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 September 4, 2006VOL. 44, NO. 15Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

Faith, politics do mix
Jim Wallis, author of “God’s Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It,” will speak about faith and politics at the First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way, on Sept. 11 at 6 p.m. Doors will open at 5:15 p.m. Suggested donation: $10 adults, $5 students. Co-sponsored by the Graduate Theological Union, the Sojourners organization and the Beatitudes Society. (510) 649-2423.
CNS photo by Paul Haring


An icon in oil
This painting that depicts Our Lady of Cayma is one of 55 paintings from an exhibition, “The Virgin, Saints and Angels: South American Paintings 1600 – 1825 from the Thoma Collection” organized by the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University. The exhibition, which begins Sept. 20, examines the pictorial arts that developed within South America’s Viceregal period and includes illustrations of religious and secular images favored in the region. Free admission. Gallery hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. (650) 725-4657 or http://museum.stanford.edu/.


Wednesdays, Sept. 6, 13, 20
Christ the King Bible Study and Charismatic Prayer Meeting. 7:30 p.m. at 6 St. Lawrence Ct., Pleasant Hill. Share in charismatic praise, singing and openness to the gifts of God’s Spirit. (800) 474-6644.

Saturday, Sept. 9
Blue Mass Honoring Police Officers and Firefighters. 9 a.m. at St. Ignatius Parish, 3351 Contra Loma Blvd., Antioch. Brunch to follow at Humphrey’s Restaurant, Antioch Marina, at 11 a.m. to honor Police Officer of the Year, Firefighter of the Year, Past Grand Knight and Knight of the Year for Councils 12587 and 3625. Sponsor: Knights of Columbus. Tom Bilskemper, (925) 778-8385 or Bill Johnston, (925) 754-7466.

Legion of Mary: 85th Anniversary. 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, 4025 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, Oakland. Begins with rosary and Legion prayers, Mass at 11 a.m. followed by potluck lunch and short entertainment. Information: (510) 533-0926 or (510) 843-2431.

Wednesday, Sept. 13
Mass of the Holy Spirit and Campus Blessing. 5 p.m. at 1798 Scenie Ave., Berkeley. The Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology has established a new campus at 2301 Vine St. in Berkeley. Bishop Allen Vigneron will preside at the Mass, which will be followed by a procession to and blessing at the new campus.

Saturday, Sept. 23
Quarterly Communion and Mass. 5 p.m. at Assumption Parish, 1100 Fulton Ave., San Leandro. Sponsor: Young Ladies Institute 113 Noll Institute. Carmel Jurasin, (510) 285-4430.

Sunday, Sept. 24
Solemn Mass. 11:30 a.m. at St. Dominic’s Church, 2390 Bush St., San Francisco. Sung by St. Dominic’s Solemn Mass Choir, which sings traditional music of the Roman Rite. Directed by Simon Berry. Music: Schubert, Mozart, Haydn. (415) 567-7824, www.stdominics.org.

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Sept. 15 – 17
Women’s Weekend Retreat. At San Damiano Retreat Center in Danville. Facilitator: Father Patrick Crowley, nationally known speaker. Theme: “Rejoice! O Highly Favored Daughter.” $220 single/$190 double for all lodging, meals and materials. Registration closes when full. Sponsor: St. Bonaventure Women’s Christian Fellowship. Andrea, (925) 680-8588.

Sept. 22-24
Married Couples Retreat. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Facilitators: Father Evan Howard, OFM, Linda and Dan Mellon. $280 per couple. (925) 837-9141 or www.sandamiano.org.

Saturday Sept. 30
Blessing of the Animals. 2 p.m. at 710 Highland Dr., Danville. Bring your feathered and furry four-legged friends to San Damiano for a special blessing in honor of the Feast of St. Francis. Sponsor: Friars of San Damiano. (925) 837-9141.

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Wednesday, Sept. 6
Meet Author Brian Doyle. 7:30 p.m., Soda Center, St. Mary’s College, 1928 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga. Brian Doyle is the editor of the award-winning Portland Magazine at the University of Portland, and of “The Best Catholic Writing 2005.” (925) 631-4088.

Saturday, Sept. 9
Practicing Nonviolence in Your Every Day Life. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 2501 Harrison St. in Oakland. Ken Preston-Pile will teach participants nonviolent communication tools that can be used to help diffuse conflicts in every day life such as those involving family members and co-workers. $50. Sponsor: Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service. (510) 268-8765 or ken@pacenbene.org.

Saturday, Sept. 9
Panel Discussion on Haiti. 7 p.m. at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 1640 Addison St., Berkeley. Panelists include Father Gerard Jean-Justice, Haitian political prisoner of conscience. $7-$15 donation requested. Proceeds to benefit Haiti Action Committee and Father Jean-Juste’s food program. (510) 483-7481.

Tuesday, Sept. 12
International Rights of Children. 7:30 p.m. at 16300 Foothill Blvd., San Leandro. Father Pete Byrne, who has worked with street kids in Lima, Peru and advocated for the rights of children around the world, will talk about how children continue to be denied their basic rights and how Catholics can respond in the light of our faith. (510) 276-5021.

Saturday, Sept. 23
Introduction to Christian Meditation. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at St. Albert Parish, 1022 Holly St., Alameda. Presenter: Sister Barbara Hazzard, OSB. Learn about Christian Meditation, its history, the teaching and experience. Opportunity for meditation, questions and discussion. Sister Hazzard, heseone@aol.comor (510) 482-5573.

Oct. 2 – 7
Mission with Tim Staples. At St. Francis of Assisi Church, 860 Oak Grove Road, Concord. Oct. 2 – 6 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 7 at 9 a.m. Raised as a Southern Baptist who later converted to Catholicism, Tim Staples has been working in Catholic Apologetics and Evangelization since 1994. (925) 682-5447.

Tuesdays, Oct. 3, 10
Leadership and Coaching for Character. 7 – 9 p.m. in Dominican Hall Lounge, Bishop O’Dowd High School, 9500 Stearns Ave., Oakland. Facilitator: Doug Vierra, BOD’s religious studies department chair and head men’s varsity basketball coach. Participants are asked to read Mike Krzyzweski’s “Leading with the Heart” prior to the first session. The evenings will include prayer and reflection, discussion of key aspects of Krzyzweski’s book, as well as practical application of the principles. Doug Vierra, (510) 590-6072, (510) 577-9100, ext. 258 or dvierra@bishopodowd.org by Sept. 22 to reserve a spot. Teachers, high school and CYO coaches, parents and other interested parties are welcome.

Thursday, Oct. 5
Faith Formation Program at Church of the Assumption, San Leandro. 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. at 1100 Fulton Ave., San Leandro. Start of 2006-07 program. Continues every Thursday. Events for entire family. Children in grades K-6 are welcome. (510) 352-1537.

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Thursday, Sept. 7
Ravioli Dinner. 6:15 p.m. no-host cocktails, 7 p.m. dinner, at St. Theresa Hall, 30 Mandalay Road, Oakland. $15 for adults, $7 children (7-12 years old). Reserve by check, payable to I.C.F. Br. #223 and mail to Holly Raineri, 1074 Annerley Road, Piedmont, CA 94610. (510) 451-0608. Western theme, so wear western clothes if you wish. Sponsor: Italian Catholic Federation Branch #223.

Saturday, Sept. 9
Salesian High School Second Annual Red and Black Ball. 8 p.m. – midnight at 2851 Salesian Ave., Richmond. An evening featuring a variety of musical settings, dancing, culinary treats and specialty bars. Tickets: $40 for adults 18 – 30, $60 for other adults; $500 for parties of 10 or more. Proceeds go to the Salesian Tuition Assistance Fund. Melanie Leinweber, (510) 234-4433 ext. 1106 or mleinweber@salesian.com.

Sept. 9, 10
St. John’s Festival: Country Western Round Up. 264 E. Lewelling Blvd., San Lorenzo. Sept. 9: noon – 10 p.m., dinner will be served 5 – 7 p.m.; Sept. 10: noon – 6 p.m. Food, games, entertainment for all ages. (510) 351-5050.

Sunday, Sept. 10
St. Vincent’s Day Home Annual Champagne Brunch. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at 1086 Eighth St., Oakland. $25 per person. Proceeds will support the Day Home, the oldest and largest child development center in Alameda County. (510) 832-8324.

Tuesday, Sept. 12
Msgr. John McCracken Outstanding Bay Area Women of the Year Luncheon. 11:30 a.m. at Sequoyah Country Club, 4550 Heafey Road, Oakland. Honoring Anne Dolan Rynders, executive director of FACE (Family Aid-Catholic Education).; $40 per ticket. Joe Vallor, (510) 768-3138 or joe@cceb.org.

Sept. 15, 16, 17
All Saints Annual Fiesta. Sept. 15: 6 – 10 p.m., Sept. 16: 12 – 10 p.m., Sept. 17: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the All Saints School Parking Lot, 22870 Second St., Hayward. Games, entertainment, raffles, food and more.

Saturday, Sept. 16
St. Clement Annual Dinner Dance and Raffle. 6:30 p.m. at 750 Calhoun St., Hayward. Theme: “Cruising the Caribbean.” Donation: $35. (510) 582-7282.

Sept. 16, 17
St. John the Baptist Parish Festival. At 11150 San Pablo Ave. in El Cerrito. Sept. 16: 6 p.m., complete buffet dinner with appetizers and desserts for $30 ($35 after Sept. 12). Children under 12 half price; Sept. 17: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., international food booths, kids’ carnival games with prizes, live entertainment, drinks, garden plants and more. (510) 232-5659.

Sunday, Sept. 17
Third Annual Father Bill O’Donnell BOCA (Berkeley Organizing Congregations for Action) Benefit. 12 – 4 p.m. at St. Mary Magdalen Church, 2005 Berryman St., Berkeley. The Father Bill O’Donnell Award will be given to immigration rights attorney Mark Silverman. Music by Francisco Herrera. Highlights: Mexican food, activities for children, etc. (510) 665-5821, admin@berkeleyboca.org, or www.berkeleyboca.org.

Saturday, Sept. 30
Oakland Diocesan Council of Catholic Women’s Annual “Woman of the Year” Recognition. 9 a.m. at St. Ambrose Parish, 1145 Gilman St., Berkeley. Includes 10 a.m. Mass and installation with Bishop Vigneron, lunch at noon, presentation at 12:30 p.m. $20 per person, payable to ODCCW. Reservations by Sept. 15 to Kay Horsell, 7687 Tuscany Dr., Dublin, CA 94568; (925) 829-0949.

Sunday, Oct. 1
El Rancho Day Fiesta. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at St. Joseph Elementary School, 1910 San Antonio Ave., Alameda. Games, prizes, bingo, international foods, and more. (510) 522-4457.

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Saturday, Sept. 9
Mark: A Dramatic Performance of the Gospel of Mark. 7 p.m. at St. James’ Episcopal Church, 37051 Cabrillo Terrace, Fremont. A powerful blend of voice, light, music and costuming by Michael Reardon and Patrick Lane highlight this contemporary translation of Scripture. General admission tickets: $10, $15, at the door; children under age 5 are admitted free. (510) 797-1492 or www.saintj.com. A reception to meet the artists will follow the performance.

Sept. 9 – Oct. 15
Manuel Valencia Exhibition. Hearst Art Gallery, St. Mary’s College, 1928 Saint Mary’s Road, Moraga. Sixty landscape paintings by Manuel Valencia (1856 – 1935) from public and private collections. Valencia was from one of California’s earliest families. Gallery hours: Wednesday through Sundays 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Suggested donation: $2; free for SMC students, faculty and staff. (925) 631-4069.

Saturday, Sept. 16
Music at the Mission. 8 p.m. at Old Mission San Jose, 43300 Mission Blvd., Fremont. “A Celebration of the Art of Song,” featuring Sherri Phelps, contralto, Tedrin Blaire Lindsay, piano, and Eleanor Angel, viola. A pre-concert talk by musicologist, Tedrin Blair Lindsay at 7:15 p.m. Tickets: $25 general admission, $20 student/senior. Purchase tickets: Music at the Mission-SJ, P.O. Box 3276, Fremont, CA 94539, voice mail, (510) 656-2364; e-mail (checks only): tickets@musicatmsj.org; online (credit card); www.ticketweb.com.

Sept. 23 – 24
Little Hill Deanery Art Show. At St. Jerome Parish, Rohan Hall, 308 Carmel Ave., El Cerrito. Sept. 23: 2:30 – 7 p.m.; Sept. 24: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Three parishes, St. Jerome, St. John (both El Cerrito) and St. David in Richmond, make up the Little Hill Deanery. Artists on exhibit: C.J. Accornero, Barbara Brendlinger, Curtis Boyle, Gerry Hair, S. Havilcek, Linda Milani, Yana Murphy, Katie Osenga, and Inna Jane Ray. Photographs, paintings, jewelry, purses, ceramics and cards will be on sale. Sept. 23: wine tasting adventure with Lee Nordland after 2 p.m.; Sept. 24: Coffee and pastries. (510) 525-0876.

Through Oct. 22
Eco Art to Raise Awareness of Nature’s Troubles. At Thatcher Gallery, University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton St., San Francisco. Features works by Bay Area and nationally known ecoartists. Co-sponsored and curated by WEAD, Women Environmental Artist Directory (www.weadartists.org). Free and open to the public during library hours. (415) 422-5178 or (415) 422-2044 or www.usfca.edu/library/thatcher/.

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Sept. 9 – 10
Holy Spirit School, Fremont. 50th Anniversary. At 3930 Parish Ave., Fremont. Sept. 9: Gala dinner and dance at the Newark Hilton; Sept. 10: Mass at Holy Spirit Church followed by a walk through memory lane (in the school gym) and an open house. (510) 793-3553 or http://www.holyspiritfremont.org/.

Wednesday, Sept. 27
St. Patrick School, Rodeo. Celebrating 50 Years. Anniversary Mass, Bishop Emeritus John Cummins, presiding. Followed by reception and a slide show of school events and students over the last 50 years. Information/reservations: (510) 799-2506.

Sunday, Oct. 1
San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. 45th Anniversary Open House. 2 – 6 p.m. at 710 Highland Dr., Danville. All are invited to celebrate the retreat center’s years of ministry to the people of the Bay Area and beyond with food, stories and more. (925) 837-9141.

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Saturday, Sept. 9
Salesian High School, Richmond. Classes of 1966, 1970, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, and 2001. 6 – 8 p.m. at Salesian High, 2851 Salesian Ave., Richmond. General tickets: $60, $40 for ages 18 – 30; $500 for parties of 10 or more. Henry Moe, (510) 234-4433, ext. 1104 or hmoe@salesian.com.

Sept. 9 – Oct. 14
De La Salle High School, Concord. Classes of 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, and 1996. Sept. 9: Class of 1981, Walnut Creek Marriott in Walnut Creek; Sept. 23: Class of 1976, Diablo Ranch in Walnut Creek; Oct. 7: Class of 1971, Embassy Suites in Walnut Creek; Oct 14: Class of 1986: Pyramid Alehouse in Walnut Creek and Class of 1996, Scott’s, Jack London Square in Oakland. Laurel DeMaria, (925) 288-8181 or demarial@dlshs.org or www.dlshs.org/.

Oct. 21 – 22
Bishop O’Dowd High School, Oakland. Reunion Weekend. Classes of 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996 and 2001. Highlights to include dinner and dancing on Oct. 20, “Back-to-School Day” featuring BBQ and open house on Oct. 21, and a Mass for alumni on Oct. 22. For more information or to volunteer: Betsy Cardis (Class of 1993), (510) 553-8632 or bcardis@bishopodowd.org.

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Saturday, Oct. 7
Rummage Sale. 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. at St. Alphonsus Church Hall, 16290 Foothill Blvd., San Leandro. Household items, furniture, small appliances, etc. Virginia Harkins, (510) 614-8130.

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