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November 5, 2007   •   VOL. 45, NO. 19   •   Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

Comedy heals
Brian Copeland, a graduate of local Catholic schools and Bay Area radio talk show host whose one-man show “Not a Genuine Black Man” is in development as a feature film and TV series, will be the featured speaker at the Catholics@Work event on Nov. 13 at the Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Drive, Danville. The gathering begins at 7 a.m. with a full buffet breakfast. Mass is offered at 6:30 a.m. Cost: $20 for members and $25 for non-members. To register, call (925) 389-0704 or visit: www.catholicsatwork.org/EventDesc.aspx.



Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28
Christ the King Bible Study and Charismatic Prayer Meeting. 7:30 p.m. at 6 Saint Lawrence Court, Pleasant Hill. Share in charismatic praise, singing and openness to the gifts of God’s Spirit. Sponsor: Charismatic Catholic Renewal. (800) 474-6644.

Thursdays, Nov. 8, 15, 22
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.

Friday, Nov. 9
Catholic Ladies Aid Society Memorial Mass. 11 a.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 35 Liberty St., Petaluma, Followed by luncheon at the Boulevard Café, 1096 Petaluma Blvd., Petaluma. $13 cost includes tax and tip. Mrs. Margaret Cordrey, (707) 763-0306.

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.

Saturday, Dec. 1
Day of Prayer: “Incarnation: The Call to Forgiveness.” 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 860 Oak Grove Road, Concord. Beginning with Eucharist, participants will use Scripture, theological discussion, guided meditation, journaling and faith sharing to develop hearts that are ready to receive and offer forgiveness following the example of the loving Savior. $20 fee (or whatever you can afford) includes breakfast and lunch. Information/registration: Carmen, (925) 944-5970 or cascholl@astound.net.

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Nov. 8, 9, 10
Retreat for Latino Ministers. Nov. 8 and 9: 6:45 – 9:15 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 860 Oak Groave Road, Concord; Nov. 10: 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the hall at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, 2808 Lakeshore Ave., Oakland. This retreat, which will be in Spanish, is for those who collaborate in the celebration to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe. Hector D. Medina, (510) 496-7224 or Martha Victoria, (510) 273-4979.

Friday, Nov. 9
Memoir Writing, Recalling and Feeling Memories: Encouraging the Past to Tell Its Story. 9 a.m. registration, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Facilitator: Ursula Caspary Frankel. Bring a photo of someone to write about. $70 cost includes lunch. (925) 837-9141; www.sandamiano.org.

Nov. 16 – 18
Men’s Retreat: Men’s Passages, Awakening to a Deeper Calling. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Facilitators: Father Rusty Shaughnessy, OFM, Olaf Elander and Rick Barmore. The story of St. Paul’s conversion will serve as a mentor for participants. $185 private room/$155shared room. (925) 837-9141; www.sandamiano.org.

Nov. 23 – 25
Recovery Retreat: Life Is In Session – Go For It! At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Facilitator: Sister Briegeen Moore, OSC. This week is about dealing with life on life’s terms with courage, enthusiasm, and gratitude. $205 private room/$175 shared room. (925) 837-9141; www.sandamiano.org.

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Nov. 6, 20, Dec. 4
East Bay Theology on Tap. 7 p.m. (social), 7:30 p.m. (speaker), at Kerry House, 4092 Piedmont Ave., Oakland. Nov. 6: “Green Roman Catholics” by Joseph Carver, S.J.; Nov. 20: “Desperate Housewives and their Husbands: Marriage in America,” by Father Tom Scirghi, S.J.; “Excellent Sex: Virtue Ethics and Sexuality,” by Lisa Fullam.

Nov. 8, 15
Catholics and The War in Iraq. 7:30 – 9 p.m. in the Gibson Center at Corpus Christi Parish, 322 St. James Dr., Piedmont. Corpus Christi’s Adult Faith Formation Center is presenting this program that examines America’s participation in the war in Iraq. Each session includes a video presentation by an independent film maker with discussion to follow. The topic for Nov. 8 is “War Make Easy,” which looks at the issue of pre-emptive strikes while the session on Nov. 15, “War in Iraq” explores killing and conscientious objection to war. Raph Martin, (510) 530-4343.

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 Hopfher at ehopfner@dspt.edu. Sponsors: Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, Ignatius Press and the Diocese of Oakland.

Nov. 14 and Dec. 4
Pedro Arrupe, S.J. Centennial Celebration. 7 p.m. at the Jesuit School of Theology, 1735 LeRoy Ave., Berkeley Nov. 14: The West Coast premiere of the 40-minute documentary, “Pedro Arrupe: His Life and Legacy,” followed by two respondents, birthday cake and coffee; Dec. 4: Mark McGregor, S.J., presents the video, “Posada, Making Room at the Inn: the Jesuit Refugee Service – Pedro Arrupe’s Living Legacy.” Rob McChesney, SJ., (510) 549-5046 or www.jstb.edu/events.

Tuesday, Nov. 13
St. Monica’s Women’s Faithsharing. 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at Peace Building, St. Monica Parish, 1001 Camino Pablo, Moraga. Sherri Lewis Wood will speak about the “One Warm Coat” project as members cut out scarves for those in need. All are welcome. Babysitting is available. Kimberly, (925) 631-0792.

Distinguished Faculty Lecture. 7 p.m. at Chapel of The Great Commission, Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Ave., Berkeley. “Who Do You Say That I Am? The Fundamental Question for the Moral Life,” by Father Richard Gula, S.S., professor of moral theology, Franciscan School of Theology, Berkeley. Response by Martha Ellen Stortz, professor of historical theology and ethics, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary. Reception and refreshments to follow in the GTU Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, Richard S. Dinner Boardroom. (510) 649-2440 or gtudean@edu.

Fostering a New Generation
. 7:30 p.m. in Borromeo Hall at St. Charles Parish, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. Joy Mullon, a licensed clinical social worker for Lilliput Children’s Services (one of California’s top foster/adopt agencies), will talk about the foster/adopt field, parenting a foster care child, and what it takes to become a foster parent. Q and A to follow. Julie, (925) 373-6441 or upcatholic@aol.com.

Wednesday, Nov. 14
Coping With Loss During the Holidays. 6:30 – 8 p.m. in the Fireside Room at St. Leander Parish, 550 W. Estudillo Ave., San Leandro. The holidays can be a particularly difficult time for those who are grieving. Presentation includes helpful handouts to share with family and friends. The speaker is Barbara Gordon, former grief minister coordinator for Catholic Charities, and currently bereavement coordinator for Sutter VNA and Hospice. (510) 450-8867.

Thursday, Nov. 15

Franciscan Vision Series. 5:10 – 6:10 p.m. in the FST classroom at the Franciscan School of Theology, 1712 Euclid Ave., Berkeley. Franciscan Father Michael Guinan presents “Francis, Creation and John’s Prologue.” Followed by a soup supper. Clare Ronzani, (510) 848-5232, ext. 14.

Sunday, Nov. 25
Know Your Faith! 7 p.m. at St. Joseph Church, 837 Tennent Ave., Pinole. Tim Staples, a well-known speaker and Catholic convert, will present “The Power and Impact a Well-Informed Catholic Can Have on Society” in which he explains why it is vital that the average Catholic understands his faith and has the ability to explain and defend it to the lesser informed. LaRae Buxa, (510) 724-6219.

Monday, Nov. 26
Planning a Loved One’s Funeral – Informational Workshop. 7 – 9 p.m. at St. Joseph Parish Hall, 837 Tennent Ave., Pinole. Learn about the Catholic funeral rite from Father Paul Schmidt, St. Joseph pastor, His presentation will cover the Vigil, Mass and Committal. Representatives from Holy Angels Funeral and Cremation Services and St. Mary’s Cemetery in Oakland will speak and answer questions regarding what goes into arranging a funeral, and burial and cremation options. RSVP: Eduardo De Loa, (510) 223-1265 or eduardod@catholiccemeteries.org.

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Friday, Nov. 9
Bingo! 6 – 9 p.m. at All Saints Auditorium, 22824 Second St., Hayward. $10. Funds raised for charitable causes. All are welcome. Rosemarie, (510) 582-6493. Sponsor: All Saints YLI #166.

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. 10 – 11
Annual Holiday Boutique. In the parish hall at Transfiguration Church, 4000 Castro Valley Blvd., Castro Valley. Nov. 10: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Spaghetti dinner served at 5 p.m. $10 for adults, $5 children. Reservations preferred; Nov. 11: 8 a.m. – noon, pancake breakfast until 11 a.m. (510) 537-5552.

Annual Bake Sale. Before and after weekend Masses (5:15 p.m. on Nov. 10; 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and noon on Nov. 11) at St. Callistus Church, 3580 San Pablo Dam Road, El Sobrante. Homemade baked goods along with donated items will be for sale after each Mass. Donations gladly welcome. Sponsor: St. Callistus Guild.

Nov. 17 – 18
Dominican Sisters’ Holiday Boutique. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (both days) at Dominican Motherhouse, 43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont. (Entrance to the property is from Mission Tierra Place that is adjacent to the northern entrance to Ohlone College.) The Sisters’ famous extra-virgin olive oil, homemade fruitcakes, and baked goods are some of the items that will be available. In addition: ceramics, oil paintings, hand-made afghans, crocheted and knitted articles, ornaments, and more. Admission is free. All are welcome! Proceeds will be used for the benefit of elderly Dominican Sisters who have retired from many years of selfless service in education, health care and other ministries.

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 five or over 65. Proceeds will benefit St. Leander Parish as well as local charities. Mark, (510) 538-6245.

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support groups

Nov. 8
Catholic Divorced Widowed and Separated of Contra Costa. 7 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, 11150 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito. Free and open to all. Diane, (510) 527-2148 or Joan, (925) 939-1007.

Saturday, Dec. 1
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. Claire Jeanette, facilitator, (510) 843-6971.

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Nov. 8 – 10, 15 – 17, 18
Twelfth Night. At LeFavre Theatre, St. Mary’s College, 1928 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga. The Performing Arts Department at St. Mary’s College opens its fall season with a production of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Nov. 8 – 10,; Nov. 15 – 17: 8 p.m.; and Nov. 18: 2 p.m. General admission: $15; non-SMC students: $10; SMC faculty, staff and students: $8. (925) 631-4670.

Saturday, 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. Sponsors: The Knights and Ladies of St. Peter Claver, St. Bernard’s Council and Court No. 212. Proceeds go towards youth scholarships and programs.

Nov. 15 – 17
St. Joseph Notre Dame High School Visual and Performing Arts Department Presents…All My Sons. 8 p.m. at SJND Gymnasium, 1011 Chestnut St., Alameda. $10 general admission, $8 students, $5 seniors and children.

Thursday, Nov. 29
Winter Festival of the Arts. 7 p.m. at gymnasium, St. Joseph Notre Dame High School, 1011 Chestnut St., Alameda. Students will exhibit and perform their creative work. Free admission. Refreshments will be served.

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Advent / Christmas

Nov. 16 and 17
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. 7:30 p.m. at Holy Names High School, 4660 Harbord Dr., Oakland. Annual school play: This classic story by Barbara Robinson is about six very unruly children who teach a whole church about the true meaning of Christmas. Free and open to the public. Jan Buscho, (510) 450-1110, ext. 135; jbuscho@hnhsoakland.org.

Nov. 29, Dec. 6 and 13
Advent Thursday Evening Series. 6:30 p.m. registration, 7 – 9 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Emmanuel: Hope of the World with Chiara’s Lantern. Each evening will provide a welcoming God-centered environment to quiet the self, nourish the soul, and empower the spirit. $15 per evening. (925) 837-9141; www.sandamiano.org.

Saturday, Dec. 1
A Renaissance Christmas. At Holy Names University, 3500 Mountain Blvd., Oakland. 5:30 p.m. dinner, Bay Vista Room; 8 p.m. concert, Regents’ Theatre in the Valley Center for the Performing Arts. Celebrate the holidays with a Renaissance dinner, followed by a holiday concert featuring the HNU music department, including the HNU Chamber Singers, Orchestra, and Prep Music Department. Dinner and Concert only: $10 general admission; $5 students and seniors; HNU students, faculty and staff, free. (510) 436-1405.

Friday, Dec. 7 and 9
Amahld and the Night Visitors. At St. Augustine Church, 400 Alcatraz Ave., Oakland. Dec. 7: 8 p.m.; Dec. 9: 3 p.m. The parish will present this one-act opera by Gian-Carol Menotti. Admission is on a donation basis. Karen Miller, kmm8006@gmail.com.

Dec. 8
Advent Day of Reflection. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Chapel, 4001 Stoneridge Dr., Pleasanton. Father Jim Sullivan, associate at Catholic Community of Pleasanton, and his mother, Sara Sullivan, are the presenters. Lunch will be provided. RSVP: (925) 474-2762 or jsullivan@catholicsofpleasanton.org.

Sunday, Dec. 9
Time Enough For Joy. 3:30 p.m. at St. Philip Neri Church, 3108 Van Buren St., Alameda. The three seasons of Christmas – Advent, Christmas and Epiphany – will be celebrated with seasonal music and traditional narratives set to music buy artistic director Allen H. Simon. Tickets: $25 general, $20 student/senior, at the door. Discount for advance purchase. Groups rates also available, phone for details. 888-SDG-SONG or order online: www.SDGloria.org/tickets.php.

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Social justice

Friday, Nov. 16
Movie and Pizza Night. 7 – 8:30 p.m. in Stack Hall at Our Lady of Grace Parish, 3433 Somerset Ave., Castro Valley. Enjoy pizza while watching the entertaining, yet provocative film, The Corporation, an acclaimed documentary that explores the nature and spectacular rise of the most pervasive institution of our time. Pizza, salad and drinks will be provided. Sponsor: OLG’s Pax Christi/Social Justice group. Dennise, (510) 538-6071.

Sunday, Nov. 18
Three Cups of Tea. 4 p.m. at St. Bonaventure Church, 5562 Clayton Road., Concord. Author Greg Mortenson will appear and talk about his dangerous and difficult quest to build schools, address poverty, and overcome cultural divides in remote areas in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Sponsor: Clayton Book Shop. (925) 673-3325 or Claytonbookshop.com.

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Saturday, Dec. 1
St. Mary’s High School, Berkeley, Class of 1967 Reunion. 6 p.m. on campus. Reservations and information: Joanne Marchetti Howe, (510) 559- 6227 or jhowe@stmchs.org by Nov. 23.

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Tuesday, Nov. 13
A Taste of Kindergarten. 6:30 – 8 p.m. at Kindergarten building (by the gym), St. Francis of Assisi School, 866 Oak Grove Road, Concord. Children will be supervised and entertained as they explore the Kindergarten classroom while parents attend an informational session to learn more about our school and community.

Thursday, Nov. 15
Holy Names High School Annual Information Night. 7 p.m. at 4660 Harbord Dr., Oakland. Meet the teachers and staff and become acquainted with the classes and curriculum. Refreshments. Sandra Carrillo, (510) 450-1110, ext. 119, or scarillo@hnhsoakland.org.

Sunday, Nov. 18
Open House for Prospective Students and Families. 1 – 3:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s High School, 1294 Albina Ave., Berkeley. (510) 559-6240.

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