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 April 11, 2005 VOL. 43, NO. 7Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

Students in action
Students in the theater department at Oakland’s Bishop O’Dowd High School will present their production of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” April 22, 29 and May 6 at 8 p.m.; April 23, 30 and May 7 at 8 p.m.; and May 1 and 8 at 2 p.m. Disabled and size-friendly seating and hearing impaired sound enhancement available upon request. Information: Marisa, (925) 382-4860 or www.bishopodowd.org.
Calling all seekers
Benedictine Sister Macrina Wiederkehr, an author and retreat leader on the subject of spiritual formation, will lead a retreat, “Drawn Like a Magnet to the Divine,” April 22 – 24 at the San Damiano Retreat Center in Danville. Room preference is $190 private and $160 double per person. For more information or reservations contact Lorraine at (925) 837-9141, or www.sandamiano.org.


Tuesdays, April 12, 19
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.

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. For information, call the SPRED office, (510) 635-7252.

Wednesday, April 20
Healing Mass. 7:30 p.m. at St. Leander Church, 550 W. Estudillo Ave., San Leandro.

Friday, April 29
Ultreya. 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Parish Hall, 837 Tennent Ave., Pinole. Information: Carl, (510) 223-1003.

Saturday, April 30
Crowning and Mass for Mary. The Catholic Daughters, Court 1934 will recite the Rosary at 9:40 a.m., followed by Mass at 10 a.m. At St. Francis of Assisi Church, 860 Oak Grove Road, Concord. Everyone is invited.

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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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April 15 – 17

Enkindling Compassion for All Creation with Father Louis Vitale, OFM. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Participants will reflect on the suffering and hopes of our world today. $170/$140. Call Lorraine Steele, (925) 837-9141; website:www.sandamiano.org.

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. $25. Information: Tom, (925) 389-0704.

Friday, May 6
A Day for Mothers: A Mother’s Heart. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Denise Roy, a licensed marriage and family therapist and author of “My Monastery is a Minivan,” will encourage participants to connect with themselves, other women and “the maternal face of God.” $55 fee includes lunch. Call Lorraine Steele, (925) 837-9141.

Thursday, May 12
Women’s Spirituality: “So Little Time, So Many Distractions…” 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Presenter Kathy Miranda will explore the challenge and the gift of tending to one’s spiritual and creative growth. $55 fee includes lunch. Call Lorraine, (925) 837-9141.

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Tuesday, April 12
Catholic@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.

Wednesday, April 13
Jesuits and Journalists in El Salvador’s War. 5:45 p.m. at USF Lone Mountain Campus, Room 100, 2800 Turk Blvd., San Francisco. An interview featuring Phil Bronstein, editor and executive vice president of the San Francisco Chronicle, and Jesuit Father Stephen Privett, president, University of San Francisco. Free and open to the public. Reservations recommended. (415) 422-6828.

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. 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.

Mondays through May 16
Easter Season Bible Study from the Books of Colossians and Philemon. 7:30 p.m., in the Pope John XXIII room at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. Cost of materials: $10. Information: Julie Gallagher, (925) 447-4549

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Thursday, April 14
Dominican Guild of the East Bay 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.

Italian Catholic Federation, Branch #223 Risotto and Chicken Dinner. 6:15 p.m. no-host cocktails, 7 p.m. dinner, at St. Theresa’s Hall, 30 Mandalay Road, Oakland. Tickets: $15 for adults, $7 for children 7-12 years of age. Information: Holly Raineri, (510) 451-0608.

Saturday, April 16
St. Alphonsus Liguori Adult Social Club Annual Salad Bar and Bingo. Door opens at 11:30 a.m., lunch at noon, at St. Alphonsus Church, Troik Hall, 16290 Foothill Blvd., San Leandro. Tickets: $7 includes two bingo cards. Tickets sold at door. Information: Margaret, (510) 278-4322.

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.

Catholic Singles Network Rotational Dinner and Dance Party. 6:30 p.m. no-host cocktail reception; 7:15 p.m. dinner; 9:30 p.m. dance party. At The Taragon Restaurant, 140 South Murphy Ave., downtown Sunnyvale. The four-course dinner is designed to have diners rotate to different tables for each course, so people are meeting new singles every half-hour. Door prizes. Cost: $29 for CSN members; $59 for non-members. Discounts available. Reservations are necessary. Information: Amanda, 1-888-208-9555, ext. 85 or e-mail: amandak@csnca.com.

Sunday, April 17
Sacred Heart Parish Tea Party. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the parish center, 4025 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, Oakland. Adults: $7, children: $4. Door prizes and raffle drawings. Advance reservations only. Call: Judy Rogers, (510) 655-5596 or Kim Mikus, (510) 653-4392.

Lisbon Festival 2005. 2 – 5 p.m., Castro Valley Community Center, 18988 Lake Chabot Road, Castro Valley. Cultural afternoon of music, dance, and arts and crafts honoring the friends and benefactors of the Centro Social Msgr. Julio A. Martins Foundation Children’s Center in Ligares, Portugal. Features Ramana Vieira, internationally acclaimed fado singer and her ensemble. Portuguese Folk Dancers, “Portugal na California” directed by Elaine Almeida, who will also perform. Includes wine and food, a Portuguese Boutique, sweet bread, raffle, pictures of the Center in Ligares. Donations welcome. Information: Maryann Evans, (510) 581-8060 or Mary Martins, (415) 447-5449.

Thursday, April 21
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.

Friday, April 22
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
Noel 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.

All Saints Young Ladies Institute #166 High Tea and Fashion Show. Noon at Kenneth Aitken Center, 17800 Redwood Road, Castro Valley. Fashions for all ages and sizes from the Dress Barn. Tickets: $20. Proceeds will be used for a scholarship for an All Saints girl graduating student going to a Catholic high school and to assist with tuition for seminarians, and other charitable causes. Tickets: Joanne Muniz, (510) 881-6738.

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.

St. Agnes Women’s Guild Annual Tea, “Hats and Tea on Parade.” Noon – 3 p.m. in the church hall, St. Agnes Church, 3966 Chestnut Ave., Concord. Tickets: $15 per person. Tickets/reservations: Marie, (925) 676-2261 or Laura, (925) 686-1957. Proceeds to benefit the St. Agnes Building Fund.

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.

Saturday, April 30
Andre Thierry and Zydeco Magic. Doors open at 7 p.m. Music starts at 8 p.m. – midnight. At St. Columba Church, 6401 San Pablo Ave., Oakland. Tickets: $15. Food and drink will be available at separate cost ($2 - $5). Presented by the African American Community at St. Columba. Information: Barbarella Magloire, (510) 669-0177.

Sunday, May 8
Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch Best House and Garden. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., 159 Washington Blvd., Fremont. Reserved seating only. $40 for adults, $15 for children 4-12, free for children under three. Information/reservations: (510) 624-4512. Limited seating.

Monday, May 9
St. Vincent’s Day Home Golf Tournament. At Sequoyah Country Club, Oakland. Information: Beth Ramos, bramos@svdh.org or Sr. Ann Maureen, (510) 832-8324. Proceeds benefit St. Vincent’s Day Home, Alameda County’s largest and oldest child development center.

Saturday, May 14
Salad Luncheon and Card Party. 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at St. John’s Community Center, 264 East Lewelling Blvd., San Lorenzo. Sponsored by St. Gerard Women’s Club. Bridge and other card games start at 10:30 a.m.; lunch at noon; pokeno at 1 p.m. Also door prizes, 50/50, and silent auction. Donation: $12 per person. Advance paid reservations requested. Information/tickets: (510) 278-2405.
Sunday, May 15

11th Annual Gardens Galore Garden Tour. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. The tour consists of eight Alameda gardens. Reservations: $20 in advance, $25 the day of the tour. An optional boxed lunch is available for an additional $9. Includes a boutique, with a large selection of handcrafted items from local Bay Area vendors, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sponsored by the St. Joseph Garden Club of Alameda. Proceeds benefit St. Joseph Notre Dame High School and St. Joseph Elementary School. Information/reservations: (510) 864-8503.

Wednesday, May 25
Day at the Races – St. Anne Confraternity, St. Edward Parish, Newark. At Golden Gate Fields, Albany. $25 admission fee includes bountiful buffet at noon. Contact: Helen Bettencourt, (510) 793-1594.

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support groups

April 12, 26
Divorced and Separated Support Group. 7 p.m. at St. Augustine Parish, 400 Alcatraz Ave., Oakland. Lynn McLoed, a licensed therapist, is the group facilitator. Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday.

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.

April 28 – June 16
Bereavement Workshop. 7:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Dr., Pleasanton. Grieving people need time and space to honor their grief. Join this 7-week workshop, sponsored by the Bereavement Ministry at the Catholic Community of Pleasanton, for help as you begin the healing process. This workshop is open to all regardless of religious orientation. Registration is required. Information/registration: Mary Hagerty, (925) 846-5377.

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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.

Friday, April 15
Music at the Mission. 8 p.m. at Old Mission San Jose, 43300 Mission Blvd., Fremont. A provocative evening of chamber music featuring The Adorno Ensemble. $20 general, $10 students/seniors. Tickets/information: (510) 656-2364.

April 15, 16, 17, 22, 23
SJND production: “Guys and Dolls.” 8 p.m. on April 15, 16, 22, 23; 2 p.m. on April 17 at St. Joseph Elementary Learning Center, 1910 San Antonio, Alameda. Tickets: $7.50 students, $10 adults. Reserved seating/information: (510) 814-8512.

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.

Sunday, April 24
Organ and Brass Festival. 4 p.m. at St. Stephen Church, 1101 Keaveny Court, Walnut Creek. Mario Balestrieri and Kerry Leyden, organists, and Vince Young, trumpeter will perform classical music. Suggested donation: $10 general; $5 senior/student, $15 per family; at the door. Refreshments served following the concert.

May 14, 15
San Francisco Bach Choir Performs the Music of Jacob Handl. 8 p.m. on May 14; 4 p.m. on May 15, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1668 Bush St., San Francisco. Alexandra Amati-Camperi, professor, University of San Francisco Department of Music, will present a half-hour pre-concert lecture on May 15 at 7 p.m. Advance tickets: $26, $22, and $15 for students; at the door: $30, $25, and $18 for students. Box office: (415) 441-4942 or www.sfbach.org.

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