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 February 5, 2007VOL. 45, NO. 3Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

Leadership lessons
Chris Lowney, author of “Heroic Leadership: Best Practices from a 450-Year-Old Company That Changed the World,” will speak at the monthly Catholics @ Work breakfast event on Feb. 13 at Danville’s Crow Canyon Country Club on 711 Silver Lake Dr. The event begins with a full buffet breakfast at 7 a.m. and will be followed by the speaker’s presentation. Cost is $25 for members, $32 for non-members. Information: (925) 389-0704 or www.catholicsatwork.org.


Gospel drama
Actor Michael Reardon (pictured) and director Patrick Lane proclaim The Gospel of Luke through this dramatic presentation of Scripture, light and movement at 7 p.m. on Feb. 15 at St. Raymond Church, 11555 Shannon Ave. in Dublin. A reception to meet the artists will follow the event. Tickets: $10 each at the parish office. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door. (925) 828-2460

black history

Sundays, Feb. 11, 18
African American Celebrations at St. Columba Church. 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Mass, 6401 San Pablo Ave., Oakland. Featuring guest homilists and the parish’s Gospel Choir. Feb. 11: Father Gregory Chisholm, S.J., pastor, St. Patrick Parish, Oakland; Feb. 18: Father Jeffrey Ott, O.P., chaplain, Xavier University, New Orleans. The 10:30 a.m. Mass will feature the Rawn Harbor Gospel Workshop Choir. Theme: “Love Rejoices in Truth.” (510) 654-7600.
Saturday, Feb. 17

Black History Youth Extravaganza. 6 – 8 p.m., parish hall at St. Benedict Church, 2245 – 82nd Ave., Oakland. This event will commemorate Black History and remember those youth whose lives were lost in the community last year. Local youth will display their talents through spoken work, Gospel, rap, singing, dance and oratorical performances. Open to everyone. Suggested donation: $5, but no one will be turned away. Interested youth performers should call: (510) 632-1847.


Wednesdays, Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28
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.

Saturday, Feb. 17
Charismatic Healing Mass. 7:30 p.m. at St. Mary Church, 2039 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek. An introduction to the charismatic experience. Sponsor: The Catholic Charismatic Renewal Office. (925) 828-6644.

Sunday, Feb. 18
Healing Mass. 6 p.m. at St. Bonaventure Parish, 5562 Clayton Road, Concord. Father Jim Tarantino, who celebrates healing Masses for the San Francisco Archdiocese, will preside. Sponsor: Women’s Christian Fellowship of St. Bonaventure. Sharon, (925) 673-3306.

Friday, March 2
Catholic Ladies Aid Society Day of Recollection. 9 a.m. at Mercy Retirement and Care Center, 3431 Foothill Blvd., Oakland. Moderator: Father Paul Devine, Grand Chaplain. $12 cost includes continental breakfast and lunch. Bernadette Bisio, (510) 234-8865 or Alba Silva, (707) 762-6932. Limited seating.

Saturday, March 10
Day of Prayer. 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 860 Oak Grove Road, Concord. Entitled “Receiving God’s Extravagant Love,” the day includes Eucharist, reflections, sharing, breakfast and lunch. $15. Carmen, (925) 944-5970 or cascholl@astound.net.

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lenten spirituality

Wednesday, Feb. 21
Embracing Hope: Ash Wednesday. 6 – 9 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. With Father Rusty Shaughnessy, OFM. Eucharist and distribution of ashes included. $25 cost includes dinner. (925) 837-9141 or www.sandamiano.org.

Feb. 22, March 1, 8
Thursday Evening Lenten Series. 7 – 9 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. A Pilgrim’s Journey of Conversion with Chiara’s Lantern. Series of six evenings. Participants may attend as many evenings as they wish, but there is a special cost for attending all the evenings. Pre-registration requested; walk-ins welcome. Check-in begins at 6:30 p.m. (925) 837-9141 or www.sandamiano.org.

March 9 – 11
Lenten Retreat for Vietnamese Young Adults. At the Youth Retreat Center, 1977 Reliez Valley Road, Lafayette. Sister Rosaline L. Nguyen, (510) 628-2153 or Rnguyen@oakdiocese.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, Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28
Men’s Bible Study. 6:30 – 7:30 a.m. at St. Isidore Parish, 440 LaGonda Way, Danville. John Duncan, mensbible@yahoo.com.

Thursdays, Feb. 8, 15, 22
Thursday Morning Bible Study at St. Ignatius Parish. 9:30 – 11 a.m. at 3351 Contra Loma Blvd., Antioch. Rose, (925) 754-3425.


Monday, Feb. 12
Official Visit by YLI District Deputy. 7 p.m. at Assumption School Hall, 1851 – 136th Ave., San Leandro. Refreshments follow. Preceded by cocktails and dinner at Harry’s Hof Brau in San Leandro at 4:30 p.m. Sponsor: Noel Institute 113 of the Young Ladies Institute. (510) 785-4430.

Tuesday, Feb. 13
Bureau Reception. 5:30 – 7 p.m. at Claeys Lounge, Soda Center, St. Mary’s College, 1928 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga. Reception to inaugurate the new Speakers Bureau of St. Mary’s College Graduate Liberal Studies Program. Previews by Bureau participants include: Denis Kelly, SMC professor and writer on Food (and Wine) and Culture, Lance Morrison, Fremont police officer on Addiction, and Stuart Selland, photographer, on East Bay Regional Parks. Nancy Brewer,nbrewer@stmarys-ca.edu or (925) 631-8265.

Mission Forum. 7:30 p.m. at the Maryknoll Mission Center, 16300 Foothill Blvd., San Leandro. Screening of the award-winning Maryknoll film, “Global Banquet: The Politics of Food.” Discussion will follow. RSVP to Juanita, (510) 276-5021 or sanfrancisco@maryknoll.org.

DSPT College of Fellows Lecture. 7:30 p.m. at 2301 Vine St., Berkeley. Kevin Starr, a State of California Librarian Emeritus, university professor at UC Berkeley (among others) and well-known author, will speak on “The Intellectual Life, Its Spirit, Method, and Conditions.” Sponsor: The College of Fellows of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology. (888) 450-3778 or www.dspt.edu.

Love and Relationships. 7:30 p.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. Presentation by Father Padraig Greene, parochial vicar at St. Joseph Parish in Fremont. $5 freewill donation requested. Julie at upcatholic@aol.comor (925) 447-4549.

Thursday, Feb. 22
Sacred Hospitality Between the Religions. 7:30 p.m. at the Chapel of the Great Commission, 1798 Scenic Ave., Berkeley. Presenter: Father Pierre-Francois de Bethune, OSB, a Benedictine monk and prior of the Monastere Saint-Andre de Clerlande in Belgium. Father Bethune also serves as secretary-general of the Monastic Interreligious Dialogue, a worldwide organization devoted to meaningful exchange between religions. Sponsor: Institute for World Religions and the Pacific School of Religion, both in Berkeley. Free and open to the public. (510) 848-9788 or iwr@sbcglobal.net.

Wednesday, Feb. 28
The Bishop John S. Cummins Inaugural Lecture. 7:30 p.m. at Newman Hall, 2700 Dwight Way, Berkeley. “The New Anti-Catholicism and Why Catholics Should Welcome It.” Presenter: Father Mark Massa, S.J., the Karl Rahner Professor of Theology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the co-director of the Francis and Ann Curran Center at Fordham University. Respondent: Sophia Parks, religious studies, Holy Names University in Oakland. Free admission. Co-sponsors: Newman Hall, Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, Franciscan School of Theology, Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, Holy Names University in Oakland, St. Mary’s College in Moraga, and Queen of the Holy Rosary College in Fremont.

Monday, March 5
What Works for Parish Pastoral Councils. 7 – 8:30 p.m. at St. John Vianney Parish, Mullen Commons, 1650 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek. An evening for pastors and pastoral councilors. Refreshments available. Workshop is courtesy of the Bishop’s Appeal. Office for Pastoral Planning: csiebenand@oakdiocese.orgor (510) 267-8358.

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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.

St. Leander Valentine’s Dinner and Dance. 6 p.m. – midnight at Ryan O’Connell Hall, 575 West Estudillo Ave., San Leandro. Begins with social hour followed by catered buffet style dinner, music and dancing. $25 per person, $45 per couple. Young Peoples’ Movie Night for children ages 4 years and up whose parents are attending the dinner dance, $5 per child. Tickets on sale though Feb. 7 after Mass, at parish office and at the school. Diana, (510) 351-3904 or Mary, (510) 483-2779.

Saturday, Feb. 17
St. Joseph the Worker School Mardi Gras Celebration. 5 p.m. at Marian Hall, St. Joseph the Worker School, 2125 Jefferson Ave., Berkeley. Begins with cocktail hour followed by dinner, dancing and auction. Tickets: $15 each, $30 for two, $150 for table of 10. Childcare provided free on site. Proceeds benefit St. Joseph the Worker School Annual Fund. Jay Mitchell, (510) 832-5232 or mardi-gras-stjws@hotmail.com.

St. John Church Mardi Gras Casino Night. 7 p.m. at 264 E. Lewelling Blvd., San Lorenzo. Poker, blackjack, craps, routlette, big wheel money. $20 per person, includes hors d’oeuvres, no-host cocktails, raffle tickets and 20 points in casino script. Valarie Mathewson, (510) 782-6002 or Rachel Gomez, (510) 481-2135.

Saturday, March 3
5th Annual Wood-Rose College Preparatory Dinner and Auction. 5 – 10 p.m. at Shadelands Art Center, 111 North Wiget Lane, Walnut Creek. $35 per person. Reservations requested: (925) 671-9447 or www.woodroseprepp.org. Ticket orders should be send to: Wood-Rose College Preparatory, P.O. Box 21464, Concord, CA 94521.

Saturday, March 17
The Irish-American Culture Club’s 7th Annual Dinner Dance. 6 p.m. at Crow Canyon Country Club, Danville. Begins with no-host cocktails, followed by Irish buffet dinner at 7 p.m., dance music from 8 – 11 p.m. Formal or party attire. Members: $50 per person, non-members: $55 per person. Betty, (925) 939-5285.

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support groups

Thursday, Feb. 8
Grief Support Ministry. 7 p.m. at St. Michael Convent, 458 Maple St., Livermore. Meets second Thursday of each month. Margaret Johnson, (925) 447-2282.

Thursdays, Feb. 8, 22
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, Feb. 15
Catholic Divorced Widowed and Separated of Contra Costa. 7 – 9 p.m. in El Cerrito. Call Diane G., (510) 527-2148 or Joan S., (925) 939-1007 for information and location.

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Saturday, Feb. 10
Divine Mercy Presentation. 6:30 p.m. at St. Anthony Church, 971 O’Hara Ave., Oakley. The Mothers of Mercy Messengers, a lay ministry of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception, will offer a dramatic presentation of “Tell All Souls Of My Mercy” following the 5 p.m. Mass. Life-size reproductions of the Shroud of Turin and the original Divine Mercy Image of Jesus, as directed to be painted by St. Faustina, will be part of the presentation. (925) 625-2048.

Sundays, Feb. 11, 18
Sunday Afternoon Recitals. 3:30 p.m. at Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, 1111 Gough St., San Francisco. 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.

Wednesday, Feb. 14
Reading of the Sacred Texts. 7 p.m. in the Richard S. Dinner Boardroom, GTU Hewlett Library, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley. Luis Valdez, founder and artistic director of El Teatro Campesino, will present “El Pachuco and la Virgen de Guadalupe.” Reception and book signing will follow. (510) 649-2541 or cwoulfe@gtu.edu.

Spring Concert Series. 7 p.m. at Santa Maria Church, 40 Santa Maria Way, Orinda. The Vocal Ensemble “Con Anima” from St. Petersburg, Russia. (925) 254-2426.

Thursday, March 1
An Intimate Evening with Debbie De Coudreaux. 7:30 p.m. at Holy Names High School Theater, 4660 Harbord Dr., Oakland. Debbie de Coudreaux, HNHS alum and entertainer, will showcase a variety of singing styles, performing songs that retrace her life-changing experiences in Paris. HNHS choral students will perform with her. $50 per person. Sponsors, who contribute at $1,000 or $500 levels, will be hosted at a private cocktail reception prior to the performance and will receive a goodie bag of unique gifts. Proceeds benefit Holy Names High School. Kathryn Moir, (510) 450-1110, ext. 118 or kmoir@hnhsoakland.org.

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.Gallery hours: Wed. – Sun. 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. $2 adult; free for children ages 12 and under. (925) 631-4379.


crab feeds

Saturday, Feb. 17
Casa Vincentia Annual Crab Dinner. 6 p.m. at St. Theresa Church Hall, 30 Mandalay Road, Oakland. Begins with no-host cocktails, dinner prepared by J. Gourmet Catering at 7 p.m. $35 per person. Proceeds benefit the Oakland-based residence for homeless pregnant women. Theresa Chambers or Barbara Jackson at (510) 729-0316.

Saturday, March 3
Mary’s House Crab Feed-Silent Auction-Dance. 5:15 p.m. at St. Isidore Ministry Building, 440 LaGonda Way, Danville. Fresh crab or N.Y. steak. $35 per person or $320 for table of 10. Deadline: Feb. 25. (All tickets will be held at door.) Proceeds benefit Mary’s House, a residence for pregnant women in crisis. Analyn Garcia, (510) 236-0383 or Lou Santero, (925) 846-5124.


Saturday, Feb. 10
Corpus Christi School, Piedmont. 50th Anniversary Celebration. 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 school's success. School office, (510) 530-4056 or ccs50thanniv@yahoo.com.

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