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 January 22, 2007VOL. 44, NO. 2Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

Journey within

Franciscan Father Richard Rohr, internationally known teacher and preacher, will discuss “The New Creation: Beyond the False Step,” 7 p.m. on Feb. 8 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 114 Montecito Ave., Oakland. $5 donation requested. Information, (510) 834-4314 or norcalmen@gmail.com.

Seeking peace

Maryknoll Father Roy Borgeois, peace activist and founder of SOA (School of the Americas) Watch, will speak at two San Francisco churches – St. Agnes Church at 1025 Masonic Ave. on Feb. 8 and First Unitarian Universalist Society at 1187 Franklin St. on Feb. 9. Both events begin at 7 p.m. Joanne Castronovo, (916) 480-2105. He will also speak on Feb. 8 at Notre Dame de Namur University, Ralston Hall Mansion, 1500 Ralston Ave. in Belmont at 2 p.m. Sister Roseanne Murphy, (650) 508-3551.


Wednesdays, Jan. 24, 31, Feb. 7
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. Sponsor: Charismatic Catholic Renewal. (800) 474-6644.

Sunday, Jan. 28
Adult Confirmation Liturgy. 3 p.m. at St. Augustine Church, 400 Alcatraz Ave., Oakland. Music to be provided by a diocesan-wide choir directed by Jim Gilman, director of music ministries at St. Augustine. (510) 653-8631.

Sundays, Jan. 28, Feb. 4, 11
African American Celebrations at St. Columba Church. 10:30 a.m. Mass, 6401 San Pablo Ave., Oakland. Featuring guest homilists and the parish’s Gospel Choir. This year’s theme is “Love Rejoices in Truth.” (510) 654-7600.

Friday, Feb. 2
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.

Charismatic Healing Mass. 7 p.m. at St. Ambrose Church, 1145 Gilman St., Berkeley. Sponsor: Light of the World Charismatic Prayer Group. Joan, (510) 524-9563.

Feb. 5 – 7
Parish Mission. 7 – 8:15 p.m. at St. Joseph Parish, 837 Tennent Ave., Pinole. Two deacons from Columbus, Georgia will speak on those three evenings. Topics include: “How Do We Deal With the Everyday Stresses and Pressures Of Life,” “Mary, the Womb of God/Our Model of How to Cope With Life Losses/Our Model of Discipleship Today,” and “A Teaching on Contemplative Prayer For Busy Lives.” Free. Rita Figueira, (510) 799-4404.

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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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Jan. 26 – 28
Married Couples Retreat. A Weekend of Nourishment for Heart, Body and Soul(Mates). At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. With Father Rusty Shaughnessy, OFM, and Richard and Karla Obernesser. $280 per couple. (925) 837-9141 or www.sandamiano.org.

Feb. 9 – 11
Men’s Retreat: Daring to be Men of Hope. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. With Father Richard Rohr, O.F.M. Polarities are increasing in today’s world: rich and poor, Christian and Muslim, religion and spirituality. During this weekend Father Rohr will invite participants to go deeper than stereotypes and discover a wisdom and spirituality within themselves. $135. (925) 837-9141 or www.sandamiano.org.

Feb. 16 – 18
Gay and Lesbian Christians Retreat. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. With Father Rusty Shaughnessy, OFM, Terrie Iacino and Father Jim Schexnayder. This retreat speaks to Christians who are gay or lesbian and want to live in God’s welcoming embrace. Opportunities for small group conversations, private prayer time, large group sessions. $190 private room/ $160 shared room. (925) 837-9141 or www.sandamiano.org.

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bible study

Wednesdays, Jan. 24, 31, Feb. 7
Men’s Bible Study. 6:30 – 7:30 a.m. at St. Isidore Parish, 440 LaGonda Way, Danville. John Duncan, mensbible@yahoo.com.

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, Jan. 25, Feb. 1, 8
Thursday Morning Bible Study at St. Ignatius Parish. 9:30 – 11 a.m. at 3351 Contra Loma Blvd., Antioch. Rose, (925) 754-3425.


Saturdays, Jan. 20, 27
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.

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 provided. Peggy Maurer, Pmaurer@oakdiocese.orgor (510) 273-4981.

Thursdays, Jan. 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15
Voluntary Simplicity: Key to Deep Ecology. 3:45 – 5:15 p.m. at Queen of the Holy Rosary College, 43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont. Offered by the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, this nine-week course will cover such topics as the meaning of simplicity, concern about accumulating wealth, attitudes toward consumption, the healthy use of time and how to grow in the practice of simplicity. Dominican Sister Barbara Hagel will lead the discussion seminar. $17 for the course. Sister Katherine Jean Cowan or Sister Barbara Larner, (510) 657-2468.

Friday, Jan. 26
Chocolate, Global Poverty and Formation? 9:30 a.m. – noon at St. Isidore Church, 440 LaGonda Way, Danville. DREs, youth ministers, RCIA directors and other religious educators are invited to a presentation by Thomas Awiapo, who works for Catholic Relief Services in Ghana, West Africa. Awiapo will share his story, discuss how to integrate global issues into religious formation, and provide an update on Fair Trade chocolate, which comes from Ghana. RSVP to Mary Doyle at mdoyle@oakdiocese.orgor (510) 267-8379.

Jan. 28, 31, Feb. 1, 4
Combat Adultitis! Jan. 28: 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. at St. Joan of Arc Parish, 2601 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon; (925) 830-4710; Jan. 31: 7:30 – 9 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Dr., Pleasanton; Feb. 1: 7:30 – 9 p.m. at St. Augustine Church, 3999 Bernal Ave., Pleasanton, (925) 846-3531 for both Pleasanton events; Feb. 4: at All Saints Church, 22824 Second St., Hayward, (510) 538-2711. National speaker and cartoonist Jason Kotecki will share key strategies for de-stressing life by renewing and embracing a childlike faith.

Monday, Jan. 29
How to Increase Church Attendance. 7 – 8:30 p.m. at St. John Vianney Parish, Mullen Commons, 1650 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek. Father Dan Danielson, pastor, Catholic Community of Pleasanton, will reveal how his parish increased its October Count by 450 between 2005 and 2006 and more. Refreshments available. Workshop is courtesy of the Bishop’s Appeal. Office for Pastoral Planning, (510) 267-8358 or csiebenand@oakdiocese.org.

Tuesday, Jan. 30
Transformations in the Global Economy. 5:45 p.m. at USF Lone Mountain Campus, 2800 Turk Blvd., Room 100, San Francisco. An interview and booksigning with AnnaLee Saxenian, dean of the U.C. Berkeley School of Information and author of “The New Argonauts: Regional Advantage in a Global Economy.” Free and open to the public. Reservations recommended. (415) 422-6828.

Tuesday, Feb. 13
Catholics @ Work. 7 a.m. at Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Dr., Danville. Chris Lowney, a former Jesuit and author of “Heroic Leadership: Best Practices from a 450-Year-Old Company That Changed the World,” discusses how traditional values are relevant in today’s workplace. Begins with buffet breakfast, preceded by Mass at 6:30 a.m. $25 for members, $32 for non-members. (925) 389-0704 or www.catholicsatwork.org.

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Saturday, Jan. 27
Oakland Diocesan Council of Catholic Women Annual Potato Bake Luncheon. 11 a.m. at St. Paschal Baylon Church, 3700 Dorisa Ave., Oakland. Begins with social hour, lunch follows at noon. $12. Reservations: Brenda McKinley, (510) 527-6284.

Annual Salad Bar Luncheon and Bingo. Noon at All Saints Church Gym, 22824 Second St., Hayward. $10 donation includes lunch and bingo. Proceeds go to charitable causes. Sponsor: Young Ladies Institute #166. Reservations: Bette, (510) 538-5447.

Thursday, Feb. 1
Polenta and Stew Dinner. 6: 15 p.m. at St. Theresa Hall, 30 Mandalay Road, Oakland. Begins with cocktails, dinner at 7 p.m. $15 adults, $7 children 7-12 years. Limited seating. Reservations are to be made by check, payable to I.C.F. Br. #223, and mailed to Holly Raineri, 1074 Annerley Road, Piedmont, CA 94610. Sponsor: Italian Catholic Federation, Br. #223.

Friday, Feb. 2
St. Anne’s YLI Spaghetti Feed, Fundraiser. 5:30 p.m. at St. Joseph School Auditorium, 1961 Plum St., Pinole. $10 adults, $6 children 10 and under. Loretta, (510) 799-5142 or Kathy, (510) 724-7331.

Saturday, Feb. 3
Pre-Super Bowl Annual Luncheon. Noon at Assumption School Hall, 1851 - 136th St., San Leandro. $10. Raffle prizes and football pool for $2 per square. Proceeds from luncheon go to the Golden Jubilee Burse (priesthood funds). Reservations: Liz Ferreira, (925) 429-1135, by Jan. 29. Sponsor: Noel Institute 113 Young Ladies Institute.

Friday, Feb. 9
An Evening with G.K. Chesteron. 5 p.m. at St. Margaret Mary Church, 1219 Excelsior Ave., Oakland. After cocktails, dinner at 6 p.m. featuring a Northern Californian take on British Cuisine prepared by local food writer Erik Keilholtz. At 7 p.m. John Chuck Chalberg, a professional historian-actor, will bring the famed early and mid-20th century writer G.K. Chesterton to life. $70 per person, with a number of spots held at a discounted student rate. Limited seating. (888) 619-7882 or www.stanthonypadua.org. Sponsor: St. Anthony of Padua Institute.

Saturday, Feb. 10
St. Joseph Elementary PTG Annual Live and Silent Auction. 6 – 11 p.m. at Grand View Pavilion, 300 Island Dr., Alameda. “Wild West Round Up,” includes buffet dinner and western dancing. $60 per person. (510) 522-4457 or www.stjosephala.org.

Saturday, Feb. 17
Valentine’s Ball. 6:30 p.m. in Family Center at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 860 Oak Grove Road, Concord. $30 per person. Proceeds of dinner-dance will go to the church general improvement projects. Ritzi Ramos, (925) 957-9080 or Tony Lansang, (925) 933-1701. Sponsor: Filipino-American Community of St. Francis of Assisi Parish.

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Saturday, Jan. 27
Holy Names High School 17th Annual Crab Feed and Silent Auction. 6 p.m. (social), 7 p.m. (dinner) at 4660 Harbord Dr., Oakland. Chicken is available for non-crab lovers. $40 per person. Proceeds benefit the HNHS Tuition Assistance Fund. RSVP to the development office, (510) 450-1110, ext. 112.
Knights of Columbus, Magellan Council, #2730 Crab Feed. 6 p.m. at St. Jarlath Parish Hall, 2620 Pleasant St., Oakland. Begins with social hour, dinner follows at 7 p.m. $30 adults/$20 children. Advanced sales only. Mel and Betty, (510) 533-8212 or parish office, (510) 532-2068.

Knights of Columbus Council #7683 12th Annual Crab Feed. 6 p.m. in St. Monica’s Peace Room, Moraga. Begins with appetizers and no-host cocktails, dinner at 7:30 p.m. Raffle follows dinner. Tickets: $40; must be reserved and paid for in advance. Round tables of 8 are available for $300. Karl Anderson, (925) 283-3679.

St. Alphonsus Crab Feed. 6 p.m. in Troik Hall, 16290 Foothill Blvd., San Leandro. Dinner at 7 p.m. $28 adults, $15 children (12 years and under). Nancy, (510) 276-7363 or Ginger, (510) 614-8130.

St. Elizabeth High School Nineteenth Annual Benefit Auction and Crab Feed. 6:30 p.m. at St. Joan of Arc Parish Gym, 2601 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon. Begins with social hour and silent auction, dinner at 7:45 p.m. (chicken available for non-crab lovers), live auction and raffle at 9 p.m. $40 per person. Proceeds benefit the SEHS Tuition Assistance Fund. Tickets will not be sold at the door. Development Office, (510) 532-6473.


Feb. 4, 10
Corpus Christi School, Piedmont. 50th Anniversary Celebration. Feb. 4: Tea and Fashion Show. 1 – 4 p.m. in the Corpus Christi School Auditorium, One Estates Dr., Piedmont. Feb. 10: The Golden Anniversary Gala at The Claremont Resort and Spa. The Gala will include the first Keller Hall of Fame presentation in honor and memory of the school’s founder, Msgr. Edwin Keller who served as pastor from 1933-64. Five individuals will be recognized for having contributed much to the schools success. School office, (510) 530-4056 or ccs50thanniv@yahoo.com.

support groups

Thursdays, Jan. 25, Feb. 8
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.

Bereavement Support Group. 7:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Dr., Pleasanton. Kim, (925) 735-3741.

Thursday, Jan. 25
Catholic Divorced Widowed and Separated of Contra Costa. 7 – 9 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, 11150 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito. Call Joan S., (925) 939-1007 or Diane G., (510) 527-2148 for directions.

Monday, Feb. 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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Sunday, Jan. 28
Loni Williams and Friends Concert. 4 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 2808 Lakeshore Ave., Oakland. Williams will be joined by featured guests Michael Denten and Williams Bill Bell. Tickets: $20. (510) 625-1941 or

Jan 24 – April 15
Remembered Light – Glass Fragments from World War II. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, at the Presidio Officers’ Club, 50 Moraga Ave., San Francisco. Artists from Europe and the U.S. have created windows that incorporate shards of stained glass collected by U.S. Army Chaplain Frederick A. McDonald at damaged and destroyed European churches in 1944-45. Free exhibit. Sharon Tucker, (415) 824-8465 or Sharon@tucker-elle.com. Website: www.interfaith-presidio.org/mcdonald/indexpr.html.

Thursday, Jan. 25
Sacramental Light: Latin American Devotional Art. 4 – 6 p.m. at Thatcher Gallery, University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton St., San Francisco. Opening reception for exhibition from the private collection of Antonio and Lola Roig Ferre. Important canvasses from the School of Cuzco and a variety of Central and South American ateliers. (415) 422-5178 or www.usfca.edu/library/thatcher.

Sundays, Feb. 4, 11, 18
Sunday Afternoon Recitals. 3:30 p.m. at Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, 1111 Gough St., San Francisco. Feb. 4: Arno Penet (Lourdes, France), tenor, with Christoph Tietze; Feb. 11: California Baroque Ensemble with Ruth Onstadt, soprano; Feb. 18: Hans Uwe Hielscher (Wiesbaden, Germany), organist. Free will offering requested at the door. Free parking. (415) 567-2020, ext. 213.

Through March 4
Carlos Villa Retrospective. Hearst Art Gallery, St. Mary’s College, Moraga. Group tours by appointment. A long-time San Francisco Art Institute professor, Carlos Villa was one of the first artists in the Bay Area to incorporate images of indigenous peoples and ritual objects into his work, reflecting the Oceanic, Asian and African heritage that is a part of the region’s cultural history. Gallery hours: Wed. – Sun. 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. $2 adult; free for children ages 12 and under. (925) 631-4379.

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