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 January 23, 2006VOL. 44, NO. 2Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

Singing for peace
Liturgical musician and composer Bob Hurd, known for such songs as “Shelter Me, O God,” and “In the Breaking of the Bread,” will be featured in a Sunday evening concert of music, celebration and prayer on Feb. 12 at St. Monica Church, 1001 Camino Pablo, Moraga, from 4 – 5:30 p.m. Free will offerings will benefit the Nevada Desert Experience, an organization that brings together people of faith in a campaign to stop nuclear weapons testing.



Loving God in song
Choir directors, choir members and all who love to praise the Lord in song are invited to participate in the Annual Rawn Harbor Liturgy Music Workshop, conducted by Rawn Harbor, at St. Columba Church, 6401 San Pablo Ave.. in Oakland. Rehearsals will be held Feb. 22 – 26, 7 – 9 p.m. and Feb. 25 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Lunch will be provided.) The Workshop Choir will sing Feb. 26 at the 10:30 a.m. Mass. (Choir gathers at 9:30 a.m.) Donation: $20 for the workshop. For more information, contact St. Columba Church, (510) 654-7600 or Alice McGaugh, (510) 549-3467 (evenings).


Wednesdays, Jan. 25, Feb. 1, 8
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.

Friday, Jan. 27
Ultreya. 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Parish Hall, 837 TennentAve., Pinole. Carl, (510) 223-1003.

Fridays, Jan. 27, Feb. 3, 10
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, 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.

Sundays, Feb. 5, 12, 29, 26

African American Celebration. 8 and 10:30 a.m. Mass, at St. Columba Church, 6401 San Pablo Ave., Oakland. Theme: “We Are Disciples of Christ.” Feb. 5: Rev. Norman Knight; Feb. 12, Father Jeffery Ott, O.P.; Feb. 19: Rev. Philip A. Bowling Dyer and UJIMA Awards (10:30 a.m.); Feb. 26: Rev. Kecia Sims and Rawn Harbor Gospel Workshop Choir (10:30 a.m.) (510) 654-7600 or www.StColumbaO.com.

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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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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.

March 3 – 5
Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat. In the Sonoma Wine Country. Designed for those who are still hurting and seeking peace after an abortion. Program includes sharing of stories, Scripture-based spiritual exercises, sacraments and a memorial services. $150 per person, $200 per couple. Financial assistance available. Sponsor: After the Choice, the Diocese of Oakland’s post-abortion outreach. For a complete information packet, call (510) 267-8335 or e-mail Monika at Mrodman@oakdiocese.org.

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Jan. 23 – March 6
Bible Study on the Gospel of John 1 – 10. 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. in the Pope John XXIII Room, St. Charles Borromeo Parish, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. Join the Catholic communities of St. Charles and St. Michael parishes for this seven-week session that will focus on the theme: “I Am The Bread of Life.” $10 donation for materials. Julie Gallagher, (925) 447-4549 or upcatholic@aol.com

Jan. 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15
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.

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.

Tuesday, Jan. 24
Behind the Swoosh: Sweatshops and Social Justice. 7 p.m. at Soda Activity Center, St. Mary’s College, 1928 Saint Mary’s Road, Moraga. Jim Keady, founding director of Educating for Justice Inc., will talk about his crusade against the unfair labor practices of corporations such as Nike. (925) 631-4222.

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.

Friday, Feb. 3
Human Trafficking and Forced Labor in the U.S. 2 – 5:30 p.m. at University of San Francisco School of Law, Kendrick Hall, 2130 Fulton St., San Francisco, Room 100. USF sponsored legal symposium will address the nature and scope of trafficking and forced labor in the U.S., and the legal remedies available to combat these problems. Special attention will be paid to discussing the new California Trafficking Victims’ Protection Act. California Assemblywoman Sally Lieber will deliver the keynote address. Panelists include Marianne L. Barrett, California District Attorney’s Office and Maria Ontiveros, USF School of Law. Free for students; $10 for general public; $25 registration fee for three hours MCLE credit. To register, e-mail: sssutaria@usfca.edu. Information: Donna Creasman, (415) 422-6304.

A Forgotten Resistance: The Mosque of Paris. 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 1640 Addison St., Berkeley. The Father Bill O’Donnell Social Justice Committee hosts Dr. Annette Herskovits who will present this short documentary by Derri Berkani and talk about her own harrowing experience as a child, barely escaping the Nazis because she was protected by Muslims in Occupied France during World War II. Free admission. (510) 845-4740.

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.

Speaking Out Against Death Penalty. 7 p.m. at Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., San Francisco. Sister Helen Prejean, acclaimed author of “Dead Man Walking” and the “Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Execution,” will talk. No reservations required. Open seating. Suggested donation: $15. No one turned away for lack of funds. Sponsor: California People of Faith Working Against the Death Penalty and others.

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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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Saturday, Feb. 4
Pre-Super Bowl Luncheon. Noon at Assumption School Hall, 1851-136th Ave., San Leandro. $10. Buffet Served. Raffle prizes. Sponsor: Noll Institute 113 Young Ladies’ Institute. Liz, (925) 429-1135.

Tuesday, Feb. 7
An Evening of Irish Ancient History. 7:30 p.m. in Walnut Creek. The Irish-American Culture Club hosts this evening of history and an introduction to Gaelic. Members free. Visitors asked for a small donation. Membership information and reservations: Tom, (925) 830-1084.

Saturday, Feb. 18
Mardi Gras Ball Dinner Dance. Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. At. St. Columba Church Hall, 6401 San Pablo Ave., Oakland. Includes a no-host bar, raffle and door prices. $25 donation before Feb. 4, $30 after. Parish office, (510) 654-7600 or Suzette Warren, (510) 534-0271.

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.

Wednesday, March 15
A Day at the Races. At Golden Gate Fields in Albany. Sponsor: St. Anne’s Confraternity of St. Edward Parish in Newark. $25 per person admission includes seating in the Terrace Room, buffet, and a race book. Tickets are limited so make reservations now to Helen Bettencourt, (510) 793-1594.

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crab feeds

Saturday, Jan. 28
Bay Area Crisis Nursery, Concord. 5 – 6 p.m. happy hour, 6 – 9 p.m. dinner, at St. Francis of Assisi Church Hall, 860 Oak Grove Road, Concord. $35 per person. Proceeds benefit the Nursery’s efforts to prevent child abuse. (925) 685-6633.

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. Reservations held at the door. No ticket sales at the door. Attire: casual. $10 corkage fee. Roasted chicken available for non-crab eaters. (510) 450-1110, ext. 112. Proceeds benefit HNHS 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.

St. Elizabeth High School, Oakland. At St. Joan of Arc Parish Gym, 2601 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon. 6:30 p.m. social hour and silent auction; 7 p.m. dinner (chicken available for non-crab lovers); 9 p.m. live auction and raffle. $38 per person. Proceeds benefit the SEH Tuition Assistance Fund. Tickets will NOT be sold at the door. Teresa McGuire, (510) 532-6473.

St. Louis Bertrand Parish, Oakland. 6 p.m. in the SLB cafeteria, 1410 100th Ave., Oakland. Dinner tickets: $30, raffle tickets: $2; book of 12 raffle tickets: $20. “Big Raffle” grand prize: $1,000. Parish office: (510) 568-1080 or Linda Adams, (510) 851-3746.

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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support groups

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. Joan S., (925) 939-1007 or Dianne G., (510) 527-2148.

Tuesdays, Jan. 24, Feb. 14
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.

Wednesdays, Jan. 25, Feb. 8
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.

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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.

A Mid-Winter Celtic Celebration Featuring Distant Oaks. 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Alameda, 2001 Santa Clara at Chestnut, Alameda. Celebrate St. Brigit’s Day three days early with an evening of Celtic music. Distant Oaks performs Gaelic and Early European songs, dance tunes, and airs with vocals, guitars, citole, recorders, Irish whistle, bagpipes, Celtic harp, Native American flute, viola da gamba, and stepdancing. Suggested donation: $15 adults, $10 students and seniors, free children 13 and under. Childcare provided. Reception following. (510) 522-1477 or www.AlamedaChurch.com.

Friday, Feb. 3
Creative Justice Art Exhibit. 5:30 – 8 p.m. at University of San Francisco’s Kendrick Hall, 2199 Fulton St., San Francisco. Focuses on the rich diversity of Bay Area artists whose work reflects the themes of social justice, civil and human rights. Painting, sculpture, video, music, and spoken word will be included. Free and open to the public. Donations benefit the California Coalition for Women Prisoners, a nonprofit advocacy group working on behalf of incarcerated women in the state. Sponsor: The USF School of Law chapter of the Equal Justice Society. Visit: www.ejsusf.organd click on “Events.”

Feb. 6 – 7
Human Rights Watch Film Festival. Feb. 6: “State of Fear (Peru/USA) at 5 p.m. and “No More Tears Sister (Canada) at 7 p.m.; Feb. 7: “The Education of Shelby Knox” (USA) at 5 p.m. and “Videoletters” (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Macedonia, Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro). At the University of San Francisco’s Presentation Theater, 2350 Turk Blvd., San Francisco. Free and open to the public. Marco Jacquemet, (415) 422-5543 or mjacquemet@usfca.edu.

Tuesday, Feb. 14
A Romantic Valentine’s Day Salute. 8 p.m. at Soda Activity Center, St. Mary’s College, 1928 Saint Mary’s Road, Moraga. Singer/actor Craig Jessup and pianist Barry Lloyd will serve up a romantic evening of Noel Coward, Stephen Sondheim, Cole Porter, and more in a cabaret setting. $25 general, $24 senior, $12 students, SMC faculty/staff. (925) 631-4670.

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