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 January 21, 2008   •   VOL. 46, NO. 2   •   Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events


Friday, Jan. 18
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.

Jan. 23, 30, Feb. 6
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.

Contemplative Hour with the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose. 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. in the Motherhouse Chapel, 43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont. RSVP: Sister Beth Quire, O.P., (510) 657-2468 or beth@msjdominicans.org.

Thursdays, Jan. 24, 31, Feb. 7
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, Jan. 25
Family Candlelight Rosary. 7:30 p.m. at St. Isidore Church, 440 La Gonda Way, Danville. The Respect Life Ministry with the help of the Young Ladies Institute, the International Rosary Committee, Knights of Columbus, St. Isidore’s Youth Group and the Legion of Mary, will represent each prayer with a lighted candle. Diana Nagy, who dedicated the proceeds from her latest hit to wounded U.S. Armed Service personnel, will be the soloist. All are invited to attend, children are welcome. Babysitting provided.

Feb. 15 – 18
Men’s Cursillo Weekend. At Holy Redeemer Center, 8945 Golf Links Road, Oakland. A Cursillo weekend is a “short course in Christianity” where participants will encounter Christ in themselves and others. Nita Volker, (925) 828-9442 or Carolyn Steele, (925) 648-4890.

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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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Jan. 25 – 27
Silent Retreat for Women and Men: There are Larger Places. At San Damiano Retreat Center, 710 Highland Dr., Danville. Facilitator: Paula D’Arcy. Giving our hearts to God is only the beginning. Then the walk of faith begins, taking us to places we never anticipated, asking us to belong with great fidelity to something deep within. What are you being called to embrace? $220/$190. (925) 837-9141 or www.sandamiano.org.

Jan. 29 – 31
Mid-Life Workshop: The Terrible Blessing of the Journey. At San Damiano Retreat Center, 710 Highland Dr., Danville. Facilitators: Paula D’Arcy and Father Rusty Shaughnessy, O.F.M. Participants will explore issues that challenge them at mid-life. Cost includes six meals. $220 private/$190 shared room. (925) 837-9141 or www.sandamiano.org.

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Tuesday, Jan. 22
Tri-Valley CARES Movie Night (with popcorn). 7:30 p.m. at 749 Hazel St., Livermore. The story of three Dominican nuns and their 2002 Plowshares action at a Minuteman II missile site in rural Colorado. (45 min.) RSVP: (925) 443-7148.

Jan. 22 – 24
Pacific School of Religion Earl Lectures. At First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley. Speakers will address religion, environment, and social justice issues. 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 fee for the workshops: $125.

Focus the Nation: Global Warming Solutions for America. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Soda Center, St. Mary’s College, 1928 Saint Mary’s Road, Moraga. The event, which includes a daylong Eco-Fair and evening symposium, is part of a national teach-in on climate change that involves more than 1,000 colleges, schools, civic groups and faith organizations. The Eco-Fair will feature green vendors, advocacy groups and nonprofit organizations working for a sustainable future while the symposium (7 p.m.) will feature experts discussing the challenges and opportunities presented by climate change. Information: Stephen Woolpert, (925) 631-4609 or http://stmarys-ca.edu/news-and-events/focus-the-nation.

Jan. 27, 28, 29, 30

Parish Mission. At St. Agnes Parish, 3966 Chestnut Ave., Concord. Led by Brian Casey from Good News Ministries of Seattle. Theme: “Our Walk in His Footsteps.” Jan. 28: Casey will introduce himself at all the Masses. First session, 7:30 – 9 p.m.; Jan. 28 – 30: 9 – 10:30 a.m. morning session; 7 – 8:30 p.m. evening session. Morning and evening sessions differ from one another. Parish office: (925) 689-0838.

Thursday, Jan. 31
Smart Discipline — A Seminar for Parents. 7 – 9 p.m. at St. Bonaventure Church, 5562 Clayton Road, Concord. Parents will receive guidance on stopping fighting and bickering, ending disrespectful language, how to help kids become self-motivated, and more. $15 per person or $25 per couple (pay at the door). Contact: Patti Collyer, (925) 672-5800 or patti.collier@stbonaventure.net.

Friday, Feb. 1
Palestine Overview. 7 p.m. at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 1640 Addison St., Berkeley. “Into the Grey — Perspectives from Nablus, Palestine,” a multimedia presentation by Mark Turner. Sponsor: The Father Bill O’Donnell Social Justice Committee.

Sunday, Feb. 17
Sister Janet Ruffing to Speak on Elisabeth Leseur. 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. at Mercy Center, 2300 Adeline Dr., Burlingame. Mercy Sister Janet Ruffing presents an afternoon of reflection and discussion centering on the life of Elisabeth Leseur, who found the path of lay vocation for herself a century ago and shines as a spiritual pioneer foreshadowing Vatican II. $25. (650) 340-7474.

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Saturday, Jan. 26
Fun Trip to Thunder Valley Indian Casino. 7:45 a.m.: bus departs from San Pablo Park in Berkeley, return approximate 5:30 p.m. Refreshments, raffle, prizes. Tickets: $30, Cash/credit/food: $15. Sponsor: St. Columba Church Scholarship Committee. Information: Marolyn Jackson, (510) 799-3845, Myrtle Newsome, (510) 848-5374 or parish office, (510) 654-7600.

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.

2nd Annual Mardi Gras Casino Night. 6 – 10 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, 264 East Lewelling Blvd., San Lorenzo. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Includes appetizers and no-host bar. (510) 351-5050.

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. Proceeds go to complete the renovation of the 75-year-old tower of St. Margaret Mary Church. Lilly Mullen, (925) 827-1946 or lilypad@sysmatrix.net.

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.

Saturday, Feb. 2
Old Fashioned Mardi Gras Party and Dinner Dance. 5 p.m.: no-host cocktails, 6 p.m.: dinner at St. Columba Church Hall, 6401 San Pablo Ave., Oakland. Music, food, raffles, door prizes and no-host bar. $20 donation. (510) 654-7600 or stcolumba@sbcglobal.net.

Sunday, Feb. 10
Valentine’s Day Breakfast. 7:30 – 11:30 a.m. at St. Callistus church hall, 3580 San Pablo Dam Road, El Sobrante. Menu: scrambled eggs, homemade sausage, homemade biscuits and cinnamon rolls, fresh fruit, coffee and juice. $7 for adults, $5 children ages 5 – 12, no charge under age 5. Sponsor: St. Callistus Guild.

Friday, Feb. 15
Valentine Celebration. 7:30 Mass with renewal of marriage vows, 8:30 p.m. dance, at St. Augustine Church and hall, 3999 Bernal Ave., Pleasanton. Tickets: $15 donation per couple, or $8 donation per person. DJ and dancing, refreshments, no-host bar and 50/50 raffles. Child care provided during dance hours. Space limited to 200 couples so RSVP early. (925) 426-6025 or (925) 846-7329.

Saturday, Feb. 16
Salad Bar Luncheon/Fashion Show. Noon at St. Joseph School, 1961 Plum St., Pinole. $12 donation includes luncheon and fashion show. Also door and raffle prizes. Sponsor: St. Anne’s Y.L.I. #78. Proceeds for charities. Tickets: Carol, (510) 758-5285.

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Jan. 24
Healing for Those Who Are Grieving. 7:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Dr., Pleasanton. Everyone is welcome, regardless of religious affiliation to join this bi-monthly group. Joan, (925) 828-6864.

Saturday, Feb. 2
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.

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Sundays, Jan. 27, Feb. 3
Sunday Afternoon Recitals. 3:30 p.m. at Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, 1111 Gough St., San Francisco. Jan. 27: Bonnie Rasmusen, violin, and Jeanette Wilkin Tietze, piano. Brahmns Violin Sonata; Feb. 3: Christoph Tietze, organist. A free-will offering will be requested at the door. (415) 567-2020, ext. 213.

Tuesday, Jan. 29
Fireworks. 8 p.m. at St. Mary’s College Soda Center, 1928 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga. The eight-member band redefines the chamber music experience with its fusion of classical, rock, jazz and world music traditions. $25 general, $20 seniors (65 and over), $12 for non-SMC students, SMC faculty and staff, $2 for SMC students. Reservations: (925) 631-4381.

Jan. 30-31, Feb. 1-3
Annual Rawn Harbor Liturgy Music Workshop 2008. At St. Columba Church, 6401 San Pablo Ave., Oakland. Rehearsals: Jan. 30 – 31 and Feb. 1: 7 – 9 p.m.; Feb. 2: 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Lunch will be provided.) Workshop Choir Sings: Feb. 3, 10:30 a.m. Mass. (Choir gathers at 9:30 a.m.) Choir directors, choir members and all others who love to praise the Lord in song are welcome. Conducted by Rawn Harbor, pastoral associate and director of liturgy, St. Columba Parish in Oakland. Donation: $20. (510) 654-7600.

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Lenten spirituality

Wednesday, Feb. 6
Ash Wednesday Day of Prayer: “And This Shall Be a Sign to You.” 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Jesuit Retreat Center of Los Altos, 300 Manresa Way, Palo Alto. Presenter: Jesuit Father Kevin Ballard, a spiritual director and retreat director at JRC. $50. (650) 948-4491; retreat@srclosaltos.org; or www.jrclosaltos.org.

Feb. 6 – March 11
Lenten Days of Renewal at San Damiano Retreat Center. At 710 Highland Dr., Danville. Feb. 6 (Ash Wednesday): Father Rusty Shaughnessy, O.F.M., presenter. The day includes the distribution of ashes; Feb. 19: Father Shaughnessy, presenter, Feb. 25: Emeritus Bishop John Cummins, presenter and homilist; March 11: Father Evan Howard, presenter. The cost for each day, including lunch and Eucharist, is $20. Information/reservations: (925) 837-9141, x315 or www.sandamiano.org.

Feb. 11 – March 3
Jesus Alive – Lenten Speaker Series at St. Bonaventure Parish. 7:30 p.m. at 5562 Clayton Road, Concord. Explore new ways to integrate your Catholic faith and beliefs into your everyday life. This inspirational series promises to educate, encourage and inspire you in your daily activities and walk with the Lord. Week 1 (Feb. 11): “Jesus Alive.” Presenter: Sister Rose Marie Hennessy, principal at St. Elizabeth School, Oakland; Week 2 (Feb. 20): “Jesus Alive in the Family.” Presenter: Maurine Behrend, director, Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Catholic Charities of the East Bay; Week 3 (Feb. 26): “Jesus Alive in the Community.” Presenter: John Fitzgerald, Department of Justice Education at St. Anthony’s Foundation in San Francisco; Week 4 (March 3): “Jesus Alive in the Parish.” Presenter: Rich Fowler, director of Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Stockton. Questions? Contact Patti Collyer, (925) 672-5800.

Feb. 12 and 26
Lenten Series: “Embracing Hope Through Creative Expression.” 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at St. Monica Church, 1001 Camino Pablo, Moraga. All are welcome to this free event featuring Chiara’s Lantern from San Damiano Retreat Center. Babysitting is available for a small fee. Kimberly, (925) 631-0792.

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crab feeds

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.

Knights of Columbus Council, # 7683 13th Annual Crab Feed. In the new St. Monica’s Peace Room, 1001 Camino Pablo in Moraga. 6 p.m.: appetizers and no-host cocktails; 7:30 p.m.: dinner. Chicken is available when ordered in advance. Raffle follows dinner. Tickets: $45 and must be reserved and paid for in advance. Round tables of eight available for $350. Contact: Karl Anderson, (925) 283-3679.

Holy Names High School’s 18th Annual Crab Feed and Silent Auction
. At 4660 Harbord Dr., Oakland. 6 p.m.: social hour and silent auction, no-host bar; 7 p.m.: crab dinner. $40 per person. Sponsorship opportunities available. (510) 450-1110, ext. 112. All proceeds benefit Holy Names High School students and programs.

St. Francis of Assisi Crab Feed. At 860 Oak Grove Road, Concord. Doors of the parish family center open at 6:30 p.m. with appetizers and no-host bar, dinner at 7:30 p.m. $40 per person. Contact Fred Schaub, (925) 930-8470 or fschaub@pacbell.net.

Saturday, Feb. 2
St. Elizabeth High School’s 20th Annual Auction and Crab Feed. At the Colombo Club, 5321 Claremont Ave., Oakland. 5:30 p.m.: social hour and silent auction; 7:30 p.m.: crab dinner (chicken available for non-crab lovers); 8:30 p.m.: live auction and raffle. Proceeds benefit the SEHS Tuition Assistance Fund. Tickets will not be sold at the door. Contact: Sarah Guthrie, (510) 532-6473.

CYO Crab Feed. At All Saints Church, 22824 Second St., Hayward. 6 – 7 p.m.no-host cocktails, 7 – 9 p.m. dinner (crab, pasta, salad, French bread), 9 – 11 p.m. dancing. $40 per person. Questions/tickets: Carole Adami, (510) 581-6247.

Saturday, Feb. 9
St. Leander Parish. At Ryan-O’Connell Hall, 575 W. Estudillo Ave., San Leandro. 5:30 p.m.: no-host bar, 6:30 p.m.: dinner which includes crab, salad, pasta, ice cream. Silent dessert auction, 50-50 raffle. Display of sports memorabilia for sale. $35 per person, $40 after Feb. 3. (510) 895-5631.

The Friends of the Dragon Crab and Pasta Feed. At Bishop O’Dowd High School, 9500 Stearns Ave., Oakland. 6 p.m.: appetizers and no-host bar, beer garden, martini and fine wine bar, silent and live sports auction; 7:30 p.m.: dinner with dancing to follow. $55 per person. Tickets are only available to guests 21 and older. Information: www.bishopodowd.orgor Kathy Knutson, crabfeed@bishopodowd.org. A benefit for BOD’s Sports Program.

St. Ambrose Fifth Annual Crab Fest. At 1145 Gilman St., Berkeley. 6 p.m.: no-host cocktails, 7 p.m.: dinner. $40 per person. Limited seating. Reservations: (415) 246-3698 or mary@markingco.com. Tickets must be paid by Feb. 3. No ticket sales at the door.

Our Lady of Guadalupe School Crab Feed. 6 – 11 p.m., with dancing starting at 9 p.m., at Holy Spirit Church Hall on Fremont Blvd., Fremont. $45 per person. (510) 657-1674.

School of the Madeleine’s 40th Annual Crab Feed. In the parish hall, 2005 Berryman St., Berkeley. 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.: cocktails and raffle; 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.: dinner; 8:30 – 11:30 p.m.: dancing to “Full Tilt Boogie.” Tickets: $45 per person. (510) 734-7909.

Saturday, Feb. 16
Transfiguration Parish Crab Feed. At 4000 E. Castro Valley Blvd., Castro Valley. 5 p.m.: no-host cocktails; 6 p.m. dinner. Chicken dinner available as an alternative. Music, dancing, 50/50 raffle along with raffle prizes complete the entertainment. Tickets: $37, will be sold after each Mass starting Jan. 25 and ending Feb. 10 or call Sunita D’Costa at (510) 733-2500.

St. Leo’s Annual Crab Feed. 7 – 10 p.m. at St. Leo’s Gymnasium, 175 Ridgeway Ave., Oakland. Seating begins at 7 p.m., food service at 7:30 p.m. $45 for individual tickets: dine-in open seating (includes all-you-can-eat crab, salad, hot pasta, and roll); $45 for “To-Go” packages (pick up between 6 and 7 p.m. and includes two whole seasoned crabs, salad, pasta and roll); $450 for a table for 10, reserved seating (includes all-you-can-eat crab, salad, hot pasta, and role for 10, plus 10 raffle tickets and 20 beverage tickets). Advance tickets by Feb. 1. No tickets at the door. Tickets: mail checks to St. Leo the Great School, 3238 Howe St., Oakland, CA 94611. Alison McElroy, (510) 207-1945.

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Tuesday, Jan. 22
Maryknoll Affiliates Monthly Meeting: Potluck and Covenant Ritual. 7 p.m. at the Maryknoll Center, 16300 Foothill Blvd., San Leandro. Potluck theme: Polish food. After dinner the founding members of the East Bay Maryknoll Affiliates will formally commit themselves as affiliates at the Covenent. (510) 276-5021 or sanfrancisco@maryknoll.org.

Saturday, Jan. 26
Kappa Gamma Pi, the San Francisco East Bay Chapter. 11:30 a.m. at Buca di Beppo, 855 Howard St., San Francisco. The networking meeting will include the three subchapters: San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and Oakland. Call Betty Hopkins, chapter president, by Jan. 22, if you plan to attend. (510) 821-1042.

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Sunday, Jan. 27
Open House. 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at St. Agnes School, 3886 Chestnut Ave., Concord. All are welcomed to attend the 9 a.m. Mass prior to the Open House. In addition there will be a Book Fair from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the school’s library. Applications for prospective students grades K-8 for the 2008-2009 school year will be available in the school office that day. Applications will be accepted through the month of February. Kindergarten testing will be held on March 1. Testing for all other grades will be held on March 5. (925) 689-3990.



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