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 October 8, 2007   •   VOL. 45, NO. 17   •   Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

Speak in peace
Sharon Ellison, an award-winning speaker and author of “Taking the War Out of Our Words with Powerful Non-Defensive Communications,” will discuss “Powerful Non-Defensive Communication” Oct. 13 at the Holy Family Motherhouse Auditorium, 159 Washington, Fremont, from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Soup lunch will be provided. $20 individuals, $30 couples. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Faye, (510) 207-8186. Sponsor: Pax Christi.


Fighting for life
Sister Helen Prejean will discuss her ministry to men on death row on Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. at St. John Vianney Church, 1650 Ygnacio Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek. Attorney Charles Carbone, a prisoner rights lawyer, will also speak. This is a fundraiser for five Kairos Ministries International Councils who visit and plan transformational retreat weekends to minister to inmates at San Quentin, Folsom, FCI Dublin, Vacaville, (CMI) and Outside to families. $15 donation requested. Tickets: Rev. Sally Bystroff, (925) 449-8555 or Nora Petersen, (925) 939-7911.


Parish Festivals

Saturday, Oct. 13
St. Mary. International Fair. 5 – 9 p.m. at 2039 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek. Preceded by an International Mass at 4 p.m. The festivities will include games, drinks, ethnic food booths and dances.

Oct. 13, 14
St. Ignatius. At 209 Tanganyika Court, Antioch. Sept. 29: 8:30 a.m., The Rocco and Josephine Battaglia Classic Bocce Tournament, Chicibu Park; Oct. 6: 6 p.m. Kick-Off Dinner, “Carnivores Delight,” church social area; Oct. 13: 6 – 10 p.m., Casino Night Dinner, church social area; Oct. 14: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., International Food Fest, church parking lot. Raffle. Tickets/information: (925) 778-0768.

Saturday, Oct. 20
Church of the Good Shepherd. Oktoberfest. 6 p.m. at 3200 Harbor St., Pittsburg. Highlights include a 50/50 raffle and other prizes including a trip to the Reno Peppermill and a 42” plasma TV. Dinner and raffle tickets available by calling the parish office at (925) 432-6404.

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Monday, Oct. 8
Healing Mass. 7:30 p.m. at St. Edward Church, 5788 Thornton Ave., Newark. Bert/Norma, Abba Father Prayer Group, (510) 793-1750. Every second Monday.

Oct. 8, 9, 10
Parish Mission. 7:30 p.m. at Christ the King Parish, 199 Brandon Road, Pleasant Hill. Presenter: Father Rusty Shaughnessy, O.F.M. The evenings will be based on the “Serenity Prayer.” All are welcome.

Wednesdays, Oct. 10, 17, 24
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.

Thursdays, Oct. 11, 18, 25
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. (925) 625-2109.

Saturday, Oct. 13
Rosary Evening Retreat. 4 p.m. at St. Isidore Parish, 440 La Gonda Way, Danville. 90th anniversary commemoration of the Miracle of Fatima. Followed by Reconciliation and. potluck sandwich buffet. 6 – 9 p.m. Commencement of Fatima Observance: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Meditation on the History of the Rosary, Power of the Rosary, Promise of the Rosary, and the Role of the Rosary in Today’s World; Recitation of the Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful, and Glorious Mysteries; and Benediction. Diana Nagy will lead the music.

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. www.stmargmaryoak.org.

Oct. 25, 26, 27
40 Hours Devotion. At St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Dr., Pleasanton. Begins with Mass on Oct. 25 at 12:10 p.m. Oct. 25: 12 p.m. – midnight; Oct. 26: 6 a.m. – midnight; Oct. 27: 6 a.m. – 4 p.m. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Oct. 25: 7:30 p.m., procession; Oct. 27: Holy Hour Saturday, 1 – 2 p.m.; Benediction Saturday, Rosary and Liturgy of Hours, 3 – 4 p.m. Visit Catholic Community of Pleasanton website at www.catholicsofpleasanton.org for schedule and more information or phone (925) 484-5020.

Friday, Oct. 26
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.

Sunday, Nov. 4
Mass of Thanksgiving. 3 p.m. at St. Benedict Church, 2245 82nd Ave., Oakland. Celebration of the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Friends of Father Augustine Tolton, an organization dedicated to providing spiritual, emotional and financial support to African American candidates to the priesthood. Presider: Bishop Allen Vigneron of Oakland. Co-celebrant and homilist: Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta. Sponsors: The Friends of Father Augustine Tolton, the Knights and Ladies of St. Peter Claver, and the Knights of Columbus.

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Oct. 24, Nov. 1
St. Bonaventure’s Journey of the Human Person Into God. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Eight-day silent Franciscan retreat with Father Andrew Cirino, OFM and Josef Raischl, SFO. An exploration of the classic work by St. Bonaventure. The days will include prayer, reading and liturgy. $695 private room/ $619 shared room. (925) 837-9141 or www.sandamiano.org.

Friday, Nov. 2
Personal Growth Day, The Gifts of Grief. 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Facilitators: Nancee Sobonya and Bonnie Maeda, RN. Participants will come together in a safe and supportive setting to share personal experiences, exploring how loss impacts and transforms one’s lives. $95 for six CE units for MFT, LCSW, RN, LVN; $70 if not receiving CE units. 9 a.m. registration. Lunch included. (925) 837-9141 or www.sandamiano.org.

Friday, Nov. 9
Memoir Writing, Recalling and Feeling Memories: Encouraging the Past To Tell Its Story. 9 a.m. registration at San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Facilitators: Ursula Caspary Frankel. Participants are asked to bring a photo of someone to like to write about. $70 cost includes lunch. (925) 837-9141 or www.sandamiano.org.

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Tuesday, Oct. 9
Catholics@Work. 7 a.m. at Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Dr., Danville. Terry Healey, businessman, professional speaker, author, and cancer survivor, will discuss how to overcome adversity and celebrate life. A full-breakfast buffet starts at 7 a.m. (preceded by Mass at 6:30 a.m.) Cost is $20 for members and $25 for non-members. (925) 389-0704 or www.catholicsatwork.org.

Witches, Saints and Heretics. 7:30 – 9 p.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. Dr. William Dohar, a professor in the religious education department at Santa Clara University, will focus on stories illustrating religious differences, the challenges of religious titles, and commonalities between religious groups. All are welcome. $5 free will offering is requested to offset speaker fees. Sponsor: L.I.F.E. (Lessons in Faith Experiences, the parish’s adult education series.) Julie, upcatholic@aol.com or (925) 447-4549.

Oct. 9, 23
Personal Prayer Books: Creating Books With Which to Pray. 9:30 – 11:30 at St. Monica’s Peace Center, 1001 Camino Pablo, Moraga. In this two-part workshop Darleen Pryds, laywoman, professor of Christian Spirituality and Medieval History at the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, shares the traditions of personal prayer books and offers and opportunity for each participant to make her own. All are welcome. Free admission. Babysitting available for $5. Information: Kimberly Lane, (925) 631-0792.

Oct. 11, 22
National Religious Campaign Against Torture. Oct. 11: 7 p.m. at Newman Hall, 2700 Dwight Way, Berkeley; Oct. 22: 7 p.m. at U.C. Berkeley Alumni House on campus. Free screenings of “Ghosts of Abu Ghraib,” an 80-minute documentary by Rory Kennedy which digs beneath the headlines to investigate the psychological and political context in which torture occurred and asks critical questions. Opportunity for dialogue after the film and possibility of anti-torture activities. For mature audiences only.

Thursday, Oct. 18
Franciscan Vision Series. 5:10 – 6:10 p.m. in the FST Classroom, Franciscan School of Theology, Berkeley. “Land of Francis and Clare/Land of Jesus: Pilgrimages to Assisi and the Holy Land” presented by Alice Atkinson, Julie Hurtado, Eunice Park, and Clare Rozani. Soup supper follows the lecture. Clare Rozani, (510) 848-5232, ext. 4.

Saturday, Oct. 27
Begin a Women’s Fellowship in Your Parish! 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. at St. Lawrence O’Toole Parish, 3725 High St., Oakland. Workshop sponsored by the Fellowship of Catholic Christian Women. RSVP required. Contact: Barbara, (707) 863-9283 or FCCW1996@comcast.net. $10 donation to cover cost of the day is appreciated.

San Francisco East Bay Chapter of Kappa Gamma Pi (KGP) General Meeting. 1 p.m. at California Room at Holy Names University, 3500 Mountain Blvd., Oakland. A report will be made on the outstanding accomplishments of the 2007 National KGP Convention held at HNU in June. Plans for the candy sale which funds the Christmas donations to the St. Mary’s Christmas baskets will be announced.

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Thursday, Oct. 11
Dominican Guild of the East Bay Salad Bar Luncheon. Noon at St. Joseph’s Hall, 43222 Mission Blvd., Fremont. $7 ticket includes luncheon and two bingo cards. Tickets: Sister Evelyn, (510) 657-2468. To reserve a table for a group contact George Jardine by Oct. 9 at (510) 782-0576. Proceeds benefit the charitable works of the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose.

Saturday, Oct. 13
Homecoming at Peralta Park (St. Mary’s High School, Berkeley). 11 a.m. football, vs Moreau High JV; 1:30 p.m., varsity. Alumni and their families are invited to attend. $15 adults, $8 children 12 and under. Ticket includes varsity game, lunch and post-game alumni social. Contact: Joanne Marchetti Howe, (510) 559-6227.

Birthright of San Leandro Fundraising Luncheon. Noon – 3 p.m. at Redwood Christian School, 1000 Paseo Grande at Via Alamitos, San Lorenzo. Speaker Charles James, professor of philosophy at St. Patrick’s Seminary and University in Menlo Park Entertainment: Dance Theatre Arts of Hayward. Raffle and door prizes. Lunch: Lemon Herb Chicken and Winter Vegetable Risotto catered by Catalina. $22 for adults, $10 for children 12 years and under. Sherry, (510) 523-6270 or Rosanne, (510) 783-4547.

Saturday, Oct. 20
Fourth Annual Dinner and Auction to Benefit FESCO – the Family Shelter. 5:30 p.m. at Agape Hall at Resurrection Greek Orthodox Church, 20104 Center St. in Castro Valley. Begins with reception and silent auction, followed by gourmet dinner and program at 6:45 p.m. and live auction at 8:15 p.m. Tickets: $45. (510) 886-5473 or www.fescofamilyshelter.org.

Monday, Oct. 22
Y.L.I. 16th Annual Salad Buffet Bingo. 6 – 9 p.m. at Father Vincente Dominican Hall, 1313 A St., Antioch. Preceded by meeting at 5 p.m. $15 per person, includes salad buffet and two bingo cards. Additional cards $1 each at the door. Members bring one wrapped gift for prizes. Everyone welcome. Reservation deadline: Oct. 17. No phone reservations and no tickets at the door. Send reservations to: Mary Chapman, 4038 Boulder Dr., Antioch, CA, 94509. Questions: (925) 754-3595. Proceeds benefit scholarships and Catholic Charities.

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support groups

Saturday, Nov. 3
No More Secrets – Monthly Support Group for Survivors of Clergy Sexual Abuse. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Holy Names University, Brennan Hall, Room 77, 3500 Mountain Blvd., Oakland. Survivors and their families are welcomed and encouraged to join the group, which is facilitated by a licensed psychotherapist. For more information, contact facilitator Claire Jeanette, (510) 843-6971.

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Tuesday, Oct. 9
Documentary: “Conviction.” 7:30 p.m. at Livermore Main Library (Civic Center), community rooms. This documentary tells the story of three Dominican Sisters who protested the government’s policies regarding nuclear weapons by making a direct action at a Colorado missile base in 2002. During their symbolic act they broke into the facility and hammered on a missile housing. They were subsequently arrested, taken to court, convicted of having committed sabotage, and given prison sentences. Sponsor: Pax Christi. (925) 443-0768.

Thursday, Oct. 18
SJND Evening of Poetry and Music. 7 p.m. at the Frank Bette Center, 1601 Paru St., Alameda. Student poets and musicians will recite and perform. Bob Williams and Betsy Norris, who teach at St. Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda, will read their own poetry accompanied by music teacher Paula Cekola. Students, parents and friends are invited to attend. Hosted by PRISMS and the Star Society of Creative Writers.

Oct. 18 – Nov. 3
Quo Vadis Theatre Play: “Malcolm and Teresa.” At the Hoover Theater, 1635 Park Ave. in San Jose. “Malcolm and Teresa” tells the story of BBC TV celebrity Malcolm Muggeridge’s life changing interviews with Mother Teresa. Written by San Jose playwright Cathal Gallagher. Performance dates: 8 p.m. Thursday to Saturday; 2 p.m., Sunday matinees (Oct. 21 and 28). Admission: $15; $12 seniors and students. Tickets and information: Quo Vadis Theater, (408) 252-3530.

Sunday, Oct. 21
Choral Music Concert. 3 p.m. at St. Stephen Church, 1101 Keaveny Court, Walnut Creek. The Voices of Musica Sacra, chamber chorus, under the direction of John Kendall Bailey, and John Walko, organist, will perform this special choral concert of English sacred music. Suggested donation: $20, $15 for students and seniors, free for children ages 12 and under. Refreshments and fellowship follow the concert.

Tuesday, Oct. 23
Beyond Words: An Interfaith Ritual for Peace. 7:30 p.m. at All Saints Church, 22824 Second St., Hayward. Performance by the Omega West Dance Company. Inspiration for the dance choreographed by Carla De Sola derives from the traditions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. It is hoped the ritual/dance will be a light for peace throughout the Bay Area and beyond. A potluck following the program is planned. Rebeccah Pelle, (510) 538-2570 or rebeccah_126@yahoo.com.

Saturday, Oct. 27

Voice of the Arts: Father Leo Asuncion in Concert. At St. Bede Parish, 26950 Patrick Ave., Hayward. 6 p.m. social hour, followed by the program from 7 – 8 p.m. $20 per person. A limited number of tickets available. Contact: Dorothy Lee, (510) 530-4056. Sponsor: Diocese of Oakland Department of Catholic Schools. Proceeds benefit the Arts Curriculum in the schools of the diocese.

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Bible Study

Wednesdays, Oct. 10, 17
Study of St. John’s Gospel. 7:30 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, 11150 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito. Richard Keller, (510) 234-1754 or rkeller@pacbell.net.

Through Oct. 22
St. Charles and St. Michael’s Monday Night Bible Study. 7:30 p.m. in the Pope John XXIII Room at St. Charles Borromeo Parish, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. Called “Being Disciples of Jesus,” this workshop will explore the Gospels’ insight into the Call and the Cost of Discipleship, along with being a witnessing and a model disciple. Open to all. $10 donation for materials. Julie Gallagher, upcatholic@aol.com or (925) 447-4549.

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Oct. 13, 20
Moreau High School. Oct. 13: Class of 1982, 7 – 11 p.m., Horn Blower Cruise, San Francisco Bay; Oct. 13: Class of 1987, 7 – 11 p.m. at Orinda Country Club; Oct. 20: at the high school, 27170 Mission Blvd., Hayward. For more information, contact the alumni office, (510) 881-4360.

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Golf Tournaments

Monday, Nov. 5
The St. Theresa Men’s Club Annual Golf Tournament. 10 a.m. check-in, 11 a.m. shot-gun start at the Claremont Country Club, 5295 Broadway Terrace in Oakland. Prizes for longest drive, nearest to the hole, low net and low gross. Cocktails and buffet dinner will follow in the church hall at 30 Mandalay Road. Parishioners and guests are welcome to join the Men’s Club members for a day of fun and camaraderie! Robert Brunel, (510) 339-3292 or montclairland@sbcglobal.net.

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