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 November 21, 2005 VOL. 43, NO. 20Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

Songs of peace
Local composer and recording artist Janét Sullivan Whitaker will headline her annual Advent Graces Concert at St. Augustine Church, 400 Alcatraz Ave. in Oakland on Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. The concert will feature new material from her recently released CD, “Trying to Get Ready,” as well as familiar favorites. Tickets are $15 through the St. Augustine Parish office at (510) 653-8631 or at the door.


West Bank life
Jerry Levin, a former CNN reporter and one time hostage, and his wife Sis - seen here in Israel - will speak at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 1640 Addison St., at 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2. Both are peace activists in Israel and the West Bank and will speak on “The Incredible Shrinking Map of Palestine: The Piece Process Continues.” For information on their visit, call (510) 845-4740.

Dialogue on justice
Maryknoll Father Roy Bourgeois, (left) founder of School of the Americas (SOA) Watch, and actor Martin Sheen of TV’s “West Wing” (right) will dialogue about their commitment to peace and social justice on Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at Holy Spirit/Newman Hall, 2700 Dwight Way at College Ave. in Berkeley.
Cost is $25 and benefits the San Carlos Foundation’s work among the poor in Latin America.
Tickets are available at Newman Hall and Black Oak Books in Berkeley.

Ethics and war
Father J. Bryan Hehir, noted Harvard professor of religion and an expert on ethics and war, will deliver an address on “The Politics and Ethics of Nonproliferation” on Dec. 6 at the Tresidder Memorial Union, Oak Lounge, on the campus of Stanford University from 4 – 5:30 p.m. The talk is free and open to the public.


Nov. 28, Dec 5, 12
Monday Night Bible Study Group for the Advent Season. 7:30 at St. Charles Parish, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Pope John XXIII room, Livermore. The focus will be on the Advent Gospels of Mark, John and Luke. Sponsor: St. Charles, St. Michael parishes in Livermore. Julie, (925) 447-4549 or upcatholic@aol.com.

Dec. 1, 4, 16, 18

Holiday Appearances by Golden Gate Boys Choir and Bellringers. Dec. 1: Christmas Tree Lighting at Crocker Galleria, San Francisco Union Square, at nightfall, free; Dec. 4: Annual Christmas Concert at Cristo Rey Carmelite Chapel, 721 Parker, San Francisco, 2 p.m., free will offerings accepted; Dec. 16: Holiday Concert at Wells Fargo Bank Museum, 420 Montgomery St., San Francisco, noon, free; Dec. 18: Old English Christmas Feast at Mark Hopkins Hotel, San Francisco. (Annual fundraiser for GGBC, reservations: (510) 887-4311.)www.ggbc.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. 3, 4
East Bay Sanctuary Holiday Crafts Fair. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley. Unique gifts at wonderful prices from women’s fair trade cooperatives from Central America, Asia, Haiti and Africa. All proceeds go to indigenous artisans and to support East Bay Sanctuary’s work with refugees.

San Francisco Bach Choir’s Annual “Candlelight” Christmas Concert. Dec. 3: 8 p.m. at St. Ignatius Church, Fulton and Parker streets, San Francisco; Dec. 4: 4 p.m. at Calvary Presbyterian Church, Fillmore and Jackson streets, San Francisco. Doors open 30 minutes prior to concert times. A celebration of seasonal works for multiple choirs from the late Renaissance and early baroque, carols in the round, and a premiere performance of a Magnificat by director David Babbitt. Advance: $22 and $26 and $15 for students); at the door: $30 and $35 and $20 for students. Seating is general admission within sections. SFBC website: www.sfbach.orgor call box office at (415) 992-6562.

Dec. 9, 10, 11, 15, 16
The Music of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. At Notre Dame de Namur University Theatre, 1500 Ralston Ave., Belmont. 20th anniversary of NDNU’s annual musical production. Dec. 9: gala performance at 7 p.m.; Dec. 10, 17: 2 and 7 p.m.; Dec. 11, 18: 2 p.m.; Dec. 15, 16: 7:30 p.m. Free, except for gala performance on Dec. 9 ($30 each). Michael Elkins, (650) 508-3575; NDNU Theatre box office: (650) 508-3456; e-mail:theatre@ndnu.edu.

Dec. 9, 11
Christmas Carols Festival and Tea Reception. Dec. 9: 8 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 860 Oak Grove Road, Concord; Dec. 11: 3 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1924 Trinity Ave., Walnut Creek. The Voices of Musica Sacra will serve up traditional Christmas hymns and sacred classical music selections by Haydn, Morley, Poulenc, Rutter and others. Accompanied by organ and brass, conductor Simon Berry will also lead audience members in singing holiday favorites. Specialty tea reception to follow. $20 adult and $15 senior or student; tickets can be purchased at the door or online at www.voicesofmusicasacra.org.

Saturday, Dec. 10
Day of Christmas Meditation. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (9:30 a.m. registration) at San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Facilitator: Sister Barbara Hazzard, OSB. Includes introductory talks, walking and sitting meditation, time for questions and brief sharing. Practicing meditators are welcome. $55, lunch included. (925) 837-9141.

CDWS Christmas Party. 6:30 p.m. in Rossmoor. Gala party sponsored by the Catholic Divorced Widowed and Separated of Contra Costa. (925) 934-2798.

Tuesday, Dec. 13
Christmas Around the World Celebration
. Begins with Mass at 5:30 p.m., at 16300 Foothill Blvd., San Leandro. (510) 276-5021.

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Tuesdays, Nov. 22, 29, Dec. 6
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. 23, 30, Dec. 7
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.

Friday, Nov. 25
Ultreya. 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Parish Hall, 837 Tennent Ave. in Pinole. Carl, (510) 223-1003.

Nov. 25, Dec. 9, 16, 23, 30
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. 27

Eucharistic Liturgy of the Vietnamese Martyrs. 2:30 p.m. at St. Anthony Church, 1535 – 16th Ave., Oakland. Bishop Allen Vigneron will preside that this liturgy organized by the Vietnamese Community of the Oakland Diocese. A reception will follow in the Church Hall.

Wednesday, Nov. 30
Sharing Christ’s Presence. 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. at St. Agnes Parish, 3966 Chestnut Ave., Concord. Praise music, Scripture, reflection, Sacramental anointing and veneration of the Blessed Sacrament. Tom, tegr@earthlink.net.

Friday, Dec. 2
First Friday Healing Mass. 7 p.m. at St. Ambrose Church, 1145 Gilman St., Berkeley. Mass is celebrated on the First Friday in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Personal healing prayers after Mass. Joan, (510) 524-9563.

Wednesday, Dec. 7
Celebration of Life. 7 p.m. at Guerrero Mortuary Chapel, 407 Estudillo Ave., San Leandro. Memorial service to remember the lives of loved ones who died in 2005.

Dec. 8 – 9
National Night of Prayer for Life. From 9 p.m. on Dec. 8 to 1 a.m. on Dec. 9 at Queen of All Saints Parish, 2390 Grant St., Concord. Prayer service consists of exposition and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, 20 decades of the Rosary, meditation and hymns. Bob and Betty Gallagher, (925) 682-2458.

Friday, Dec. 16
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.

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6 a.m. to 8 p.m., at Mary’s House Chapel, 1850 Church Lane, San Pablo.
24 hours a day, at Divine Mercy Center and Perpetual Adoration Chapel, 11152 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito. (510) 412-PERPETUAL.

Mondays, Wednesdays
12:45 – 6:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Dr., Pleasanton.

8 a.m. – 8 p.m. in Mary’s Chapel at St. Jarlath Church, 2620 Pleasant St., Oakland.

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Thursday, Dec. 1
An Evening with Father Ronald Rolheiser, OMI. 7 – 9 p.m. at Vallombrosa Retreat Center, 250 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park. $15. Sister Rosina, (650) 325-5614 ext 14 or rosina@vallombrosa.org.

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.

Dec. 29 – Jan. 1
A New Year’s Meditation Intensive. At Mercy Center, 2300 Adeline Dr., Burlingame. Opportunity to enter deeply into an experience of silent meditation together. There will also be talks and interviews with the retreat director, Redemptorist Father Gregory Mayers, author of “Listen to the Desert: The Secrets of Spiritual Maturity in the Desert Fathers and Mother” $250/$200 commuters. Non-refundable deposit of $60 is required. Balance must be paid by Dec. 26. (650) 340-7474, mc@mercyburl.org, www.mercy-center.org.

Dec. 30 – Jan. 1, 2006
New Year’s Retreat. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Facilitators: Father Rusty Shaughnessy, OFM, and Cheryl Thomsen. Participants will learn how to embrace a spirituality of imperfection as they take inventory of the previous year and prepare for the New Year. $180/$150. (925) 837-9141.

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Nov. 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.

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.

Tuesday, Nov. 29
East Bay Theology on Tap. 7 p.m. social, 7:30 p.m. speakers at Kerry House, 4092 Piedmont Ave., Oakland. Father Hank Ormond, O. Carm., “Awakening the Real Self for Developing a Genuine Relationship with God.” Sponsor: St. Leo Parish, Oakland and Kerry House.

Tuesday, Dec. 6
L.I.F.E. (Lessons in Faith Experience) presents Father Tom Scirghi, S.J. 7:30 p.m. in Borromeo Hall, St. Charles Church, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. Father Scirghi, an associate professor of liturgy at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, will be referring to Elizabeth Johnson’s book, “Truly Our Sister,” as well as the writings on Mary from Pope Paul VI and Pope John Paul II. $10 free will donation. (925) 447-4549

Wednesday, Dec. 14
Healthy Grieving. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Guerrero Mortuary Chapel, 407 Estudillo Ave., San Leandro. Guerrero Mortuary Chapel in partnership with Sutter VNA and Hospice present this class to help the bereaved understand grief and promote healthy grieving. Robert Wallinger, (510) 483-5300 or Barbara Gordon, (510) 450-8867.

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Saturday, Nov. 26
21st Annual Sport Collector Show. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Ryan-O’Connell Parish Hall, 575 W. Estudillo Ave., San Leandro. Sports memorabilia from 1880 – 2005 will be for sale. Admission: $3; free for those over 65 and under 5. Proceeds to benefit St. Leander Parish and local charities. Door prizes. Sponsor: San Leandro Meridians. Mark, (510) 538-6245.

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support groups

Tuesdays, Nov. 22, Dec. 13
Breast Cancer Prayer and Support Group. 7 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Dr., Room B, Pleasanton. Second and fourth Tuesdays. Donna Carlton, (925) 461-8411; Mary Merucci, (925) 846-8436; or Helen Wirtenson, (925) 462-3798.

Saturday, Nov. 26
CDWS November Birthday Dinner. 6:30 p.m. at a Concord restaurant. Celebrate the November birthdays of members of the Catholic Divorced Widowed and Separated of Contra Costa with a post-Thanksgiving light dinner. Joan, (925) 939-1007.

Saturday, Dec. 3
Monthly Support Group for Survivors of Clergy Sexual Abuse. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Holy Redeemer Center, 8945 Golf Links Road, Oakland. (510) 267-8373.
Monday, Dec. 5

Friends for Life: A Cancer Support Group. 7 – 9 p.m. in Walnut Creek-Pleasant Hill area. A Christ-centered support group that is open to all faiths. Joy or Gale at (925) 939-0122 or (925) 685-0842.

Nov. 21, Dec. 7, 21
Safely Home – Grief Support Ministry. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. in Group Room 101, at St. Anne Church, Dyer and Cabello streets, Union City. No sign-up or reservations required but a phone call for planning purposes is appreciated. Roseann Langley, (510) 471-7766.

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Sunday, Nov. 27
Classical Organ Concert. 4 p.m. at St. Perpetua Church, 3454 Hamlin Road, Lafayette. Raymond Garner, organist, will present a classical organ recital featuring works by Franck, Tournemire, and Vierne. Free. Part of the parish’s monthly Evening Prayer – Organ Recital series. (925) 282-0272 x206 or rgarner@stperpetua.org.

Nov. 27, Dec. 4, 11, 18
Cathedral Concerts. 3:30 p.m. at Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, 1111 Gough St., San Francisco. Nov. 27 and Dec. 18: Christoph Tietze, organist; Dec. 4: Vytenis Vasyliunas (Germany), organist; Dec. 11: Richard Riley, tenor.

Friday, Dec. 2
The Gospel of Mark. 7:30 p.m. at All Saints Church, 22824 2nd St., Hayward. Actor Michael Reardon and director Patrick Lane present this dramatic presentation of Scripture, light and movement. An offering will be received. A reception to meet the artists will follow.

Dec. 2, 3
USF Dance Showcase. 8 p.m. at University of San Francisco’s Presentation Theater, 2350 Turk St., San Francisco. In addition to choreography by USF faculty and performance by USF students the showcase will feature guest artist Miya Hisaka Silva and El Teatro de Danza Contemporanea de El Salvador, the first professional dance company in the history of El Salvador. $10 general admission, $5 students, seniors, anyone with a USF ID. Kathi Gallagher, (415) 422-6507,gallagher@usfca.edu.

Music at the Mission: “Music and the Spoken Word.” Pre-concert talk at 7:15 p.m., concert at 8 p.m. Dec. 2: Old Mission San Jose; 43300 Mission Blvd., Fremont; Dec. 3: Cathedral Basilica, San Jose, 80 S. Market, San Jose. Special guest, Actor Roscoe Lee Browne. $25 general, $20 student/senior. (510) 656-2364, www.ticketweb.com, www.musicatthemissionmsj.org.

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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