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 March 20, 2006VOL. 44, NO. 6Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

"Why Be a Catholic?"
Best-selling author Garry
Wills will discuss his recent works, “Why Be a Catholic?” and “What Jesus Really Meant,” at Christ the King Parish, 199 Brandon Road in Pleasant Hill, March 31 at 7:30 p.m. The historian and critic also wrote the Pulitzer Prize winning book, “Lincoln at Gettysburg,” as well as “St. Augustine.” Admission is free.


March 20, 27, 29
Lenten Days/Evenings of Renewal. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. 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.

Wednesdays, March 22, 29
Lenten Soup Suppers. 6:30 p.m. at St. Stephen Church, 1101 Keaveny Court, Walnut Creek. Guest speakers to follow soup supper. March 22: Contemporary Stations of the Cross at 7:15 p.m. Annette Roux, (925) 939-3826 or gizzymo3@sbcglocal.net.

March 23, 30 and April 6
Lenten Evening Series: Prayer of the Heart. 7 – 9 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Presented by Chiara’s Lantern. $15 per evening. Contemplative prayer, meditation, ritual, journaling and input and sharing on Sunday’s Gospel readings. Lorraine, (925) 837-9141, www.sandamiano.org.

March 30 – April 2
St. Margaret Mary Parish Lenten Retreat-Recollection. At 1219 Excelsior Ave., Oakland. March 30: 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.: Holy Masses with Conferences; March 31: 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.: Holy Masses with Conferences and Stations of the Cross, 12:30 p.m. Homeschooling Families Mass Conference and Stations of the Cross; April 1: 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.: Holy Masses with Conferences, Noon: Healing Mass with Anointing of the Sick and Benediction, 4 p.m.: Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Confession, 5 p.m.; April 2: 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Holy Masses with Conferences, 5 p.m.: Lenten Lamentations (Lenten Vespers); Holy Mass and Conference. Retreat Master: Father William Marshall. (510) 482-0596.

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.

April 3 – 6
Lenten Parish Mission. 8:45 a.m. and 7 p.m. at Holy Spirit Parish, 37588 Fremont Blvd., Fremont. Presented by Redemptorist Fathers Jim Farrell and Bill Adams. Father Farrell will also speak at all weekend Masses April 1 – 2. (510) 797-1660.

April 7 – 9
www.stbonaventure.net/msnretreat.shtml At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Rena Grant, MA, MFT and Kathy Miranda, MA, will use Lenten images to help participants explore creative expression. $185/$155. Lorraine, (925) 837-9141; website: www.sandamiano.org.

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Wednesdays, March 22, 29
Christ the King Bible Study and Charismatic Prayer Meeting. At 6 St. Lawrence Ct., Pleasant Hill. Bible Study begins at 7:30 p.m., prayer meeting at 8:15 p.m. All are welcome to share in charismatic praise, singing and openness to the gifts of God’s Spirit. Personal prayer for healing follows. (800) 474-6644.

Saturday, March 25
Legion of Mary, Oakland Annual Consecration to Jesus and Mary. 11 a.m. Mass at Sacred Heart Church, 4025 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, Oakland. Potluck lunch to follow. All active and auxiliary legionaries are invited.

Wednesday, March 29
Sharing Christ’s Presence. 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. in the chapel, St. Agnes Parish, 3966 Chestnut Ave., Concord. Scripture, reflection, exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, praise music. Tom, tegr@earthlink.net.

Saturday, April 8
Charismatic Teaching Day. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton, 4001 Stoneridge Dr., Pleasanton. Bob Canton will present “The Power Gifts of Healing, Miracles and Prophecy.” Bring a bag lunch. RoseMarie Mullins, (925) 828-6644.

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March 27, 28, 29
Becoming Whole and Holy! 9 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. conferences at Transfiguration Church, 4000 E. Castro Valley Blvd., Castro Valley. Retreat leader: Sister Joann Heinritz, CSJ. (510) 538-7941.

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March 23, 30
Living Our Faith Series. 7 p.m. in Sablan Room, St. Joseph Basilica Parish, 1109 Chestnut St., Alameda. (meeting room on Encinal Avenue entered through rear parking lot). March 23: Great Women Chefs of the New Testament, with Father Anthony Herrera, former chef and pastor of St. Barnabas, Alameda; March 30: Hearts Broken From Birth with Father Rich Danyluk, pastor of St. Joseph Basilica Parish. Donations accepted. Anne Marie Fourre, (510) 749-7158 or (510) 522-0181.

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 admission. Donna Chan, (510) 436-1240 or chan@hnu.edu.

March 30 – April 2
Speaking From the Heart: Testimony and Healing in the Desert. In Las Vegas, NV and the Nevada Test Site. Participants will share their journey in nonviolence with others. Sponsor: Nevada Desert Experience. (510) 501-3608 or (702) 646-4814, info@nevadadesertexperience.org, or www.NevadaDesertExperience.org.

Wednesday, April 5
Mother Antonia, Prison Angel. 9:30 a.m. at St. Raymond Church, 11555 Shannon Ave., Dublin. Women of Wings invite all to meet and hear the story of Mother Antonia, who was raised in Beverly Hills, had seven children, founded a religious order and lived in La Mesa Prison in Tijuana to minister to the inmates. A free will offering will be requested. Dottie, (925) 829-5524 or dotsie1@comcast.net.

Friday, April 7
First Friday at St. Joseph the Worker Parish. 7:30 p.m. at 2125 Jefferson St., Berkeley. Audio-visual presentation by Jim Haber, director of the San Francisco-based War Resisters League-West, will report on his December trip to Israel and Palestine. Free will donation to War Resisters League-West.

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Saturday, March 25
Spring Auction. 6 – 11 p.m. at the Faculty Club, UC Berkeley. Live and silent auctions; auctioneer is Bubba Paris. Wine bar and hors d’oeuvres. Benefits the School of the Madeleine, Berkeley. $45 in advance, $50 at door. (510) 273-9628.

Sunday, March 26
Italian Catholic Federation Honors Bishop Allen Vigneron. At St. Philip Neri Church, 3108 Van Buren St., Alameda. 3 p.m. Mass, 4 p.m. no-host cocktails, 5 p.m. banquet. $25 per person donation. JoAnn D., (510) 523-9472 for reservations.

Friday, March 31
St. Francis of Assisi School’s Ninth Annual Auction and Casino Night. 6 p.m. at Center Concord. Reservations: $55 per person includes a safari buffet, no-host bar, live/silent auction, casino and dancing to the live band “After Midnight.” Donations also accepted. Chris and Ann Wright, (925) 685-9177.

Saturday, April 1
YLI High Tea and Fashion Show. Noon at Kenneth Aitken Center, 17800 Redwood Road, Castro Valley. $20. Fashions from the Dress Barn to fit all ages and sizes. Proceeds to charitable causes. Sponsor: All Saints Young Ladies Institute #166. Joanne Muniz, (510) 886-3329.

Disco Night! 8 p.m. – midnight, at St. Lawrence O’Toole-St. Cyril Parish Gym, 3725 High St., Oakland. Music by DJ Michael Culp, Positive Productions. Beverages for purchase. $10 per person, $5 ages 14 and under. Proceeds benefit St. Lawrence-St. Cyril Improvement Fund.

Wednesday, April 5
St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County, Second Annual Friends of the Society Breakfast. 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. at the Free Dining Room, 675 23rd St., Oakland. Emcee: Father Jayson Landeza, pastor, St. Columba Parish, Oakland. The event will raise awareness and support for SVDP’s Champion Guidance Center for Men and Visitation Center for Women. No cost to attend but guests will be invited to make a gift of support. RSVP: Laurette Dulkie, (510) 636-4261 or ldulkie@svdp-alameda.org. Information: www.svdp-alameda.org.

Thursday, April 6
Risotto and Chicken Dinner. 6:15 p.m. no-host cocktails, 7 p.m. dinner at St. Theresa Hall, 30 Mandalay Road, Oakland. $15 adults, $7 children seven-12. Reservations: make check payable to Italian Catholic Federation Br. #223 and mail to Holly Raineri, 1074 Annerley Road, Piedmont, CA 94610. (510) 451-0608.

Saturday, April 8
Luncheon and Fashion Show. 11 a.m. social hour and hors d’oeuvres, noon luncheon and fashion show, at Soda Activity Center, St. Mary’s College, Moraga. Proceeds provide scholarships for worthy students of the college. $40 per person. To reserve a single place or up to a table of eight, send check to Mary Power, 1860 Eagle Peak Ave., Clayton, CA 94517-1802. Information: (925) 672-6761. Sponsor: St. Mary’s College Guild.

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). (510) 628-2155.

Saturday, April 22
Newman Boomers Monthly Dinner. 6 p.m. at Saul’s Restaurant, 1475 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. Join this social group, composed of single baby boomers in their 40s and 50s, for a lively meal. Reservation deadline: April 21. Call John, (510) 669-9339 for reservations or information. To get on free event mailing list, send your name, phone number, and e-mail address to newmanboomers@yahoo.com.

Saturday, April 29
St. Columba Church’s Second Day At The Races. At Golden Gate Fields Turf Club, 1100 East Shore Highway, Berkeley. $35 donation includes luncheon buffet (11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.) and valet parking. Reservations: St. Columba Office, (510) 654-7600 or contact any Luau Committee members. Sponsor: Luau Committee.

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support groups

Tuesdays, March 21, 28
Partner Loss Grief Support Group. 10:30 a.m. – noon. Location convenient to BART. Facilitated by Sutter VNA and Hospice in San Leandro. Group is small and on a donation basis. Barbara Gordon, (510) 450-8867.

March 22, April 12
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.

Thursday, March 23
CDWS Support Group. 7 – 8:30 p.m. All who are struggling from a loss due to separation, divorce or death of a loved one are invited to participate. Dianne G., (510) 527-2148 or Joan S., (925) 939-1007 for additional information and locations.

March 28, April 11
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, April 3
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.

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Sunday, March 26
Organ Concert. 4 p.m. at St. Perpetua Church, 3454 Hamlin Road, Lafayette. Raymond Garner, director of music ministries at the parish, will present works by Charles-Marie Widor after Vespers. Open to the public. No admission charge.

Sundays, March 26, April 2
Sunday Afternoon Recitals. 3:30 p.m. at Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, 1111 Gough St., San Francisco. March 26: David Hatt, organist, music of Falcinelli; April 2: St. Dominic’s Church Choir, Simon Berry, director. Free-will offering requested at door. (415) 567-2020, x213.

April 5 – 7
Dead Man Walking Production at HNU. 8 p.m. at Valley Center for the Performing Arts, Holy Names University, 3500 Mountain Blvd., Oakland. Kevin Yell will direct the play, presented by special arrangement with actor Tim Robbins and the Dead Man Walking School Theatre Project. $10 for general public, $5 seniors and non-HNU students with student IDs, $3 for HNU students, faculty and staff. (510) 436-1081.

Saturday, April 8
St. John School Presents Its Spring Musical: “Broadway Now!” 2 and 7 p.m. at Cal State East Bay. Showcasing the talents of students in grades K-8. $7 general admission, $5 students with a valid Catholic elementary school ID. (510) 276-6632.

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crab feeds

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: $35, children (six – 12): $15. Patty Batchell, (510) 769-6784; Kim Perry, (510) 569-3790.

Saturday, April 29
St. Ignatius Church, Antioch, Corazon Ministry. 6 – 10 p.m. at Antioch VFW Hall, 815 Fulton Shipyard Road (at Wilbur). $35 per person. Raffle of a Sony Home theater system and a 318-pc Craftsmen tool set. Jose Perez, (925) 783-4589 or Peter Gutierrez, (925) 706-7262. Proceeds to benefit Familia Corazon.

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Sunday, March 26
St. Joseph Elementary School, St. Joseph Notre Dame High School, Alameda. Celebrating 125 Years of Catholic Education. Noon Mass, at 1109 Chestnut St., Alameda. Open houses at both schools, a potluck lunch, and musical program. RSVP: sjnd125@sjnd.orgor (510) 814-7149.

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