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October 22, 2007   •   VOL. 45, NO. 18   •   Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

Celebrating 10 years
Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory will be the co-celebrant and homilist at a Mass of Thanksgiving in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Friends of Father Augustine Tolton (FFAT), on Nov. 4 at St. Benedict Church, 2245 82nd Ave. in Oakland, at 3 p.m. FFAT is an organization dedicated to providing spiritual, emotional and financial support to African American candidates to the priesthood. Oakland Bishop Allen Vigneron will preside at the liturgy.

Music for schools
Father Leo Asuncion, parochial vicar at St. Bede Parish, will perform in a benefit concert, “Voice of the Arts,” on Oct. 27 at the parish church at 26950 Patrick Ave., in Hayward. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a social hour, followed by the musical program from 7 – 8 p.m. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the arts curriculum of the schools of the diocese. Admission is $20 per person. Contact: Dorothy Lee, (510) 530-4056.


Oct. 24, 31, Nov. 7
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. 25, Nov. 1, 8
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.

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.orgfor 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.

Tuesday, Oct. 30
Memorial Mass for All Clergy and Wives of Deacons. 7 p.m. at St. Michael Church, 458 Maple St., Livermore. Presider: Bishop Allen Vigneron. A celebration of the lives of deceased clergy and wives of deacons of the Oakland Diocese, especially those who have died within the past year. Open to all. Light refreshments and fellowship will follow.

Saturday, Nov. 3
Dia De Los Muertos Mass. 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Oakland. All are invited to attend this Mass for remembrance of the holy souls of those buried in the Catholic cemeteries. Mariachi music, Aztec dancers and Mexican food follow the Mass. A Mass will also be celebrated on Nov. 2, All Souls Day, at 11 a.m.

Monday, Nov. 12
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.

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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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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. Includes 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 sox 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. The focus will be on writing that is clear and colorful, with participants conveying what they want to experience and allowing them to better understand their spiritual path. $70 cost includes lunch. (925) 837-9141 or www.sandamiano.org.

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Oct. 22
National Religious Campaign Against Torture. 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.

Oct. 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. Kimberly Lane, (925) 631-0792.

Oct. 23 – Nov. 13
So Why Do We Do This? 7:30 – 9 p.m. at Doolan Center in St. Edward School, 5788 Thornton Ave., Newark. Over four Tuesday evenings participants will find out how the Mass came about, learn the significance of each element of the Mass, gain a greater understanding of the life-changing impact of receiving the Eucharist, and more. (510) 797-0241 or http://stedwardcatholic.org/adultfaithformation/.

Wednesday, Oct. 24
Remembering Sister Dorothy Stang. 7 p.m. at Ralston Hall Mansion, Notre Dame de Namur University, 1500 Ralston Ave., Belmont. Notre Dame Sister Roseanne Murphy will host a book signing event for her long-awaited biography on Notre Dame Sister Dorothy Stang, “Martyr of the Amazon: The Life of Sister Dorothy Stang.” The book tells the story of how the woman worked tirelessly for the rights of the poor and the preservation of the Amazon rain forest. For this the 73-year-old nun was murdered in February 2005 by hired gunmen in the Amazon state of Para, Brazil. Free and open to all. (650) 508-3551.

Oct. 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15
Values on Video. 7:30 – 9 p.m. in the Gibson Center, at Corpus Christi Church, 322 St. James Dr., Piedmont. Catholic teachings on war, social justice, non-violence, conscientious objection, and torture will form the background to a series of independent media presentations on the War in Iraq. Information/registration: Raph Martin, (510) 530-4343, ext. 16 or raphmartin@hotmail.com.

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. in Room 59, Brennan Hall, 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.

Saturday, Nov. 10
First Annual East Bay Catholic Men’s Conference. 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, 2301 Vine St., Berkeley. Catholic men are invited to learn how to better live out their faith. Opportunities for Reconciliation and Mass. $35 at the door, includes continental breakfast and lunch. Online registration: www.dspt.edu or contact Ed Hopfner at ehopfner@dspt.edu. Sponsors: Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, Ignatius Press, and the Diocese of Oakland.

Tuesday, Nov. 13
Fostering a New Generation. 7:30 – 9 p.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. Joy Mullon, a licensed foster care director for young children, will talk about foster care, the foster care system and what is required to be a foster family. Open to all. $5 free will donation to offset speaker fees. Sponsor: L.I.F.E. (Lessons in Faith Experiences) adult education series. Julie, upcatholic@aol.com or (925) 447-4549.

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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. No phone reservations and no tickets at the door. Send reservations to: Mary Chapman, 4038 Boulder Dr., Antioch, CA, 94509. Questions: (025) 754-3595. Proceeds benefit scholarships and Catholic Charities.

Saturday, Oct. 27
A Celebration of Saints. 6 – 10 p.m. at St. Edward Parish, 5788 Thornton Ave., Newark. The evening, which includes a special performance by the Golden Gate Boys’ Choir, features a buffet dinner, wine, silent auction, dancing, and free raffle drawings. Event tickets are $40 ($350 for a table of 10) and raffle tickets are $50. Information/ tickets: (510) 797-0241.

Nov. 3, 4
Annual Holiday Boutique. In the gym at St. Lawrence O’Toole Parish-St. Cyril Parish, 3701 High St., Oakland. Nov. 3: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Nov. 4: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (510) 531-8673.

Saturday, Nov. 10
Zydeco Dance. 6 – 10 p.m. at St Columba Church Hall, 6401 San Pablo Ave., Oakland. Tickets: $12 (pre-sale), $15 (at the door). Food (gumbo, red beans and rice, hot links and assorted desserts) will be sold at reasonable prices. Children under 13 years of age not admitted. (510) 654-7600.

Nov. 17 – 18
Christ the King Holiday Boutique. At 199 Brandon Road, Pleasant Hill. Nov. 17: 11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.; Nov. 18: 7 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (925) 682-0376.

Saturday, Nov. 24
The Meridians 23rd Annual Sport Collectors Show. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Ryan-O’Donnell Church Hall, St. Leander Parish, 575 W. Estudillo Ave., San Leandro. A variety of vintage sports memorabilia (1880 – 2007) will be for sale. Door prizes will be given away. Admission: $3 general; free for those under 5 or over 65. Proceeds will benefit St. Leander Parish as well as local charities. Mark, (510) 538-6245.

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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. 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.

Wednesday, Oct. 24
The Bishop O’Dowd High School Symphonic Band and String Orchestra in Concert. 7:30 p.m. at 9500 Stearns Ave., Oakland. A wide variety of music will be performed for your listening pleasure. Admission is free for adults and students. (510) 577-9100, ext. 241.

Oct. 25, 26, 27
High School Fall Drama Production. In the auditorium at St. Mary’s High School, 1294 Albina Ave., Berkeley. St. Mary’s High Arts Department will present the popular mystery-comedy, “Done to Death.” Tickets are available at the door. For more information, visit the school website at www.saintmaryschs.org.

Friday, Oct. 26
See the Seldom Seen Acting Company. 7:30 p.m. at St. Augustine Church, 400 Alcatraz Ave., Oakland. The Company, a program of St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County, will be performing their original work, “Now You Know,” to benefit the non-profit in the area. $5 admission along with a donation of canned goods at the door. Karen Miller, kmm8006@gmail.com.

Sundays, Oct. 28, Nov. 4, 11
Sunday Afternoon Recitals. 3:30 p.m. at Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, 1111 Gough St., San Francisco. Oct. 28: Michael Pelzel (Switzerland), organist; Nov. 4: Christoph Tietze, organist; Nov. 11: Langlais Symphosiette and Recital, a lecture and recital presented by four students of Jean Langlais. (415) 567-2020, ext. 213.

Through 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 matinee (Oct. 28). Admission: $15; $12 seniors and students. Quo Vadis Theater, (408) 252-3530.

Nov. 8 – 10, 15 – 17, 18
Twelfth Night. In LeFevre Theatre, St. Mary’s College. The Performing Arts Department at St. Mary’s College opens its fall season with a production of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Called Shakespeare’s most perfect comedy, Twelfth Night is an intoxicating musical romance set on a mythical island paradise. Nov. 8 – 10: 8 p.m.; Nov. 15 – 17: 8 p.m. and Nov. 18: 2 p.m. General admission: $15; non-SMC students: $10; SMC faculty, staff, students: $8. Information/reservations: (925) 631-4670.

Sunday, Nov. 11
Eighth Annual Gospel Choir Concert. 2 – 5 p.m. at St. Benedict Church, 2245 82nd Ave., Oakland. Featured choirs include: Allen Temple’s Men’s Chorus, Sojourner Truth Presbyterian Gospel Choir, Inspirational Catholic Voices, St. Benedict’s Gospel Choir and St. Benedict’s Youth Choir. Donation: $10 (advance), $15 (at the door), free for children under 10 years of age. Arthur Trevigne, Jr.: (925) 779-9607; Marie Fisher, (510) 638-0807; or Al Norton, (510) 581-4895. Sponsor: The Knights and Ladies of St. Peter Claver, St. Bernard’s Council and Court No. 212. Proceeds will go towards youth scholarships and programs.

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Bible Study

Oct. 24, 31, Nov. 7
Study of St. John’s Gospel. 7:30 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, 11150 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito. All are welcome Richard Keller, (510) 234-1754 or rkeller@pacbell.net.

Oct. 22, 29
Fall Bible Study. 7 – 8:30 p.m. at St. John Vianney Parish, Mullen Commons Vista Room, 1650 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek. Oct. 22: I Corinthians; Oct. 29: Romans. Information: Nora Petersen, (925) 939-7911, x107 or npetersen@sjvianney.org.

Golf tournaments

Oct. 24, 31, Nov. 7
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. Robert Brunel, (510) 339-3292 or montclairland@sbcglobal.net.

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