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 February 20, 2006VOL. 44, NO. 4Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

Arias for school
Acclaimed opera singer Frederica von Stade, a member of St. Joseph Basilica Parish in Alameda, will sing some of her favorite arias, during a March 14 fundraiser, “Opera on Broadway” at the Flood Mansion, 2222 Broadway in San Francisco, 6 - 10 p.m. Proceeds from the concert will benefit St. Martin de Porres School, a regional Catholic school that serves families in west and northwest Oakland. The event includes a live and silent auction and a buffet supper. Tickets are $100 per person and can be bought online at www.stmdp.org.


Sunday, Feb. 26
St. Columba Church. 8 and 10:30 a.m. Mass, at 6401 San Pablo Ave., Oakland. Theme: “We Are Disciples of Christ.” 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.” 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. 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. A traditional feast follows in the Father Howard Community Center. (510) 444-1081.


Wednesdays, March 1, 8, 15, 22
Lenten Soup Suppers. 6:30 p.m. at St. Stephen Church, 1101 Keaveny Court, Walnut Creek. Guest speakers to follow soup supper. March 8: Father Tom Bonacci will speak on Jesus and the Stations of the Cross at 7:15 p.m.; March 22: Contemporary Stations of the Cross at 7:15 p.m. Annette Roux, (925) 939-3826 or gizzymo3@sbcglocal.net.

March 1, 20, 27, 29
Lenten Days/Evenings of Renewal. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. March 1: 9:30 – 3 p.m., with Father Rusty Shaughnessy, OFM. $20 fee includes lunch; March 1: 7 – 9:30 p.m., $25 includes dinner. Both with Father Rusty Shaughnessy, OFM; March 20 and 29: 9:30 – 3 p.m. with Sister Michelle L’Allier, OSF. $20 includes lunch; March 27: 9:30 – 3 p.m., with special guest Bishop Allen Vigneron. $20 includes lunch.

Thursdays, March 2, 9, 16
Franciscan Vision Lecture Series – Lent 2006. 4 – 5 p.m. chapel, Franciscan School of Theology, 1712 Euclid Ave., Berkeley. March 2: Father Michael Guinan, OFM, “Keeping Lent with Francis”; March 9: Bill Schultz, FST director of recruitment and communications, “From Place to Sacred Place: St. Francis and Mount La Verna”; March 16: Sister Ramona Miller, OSF, FST director of spiritual formation, “Clare: A Franciscan Feminine Perspective on Lent.”

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” includes 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.net or (925) 944-5970.

March 10 – 12
Men’s Lenten Retreat. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. With Father Rusty Shaughnessy, OFM. $180/$150. Lorraine, (925) 837-9141.

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.

March 31 – April 2
Lenten Retreat for Men. At San Damiano Retreat Center. Facilitator: Father Kenan Osborne, professor emeritus at the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley. Sponsor: St. Bonaventure Catholic Community Men’s Spiritual Network. Matt Remington, (925) 672-4006 or Peter Nixon, (925) 363-5884, or visit www.stbonaventure.net/msnretreat.shtml.


Friday, February 24
Ultreya. 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Parish Hall, 837 Tennent Ave. in Pinole. Carl, (510) 223-1003.

Sunday, March 12
Grand Ultreya. 1:45 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Dr., Pleasanton. For the entire diocesan English-speaking Cursillo community and the Filipino Cursillo community.

Saturday, March 18
28th Annual SPRED Diocesan Liturgy. 5 p.m. at St. Paschal Baylon Church, 3700 Dorisa Ave., Oakland. Presider: Father George Mockel, vicar general. (510) 635-7252 or www.oakdiocese.org/spred.

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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.

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.

Tuesday, March 14
Memoir Writing: Viewing My Life, Past and Present. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Facilitator: Ursula 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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Saturday, March 4
Divine Mercy Seminar for Priests and Clergy. 9:30 a.m. – noon at Oakland Convention Center. In conjunction with annual Divine Mercy Conference (March 3 – 5). Principal speaker: Robert Stackpole, director of John Paul II Institute for Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, MA. (510) 412-4715.

Centering Prayer Workshop. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Corpus Christi Church, 37891 Second St., Fremont. Eileen Haliburton of Contemplative Outreach will lead the workshop which includes both instruction and practice in centering prayer. Bring a bag lunch. $35 suggested donation includes six Tuesday evening follow-up sessions. Scholarships are available; no one will be turned away. Kathy Lyons, (510) 793-3672.

Liturgy and Language. 11:30 a.m. at St. Margaret Mary Church, 1219 Excelsior Ave., Oakland. A talk by Father Michael K. Wiener. First in a series of free lectures on the subject of the Latin language in the Church’s prayer, history and development. Sponsor: Latin-For-All Classes. Rebecca C. Spencer-O’Hare, latin4all@sbcglobal.net.

Monday, March 6
Talk by Msgr. James P. Lisante. 7 p.m. at St. Agnes Church, 3966 Chestnut Ave, Concord. Msgr. Lisante, pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in West Hempstead, NY, is a columnist in the Catholic press and a regular contributor on Fox News.

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

Saturday, March 25
Saturday Semester at Holy Names University. 9 a.m. in the Valley Center for the Performing Arts, 3500 Mountain Blvd, Oakland. Be a student for the day and attend lectures on options for the poor in Christian theology, alternative energy, and social justice. Open to the public with $40 for admission for the day. Register by March 17 Donna Chan, (510) 436-1240 or chan@hnu.edu.

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Friday, Feb. 24
Mardi Gras. 4 – 9 p.m. at St. Anthony Parish Hall, 971 O’Hara Ave., Oakley. Louisiana Tickets for dinner, (menu includes Jambalaya, red beans and rice, hot dogs and chips): $10 for adults, $8 seniors, children (12 years and under) $5. Beverages and games. Sponsor: Ladies Guild of St. Anthony Church, Oakley. Marianna, (925) 978-1354.

St. Vincent’s Day Home 15th Annual Children’s Choice Awards Dinner. 6 p.m. cocktails, 7 p.m. dinner, at Scott’s Seafood Restaurant, Jack London Square, Oakland. This year’s awards will be presented to Thomas H. Doctor and Ted Gallagher, Jr., for their volunteer contributions to the Day Home’s building and maintenance committee. Proceeds will support the day home. (510) 832-8324.

Saturday, Feb. 25
St. Joseph Elementary School (Alameda) Annual PTG Auction. 6 – 11 p.m. Waterfront Plaza in Jack London Square, Oakland. Featuring silent auction, hors d’oeuvres, no-host bar, sit-down dinner, live auction and raffle. $50 per person. Auction proceeds benefit capital improvements. (510) 522-4457 or www.stjosephala.org.

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.

Thursday, March 2
Casino Day Trip to River Rock. Leave parish parking lot at 837 Tennent Ave. in Pinole at 9 a.m. Return at 5:30 p.m. $22, $20 cash is returned upon arrival. All adults are welcome. Sponsor: St. Joseph Seniors of Pinole. (510) 741-4900.
St. John the Baptist’s 4th Annual Fish Fry. 5 – 9 p.m. at 11150 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito. Red snapper or catfish dinners will be sold for $10. Take out or dine in.

Saturday, March 4
Swingin’ Ol’ Time! 5:30 – 11 p.m. at Robert Livermore Community Center, 4444 East Ave., Livermore. St. Michael Parish’s annual fundraiser includes a live and silent auction, dinner, swing dance instruction from Hep Jen and swing music by the San Francisco sextet Stompy Jones. Andre or Melinda Miron, (925) 456-7516 or www.smpfundraiser.org.

Saturday, March 11
Chili Bowl Bingo. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at St. Columba Church Hall, 6401 San Pablo Ave., Oakland. Donation: $10 and receive a pack of 12 bingo cards. Sponsor: St. Columba Women’s Group. Lucy Castro, (510) 527-0232 or parish office, (510) 654-7600.

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner. 6 p.m. social hour, 7 p.m. dinner at St. Jarlath Church, 2620 Pleasant St., Oakland. Entertainment: Irish dancers, songs. Raffle. Adults: $12, children: $7. Sponsor: Knights of Columbus, Magellan Council 2730.

Sunday, March 12
A Springtime Picnic in the Park. 1 p.m. at Good Shepherd Church Hall, 3200 Harbor St., Pittsburg. Casual attire encouraged. Adults: $12, children 10 and under: $6. No tickets sold at the door. Proceeds to fund the Bishop’s Burse. Sponsor: nine Catholic Daughters courts in the Oakland Diocese. Host: Court 1450 St. Mary Margaret, Pittsburg. Josie Torres, (925) 432-2265.

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.

Saturday, March 18
DCCW’s Annual Fashion Show Luncheon. Noon at the Royal Vista Golf Club, 9430 Fircrest Lane, San Ramon. Clothes by House of Fashions in Alamo. $30 per person. Kay Horsell, (925) 829-0940.

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner. 5:30 p.m. social hour, 6:30 p.m. dinner, at Ryan O’Connell Hall, 575 W. Estudillo Ave., San Leandro. $15 adults, $7.50 children 12 and under. No tickets sold at the door. (510) 895-5631. Deadline for ticket purchase is March 15. Sponsor: St. Leander Conference of the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

The Irish-American Culture Club’s 6th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner-Dance. At Crow Canyon Country Club, Danville. No-host cocktails at 6 p.m., buffet dinner at 7 p.m., dance music from 8 – 11 p.m. Formal or party attire. Members: $45/person; non-members: $50/person. Betty, (925) 939-5285.

Saturday, April 8
FACE (Family-Aid – Catholic Education) Auction and Dinner Gala. 6 p.m., cocktails and silent auction; 7:30 p.m. dinner and live auction at the Greek Orthodox Community Center, Oakland. $150 per person. $10,000 cash drawing. $75 suggested donation (need not be present to win). Since its inception, FACE has provided over $12 million to 18,000 students attending Catholic elementary and high schools in the Oakland Diocese. (510) 628-2155.

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support groups

Mondays, Feb. 20, 27
Partner Loss Grief Support Group. 10:30 a.m. – noon. Facilitated by Sutter VNA and Hospice in San Leandro. BART accessible. Group is small and on a donation basis. Barbara Gordon, (510) 450-8867.

Wednesdays, Feb. 22, March 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.

Tuesdays, Feb. 28, March 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.

Monday, March. 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.

Thursdays in March
Daughters Grieving Their Mothers Support Group. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Facilitated by Sutter VNA and Hospice in San Leandro. Group is small and on a donation basis. Barbara Gordon, (510) 450-8867.

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crab feeds

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.

Saturday, March 25
I.C.D.E.S. “Caridade” Lodge. 5 p.m. no-host cocktails, 6:30 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. to midnight, dancing, at I.D.E.S. Hall on Alvarado St. in San Leandro. Adults: $25, children (six – 12): $15. Patty Batchell, (510) 769-6784; Kim Perry, (510) 569-3790.


Sunday, March 12
Carondelet High School, Concord. 40th Anniversary Celebration. Noon – 4 p.m. at 1133 Winton Dr. Festivities will begin with a liturgy celebrated by Father Michael Norkett, former faculty member. Refreshments and tours of the campus will follow. All former students, faculty, parents and their families are invited to share in the celebration. Memorabilia featuring highlights from the first four decades, along with proposed future plans, will be on display.

Sunday, March 26
St. Joseph Elementary School, St. Joseph Notre Dame High School, Alameda. Celebrating 125 Years of Catholic Education. Noon Mass, Bishop Allen Vigneron presiding. Following Mass, open houses will be held in both schools; then a potluck lunch celebration, including music, dancing and selected performances by students from both schools. The day will culminate with a special presentation to the Sisters of Notre Dame for their dedication and service to the schools over the years. (510) 522-4457.
Next Voice: March 6. Send submissions, by Feb. 23 to Carrie McClish, 3014 Lakeshore Ave., Oakland, 94610; phone: (510) 419-1074; fax: (510) 893-4734; e-mail: cmcclish@oakdiocese.org.


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