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TRADITION: Coby Sobrepeña and his Eagle Scout dad, Victor Sobrepena. “My dad encouraged me to join scouting to learn about leadership skills while having fun,” Coby said. “Along the way, I’ve been able to be part of service projects that help the less fortunate. I wanted to follow in his footsteps.”
Coby Sobrepeña has his sights set on becoming an Eagle Scout and his plan to attain the rank is just as firm. The St. Ignatius College Prep freshman coordinated a backpack drive that filled more than 120 of the bags with items including blankets, personal items, handcrafted ornaments and letters to thank homeless men and women formerly of the armed forces for their service and bravery.
“When I discovered that over 30 percent of the homeless are veterans, I wanted to help them,” Coby told me via email. “They have sacrificed so much for our freedom. This also hits close to home because I have relatives who are veterans.”
Coby had a chance to speak with a veteran who received one of the backpacks made available with the help of veterans assistance group Swords to Plowshares. “It was a very touching moment,” Coby said. “While I was speaking with one of the veterans, he thanked me and said, ‘People don’t know how difficult it is for veterans to settle back into society.’”
Coby started scouting in 2013. “I became a scout because I enjoyed camping and wanted to learn the skills of being a Boy Scout like rifle and shotgun marksmanship, rock climbing, wilderness survival, and kayaking,” he said. His march to Eagle Scout began last year after achieving “the other ranks of the Boy Scouts such as Star Scout and Life Scout while earning merit badges such as Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, First Aid, Salesmanship, Lifesaving, and Personal Management,” he said. Coby will receive the rank of Eagle Scout at a court of honor in May.
About his future, the service oriented scout said: “A career aspiration of mine is to be able to help people who are in need.”
Coby’s parents are Joanne Sotto and Victor Sobrepena
CENTURY PLUS: Father David Pettingill will be honored Feb. 12 at San Francisco’s St. Emydius Church in rites and celebration commemorating his 80th birthday and his service at the parish for the last 20 years. Father Dave, who grew up in St. Emydius, is a former pastor of St. Gabriel Parish, San Francisco. He also served at Marin Catholic High School for 22 years, eight as principal; taught homiletics, liturgy and Scripture at St. Patrick’s Seminary for 9 years, and was director of the diaconate formation program in the archdiocese for five years. Father Dave was ordained June 9, 1962. His birthday is Feb. 7. Santa Fe Archbishop John Wester will be principal celebrant and homilist at the 10:30 a.m. Mass Feb. 12. Father Bill Brady is pastor.
DIRECTIONS: There is still time to connect with Landings, a Paulist program helping Catholics back to the church beginning Jan. 18 at Our Lady of Angels Parish, Burlingame. “All the meetings will be held at OLA, but anyone in the area is welcome to participate,” coordinator Darlene Wigler told me. Contact Darlene at email@example.com; (650) 787-2598. Pre-registration is required. Landings website is http://landingsintl.org/.
PROUD MOM: Lani Meneses leads a hats off to her daughter Christina Meneses Casillas, a graduate of St. Anne School, San Francisco later earning degrees including a doctorate in educational leadership at San Diego State University. Christina is currently principal of a San Diego middle school and was invited to the Global Principals Summit in Chengdu China in October. The conference “explores global collaboration, and invites principals, senior management, district school boards and supporting organizations to share best practices and discuss the challenges and network with peers from across the globe,” her mom said.
RIGHT BEFORE OUR EYES: Sinulog Festival, Jan. 14, St. Mary’s Cathedral, Gough Street at Geary Boulevard, San Francisco, 11 a.m. Mass followed by reception. The event inaugurates the devotion honoring Santo Nino, the Child Jesus, in the Archdiocese of San Francisco; Edgar Estonina, firstname.lastname@example.org; Freda Motak, email@example.com. Knights of Columbus, St. Francis Chapter host clergy night Jan. 20, honoring bishops. priests and deacons, 6 p.m., St. Mary’s Cathedral, Gough Street at Geary Boulevard, San Francisco, $30; Rich Dizon, (650) 274-9906; firstname.lastname@example.org; Jeff Craig, (415) 596-9654; email@example.com.
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