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March 26, 2007 VOL. 45, NO. 6Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

A time to sing
Noted liturgical musicians, Janet Sullivan Whitaker (“Here At This Table”) and Dan Schutte (“Here I Am, Lord”), will perform at the Sing a New Song benefit concert April 20 at 7:30 p.m. at Holy Spirit/Newman Hall, 2700 Dwight Way, Berkeley. Proceeds from the concert benefit the Jesuit School of Theology’s new Gesu Chapel. This is the first on-campus chapel in the school’s history in Berkeley. $20 advance general admission tickets are available online at www.itickets.com/events/175749.html or by phone at 1-800-965-9324. $25 at the door. Call for sponsorship opportunities.

lenten spirituality

Mondays, March 26, April 2
Simple Soup and Prayer. 6 p.m. in O’Brien Hall, St. Philip Neri Parish, 3108 Van Buren St., Alameda. (510) 522-2299.

March 27, 29
Soup for the Soul. Adult enrichment program sponsored by the Alameda Deanery’s “School of Faith.” Tuesday session, noon, at St. Albert the Great Parish, 1022 Holly St., Alameda: March 28 – “Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions for Better Relationships,” with Father Vince Cotter. Soup served at noon followed by presentation from 12:15-1:15 p.m. Thursday session, 7 p.m. in Sablan Room at St. Joseph Basilica Parish, 1109 Chestnut St.,: March 29 – “The Stations of the Cross are Really Stations of Our Lives,” with Father Rich Danyluk (held in the church). Information: Anne Marie, (510) 749-7158.

Wednesday, March 28
Lenten Soup Meals With Speakers. 6 p.m. at St. Agnes Church, 3966 Chestnut Ave., Concord. Participants in the Mexico Work Camp project on “Serving the World Community.” (925) 689-0838.

March 28, April 4
Lectio Divina at the Motherhouse. 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. in the main parlor at the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose Motherhouse, 43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont. Join the Sisters for Scripture faith sharing. Sister Judith Reagan, (510) 657-2468 or vocations@msjdominicans.org.

Thursday, March 29
Thursday Evening Lenten Series. 7 – 9 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. A Pilgrim’s Journey of Conversion with Chiara’s Lantern. Pre-registration requested; walk-ins welcome. Check-in at 6:30 p.m. (925) 837-9141 or www.sandamiano.org.
Contemplative Rosary: The Sorrowful Mysteries. 7 p.m. at St. John Vianney Church, 1650 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek. Liturgical composer Bob Hurd and Merrill Collins, music director at St. John Vianney, join parish musicians to offer this prayer meditation that integrates the use of icons and the composer’s music. No admission charge. Nora Petersen, (925) 939-7911, ext 107 or npetersen@sjvianney.org.

March 31, April 1, 6
Sacred Drama of the Passion. At Church of the Good Shepherd, 3200 Harbor St., Pittsburg. March 31: 5:30 p.m. liturgy; April 1: 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and noon Palm Sunday liturgies; April 6: 7 p.m., Good Friday evening service. This marks the 15th year that Good Shepherd is presenting the sacred drama, which involves over 60 youths and adults.

April 5-8
Holy Week Retreat. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. “Hope in the Mystery of the Resurrection,” with Father Rusty Shaughnessy, O.F.M., Father Ray Bucher, O.F.M., Father Evan Howard, O.F.M., and Rena Grant, MFT. Explore the mystery of hope during the triduum of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, culminating with the Easter Vigil and Easter Celebration. Includes Sunday brunch. $220 for private room, $185 for shared room. (925) 837-9141 or www.sandamiano.org.


March 28, April 4, 11, 18
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.

Monday, April 9
Abba Father Prayer Group. 7:30 p.m. at St. Edward Church, 5788 Thornton Ave., Newark. Presider: Father Jeffrey Keyes. (510) 793-1750.

Friday, April 27
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.com or www.geocities.com/taize_on_the_island/index.html.

Saturday, April 28
Mary Crowning and Mass. 9:30 a.m at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 860 Oak Grove Road, Concord. Rosary will be recited by the Catholic Daughters of the Americas followed by Mass at 10 a.m. Pat, (925) 934-1059.

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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.

Thursdays, Fridays
7 a.m. – 9 p.m. at St. Mary Church, 2039 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek

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April 20 – 22
Recovery Retreat. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. “Sobriety Opens the Door” with Father Tom Weston, S.J. Abstinence begins the spiritual and emotional rebuilding and reshaping of one’s life. Participants will look at the 12-Steps and the tools of recovery. $210 private room/$175 shared room. (925) 837-9141 or www.sandamiano.org.

Saturday, April 21
Young Adult Day Retreat. 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. “Spiritual Sabbath: Seedlings of Renewal” with the Young Adult Leadership Team. A day of renewal and refreshment with other young adults in their 20s and 30s. $45 cost includes lunch. (925) 837-9141 or www.sandamiano.org.

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bible study

Mondays, March 26, April 2, 9
“Amazing Grace!” 7:30 p.m. in the Pope John XXIII room at St. Charles Borromeo Parish, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. Participants will explore Paul’s letters to the Romans in which Paul speaks about the frustration of struggles with sin, the need for God’s grace, God’s merciful, fatherly love, and the splendor of life with Christ. $10 for cost of materials. Julie Gallagher, (925) 447-4549 or upcatholic@aol.com.

March 28, April 4, 11
Men’s Bible Study. 6:30 – 7:30 a.m. at St. Isidore Parish, 440 LaGonda Way, Danville. John Duncan, mensbible@yahoo.com.

March 29, April 5, 12
Thursday Morning Bible Study at St. Ignatius Parish. 9:30 – 11 a.m. at 3351 Contra Loma Blvd., Antioch. Rose, (925) 754-3425.


Wednesday, March 28
Creative Writing Reading Series. 7:30 p.m. in the Soda Center at St. Mary’s College, 1928 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga. Instructor: Tom Barbash, author of the best-selling nonfiction book, “On Top of the World – Cantor Fitzgerald, Howard Lutnick, and 9/11: A Story of Loss and Renewal,” and the award-winning novel, “The Good Chance.” Former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University is serving as the MFA Program’s writer-in-residence for the spring semester. (925) 631-4088.

Tuesday, April 3
Sacred Art Lecture. 7:30 p.m. at St. Margaret Mary Church, 1219 Excelsior Ave., Oakland. David Clayton, a working artist specializing in Byzantine iconography and Western naturalistic drawing, will give a presentation focusing on Christian traditions in figurative art, especially the Baroque and the Iconographic, linking them to the Christian view of the human person. Information: St. Anthony of Padua Institute, (888) 619-7882 or www.StAnthonyPaduaInstitute.org.

Tuesdays, April 3, 17
East Bay Theology on Tap. 7 p.m. (social) at 4092 Piedmont Ave., Oakland. Speakers at 7:30 p.m. April 3: Mary Doyle, “A Catholic Response to the Death Penalty”; April 17: Kristi Laughlin, “Is Liberation Theology Alive in the U.S.?” Sponsors: St. Leo Parish in Oakland and Kerry House. (510) 654-6177.

Tuesday, April 10
Mission Forum: Christianity in China. 7:30 p.m. at the Maryknoll Mission Center, 16300 Foothill Blvd., San Leandro. Learn about how Christianity continues to grow in China.

April 20, 21
Develop a Passion for Justice. Jack Jezreel, founder of JustFaith, returns to the diocese for two gatherings. April 20: 7 – 9 p.m. at Christ the Light Parish, 707 Jefferson St., Oakland. Geared for those who have participated in the JustFaith program. Evening includes discussion, potluck dessert. Fair Trade coffee and tea will be served. RSVP: Mary, mdoyle@oakdiocese.org. April 21: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at St. John Vianney Parish, Mullen Commons, 1650 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek. Jazreel will lead workshop on putting faith into action, weaving his experience, the Church’s Scriptural tradition and Catholic Social Teaching. $15 fee includes lunch. Register: go to website, www.oakdiocese.org/pastoral/SocialJustice/or contact Nora Petersen, (925) 939-7911.

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Saturday, March 31
FACE (Family Aid-Catholic Education) Auction and Dinner. 5:30 p.m. at Greek Orthodox Community Center in Oakland. Join Bishop Allen Vigneron for this evening fundraiser. Cocktails and silent auction followed by dinner and live auction at 7:30 p.m. NBC11 news anchor Diane Dwyer will MC. $150 per person. $10,000 cash drawing, $75 suggested donation (need not be present to win). (510) 628-2155.

Wednesday, April 4
Friends of the Society Breakfast. 9 – 10 a.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Free Dining Room, 675 23rd St., Oakland. Opportunity to learn more about the work of St. Vincent de Paul’s drop-in resource centers. Emcee: Judge Gordon Baranco, Alameda County Superior Court. Special Guest: Janet Sullivan Whitaker. (510) 636-4261 or www.svdp-alameda.org.

Thursday, April 12
Dominican Guild of the East Bay Salad Bar Luncheon and Bingo. Noon at St. Joseph’s Hall, 43222 Mission Blvd., Fremont. $7 ticket includes luncheon and two bingo cards. Many prizes for the bingo and raffle have been donated. Tickets: Sister Evelyn, (510) 657-2468. To reserve a table for a group, call George Jardine by April 9 at (510) 782-0576. Proceeds benefit the charitable works of the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose.

Spring Salad Bar Luncheon. Noon in Rohan Hall, St. Jerome Parish, 308 Carmel Ave., El Cerrito. Proceeds to benefit the students of St. Jerome and St. John (also in El Cerrito) schools. Tickets: $12 per person. Reservations are necessary. No tickets will be sold at the door. Limited seating. Contact: Annette Bishop, (510) 526-9742 or June Felker, (510) 524-9827. Sponsor: Mother of Perpetual Help Institute #159, Y.L.I.

Saturday, April 21
SPRED the Word XVI Annual Fundraiser Dinner. At St. Mary Parish, 2039 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek. Begins with 4:30 p.m. vigil Mass, no-host social at 5:30 p.m., dinner by Taquerie El Balao at 6:15 p.m. followed by silent auction, raffle and dancing. Reservation deadline: April 13. $25 adults, $12 children. No ticket sales at the door. (510) 635-7252 or www.oakdiocese.org/spred.

Sunday, May 13
Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch/Best House and Garden. At 159 Washington Blvd., Fremont. Seatings: 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Reserved seating only. $40 adults, $15 children 4-12 years old, free for children under three. Limited seating. Information/Reservations: (510) 624-4512.

Saturday, May 26
Annual Spring Luncheon Noel Institute 113 Young Ladies Institute. Noon at Assumption School Hall, 1851-136th Ave., San Leandro. Refreshments, buffet, and raffle prizes. $10. E. Gallagher, (510) 352-3984.

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fish fries

March 30
St. Philip Neri Parish Hall. 5:45 p.m. at 3108 Van Buren St., Alameda. Menu: fried calamari or cod filets, meatless pasta, salad, coleslaw, bread and dessert. $10 adults, $5 children under 12. Sponsor: Italian Catholic Federation Branch 10. Tickets: (510) 522-2299.

St. Raymond Parish. 5 – 7 p.m. in Moran Hall, 11555 Shannon Ave., Dublin. Menu: deep-fried battered fish or seasoned baked fish, French fries, garden salad, coleslaw, and dinner rolls. Dessert available for an additional charge. Grilled-cheese sandwiches are also served. No-host bar. $7 adults, $5 children under 12. Sponsor: Knights of Columbus Council 7987. (925) 828-2460.

Immaculate Heart of Mary Annual Fish Fry. 4:30 – 6:45 p.m. at 500 Fairview Ave., Brentwood. Menu: fish, coleslaw, fries, and one soft drink or water. Eat-in or take-out. $10 per person. Sponsor: Knights of Columbus Council 7467. (925) 634-4154.

March 30, April 13
St. Michael Parish Hall. 5 – 7 p.m. corner of Third and Maple, Livermore. Menu: deep-fried fish (fresh frozen Pollock), coleslaw, baby greens salad, French fried shoestring potatoes, fresh-made onion rings; grilled cheese sandwiches as fish-free alternative. $8 per person. Sponsor: Knights of Columbus Council 4588. (925) 373-6351 or wiley2001@netzero.com.

Friday, March 30
St. Rose Parish Hall. 11:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Starr Street between 3rd and 4th streets, Crockett. Menu: Alaskan cod, corn, coleslaw, French fries, dessert. No-host bar. $15 adults, $7 children ages 6-12. Eat-in, take-out, home deliveries limited to Crockett, Tormey and Port Costa until 6 p.m. (510) 787-1199 for home delivery on Fish Fry Day; (510) 787-2052 before Fish Fry Day for tickets or more information.

support groups

March 29, April 5, 12
Cancer Support Groups. At Faith Lutheran Church, 20080 Redwood Road, Castro Valley. East Bay Cancer Group offers the following drop-in groups: bereavement: 5 – 6:30 p.m.; breast cancer, 5 – 6:30 p.m.; adult cancer patient, 6:30 – 8 p.m.; caregivers for cancer patients, 6:30 – 8 p.m. (510) 889-8766.

Monday, April 2
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.

Thursday, April 12
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, April 12, 26

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.

Catholic Divorced Widowed and Separated of Contra Costa (CDWS). April 12: at St. John the Baptist Parish, 11150 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito; April 26: at St. John Vianney Parish, 1650 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek. 7 – 9 p.m. Diane G., (510) 527-2148 or Joan S., (925) 939-1007. These peer group meetings are free.

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

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April 1, 8, 15
Sunday Afternoon Recitals. 3:30 p.m. at Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, 1111 Gough St., San Francisco. April 1: David Goodenough (UK), organist; April 8: Daniel Sullivan, organist; April 15: Russell Hancock, piano, with Jennifer Kuan, violin. Beethoven Spring Sonata, Mozart e-minor Sonata. All recitals are open to the public. A free-will offering will be requested at the door. (415) 567-2020, ext. 213.

April 20, 21
Marty Haugen-Tony Alonso Concert/Workshop. April 20: 7 p.m.; April 21: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at St. Clare Catholic Church, 1950 Junction Blvd. (at Baseline), Roseville. Includes presentations by the composer-musicians on “Our Life in Worship – Our Life in the World,” and “To Serve as Jesus Did – An Inclusive and Ministerial Model of Community Worship.” $30 for concert tickets; $40 workshop; $60 both events. $5 discount per ticket if purchased before April 6. Additional $5 discount per ticket if purchased in groups of 10 or more. $10 box lunch is available for purchase by reservation. (916) 772-4717 or scliturgy@surewest.net.

Saturday, April 21
Spring Concert. 8 p.m. at St. Albert Priory Chapel, 6172 Chabot Road, Oakland. The San Francisco State University Chamber Singers will perform a program of a cappella music. The program will feature music from Latin America and local composers. This is the choir’s only Bay Area performance of their tour program, which they will have performed throughout California and at the America Cantat Choral Festival in Havana, Cuba. $15 general, $10 students, seniors. (510) 883-2084.

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