors and this year was named most valuable player. Long Beach State is ranked in the top 10 of the Big West Conference. Katrina’s proud folks are Lisa and Slobodan Vukasin of St. Stephen Parish, San Francisco. Onboard at Annapolis for this year’s U.S. Naval Academy Summer Seminar is Alana Wilson, a junior at Mercy. The whirlwind six days are truly live-in with residence in Bancroft Hall, meals in King Hall plus academic and leadership workshops in Annapolis classrooms. The more than 2,000 participants will also participate in daily physical training involving group runs and conditioning exercises. “They will experience firsthand what the Naval Academy has to offer,” the school said. Alana is interested in pursuing medicine and looks forward to the USNA experience and a future at the USNA, Mercy said. Her proud folks are Kathy Cooney Eagles and Jack Eagles. Midshipmen are on full scholarship and have a choice of 23 different majors. Upon graduation, they earn a Bachelor of Science and go on to serve at least five years as commissioned officers in the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps.

GOOD CAUSE: San Francisco’s Holy Name Preschool held a Hop-A-Thon benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association March 1. Students hopped for two minutes and gathered pledges raising $1,100. The funds will help children with muscular dystrophy attend an accessible summer camp. “The children also learned about disabilities and that everybody’s different, nobody’s perfect,” said preschool director Alice Ho Seher.

WORTHY CAUSE: Thanks to John Albach, longtime faculty member and adviser at Archbishop Riordan High School, for alerting us to the April 21 Faith Shelter Walk benefiting service to the homeless including meals and shelter. “Sponsored by the San Francisco Interfaith Council the program hosts up to 100 men who are homeless at an inner-city religious community for dinner, a comfortable place to sleep, and breakfast, during the four wettest and coldest months of the year,” John said in a note to this column. John’s brother is Father William Ahlbach, parochial vicar at St. Matthew Parish, San Mateo, who celebrated his 50th year as a priest in 2012. Their sister is Mary Ahlbach who has been teaching religion at St. Ignatius College Preparatory since 1992. For information on the walk, visit

YUM: Speaking of SI, the school’s international food fair “Rock the Block,” is April 27, 4-8 p.m., featuring 10 different food booths, three food trucks, multicultural entertainment and a dance party from 6-8 p.m. Purchase tickets online at at $16 for adults and $12 for students. Children five and under are free. Email

MEMORIES AND MOMENTUM: What is a reunion without both and April 28 you’ll find them at the St. Dunstan School 60th anniversary Mass and celebration, 10 a.m. at the church and school in Millbrae. Auxiliary Bishop William J. Justice presides. Open to the community with a special welcome to all alumni, parishioners, alumni parents, school parents, teachers, and staff past and present. Visit or call (650) 697-8119.

DEAL ME IN: All pots from the May 10 Queen of Hearts Bridge Party and Luncheon benefit St. Francis Center, Redwood City. The cards will be dealt in St. Bartholomew Parish hall, 600 Columbia Drive, San Mateo. Day starts with 9:30 a.m. check-in and games at 10 a.m. Tickets at $50 per person include lunch. Join bridge players from all parishes on the Peninsula. For more information, contact Lynda (650) 592-7714 or email

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From April 19, 2013 issue of Catholic San Francisco.



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