June 11, 2019 | The Valley Catholic
Catholic Cemeteries: Commit To Be a Responsible Christian
By Kathy Fanger
The news is filled with devastating
reports of individuals being struck
on roads, in crosswalks, parking
lots, even their own driveway. In an
instant, what started out to be an or-
dinary day, ends up changing lives,
The 5 th commandment states, “Thou
shall not kill.” This commandment
calls each one of us to have a deep
respect for every human life. We do
that by moving throughout our day
with a personal commitment to be
Be alert to your surroundings. Watch
for adults and children in and out of
crosswalks, bicyclists, vehicles chang-
ing lanes, school buses and children
entering and exiting them. Be par-
ticularly alert to motorcyclists on city
streets and highways who may split
lanes at a great speed than the traffic
around them. Use caution at night,
when individuals may NOT be cross-
ing at crosswalks but in dark areas.
When backing up in parking lots and
driveways, be alert to individuals,
children and cars which may be in
your path. The technology in newer
cars makes it difficult to hear their mo-
tors. Do not drive if you are impaired
by any alcohol or drug. Wear seat
belts and be sure children are secure
in car seats.
Allow space. The more space you
allow between your vehicle and the
vehicle ahead, the more time you have
to see a hazard and safely stop, avoid-
ing an accident.
Allow time to get to your destination.
Many grandparents and parents walk
children to school sometimes running
to arrive on time. How many of us find
ourselves hurrying, causing us to be
less alert, to drive above the speed
limit, to change lanes frequently to get
ahead? Rushing causes accidents and
frustration to other drivers by our lack
of courtesy. Instead, allow time and
Avoid all distractions. The use of
hand-held cell phones while driving
is illegal and results in a significant
fine. A far worse result is causing an
accident or death. Do not eat, read,
or fiddle with the radio or CDs. Keep
your eyes on the road. Do not allow
your pet to sit on your lap.
When walking, jogging, cycling
on streets or near trains:
Be alert to things in front, beside,
below and behind you. Avoid using
your cell phone as you are moving,
particularly in parking lots. Wear
helmets when cycling, and insist that
your children and teens do, too. Hel-
mets save lives.
Model responsible behavior.
Review safety rules with teens
and young children: Look both ways
before crossing streets; always walk on
the sidewalk and only in crosswalks;
and keep heads up and alert, no look-
ing at cell phones or texting. Swim
with a buddy, always under supervi-
sion. Promise yourself each day that
you will act safely, responsibly and
promote kindness and respect. Your
actions may have a positive ripple ef-
fect on others.
Catholic Cemeteries in the Diocese
of San Jose is pleased to offer sacred
resting places where families can re-
member loved ones in a peaceful and
hope-filled setting. We strive to make
our cemeteries safe for all who visit.
When visiting your loved ones, follow
safe practices: watch your children,
be aware of wildlife, and use caution
when walking around graves. Follow
rules and regulations designed to help
protect all who visit. If you have ques-
tions, or may be interested in property,
we are here to assist you. You may
contact us through our website www.
ccdsj.org, email email@example.com
or call (650) 549-6056.
June 19 , 7 – 9 p.m. (3rd Wednesday
890 Benton Street, Santa Clara (off
Facilitator: Candee Lucas, M.A. Pastoral
Want a safe place to talk about death
and dying and what it means? How do
we participate or incorporate dying
into our lives as we come upon that
experience? Space provided by Santa
Clara University Graduate Program and
Pastoral Ministries. For more informa-
Endorsed by Catholic Cemeteries.
ESTATE PLANNING WORKSHOP
June 29, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Saint Joseph of Cupertino Parish
10110 N. DeAnza Blvd. Cupertino
Facilitator: David Ryan, Esq. Providen-
tia Law Group
An estate plan is more than just a
document that designates how your as-
sets are passed down. Having an estate
plan in place has a variety of benefits
that extend beyond simple inheritance
and cover critical elements that wills
ignore, such as guardianship for your
children, protection for your business,
what happens if you are incapacitated,
as well as burial and funeral plans.
Through a comprehensive process,
Providentia designs complete, custom
plans that protect family members, as-
sets and values, starting with an initial
360-degree review process and main-
taining your plan with a subsequent
lifetime support program. Come join
us for an educational session on what
you can do today to protect your family,
your wealth, assets and yourself. For
more information, call 650-428-3730.
SOLACE – Soul + Grief
Monthly Drop-in Grief Support Group
Grounded in spirituality and faith
June 26, 7 – 9 p.m.
O’Connor Hospital Chapel, Main En-
trance, 2105 Forest Ave., San Jose.
Parking in the back lot, right of Main
Facilitator: Candee Lucas, M.A.
Pastoral Ministries. We hope to create
a sacred space for you to share your
grieving. No RSVP necessary. Free.
Sponsored by Catholic Cemeteries and
O’Connor Hospital. For more informa-
tion: www.ccdsj.org (650) 549-6056.
For more information or to schedule
a free workshop in your parish, contact
(650) 428-3730 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rest in Peace, Ida Collins
Ida Collins passed away peacefully
on May 14 at the age of 92. Ida was
born to the late Frank and Paula Cap-
pozzo in Waukesha, WI. She married
her loving husband, Harry, a Deacon
of the Diocese of San Jose, in 1961 in
San Francisco. They later moved to
Campbell where they lived for 44 years
before moving to an independent liv-
ing community in San Jose.
Ida is sur vived by her loving
husband, Harry; her daughter, Paula
Gallagher of San Jose; and her son,
Michael Collins (Linda Fama) of
Alexandria, VA; and grandchildren,
Matthew and Nolan Gallagher of San
Jose, and Jonathon Collins of Alexan-
dria, VA. She is also survived by many
nieces and nephews. Her generous
loving spirit will be missed by all who
In lieu of flowers, donations can be
made in Ida’s memory to the American