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November 6, 2006VOL. 44, NO. 19Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

Poetry and peace
Father Basil DePinto (above) and Kevin Kelly will read selections from the works of Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish and the Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai during an evening of Peace and Poetry on Nov. 21, in the Gibson Center at Corpus Christi Parish, 322 St. James Dr., Piedmont, starting at 7:30 p.m.



Nov. 8, 15, 22
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, Dec. 2
Day of Prayer: “Listening to God in Silence.” 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 860 Oak Grove Road, Concord. Introduction to topic of silent prayer and opportunities to experience, share, and dialog, as well as Eucharist, and spiritual direction. $15 fee includes breakfast and lunch. Carmen Scholl, (925) 944-5970 or cascholl@astound.net.

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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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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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Wednesday, Nov. 8
Inaugural lecture of Professor John Berkman. 7:30 p.m. at Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, 2301 Vine St., Berkeley. Professor Berkman will teach philosophical ethics and moral theology, and specializes in bio-medical ethics. (510) 849-2030 or info@dspt.edu.

Thursday, Nov. 9
Now and At This Hour: Seminar on Christian Order of Christian Funerals. 9 – 10:30 a.m. or 7:30 – 9 p.m. at St. Ignatius Church, 3351 Contra Loma Blvd., Antioch. Presenter: Father Robert Rien, parochial administrator and California Licensed funeral director. Learn what the current Church teaching and practice is regarding cremation and the disposition of cremated remains, and how to plan for the vigil and funeral liturgy. (925) 778-0768.

Fall Bereavement Workshop. 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Dr., Pleasanton. (925) 735-3741 to register. Space is limited.

Nov. 9, 17, 24, 20
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, offers a series of presentations on the Life and Mission of Jesus. Attend the entire series or only specific evenings. (510) 483-2513.

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
Catholics @ Work. 7 a.m. at Crow Canyon Country Club, San Ramon. Father Wilfred (Willy) Raymond, head of Family Theater Productions, will address the challenge of living Catholic values in the movie industry. $20 for members, $27 for non-members, free for clergy. A full buffet breakfast included. Preceded by Mass at 6:30 a.m. Information: www.CatholicsAtWork.org.

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.

Tuesdays, Nov. 14, 28
East Bay Theology on Tap. 7 p.m. (social), 7:30 p.m. (speaker) at the Kerry House, 4092 Piedmont Ave., Oakland. Nov. 14: Father Tom Scirghi, S.J., “Of Cathedrals and Casinos: How Buildings Shape Us”; Nov. 28: Sister Mary Litell, “You Are The Light of the World – Really!” Sponsors: St. Leo Parish, Oakland, and the Kerry House. www.churchofstleothegreat.org.

Thursday, Nov. 16
Franciscan Vision Lecture Series. 5:10 p.m. at the Franciscan School of Theology, 1712 Euclid Ave., Berkeley. Father Mario DiCiccio, O.F.M., “In the Footsteps of the Franciscans in the Holy Land: 800 Years of Franciscan Presence.” Followed by a soup and bread supper hosted by FST’s Student Leadership. (510) 848-5232.

Coping With The Holidays. 7:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton, 4001 Stoneridge Dr., Pleasanton. An evening of support and strategy in surviving the holidays after the loss of a loved one through death or divorce. (925) 484-5020.
Saturday, Nov. 18
Introduction to Christian Meditation. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Vista Room at Corpus Christi Church, 322 St. James Dr., Piedmont. Presenters: Sister Barbara Hazzard, O.S.B. and Jeannie Battagin. Time for meditation, discussion and questions. Suggested donation: $15. wab3@earthlink.netor (510) 530-4343.

Nov. 29, Dec. 6, 13
Walking God’s Paths, Christians and Jews in Candid Conversation. 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. at Congregation Beth Emek, 3400 Nevada Court, Pleasanton. Nov. 29: Season of Freedom, Season of Rebirth; Dec. 6: Metaphors for a Unique Relationship; Dec. 13: Mending Relationships, Mending the World. Series facilitated by Rabbi Richard Winer of Congregation Beth Emek, Father Dan Danielson of the Catholic Community of Pleasanton, and Gustavo Nystrom of Pax Christi. Mary Schneider, (925) 484-9013.

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Saturday, Nov. 11
Salsa Dance Night! Doors open at 7:30 pm. At St. Lawrence O’Toole-St. Cyril Parish Gym, 3725 High St., Oakland. An evening of Salsa, Merengue, Cha-cha, Cumbia and Latin Dance. Salsa lessons from 8 – 9 p.m.. Music provided by DJ Good Sho. Admission: $10 per person, $5 ages 14 years and younger. Proceeds benefit St. Lawrence-St. Cyril Capital Improvement Fund.

Dinner and Dance for Catholic Singles. 6:30 p.m. (registration) at Del Monte Restaurant, 100 S. Murphy Ave., Sunnyvale. Guests will have opportunity to meet new people by rotating to a different table after every course. Door prizes. Cost: $44 CSN members, $59 others. Reservations required. Mimie, (888) 208-9555, ext 89, mimiec@catholicsinglesnetwork.com or www.catholicsinglesnetwork.com.

Friday, Nov. 17
Bingo Party. 7 p.m. at All Saints Church Auditorium, 22824 2nd St., Hayward. $1 a card – play as many as you can handle. Pot split 50/50. Raffle prizes and a door prize. Sponsor: All Saints Young Ladies Institute #166. Bette, (510) 538-5447.

Saturday, Nov. 18
Oakland Diocesan Council of Catholic Women Annual Fall Conference. 10 a.m. at Mercy Retirement and Care Center, 3431 Foothill Blvd., Oakland. $15. Kay Horsell, (925) 829-0949.

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

Thursdays, Nov. 9, 30
Catholic Divorced Widowed and Separated of Contra Costa. 7 p.m. Call Diane G., (510) 527-2148 or Joan S. (925) 939-1007 for information and locations.

Wednesdays Nov. 15, 29
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.

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bible study

Wednesdays, Nov. 8, 15, 22
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. 8, 15, 22
Men’s Bible Study. 6:30 – 7:30 a.m. at St. Isidore Parish, 440 LaGonda Way, Danville. John Duncan, mensbible@yahoo.com.

Thursdays, Nov. 9, 16
Thursday Morning Bible Study at St. Ignatius Parish. 9:30 – 11 a.m. at 3351 Contra Loma Blvd., Antioch. Rose, (925) 754-3425.

Fridays, Nov. 17, Dec. 1
Bible Study with Father Phong. 7 p.m. in the parish center at St. Joseph Parish, 837 Tennent Ave., Pinole. (510) 741-4900.

Mondays, Nov. 27 – Dec. 11
An Advent Bible Study: “Joy to the World.” 7:30 – 9:15 p.m. in Pope John XXIII room at St. Charles Borromeo, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. Prepare for the “Joy to the World” with Bible study readings from the Gospels of Matthew and Luke and the St. Charles-St. Michaels Bible Study Group. $10 donation for materials would be appreciated. Julie, (925) 447-4549 or upcatholic@aol.com.


Wednesday, Nov. 8
Gospel of Luke. 7 p.m. at St. Bonaventure Church, 5562 Clayton Road, Concord. Artists Michael Reardon and Patrick Lane will present a dramatic performance of the gospel. $10 donation. Sister Anne, (925) 372-3899.

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. 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.

Nov. 11, 12
Choral Concert: “Hail Bright Cecilia.” Nov. 11: 7:30 p.m. at St. David Church, 5641 Esmond Ave., Richmond; Nov. 12: 7:30 p.m. at St. Jerome Church, 308 Carmel Ave., El Cerrito. Music of Lou Harrison, Britten, Purcell, Handel, presented by the Festival Choirs of St. David’s and St. Jerome’s, and friends, Arlington Arts Historical Instrument Ensemble. Directed by Rita Lilly, Ondine Young, Richard Mix. Free admission, suggested donation: $10 general, $5 senior/student, $20 family. (510) 237-1531 or (510) 525-0876.

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, 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.


Saturday, Nov. 11
Benefit Concert for School of the Americas Watch (SOA Watch). 7 p.m. at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 1614 Addison, Berkeley. Daniel Zwickel ben Avram, cantor at St. Joseph Church, presents “Metanoia, A Universalist Mass.” $10 admission. Proceeds from will support the efforts of SOA Watch East Bay at this year’s demonstration, Nov. 17 – 19.

Nov. 17, 18
Sisters of Mercy Holiday Boutique. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Marian Care Center, 2300 Adeline Dr., Building D, Burlingame. (Follow lower road on Mercy campus to Marian Care.) Homemade jams and jellies, baked goods, handmade blankets, etc. Debbie Halleran, (650) 340-7426.

Nov. 18, 19
Annual Holiday Boutique and Drawing. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at 43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont. Olive oil, fruitcakes, handmade gifts, etc. Proceeds will help fund much needed capital projects at the Motherhouse of the Mission San Jose Dominican Sisters. (510) 657-2468 or www.msjdominicans.org.

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. Admission: $3, free to those under five or over 65. Proceeds benefit St. Leander Parish as well as local charities. Mark, (510) 538-6245.

Dec. 2, 3
East Bay Sanctuary Holiday Crafts Fair. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley. Buy gifts that help the poor and work for justice. Proceeds benefit local work with refugees. Free admission. Sandy Hunter, (510) 524-7989.

Sunday, Dec. 3
Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at 400 Alcatraz Ave., Oakland. Proceeds benefit Oakland Elizabeth House, transitional residence for women and children in North Oakland. Sophie, (510) 658-1380.

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