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 June 19, 2006 • VOL. 44, NO. 12 • Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

Food for the spirit
Father Richard McAlear, a member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary who has traveled the world as part of his preaching ministry, is one of several speakers scheduled to participate in the 14th San Francisco International Marian Conference at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Conference Center, 1221 Chess Dr. in Foster City, from June 30 – July 2. The gathering also includes Marian, Eucharistic and Charismatic devotions, youth/children’s programs, and a healing service. Information/pre-registration: (800) 456-4197 or srm.inc.com or visit www.sraphael.com.


Monday, June 19
Prayer Service Honoring Cancer Survivors. 7 p.m. at St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St., Alameda. Non-denominational prayer service in honor and prayer for those who have battled cancer. Held in conjunction with St. Joseph’s participation in the Alameda Relay for Life, a 24-hour event sponsored by the American Cancer Society to raise money and awareness in the fight against cancer. The Relay for Life event will be held June 24-25 at Encinal High School in Alameda. Jo Berning, (510) 521-0247 or jberning@comcast.net.

Wednesdays, June 21, 28, July 5
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, June 23, 30, July 7
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.

Thursday, June 29
Welcome Mass for Missionaries of Charity to Oakland Diocese. 4:30 p.m. at St. Mark Church, 159 Harbor Way, Richmond. Bishop Allen Vigneron will preside at liturgy for four Sisters of the Missionaries of Charity, followed by procession with the Blessed Sacrament to their new convent a few blocks away.

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

Sunday, July 2
Igbo Catholic Celebration. 2 p.m. at Church of the Assumption, 1100 Fulton Ave., San Leandro. The Igbo Catholic Community of the East Bay celebrates their first year anniversary. Co-presiders: Oakland Bishop Allen Vigneron and Bishop Victor Adibe Chikwe of the Diocese of Ahiara, Nigeria. Cultural dances will be performed at the reception after the Mass.

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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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June 22, July 6, 20
Thursday Evening Summer Series. 7 – 9 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Check-in beginning at 6:30 p.m. Presented by Chiara’s Lantern. Includes body prayer, walking meditation, chant and music. $15/evening or $75/series. (925) 837-9141 or www.sandamiano.org.

June 23 – 25
Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend. In Pleasanton. Starts at 8 p.m. on Friday and runs until 4 p.m. on Sunday. Designed to help married couples improve communication with one another and deepen their relationship. $50 nonrefundable registration fee. Ray and Roberta Montes, (925) 961-0110 or rmluvx2@yahoo.com.

June 30 – July 2
Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat. In the Sonoma Wine Country. For those hurting after an abortion. Includes sharing of stories, Scripture-based 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. (510) 267-8394 or Mrodman@oakdiocese.org. Inquiries and participation are strictly confidential.

July 23 – 28
Five-Day Silent Contemplative Retreat: Teach Us To Pray. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Facilitator: Father Rusty Shaughnessy, OFM. Come to this peaceful environment for five days of silence and time spent with God and nature. $340/$265. (925) 837-9141 or www.sandamiano.org.

July 26 – 30
Celebrating the Quality of Your Presence: Native American Spirituality and Ritual. Vallombrosa Center, 250 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park. Facilitator: Sister Jose Hobday, OSF, who lives on the Yaqui Reservation in downtown Tucson, AZ, where she ministers among those who are most poor. $320 private room/$300 shared room; includes all meals, socials, and program materials. Sister Rosina, (650) 325-5614, ext. 14 or rosina@vallombrosa.org.

Saturday, July 29
Scripture Day: Saints Peter and Paul. 9 a.m. at San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Facilitator: Bill Creasy. An exploration of the lives of Peter and Paul as “heroes in the making.” $55 fee includes lunch. (925) 837-9141 or www.sandamiano.org.

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Wednesday, June 21
Women Lawyers at Big Corporations: What Challenges Do They Face in the Workplace? 6 – 8 p.m. at Academy of Arts University, 79 New Montgomery Street Gallery, San Francisco. Successful women corporate counsel from large corporations, including the San Francisco Giants, Microsoft, Managed Health Network and Farmer’s Insurance Group Inc., will talk about the challenges they face in the workplace. All are alumnae of the University of San Francisco School of Law. Free and open to the public. Donations for the USF School of Law’s Scholarship for Transitional Students will be accepted at the door. Sponsors include the USF School of Law. Janice Vela, (415) 422-2151.

June 24 – Oct. 14
Summer 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 for adults, prayers of the Holy Mass, the Divine Office, Latin hymn chanting and elementary Latin grammar. Begins with registration on June 24 at 11 a.m. Instructor: Rebecca Spencer-O’Hare, M.A. Information: latin4all@sbcglobal.net.

June 27, July 25
Healthy Aging Seminar. 1:30 – 3 p.m. at Alma Via Assisted Living, 33883 Alvarado-Niles Road, Union City. 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.

Sunday, July 9
Lay Dominican Spirituality. After the 9:30 a.m. Mass at St. Albert’s Priory, 6172 Chabot Road, Oakland. Discover the Pillars of the Dominican Order by attending this free informational gathering. Tom Raftery, OPL, (510) 843-4751.

July 13 – 16
Women’s Cursillo Weekend. At Holy Rosary Parish, 1313 A St., Antioch. Begins Thursday evening and concludes Sunday evening. A Cursillo is a short course in Christianity, a faith booster shot! Nita Volker, (925) 828-9442 or Carolyn Steele, (925) 648-4890. Space is limited.

July 20 – 23

Men’s Cursillo Weekend. At St. Raymond Parish, 11555 Shannon Ave., Dublin. Begins Thursday evening and concludes Sunday evening. Eric Soderstrom, (510) 352-4757 or Carolyn Steele, (925) 648-4890.

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June 19 – 21
118th Grand Council Convention of the Catholic Ladies’ Aid Society. At the Flamingo Resort Hotel, 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. Gloria Jean Warren, (510) 233-0955.

Tuesday, June 20
Irish-American Culture Club. 7:30 p.m. at Petar’s Restaurant, 32 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette. Socializing among members and prospective members. Irish music by Sinead Clare; group singing. Reservations/membership information: Tom, (925) 830-1084.

Saturday, June 24
Fifth Annual Summer Sport Collectors Show. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Ryan-O’Connell Hall, 575 W. Estudillo Ave., San Leandro. A variety of vintage sports memorabilia (1880-2006) will be for sale. Proceeds from the show will benefit St. Leander Parish and local charities. Door prizes. Admission: $3; those under five or over 65 are free. (510) 538-6245.

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, June 27, July 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.

Wednesdays, June 21, July 12
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 June 22
Catholic Divorced Widowed and Separated of Contra Costa. 7 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, 11150 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito. Diane G., (510) 527-2148 or Joan S., (925) 939-1007.

Monday, July 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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Saturday, June 24
Father Stan Fortuna in Concert. 5 p.m. at James Logan High School Pavilion, 1800 H St., Union City. $7 youth, $10 adults 18 and over. Proceeds to benefit The Divine Mercy Shrine Project in the Bay Area. Tickets: (888) 238-6560 or debbieison@aol.com.

Sundays, July 2, 9, 16
Sunday Afternoon Recitals. 3:30 p.m. at Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, 1111 Gough St., San Francisco. July 2: Christoph Tietze, organist; July 9: Charles Talmadge, organist; July 16: David Hatt., organist.

Through July 15
A Pilgrimage to Manzanar. At Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley. An exhibition of materials from the collection of the Graduate Theological Union Library pertaining to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II and to Manzanar, one of 10 internment camps. The exhibit highlights the role of religious voices before, during, and after the internment. (510) 649-2501 or library@gtu.edu.

Sunday, July 16
Coming Home: A Summer Afternoon of Song. 3 p.m. at St. James’ Episcopal Church, Thornton Avenue at Cabrillo Terrace, Fremont. This concert by singer, composer and recording artist Janet Sullivan Whitaker, accompanied by her band, will feature the Berkeley native’s unique approach to sacred music for the church and for the world. General admission tickets are now on sale for $15; children under five are admitted free of charge. Childcare available. (510) 797-1492 or www.saintj.com.

Through Aug. 16
Playing Around: Toys Designed By Artists. Exhibition at Hearst Art Gallery, St. Mary’s College, 1928 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga. Gallery hours: 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Toys, found in tombs dating back more than 4,000 years, reflect the values of a society through the lives of children across cultures and throughout the centuries. Exhibition demonstrates the artists’ invention, whimsy, dexterity, improvisation and imagination. Admission: $2 donation. (925) 631-4379 or http://gallery.stmarys-ca.edu.

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social action

Saturday, June 24
Nonviolent Action Training. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at 2501 Harrison St. in Oakland. This one-day workshop prepares attendees to take part in nonviolent action for social change. $50. Sponsor: Pace e Bene. Ken Preston-Pile, (510) 268-8765.
2006 Re-Fresh Festival. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at 9235 San Leandro St., Oakland. A community celebration of creative reuse and recycling featuring arts and crafts by eco-friendly artisans, interactive reuse art activities for children, live music, and even a fashion show with designer outfits made from salvaged items. Co-sponsors: Habitat for Humanity East Bay and The ReUse People. Presented by St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County. Free admission. Parking space is available but car-pooling is recommended. (510) 638-7600 or www.svdp-alameda.org.

Sunday, July 16
20th Annual AIDS Walk San Francisco. Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. Walk with a parish team coordinated by Catholic Charities of the East Bay for this annual fundraiser. Over the last 13 years CCEB parish teams have raised over $300,000 on this 10-kilometer fundraising walk. To register as a walker or to organize a parish team call Bill Dow, (510) 865-1942 or willydow@comcast.net.


June 25 – July 1
St. Stephen Parish, Walnut Creek. 40th Anniversary Celebration. June 25: 10 a.m. Mass, Bishop Allen Vigneron presider. Cathy Hicks, Walnut Creek mayor, plans to attend and issue a proclamation honoring the parish; June 27: 7:30 p.m. concert featuring Keenan Boswell who first performed at St. Stephen at age 10 and who begins studies at Juilliard this fall; July 1: 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., parish picnic on the parish grounds. Food and drink prices will be from the 1960s when the parish was founded. “It’s About Time,” a jazz band featuring parishioner Joe DeHope, will perform. 7 p.m.: A dance with the celebration’s theme, “The Little Parish That Could,” will wind up the festivities. Refreshments provided. Tickets are $10, and are available after Masses on Sunday or at the door. Joann Kurpinsky, (925) 939-3826 or keavenyct@sbcglobal.net.


Saturday, Sept. 23
Presentation High School, San Francisco. 50th Anniversary Reunion. Information: Aggie Roensch Malanca, tomagco@yahoo.com or (925) 283-4477.



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