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 December 12, 2005 VOL. 43, NO. 21Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

All is bright
Even Santa Claus can’t help but visit one of the merriest Christmas sites of the East Bay – the home of Deacon Dave Rezendes (left) at 352 Hillcrest Ave. in Livermore, where an elaborate Christmas display is open for all to see for the 23rd straight year. The display, featuring more than 250,000 lights, is open from 6 – 9:30 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and from 6 – 10:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Admission is free.


Rejoice in song
Lift your voices and spirits this Christmas season at the Festival of Lessons and Carols on Dec. 18 at St. Augustine Church, 400 Alcatraz Ave. in Oakland, The service, which begins at 4 p.m., will consist of Scripture selections telling the story of salvation history from Adam and Eve to the birth of Jesus. Interspersed between the readings will be favorite Advent and Christmas carols, some sung by the assembly and some by the diocesan choir of 40 voices accompanied by the LAUDATE orchestra. Admission is free. Information: (510) 653-8631.


Monday, Dec. 12
Advent Day of Renewal. 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Facilitator Father Rusty Shaughnessy, OFM. $20, lunch included. (925) 837-9141.

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.

Tuesday, Dec. 13
Christmas Around the World. 5:30 p.m. Mass with Maryknoll Father Art Wille, presider; 6:30 p.m. dinner; 7:30 p.m. program: screening of the Orbis Film, “An African Christmas.” At Maryknoll Mission Center, 16300 Foothill Blvd., San Leandro. (510) 276-5021; sanfrancisco@maryknoll.org.

Wednesday, Dec. 14
Christmas Concert. 7:30 p.m. at St. Paschal Church, 3700 Dorisa Ave., Oakland. Music provided by the music group, Vintage. Free admission. Proceeds from free-will offering to benefit three Bay Area non-profit groups.

Sixth Annual Procession and Celebration of Las Posadas. 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Grace Parish, 3433 Somerset Ave., Castro Valley. Advent celebration from Mexico that re-enacts the journey of Joseph and Mary. Participants will meet in front of the parish office and then walk to several designated homes for traditional prayers and songs. Dress warmly, wear good walking shoes, bring a flashlight and your singing voice. This is a bilingual, cultural experience for the community. Deacon Jim Garcia, (510) 889-6770 (Spanish) or Elisa Uribe, (510) 886-9377.

Dec. 13, 14
The Forgotten Carols. 8 p.m. at Old Mission San Jose, 43300 Mission Blvd., Fremont. Glenn Yarbrough, well-known 1960s folk singer, will narrate and sing “The Forgotten Carols,” a Christmas story with backup singing by the local Deo Gloria choir, directed by Sharon Xavier de Sousa. Tickets: $25-$35. (510) 793-6375 or acdocker@sbcglobal.net.

Thursday, Dec. 15
Advent Evening Series. 7 – 9 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Includes contemplative silence, chant, prayer, ritual and sharing. Check-in at 6:30 p.m. $15. (925) 837-9141.

Dec. 15, 16
The Music of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. 7:30 p.m. at Notre Dame de Namur University Theatre, 1500 Ralston Ave., Belmont. 20th anniversary of NDNU’s annual musical production. Free. Michael Elkins, (650) 508-3575; NDNU Theatre box office: (650) 508-3456; e-mail:theatre@ndnu.edu.

Dec. 16, 17
Christmas Concerts. Dec. 16: 7:30 p.m. at St. Clement Church, 738 Calhoun St., Hayward; Dec. 17: 7:30 p.m. at the Church of the Transfiguration, 4000 East Castro Valley Blvd., Castro Valley. The music ministries of St. Clement and Transfiguration parishes join together in this celebration of the Christmas season. Hear children and adult choirs and soloists singing carols and contemporary Christmas music accompanied by a chamber orchestra. Free-will donation.

Dec. 16, 18
Holiday Appearances by Golden Gate Boys Choir and Bellringers. 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. 16 – 24
Simbang Gabi. 5 a.m. at St. Edward Church, 5788 Thornton Ave., Newark; 5:30 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 860 Oak Grove Road, Concord; Holy Spirit Church, 37588 Fremont Blvd. Fremont. Advent novena Masses, a treasured Filipino tradition, will be followed by a light breakfast.

Saturday, Dec. 17
Misa de Gallo. 6 a.m. at St. Augustine Church, 3999 Bernal Ave., Pleasanton. Father Leo Asuncion from the Catholic Community of Pleasanton and Deacon Joe Sicat from St. Raymond Parish in Dublin invite Filipino-Americans and their friends from San Ramon, Dublin and Pleasanton to this traditional Advent Mass. Sponsored by the Filipino-Americans of Pleasanton, who will also host the breakfast after the Mass.

Saturday, Dec. 24
Christmas Tableau. 4, 4:15 and 6 p.m. at St. Raymond Parish, 11555 Shannon Ave., Dublin. Children of the parish, in grades one through five, will act out the Gospel story of the birth of Jesus during three children’s liturgies on Christmas Eve.

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Dec. 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.

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.

Wednesday, Dec. 21
Healing Mass. 7:30 p.m. at St. Leander Church, 550 W. Estudillo Ave., San Leandro. (510) 533-9950.

Saturday, Dec. 31
End of the Year Day of Prayer. 4 p.m. – midnight at the Motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, 43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont. Participants will pray using Lectio Devina, Prayer Around the Cross, and join the Eucharistic celebration at 11:30 p.m. Sister Beth Quire, O.P., (510) 449-7554 or SBQuire@hotmail.com.

Friday, Jan. 6
First Friday Healing Mass. 7 p.m. at St. Ambrose Church, 1145 Gilman St., Berkeley. Celebrated each month in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Personal healing prayers after Mass. Joan, (510) 524-9563.

Sunday, Jan. 22
St. Raymond School, Dublin, 20th Anniversary Celebration. Noon Mass at St. Raymond Church, 11555 Shannon Ave., Dublin. All past graduates and their families are invited to the Mass and the reception that follows. Alums will have a chance to catch up with classmates, watch a nostalgic slide show and tour the school. Margaret Snyder, (925) 365-0021 or visit www.st-raymond-dublin.org/school.

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eucharist adoration

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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Dec. 29 - Jan. 1, 2006
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 Mothers” $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
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.

Retreat with Bishop John Wester of San Francisco. At Vallombrosa Retreat Center, 250 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park. Begins with dinner at 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and concludes after brunch on New Year’s Day. Sister Rosina, (650) 325-5614, ext. 14 or rosina@vallombrosa.org.

Jan. 2 – 6
Silent Directed Retreat with the San Damiano Spiritual Direction Team. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Program includes morning and evening prayer, daily Eucharist, and daily individual spiritual direction. $385/private room. Lorraine Steele, (925) 837-9141.

Jan. 6 – 8
Single Adults Retreat. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Facilitators: Victoria S. MacDonald and Mark Schroeder, OFM. Through Scripture, film, prayer, and discussion participants will be reintroduced to their inner cast of characters and explore ways to bring those characters unto a unified union. $185 private room/ $155 for a shared room. Lorraine Steele, (925) 837-9141.

Jan. 13 – 15
Franciscan Spiritual Retreat with Father Kenan Osbourne, OFM. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Focusing on the Franciscan vision of seeing God as “God of all.” $185 private room/$155 shared room. Lorraine Steele, (925) 837-9141.

Saturday, Jan. 28
Retreat Day for Detention Ministers. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at St. Joseph Priory in Mission San Jose, Fremont. Facilitator: Father Tom Bonacci. Contact: Richard Denoix, (925) 367-5833 o rrichard_denoix@yahoo.com.

Feb. 3 – 5
A Weekend of Deep Healing. At San Damiano Retreat Center in Danville. Charismatic retreat conducted by Linda Schubert, well-known speaker, author and retreat director, and Santiago Salaices, experienced in counseling, communication and group dynamics. Music by Michael Hagerty, $195 for single occupancy, $175 for double occupancy. Price includes six meals. Check-in is 6 p.m. Friday. Pre-registration required ($50 non-refundable deposit.) Sponsor: Charismatic Catholic Renewal Office of the Oakland Diocese. CCRO office, (925) 828-6644 or Valerie, (925) 551-5827.

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Tuesday, Dec. 13
Catholics @ Work. At Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Dr., Danville. 6:45 a.m., full buffet breakfast followed by a speaker. (Preceded by 6:15 a.m. Mass at same location.) Michael McCabe, attorney and director of Catholic Detention Ministries for the Santa Rose Diocese, will talk about his decision to leave his law practice, enroll in theology school and begin a ministry working with convicts. $20 for members, $27 for non-members. (925) 389-0704 or visit www.catholicsatwork.org/EventDesc.aspx.

Thursday, Dec. 15
Book Forum. 7:30 p.m., Tucson Common Room, Church Divinity School of the Pacific, 2451 Ridge Road, Berkeley. L. William Countryman, CDSP professor of biblical studies, will read from his new book, “Run, Shepherds, Run: Poems for Advent and Christmas.” Audience members are invited to participate by reading poems from the anthology. Refreshments served. (510) 204-0705.

Tuesday, Jan. 10
School Tour and Information Session. 9 – 10:30 a.m. at St. Lawrence O’Toole School, 3695 High St., Oakland. Debbie Beltran, (510) 530-0266, dbeltran@csdo.org.

Saturday, Jan. 14
Next-Step Latin Class Continues. 11 a.m., parish hall, at St. Margaret Mary Church, 1219 Excelsior Ave., Oakland. Covering lessons 22-40 in Henle’s “First Year Latin.” Participants will explore the “Psalter” as the reading text. Rebecca C. Spencer-O’Hare, (510) 482-0650 or latin4all@sbcglobal.net.

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Saturday, Dec. 17
Newman Boomers Monthly Dinner. 6:15 p.m. at Plearn Thai Cuisine, 2050 University Ave., Berkeley. Join our social group – composed of single baby boomers in their 40s and 50s – for a lively meal. Reservation deadline: Dec. 14. Reservations/questions: John, (510) 669-9339. To get on free event mailing list, send your name, phone number, and an e-mail address to newmanboomers@yahoo.com.

Saturday, Dec. 31
Fun and Fantasy 2006. 9 p.m. at St. Benedict Parish Hall, 2245 82nd Ave., Oakland. Annual fundraiser sponsored by the Knights of Peter Claver, St. Bernard Council #212, to raise funds for their ongoing relief effort for hurricane survivors and scholarships for needy Oakland youth. Includes music, dancing, food and raffle prizes. $35 singles, $60 couples. (510) 536-0993.

Friday, Jan. 20
Polenta Dinner. 6 p.m. social hour, 7 p.m. dinner at St. Philip Neri Parish Hall, High Street and Van Buren, Alameda. $15 adults, $8 children under 12 years. Joann Dorn, (510) 523-9472 by Jan. 16.

Sunday, Feb. 26
Sacred Heart Parish’s 22nd Annual Mardi Gras Dinner and Dance. 3 p.m. no-host cocktails, 4 p.m. dinner. At Colombo Club, 5321 Claremont Ave., Oakland. Raffle and door prizes. $25 for dinner and dance; $10 for dance only. Judy Rogers, (510) 655-5596 or Mary Ann Francis, (510) 655-4971.

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support groups

Tuesdays, Dec. 13, 26
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.

Wednesday, Dec. 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.

Saturday, Dec. 31
CDWS New Year’s Eve Dinner and Concert. Members of Catholic Divorced Widowed and Separated of Contra Costa are meeting for an early dinner at the Hungry Hunter in Lafayette; option of going on to a free San Francisco Chamber Orchestra Concert at First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley.

Monday, Jan. 2
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.

Saturday, Jan. 7
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.

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Sunday, Dec. 18
Organ Recital. 3:30 p.m. at Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, 1111 Gough St., San Francisco. Christophe Tietze, organist. Seasonal organ music by Bach, Daquin, Mulet, Franck.

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Saturday, Jan. 7
Crab Feed and Dance. 5 – 6 p.m. social, 6 – 7:30 p.m. dinner, 7:30 – 11:30 p.m. music and dancing. Live music: Open Road. Sponsor: Livermore Knights of Columbus. Tickets: $37 per person, $69 per couple until Dec. 21. $42 per person after Dec. 21. Michael Valent, (925) 455-9420; Chris Conley, (925) 449-2265; or Manny Figueirdo, (925) 455-0543.

Saturday, Jan. 21
St. Francis of Assisi. 6:30 p.m. social, 7:30 p.m. dinner in the Family Center at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 860 Oak Grove Road, Concord. Tickets: $30 per person. Sponsor: St. Francis Knights of Columbus Council #13179. Fred, (925) 930-8470.



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