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 February 3, 2006VOL. 44, NO. 3Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events




A gala with heart
Grammy Award winning artist Michael McDonald will perform at the Heart of Mercy Gala, a benefit for the Mercy Retirement and Care Center in Oakland on Feb. 18 at 5:30 p.m. The event, which includes dinner, will be held at the Oakland Greek Community Center, 4700 Lincoln Ave. in Oakland. The Gala will honor Bishop Emeritus John Cummins, the late Mercy Sister Patrick Curran and the East Bay Council of the Knights of Columbus for their contributions to the Center’s ministry to older adults. Tickets are $150 per person and are tax deductible. Tickets /information: (510) 534-8547, ext. 323 or visit the website: www.mercyretirementcenter.com/howtohelp_heart_mercy.htm.




Living the faith
Jerome P. Baggett, associate professor of religion and society at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley and visiting professor of sociology at UC Berkeley, will explore religious identity, modernity, and the transformation of Catholicism in America in a Feb. 14 presentation at the Catholics@Work breakfast at the Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Dr., in Danville. The event, preceded by Mass at 6:15 a.m., starts with buffet breakfast at 6:45 a.m. Cost is $20 for members and $27 for non-members. Register by phone: (925) 389-0704 or visit: www.catholicsatwork.org/EventDesc.aspx.

black history celebrations

Sundays, Feb. 12, 19, 26
St. Columba Church. 8 and 10:30 a.m. Mass, at 6401 San Pablo Ave., Oakland. Theme: “We Are Disciples of Christ.” 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.

St. Louis Bertrand Church. 9 a.m. Mass at 1410 100th Ave., Oakland. Theme: “Celebrating Black Leaders in the Community, Nation and World.” Feb. 12: Celebrating Business Leaders; Feb. 19: Celebrating Black Family Traditions; Feb. 26: Celebrating Worship in the Spirit. Guest speakers, youth awards, displays, handouts. Refreshments served after Mass in SLB cafeteria.

St. Patrick Parish. 10 a.m. Gospel Mass at 1023 Peralta St., Oakland. Theme: Called to Be Stewards. Feb. 12: Father Kenneth Westray, presider, Sister Irma Dillard, RSCJ, guest speaker; Feb. 19: Youth Sunday. Father Kenneth Hamilton, SVD, presider and guest speaker; Feb. 26: Father George Schultz, SJ, presider, Rev. Steven Bailey, pastor, Olivet Missionary Baptist Church, San Francisco, guest speaker. This year’s celebration is in honor of the late Rosa Parks, who answered her call. The month-long celebration will culminate with a traditional feast on Feb. 26 immediately following the 10 a.m. Mass in the Father Howard Community Center. (510) 444-1081.

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Lenten Spirituality

Saturday, March 4
Day of Prayer. 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 860 Oak Grove Road, Concord. “Praying With the Psalms” will include morning Eucharist, silence, spiritual direction, as well as discussion and experience of the ancient prayer method, “Lection Divina,” using the psalms as a spiritual base. $15 fee includes breakfast and lunch. Carmen, cascholl@astound.netor (925) 944-5970.

Saturday, March 11
Reflection Day for Young Adult Women. 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Presentation Retreat Center in Los Gatos. The Sisters of the Presentation in San Francisco are inviting young adult women who want to deepen their relationship with God and help them explore their personal call from God to this Lenten retreat. Sister Gloria Loya, PBVM, (415) 422-5009 or gloya@pbvmsf.org.

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Wednesdays, Feb. 8, 15, 22
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, Feb. 10, 17, 24
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.

Saturday, Feb. 18
Charismatic Healing Mass. 7:30 p.m. at St. Lawrence O’Toole Church, 3725 High St., Oakland. This Mass is presented as an introduction to the charismatic experience. Sponsor: Charismatic Renewal Office. (925) 828-6644.

Sunday, March 12
Ultreya. 2 – 5 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Dr., Pleasanton. Includes Mass.

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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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Sunday, Feb. 19
Day of Dialogue for Gays, Lesbians, Their Friends and Families. 1 – 5 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Facilitator: Father Richard Purcell, OFM. A prayerful day in a safe environment to explore and share stories of faith and community. (925) 837-9141; www.sandamiano.org.

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. Includes sharing of stories, Scripture-based spiritual exercises, sacraments and a memorial service. $150 per person, $200 per couple. Financial assistance available. Sponsor: After the Choice, the Diocese of Oakland’s post-abortion outreach. Request information packet by phone: (510) 267-8335 or e-mail Monika at Mrodman@oakdiocese.org.

March 10 – 12
Marriage Encounter. In Pleasanton. A romantic weekend away for married couples. Mike and Jeanne Emry, (925) 672-2016 or http://oakland.lovemoredeeply.org.

Tuesday, March 14
Memoir Writing: Viewing My Life, Past and Present. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Facilitator: Ursual Caspary Frankel. Time for prayerful reflection, writing, sharing and laughter. No writing experience necessary. $55 fee includes lunch. (925) 837-9141;www.sandamiano.org.

March 17 – 19
Men and Women’s Silent Retreat: The Unfolding of Divine Love. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Facilitator: Paula D’Arcy. Includes presentations, prayer and quiet reflection time. $50 deposit. $210 private room/$175 shared room. Limited number of bedrooms available. (925) 837-9141; www.sandamiano.org.

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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.

One Country: Mystical Experiences in the World Religions. 7:30 p.m. in Borromeo Hall, St. Charles Parish, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. Presenter: Siddika Angle, who has taught World Religions, Islamic Spirituality and Religious Fundamentalism at various Bay Area colleges and universities. Julie, (925) 447-4549 or upcatholic@aol.com.

Feb. 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. 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.

Wednesday, Feb. 15
Travel Talk with Pico Iyer. 7:30 p.m. at Soda Activity Center, St. Mary’s College, 1928 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga. The acclaimed travel writer and author of eight books including “Video Night in Kathmandu,” will read from his work and share tales of his travels. Sponsor: The Creative Writing Reading Series. Free and open to the public. (925) 631-4088.

Thursday, Feb. 16
Wood Rose Academy Open House. 7 – 8:30 p.m. at 4347 Cowell Road, Concord. Grades K – 8. Kindergarteners may be admitted if five years old by Dec. 1. The school curriculum includes Spanish and weekly Virtue Talks. School office: (925) 825-4644; woodroseacad@sbcglobal.net; or www.woodroseacademy.org.

Friday, Feb. 24
Abolish the Death Penalty. 7 p.m. at Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., San Francisco. Sister Helen Prejean, acclaimed author of “Dead Man Walking,” will speak about the need to build grassroots support for abolition of the death penalty among the religious community. Suggested donation: $15. No one turned away for lack of funds. (415) 749-6355 or www.GraceCathedral.org.

Mondays through 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 focuses on the theme: “I Am The Bread of Life.” $10 donation for materials. Julie Gallagher, (925) 447-4549 or upcatholic@aol.com

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Saturday, Feb. 25
Get On The Bus Volunteer Meeting. 10 a.m. – noon at St. Martin de Porres School, 41st St. and Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, Oakland. Get On The Bus 2006 will take more than 500 children from throughout the state to visit women’s prisons on the Friday before Mother’s Day. Dennis Flannery, (510) 276-7021 or jpflann99@aol.com

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Saturday, Feb. 11
Swingin’ Bingo. 7 p.m. at St. Michael Parish Hall, 372 Maple St., Livermore. $10 per person, includes one bingo packet for 10 games. Swing music for listening or dancing by DJ Joe Buonsante. Beverages, cookies and chips available for purchase. Fundraiser for Children’s Hospital, Oakland Cooley’s Anemia Research and Italian Catholic Federation Branch 285 Tri-Valley Scholarship Program. Helen Wirtenson, (925) 462-3798 or Judy Bates, (925) 846-6514.

Sweetheart Ball. 7 – 11:30 p.m. at St. Isidore School Gym, 440 La Gonda Way, Danville. $25 per couple at the door (no advance registration). Attire: dressy. Bring hors d’oeuvres to share. Mike and Jeanne Emry, (925) 672-2016 or http://oakland.lovemoredeeply.org.

Thursday, Feb. 16
Italian Catholic Federation Branch 223 Annual Polenta and Stew Dinner. 6:15 p.m. cocktails, 7 p.m. dinner at St. Theresa Hall, 30 Mandalay Road, Oakland. Tickets: $15 adults, $7 children seven – 12 years of age. Limited seating; make reservations early by sending payment, payable to I.C.F., Br. #223, to Holly Raineri, 1074 Annerley Road, Piedmont, CA 91610; (510) 451-0608.

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. Tickets: $30. Parish office, (510) 654-7600 or Suzette Warren, (510) 534-0271.

Saturday, Feb. 25
St. Jerome Church’s First Annual Mardi Gras Celebration. No-host bar at 6 p.m.; dinner and party: 6:30 – 11:30 p.m. at Rohan Hall, 308 Carmel Ave., El Cerrito. Featuring Don K’s 17-piece big band. Costumes encouraged. $25 in advance. Judy, (510) 526-8947.

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.

Y.M.I. American Council #8 Annual St. Patrick’s Party. 3 p.m. (no-host cocktails); 5 p.m. (dinner) at St. Lawrence O’Toole Gym, 3725 High St., Oakland. $27 per person. Corn beef and cabbage dinner followed by Irish entertainment featuring music, songs, and traditional Irish step dancing. Make check payable to American Council #8, c/o Stuart MacIntyre, 478 Jean St., Oakland, 94610. Stuart MacIntyre, (510) 451-2712. Deadline: Feb. 21.

Isle City #51 Y.L.I Alameda Mardi Gras. 6 p.m. (cocktails); 7 p.m. (dinner) at Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara St., Alameda. Catering by Pete McDonaugh. Dinner tickets: $25 (choice of fish, chicken or prime rib). Mail check and choice of entrée to Alice Hickey, 1218 Chestnut St., Alameda, CA 94501; (510) 522-0535. Afghan raffle and other prizes.

Tuesday, Feb. 28
St. Theresa’s Mardi Gras Salad Bar Luncheon and Card Party. Happy hour at 11:30 a.m., luncheon at 12:30 p.m., at. St. Theresa Church, 4850 Clarewood Dr., Oakland. Tickets: $18. Margaret, (510) 547-1857.

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. Helen Bettencourt, (510) 793-1594.

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crab feeds

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.

Saturday, Feb. 11
Assumption Parish, San Leandro. 6 p.m. (no-host cocktails); 7 p.m. (dinner) at 1100 Fulton Ave., San Leandro. $25 for adults, $10 for children six – 12, free children five and under. 50/50 raffle tickets available at the parish office and at the door the night of the crab feed. ($1 a ticket or $15 for 20.) No tickets will be sold at the door. Parish office, (510) 352-1537.

Saturday, March 11
Mary’s House (A Home for Pregnant Women in Crisis). 6 – 7 p.m. (no-host cocktails); 7 p.m. (dinner); 9 p.m. – midnight (dancing, Karaoke). 6 – 8:30 p.m. silent auction. At St. David of Wales School Hall, 871 Sonoma St., Richmond. Analyn Garcia, (510) 236-0383 or Lou Santero, (925) 846-5124.

support groups

Monday, Feb. 6
Friends for Life: A Breast Cancer Support Group. 7 – 9 p.m. in Walnut Creek-Pleasant Hill area. A Christ-centered support group that is open to all faiths. Meets first Monday of each month. Gale, (925) 685-0842 or Joy, (925) 939-0122.

Wednesdays, Feb. 8, 22
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.

Tuesdays, Feb. 14, 28
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.

Friday, Feb. 24
CDWS Birthdays Dinner. 6:30 p.m. at Jade Garden Chinese Restaurant, 2979 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek. Sponsor: Catholic Divorced Widowed and Separated of Contra Costa. Joan S. (925) 939-1007.

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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
Enjoy A Romantic Valentine’s Day. 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 serve up a romantic evening. $25 general, $24 senior, $12 students, SMC faculty/staff. (925) 631-4670.

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