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 January 9, 2006VOL. 44, NO. 1Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

Become more centered
Benedictine Father Laurence Freeman, spiritual guide and director of The World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM), will present “Coming Home: An Introduction to Christian Meditation,” on Jan. 15 at St. Philip Neri Church, 3108 Van Buren St. in Alameda from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Sponsored by the parishes of the Alameda Deanery, the event will give participants an opportunity to discover how meditation is rooted in earliest Christianity, learn the practical aspects of Christian meditation, and become more centered in the love of God. No prior meditation experience is necessary. $10 free will offering. Jeannie, (510) 849-2181.

Remember the dream
Father James (Jay) Matthews, pastor at Oakland’s St. Benedict Parish, will be the guest celebrant and homilist at the 21st Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Solidarity Mass at St. Paul of the Shipwreck Church, 1122 Jamestown Ave. in San Francisco on Jan. 15 at 10:30 a.m. The Inspirational Voices of Shipwreck Gospel Choir will minister in song. Light refreshments following Mass. People of all faiths welcome. (415) 468-3434.


Wednesdays, Jan. 11, 18, 25
Christ the King Bible Study and Charismatic Prayer Meeting. 7:30 p.m. at 6 St. Lawrence Ct, 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 the prayer meeting. (800) 474-6644.

Fridays, Jan. 13, 20, 27
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.

Wednesday, Jan. 18
Charismatic Healing Mass. 7:30 p.m. at St. Leander Church, 550 W. Estudillo Ave., San Leandro. (510) 533-9950.

Saturday, Jan. 21
Charismatic Healing Mass. 7:30 p.m. at St. Isidore Church, 440 La Gonda Way, Danville. This Mass is presented as an introduction to the charismatic experience. Sponsor: the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Office. (925) 828-6644.

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 and teacher, watch a nostalgic slide show and tour the school. Margaret Snyder, (925) 365-0021 or visit www.st-raymond-dublin.org/school.

Divine Mercy Presentation by the Mother of Mercy Messengers. 7:30 p.m. at Holy Rosary Parish, 1313 A St., Antioch. Inspiring presentation featuring lights, an image of the Blessed Mother, and a message of St. Faustina. Fran, (925) 753-1122.

Friday, Feb. 3
First Friday Healing Mass. 7 p.m. at St. Ambrose Church, 1145 Gilman St., Berkeley. Mass is celebrated in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Personal healing prayers after Mass. Joan, (510) 524-9563.

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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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Jan. 13 – 15
Franciscan Spiritual Retreat with Father Kenan Osborne, 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 or richard_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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Monday, Jan. 9
Escape Adulthood. 7 – 8:30 p.m. in St. Augustine Hall, Catholic Community of Pleasanton, 3999 Bernal Ave., Pleasanton. Jason Kotecki, author of “Escape Adulthood” and creator of the Kim and Jason comic strip, will talk about living with a childlike faith. All are welcome. (925) 846-3531.

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.

The Power of Now. 7:30 p.m. in Borromeo Hall, St. Charles Parish, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. Presenters Sister Rebecca Shinas, adult spiritual formation coordinator at St. Simon Parish in Los Altos, and Patty Littrell, a member of St. Charles’ L.I.F.E. (Lessons in Faith Experience) team, will lead participants through the process of how to live in the “now,” referring to Eckhart Tolles’ book “Stillness Speaks.” A free will donation of $5 is appreciated. Julie, (925) 447-4549 orupcatholic@aol.com.

Saturday, Jan. 14
Beginning and Continuing Church Latin Classes. 9 a.m. class for beginning students and 11 a.m. class for continuing students at St. Margaret Mary Church, 1219 Excelsior Ave., Oakland. Due to strong demand for a beginning Latin class, Church Latin classes will now be offered for both new and continuing students. All classes will use Fr. Henle’s “First Year Latin” text and “Latin Grammar,” available on Amazon. Continuing classes will also use the “Psalter” in Latin. Rebecca C. Spencer-O’Hare, (510) 482-0650 or latin4all@sbcglobal.net.

Wednesdays, Jan. 18, 25
Walking God’s Paths: Christians and Jews in Candid Conversation. 7 – 9 p.m. at Temple Israel of Alameda, 3183 Mecartney Road, Alameda. A six-session joint study series to stimulate conversation between Jewish and Christian (especially Catholic) congregations. Participants will experience each tradition’s understanding of how it walks God’s path and how the two faith communities can relate to one another in positive ways. Produced by the Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College on behalf of the National Council of Synagogues and the Bishops’ Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The program will conclude with a joint Catholic-Jewish liturgical music concert at St. Joseph’s Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St., on March 2 at 7 p.m. Free and open to the public. Advance registration is required. Anne Marie Fourre, (510) 749-7158.

Saturday, Jan. 21
Cantor Workshop Presented by Janet Whitaker. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at All Saints Church, Second and D streets, Hayward. Schedule: morning prayer, talk on basics of cantoring, break-out sessions for cantors and accompanists (run by John Stump), lunch, afternoon master class session. To be a performing participant let it be known at registration. If possible, bring your accompanist with you, otherwise John Stump will be available to accompany. Registration fee: $15, includes lunch. (510) 581-2570.

Monday, Jan. 23
A New Look at Liturgy. 7:30 p.m. at St. Mary Magdalen Church, 2005 Berryman St., Berkeley. Third in year-long series on the liturgy; this evening will cover the history of the Mass. Speaker: Jesuit Father Tom Scirghi, associate professor of liturgical theology at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley. Christine Straessle, (510) 526-4811, ext. 19, cstraessle@marymagdalen.org.

Jan. 24 – 26
Earl Lectures: “Gathering the Beloved Community: Voices of Faith for the Public Square.” Sponsored by the Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic, Ave., Berkeley. Focus on the meaning and potential of progressive Christianity. Public lecturers and sermons by five prominent scholars whose work focuses on religion in public life: James Forbes, senior minister of New York’s Riverside Church; Diane Winston, media and religion scholar; Hubert Locke, Holocaust scholar; Kwok Pui Lan, feminist theologian; and Delwin Brown, PSR dean emeritus. Thirty pastoral conference workshops spread across three days will allow smaller groups to explore a variety of theological topics. Admission to the lectures and the launch reception is free; the Pastoral Conference workshop fee is $95. (510) 849-8274, (800) 999-0528 or www.psr.edu.

Monday, Feb. 6
Call for Interreligious Dialogue. 8 p.m. at University of San Francisco, McLaren Hall, Room 252, San Francisco. Rev. Dr. Hans Ucko from the Interreligious Relations Office for the World Council of Churches will speak on the “Importance of Dialogue Between Jews, Christians, and Muslims in Overcoming Violence.” Free and open to the public. Gary McDonald, (415) 422-2699.

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Friday, Jan. 13
Annual YLI Dinner. 5:30 p.m. at St. Joseph School, 1961 Plum St., Pinole. Tickets: $10 adults, $6 children 10 years and under; can be purchased at the door. Raffle tickets. Door prizes. Carol Gill, (510) 758-5285.

Saturday, Jan. 21
Polenta Dinner. 6 p.m. social, 7 p.m. dinner, at St. Philip Neri Parish Hall, High Street and Van Buren, Alameda. $15 for adults, $8 children under 12. Joann Dorn, (510) 523-9472. Send checks payable to ICF Branch 10 to Joann at 2907 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda, CA 94501.

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, Jan. 10, 24
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, Jan. 11
Catholic Divorced Widowed and Separated of Contra Costa (CDWS) Don’t Eat Alone Dinner. 6 p.m. at T.J. North’s Buffet, 2050 Diamond Blvd., Concord. Bobbie R., (925) 939-9282.

Wednesdays, Jan. 11, 25
Safely Home Bereavement Grief Support Ministry. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at St. Anne Church, Dyer and Cabello streets, Union City. No reservations or sign-up required but a phone call would help for planning purposes. Roseann Langley, (510) 471-6545.

Tuesday, Jan. 24
CDWS Post-Holiday Support Group Meeting. 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room at Carl’s Jr. in Walnut Creek, corner of Oak Grove and Citrus in the Citrus Center. Scheduled topics include sharing of holiday experiences, finding support for oneself, discussion of interest in another support group. Participants may enjoy a no-host meal or beverage with the group. Joan S., (925) 939-1007 or Dianne G., (510) 527-2148.

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Saturday, Jan. 14
Interfaith Gospel Concert Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 7:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Geary and Gough streets, San Francisco. Concert will feature the Northern California Gospel Music Workshop of America Choir and the Lighthouse Singers of Marin under the direction of Gospel Hall of Fame member, Dr. Helen J.H. Stephens and associate directors Dr. Robert Stevens and Torey Campbell. A free will offering will be accepted. (415) 567-2020, ext. 220.

Dia de Los Reyes Concert. 8 p.m. at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 1640 Addison St., Berkeley. Presented by Coro Hispano de San Francisco and Conjunto Nuevo Mundo, two musical groups that explore and perform classical, folk and vocal chamber music from various Hispanic traditions. Tickets available by mail, phone or at the door: $15 seniors and students, $20 general. (415) 431-4234.www.corohispano.org.

Sundays, Jan. 15, 22
Sunday Afternoon Recitals. 3:30 p.m. at Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, 1111 Gough St., San Francisco. Jan. 15: Arthur Johnson (Reno, NV), organist; Jan. 22: Ronald McKean, organist. Open to the public. A free-will offering will be requested at the door. (415) 567-2020, ext. 213.

Thursday, Jan. 26
New Clothes for the Empress. 4 p.m. at LeFevre Theatre, St. Mary’s College, Moraga. St. Mary’s College Performing Arts Department will present this stage adaptation based on the classic fairytale, “The Emperor’s New Clothes” by Hans Christian Anderson. Story adaptor Michael Cook has altered the title and added a few changes to accommodate the mostly female cast. Suitable for grades K through 3. All tickets: $6 (925) 631-4670.

Sunday, Jan. 29
Organ Concert Featuring the Works of Charles Tournemire. 4 p.m. at St. Perpetua Church, 3454 Hamlin Road, Lafayette. Raymond Garner, organist. (925) 283-0272, ext. 206.

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Saturday, Jan. 21
St. Jarlath Parish, Oakland. 6 – 7 p.m. social hour, 7 – 10 p.m. dinner at 2620 Pleasant St. Oakland. New York steak may be substituted for crab. Adults: $28, children (14 and under): $16. Advance ticket sales only. Sponsor: Knights of Columbus Magellan Council #2730. Mel Goulart, (510) 533-8212 or St. Jarlath Parish, (510) 532-2068.

St. Lawrence O’Toole School, Oakland. 6 p.m. cocktails (no host bar), 7 p.m. dinner, at 3695 High St., Oakland. SLOT Crab Feed Hotline, (510) 633-0203.
St. Francis of Assisi, Parish, Concord 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.

Saturday, Jan. 28
Holy Names High School, Oakland. 6 p.m. social hour and silent auction (no host bar); 7 p.m. dinner, 4660 Harbord Dr., Oakland. $35 per person. Table sponsorships available. Reservations held at the door. No ticket sales at the door. Attire: casual. $10 corkage fee. Roasted chicken available for non-crab eaters. RSVP: Jan. 13. (510) 450-1110, ext. 112. Proceeds benefit HNHS students and programs.

St. Alphonsus Parish, San Leandro. 6 p.m. happy hour, 7 p.m. dinner, at church hall, 16290 Foothill Blvd., San Leandro. $25 adults, $15 children under 12. Virginia Harkins, (510) 614-8130.

Saturday, Feb. 4
SISTER (Supportive Intense System of Treatment, Empowerment and Recovery). 6 p.m. at Lake Merritt United Methodist Church, 1300 Lakeshore Ave., Oakland. First annual crab feed, Maryland Style, sponsored by a women’s recovery program. Jazz Trio. Auction. $40 per person. Helen Koci, (510) 336-0576.

Friday, Feb. 10
St. Michael/St. Charles CYO Basketball. 6 p.m. at Shrine Event Center, 170 Lindberg, Livermore. Theme is Beach Blanket Bonanza. Choice of crab or chicken. $35 per person. Adults only. John Bowles, (925) 961-1414.

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Saturday, Jan. 14
Charismatic Gathering. 9:30 a.m. at St. Raymond Parish, Moran Hall, 11555 Shannon Ave., Dublin. Charismatic Prayer Group Leaders and Core groups are invited to a meeting with RoseMarie Mullins, the new bishop’s liaison. Come prepared to share your needs and expectations for the Renewal in 2006 and to pray for the servant leaders in our diocese. RoseMarie, (925) 828-6644.

Saturday, Jan. 28
San Francisco East Bay Chapter of Kappa Gamma Pi. 11:30 a.m. at the home of KGP National Past President Theresa Woo. Contact Theresa Woo at (510) 548-5972 for details and to RSVP.

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social justice

Saturday, Jan. 21
Walk for Life West Coast. 8 a.m. Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral, 1111 Gough St., San Francisco, celebrant: Auxiliary Bishop John Wester of San Francisco. 11 a.m. speeches, rally and walk at Justin Herman Plaza on Market St., San Francisco. Participants will walk along San Francisco’s waterfront to show support for those hurt by abortion. Confirmed speakers include Pastor Clenard Childress, regional director of LEARN, Serrin Foster, president of Feminists for Life, and Stan Parker, founder and president of CURE. (415) 586-1576 or www.WalkforLifeWC.com

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