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With some 60 years between them as teachers at Notre Dame des Victoires School, Roberta Renzi and Jeanne Mazeris have bid farewell to the San Francisco school. Roberta is retiring after 36 years of teaching kindergarten. Jeanne has been kindergarten th

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Little Sisters honor ‘friend, volunteer, benefactor’
August 23rd, 2016
By Tom Burke

Above the hoopla of a fall gala will be heard the more than 30 years of service put forth by Yvonne Sangiacomo for the Little Sisters of the Poor and the elderly served at St. Anne’s Home in San Francisco.

The Sept. 15 event honors Yvonne, “a friend, volunteer and benefactor to St. Anne’s Home since the 1980s,” the sisters said in a note to this column. Yvonne will be presented with the St. Jeanne Jugan award named for the founder of the Little Sisters and recognizing one who “values the solidarity of the human family, the wisdom of age, and with kindness of heart embraces the importance of care for the elderly.”

“Yvonne is known to many as the founder of the Little Sisters’ Red Tie Gala, but Yvonne has been so much more than that,” the sisters said. “ She has consistently, for over three decades, worked alongside the Little Sisters to help keep alive their legacy of care for the elderly, started in San Francisco in 1901. Yvonne has understood well that the mission of the Little Sisters was founded with full faith in community - community living, community support, and community prayer. She knows that funds are always needed to help make ends meet, but that it is not funds alone that give breadth to their work. It is the hand lent and the heart opened to daily needs, it is the hospitality shared and the willingness to serve as ambassador to their mission that propels their vision and keeps it vibrant and significant in a changing world.” Visit for event details.

FESTIVAL FUN: ‘Tis the time for Our Lady of Angels School festival featuring two days of rides, games, entertainment, prizes food and a silent auction, Sept. 9, 6-10 p.m. and Sept. 10, 2-11 p.m. A “Dine with the Angels” dinner with musical entertainment is also among the offerings; The Capuchin Friars Golf Tournament begins with a shotgun start Sept. 26 at Green Hills Country Club in Millbrae; Bill Mason, (650) 906-1040; Roy Nickolai, (415) 760-6584; Chris Ronan, (650) 745-6330.

LOTSA PASTA: The Knights of Columbus are cooking up a “Spaghetti and Bingo” fundraiser benefiting San Francisco’s Pomeroy Recreation and Rehabilitation Center Sept. 17 at the Pomeroy facility on Skyline Boulevard. Doors open 11:30 a.m., lunch at noon, games begin a little later. Tickets are $30 and checks can be mailed to KOC Foundation, 2810 Taraval St., 94116. Marian Mann, (415) 810-2957, has details.

RIGHT BEFORE OUR EYES: Just a note on what is happening nearby and with us in mind: Sept. 3 and most first Saturdays Mass is celebrated at Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma, All Saints Mausoleum, 11 a.m. Newly ordained Father Cameron Faller, is this month’s principal celebrant and homilist, (650) 756-2060, The series on Mercy continues Sept, 25 with Vivian Clausing, program director, Catherine’s Place, as presenter, 2340 Turk Blvd., San Francisco, 2-4:15 p.m. with talk, refreshments, and exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in the final hour. Registration required,, (415) 614-5535. Also Sept. 25, Good Shepherd Gracenter’s “A Taste of Autumn,”

St. Francis of Assisi is honored Oct. 3 with Transitus as Secular Franciscans of Our Lady of Angels Fraternity, Burlingame, commemorate the Transitus of St. Francis of Assisi in his passage from earthly life into everlasting life, 7 p. m. Oct. 15 learn about secular Franciscans at Our Lady of Angels Fraternity, Burlingame, 9-10 a.m., Our Lady of Angels Church, 1721 Hillside Drive, lower hall on Cortez Avenue. See how Secular Franciscans live joyfully in the world and celebrate God’s creation in the spirit of peace, humility, and simplicity. For both events Diane Creedon, (650) 678-6449;

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From August 25, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.


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