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 September 18, 2006VOL. 44, NO. 16Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

Singing the rosary
Liturgical composer and musician Bob Hurd will present his latest work, “A Contemplative Rosary,” at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 40382 Fremont Blvd. in Fremont, on Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m. Hurd’s recent CD was inspired by the late Pope John Paul II’s apostolic letter on the rosary and integrates music, Scripture readings, icons, and meditations. Music also by The Deo Gloria Choir, directed by Sharon Xavier de Sousa. Information: (510) 651-3411.

A saintly gala
Bob and Penny Lord, longtime personalities on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), will conduct a presentation on the lives of the Franciscan saints Sept. 27 at the National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi, 610 Vallejo St., San Francisco, at 6:30 p.m. The event, which begins at 5 p.m., includes vespers, prayers and songs in the landmark church. Tickets: $60. (415) 983-0222, www.shrinesf.org.


Sept. 20, 27, Oct. 4
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. 23
Quarterly Communion and Mass. 5 p.m. at Assumption Parish, 1851 135th 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.

Friday, Sept. 29
Ultreya. 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Hall, 837 Tennent Ave., Pinole. Information: Carl, (510) 223-1003.

Friday, Oct. 13
Candle Light Rosary for Life. 7 p.m. at St. Isidore Church, 440 LaGonda Way, Danville. All are invited to celebrate and pray for the goodness and blessings that God grants us in each life, and at every stage in life.

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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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Sept. 29 – Oct. 1
Franciscan Spirituality Retreat: One Cosmic Family. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Facilitator: Sister Ramona Miller, OSF. Using the writings of Francis and Clare, participants will explore what a Franciscan worldview is and how to integrate it in their lives. $190 private room/$160 shared room. (925) 837-9141 or www.sandamiano.org.

Saturday Sept. 30
Retreat for the Divorced. 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Facilitator: Father Padraig Greene. Rebuild your sense of self through prayer, reflection, silence and ritual. $55 cost includes lunch. (925) 837-9141 or www.sandamiano.org.

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. 20
Learn about Breema. 7 p.m. at Sacrada Sacred Arts, 4926 Telegraph Ave., Oakland. A demonstration of Breema bodywork. (510) 653-7196 or www.breema.com.

Saturday, Sept. 23
Day of Reflection. 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Holy Spirit Parish, 37588 Fremont Blvd., Fremont. For parish lay liturgical ministers. Speaker: Deacon Dick Folger. Begins with Mass at 8 a.m. (510) 797-1660.

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.

Sunday, Sept. 24
heseone@aol.com 1 – 4 p.m. at Mercy Center, 2300 Adeline Dr., Burlingame, Author, therapist and minister Wayne Muller helps workshop participants explore practical tools to nourish a generosity of spirit in their lives. $25. (650) 340-7474 or www.mercy-center.org.

Sept. 27, Oct. 4, 11
Gospel of Judas. 7 p.m. in parish center, St. Stephen Church, 1101 Keaveny Court, Walnut Creek. Speaker: Father Tom Bonacci. Preceded by potluck dinner at 6 p.m. Annette Roux, (925) 939-3826.

Thursday, Sept. 28
Presentation by Father Michael Sweeney, O.P. 6 p.m. at St. Philip Neri Parish Hall, 3120 Van Buren St., Alameda. Meet Father Sweeney, president of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, and learn about the School. Begins with reception followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Donation: $25 per person. Free for members of Dominican community. RSVP: David Rose, (510) 522-6004 or Lance Russum, (510) 522-6900.

Thursdays, Sept. 28 – Nov. 9
Fall Bereavement Workshop. 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Dr., Pleasanton. Grieving individuals of all faiths are welcome. Presented by the Bereavement Ministry Team of the Catholic Community of Pleasanton. Kim Behrens, (925) 735-3741 to register. Space is limited.

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.orgby 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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Sept. 23 – 24
Our Lady of Grace Church 2006 Fall Festival. At 3433 Somerset Ave., Castro Valley. Sept. 23: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sept. 24: 10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. Includes live entertainment, games for all ages, food and drink and more. Admission and parking are free. Visit www.olgfestival.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 Allen Vigneron, lunch at noon, presentation at 12:30 p.m. $20 per person, payable to ODCCW. (925) 829-0949.

Sunday, Oct. 1
St. Anthony Parish October Festival. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at 1535 16th Ave. in Oakland. Food, games and entertainment for the entire family.
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, BBQ dinners and more. (510) 522-4457.

St. Jarlath Annual Parish Festival. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at St. Jarlath School yard on Harold Street at Fruitvale Ave., Oakland. Ethnic food booths, games, live entertainment, silent auction, etc.

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support groups

Thursday, Sept. 21
Catholic Divorced Widowed and Separated of Contra Costa (CDWS). 7 p.m. in El Cerrito. Call Diana G., (510) 527-2148 or Joan S., (925) 939-1007, for more information and location.

Sept. 27, Oct. 11
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, Oct. 2
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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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. Lee Nordland will present a wine tasting adventure Sept. 23 after 2 p.m., accompanied by savory snacks. Coffee and pastries will be available Sept. 24. (510) 525-0876.

Sundays, Oct. 1, 8
Organ recitals. 4 p.m. at Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., San Francisco. Oct. 1: Simon Lole, former director of music at Salisbury Cathedral; Oct. 8: James Welch, Santa Clara University. Free admission. (415) 749-6350; www.GraceCathedral.org.

Wednesday, Oct. 4
See Janelle Live! 7 p.m. at Rettig Activity Center, St. Isidore Parish, 440 La Gonda Way in Danville. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Janelle, a Christian pop singer, will bring her North American Tour to the East Bay. Tickets: $12 advance (by Oct. 2), $15 at door, $10 group (of at least 10), $45 family (six tickets max.). Tickets available at www.JanelleOct4.com or parish office (address above). Write checks to: Girl Scouts of SFBA Troop 1240. Proceeds benefit Friends of Girl Scouts, an organization that supports disadvantaged girls who wish to participate in Scouting. Caroline Kennedy, Troop 1240 leader, (925) 820-8958 or janelleoct4@yahoo.com.

Saturday, Oct. 7
Fall Concert. 8 p.m. at St. Albert Priory chapel, 6172 Chabot Road, Oakland. The Women’s Antique Vocal Ensemble (WAVE) and Bay Area musicians will perform a concert based on the extravagant musical celebration at the 1568 marriage of Duke Wilhelm V of Bavaria and Renne of Lorraine. The concert will be interspersed with readings describing the wedding celebration and dancers will perform in authentic Renaissance costumes. $15 general, $10 students/seniors. Father Chris Renz, (510) 883-2084, wavewomen@netzero.ne torwww.wavewomen.org.

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Sept. 25 – Oct. 6
Introduction to Bible Study. At St. Augustine Church, 400 Alcatraz Ave., Oakland. Monday, 7 – 8:30 p.m. or Friday, 9:30 – 11 a.m. Course conducted by Walt Sears, parish director of adult education. Registration deadline: Sept. 22. (925) 963-9341.

Through Oct. 30
Monday Evening Bible Study. 7:30 – 9:15 p.m. in the Pope John XXIII Room at St. Charles Borromeo Parish, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. Theme: Genesis 37-50: Joseph the Dreamer. Culminates with a showing of music, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coats.” Julie, (925) 447-4549 or upcatholic@aol.com.


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.


Sept. 23 – Oct. 14
De La Salle High School, Concord. Classes of 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, and 1996. 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.

Saturday, Nov. 11
Bishop O’Dowd High School, Oakland. Reunion 2006. Classes of 1961, 1966, 1971, 1981, 1986, 1991. Noon to 3 p.m.: Highlights to include BBQ and open house, campus tours and performances by the BOD Chorus and Orchestra; reunion dinners and dance party in the evening. For more information or to volunteer: Betsy Cardis (Class of 1993), (510) 553-8632 or bcardis@bishopodowd.org.


Saturday, Oct. 7
Holy Spirit Annual Golf Tournament and Silent Auction. 7:30 a.m. at Sunol Valley Golf Club. Shotgun start with awards luncheon to follow. Scramble format. $130 registration fee includes golf, cart, tee prizes, awards luncheon with prizes and more. Profits support Holy Spirit School in Fremont. Elaine Blonigan, (925) 485-1960.

Monday, Oct. 9
“Rocket” Roza Golf Classic. At Sequoyah Country Club, 4550 Heafey Road, Oakland. 9:30 – 10:45 a.m. check-in, 11 a.m. shotgun start, 4 – 5 p.m. drinks, snacks and silent auction, 5 – 7 p.m. dinner and silent auction. Proceeds benefit Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland. (510) 533- 8624 or cfunai@bishopodowd.org.

Monday, Oct. 16
Third Annual St. Perpetua School Golf Tournament. At the Contra Costa Country Club. Registration begins at 10 a.m., BBQ lunch at 11 a.m., shotgun start at noon. Numerous prizes including a new car for the hole in one contest. Michelle Peirona,mpeirona@comcast.net or Roger Sabatte, fourbigfish@mac.com.


Saturday, Sept. 23
Electronics Recycling Fundraiser. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in back of the St. Benedict Church parking lot, 2245 82nd Ave., Oakland. Drop off is free and assisted. The following items will be accepted: televisions, computers, fax machines, printers, monitors, VCRs and DVDs, cell phones, copiers, telephones, computer components and MP3 players. Sponsor: Knights of Peter Claver, St. Benedict Council #336.

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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