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The decathlon team of SF Notre Dame des Victoires School placed third overall in academic junior high competitions March 5 at St. Pius School, Redwood City. Students also earned second place in a Logic Quiz and third place in a Super Quiz team contest.

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‘Rich because of children and families,’ OLV teacher says
June 21st, 2016
By Tom Burke

Our Lady of the Visitacion School has had Lynn Ellison on its team for 38 years and “will dearly miss her,” the school said about the retiring educator.

Lynn came to OLV as a volunteer in 1976 when her son Lawrence was a first grader. She helped out with reading groups and other classroom responsibilities as a teacher’s aide. Through the next four decades Lynn would also serve in roles including physical education teacher, coach for kickball, basketball, and volleyball teams as well as founder of an after-school program and the student council program.

Lynn and her husband, Jim, are Visitacion parishioners and live in Brisbane. Lynn has come to know many parish and school families and will miss the family atmosphere of the school. “She loves seeing how her children grow educationally and spiritually,” the school said.

Lynn’s advice to people choosing a vocation as a teacher is “to do it with love,” she said. “You are not there for the money, but you become rich because of the children and their families.”

Catholic schools are important because of the effort to educate the whole child, Lynn said. During her 38 years at OLV Lynn has worked with many children and their families, during school and out of school. She has gone to baptisms, first Communions, confirmations, and graduations to always offer support and love. After 38 years of being around young people, Lynn looks forward to taking things a little slower, but still giving back to her community.

ALL HATS OFF: Members of Catholic Charismatic Renewal have said final farewells to longtime companion on the journey Mario Vierneza who died May 28 at age 67 and was remembered at a funeral Mass June 8 at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Prayers for Mario were also said in rites at St. Elizabeth Church, San Francisco.

Father Raymund Reyes, vicar for priests for the Archdiocese of San Francisco, said Mario “was a great part of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in the archdiocese for more than 30 years.” Mario’s achievements in ministry included heading Filipino Catholic Charismatic Communities and helping form the Junior Apostolates for Christ. Mario is also credited as having a hand in sustaining the annual Northern California Catholic Charismatic convention. “In 1985, Mario co-founded the Junior Apostolates for Christ and has been an integral instrument of the Holy Spirit ensuring the Charismatic Renewal continuing in the San Francisco Bay Area, particularly committed to encouraging youth and young adults to center their lives around a close relationship with Jesus Christ,” said Mia Gines, a JAC member since 1998.

KEYS PLEASE: Devin King-Roberts, soon a junior at Stuart Hall High School, San Francisco, has been awarded a one-year scholarship for private piano lessons at Community Music Center, a nonprofit music school and performance space with branches in the Mission and Richmond districts of San Francisco. Devin is a graduate of St. Philip School, San Francisco.

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From June 23, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.


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