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December 11, 2006VOL. 44, NO. 22Oakland, CA
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A multi-faith world
James A. Donahue, president and professor of ethics at the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) in Berkeley, will examine the complicated relationship between Christians and Muslims in his presentation at the monthly Catholics @ Work event on Dec. 12 at the Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Dr. in Danville. Mass at 6:30 a.m., breakfast at 7 a.m. $20 for members, $27 for non-members. (925) 389-0704 or www.catholicsatwork.org.


Father Brian Joyce

Brian Swimme

Conversation on hope
Father Brian Joyce, pastor at Christ the King Parish in Pleasant Hill, and physicist/cosmologist Brian Swimme will team up for a hope-filled conversation, “Signs of Hope in an Emerging Universe,” Jan. 12 at San Damiano Retreat Center in Danville. $25 registration. (925) 837-9141 or www.sandamiano.org.

advent spirituality

Dec. 11 – 13
Parish Advent Retreat. 9 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Parish, 43148 Mission Blvd., Fremont. Preceded by fellowship and refreshments at 8:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Featuring nationally known author and speaker, Paula D’Arcy. (510) 656-2364 or website: www.saintjosephmsj.org.

Dec. 12
Advent Days of Renewal. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. “Advent Grace: Let In the Light,” presented by Father Rusty Shaughnessy, O.F.M., meet from 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., $20 cost includes lunch. (925) 837-9141 or www.sandamiano.org.

Christmas Around the World Celebration. 5:30 p.m. at 16300 Foothill Blvd., San Leandro. Mass will be followed by dinner and a program, “Christmas Stories from Asia.” Sponsor: Maryknoll Mission Center. Matt or Juanita, (510) 276-5021 or SanFrancisco@maryknoll.org.

Dec. 13, 20
Lectio Divina: An Advent Journey with the Word That Becomes Flesh. 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, 43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont. S. Judith Mary, (510) 657-2468 or vocations@msjdominicans.org.

Dec. 14
Thursday Evening Advent Series: Longing for the Healing Balm of Christ Coming. 7 – 9 p.m. (6:30 p.m. check-in) at San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Presented by Chiara’s Lantern. Includes lectio divina, prayer, guided meditation, ritual and sharing. Pre-registration requested, walk-ins welcome. $15/evening. (925) 837-9141 or www.sandamiano.org.

Friday, Dec. 15
Taize: An Evening of Prayer Around the Cross. 8 p.m. at St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St., Alameda. Taize is an ecumenical, candlelight service consisting of song, readings, meditation and silence. All are welcome. E-mail: taize_on_the_island@yahoo.comor www.geocities.com/taize_on_the_island/index.html.

Taize/Prayer Around the Cross. 8 – 9:15 p.m. at 43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont. Join the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose in reflecting on the true meaning of the season. (510) 449-7554 or beth@msjdominicans.org.

Dec. 15, 22
Holiday Prayer Group. 10:30 a.m. – noon at Crosstown Community Center, 1303 High St., Alameda. Greta Rosenberger, (510) 865-2626 x15 or Amy Rumberger, (510) 521-7673.

Saturday, Dec. 16
Christmas Concert. 8 p.m. at St. Albert Priory Chapel, 6172 Chabot Road, Oakland. “A Rose of Such Virtue,” featuring Marian devotional hymns from the 14th century through contemporary. $15 general, $10 students, at the door. Father Chris Renz, O.P., (510) 596-1800 or crenz@dspt.edu.

Dec. 16 – 24
Simbang Gabi. 5:30 a.m. at St. Francis Parish, 860 Oak Grove Road, Concord. All Masses in English. Breakfast will be served after each Mass.

Sunday, Dec. 17
Advent Lessons and Carols. 4 p.m. at St. Stephen Church, 1101 Keaveny Court, Walnut Creek. Reception to follow in parish center. Everyone is invited to attend this celebration of the sacred through traditional song and verse. (925) 939-3826.

Service of Lessons and Carols. 4 p.m. at St. Barnabas Church, 1427 Sixth St., Alameda. Presented by the Parish Children’s and Adult Choirs, joined by harpist Janice Ortega from California State University, East Bay. Katherine LaRose, (510) 422-8933.

Sunday Vespers and Caroling Party. 5 p.m. at St. David of Wales Church, 5641 Esmond Ave., Richmond. Including music of Buxtehude, Charpentier, Traditional Carols, presented by St. David of Wales Festival Choir and historical instruments. Directed by Ondine Young and Richard Mix. Admission free, suggested donation: $10 general, $5 senior/student, $20 family. (510) 237-1531 or www.SaintDavidChoir.com.

Dec. 17 – 19
Advent Retreats. Dec. 17: 12:30 p.m., Dec. 18 and 19: 7:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Immigrants Polish Chapel, 909 Mellus St., Martinez. (925) 229-9197. Sponsor: Polish Catholic Pastoral Center.

Dec. 18, 19
Advent Retreat for Vietnamese Community. 7:30 – 9 p.m. at St. Anthony Church, 1535 16th Ave., Oakland. Presented by Father Matthew Nguyen Khac Hy, S.S. Sister Rosaline L. Nguyen, (510) 628-2153.



Wednesdays, Dec. 13, 20, 27
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. 16
Charismatic Healing Mass. 7:30 p.m. at Holy Spirit Church, 37588 Fremont Blvd., Fremont. An introduction to the Charismatic experience. (925) 828-6644. Sponsor: Diocesan Charismatic Renewal Office.

Friday, Jan. 5
First Friday Devotions and Monthly Concert. 8 a.m. Mass. Adoration until noon. 11:15 a.m. concert, Angelus and Benediction, at St. David of Wales Church, 5641 Esmond Ave., Richmond. (510) 237-1531.

Saturday, Jan. 6
Christmas Eve Mass (Ethiopian Catholic Community of the Bay Area – Ge’ez Rite). 7:30 p.m. at The Divine Mercy Chapel, 11152 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito. Celebrant: Father Petros Berga. Information: Elizabeth Gabre-Kristos, (510) 620-0594.

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Dec. 29 – Jan. 1
New Year’s Retreat: My Story, Our Story, The Story. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. With Father Rusty Shaughnessy, OFM and Jennifer Bradford, MA. $245 private room /$215 shared room. (925) 837-9141 or www.sandamiano.org.

Sunday, Jan. 14
Youth Retreat. 12:30 – 7:30 p.m. at St. Agnes Church, 3966 Chestnut Ave., Concord. Led by Father Larry Richards, who will also give the homily at the weekend Masses on Jan. 13-14. Parents and adult family members are invited to a preview presentation on Jan. 13 from 6 – 7 p.m. The retreat is exclusively for high school and college-aged youth. Refreshments will be served. $5 donation requested. Reese, (925) 689-0838 or reeseho@stagnesod.org.

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bible study

Wednesdays, Dec. 13, 20
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.

Thursdays, Dec. 14, 21, 28
Thursday Morning Bible Study at St. Ignatius Parish. 9:30 – 11 a.m. at 3351 Contra Loma Blvd., Antioch. Rose, (925) 754-3425.

Monday, 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.

Wednesdays, Dec. 13, 20
Men’s Bible Study. 6:30 – 7:30 a.m. at St. Isidore Parish, 440 LaGonda Way, Danville. John Duncan, mensbible@yahoo.com.



Wednesday, Dec. 13
“Desire in Buddhism, St. Augustine and the Boston Red Sox.” 7 – 9 p.m. in Dominican Hall Lounge, Bishop O’Dowd High School, 9500 Stearns Ave., Oakland. Presenter: Alex T. Macmillan, religion teacher at Bishop O’Dowd. Refreshments will be served. E-mail: dvierra@bishopodowd.org.
Walking God’s Paths, Christians and Jews in Candid Conversation. 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. at Congregation Beth Emek, 3400 Nevada Court, Pleasanton. 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.

Saturdays, Dec. 16, Jan. 6
Biblical Greek Workshop. 2:30 – 3:50 p.m. in parish hall at St. Margaret Mary Church, 1219 Excelsior Ave., Oakland. Information: Rebecca O’Hare at ascende@sbcglobal.net.

Thursday, Jan. 11
Meet Bob Lujano. 7:30 p.m. in Soda Center, St. Mary’s College, Moraga. Bob Lujano was one of the quadriplegic rugby players profiled in the critically acclaimed documentary, “Murderball,” which chronicles the trials and triumphs of the U.S. Quad Rugby team as they prepared for the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece. (925) 631-4771.

Tuesday, Jan. 16
Surprised by Mercy! 7:30 p.m. in Borromeo Hall at St. Charles Borromeo Parish, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. Presenter: Father Rusty Shaughnessy, O.F.M.. Learn what mercy is and how it can change your life this New Year. $5 freewill donation requested. Julie,upcatholic@aol.com or (925) 447-4549. Sponsor: L.I.F.E. (Lessons in Faith Experience).

Wednesday, Jan. 24
Fifth Annual LEM Convocation. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at St. Joan of Arc Parish, 2601 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon. Tom Beaudoin, professor of religious studies at Santa Clara University, will discuss “Speaking Frankly in the Church.” Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. RSVP by Jan. 6 to Peggy Maurer at Pmaurer@oakdiocese.orgor (510) 273-4981.

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Saturday, Dec. 16
Third Annual Deanery “Half-Baked” Holiday Cookie Event. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at St. Philip Neri Parish, 3108 Van Buren St., Alameda. Cookie makers, bakers and decorators of all ages are invited to help brighten someone’s holiday by bringing pre-made cookie dough or other “special ingredients” needed for your recipe. Cookies will be distributed to nursing homes, shut-ins, and HIV/AIDS clients of the Alameda Deanery Ministry. (510) 522-2299.

The Polonia Wigilia (Christmas Supper). 5 p.m. in the hall in front of the Lafayette Orinda Presbyterian Church, 49 Knox Dr., Lafayette. Tickets: $20 for adults, $5 children 16 and under, $1 children participating in the Christmas play. Basia Szlachta, (510) 325-7481 or bszlachta@hotmail.com; Magda Mleczko, (925) 427-2119 or rdrewniany@comcast.net.

Sunday, Dec. 17
Pancake Breakfast. After the 8 and 10 a.m. Masses at St. Ignatius Church, 3351 Contra Loma Blvd., Antioch. $7 adults, $4 children under 12. Hosted by St. Ignatius Parish Knights of Columbus.

Sunday, Dec. 31
CDWS New Year’s Eve Dinner and Concert. Early dinner at Hungry Hunter in Lafayette with option of going to free San Francisco Chamber Orchestra Concert at First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way in Berkeley. Information: Bob B., (925) 934-2798 or Mary T., (925) 935-6516.

New Year’s Eve Celebration. 7 p.m. – 1 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Parish, 11150 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito. Tickets: $38 per person includes buffet style dinner prepared by “Little Louie’s” of Point Richmond. Live music and other entertainment. Attire: semi-formal and formal. Connie DeCuir, (510) 233-8000, Barbarella Magloire, (510) 669-0177 or rectory, (510) 232-5659.

Saturday, Jan. 6
Knights of Columbus 34th Annual Crab Feed and Dance. 5 p.m. at St. Michael Parish Hall, 3rd and Maple St., Livermore. Dinner at 6 p.m., music and dancing 8 – 11:30 p.m. Live music by Open Road. (925) 455-9420 or (925) 455-0543.

Saturday, Jan. 13
Annual Crab Feed. 6 p.m. at Good Shepherd Parish Hall, 3200 Harbor St., Pittsburg. $35 per person. Sponsor: Young Men’s Institute Sadoc Council #59 and Good Shepherd Stewardship. Limited seating. (925) 432-6404 or www.GoodShepherdCrabFeed.com.

49th Annual Crab Feed and Dance. At the St. Lawrence O’Toole Gym, 3725 High St., Oakland. No-host cocktails and seating: 6:30 p.m.; dinner: 7:30-9 p.m.; dancing: 9:30-11 p.m. Tickets on sale through Jan. 8. Crab Feed Hotline: (510) 633-0203.

Saturday, Jan. 20
St. Francis of Assisi Crab Feed. At St. Francis of Assisi Family Center, 860 Oak Grove Road, Concord. Tickets: $35 per person. Contact Fred Schaub by January 14 at (925) 930-8470 for tickets.

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support groups

Wednesdays Dec. 13, 27
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.

Thursday, Dec. 14
Catholic Divorced Widowed and Separated of Contra Costa. 7 p.m. in formation faith hall at St. John Vianney Church, 1650 Ygnacio Valley Road., Walnut Creek. Diane G., (510) 527-2148 or Joan S. (925) 939-1007.

Thursdays, Dec. 14, 28
Ongoing Bereavement Support Group. 2 – 3:30 p.m. in the Castro Valley room at Eden Hospital, 20103 Lake Chabot Road, Castro Valley. Meets second and fourth Thursdays. Barbara Gordon, (510) 450-8867.

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Thursday, Dec. 14
Bishop O’Dowd High School Winter Concert. 7:30 p.m. in O’Dowd Theatre, 9500 Stearns Ave., Oakland. BOD’s Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band and String Orchestra will perform a variety of Christmas classics. $10 for adults, free for all students.

Saturday, Dec. 16
Christmas Caroling! Meet at 3:30 p.m. in front of St. Leo Church, 176 Ridgeway Ave., Oakland. All voices – men, women and children – are needed.

Sunday, Dec. 17
Basilica Yuletide. 3 p.m. at St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St., Alameda. Annual Christmas Concert presented by the St. Joseph Basilica Choir and the Children’s Choir. The concert is free but a free offering will be taken to benefit the music ministry at St. Joseph. (510) 522-8431.

Old English Christmas Feast and Revels. 4 p.m. at Mark Hopkins International Hotel, Number One Nob Hill, San Francisco. Five course dinner. Christmas carols by Golden Gate Boys Choir and Bellringers. Call the GGBCBR for an invitation: (510) 887-4311 or (415) 431-1137. $130 adult admission and dinner, $80 child admission and dinner. Entrée choices described on invitation. Reservations required.

Dec. 17, 24, 31, Jan. 7
Sunday Afternoon Recitals. 3:30 p.m. at Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, 1111 Gough St., San Francisco. Dec. 17: Mark Bruce, organist; Dec. 24: Christoph Tietze, organist, “The Nativity of the King of Kings Proclaimed on the King of Instruments”; Dec. 31: Christoph Tietze, organist, Music for Christmas and the New Year; Jan. 7: David Hatt, organist. Open to the public. Free will offering requested at the door. Free parking. (415) 567-2020, ext. 213.

Dec. 21, 22
Golden Gate Boys Choir and Bellringers Holiday Concerts. Dec. 21: Wells Fargo Bank Museum, 420 Montgomery St., San Francisco, noon – 1 p.m.; Dec. 22: Lobby, 101 California St., San Francisco, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Traditional holiday selections and carols. Free and open to the public. (510) 887-4311 or (415) 431-1137 or ggbcbr@aol.com.

Tuesday, Dec. 19
A Renaissance Christmas. 7:30 p.m. at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church, 2390 Bush St., San Francisco. Presented by The Art’s at St. Dominic’s, the church’s ongoing prayer, concert, event series. Tickets: $20 adults, $10 students and seniors, available at (415) 567-7824 or at the door.

Next Voice: Jan. 8. Send submissions, by Dec. 27 to Carrie McClish, 3014 Lakeshore Ave., Oakland, 94610; phone: (510) 419-1074; fax: (510) 893-4734; e-mail: cmcclish@oakdiocese.org.

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