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 July 2, 2007VOL. 45, NO. 13Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

Biblical Women rock!
Bill Creasy, a master teacher who has served on the UCLA English faculty for over 20 years, will present “From Victim to Victory: Portraits of Biblical Women” at the San Damiano Retreat Center, July 28, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration begins at 9 a.m. The $60 cost includes lunch. (925) 837-9141. Also: www.sandamiano.org.


Boost Your Bible IQ
Zach Flanagin, an assistant professor of Bible Studies at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, will help curious students get to know or renew their acquaintance with the Bible during this Summer Bible Study at St. John Vianney Parish, Mullin Commons, 1650 Ygnacio Valley Road in Walnut Creek. Evening classes: July 2 and 9 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. and morning sessions: July 3 and 10, 9:30 – 11 a.m. Appropriate for both beginners and the knowledgeable. Nora Petersen, (925) 939-7911, ext. 107 or npetersen@sjvianney.org.


Thursdays, July 5, 12, 19, 26
Chaplet of Divine Mercy Devotion. 6:30 – 8 p.m. at St. Anthony Church, 971 O’Hara Ave., Oakley. Includes study of the Holy Scripture. All are welcome. Information: (925) 625-2109.

Friday, July 6
Hour of Prayer Before the Blessed Sacrament. 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. at St. Joan of Arc Church, 2601 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon. A time to gather for Scripture, reflection, and quiet prayer.
(925) 830-0600.

Monday, July 9
Healing Masses. 7:30 p.m. at St. Edward Church, 5788 Thornton Ave., Newark. Bert/Norma, Abba Father Prayer Group, (510) 793-1750. Every second Monday.

July 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.

Friday, July 13
Fatima Devotion. 7:30 p.m. at St. Margaret Mary Church, 1219 Excelsior Ave., Oakland. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, recitation of the Holy Rosary in different languages, and procession. Every 13th of the month from May-October. www.stmargmaryoak.org.

Friday, July 20
Prayer Around the Cross – Taize. 8 p.m. at Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, Motherhouse Chapel, 43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont. Third Friday of every month. Information: Beth Quire, OP, or Judith Reagan, OP, (510) 657-2468 or vocations@msjdominicans.org.

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.

Friday, July 27
Marian Movement of Priests Cenacle. 3:30 p.m. in St. Margaret Mary Church, 1219 Excelsior Ave., Oakland. Mass for the Movement of Priests (this is a movement for the people, who wish to pray for priests) followed by Holy Hour with Benediction afterwards. Everyone is welcome. (510) 482-0596.

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6 a.m. to 8 p.m., at Mary’s House Chapel, 1850 Church Lane, San Pablo. (510) 236-0383.
24 hours a day, at Divine Mercy Center and Perpetual Adoration Chapel, 11152 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito. (510) 412-4715.

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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July 5, 19
Thursday Evening Summer Series. 7 – 9 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat Center in Danville. “Embracing Hope Through Creative Expression” with Chiara’s Lantern. $20/evening. Kateri, (925) 837-9141 or www.sandamiano.org.

July 6 – 8
Recovery. At San Damiano Retreat Center in Danville. Sister Briegeen Moore, OSC, will present “Daily Maintenance of Our Spiritual Condition.” An opportunity for women and men in 12-Step programs to take another look at the necessity for practicing the basic tools of recovery on a daily basis. $205 private room/ $175 shared room. Kateri, (925) 837-9141 or www.sandamiano.org.

July 17 – 19
Keeping Alive the Spirit of Hope. At San Damiano Retreat Center in Danville. Presenter Diarmuid O’Murchu, MSC will help participants look at the forces that undermine hope and outline a spiritual vision of empowerment. Presentations, dialogue, and prayer time. $215 private room/ $185 shared room. Kateri, (925) 837-9141 orwww.sandamiano.org.

July 19 – 20
Celebrating Mary of Magdala. At San Damiano Retreat Center in Danville. With presenter Victoria MacDonald, MA, participants will explore new and intriguing insights into the legacy of Mary of Magdala. $105 private room/ $80 shared room. (925) 837-9141 or www.sandamiano.org.

July 27 – 29
The Prayer of the Heart: Sacred Spiritual Practice of the Christian East. At Mercy Center, 2300 Adeline Dr., Burlingame. Presenter: Olga Louchakova, M.D., Ph.D., a core faculty professor at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, an author and a researcher of consciousness. Participants will learn how to pray in the heart, using the name of God, and learn the effects of this prayer on psychological and spiritual life. $230/ $200 commuter. Non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $100 is required. Balance must be paid by July 17 to hold your reservation. Online registration available atwww.mercy-center.org or call (650) 340-7474.

July 29 – Aug. 3
5-Day Silent Retreat: Out of Brokenness, Gospel Hope. At San Damiano Retreat Center in Danville. With presenter, Father Eddie Fronske, OFM, participants will reflect on the obstacles to belief in Gospel hope. Be prepared to observe and honor the silence during this week. $340 private room/ $265 shared room. (925) 837-9141 or www.sandamiano.org.

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bible study

July 11, 18, 25
Bible Study Group. 7 – 8:30 p.m. at the Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Library on Boden Way (behind the church which is located at 2808 Lakeshore Ave.). Marilene, (510) 388-4746.


July 6 – 8
The Christian Churches in China. At the Asilomar Conference Center, Pacific Grove, CA. This ecumenical Christian conference will involve worship, learning and networking through plenary presentations, workshops and conversations. One of the plenary presentations will be given by Emeritus Bishop John Cummins. Registration fee: $175, free for youth 17 and under. Additional costs for lodging and meals. Child care program for youth 4-12 is available, contact the registrar. Principal sponsors: Pacific Network for Mission Education (PNME), Dominican University and Pax Christi Northern California. Information: www.pacnet4mission.orgor Gustavo Nystrom, (925) 551-8064

Saturday, July 7
Fun Trip to Black Oak Indian Casino. 7:45 a.m. departure from San Pablo Park in Berkeley, return at 5:30 p.m. Sponsor: St. Columba Scholarship Committee. Tickets/information: Gloria Wheeler, (510) 236-6595, Church office, (510) 654-7600.

July 11, 18, 25, Aug. 1
Workshop for Church Secretaries: “Workers in the Vineyard: Word Made Flesh.” 1 – 3 p.m. in the parish center at St. Joseph Basilica Parish, 1119 Lafayette St. in Alameda. Participants will explore the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy, share food and stories and listen to music and reflect on the work/ministry. Presented by Mary Kovalitsky, graduate student at Holy Names University and church secretary at St. Joseph for the past five years. Mary, (510) 522-0181, ext. 22, or e-mail: mkovalitsky@st-joseph-community.org.

July 11 and 28
Summer Workshops. At St. Joan of Arc Parish, 2601 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon. July 11: 2 – 9 p.m. in the multipurpose room, “Prayer and Our Relationship to Jesus.” Discover how to pray and how that increases one’s relationship to Jesus. Dinner will be provided; July 28: 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room, “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” Offers teens a Scriptural look at the purpose of families and the call to live in them through holiness and mercy. This workshop will with 5:30 p.m. Mass. Lunch will be provided. (925) 830-0600.

Thursday, July 12
Mercy Brown Bag Program’s 19th Annual Book Review. 2 p.m. at the Mercy Retirement and Care Center, 3431 Foothill Blvd., Oakland. Marjorie Banducci will review “Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust” by Immaculee Ilibagiza, which was reviewed in May in The Catholic Voice. Donations accepted. Proceeds benefit the Mercy Brown Bag Program, which provides free groceries twice monthly to over 1,900 needy seniors throughout Alameda County. Refreshments will be served following the program. Call Joy, (510) 534-8540, ext. 369, if you plan to attend.

Tuesdays, July 17, 24 and 31
Series on Lectio Divina. 7:30 – 9 p.m. at St. Edward School, Doolan Center, 5788 Thornton Ave., Newark. Learn about this ancient way of praying the Scriptures taught by the Apostles and the fathers of the Church. Sponsor: St. Edward Adult Faith Formation program. All are welcome. (510) 797-0241.

Friday, July 20
Christ the King 55+ Monthly Dinner. 5:30 p.m. at Mimi’s Restaurant in Concord. Dinner at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Call either Renie at (925) 933-4073 or Joyce at (925) 930-6110 by July 19 to make reservations.

Aug. 13 – 14
Reflections of God. 7 p.m. at St. Joseph Church, 837 Tennent Ave., Pinole. Father David Delich of Food For The Poor, an international relief organization that primarily serves the poor in the Caribbean and Latin America, will conduct a parish mission. He will also speak at the 5 p.m. Mass on Aug. 11 and all Sunday Masses on Aug. 12. His homilies are posted at www.op.org/daviddelich.

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Saturday, July 7
Annual Mini Luau. 5 p.m. (cocktails), 6 p.m. (dinner) at St. John Parish, 264 E. Lewelling, San Lorenzo. Authentic Hawaiian food and entertainment. Raffle to follow. Tickets: $25. Rose, (510) 278-2405; Linda, (510) 276-1131; or Pat, (510) 278-4161.

Sunday, July 22
40th Anniversary Celebration of Branch #223 of the Italian Catholic Federation. At the Colombo Club, 5321 Claremont Ave., Oakland. No-host cocktails begin at 4 p.m., dinner, with a roast beef entrée, starts at 5 p.m. $25 adults, $10 children 7-12 years of age. Reservation deadline: July 16. Payments, payable to I.C.F. Br. #223, can be mailed to Holly Raineri, 1074 Annerly Road, Piedmont, CA 94610, or phone: (510) 451-0608.

Thursday, Aug. 9
Salad-Bar Luncheon and Bingo. Noon at St. Joseph Church Hall, 43148 Mission Blvd., Fremont. $8 donation includes lunch and two bingo cards. Sponsor: Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court Father Francisco de Lasuen, #1508.All proceeds go to the Court’s charities. Eleanor Chesterman, (510) 657-2758. Make checks payable to CDA Ct. #1508. Prepaid tickets may be picked up at the door on Aug. 9.

Aug. 18 – 19
Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish’s 2nd Annual Multicultural Fair. Aug. 18: 9 a.m. – 8:30 p.m., Aug. 19: 8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. at 40382 Fremont Blvd., Fremont. Includes live entertainment, games, food and drinks as well as a horse show and classic car show. Proceeds going to new church.

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support groups

Thursdays, July 5, 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: adult bereavement for those who have lost someone to cancer, 5:30 – 7 p.m.; breast cancer patients, 5:30 – 7 p.m.; adult cancer patients, 7 – 8:30 p.m.; caregivers for cancer patients, 7 – 8:30 p.m. (510) 889-8766 or www.ebcancersupport.org.

Thursdays, July 12, 26
Bereavement Support Group. 7:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Dr., Pleasanton. Joan Bell, (925) 828-6864.

Catholic Divorced Widowed and Separated of Contra Costa. July 12: 7 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, 11150 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito; July 26: 7 p.m. at St. John Vianney, 1650 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek. For information/directions: Diane, (510) 527-2148 or Joan, (925) 939-1007.

Monday, Aug. 6
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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July 8, 15, 22
Sunday Afternoon Recitals. 3:30 p.m. at Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, 1111 Gough St., San Francisco. July 8: David Christensen (UC Riverside), organist; July 15 and 22: Angela Kraft-Cross, organist. Works of Mendelssohn. All recitals are open to the public. A free-will offering will be requested at the door. (415) 567-2020, ext. 213.

July 30 – Aug. 3
2nd Annual “Joy of Singing” Choral and Art Day Camp. 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (weekday sessions) at St. Bonaventure Church and Large Hall, 5562 Clayton Road, Concord. Features various styles of music, as well as cantor training. Children ages seven and up are encouraged to participate in the program. Bring your own lunch; drinks provided. The art/choral camp will culminate with a special one and a half hour concert on Aug. 12 at 3:30 p.m. in the church. Fees: $100 single child; $130 family. Scholarships available through Sister Roberta, (925) 457-7355. To register: Barbara Wolpman, (925) 465-4468 or (925) 672-5800.

Through Aug. 12
Hearst Art Gallery Exhibition. Wednesdays – Sundays, 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., 1928 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga. “Town and Country: Jessica Dunne and Louis LaBrie.” Dunne’s dramatic, expansive and atmospheric urbanscape are presented alongside LaBrie’s meticulously painted, jewel-like vistas in this exhibition presented by the St. Mary’s College art museum. Admission: $2 adults; 12 and under free; Gallery members free. (925) 631-4379.

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Saturday, July 14
St. Anne 11th Annual Golf Tournament. 7:30 a.m. shot gun start at Sky West Golf Course, 1401 Golf Course Road, Hayward. Entry fee: $110 includes green fees, cart rental, tee prizes, luncheon, awards. Proceeds benefit the building fund at the Union City parish. Raoul Rojas, (510) 304-0806 or rsrojas@aol.com.


July 4, 18, Aug. 1
Oakland A’s Food Bank Wednesdays. July 4: 1:05 p.m., July 18: 12:35 p.m., Aug. 1: 12:35 p.m. at McAfee Coliseum, Oakland. Bring two cans of food for the Alameda County Community Food Bank. Information: (510) 635-3663 or www.accfb.org.

Monday, July 9
Town Hall Meeting on Health Care. 1 – 2 p.m. in parish hall at Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, 703 C St. Union City. State Assembly Member Alberto Torrico and staff from Gov. Swarzenegger’s office are expected to attend. Opportunity to advocate for health care for all children. All are welcome to attend. Information: COR Office, (510) 727-8833.



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