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Practicing in advance of basketball game pitting priests against seminarians Oct. 21 are, from left: Fr. Larry Goode, pastor, St. Francis of Assisi Parish, East Palo Alto; and Fr.  Mark Reburiano, pastor, St. Isabella Parish, San Rafael.

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Priests, seminarians square off in basketball game at Riordan
October 4th, 2016
By Tom Burke

Putting on a full-court press Oct. 21 as point guards, centers and forwards will be more than a dozen priests of the Archdiocese of San Francisco and about an equal number of seminarians from St. Patrick’s Seminary & University in Menlo Park. The game is a first here and proceeds will benefit the Office of Vocations in its constant mission to promote vocations.

“Father Mark Ruburiano will captain the priest team,” Father David Schunk, director of vocations, told me. He said referees will be in place to call the game and he is looking to CYO for recommendations. Knights of Columbus will have snack bars at the ready with refreshments for purchase.

In a recent note to us chancery grunts promoting the game and drawing a good natured laugh heard around the building, Father Schunk asked us to “Pray the priests don’t injure themselves.”

I asked Father Schunk if the priests had any ringers among them. “The priests all have basketball experience but we don’t want to disclose our ability to our opponents,” was his sly reply. Transitional Deacons Alvin Yu and Michael Liliedahl who will be ordained priests in the spring will play for the seminarians. Questioned about any exceptional talent among the seminarians, Father Schunk said Deacon Yu was voted MVP in last year’s annual priest and seminarian match for the Diocese of San Jose.

The game in San Jose has become quite a success and Father Schunk hopes the same can happen here. He said there is plenty of room in the Riordan gym and if you can make time for the game it is a guaranteed fun night out. “Thank you for supporting our seminarians and priests, as well as future vocations,” Father Schunk said.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students; under age 5 admitted free. Vocations office, (415) 614-5684;; Tickets will also be available at the door.

THANK YOU SISTERS: Rich O’Toole has been named as site administrator on the Sisters of Mercy West Midwest campus in Burlingame. The St. Gabriel parishioner “will supervise staff and facilities on the 39-acre campus that includes Mercy Center, Mercy Convent and Marian Life Care Center,” the sisters said in a statement. Rich is a graduate of Archbishop Riordan High School and holds an undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley and a law degree from the University of San Francisco. He has served previously in executive posts with law firms and most recently a property management firm. “I am confident that Rich possesses the leadership qualities that we need at this point in time on the Burlingame campus,” said Lori Pinkerton, Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community COO.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Celebrating her 90th birthday Aug. 25 was Mary Cervantes. Mary is retired music director at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, San Francisco, having held the post for 53 years before stepping down from the organ a few years ago. Mary is a treasured member of the music community here and on behalf of all of us others I thank her for her wonderful music through the years and wish her the very best.

GALA: Oct. 16 is the date for the Sixth Filipino Catholic Ministry Gala, Patrons’ Hall, Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, Gough Street at Geary Boulevard, San Francisco, 5:30 p.m. no-host cocktails; 6:30 p.m.dinner; dancing from 8 p.m. Gala highlights Pope Francis’ Jubilee Year of Mercy, opening hearts to love and forgiveness. Entertainment includes the Singing Priests of the Archdiocese of San Francisco and the Filipino Ministry dancers; tickets $50; Estelle Oloresisimo, (415) 595-9248;; Estrellita Chan, (415) 336.9193;

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From October 6, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.


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