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 April 9, 2007 • VOL. 45, NO. 7 • Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

Message of joy
Alex Jones, a former Pentecostal minister who became a Catholic, brings the dynamic story of his spiritual journey to the East Bay on May 3 at St. Mary Gymnasium, 2039 Mt. Diablo Blvd., in Walnut Creek, at 7:30 p.m. $10 donation per person. Information: David, (925) 686-9277.



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.

Wednesdays, April 11, 18, 25
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.

April 14, 15
Feast of Mercy Celebration. April 14: 7:30 a.m. at St. Paul Church, 1845 Church Lane, San Pablo. Mass followed by the Rosary and Chaplet of the Divine Mercy; 9 a.m., annual procession from St. Paul Church to the Divine Mercy Chapel, next to St. John the Baptist Church in El Cerrito. (Approximately 2 hours walk.) Novena recited at the Divine Mercy Chapel after procession. Confession available at the Chapel after the procession. April 15: 11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, 11150 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito. Confession at
Divine Mercy Chapel, next door to St. John; 2:30 p.m. Mass at St. John. Celebrant: Bishop Ignatius Wang of San Francisco. Phone: (510) 412-4715, e-mail: info@divinemercywestcoast.org, website: www.divinemercywestcoast.org.

Sunday, April 15
Feast of Divine Mercy. 2:30 p.m. at St. Leander Office Chapel, 474 W. Estudillo Ave., San Leandro. Begins with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Word at 3 p.m., followed by prayer and silent adoration. Closing at 5 p.m. with Benediction and blessing of religious articles. 7 p.m. Mass will be offered for the intentions of The Divine Mercy. Evelyn, (510) 895-2019.

Divine Mercy Sunday. 3 p.m. Mass at St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St., Alameda. Sacrament of Reconciliation available from 2 p.m. All are welcome.
Divine Mercy Sunday. 3 p.m. at St. Mary Church, 2039 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek. The Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy followed by a homily by Father Paulson Mundanmani, parochial administrator at St. Mary, blessing of all Divine Mercy images and ending with Benediction at 4 p.m. All are welcome.

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. At St. Francis of Assisi Church, 860 Oak Grove Road, Concord. 9:30 a.m.: Rosary recited by the Catholic Daughters of the Americas followed by Mass at 10 a.m. Pat, (925) 934-1059.

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April 13 – 15
Rachel’s Vineyard’s Retreat to Promote Healing After Abortion. At Mercy Center, 2300 Adeline Dr., Burlingame. Information: San Jose Diocese Office of Project Rachel, 1-888-467-3790 or website: www.rachelsvineyard.org.

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.

The Fifty Days of Joy: A Retreat and Celebration for New Catholics and Their Sponsors. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at St. Edward Church, 5788 Thornton Ave., Newark. Interactive workshop with Father Dennis Chriszt, C.PP.S. Registration required for lunch: (510) 797-0241. Free will offering will be taken.

April 23- 27
Mid-Week Silent Contemplative Retreat. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Spend a week with Sister Ishpriya, who has a gift for teaching profound truths with clarity, simplicity, conviction and humor. $330 private/$255 shared room. (925) 837-9141 or www.sandamiano.org.

Saturday, April 28
Women’s Retreat. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at St. Columba Church Hall, 6401 San Pablo Ave., Oakland. “Lessons of the Heart: Parent/Child Relationships (Your Children and God.)” Facilitator: Yolande Barial of “Your Words Project.” $10 cost includes materials, continental breakfast and lunch. Parish office, (510) 654-7600.

Monday, April 30
Day for Parish Ministers, Ministering to the Ministers. 9 a.m. at San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Facilitator, Sister Molly Neville, SNJM. Prayer, presentations, discussion and questions as well as quiet reflection in a restful setting. Open to all who work and give of their time in parishes. $55 cost includes lunch. (925) 837-9141.

May 7 – 9
Three-day Retreat with Jesse Manibusan. 7 – 9 p.m. in All Saints Church, 22824 Second St., Hayward. Parish office, (510) 581-2570.

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bible study

Mondays, April 9, 16, 23
“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.

Wednesdays, April 11, 18, 25
Men’s Bible Study. 6:30 – 7:30 a.m. at St. Isidore Parish, 440 LaGonda Way, Danville. John Duncan, mensbible@yahoo.com.

Thursdays, April 12, 19, 26
Thursday Morning Bible Study at St. Ignatius Parish. 9:30 – 11 a.m. at 3351 Contra Loma Blvd., Antioch. Rose, (925) 754-3425.

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Tuesday, April 10
Catholics @ Work. 7 a.m. at Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Dr., Danville. Following buffet breakfast speaker, Father Michael Manning, S.V.D., founder of Wordnet Productions, will share his experiences on using the broadcast media to make a difference. $25 for members, $32 for non-members. www.catholicsatwork.org or (925) 389-0704.

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.

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

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. 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 to lead workshop on putting faith into action, weaving his experience, the Church’s Scriptural tradition and Catholic Social Teaching. $15 fee includes lunch. Register at website, www.oakdiocese.org/pastoral/SocialJustice/ or contact Nora Petersen, (925) 939-7911.

Saturday, April 21
Seminar: Families Dealing with Dementia. 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Mercy Retirement and Care Center, Senior Citizen Building, 3431 Foothill Blvd., Oakland. Presenter: Eileen Zagelow, BA, CMC, geriatric care manager with Eldercare Services. Topics include: overview of types of dementia, how to deal with behavioral challenges, how to hire help and be successful. Refreshment provided. Limited seating. RSVP: (510) 534-8547, ext. 630.

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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 ASAP 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.

Sunday, April 15
St. Anthony Divine Mercy Scripture Study Group Breakfast Buffet. 8 – 11 a.m. at St. Anthony Church, 971 O’Hara Ave., Oakley. Menu includes: sausage, corned beef hash, country potatoes, grits, beans, salsa, tortillas, fresh fruits, and beverages. Nominal donation: $7 per person. Proceeds go to upgrade and repair parish’s sacristy and sanctuary. (925) 625-1048.

Thursday, April 19
“Where Hope Lives” Spring Luncheon. 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Claremont Country Club, Oakland. Benefit for Oakland Elizabeth House. Keynote speaker: Ayelet Waldman, New York Times best-selling author. Live auction and crafts sale. Tickets: $60 per person. Reservation deadline: April 13. (510) 658-1380.

Saturday, April 21
St. Alphonsus Liguori Parish Social Club’s Salad Bar and Bingo. 11:30 a.m. in Troik Hall, 16290 Foothill Blvd., San Leandro. Margaret, (510) 278-4322.

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. Also 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.

Zydeco Dance. 6 – 10 p.m. at St. Columba Church Hall, 6401 San Pablo Ave., Oakland. Featuring Mark St. Mary. $12 pre-sale, $15 at the door. Children under 13 years of age not admitted. Sponsor: The St. Columba Scholarship Committee. (510) 654-7600 or (510) 527-0232.

Sunday, April 22
Friendly Manor Auxiliary Presents: A Spring Gala. 4:30 – 7 p.m. at Santa Maria Church, 20 Santa Maria Way, Orinda. Cocktails/light buffet/silent auction. Donation: $25 per person. Barbara Broach, (925) 934-6725 or Terry Saltiel, (925) 945-7833.

Friday, April 27
St. Joachim School’s Fourth Annual Dinner Dance and Auction. 6 – 10 p.m. at 21250 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward. This year’s theme: “A Night in Paris,” will feature a Parisian atmosphere with live and silent auctions. Auction items include airline tickets, art, jewelry, sports memorabilia, an Oakland A’s Skybox and golf packages. For more information, reservations, or to donate items for the auction, call the school at (510) 783-3177 or visit the website: www.stjoachimschool.org.

Saturday, May 12
Tribute to Tony Aiello. 1 p.m. at St. Joseph Notre Dame High School, 1011 Chestnut St., Alameda. A celebration of four decades of ministry of the educator who retires in June. (510) 523-1526.

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.

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support groups

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.

Thursdays, April 12, 19, 26
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.

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April 15
Sunday Afternoon Recitals. 3:30 p.m. at Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, 1111 Gough St., San Francisco. 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.

Sunday, April 29
Paper Art Workshop. Noon – 3 p.m. at Lafayette Room and Patio, Soda Activity Center, St. Mary’s College, St. Mary’s Way, Moraga. Pre-registration begins at 11:30 a.m. Projects include: cut paper pictures (adults, college and high school students), drawing with X-acto knives, pre-registration required; hand-made paper making (adults and students 5th grade and older; origami (all ages). (925) 631-4379 or http://gallery.stmarys-ca.edu.

Friday, April 20
Sing a New Song Benefit Concert. 7:30 p.m. at Holy Spirit/Newman Hall Parish, 2700 Dwight Way, Berkeley. Featuring Dan Schutte and Janet Whitaker. Proceeds benefit the new Jesuit School of Theology’s Gesu Chapel. Sponsorship opportunities still available at (510) 549-5051. Purchase tickets for $20 in advance at JSTB reception desk, Newman Hall reception desk, online at www.itickets.com/events/175749.html or phone: 1-800-956-9324. Tickets are $25 at the door.

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. Workshops by the composer-musicians include “Musical Leadership, Music Ensembles and Liturgical Renewal” and “Building Bridges: Youth and Liturgy,” for youth leaders. $30 for concert tickets; $40 workshop; $60 both events. $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. $15 general, $10 students, seniors. (510) 883-2084.

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Saturday, April 28
The Red and White Reunion Alumni Dinner Dance. 6:30 – 11:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth High School Gymnasium, 1530-34th Ave., Oakland. $35 per person. Evening attire: red and white. Sponsor: St. Elizabeth High School Alumni Association. (510) 532-6473.


fish fries

Friday, 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.


golf tournaments

Monday, April 23
23rd Annual Catholic Charities Golf Classic. 10 a.m. (registration), noon (tee-off) at Discovery Bay Country Club. $250 per player, includes lunch, reception, dinner. $50 dinner only. Reservations: Doren Martin, (415) 350-0734, dorensf@msn.com.

Monday, May 7
16th Annual Salesian Golf Tournament. 11:30 a.m. registration, 1 p.m. shotgun start at Chardonnay Golf Club in Napa. $600 foursome; $160 individual player includes 18 holes, cart, tournament, shirt, tri-tip dinner and raffle opportunities. All proceeds benefit tuition assistance. Contact: Henry Moe, (510) 234-4433, ext. 1104 or hmoe@salesian.com. Registration forms can also be downloaded at www.salesian.com on the alumni link.


social action

Thursday, April 17
Hunger Action Training Day. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Alameda County Community Food Bank, 7900 Edgewater Dr., Oakland. Participants will learn how to fight hunger with basic advocacy skills and information. Betty Edwards, (510) 635-3663, ext. 307 or www.accfb.org.



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