Danny McHale, diocesan hero!

Last Saturday evening the Knights of Columbus sponsored the spectacular Vocations Dinner.  It was sold out for weeks, with over 600 people in attendance.  I was proud to give awards to over 60 altar servers from our parishes.  One of the servers received a special Leadership Award:  Daniel McHale from St. Joan of Arc in San Ramon.  The fourteen year old son of Mary and Joseph was born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA).  He  can’t move, and gets about in a wheelchair, which he steers with his fingertips.  Danny asked if he could become an altar server like his younger brother, Robert.  Fr. Ray Zielezienski trained him, and now Danny serves Mass with the other young people of the parish.  I’m really proud of him.  Dan McHale is one of my “Heroes of the Diocese of Oakland!!!!”

Bishop Barber with Danny and Robby McHale.

Bishop Barber with Danny and Robby McHale. Photo: Christine Schreck/The Catholic Voice