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 March 21, 2005 VOL. 43, NO. 6Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

Answering the call
Jesuit Father John Dear, author, peace activist and retreat leader, will lead a day of prayer and reflection, “Here I Am, Lord – Called to be Prophets of Peace,” on April 30 at Holy Spirit/Newman Hall, 2700 Dwight Way in Berkeley from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Tickets are $20 for individuals or $30 for couples. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Sponsored by Northern California Pax Christi. Information: Faye Butler, (510) 791-8186.
Focus on compassion
Franciscan Father Louis Vitale, an outspoken social justice advocate based in San Francisco, will lead a retreat, “Enkindling Compassion for All Creation,” April 15 - 17 at the San Damiano Retreat Center in Danville. Room preference: $170 private/$140double per person. To make a reservation contact Lorraine Steele, (925) 837-9141 or visit the website: www.sandamiano.org.


Tuesdays, March 22, 28
Eucharistic Adoration. 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. in Mary’s Chapel at St. Jarlath Church, 2620 Pleasant St., Oakland. Come and spend an our with Jesus.

Saturday, April 2
Rosary For Peace. 4 p.m. in Mary’s Chapel at St. Jarlath Church, 2620 Pleasant St., Oakland, Come and pray to bring about an end to violence in Oakland.

April 2 – 3
Divine Mercy Weekend. April 2 at St. Paul Church, 1845 Church Lane, San Pablo. 7:30 a.m. Mass followed by the Rosary and Chaplet of the Divine Mercy, 9 a.m. procession from St. Paul Church to the Divine Mercy Chapel in El Cerrito (2 hour walk), followed by novena at the Divine Mercy Chapel. Confession will be available. April 3 at St. John the Baptist Church, 11150 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito: 2:30 p.m. Mass, Father George E. Schultze, celebrant. Preceded by confession at Divine Mercy Chapel (next door to St. John) from 11 – 11:30 a.m. Information: (510) 412-4715, divinemercyfdtn@peoplepc.com, www.divinemercy-foundation.org.

Sunday, April 3
Divine Mercy Sunday. At St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St., Alameda. Songs of praise and worship at 2 p.m., followed by Mass at 3 p.m. Father Gene Wilson: celebrant. The Sacrament of Reconciliation available from 2 – 3 p.m.

Saturday, April 9
Mass for Life. 10 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 860 Oak Grove Road, Concord. Bishop Allen Vigneron presiding. Featured choir: Deo Gloria. Following the Mass: dedication of the Ten Commandments Monument, lunch reception, address by Tim Staples, a former Protestant minister, on “Promoting a Culture of Life by Word and Witness.” Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and The Respect Life Ministry of the Diocese of Oakland.

Sunday, April 17
27th Annual Diocesan SPRED Liturgy. 10:30 a.m. at St. Paschal Baylon Parish, 3700 Dorisa Ave., Oakland. Bishop Allen Vigneron, presider. Reception to follow. Iinformation: (510) 635-7252 .

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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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Tuesday, March 22
H.O.P.E. Group Lenten Day of Recollection. 10 a.m. with Mass at noon, St. Columba Church and Hall, 6401 San Pablo Ave., Oakland. Speaker: Father Tom Edwards, parochial vicar at Sacred Heart Parish in Oakland and St. Andrew-St. Joseph Parish, Oakland. All are invited. Lunch will be served. Sponsored by the St. Columba H.O.P.E. Group.

March 24 – 27
Holy Week Retreat. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. “Embracing the Passion: Transformed by Love,” with Franciscan Fathers Barry Brunsman, Evan Howard, Rusty Shaughnessy and Franciscan Sister Michelle L’Allier. Options for reflection, spiritual direction, Sacrament of Reconciliation and morning prayer. $205/$175. Contact: Lorraine Steele, (925) 837-9141; website: www.sandamiano.orwww.sandamiano.org.

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Saturday, April 9
A Day of Retreat with Father Michael Barry, SSCC. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Divine Mercy Chapel, 11152 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito. Father Barry, a member of the Sacred Heart Fathers, has been involved in the Charismatic Renewal since 1976 and is currently provincial of his order. Information: (510) 412-4715, divinemercyfdtn@peoplepc.com.

Saturday, April 16
St. Columba Women’s Group Annual Retreat. 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at St. Columba Church Hall, 6401 San Pablo Ave., Oakland. Speakers: Ann Naffziger, morning session; John Dupre, afternoon session. $20 fee includes breakfast and lunch. Pre-registration fee by April 10. Day of retreat: $25. Call: (510) 654-7600 or (510) 336-0506.

Spiritual Directors Day. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. With Bidi Millet and San Damiano’s Spiritual Directors Team. Pre-registration required. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. Lunch included. $55. Call Lorraine Steele, (925) 837-9141; website:www.sandamiano.org.

April 22 – 24
Drawn Like a Magnet to the Divine With Macrina Wiederkehr, OSB. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. The beautiful struggle of daily life and our great need to wake up and believe that it is God breathing in us each day. $190/$160. Call Lorraine Steele, (925) 837-9141; website: www.sandamiano.org.

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Thursday, March 26
Helping Children and Young Adults Understand Dementia. 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Kaiser Permanente, 280 W. MacArthur Blvd., 12th Floor, Room 1200 C, Oakland. Learn about dementia and its impact on individuals and families at this Family Care Alliance workshop. For adult caregivers only. (800) 445-8106, ext. 411.

Tuesday, March 29
Medical Ethics and Catholic Tradition. 4 – 5:30 p.m. at Lone Mountain Campus, University of San Francisco, 2800 Turk Blvd., Room 140, San Francisco. Speaker: Albert R. Jonsen, author, former USF president, and current emeritus professor of ethics in medicine at University of Washington’s School of Medicine. Free and open to public. Information: (415) 422-5200;lanecenter@usfca.edu, www.usfca.edu.

Friday, April 1
First Fridays at St. Joseph the Worker. 7:30 p.m. at 1640 Addison St., Berkeley. The film, “Romero,” will be shown to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the assassination of the Salvadoran archbishop. Free admission. Information: (510) 482-1062.

Saturday, April 2
Saturday Semester 2005. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Holy Names University, 3500 Mountain Blvd., Oakland. A day of stimulating presentations. Topics include “Deciphering The Da Vinci Code” by Father Brian Joyce, pastor at Christ the King Parish, Pleasant Hill; “How and Why Did Virginia Stephen Become Virginia Woolf?” by Roberta M. Palumbo, professor emerita, HNU; “Modern Art in Perspective: An Overview of Artists, Ideas and Movements of the 20th Century” by Robert N. Simons, HNU professor of art; and “The Chinese Written Language” by Richard Yee, HNC professor emeritus. Open to the public.

Tuesday, April 5
How Unequal Can America Get Before We Snap? 7 p.m. at UC Berkeley, Wheeler Auditorium. Free public talk by Robert B. Reich, university professor of social and economic policy at Brandeis University, visiting professor this semester at UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy, and former U.S. Secretary of Labor, on inequality of income, wealth and opportunity in America. Event is free, but a ticket is needed for entry. Contact the UC Berkeley Zellerbach Ticket Office, (510) 642-9988.

Tuesday, April 12
Catholics@Work. 7 – 8:15 a.m. at Crow Canyon Country Club, San Ramon. Pat Lencioni, acclaimed author of five best-selling books including “The Five Temptations of a CEO,” will kick-off the 2005 series of breakfast forums for East Bay Catholic business professionals. Preceded by Mass at 6:15 a.m. onsite. Cost: $20 for members, $27 for non-members, which can be paid at the door. The cost of membership is $40 a year. To pay in advance, send payment to Catholics at Work, 440 La Gonda Way, Danville, CA 94526.

Thursday, April 14
Boundaries With Kids. 7 – 8:30 p.m. at St. Charles Parish, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. A four-week book study/group will help parents teach their children responsibility, respect, and motivation. The cost is $15 for the book. Register and order books before March 31. Call Natalie Burbach, (925) 373-4848.

Thursday, April 21
An Exploration of the Classical Liturgy Composed by St. Thomas Aquinas for Corpus Christi. 7:30 p.m. at St. Margaret Mary Parish, 1219 Excelsior Ave., Oakland. Father Michael Wiener, Episcopal delegate for the Latin Rite of 1962 in the Oakland Diocese, will present a study on this liturgy. Information: Cliff Price, (510) 204-9085 or web site:www.StMargMaryOak.org.

Sunday, April 24
Homeschooling Curriculum Fair. 3 – 5 p.m. at St. Margaret Mary Church, 1219 Excelsior Ave., Oakland. Browse through materials provided by many nationally known homeschooling curriculum providers as well as resources compiled by TORCH, a Catholic homeschooling support group. Free admission. Information: Lily, (925) 827-1946.

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Thursday, March 31
Mother of Perpetual Help Institute #159, Y.L.I. Annual Spring Salad Bar Luncheon. Noon at St. Jerome’s Rohan Hall, 308 Carmel Ave., El Cerrito. Proceeds to benefit students at St. Jerome and St. John schools. Tickets: $10 per person. Reservations are necessary; no tickets sold at the door. Contact: Annette Bishop, (510) 526-9742 or Eleanor Roure, (510) 526-4174.

Saturday, April 9
Luncheon to Benefit the Christmas at Sea Program for Merchant Seafarers. 1 p.m. at Francesco’s Restaurant, Hegenberger Road and Pardee Street, Oakland. Sponsored by the East Bay Courts of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas. Proceeds will purchase knit caps, combs, stationary and other items to seafarers who deliver much needed supplies and merchandise to ports all over the world. The gift or “ditty” bags are filled at the International Maritime Center at Pier 40 in Oakland the first Saturday in November and are delivered to ships that come to the Port of Oakland between Nov. 1 and Christmas. Information or reservations by April 2: Marge Taylor, (510) 522-1741

St. Agnes School’s Annual Auction. At The Silvio E. Garaventa Sr. Center at Carondelet High School, 1133 Winton Dr., Concord. 5:30 p.m. no-host cocktails and silent auction; 7 p.m. dinner; 8:15 p.m. live auction featuring many items crafted by St. Agnes School students and items donated by school families and supporters. For more information or tickets call the school office, (925) 689-3990.
St. Leo Parish Spring Dinner/Dance. 6 p.m. no-host cocktails, 6:45 dinner, at the Colombo Club, 5321 Claremont Ave., Oakland. Tickets: $30 per person for the dinner and dance; $15 for just the dance. Contact: (510) 654-6177.

Thursday, April 14
Dominican Guild of the EastBay Salad Bar Luncheon and Bingo. Noon at St. Joseph’s Hall, 43222 Mission Blvd., Fremont. $7 ticket includes lunch and two bingo cards. Reservations: Lucy Turbes by April 12 at (510) 790-8923. Proceeds benefit the charitable works of the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose.

Saturday, April 16
St. Edward School’s Spring Gala, “A Tropical and Enchanted Caribbean Evening.” 4:30 p.m. to midnight at the Newark Pavilion. Includes “island cuisine,” silent and live auctions, raffle drawings, dancing and casino tables. Proceeds to support academic, sports and fine arts programs. Tickets: $30 per person. Contact: Marta Vera Leon, (510) 742-0865 or school office, (510) 793-7242.

Thursday, April 21
2005 Friends of the Society Breakfast. 9 a.m. at St. Columba Parish hall, 6401 San Pablo Ave., Oakland. Father Jayson Landeza will emcee benefit for the St. Vincent de Paul’s Champion Guidance Center for Men and Visitation Center for Women and Children. Reservations required. Christine Comella, (510) 636-4255 or ccomella@svdp-alameda.org.

Health and Justice Fair. 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Center, 635-22nd St., Oakland. Health screenings, voter registration, art making, networking, and music.

Fish Fry. 3 – 8 p.m. at St. Anthony Parish, 971 O’Hara Ave., Oakley. Complete dinners for $7 donation. Take-out will be available. Proceeds go toward the St. Anthony community center project. Sponsored by The Ladies Guild of St. Anthony Church in Oakley. Information: (925) 625-2109.

Saturday, April 23
Noll Institute 113 Young Ladies Institute Annual Spring Luncheon. Noon at Assumption School Hall, 1851 136th Ave., San Leandro. $10 donation. Refreshment buffet and a raffle of prizes. Tickets: Eleanor, (510) 352-3984.

Saturday, April 30
St. Patrick Annual Village Faire. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Father Howard Center behind St. Patrick Church, 1023 Peralta St., Oakland. Great bargains, good food, fun for kids. Raffle for airline ticket. Information: (510) 444-1081.

SPRED the Word XIV Annual Fundraising Dinner. At St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 860 Oak Grove Road, Concord. 5:30 p.m. Vigil Mass, no-host social at 6:30 p.m.; 7:15 p.m. dinner by Knights of Columbus Council #13179. Raffle and silent auction. Music provided by Sandy DeBow aka Professor Prune. Make reservations by April 18 to receive “early bird special” – $25 per person. Tickets after April 18: $27. Children’s tickets: $8. No ticket sales at the door. Benefits children, teens and adults with developmental disabilities in the Diocese of Oakland by providing ongoing faith formation, sacramental preparation and spiritual growth. SPRED office, (510) 635-7252; website: www.oakdiocese.org/spred.

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support groups

March 22, April 12

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

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Wednesday, March 23
Gifts of Love Benefit. 7:30 p.m. at Bishop O’Dowd High School, 9500 Stearns Ave., Oakland. The Bishop O’Dowd High School Symphonic Band and the Castro Valley Adult School Band will perform several musical selections separately and will also play two selections together. Conductors: Kathy Maier, Castro Valley Adult School Band, and Leonard Rossi, BOD Symphonic Band. A donation will be accepted by all those in attendance. Proceeds go to the Gifts of Love program, sponsored by the Italian Catholic Federation.

April 8, 10
Voices of Musica Sacra. April 8: 8 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 860 Oak Grove Road, Concord; April 10 at Santa Maria Church, 40 Santa Maria Way, Orinda. Simon Berry conducts 36-member multi-faith choir in music of the Easter season with brass, organ and percussion in works by Rutter, Frinzi, Matthias and Elgar. Tickets: $15 general, $12 seniors and students, $5 for children. Tickets may be ordered by calling (925) 944-5239 or at the performance locations at the time of the concerts.

April 14 – 17
Three by Albee. April 14, 15 and 16 at 8 p.m.; April 17 at 2 p.m., at LeFevre Theatre, St. Mary’s College, 1928 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga. The Performing Arts Department of St. Mary’s College presents “The American Dream,” “The Zoo Story,” and “The Sandbox” by Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright Edward Albee. Admission: $15 general; $12 for non-St. Mary’s students; $8 for St. Mary’s College faculty, staff and students. Tickets: (925) 631-4670; website: www.stmarys-ca.edu.

Sunday, April 17
Classical Concert. 7 p.m. at Good Shepherd Church, 3200 Harbor St., Pittsburg. Schubert’s Mass in G, as well as works by Mozart and Handel. Performed by Good Shepherd Choir. Special appearance by Carille Bruno and TSQ (The String Quartet) Plus. Tickets: $10 general admission, $7 seniors (55+) and students. Tickets available by phone (925) 432-6404, or at the door.

Through May 31
Atheism and Faith: The Art of Leonard Baskin. Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley. Exhibition of the work of Leonard Baskin, an acclaimed 20th century sculptor, printmaker and book illustrator known for his uncompromising moral and aesthetic stance. On display are six monumental color woodcuts dealing with the Holocaust, five black-and-white woodcuts, three portrait sketches of artists, and a self-portrait in bronze, as well as a selection of books and poems published by Baskin’s Gehenna Press. Free admission. Website: www.gtu.edu/library or phone (510) 649-2420.

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