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 May 22, 2006VOL. 44, NO. 10Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

The Judas stories
Passionist Father Thomas Bonacci will lead participants through an exploration of the recently translated Judas Gospel in a series of presentations this month at St. Ignatius Parish, 3351 Contra Loma Blvd. in Antioch from 7:30 – 9 p.m. The sessions begin June 1 with an introduction to the non-canonical gospels; the stories of Judas by the evangelists on June 8; the function and purpose of the Judas stories on June 22, and highlights from the discovery on June 29. Notes will be included. A free will donation will be accepted. Information: (925) 778-0768.


Playing Around
This smiling crawdad by artist and musician Jim Bartz is part of a new exhibition, “Playing Around: Toys Designed By Artists,” opening June 3 at the Hearst Art Gallery at St. Mary’s College, 1928 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga. Toys, found in tombs dating back more than 4,000 years, reflect the values of a society through the lives and play activities of children across cultures and throughout the centuries. The exhibition demonstrates the artists’ invention, whimsy, dexterity, improvisation and imagination. Gallery hours: 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Admission: $2 donation. (925) 631-4379 or http://gallery.stmarys-ca.edu.


Wednesdays, May 24, 31, June 7
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 26, June 1, 8
Adoration and Chaplet of Divine Mercy. 2 p.m. at St. Margaret Mary Church, 1219 Excelsior Ave., Oakland. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, 3 p.m. Chaplet of Divine Mercy, followed by Benediction. (510) 482-0596.

Friday, May 26
Ultreya. 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Parish Hall, 837 Tennent Ave., Pinole. Carl, (510) 223-1003.

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 4
Sacred Heart Mass. 12:45 p.m. at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 1640 Addison St., Berkeley. Lunch follows at Denny’s, 11344 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito. Order from menu.

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.

Saturday, June 17
Day of Prayer: Praying With the Psalms. 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. in church and multi-purpose room at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 860 Oak Grove Road, Concord. Includes Eucharist, short presentations, lectio divina, silence, faith sharing, spiritual direction and vespers. $15 fee includes breakfast and lunch. Registration: Carmen, (925) 944-5970 or cascholl@astound.net.

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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 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.

June 2 – 4
Dreamwork as a Spiritual Journey. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Facilitator: Jeremy Taylor. Explore the creative energy, emotional awareness and deep healing dreams offer. $195 private room; $165 shared room. (925) 837-9141 or www.sandamiano.org.

June 9 – 11
ACDF Retreat: Healthy Anger. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Facilitators: Tricia Nickel, MA, MFT and Paul Slakey, MA, MFT. An adult children of dysfunctional families recovery retreat. Requires a familiarity with the 12 Step process. (925) 837-9141 or www.sandamiano.org.

Monday, June 12
Christian Meditation Day with Sister Barbara Hazzard, OSB. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Opportunity to learn about the value of a more contemplative style of living that incorporates silent meditation in the Christian tradition. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. $55 cost includes lunch. (925) 837-9141 or www.sandamiano.org.

June 12 – 18
Jesus: The Compassionate Face of God. At Mercy Center, 2300 Adeline Dr., Burlingame. A six-day individually directed Ignatian Retreat focusing on Jesus and his healing encounters with people in the Gospels and today. Silence, prayer, Eucharist, and individual direction. Facilitators: Marilyn Granucci, adjunct staff member at Mercy Center, and Lorita Moffatt, RSM, spiritual director. Costs: $575/$495 commuter. (650) 340-7454 or www.mercy-center.org.

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May 23, June 27, July 25
Healthy Aging Seminar. 1:30 – 3 p.m. at Alma Via Assisted Living, 33883 Alvarado-Niles Road, Union City. May 23: “Transitions…Honoring Your Past, Discovering Your Future" by Roger Cormier, co-owner of Cohen Cormier Group, elder care managers; June 27: “Learning to Love Your Bones – Preventing Osteoporosis,” by Kokila V. Patel; July 25: “Understanding Early Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease,” Robyn Yale, LCSW, nationally recognized for her work with early stage Alzheimer’s support groups. Space is limited; reservations requested. RSVP: (510) 489-3800.

Friday, May 26
Exploring Biblical Events in the Current News. 8 a.m. liturgy; 9 – 10:30 a.m. presentation and discussion, at St. Ignatius Church, 3351 Contra Loma Blvd., Antioch. Father Thomas P. Bonacci, C.P. will explore reports about the recently translated Judas Gospel. Sponsor: The Community and Pastoral Staff of St. Ignatius Parish, Antioch. Free will donation. (925) 778-0768.

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 or www.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.

What is Deep Prayer? 7:30 – 9 p.m. at St. Stephen Church, 601 Eucalyptus Dr., San Francisco. Father Thomas Dubay, S.M., retreat master and spiritual director, offers advice for a deepening moral and spiritual conversion, and a radical growth in holiness. Conchita, (415) 587-7879.

Thursday, June 22
Alemany Award. 6 – 7 p.m. cocktails, 7 p.m. dinner, at St. Albert Priory, 5890 Birch Court, Oakland. The Dominican Order will present the annual Alemany Award to Kevin Starr, the 14th State Librarian for California. The historian, author, journalist and teacher has served on a variety of Catholic organizations including the advisory board of St. Mary’s College in Moraga, as a regent at St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park, and on the Catholic Commission on Intellectual Life. Tickets: $200. Reservations: (510) 849-2030.

June 24 – Oct. 14
Church Latin Class. 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at parish hall, St. Margaret Mary Church, 1219 Excelsior Ave., Oakland. An intensive 15-week introduction to Church Latin, the prayers of the Holy Mass, the Divine Office, chanting of Latin hymns, and elementary Latin grammar. Begins with registration on June 24 at 11 a.m. Instructor: Rebecca Spencer, M.A. Information: latin4all@sbcglobal.net.

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Sunday, June 4
Spring Gala. 4:30 – 7 p.m. at Santa Maria Parish Hall, 20 Santa Maria Way, Orinda. Benefit for A Friendly Place/Manor, day center for homeless women in Oakland. Cocktails/light buffet. Donation: $25 per person. Sponsor: Friendly Manor Auxiliary. Barbara Broach, (925) 934-6725 or Terry Saltiel, (925) 945-7833.

Saturday, June 10
High Tea. Noon at Christ the King Church, 199 Brandon Road, Pleasant Hill. $25 per person. Fundraiser for Birthright. Reservations: (925) 798-7227.

Friday, June 30
Our Lady of Guadalupe Society Annual Dinner Dance. At Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 41933 Blacow Road, Fremont. Dinner: 6 – 8 p.m., Dancing: 8 – 11 p.m. Live music by Broad Stroke. Donation: $20 per person. Tickets: (510) 656-8191.

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support groups

Tuesdays, May 23, June 13
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 24, June 7
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.

Monday, June 5
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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May 24 and 25
Holy Spirit School Production of Disney’s Cinderella Kids. 7 p.m. in the school gymnasium, 3930 Parish Ave., Fremont. Over 120 students, from kindergarten through 8th grade, are participating in the play. A snack bar will be open. Tickets: $5 per adult, $2 for children 12 and under. Cindy Anderson, (510) 797-7310 or cindy@theanderson5.com.

Sundays, May 28, June 4, 11
Sunday Afternoon Recitals. 3:30 p.m. at Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, 1111 Gough St., San Francisco. May 28: Gail Archer (New York), organist; June 4: Dunwoodie United Methodist Church Chancel Choir. Mozart “Coronation Mass”; June 11: James Tevenan (Spokane, WA), organist.

Saturday, June 3
Vespers Concert. 7 p.m. at St. Perpetua Church, 3454 Hamlin Road, Lafayette. The Young Trio (Master’s degree students at Calif. State University, San Francisco) will perform Beethoven’s Opus 11 and Brahms Opus 114 clarinet trios; Raymond Garner, organist, will perform Bach’s Fantasie and Fugue in G minor. Free admission. Raymond Garner, (925) 283-0272, x206.

Sunday, June 4
The Clog Frog Review. 2 – 3 p.m. at Soda Activity Center, St. Mary’s College, Moraga. Reception follows: 3 – 4:30 p.m. Artist and musician Jim Bartz and his Limberjim Bartz Band will perform as part of the opening weekend activities for the gallery’s newest exhibition, “Playing Around: Toys Designed By Artists.” The band will perform American, Irish and Cajun music using handmade and vintage instruments. After the performance, audience members will be able to try out some of the instruments. Free admission. (925) 631-4379 or http://gallery.stmarys-ca.edu.

Veni, Sancte Spiritus: A Pentecost Celebration. 4 p.m. at Santa Maria Church, 40 Santa Maria Way, Orinda. Organ recital features organist Daniel Lockert. Admission: free will donation. (925) 254-2426.

Tuesday, June 6
A Choral Concert for Easter, Ascension and Pentecost. 7:30 p.m. at St. Dominic Church, 2390 Bush St., San Francisco. St. Dominic’s Solemn Mass Choir with Vincent Kinnard, solo organ. In aid of the European Tour Fall 2006. Free, good-will offering accepted. Simon Berry, (415) 567-7824 or www.stdominics.org.

Sunday, June 17
Golden Gate Boys Choir Choral Performance. 7:30 p.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 2320 Green St., San Francisco. Reception to follow. Freewill donations accepted at the door. Suggested donation: $10 adults, $5 children, free children under six.) (510) 887-4311 or (415) 431-1137 or www.ggbc.org.

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