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 May 8, 2006 VOL. 44, NO. 9Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

Life in Holy Land
John McGuckin, lieutenant for the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre in the Northwest U.S., will speak on life as a Catholic Christian in the Holy Land at the monthly Catholics@Work gathering on May 9 at the Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Dr., in Danville. A full buffet breakfast starts at 6:45 a.m. Preceded by Mass at 6:15 a.m. Cost: $20 for members and $27 for non-members. Information: (925) 389-0704 or www.catholicsatwork.org.


Got deep prayer?
Marist Father Thomas Dubay, a retreat master and spiritual director for religious communities around the country and author of “Deep Conversion, Deep Prayer,” will discuss “What is Deep Prayer: Igniting A Fire Within” on May 31 in St. Isidore’s Room, across the street from St. Isidore Church, 440 LaGonda Way in Danville at 7:30 p.m., $10 donation. Information, contact David at (925) 686-9277.


Wednesdays, May 10, 17, 24
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 prayers for healing follow. (800) 474-6644.

Fridays, May 12, 19, 26
Adoration and Chaplet of Divine Mercy. 2 p.m. at St. Margaret Mary Church, 1219 Excelsior Ave., Oakland. 2 p.m. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, 3 p.m. Chaplet of Divine Mercy, followed by Benediction. (510) 482-0596.

Friday, May 19
Healing Mass. 7 p.m. at St. Isabella Church, 1 Trinity Way, San Rafael. Presider: Father Robert Faricy, S.J. Information: www.robertfaricy.org or Patti Castaldo, (415) 499-0315, briannakelly1@aol.com.

Saturday, May 20
Charismatic Healing Mass. 7:30 p.m. at St. Isidore Church, 440 LaGonda Way, Danville. Presented as an introduction to the charismatic experience. Sponsor: Catholic Charismatic Renewal office. (925) 828-6644.

May 20 and 21
Healing Mass with Father Robert Faricy, S.J. At St. Albert Church, 1022 Holly St., Alameda. May 20: 6 p.m. Healing Mass; May 21: 2 p.m., Talk and Healing Mass: “Love Unites.” Cheryl Nguyen, (415) 706-1861 or www.robertfaricy.org.

May 26-29
Men’s Cursillo Weekend. At St. John the Baptist Parish, San Lorenzo. Begins Friday evening and concludes Monday evening. A Cursillo is a short course in Christianity. Eric Soderstrom, (510) 352-4757 or Carolyn Steele, (925) 648-4890.

Sunday, June 11
Quarterly Communion and Mass. 10:30 a.m. at St. Felicitas Church, 1662 Manor Blvd., San Leandro. Brunch at noon at Elios Restaurant in San Leandro. Sponsor: Noel Institute 113 Young Ladies Institute. Carmel Jurasin, (510) 785-4430.

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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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May 12 – 14
Weekend Retreat for Mothers. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Connect with yourself, with other women, and with the maternal face of God. Facilitators: Father Rusty Shaughnessy, OFM, and Denise Roy. Private room $195; shared room $165. Lorraine, (925) 837-9141 or www.sandamiano.org.

May 21 – 30
Centering Prayer: 10-Day Intensive Retreat. At Mercy Center, 2300 Adeline Dr., Burlingame. Facilitator team includes Lorita Moffatt, RSM and Suzanne Toolan, RSM. $695/$610 commuter. (650) 340-7452.

May 26 – 28
The Season of Grief. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Facilitator Carol Kaplan, MFT. Participants will look at grief as a part of the cycle of life. Private room $185; shared room $155. (925) 837-9141 or www.sandamiano.org.

Wednesday, May 31
The Magnificat of Mary. 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Facilitator: Father Evan Howard, OFM. Explore the spiritual guidance that comes through Mary’s prayer. $55 fee includes lunch. (925) 837-9141 or www.sandamiano.org.

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Tuesday, May 9

East Bay Theology on Tap. 7 p.m. social, 7:30 p.m. speaker, at Kerry House, 4092 Piedmont Ave., Oakland. Speaker: Jerome Baggett on “All the Livelong Day: The Theology of Work and its Contemporary Challenges.” www.churchofstleothegreat.org.

Bush Talk. 7:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Oakland, 2501 Harrison St., Oakland. Antonia Juhasz discusses “The Bush Agenda: Invading the World, One Economy at a Time.” With Medea Benjamin, Warren Langley, Rayan Elamine, Raed Jarrar, and Father Louis Vitale, OFM. $12. Benefits Global Exchange. Information: www.kpfa.orgor www.thebushagenda.org.

Mission Forum. 7:30 p.m. at 16300 Foothill Blvd., San Leandro. Maryknoll missioners work with migrants in Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America, including ministries at the U.S./Mexican border near Tijuana and Juarez. A look at the immigration issue from the perspective of mission. (510) 276-5021.

Thursday, May 11
Understanding Latino Catholicism. 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. at St. Anthony Parish Hall, 1535 16th Ave., Oakland. Workshop for pastoral leaders (priests, deacons, lay ecclesial ministers, etc.). Presentation by Father Virgilio Elizondo, known as the father of “U.S. Latino religious thought.” $10. Registration requested. Sponsor: Diocesan Diversity Committee. (510) 273-4981.

Thursdays, May 11 – June 8
Spring Bereavement Workshop. 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. in the chapel at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Dr., Pleasanton. Grieving individuals of all faiths are welcome. Advance registration required. Mary Hagerty, (925) 846-5377. Sponsor: Bereavement Ministry Team of the Catholic Community of Pleasanton.

Friday, May 12
The New Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage Training. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at St. Mary’s-St. Francis de Sales Church, 707 Jefferson St., Oakland. Experts in the Medicare field will be training individual volunteers and professionals in faith-based and community-based organizations to become Community Advisors on Medicare so that they will become a resource to people with Medicare. Lunch will be provided. Sponsors: Pfizer Inc. and Catholic Charities of the East Bay. RSVP: (800) 999-4185.

Monday, May 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.

Fridays, May 19, 26
Friday Morning Series: Exploring Biblical Events in the Current News. At St. Ignatius Church, 3351 Contra Loma Blvd., Antioch. 8 a.m. liturgy, coffee and freshments; 9 – 9:45 a.m. Session I – presentation, 9:45 a.m. break, 10 – 10:30 a.m. Session II – response to questions. Presenter: Father Thomas P. Bonacci, C.P. May 19: The Function and Purpose of the Judas Stories in the Community of Disciples, Apostles and Church; May 26: The Judas Gospel: Highlights from a Stunning Discovery and How to Cope With Such Information. Sponsor: The Community and Pastoral Staff of St. Ignatius Parish, Antioch. Free will donation. (925) 778-0768.

Saturday, May 20
The Liturgy of the Hours: Prayer as an Office of the People of God. 11 a.m. in the parish hall, St. Margaret Mary Church, 1219 Excelsior Ave., Oakland. A talk by Father Michael Sweeney, O.P., president of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley. Refreshments follow. Sponsor: Latin-For-All classes at the parish. Rebecca C. Spencer-O’Hare, latin4all@sbcglobal.net.

Sunday, May 21
Middle East Public Forum. 2 – 4 p.m. at Walnut Creek Civic Park Community Center, corner of Civic and Broadway, Walnut Creek. The Middle East Study Group presents a public forum on “The Role of Selective Divestment.” $5 donation. Co-Sponsors: Middle East Children’s Alliance, Jewish Voice for Peace, Christian Peacemaker Teams, Haiti Action Committee, Women in Black, Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center, Fellowship of Reconciliation Interfaith Peace-Builders. (925) 228-5746 or (925) 256-7728.

May 26, 27, 28
2006 Northern California Charismatic Convention. At Santa Clara Convention Center, Great American Parkway, Santa Clara. Convention highlights include Friday Night Eucharistic Worship Service, speakers, and ministry programs for youth and children. Sponsor: Northern California Renewal Coalition. (707) 643-2238 orwww.ncrcspirit.com.

Friday, June 2
FOCCUS Workshop. At St. Albert’s Priory, 5890 Birch Court in Oakland. FOCCUS is an inventory designed to provide engaged couples and those working with them a personalized profile of what is needed in their marriage preparation process. This workshop, offered by Father George Matanic, O.P., is for those wishing to renew knowledge or learn FOCCUS. $90. Father Kieran Healy, O.P., (510) 596-1807.

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Thursday, May 11
Tropical Spring Fling: Assumption School Women’s Social. 6 – 9 p.m. at 1851-136th Ave., San Leandro. Dress in your favorite tropical outfit for an evening of food, drinks, shopping and socializing. Proceeds benefit the Marnelle Vieira-Ducey Memorial Scholarship Fund. $25 per person. Helena Dietrich, (510) 357-5313 or school office, (510) 357-8772.

Saturday, May 13
St. David 2006 Mayfaire. 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at St. David School Yard, 871 Sonoma St., Richmond. 8 a.m.: pancake breakfast in school hall, $6 adults, $3 children; 10 a.m.: annual kick-off parade, craft booths open; 10:30 a.m.: crafts, food booth open; 4 p.m.: $1,000 grand prize raffle drawing. $100 cash drawings throughout the day. (510) 232-2283.

Mother’s Day Dinner. At St. Jarlath Parish Hall, 2620 Pleasant St., Oakland. 6-7 p.m. social hour, 7 p.m. roast beef dinner. $12 adults, $7 children (14 and under). Live big band music straight from the U.S.S. Hornet. Sponsor: Knights of Columbus Magellan Council #2730. Mel Goulart, (510) 533-8212 or parish office, (510) 532-2068.

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.

Sunday, May 21
Gardens Galore XII. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. The St. Joseph Garden Club of Alameda hosts its 12th Annual Garden Tour, which consists of eight Alameda gardens. Reservations: $20 in advance, $25 the day of the tour. An optional box lunch is available for an additional $9. There will also be a boutique, featuring a large selection of handcrafted items from local Bay Area vendors, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Proceeds benefit St. Joseph Notre Dame High School and St. Joseph Elementary School. (510) 864-8503.

Salem Salutes Recognition Banquet. 5 p.m. at Scott’s Seafood Restaurant, Oakland. Joan Roberts will be recognized as the recipient of the Milton Moore Award. Tickets start at $100, includes social hour, dinner, presentation and raffle. Proceeds benefit Salem Lutheran Home, a residence for about 200 older adults that is affiliated with Elder Care Alliance and cosponsored by the Sierra Pacific Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Sisters of Mercy Regional Community of Burlingame. Tickets: Randy Street, (510) 434-2828.

Monday, May 29
Camp Open House and Picnic and Benefit Drawing. Noon to 4 p.m. at Diocesan Youth Retreat Center in Lafayette. Swimming pool open for use. Bring a picnic lunch. Golden Gate Boys Choir, (510) 887-4311 or www.ggbc.org.

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support groups

Tuesdays, May 9, 23
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, May 10, 24
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.

Thursday, May 18
Catholic Divorced Widowed and Separated of Contra Costa. 7 – 8:30 p.m. Call Diane G., (510) 527-2148, or Joan S., (925) 939-1007, for additional information and locations.

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Saturday, May 13
Charismatic Praise Concert. 7 p.m. at St. Raymond Parish, Moran Hall, 11555 Shannon Ave., Dublin. Featuring: Michael Hagerty and the Northern California Charismatic Convention Music Ministry. A free-will offering will be received. (925) 828-6644.

May 13, 14
San Francisco Bach Choir Presents: Echoes from the Past. At Trinity Episcopal Church, 1668 Bush St., San Francisco. May 13: 8 p.m.; May 14: 4 p.m. Professor Alexandra Amati-Camperi of the University of San Francisco Department of Music will present a half-hour pre-concert lecture at 3 p.m. Tickets: $26, $22, and $15 for students advance sales; $35, 30, 20 for students at the door. (415) 441-4942 or www.sfbach.org.

Sunday, May 21
Mozart Missa Brevis. 11 a.m. Mass at St. Mary Magdalen Church, 2005 Berryman St., Berkeley. Special guest musicians will repeat the Mozart Mass heard at Easter. Special musical tributes will also be offered to the Blessed Virgin Mother. (510) 526-4811 or www.marymagdalen.org.

Golden Gate Boys Choir in Alameda. 3 p.m. at Calvary Christian Center, 1516 Grand St., Alameda. Free-will donation at the door. Suggested donation: $10 adults; $5 children; free under six. Reception to follow. (510) 887-4311 or (415) 431-1137; www.ggbc.org.

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golf tournaments

Monday, May 15
Tee Off for the Children: St. Vincent’s Day Home Annual Golf Tournament. At Sequoyah Country Club, Oakland. Putting contest starts at 10:30 a.m. Awards dinner. Auction. Special guest: Racing Hall of Fame Jockey Russell Baze. Proceeds benefit the day home, the oldest and largest child development center in Alameda County. Sister Ann Maureen Murphy, (510) 832-8324.

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social action

Saturday, May 13
Walk To End Poverty. 9 a.m.: gathering at the “pergola” near Lakeshore and Grand avenues in Oakland. 9:30 a.m.: participants depart to make one-hour walk around Lake Merritt. Goal is 1,000 participants. Co-sponsor: Catholic Charities of the East Bay. Akili Harrison, (510) 768-3137 or akili@cceb.org.

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Friday, May 12
Spring Fest 2006. 7:30 – 11 p.m. at St. Augustine Church Hall, 3999 Bernal Ave., Pleasanton. A night of local teen bands, casino games, and luau lounging for high school teens. Doors close at 8:30 p.m. so no one is allowed in or out until 11 p.m. Admission requirements: ticket ($5 through May 12, $7 that day), signed permission slip, high school photo ID. Raquel Cagigas, rcagigas@catholicsofpleasanton.org.


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