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 October 23 , 2006VOL. 44, NO. 18Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

Spirited discussion
Lisa Fullam, assistant professor of moral theology at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, will speak Oct. 24 at the East Bay Theology on Tap gathering on “Who’s Life Is It Anyways? A Discussion on Assisted Suicide.” The event begins at 7 p.m. and will be held at the Kerry House, 4092 Piedmont Ave., Oakland.


Chagall’s Talmudic art
Twenty-four original color lithographs by Marc Chagall will be part of an exhibit, “Talmud and the Art of Marc Chagall and Ben Zion,” Nov. 4 – Dec. 17 at the Hearst Art Gallery at St. Mary’s College, 1924 St. Mary’s Road in Moraga. Gallery hours: Wednesdays – Sundays, 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (925) 631-4379.


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.

Wednesdays, Oct. 25, Nov. 1, 8

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.

Friday, Oct. 27
Ultreya. 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Parish Hall, 837 Tennent Ave., Pinole. Carl, (510) 223-1003.

Friday, Nov. 3

Catholic Ladies’ Aid Society Annual Memorial Mass. 10:30 a.m. at St. Cornelius Church, MacDonald Ave. at Broadway, Richmond. Father Filiberto Barrera will preside. Luncheon to follow at Denny’s Restaurant at 11344 San Pablo Ave. in El Cerrito. Order from menu. Reservations: Mrs. Virginia Kearns, 943-36th St., Richmond, CA 94804; (510) 234-8334.

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.

Sunday, Nov. 5
Mass of Remembrance for Those Who Have Died Through Violence. 4 p.m. at St. Augustine Church, 400 Alcatraz Ave., Oakland. Presider: Father Mark Wiesner. Music: LAUDATE!, and CANTORI. (510) 653-8631.

Monday, Nov. 6
Mass of Remembrance. 7:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Dr., Pleasanton. All are invited to join The Catholic Community of Pleasanton to honor those you have loved, who have died. All are invited to bring a small picture or memento of your loved one. (925) 426-9414.

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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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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.

Friday, Nov. 3
Professional Development Day for 6 Continuing Education Units for MFT, LCSW, RN, LVN. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Facilitator: Nancee Sobonya. “The Gifts of Grief Workshop.” Participants will identify some of the spiritual, emotional and practical resources that provide support during the grieving process. $90 cost includes lunch. (925) 837-9141 or www.sandamiano.org.

Nov. 17 – 19
Men’s Retreat: Riding the Wild Mountain, A Male Spirituality. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Facilitator: Father Rusty Shaughnessy, OFM. $185 private room/$155 shared room. (925) 837-9141 or www.sandamiano.org.

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Oct. 23, 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.

Thursdays, Oct. 26, Nov. 2
Thursday Morning Bible Study at St. Ignatius Parish. 9:30 – 11 a.m. at 3351 Contra Loma Blvd., Antioch. Rose, (925) 754-3425.

Fridays, Oct. 27, Nov. 17
Bible Study with Father Phong. 7 p.m. in the parish center at St. Joseph Parish, 837 Tennent Ave., Pinole. (510) 741-4900.

Wednesdays, Nov. 1, 8
St. John the Baptist Scripture Study Class. 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. in the Community Center, 6500 Gladys St., El Cerrito. Course is written by leading Catholic authors and scholars including Scott Hahn. Lectures on DVDs are provided with each study. $60 for eight-month course. Richard Keller, (510) 234-1754 or rfkeller@pacbell.net.

Wednesdays, Nov. 1, 8, 15
Men’s Bible Study. 6:30 – 7:30 a.m. at St. Isidore Parish, 440 LaGonda Way, Danville. John Duncan, mensbible@yahoo.com.


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, 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.

Oct. 27 – 28
Keeping America’s Promise to Make Poverty History. At St. Mary’s Cathedral, San Francisco. Local gathering of Catholics to mobilize against global poverty. Speakers include Cardinal Renato Martino, president, Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace; Father Brian Hehir, professor, Harvard University; and Margaret O’Brien Steinfels, co-director of the Fordham Center on Religion and Culture. 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.

Friday, Nov. 3
Resisting Militarism. 7 p.m. at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 1640 Addison St., Berkeley. Carlos Mauricio and Elizabeth Stinson, human rights advocates, share stories of resisting and confronting militarism. $15 donation. (510) 504-7522 or www.soaw.org.

Saturday, Nov. 4
Conference: Catholic Social Thought on Globalization, Corporate Ethics and Responsible Investing. 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Soda Center, St. Mary’s College, 1928 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga. Presenters include Mark Sargent, dean of Villanova University School of Law; Father Albino Barrera, professor of economics and theology at Providence College; and Edward Dolejsi, executive director of the California Catholic Conference. Sponsor: John F. Henning Institute at St. Mary’s College. $25 cost includes lunch. For information or to RSVP: (800) 800-2586.

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.

Tuesday, Nov. 14
Commonality of World Religions and Fruitfulness of Dissimilarities. 7:30 – 9 p.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Parish, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. Father James Redington, S.J., associate professor of Inter-Religious and Ecumenical Dialogue at Graduate Theological Union (GTU) in Berkeley, will talk about world religions. Presented by L.I.F.E. (Lessons in Faith Experience). A $5 free-will donation will be accepted. Julie, (925) 447-4549 or upcatholic@aol.com.

Tuesday, Nov. 21
Poetry and Peace. 7:30 p.m. at Gibson Center, Corpus Christi Parish, 322 St. James Dr., Piedmont. Kevin Kelly and Father Basil De Pinto will read selections from Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish and Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai, who use their art to build a bridge of peace over the chaos of their two countries. (510) 530-4343.

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Nov. 4, 5
2006 Holiday Boutique. Nov. 4: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Nov. 5: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at. St. Lawrence O’Toole-St. Cyril Parish, 3701 High St., Oakland. A crafts and vendor faire featuring holiday gifts, host/hostess gifts, children’s gifts, stocking stuffers, holiday decorations, and some specialty food items (prepackaged). Pancake breakfast and luncheon items also available. J. Wong, (510) 531-8673.

Nov. 18, 19
Christmas Boutique. At Christ the King Parish, 199 Brandon Road, Pleasant Hill. Nov. 18: 3 – 7 p.m.; Nov. 19: 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sponsor: Christ the King Altar Society. M. Pierce, (925) 682-0376.

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support groups

Oct. 25, Nov. 15
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.

Sunday, Oct. 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.

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.

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Thursday, Nov. 2
Faure Requiem Mass. 7:30 p.m. at St. Dominic Church, 2390 Bush St., San Francisco. The All Soul’s Requiem Mass is a liturgical performance of the Faure Requiem Mass with orchestra, soloists, and choir. Free. Ample parking. (415) 567-7824 or www.stdominics.org.

Saturday, Nov. 4

Flamenco guitar and dance. 7:30 p.m. at Regents Theatre, Valley Center for Performing Arts, Holy Names University, 3500 Mountain Blvd., Oakland. Featuring Rene Heredia, guitarist, and La Churumbela, dancer. Tickets: $40, $35. (510) 601-7919.

Nov. 9, 10, 11, 12
Marfa Lights by Octavio Solis. Nov. 9, 10 and 11 at 8 p.m., Nov. 11 and 12 at 2 p.m. at LeFevre Theatre, St. Mary’s College, 1928 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga. In this new comedy/drama set in his native Texas, Bay Area playwright Octavio Solis tells the story of a fraternity hazing gone wrong. Presented by St. Mary’s College Performing Arts Department. General admission: $15, non-St. Mary’s students: $12, St. Mary’s students, faculty and staff: $8. (925) 631-4670.

Sunday, Nov. 12
Interfaith Concert. 4 p.m. at St. John Vianney Church, Mullen Commons Vista Room, 1650 Ygnacio Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek. A reception and Humanity as Family Art Show will follow. The concert is free. Goodwill offerings to support the Winter Nights ministry to the homeless in Contra Costa County during the winter months will be accepted. Sponsors: The Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County and St. John Vianney Church. (925) 939-7911 or www.sjvianney.org.

Gospel Choir Concert. 2 – 5 p.m. at St. Benedict Church, 2245 82nd Ave., Oakland. Featuring the choirs of St. Benedict, St. Bernard, St. Patrick and other churches. Also special guest soloists and choirs. $10 adults (in advance), $5 for children under 10 years of age; $15 at the door. Proceeds will fund scholarships for youth and community outreach programs that benefit young people. Sponsors: Council and Court #212 of the Knights and Ladies of Peter Claver. Art Trevigne, Jr., (925) 779-9607, Marie Fisher, (510) 638-0807 or Al Norton, (510) 581-1895.

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Saturday, Oct. 28

St. Edward Parish, Newark Annual Fundraiser. At the Golden Peacock Hall, 3681 Peralta Blvd. Fremont. $40 per person. Raffle tickets: $50 each; first prize is trip for two to Rome with a private tour of the Vatican. Proceeds will support the parish’s various ministries. Parish office, (510) 797-0241.

Tuesday, Oct. 31
Trunk or Treat: Deaf Community Family Night Fundraiser. 5 – 8 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, 25580 Campus Dr., Hayward. $5 per person. Families in the deaf community, users of sign language, or hearing people who would like to learn more about the deaf community are welcome to this family Halloween celebration and fundraiser. Children and adults are invited to wear costumes and “trunk or treat” the Halloween-decorated trunks of cars parked in the Center parking lot. Event includes Haunted Maze and carnival and party games. Proceeds go to the continuation of parent education and mental health services to prevent family violence and build healthy families in the deaf community. LaRonda Zupp, Lzupp@sjcd.org, (510) 881-2247 TTY, or (510) 881-2245 Voice.

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, Nov. 25
The Meridians of St. Leander’s 22nd Annual Sport Collectors Show. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at St. Leander Parish, Ryan-O’Connell Church Hall, 575 W. Estudillo Ave., San Leandro. A variety of vintage sports memorabilia (1880 – 2006) will be for sale. Door prizes will be given away. Admission: $3, free to those under five or over 65. Proceeds benefit St. Leander Parish as well as local charities. Mark, (510) 538-6245.

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Sunday, Nov. 5

St. Patrick’s Grammar School, West Oakland. Classes of the 1950s, 1960s. 1 p.m. at ZZA’s Italian Restaurant in Oakland. Information: Barbarella Magloire, (510) 669-0177.

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