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 April 3, 2006VOL. 44, NO. 7Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

Reliving the sacred
The youth of Good Shepherd Parish in Pittsburg will present a Sacred Drama of The Passion of Jesus Christ during Palm Sunday weekend and on Good Friday at 3200 Harbor St. in Pittsburg. The drama will be presented at the 5:30 p.m. liturgy on April 8, at the 8 and 10 a.m. and noon liturgies on April 9, and at 7:30 p.m. on April 14. This is the 14th year that Good Shepherd will stage the sacred drama.


lenten spirituality

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 5, 7, 10
Concord Deanery Lenten Reconciliation Services. April 5: 7:30 p.m. at Queen of All Saints Church, 2390 Grant St. (English); April 7: 7 p.m. at Queen of All Saints (Spanish); April 10: 7:30 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi, 860 Oak Grove Road.

Thursday, April 6
Lenten Evening Series: Prayer of the Heart. 7 – 9 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Presenters: Bidi Millet and Janet McQuiston. $15. Lorraine, (925) 837-9141 or www.sandamiano.org.

April 7 – 9
Women’s Lenten Reflection, “Following A Creative Path.” 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.

April 13 – 16
Holy Week Retreat with Father Raymond Bucher, OFM, Father Rusty Shaughnessy, OFM, Sister Michelle L’Allier, OSF and Father Evan Howard, OFM. At San Damiano Retreat Center. Private room: $220; shared room: $185. Lorraine, (925) 837-9141, www.sandamiano.org.


Wednesdays, April 5, 12, 19, 26
Christ the King Bible Study and Charismatic Prayer Meetings. 7:30 p.m. at 6 Saint Lawrence Ct, Pleasant Hill. All are invited to share in charismatic praise, singing and openness to the gift of God’s Spirit. Personal prayer for healing follow. (800) 474-6644.

Friday, April 7
Stations of the Cross and First Friday Healing Mass. 7:30 p.m. at St. Ambrose Church, 1145 Gilman St., Berkeley. Personal healing prayers after Mass. Joan, (510) 524-9563.

Fridays, April 7, 14, 21
Adoration and Chaplet of Divine Mercy. 2 p.m. at St. Margaret Mary Church, 1219 Excelsior Ave., Oakland. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, 3 Chaplet of Divine Mercy, followed by Benediction. (510) 482-0596.

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.

Saturday, April 22
Notre Dame Alumnae (S.F. Chapter) Annual Mass and Luncheon. 10 a.m. Mass at Mission Dolores Basilica, San Francisco. Lunch at Irish Cultural Center, 2700 – 45th Ave., San Francisco. Honorees: The Golden Belles of 1956 and the Silver Belles of 1981. Debbie Calgaro, (650) 583-1102.

Sunday, April 23
Feast of Divine Mercy. At St. Leander Church, 550 W. Estudillo Ave., San Leandro. 2:30 p.m.: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament; 3 p.m.: recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, prayer and silent adoration follow. 5 p.m.: Closing with Benediction and blessing of religious articles. 7 p.m.: Mass. Evelyn, (510) 895-2019.

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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, April 29
Young Adult Summit. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. “What’s In Your Closet” with Sister Michelle L’Allier, OSF and leadership group. A fun and reflective day for young adults, 18-40. Sister Michelle, (925) 837-9141, ext. 307, MichelleL@sandamiano.org, or www.sandamiano.org..

May 5 – 7
Weekend Retreat. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. “Taking Heart in Tough Times” with author Joanna Macy. Benefit for the Nevada Desert Experience. Cost is a sliding scale. Private room: $225-195, shared room: $195-165. Lorraine, (925) 837-9141 or www.sandamiano.org.

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April 3, 17, May 1, 15
Mind-Body Series. 5:30 – 7 p.m. in the Rose Room at Mercy Retirement and Care Center, 3431 Foothill Blvd., Oakland. Focus on helping individuals evaluate themselves and learn health and stress-reducing techniques. $30 per session or $120 for series. Reservations required. (510) 534-8547, ext. 666.

Wednesday, April 5
Mother Antonia, Prison Angel. 9:30 a.m. at St. Raymond Church, 11555 Shannon Ave., Dublin. Women of the parish group, Wings, invite all to meet and hear the story of Mother Antonia, a woman who was raised in Beverly Hills, had seven children and founded a religious order called The Servants of the Eleventh Hour. For the past 28 years she has 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.

Religion and Spirituality in the Workplace. 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. at Corpus Christi Church, Gibson Center, 322 St. James Dr., Piedmont. Facilitator: Marty Bennett. Designed for professionals working with men and women coming from diverse religious and spiritual backgrounds. Registration not required. Raph Martin, (510) 530-4343.

Author Linda Spalding in Conversation with Brenda Hillman. 7:30 p.m. at Soda Center, St. Mary’s College, 1928 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga. Spalding is author of two works of fiction and three published novels and is publisher and editor of Brick, A Literary Journal. Sponsor: SMC’s Creative Writing Reading Series. (925) 631-4088.

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 Resister’s League-West.

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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 raises 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.

St. Agnes School’s Annual Auction. 5:30 p.m. at The Silvio E. Garaventa Sr. Center at Carondelet High School, 1133 Winton Dr., Concord. Dinner, live auction, dancing. $45. Sandra Bellafronte, (925) 687-2917 or (925) 689-3990.

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.

St. David School Annual Pasta Feed. 6 p.m. at St. David School Hall, 871 Sonoma St., Richmond. $10 adults, $5 kids (12 and under). (510) 232-2283.
Thursday, April 20

Dominican Guild of the East Bay Salad Bar Luncheon and Bingo. Noon at St. Joseph’s Hall, 43222 Mission Blvd., Fremont. $7 ticket includes luncheon and two bingo cards. Reservations: Lucy Turbes, (510) 790-8923 by April 17. Proceeds benefit the charitable works of the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose.

Spring Salad Bar and Luncheon. Noon at Rohan Hall, St. Jerome Parish, 308 Carmel Ave., El Cerrito. $10 per person. Reservations are necessary. Benefits students of St. Jerome and St. John schools. Sponsor: Mother of Perpetual Help Institute #159 Y.L.I. No tickets sold at the door. Annette Bishop, (510) 526-9742 or June Felker, (510) 524-9827.

Saturday, April 22
Festa Primavera. At St. Isidore Church, 440 LaGonda Way, Danville. 5 p.m. social hour followed by pasta and baked chicken dinner with salad, wine, dessert and the trimmings. Dinner music by Mike Bocchiccio. $18 adults, $6 children. Limited seating. Reservations: Tony Rosellini, tlrosellini@sbcglobal.netor (925) 820-1760.

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.

Filipino Community of St. Jarlath Spring Dance. 6 – 11 p.m. at St. Jarlath Hall, 2620 Pleasant St., Oakland. $10. Complimentary sandwiches will be served. Terri Lauigan, (510) 530-4588, Amelia Arucan, (510) 534-5737, Vangie Abellon, (510) 531-4074. Proceeds to help fund the renovation of parish hall.

Sunday, April 23
Open House at Elizabeth House. 12 – 4 p.m. at 6423 Colby St., Oakland. Elizabeth House, a transitional housing residence for women and children, is celebrating its 15th anniversary and honoring its volunteers and supporters. Refreshments and brief program at 2:30 p.m. (510) 601-1213; www.oakehouse.org.

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.

Young Ladies Institute Noel Institute #113 Annual Spring Luncheon. Noon at Assumption School Hall, 1851-136th Ave., San Leandro. $10 per person. Reservation deadline: April 19. Dolores Vazquez, (510) 357-5903.
St. Elizabeth High School’s Annual Red and White Reunion Dinner Dance. 6 p.m. at 1530-34th Ave., Oakland. Tickets: $35. (510) 532-8947, ext. 121.

Friday, May 5
Dominican Kindergarten Kinderjog 2006. 10:30 a.m. at 43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont. Thirty-three kindergartners and several Dominican Sisters will jog laps around the Kindergarten complex for pledges (each lap is 1/5 mile). Benefits: improvements to Dominican Kindergarten School, St. Joseph’s Build-A-Church Campaign, Tuition assistance for Dominican Kindergarten and St. Joseph School, Vision of Hope, St. Martin de Porres School (adopted school), Internationally Fund (supports the projects of the Mission San Jose Dominican Sisters.) Marianma Tarantino, (510) 792-9019 or Stacey Collins, (510) 791-7782.

Saturday, May 6
Salad Luncheon and Card Party. 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at St. John Community Center, 264 East Lewelling Blvd., San Lorenzo. Bridge, other card games and pokeno start at 10:30 a.m. Lunch at noon. Games resume. Also door prizes, 50/50, and silent auction. Donation: $12 per person. Advance paid registration requested. Sponsor: St. Gerard Women’s Club. (510) 278-2405.

SPRED the Word XV Annual Fundraiser Dinner. At St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 860 Oak Grove Road, Concord. 5:30 p.m. vigil Mass, 6:30 p.m. no-host social, 7:15 p.m. dinner by Kof C #13179 followed by silent auction, raffle and dancing. Make reservations by April 18 to receive “early bird special” -- $25/person ($27/person after April 21). Children’s tickets: $8. No ticket sales at the door. Benefits participants in parish SPRED Centers throughout the Oakland Diocese. SPRED catechesis helps to integrate children, teens and adults with developmental disabilities into the faith and life of the church. (510) 635-7252. Website: www.oakdiocese.org/spred.

Sunday, May 14
Mother’s Champagne Day Brunch. 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at Sisters of the Holy Family Motherhouse, 159 Washington Blvd., Fremont. Reserved seating only. $40 adults, $15 children 4-12 years, free children under three. (510) 624-4512.

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support groups

Wednesdays, April 5, 19
Safely Home Bereavement Grief Support Ministry. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at St. Anne Church, 32223 Cabello St., Union City. No reservations or sign-up required but a phone call would help for planning purposes. Roseann Langley, (510) 471-6545.

Thursdays, April, 6, 20
Catholic Divorced Widowed and Separated of Contra Costa. 7 – 8:30 p.m. Contact Diane G., (510) 527-2148 or Joan S., (925) 939-1007 for additional information and locations.

Tuesdays, April 11, 25
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.

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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.

April 7, 8
SJND Spring Musical: “Home Sweet Home.” 8 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Learning Center, 1011 Chestnut St., Alameda. A musical in two-parts written by Gabrielle Soria and Jon Siapno, students at St. Joseph Notre Dame High School. Due to mature theme, not recommended for children under 13. $10 adults, $7.50 students/seniors. (510) 814-8512 or dkubicek@sjnd.org.

Saturday, April 8
A Wake-Up Call. 2 p.m. at St. Philip Neri Parish, 3108 Van Buren St., Alameda. Performance by St. Vincent de Paul Champion Guidance Center’s Seldom Seen Acting Company that will shed new light on the plight of the low-income and homeless. Includes an interactive workshop with the audience and a multi-media presentation. $10 adults, $5 students/seniors. Mary Ann, (510) 522-2299, ext. 4.

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.

Sunday, April 16
Easter Day Jazz Evensong. 3 p.m. at Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., San Francisco. Sung by the Boys of the Choir with vocalist Pat Yankee, accompanied by Bob Schulz and his Frisco Jazz Band. Experience choral music in a magical acoustical setting. Choral Evensong is a captivating service of music and prayer, lasting 45 minutes, with no sermon. Free. wwwGraceCathedral.org, concerts@gracecathedral.org, or (415) 749-6350.

Saturday, April 22
Music at the Mission. 8 p.m. at St. Joseph Church, 43148 Mission Blvd., Fremont. Benefit concert featuring: Ethel. $25 general, $20 student/senior (65+). (510) 656-2364,info@musicatthemissionmsj.org, or www.musicatthemissionmsj.org.

April 27, 28, 29
Lorca in a Green Dress. 8 p.m. at LeFevre Theatre, St. Mary’s College, 1928 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga. SMC’s Performing Arts Department will present Nilo Cruz’ moving and true story of Federico Garcia Lorca, poet, playwright, human rights advocate and victim of a Fascist firing squad in 1930s Spain. Contains adult subject matter. $15 general, $12 non-St. Mary’s students, $8 St. Mary’s faculty, staff and students. (925) 631-4670.

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crab feeds

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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