CYO in Service to Others
CYO IN SERVICE TO OTHERS!
CYO teams are not only sports teams but are Christian communities of young people, a part of the youth ministries in their Catholic schools and parishes. As Christian communities, CYO teams are called to be of service to each other and to others!
The "CYO Points of Emphasis" are: "Spirituality, Service and Sportsmanship." As one of the three points, CYO teams are asked to commit each season to a service project for their school, parish or community.
This page will include some of the outstanding examples of service to the community and to others. We hope that many of our teams will be inspired to answer the call to Mercy and Service by our pope and our bishop in this Jubilee Year of Mercy.
Listed below are several examples of our CYO teams in service to others. If your CYO team has been of service in a recent project, and you would like them to be included on this page, please email a brief description of your project and a photo or two. You can email CYO by Clicking Here.
St. Jerome CYO Feeds the Hungry and Sings for Seniors
at Christmas Time!
For the second year, team members from St. Jerome CYO Basketball and Volleyball teams met during Christmas vacation for Christian Service. The team members met at church, brought food for the local parish St. Vincent de Paul society and then made Christmas cards in preparation for a visit to seniors at the Brookdale Home in San Pablo. There they delivered the cards, sang Christmas carols and visited. Event organizer, Jim Almeida said "It was a good example of giving during the holidays. Some of the elderly get few or no visitors during the holiday season and this is a great opportunity to give back to the community." Thank you, St Jerome CYO!
CCOP 5th Grade Girls' Basketball Team Adds
Christian Service to their Practice!
The 5th Grade Girls' CYO Basketball team from the Catholic Community of Pleasanton added Kids Against Hunger to their basketball practice. Coach Sara Heise wrote: " Instead of practice, we decided to make the world a bit better! Together with my boys PYB team we packed over 4K meals at Kids Against Hunger. We had a blast serving others! This is a super easy outreach that all our teams could easily do!" Well done CCOP!
CYO "Saints Among Us" Were Presented with All Saints Award
At a recent Sunday Mass, Father Ramon Gomez, pastor of All Saints, Hayward, presented several outstanding parishoners with the annual "All Saints Award," recognizing outstanding service to the parish community. The awards are given annually to members of the parish who "serve and inspire us ... ordinary people who do extraordinary works for God and attempt to witness to the world that their faith does make a difference." Among the awardees this year were Melissa Smith, CYO Track/Cross Country Coach and Girls' Athletic Director, and Mosese Otuhiva, CYO coach for eleven years. In addtion to her CYO service, Melissa is active with the local St. Vincent de Paul. Mosese is also active as chair of the local Tongan Community and the annual Fiesta. Congratulations to these outstanding volunteers, recognized for their service to CYO and to others!
Transfiguration 3rd Grade Girls' CYO Basketball Teams Help
"Kids Against Hunger"
Coach Jessica Skaf and the 3rd Grade Girls' CYO Basketball teams from Transfiguration Parish, Castro Valley recently helped at Kids Against Hunger, helping to feed 2376 children. For more information on Kids Against Hunger, Click Here to Vist their Website. Go Wildcats!
All Saints Teams Visit Seniors at Christmas
Teams from the All Saints, Hayward, CYO program recently spent time during their Christmas vacation to visit Senior residents at the St. Regis Retirement Center in Hayward. Participants from the CYO basketball, volleyball, cross country and track teams gathered in the gym to make Christmas cards to present to the seniors. The players then walked to St. Regis where they spent time with the residents and sang Christmas carols. Over 50 young people participated, led by CYO athletic director Melissa Smith. Pictured above are the players making cards.
Corpus Christi 7th Grade CYO Boys' Basketball Team
at St. Mary's Center
The Corpus Christi School, Piedmont, CYO 7th grade basketball team cooked and served meals to senior adults at the St. Mary Center in Oakland. The team, led by coach Mike Desler, is pictured above. Click here for rmore information about St. Mary's Center.
Girls' CYO Volleyball Season
Begins in Pink – Emphasis on Fun and Service!
Pictured below are photos from two tournament teams. The top photo is the St. Bede 7th grade team in special pink tie-dye uniforms for the tournament. Below is the championship St. Leander team in their pink tournament shirts. During the tournament the team wore special uniforms honoring one of their coaches in a fight with cancer.
Remembering the Jubilee Year of Mercy
Pope Francis declared a "Jubilee Year of Mercy," ending in 2016, calling the Church and all of us to "find the joy rediscovering and rendering fruitful God's mercy, with which we are all called to give comfort to every man and every woman of our time."
In announcing the Year of Mercy to the Oakland Diocese, Bishop Barber wrote, "Our Diocese is fully embracing this joyful celebration with many different programs and events, but, above all, by promoting the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy. It is my deepest desire, as father and pastor of the Church of Oakland, that each Catholic might be willing and able to practice them and truly become “merciful like the Father,” not only during this Holy Year, but always. "
For more information on the Jubilee Year of Mercy and Diocese of Oakland programs, Click Here to visit the Oakland Diocese Year of Mercy website.