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 October 9, 2006VOL. 44, NO. 17Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

Music for lunch
The Golden Gate Choir and Bellringers will serenade diners from the balcony at C’era Una Volta, an Alameda restaurant at 1332 Park St., on Oct. 22 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Treat your spirit
“Butterflies and Blooms,” an exhibition San Francisco photographer Carol Hemingway, is on display through Nov. 30 at the Mercy Center Art Gallery, 2300 Adeline Dr. in Burlingame. The gallery is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Framed prints, greeting cards and a 2007 calendar with Hemingway’s photographs will be available for purchase at the exhibit. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Mercy Center. (650) 340-7480 or www.mercy-center.org.


Wednesdays, Oct. 11, 18, 25
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.

Thursday, Oct. 12
Women in God’s Spirit (WINGS). 9:15 – 11:15 a.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Parish, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. Father Rusty Shaughnessy, OFM, retreat leader from San Damiano, will talk about the “Spirituality of Desire.” Childcare provided for a nominal fee. Registration fee to join $25/year, includes materials. Mary Fair, (925) 447-4549 orbob.mary.venter@comcast.net.

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.

Tuesday, Oct. 17
Second Annual Blessing Rite and Dinner, Lay Ecclesial Ministry Council. 5 p.m. at St. Anthony Parish, 1535 16th Ave., Oakland. Lay Ecclesial Ministry Blessing liturgy with installation of LEM Council members. Dinner for LEMs and their immediate families to follow. RSVP: (510) 273-4838.

Saturday, Oct. 21
Charismatic Healing Mass. 7:30 p.m. at St. David Church, 5641 Esmond Ave., Richmond. An introduction to the charismatic experience. Sponsor: Catholic Charismatic Renewal Office. (925) 828-6644.

Sunday, Oct. 22
Mission Rosary. 3 p.m. at St. Paschal Church, 3700 Dorisa Ave., Oakland. The Mission Rosary incorporates prayer and mission. Individuals will represent beads of the Rosary. Food and fellowship to follow. Register: www.maryknoll.us.

Tuesday, Oct. 24
Thirteenth Annual Interfaith Service For Those Affected By HIV/AIDS. 7:30 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1420 Lafayette St., Alameda. Sponsored by the HIV/AIDS Education and Outreach Ministry of Alameda, which is supported by the Catholic parishes of Alameda, this service is held to support people whose lives have been affected by HIV/AIDS. Sue Spiersch, (510) 522-8431.

Friday, Nov. 3
Ninth Annual Anniversary Mass of Thanksgiving, Friends of Father Augustine Tolton. 7 p.m. at Corpus Christi Church, 322 St. James Dr., Piedmont. Open to all. Reception to follow in the parish hall. Father Tom Edwards, (510) 219-6135.

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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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Saturday, Oct. 14
Young Adult Retreat Day: Change My Heart. 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. With the Young Adult Leadership Team, participants will explore change and reflect on the varying effects transitions have on their lives. $40 fee includes lunch. (925) 837-9141 or www.sandamiano.org.

Sunday, Oct. 15
Day of Dialogue for Gays and Lesbians. 1 – 5 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Facilitator: Richard Purcell, OFM. Explore and share stories of faith and community in a safe and prayerful environment. Family and friends are welcome. No cost. (925) 837-9141 or www.sandamiano.org.

Oct. 27 – 29
Men’s and Women’s Retreat: Light for Our Longing. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Participants will look at the mysterious truth of the beatitudes: Blessed are we who hunger. $195 private room/$165 shared room. (925) 837-9141 or www.sandamiano.org.

Saturday, Oct. 28
Calling All Busy Parish Ministers. 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Facilitator: Sister Molly Neville, SNJM. A prayerful and practical retreat for busy parish ministers. $55 cost includes lunch. (925) 837-9141 or www.sandamiano.org.

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Tuesday, Oct. 10
Formation Workshop for Parish Ministers. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at St. Joan of Arc Parish Hall, 2601 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon. Presenter: Edward P. Hahnenberg who teaches theology at Xavier University in Cincinnati. An examination of recent developments in the theology of ministry. $10 fee includes lunch. (510) 273-4981 or pmaurer@oakdiocese.org.

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. (510) 590-6072, (510) 577-9100, ext. 258 or dvierra@bishopodowd.org.

Catholic Social Teaching: Looking at Supply and Demand. 7:30 – 9 p.m. in Borromeo Hall, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. Jerome Baggett, associate professor of religion and sociology at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, will talk about the Catholic Church’s tradition of social teachings. Themes of human dignity, just war theory and justice are a few of the topics for the evening. This is the first of a year-long adult education series presented by L.I.F.E. (Lessons in Faith Experience). $5 donation to defer speaker costs will be accepted. Julie, (925) 447-4549 or upcatholic@aol.com.

Tuesdays, Oct. 10, 24
upcatholic@aol.com 7 p.m. social, 7:30 p.m. speaker, at the Kerry House, 4092 Piedmont Ave., Oakland. Oct. 10: “The Catholic Church in China,” Father Joseph Li; Oct. 24: “Who’s Life is it Anyways? A Discussion on Assisted Suicide,” Lisa Fullam, assistant professor of moral theology, Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. Sponsor: St. Leo Parish, Oakland, and the Kerry House. (510) 654-6177 or www.churchofstleothegreat.org.

Wednesday, Oct. 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.

Oct. 20, 27, Nov. 9
The Jesus We Always Wanted to Know. 7 – 8:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 14112 Azores Place, San Leandro. Father Andrews Amritharaj, who teaches moral theology and spirituality at St. Patrick’s Seminary and University in Menlo Park, will offer a series of presentations on the Life and Mission of Jesus. Attend the entire series or only specific evenings. Bring your Bible and a friend. (510) 483-2513.

Tuesday, Oct. 24
Readings at Lone Mountain: Robert Pinsky. 7:30 p.m. at USF McLaren Center, 2130 Fulton St., San Francisco. Award-winning poet and former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky will read from his latest book, “The Life of David.” Free and open to the public. (415) 422-2382.

Wednesday, Oct. 25
Australia and Regional Security. 5:45 p.m. at USF Lone Mountain Campus, Room 100, 2800 Turk Blvd., San Francisco. Peter Hayes, director of the Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainable Development, will examine the central role that Australia has in regional security in the South Pacific. Free and open to the public. Reservations recommended. (415) 422-6828.

Oct. 27 – 28
Keeping America’s Promise to Make Poverty History. At St. Mary’s Cathedral, San Francisco. Gathering of Catholics to mobilize against global poverty. Conference fee: $100. Register by mail: Point Seven Now Registration Office, c/o YesEvents, P.O. Box 32862, Baltimore, Md 21282; phone: 1-800-805-3976; website: www.pointsevennow.org. Sponsors include Catholic Relief Services, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, San Francisco Archdiocese.

Saturday, Oct. 28
Book Review. 1 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Parish Conference Room, Kearney St., El Cerrito. Review: “Never Have Your Dog Stuffed,” by Alan Alda. $13. Benefit for Cameron Early Intervention School. Reservations: Bernice Walton, (510) 235-8017.

Thursdays through 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.

Nov. 13 – 15
“Life’s Mission” – Parish Mission by Father Tom Allender, S.J. At St. Philip Neri Parish, 3108 Van Buren St., Alameda. Father Allender will give talks twice a day, at 9:30 a.m. and repeated at 7 p.m. on topics of “spirituality for the imperfect.” Free will offering. (510) 522-2299, *4.

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Thursday, Oct. 12
Dominican Guild of the East Bay Salad Bar Luncheon. Noon, at St. Joseph’s Hall, 43222 Mission Blvd., Fremont. $7 ticket includes luncheon and two bingo cards. Call George Jardine to reserve a table for eight, (510) 782-0576. Proceeds benefit the charitable works of the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose.

Oct. 14, 15
St. Ignatius Parish Festival. Oct. 14: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Oct. 15: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at 3351 Contra Loma Blvd., Antioch. Saturday’s activities will feature old-fashioned carnival games; Sunday will showcase gourmet fare from all over the world. (925) 778-0768.

Sunday, Oct. 15
St. Barnabas Church Harvest Festival. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at 1427 Sixth St., Alameda. Entertainment, music and game booths for kids of all ages.

Saturday, Oct. 21
Ravioli Dinner. 6 p.m. at St. Philip Neri Parish Hall, High Street and Van Buren, Alameda. Dinner follows social hour. $16 for adults, $8 children 12 years and under. Reservation deadline: Oct. 13. Pat Pasquinelli, (510) 521-2485.

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support groups

Wednesdays, Oct. 11, 25
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.

Sundays, Oct. 15, 22, 29
Bereavement Support Group. 4 p.m. in parish hall at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, 500 Fairview Ave., Brentwood. Sandy, (925) 513-3412 or Elizabeth, (925) 513-2907.

Thursday, Oct. 19
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 information and location.

Monday, Nov. 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 or Joy, (925) 939-0122.

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Sunday, Oct. 15
Sunday Afternoon Recitals. 3:30 p.m. at Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, 1111 Gough St., San Francisco. Alan Blasdale, organist. (415) 567-2020, ext. 213. Open to the public. A free-will offering will be requested at the door. Ample free parking.

Through 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. 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.

Through Oct. 22
Eco Art to Raise Awareness of Nature’s Troubles. At Thatcher Gallery, University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton St., San Francisco. Exhibition focuses attention to the diminishing natural resources and ecosystems on the plant. 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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bible study



Saturday, Oct. 14
International Night. 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. in parish hall at St. Ambrose Parish, 1145 Gilman St., Berkeley. A fundraiser for the Berkeley parish’s sister parish in India. Food, music, dancing and humor from all parts of the world. $5 tickets should be bought beforehand by calling the parish office at (510) 525-2620. Individual entrees and drinks will be sold on an a-la-carte basis.
Concert for St. Mary’s Center. 7 p.m. at St. Philip Neri Church, 3108 Van Buren St., Alameda. Featuring Janet Whitaker Sullivan. Free will offering at the door. Participants are invited to attend Mass at 5 p.m. and dinner in parish hall at 6 p.m. Questions? (510) 522-2299, *4.

Sunday, Nov. 5
Pancake Breakfast. 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at 301 West Richmond Ave., Point Richmond. Menu includes pancakes, fruit juices, eggs, bacon, sausage plus coffee or tea. Donation: $8. Proceeds benefit the Building and Preservation Fund for Point Richmond’s historic Our Lady of Mercy Church. (510) 232-1843.


Saturday, Oct. 21
St. Albert the Great Dinner and Silent Auction. Celebrating 30 Years. 6:30 p.m. at Scott’s Seafood Grill and Restaurant in Jack London Square, Oakland. Unique gifts, jewelry, tickets to sports events, baskets and more. Tickets: call the rectory by Oct. 16 at (510) 522-2185.


Saturday, Oct. 14
St. Joseph’s Presentation High School, Berkeley. Class of 1950. 11:30 a.m. at the home of Margie Weiss Christian in Campbell. RSVP: (408) 559-1037 or rocktalks@aol.com.

De La Salle High School, Concord. Classes of 1986 and 1996. 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.

golf tournaments

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.



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