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 November 7, 2005 VOL. 43, NO. 19Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

Music for the soul
Catholic recording artist Michael John Poirier, who wraps his prayers into songs, will sing during a Eucharistic Holy Hour and Concert at St. Isidore Church, 440 La Gonda Way in Danville, on Nov. 15 from 7 – 9 p.m. Free-will offerings will be accepted, but all are welcome to attend regardless of ability to offer a financial gift. Sponsored by the Respect Life Ministry and After the Choice Outreach of the Oakland Diocese. For more information visit Poirier’s Holy Family Apostolate at www.riverofmercy.com.



Nov. 7, 9, 14, 16
Eucharistic Adoration. 12:45 – 6:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Dr., Pleasanton. Every Monday and Wednesday.

Tuesdays, Nov. 8, 15, 22
Eucharistic Adoration. 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. in Mary’s Chapel at St. Jarlath Church, 2620 Pleasant St., Oakland. Come and spend an hour with Jesus.

One Spirit Prayer Group. 1 – 2:30 p.m. at Santa Maria Church, 20 Santa Maria Way, Orinda. All are welcome to join us regularly, or on a drop-in basis, as we pray each week.

Wednesdays, Nov. 9, 16, 23, 30
Christ the King Bible Study and Charismatic Prayer Meeting. 7:30 p.m. at 6 Saint Lawrence Court, Pleasant Hill. All are welcome to share in charismatic praise, singing, and openness to the gifts of God’s Spirit. Personal prayer for healing follows Prayer Meeting. (800) 474-6644.

Fridays, Nov. 11, 18, 25
Light of the World Charismatic Prayer Group. 7 p.m. at St. Ambrose Church, 1145 Gilman St., Berkeley. Join with others to praise, pray, and sing joyfully to the Lord. Personal healing prayers available. Joan, (510) 524-9563.

Sunday, Nov. 13
Annual Mass and Luncheon for Y.M.I. and Y.L.I. Members, Deceased Members, Widows and Families. 11 a.m. at St. Lawrence O’Toole Church, 3725 High St., Oakland. Luncheon follows at Ark at Pier 29 Restaurant, 300 – 29th Ave., Oakland. Surprise guest speaker. $22 cost includes tax and tip. Reservations: Bob Valva, American Council #8, (510) 451-7314 (day) or (510) 531-2849 (evening); Rosemarie Pierce Laurentian Institute #70, (510) 531-1878.

Sisters of the Presentation Liturgy of Thanksgiving. 2 p.m. at St. Agnes Church, 1025 Masonic Ave., San Francisco. Concludes the Sister’s 150th anniversary celebration. Reception follows at the Presentation Motherhouse, 2340 Turk Blvd., San Francisco. (415) 422-5020,www.presentationsisterssf.org.

Friday, Nov. 18
Taize: An Evening of “Prayer Around the Cross.” 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St., Alameda. An hour or so of silence, solitude, and serenity in the presence of the Lord.

Saturday, Nov. 19
Ultreya. 5:30 – 9 p.m. at St. Bonaventure Church, 5562 Clayton Road, Concord. All Cursillistas and Bonfiristas are invited to attend this first joint reunion, also known as an Ultreya. Following Mass a Holy Spirit Potluck will take place in the parish hall. Bring your great voices and recipes. Sponsor: St. Bonaventure Cursillo and Bonfire Community.

Sunday, Nov. 20
Friends and Family Day – Gospel Mass Celebration. 10:30 a.m. at St. Columba Church, 6401 San Pablo Ave., Oakland. Reception immediately following Mass in parish activity center. Joyce Allen, (510) 654-7600.

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Eucharistic Adoration. 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., at Mary’s House Chapel, 1850 Church Lane, San Pablo.

Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration. At Divine Mercy Center and Perpetual Adoration Chapel, 11152 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito. 24 hours a day. Do you want to change your life and live more with God? Then become an adorer of Christ. Spend an hour with Jesus. Information, (510) 412-PERPETUAL.

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Nov. 18 – 20
12-Step Retreat with Father Tom Weston, S.J. At Villa Maria del Mar Retreat Center in Santa Cruz. Information/Registration by phone: (831) 475-1236; fax: (831) 475-8867; e-mail: villamariadelmar@earthlink.net; website: www.villamariadelmar.org.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend. Spend a weekend away with your spouse before the holidays. Registration is limited. Mike and Jeanne Emry, (925) 672-2016 or visit: http://oakland.lovemoredeeply.org.

Dec. 1, 8, 12
Advent Days of Renewal. 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Facilitators: Sister Michelle L’Allier, OSF (Dec. 1); Father Evan Howard, OFM (Dec. 8); Father Rusty Shaughnessy, OFM (Dec. 12). $20, lunch included. (925) 837-9141.

Thursdays, Dec. 1, 8, 15
Advent Evening Series. 7 – 9 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Each evening will include contemplative silence, chant, prayer, ritual and sharing. Check-in begins at 6:30 p.m. $15. (925) 837-9141.

Dec. 2 – 4
ACDF Recovery Retreat. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Facilitators: Peter Coster, MFT and Tricia Nickel, MFT. Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families (ACDF) retreats focus on our relationship with ourselves, our Higher Power, and others in our lives. Must be familiar and comfortable with the 12 Steps. $170/$140. (925) 837-9141.

Grief Retreat. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Facilitator: Carol Kaplan, MFT. Retreat will enable those grieving significant losses to move toward healing and peace as they travel forward in life. $180/$150. (925) 837-9141.

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Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28
Remembering Church. 7:30 – 9 p.m. at St. Mary Magdalen Parish, Office Conference Room, 2005 Berryman St., Berkeley. Informal group that explores returning to the Catholic Church. Christine Straessle, (510) 526-4811, cstraessle@marymagdalen.org.

Tuesday, Nov. 8
Catholics @ Work. 7 – 8 a.m. at Crow Canyon Country Club in Danville. Mass is offered at 6:15 a.m. Featured speaker: Michael J. Nader, an employment law expert and political philosopher. A full buffet breakfast will be served. $20 for members, $27 for non-members. Information and online registration: http://catholicsatwork.org.

Mission Forum. 7:30 p.m. at the Maryknoll Center, 16300 Foothill Blvd, San Leandro. Joe Hastings of Catholic Relief Services will bring a human face to the immigration controversy with stories from Mexico and Central America. (510) 276-5021.

Nov. 8, 15
Scripture Series. 7 p.m. at, senior center at All Saints Church, 22824 Second St., Hayward. Led by Jean Easterly and Joy Choate.

Nov. 8, 15, 22
School of Faith. 10 – 11:30 a.m. at St. Albert the Great Parish Hall, 1022 Holly St., Alameda. Nov. 8: “Texas Hold ‘M: Living the Moral Life, A Game A Day,” Father Tony Herrera, pastor, St. Barnabas Parish, Alameda; Nov. 15: “12-Step Spirituality,” Father Vince Cotter, pastor, St. Philip Neri, Alameda; Nov. 22: “Into the Eye of God,” Father Richard Danyluk, pastor, St. Joseph Basilica. Free or donations accepted. Anne Marie Fourre, (510) 749-7158.

Wednesday, Nov. 9
Lessons on Leadership – Post 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s College, Moraga. Ken Otter, program director, M.A. in Leadership, will facilitate this first in a series of discussions about 21st century leadership with area experts including Kathleen Roscher, assistant director of Transportation Security Administration. All are welcome, no RSVP needed. Free admission, light snacks. (800) 538-9999.

School for Pastoral Ministry Information Night. 7:30 – 9 p.m. at Santa Maria Church, 40 Santa Maria Way, Orinda. Mary Lue Daniels, (510) 273-4997, mdaniels@oakdiocese.org.

Nov. 10, 17
Stained Glass Illumination, East and West: Renovation of the Historic Jesuit Cathedral in Shanghai. Nov. 10: 5:45 p.m. at Lone Mountain Campus, Room 100, University of San Francisco. Nov. 17: 7 p.m. in Richard S. Dinner Boardroom, GTU Hewlett Library, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley. Teresa Wo Ye and Jesuit Father Thomas Lucas talk about the transformation taking place in the century-old Jesuit Cathedral in Shanghai. Presented by the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley and The Ricci Institute at the USF Center for the Pacific Rim. Free and open to the public. Reservations recommended. USF Ricci Institute, (415) 422-6401, www.usfca.edu/ricci; (510) 549-5051 or alumni@jstb.edu.

Sunday, Nov. 13
Cloning and Stem Cell Research: Theological and Ethical Issues. 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley. Ted Peters, interim president and professor of systemic theology at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, will speak at First Congregational Church’s “Science and Religion” series. Amy Moseley, (510) 845-4145 oramymosley@sbcglobal.net.

Tuesday, Nov. 15
L.I.F.E. (Lessons in Faith Experience). 7:30 p.m. in Borromeo Hall at St. Charles Borromeo, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. Father Padraig Green presents “Transforming Your Life After Loss.” $5 donation helps defray cost. Julie, (925) 447-4549 or upcatholic@aol.com.

From the Eye of the Storm: Faith, Ministry, the Tsunami of 2004, and Katrina and Rita in 2005. 7:30 – 9 p.m. in Tucson Common Room, Church Divinity School of the Pacific, 2451 Ridge Road, Berkeley. Episcopal priest Charles Ramsden, who was vacationing in Thailand when the 2004 tsunami swept over his hotel, will talk about Christian ministry in the face of disaster. (510) 204-0720 or priley@cdsp.edu.

Nov. 15, 29
East Bay Theology on Tap. 7 p.m. social, 7:30 p.m. speakers at Kerry House, 4092 Piedmont Ave., Oakland. Nov. 15: Father Tom Scirghi, S.J., “From the Mass to the Mall: The Rise of the Megachurch”; Nov. 29: Father Hank Ormond, O. Carm., “Awakening the Real Self for Developing a Genuine Relationship with God.” Sponsor: St. Leo Parish, Oakland and Kerry House.

Wednesday, Nov. 16
Coping With Loss During the Holidays. 7 p.m. in the Keeley Center, St. Charles Borromeo Parish, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. Speaker Barbara Gordon, a longtime hospice and grief minister, will help attendees find ways to maintain traditions, discover how to celebrate in new ways, give oneself space to grieve, and ask questions and receive support. Mary, (925) 784-8587 or Barbara, (925) 455-0944.

Nov. 17, 18
Healing Prayer Workshops Presented by Dennis, Sheila and Matthew Linn. 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. at St. Isidore Church, 440 La Gonda Way, Danville. Nov. 17: Critical Issues in Pastoral Care: A Day for Pastoral Ministers, Therapists, Spiritual Directors and Health Professionals (6 CEU’s offered). $35 donation includes lunch. Nov. 18: Healing Life’s Hurt: An Experiential Workshop. $15 contribution includes lunch. Pre-payment required. No one refused for lack of funds. Melissa, (510) 267-8370 orwww.oakdiocese.org/pastoral/register.

Through Nov. 22
Divorce and Beyond. 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. at Bethany House, 3540 Chestnut Ave., Concord. For those who have experienced the loss of someone through separation or divorce within the last three years. Sponsor: Family Life Ministry of the Department for Evangelization and Catechesis. $35 donation (no one turned away for lack of funds). Joe Gerhards, (925) 682-3314 or Rita Billeci, (510) 893-4711, x 392.

Monday, Nov. 28
A New Look at Liturgy. 7:30 p.m. at St. Mary Magdalen Parish, 2005 Berryman St., Berkeley. Speaker Jesuit Father Tom Scirghi will discuss basic principles of liturgy and liturgy and Vatican II. Christine Straessle, (510) 526-4811 x 9, cstraessle@marymagdalen.org.

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Tuesday, Nov. 8
Irish-American Culture Club. 7:30 p.m. at Petar’s Restaurant, 32 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette. Socializing among members and prospective members. Irish music by Sinead Clare. Tom, (925) 830-1084.

Saturday, Nov. 12
Winter Wonderland Holiday Tea. 1 p.m. at St. Bonaventure Hall, 5562 Clayton Road, Concord. Entertainment by Antioch Strolling Strings. Raffle and prizes. $14 donation. Sponsor: St. John the Baptist de la Salle, Catholic Daughters of the Americas. Marie, (925) 798-2948.

Tuesday, Nov. 15
Women of St. Joseph’s Annual Holiday Shop Night. 7 – 9 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Church Hall, 43148 Mission Blvd., Fremont. Over 21 vendors and artisans with product to sell. Laura Dauzat, (510) 793-9528.

Nov. 18 and 19
Sisters of Mercy at Marian Care Center Annual Holiday Boutique. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at 2300 Adeline Dr., Bldg. D, Burlingame. (Follow Lower Road on Mercy Campus to Marian Care Center.) Numerous holiday items for sale from gift baskets to baked goods. Debbie Halleran, (650) 340-7426.

Saturday, Nov. 19
Latin America Community Assistance Foundation (LACA) Fundraiser. 7:30 p.m. at St. Joachim Church, Hesperian Blvd. and A St., Hayward. Authentic Mexican food; concert by Jesuit Father Javier Avila from the city of Creel in the Sierra Tarahumara. Songs will be translated into English. $20 adults; $10 ages 10 – 13; $5 ages 6 – 12; free five years and under. Proceeds go toward LACA’s mission to improve the lives of the rural poor in Latin America. LACA programs currently assist the people of Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama, Venezuela, and Haiti. Marta Duarte, (510) 581-0716; Lillian Trillo, (510) 886-0981.

Nov. 19, 20
All Saints Sister Parish Holiday Market. In the senior center beside the church at Second and D streets, Hayward. Nov. 19: 4:30 – 8:30 p.m.; Nov. 20: 8:30 a.m. – 2:20 p.m. and 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Baked goods, new and handcrafted objects, Christmas, religious and Mexican items. Raffle. Goal of the Holiday Market is to provide seed money for construction costs to build simple chapels in many of the 36 rural communities within the boundaries of Santa Ana (All Saints’ sister parish) in Tanlajas, Mexico. Ron, (510) 489-8658 or John, (510) 538-7106.

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support groups

Tuesdays, Nov. 8, 22
Breast Cancer Prayer and Support Group. 7 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Dr., Room B, Pleasanton. Second and fourth Tuesdays. Mary Merucci, (925) 846-8436; Donna Carlson, (925) 461-8411; or Helen Wirtenson, (925) 462-3798.

Catholic Divorced Widowed and Separated of Contra Costa (CDWS). 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. near St. Agnes Church in Concord. Second and fourth Tuesdays. Joe Gerhards, (925) 682-3314.

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Wednesday, Nov. 9
Holocaust Drama. 7 p.m. in LeFevre Theater, St. Mary’s College in Moraga. Janice Noga, actress and singer, will appear in “Janka,” a drama about one woman’s will to survive the Holocaust and her desire to experience the American Dream. Sponsored by Campus Ministry at the college. $10 general, students with I.D. are free. (925) 631-4366 or aadams@stmarys-ca.edu.

Nov. 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20
Bishop O’Dowd Drama Dept. Presents “Arsenic and Old Lace.” Nov. 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 8 p.m.; Nov. 13 and 20 at 2 p.m. Disabled and size-friendly seating available upon request. Hearing impaired sound enhancement available at the box office. $10 general admission. (510) 553-8600 or www.bishopodowd.org.

Saturday, Nov. 12
A Celebration of Philippine Dance and Music featuring the Kariktan Dance Company. 6 p.m. at El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St., Antioch. Get a glimpse of the Philippines and its culture and gain historic insight into the country through the dances that represent its different regions. Benefit for the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley. General admission: $25; seniors/students: $20; children 10 and under: $15. Tickets: Angie Verdun, (925) 586-3165 or 778-8973, verdunangie@yahoo.com; ticket office, (925) 757-9500.

Sunday, Nov. 13
Gospel Choir Concert. 2 – 5 p.m. at St. Benedict Church, 2245 82nd Ave., Oakland. Featuring The Gospel Choirs of St. Benedict Church, Inspirational Catholic Voices, St. Bernard Church, other guest choirs. Donation: $10 advance; $15 at door. $5 children under 10. Jimmie Thompson, (510) 638-1221; Al Norton, (510) 581-4895.

Interfaith Concert. 4 p.m. at St. John Vianney Church, 1650 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek. Free admission. A free will offering for the Winternights Shelter Program. Sponsor: The Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County. (925) 933-6030.

Sundays, Nov. 13, 20, 27
Cathedral Concerts. 3:30 p.m. at Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, 1111 Gough St., San Francisco. Nov. 13: Douglas Bruce (Switzerland), organist; Nov. 20: Vincent de Pol (Germany), organist; Nov. 27: Christoph Tietze, organist.

Wednesday, Nov. 16
Relief Concert for Katrina Victims. 7 p.m. at University of San Francisco (USF) Presentation Theater, 2350 Turk St., San Francisco. Will feature USF music students playing pieces ranging from jazz to classical, and vocal to instrumental. Raffle. $10 general admission, $5 students. Sponsor: USF Performing Arts Department. (415) 422-2186, reservations@usfca.edu or www.usfperformances.com.

Nov. 18, 19
The Arabian Nights by Lowell Swortzell. Nov. 18: 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 19: 8 p.m. at Holy Names High School Auditorium, 4660 Harbord Dr., Oakland. Enter the imagination of Scheherazade as she uses the power of story to save her life and bring happiness to the Sultan’s kingdom. $10 adults in advance/$12 at the door. Reservations: (510) 450-1110, ext. 115.

Nov. 18, 20
Marie Bellet Concerts. Nov. 18: 7:30 p.m. at Holy Cross Lutheran Church Hall, 1092 Alberta Way, Concord. Tickets: $15 advance, $20 at the door. (925) 265-4090. Nov. 20: 3 p.m. at St. Isidore Parish, 440 La Gonda, Danville. Hosted by Knights of Columbus. $10 per person free will donation requested. The Catholic singer, songwriter and mother of eight, ministers through music that encourages women and mothers. CDs available after the concert. Information: www.mariebellet.com.

Saturday, Nov. 19
An Evening With The Saringhimig Singers. 7 p.m. at St. Jarlath Church, 2620 Pleasant St., Oakland. Program includes English, Latin, Spanish, Filipino and religious classics. Light refreshments and dancing follow in the parish hall. $15 per person. Proceeds benefit the parish hall renovation and upgrade project. Sponsor: The Filipino Catholic Community of St. Jarlath. Gee Izon, (510) 261-4157, Terri Lauigan, (510) 530-4588 or parish, (510) 532-2068.

Catch the Action! Concert. 7:30 p.m. at St. Theresa Church, 30 Mandalay Road, Oakland. Led by the Spirit Choir from Concord’s St. Bonaventure Parish, which will be performing contemporary praise music. Free will offering requested. Proceeds go to hurricane relief fund. (510) 547-2777 x11.

Sunday, Nov. 20
Annunciation and Expectation. 3:30 p.m. at St. Philip Neri Church, 3108 Van Buren, Alameda. Musical performance by Soli Deo Gloria Orchestra; Paul Flight, guest conductor. Reception to follow in parish hall. (888) 734-7664. Advance purchase tickets: $22 general, $17 seniors and students. Tickets slightly higher in price at the door.

Through Dec. 18
Perceptions in Art and Science: Different Faces Same Truth. 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, Hearst Art Gallery, St. Mary’s College, 1928 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga. This exhibit features dozens of visually arresting images – images created with the aid of math and science. $2 suggested donation. Free parking. (925) 631-4379

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