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 December 17, 2007   •   VOL. 45, NO. 21    •   Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

Celebration of song
The Golden Gate Boys Choir and Bellringers will take part in the Epiphany Lessons and Carols program on Jan. 6 at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, 1111 Gough St. in San Francisco. The program, which includes the Cathedral Choir of Boys and Girls, begins at 3:30 p.m. A free-will offering will be requested at the door. Information: (415) 567-2020, ext. 213.


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.

Dec. 17 – 24
Las Posadas 2007. 6 p.m. at Old Mission San Jose, Mission Boulevard at Washington Street in Fremont. Join in a celebration of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem. Participants will meet each evening on the porch of the Mission Museum and then walk to a different nearby destination each night to sing carols and enjoy entertainment and light refreshments. Bring warm coats and a flashlight. Co-sponsored by the Committee for the Restoration of the Mission San Jose and Fremont Cultural Arts Council. (510) 657-1797, ext. 103.

Wednesday, Dec. 19

Advent Class: Forgive For Good. 7:30 – 9 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton, 4001 Stoneridge Dr., Pleasanton. This course will help participants free themselves from grudges and grievances that siphon energies from the heart. Participants will learn five powerful spiritual practices from Dr. Fred Luskin’s book, “Forgive For Good.” Information: Jim Silva, director of adult formation, (925) 474-2783 or JimSilvaCCOP@gmail.com.

Lectio Divina – Scripture Faith Sharing. 7:30 – 9 p.m. at the Motherhouse Main Parlor, 43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont. All are invited to join the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose to take time for the real meaning of the season and pray. Sister Beth Quire, O.P., (510) 657-2468 or beth@msjdominicans.org.

Friday, Dec. 21
Christmas Concert. 7 p.m. at Church of the Transfiguration, 4000 East Castro Valley Blvd., Castro Valley. Come and hear the parish’s children and adult Choirs and soloists singing carols, selections from Handel’s Messiah and Contemporary Christmas music accompanied by a Chamber Orchestra. Free will donation. (510) 733-3393.

Saturday, Dec. 22
Christmas Caroling. 3 – 5 p.m. at St. Leo Church, Piedmont Avenue at Ridgeway. Carolers will meet on the front stairs of the church before taking a stroll around the neighborhood. The tunes will be familiar carols.

Christmas Concert at St. Albert Priory. 8 p.m. at St. Albert Priory Chapel, 6172 Chabot Road, Oakland. A performance of music for the Christmas season includes the combined ensembles of the Schola Cantorum of St. Albert Priory, the Women’s Antique Vocal Ensemble (WAVE), the Renaissance instrumental ensemble Alta Sonora, guitar, and organ will perform Christmas music from England, France, Germany and Spain. Information: Father Chris Renz, O.P., (510) 596-1800.

Saturday, Dec. 22
Pasko, Pista at Papuri: A Filipino Christmas Celebration. 6 a.m. at the Old Mission Church, St. Joseph Parish, 43300 Mission Blvd., Fremont. Rekindle and experience the traditional Filipino holiday celebration by attending the Simbang Gabi (dawn Mass) and a “barrio fiesta” style reception immediately following the Mass. Information: http://paskopistaatpapuri.blogspot.com or Valerie Millares, (510) 366-0180, e-mail: paskopistaatpapuri@gmail.com.

Saturday, Dec. 24
Christmas Eve Celebration in Song. 11:30 p.m. at St. David of Wales Church, 5641 Esmond Ave., Richmond. St. David’s Festival Choir will present excerpts of the Sing-Along Messiah and favorite carols as a prelude to the midnight Mass. (510) 237-1531; davidofwales@gmail.com; or www.saintdavidchoir.com.

Through Dec. 24
7th Annual Simbang Gabi Novena. Daily Mass at 5 a.m. at St. Patrick Church, 825 Seventh St., Rodeo. The Simbang Gabi, which is celebrated partly in Tagalog, is open to all. (510) 799-4406.

Simbang Gabi. 5:30 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 860 Oak Grove Road, Concord. The treasured Filipino Advent tradition includes Filipino Christmas carols and food every morning. Come all ye faithful.

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Dec. 19, 26, Jan. 2
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, Dec. 20, 27, Jan. 3
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, Dec. 21
Taize – Prayer Around the Cross. 8 p.m. at the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, Motherhouse Chapel, 43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont. Refresh your soul, listen to beautiful music, join others in prayer and song around the cross. Every third Friday of the month. Sister Beth Quire, O.P., (510) 657-2468 or beth@msjdominicans.org.

Monday, Dec. 31
Welcome the New Year with the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose! 11:30 p.m. at the Motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, 43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont. Share a reflective evening – connect with friends, meet new people, reflect on the new year, pray with Taize. Mass starts at 11:30 p.m. followed by a potluck celebration. For more information or to RSVP, contact S. Beth Quire, O.P., (510) 657-2468 or beth@msjdominicans.org.

Monday, Jan. 14
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.

Sunday, Jan. 20
Celebration of Adult Confirmation. 3 p.m. at St. Isidore Parish, 440 La Gonda Way, Danville. The diocesan celebration is for baptized, catechized adults who have previously received the sacraments of baptism and Eucharist and are seeking Confirmation. For more information, Melissa Hyatt, (510) 267-8370.

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6 a.m. – 8 p.m. at Mary’s House Chapel, 1850 Church Lane, San Pablo. (510) 236-0383.

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Most Holy Rosary Church, 1313 A St., Antioch. (925) 757-4020.

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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Dec. 27 – Jan. 1
New Year’s Eve Meditation Retreat. At Mercy Center, 2300 Adeline Dr. Burlingame. This retreat will provide the opportunity to enter deeply into a meditative experience of silence, self-discovery and community. Daily periods of meditation and silence. Presenter: Gregory Mayers, CSsR., a Redemptorist priest who has been leading contemplation workshops for over 30 years. $365/$325 commuter. Information/online registration: www.mercy-center.org.

Dec. 30 – Jan. 1
New Year’s Retreat: Leaving the Old, Welcoming the New. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Presenters: Sister Rebecca Shinas, O.P. and Father Rusty Shaughnessy, O.F.M. A new year’s invitation to pause on the road of life, look back on where we’ve been, and refresh our dreams and hopes for our journey. $195/$165. (925) 837-9141 or www.sandamiano.org.

Dec. 31 – Jan 1
New Year’s Eve at the Movies. At Vallombrosa Retreat Center in Menlo Park. Check-in begins at 4 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m., midnight snack. This annual retreat is based on two popular films, Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life” and Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rear Window.” Father David Pettingill, retreat director, promises an experience that will be prayerful, reflective and playful. $100 per person. (650) 325-5614 or www.vallombrosa.org.

Saturday, Jan. 5
Spirituality: friend or foe of religion? 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Mercy Center, 2300 Adeline Dr., Burlingame. Presenter: Marist Brother Don Bisson, a pioneer in the Jungian Christian dialog. $60. (650) 340-7474 or www.mercy-center.org.

Jan. 11 – 13
Franciscan Spirituality Retreat: Waking Up to the Holy: Mystics, Saints and Everyday Life. Presenter: Sister Gabriele Uhlein, O.S.F. Using inspiring examples from the lives of the saints (especially Francis and Clare of Assisi) participants will discover how to live one’s life well, here and now. Discover prayer and spiritual practice in a wholly new (old) way. $205/$175. (925) 837-9141 or www.sandamiano.org.

Jan. 25 – 29
Prayer Styles for People in Recovery. At Jesuit Retreat Center of Los Altos. At 300 Manresa Way in Los Alto. Presenters Father Kevin Ballard, S.J., and Sister Patrcia Galli, R.S.M., will explore different traditions and methods. $220 per person. (650) 948-4491.

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Tuesday, Jan. 15
The Spirituality of Sexuality. 7:30 – 9 p.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. Dr. Rachel Bundang, a professor in the religious education department at Santa Clara University, will present an evening that will focus on how we can come to a better understanding of how we can live as both a spiritual and a sexual beings. $5 free will donation requested to offset speaker fees. This is part of the parish’s 2007-2008 L.I.F.E. (Lessons in Faith Experiences) adult education series. Information: Julie, upcatholic@aol.com or (925) 447-4549.

Jan. 22 – 24
Pacific School of Religion Earl Lectures. At First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley. The theme of the 107th annual event is “O For World: Faith, Community and Sustainability.” Speakers will address religion, environment, and social justice including Chandra Muzaffar a social activist, academic, and president of the International Movement for a Just World (JUST), an international NGO based in Malaysia. Lectures are free and open to the public, as are three worship services. Twenty-eight pastoral conference workshops will be offered to help communities of faith explore ways they can work for justice and help sustain lives savaged by hunger and fear. For more information: visit PSR’s website at www.psr.edu or call (510) 847-8218. Registration for the workshops is $99 before Jan. 1, $125 after Jan. 1.

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Saturday, Jan. 19
Salad Bar Luncheon and Bingo! Noon at All Saints Church Gym, 22824 2nd St., Hayward. $15 donation includes lunch and two bingo cards. Sponsor: All Saints Y.L.I. #166. Proceeds raised for charities. Reservations: Bette, (510) 538-5447.

Saturday, Jan. 26
New Orleans-Style Mardi Gras. 6 – 11 p.m. at St. Margaret Mary Parish Hall, 1219 Excelsior Ave., Oakland. Live music by the BluesBox Bayou Band, Gourmet New Orleans-Style Buffet catered by PJMac, live and silent auctions. Ticket deadline: Jan. 16. Proceeds go to complete the renovation of the 75-year-old tower of St. Margaret Mary Church. Ticket information: Lilly Mullen, (925) 827-1946 or lilypad@sysmatrix.net.

Hospice Boutique Thrift Shoppe Fashion Show. 11:30 a.m. at St. Anne Parish, 1600 Rossmoor Parkway, Walnut Creek. Sponsor: St. Anne’s Society at the parish.

Sunday, Jan. 27
Sacred Heart Parish’s Annual Mardi Gras Dinner Dance. At Colombo Club, 5321 Claremont Ave., in Oakland. No host cocktail at 3 p.m., dinner at 4 p.m., dance after 6 p.m. $30 for dinner and dance. Gilda Costa, (510) 652-2855.

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support groups

Thursday, Dec. 27
Healing for Those Who Are Grieving. 7:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Dr., Pleasanton. The reality of death leave many in a state of shock, confusion and sadness. Everyone is welcome, regardless of religious affiliation to join this bi-monthly group. Joan Bell, (925) 828-6864.

Tuesday, Jan. 8
Family and Friends of Murder Victims (FFMV). 7 p.m. on the 12th floor of Kaiser Hospital in Oakland. Every first Tuesday of the month. Information: JoAnn Benford, (510) 895-9440 or Helene Davis, (510) 452-2553.

Saturday, Jan. 5
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 75, 3500 Mountain Blvd., Oakland. The group is facilitated by a licensed psychotherapist and survivors and their families are welcome. Information: Claire Jeanette, (510) 843-6971.

Beginning of January
Post-abortion Healing and Bible Study Groups. In collaboration with the Diocese of Oakland, First Resort is offering an eight-week group located in Redwood City on Thursday evenings. Oakland and San Francisco groups will begin the first week of March. For more information call (510) 891-9998 or e-mail christinew@firstresort.net; or Colleen Knutsen at the diocese, (510) 267-8394.

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Friday, Dec. 21
Live in Concert: Bishop O’Dowd High School Student Musicians. 7:30 p.m. at Transfiguration Church, 4000 East Castro Valley Blvd., Castro Valley. The student musicians will be the orchestra that will accompany the Transfiguration Adult Choir. The orchestra and choir will be under the directorship of Alex Katzman, the music director at Transfiguration Parish. The orchestra and choir will also enhance the liturgies at midnight Mass on Christmas Eve and the 11 a.m. Mass on Christmas Day.

Sunday, Dec. 30
Sunday Afternoon Recitals. 3:30 p.m. at Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, 1111 Gough St., San Francisco. David Hatt, organist (415) 567-2020, ext. 213.

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Bible Study

Monday, Jan. 14
Put Your Faith to Work With the St. Charles/St. Michael’s Bible Study Group. 7:30 p.m. in the Pope John XXIII room at St. Charles Church, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. Do you struggle with inner conflicts? Do you fight to become a person of integrity and peace? Do you strive to live a more Christian life? The Letter of James invites readers to examine one’s values and points the way towards the ideals of Christian living. Join us and explore the Letter of James for eight weeks beginning Jan. 14. A $10/session donation is appreciated. Call now to reserve a place and materials. Julie at upcatholic@aol.com or (925) 447-4549, ext. 114.

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Social Justice

Thursday, Dec. 20
Maryknoll Center Movie Nights. 7 p.m. at 16300 Foothill Blvd., San Leandro. “An African Christmas,” See Christmas with the people of Bumi village in Tanzania. (510) 276-5021 or www.maryknoll.us.

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Thursday, Dec. 20
St. Mary’s High Annual Young Alumni Reunion for the Classes of 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007. 1 p.m. on the school campus, Peralta Park, Berkeley. Information: Joanne Marchetti Howe, (510) 559-6227.

Saturday, Dec. 22
Bishop O’Dowd High School. Class of 2002. 7 p.m. at Beckett’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 2271 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. Alumni and guests must pre-pay $19 per person to attend. Liz Di Giacoma, LizDiGiacoma@hotmail.com.

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Wednesday, Jan. 9
Information Night. 6:30 p.m. at Queen of All Saints School, 2391 Grant St., Concord. Now accepting applications for all grades and kindergarten. Teachers will have information about their classrooms to share with you. School office, (925) 685-8700 or website, www.qasconcord.org.

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Crab feeds

Saturday, Jan. 5
St. Patrick Parish’s Annual Crab Feast. 6 p.m. happy hour, 7 p.m. crab feasting, at St. Patrick Church, 1023 Peralta St., Oakland. Tickets: $35. No take outs or tickets sold at the door. For tickets, contact: Ester Adams, (510) 444-1081; Mary Loggins, (510) 532-5003; or Mary Washington, (510) 535-0912.

Saturday, Jan. 19
St. Joseph Notre Dame High School’s 27th Annual Island Crab Feed and Auction. At SJND Gymnasium, 1011 Chestnut St., Alameda. 5 p.m.: no-host cocktails and silent auction; 6 p.m.: dinner. Live auction and silent auctions, music, dancing, raffle, student performances, bar. Tickets: $55. Proceeds go to tuition assistance. Jennifer Costa, (510) 814-7152.

Saturday, Jan. 26
Moreau High School Booster Club 39th Annual Crab Feed and Auction. 6 – 11 p.m. at 27170 Mission Blvd., Hayward. Tickets: $36. Diana Straggas DeFrance, (510) 881-4330 or ddefrance@moreaucatholic.org.

Saturday, Feb. 2

Carondelet High School. 1133 Winton Dr., Concord. Doors open at 6 p.m., appetizers at 6:30 p.m., dinner at 7:30 p.m., dancing at 9 p.m. $45 per person. Lynn Velazquez, (925) 706-7636.



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