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 March 10, 2008   •   VOL. 46, NO. 5   •   Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

Sharing life lessons
Terry Healey, local speaker, businessman and survivor of a disfiguring cancer, will share his inspiring story of tragedy, obstacles and ultimately, triumph, at St. Charles Borromeo Parish, 1315 Lomitas Ave. on March 13 from 9:30 – 11 a.m. Healey will autograph his book, “At Face Value,” which will be on sale after his presentation. Free will offering. Information: Mary at (925) 454-9919 or Jutta at (925) 245-0721.


Tuesday, March 11
Lenten Days of Renewal at San Damiano Retreat Center. At 710 Highland Dr., Danville. Father Evan Howard, presenter, on “Betrayal at Gethseman.” $20 cost includes lunch. Information/reservations: (925) 837-9141, x315 or www.sandamiano.org.

Wednesday, March 12
Soup Suppers and Reflections. 5:30 – 7:15 p.m. at St. Augustine Church Hall, 400 Alcatraz Ave., Oakland.

Wednesdays, March 12, 19
Lectio Divina – Scripture Faith Sharing. 7:30 – 9 p.m. in the Motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, Main Parlor, 43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont. Information: Sister Beth Quire, O.P., (510) 657-2468 or beth@msjdominicans.org.

Young Adult Lenten Faith-Sharing Series. 7:30 p.m. in Christ the Light Modular, 707 Jefferson St., Oakland. Young adults are invited until Easter to discuss Catholic social teachings. Refreshments will be offered. YA Mass to be held March 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the parish chapel inside the church.

March 20 – 23
Holy Week on Holy Ground. At San Damiano Retreat Center in Danville. The Holy Week liturgies hold images of Jesus as he journeys to and beyond the cross. Awaken your heart to this journey as you experience the sacred, with periods of silence, during this three-day retreat. Awaken Sunday to the joys and new life of Easter. Presented by Fathers Ray Bucher, O.F.M.; Rusty Shaughnessy, O.F.M.; Evan Howard, O.F.M.; and Rena Grant, M.F.T. $225 private room/$190 shared room, includes six meals. Reservations: Kateri, (925) 837-9141, ext. 315 or visit www.sandamiano.org.

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Monday, March 10
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.

March 12, 19, 26
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.

Thursday, March 13
Diocesan Chrism Mass. 7 p.m. at St. Felicitas Church, 1662 Manor Blvd., San Leandro.

March 13, 20, 27
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, March 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.

Friday, March 28
Taize. 8 p.m. at St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St., Alameda. An ecumenical, candlelight service of prayer in chants and meditation. Every fourth Friday. Information: taize_on_the_island@yahoo.com or www.geocities.com/taizeontheisland.

Sunday, April 6
30th Annual SPRED Diocesan Liturgy. 10:30 a.m. at St. Paschal Baylon Church, 3700 Dorisa Ave., Oakland. Presider: Bishop Allen Vigneron. Information: (510) 635-7251 or www.spredoakdiocese.igc.org.

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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, Saturdays
7 a.m. – 9 p.m. (Thursdays. and Fridays), 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Saturdays) at St. Mary Church, 2039 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek. (925) 891-8900.

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April 4 – 6
Married Couples Retreat. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. This retreat is for good marriages and those couples who want a better marriage, especially one which is connected to the call of God. Facilitators: Father Rusty Shaughnessy, O.F.M., with Richard and Carla Obernesser. (925) 837-9141, ext 315 or www.sandamiano.org.

Dancing With Your Shadow. At Vallambrosa Center, 250 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park. A Christian meditation retreat presented by Kim Nataraja, a Benedictine Oblate. Jeannie Battagin, (510) 849-2181 or jbjerenow@msn.com.

Saturday, April 5
Young Adults Retreat. 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. “Day of Sacredness.” $45, lunch is included. Presented by Kevin Alsup, Paula Jenkins, Julie Calderon, Marc Lising, Rebecca Storey, Eileen Salinas, Tamara Grippi, Ron Hubbard and Earl Rivard. (925) 837-9141, ext. 315 or www.sandamiano.org.

Saturday, April 12
Women’s Retreat. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at St. Columba Church Hall, 6401 San Pablo Ave., Oakland. Facilitator: Sister Eva Marie Lumas, S.S.S., assistant professor of religious education and culture, Franciscan School of Theology, Berkeley. Theme: “Exploring the Fruit of the Spirit.” $15 pre-registration; $20 at the door. Fee includes materials, continental breakfast and lunch.

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Tuesday, March 11
Catholics@Work. 7 a.m. at the Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Dr., Danville. John LaBriola, EWTN radio personality and author will speak on the power of “Christ-Centered Selling.” Begins with full buffet breakfast; preceded by Mass at 6:30 a.m. at the same location. Cost is $20 for members, $25 for non-members. (925) 389-0704 or www.catholicsatwork.org.

Maryknoll Mission Forum. 7:30 p.m. in the Maryknoll Mission Center, 16300 Foothill Blvd., San Leandro. Deacon Matt Dulka will share stories from his recent visit to Tanzania in eastern Africa. (510) 276-5370.

Tuesdays, March 11, 18, 25

Father Corapi DVD Catechism Series. 7 p.m. at Glad Tidings Bookstore, 6700 Santa Rita Road, Pleasanton. Free. Bring pen, paper and folding chair. Refreshments will be served. 1-(888)-887-9463.

Thursday, March 13
Franciscan Vision Series: “Pilgrimage to Manzanar.” 5:10 – 6:10 p.m. (soup supper to follow) at Franciscan School of Theology, 1712 Euclid Ave., Berkeley. Manzanar is the former World War II site of Japanese American internment. Presenters: Joanne Doi, M.M., Franciscan School Adjunct Assistant Professor of Intercultural Theologies and Ministry, and Vivian Clausing, Pilgrimage participants. Information: Clare Ronzani, (510) 848-5232 or cronzani@fst.edu.

Friday, March 14
An Evening with Bob McClory. 7 – 9 p.m. at St. Stephen Church, 1101 Keaveny Court, Walnut Creek. The author and educator will discuss why he believes the Catholic Church is becoming – inevitably – more democratic. Free will donations will be accepted to cover travel costs. (650) 814-2223.

March 14 – 16
Divine Mercy Annual Congress 2008. At the Oakland Convention Center, 1001 Broadway, Oakland. Participants include: Oakland Bishop Allen Vigneron, San Francisco Auxiliary Bishop Ignatius Wang, and Father Mark Wiesner, pastor, St. Augustine Parish in Oakland. (510) 412-4715, DivineMercyJesus@aol.com or www.divinemercywestcoast.org.

Saturday, March 15
Annual J.K. Russell Research Conference in Religion and Science. 9:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. at the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) Board Room, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley. “Twenty Years after the New View from Rome: Pope John Paul II on Science and Religion.” This year’s conference features 2008 J.K. Russell Research Fellow, George Coyne, S.J., former director of the Vatican Observatory, along with respondents from the GTU/CTNS community. (510) 848-8152. Sponsor: The Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (CTNS).

March 17, April 1
Changing Leadership Lecture Series. 7 p.m. at Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, 1735 LeRoy Ave., Berkeley. March 17: “Traveling Light – The Substance and Style of Peter-Hans Kolvenbach,” presented by Father Howard J. Gray, S.J., special assistant to the president at Georgetown University and a delegate to the 33rd and 34th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus which elected Father Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J. as superior general of the Society; April 1: “Future Directions for the Jesuits: Adolfo Nicolas and General Congregation 35,” by Father Joseph P. Daoust, S.J., JSTB president and a delegate to the 35th General Congregation which elected Father Nicolas in January. Free admission. (510) 549-5046.

Tuesday, March 18
“The Dance of the Fertile Universe: Did God Do It?” 7 – 9 p.m. at Gesu Chapel, 1735 Le Roy Ave., Berkeley. Public forum by George Coyne, S.J., former director of the Vatican Observatory. Free and open to the public. Sponsors: The Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (CTNS) and the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley (JSTB). (510) 848-8152.

March 28, 29
Annual Lecture and Workshop on the Catholic Intellectual Life by the John S. Cummins Institute for Catholic Thought, Culture and Action. In Hagerty Lounge, De La Salle Hall, St. Mary’s College, 1928 St. Mary’s Road., Moraga. Father James Heft, S.M., founding director of the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at the University of Southern California, will talk about “The Intellectual Appeal of Catholicism.” Program includes public lectures and discussions with Father Heft, dinner, one-man play by SMC Professor Dan Cawthon and Mass. Registration deadline is March 14. Information: Darcy Tarbell, (925) 631-4040 or dtarbell@stmarys-ca.edu.

Saturday, April 5
John F. Henning Institute Episcopal Lecture Series: Reflections on Ex Corde Eccelesia. St. Mary’s College, 1928 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga. Archbishop J. Michael Miller, C.S.B. of Vancouver, British Columbia, will talk about “What Makes Catholic Higher Education Distinctive? From John Paul II to Benedict XVI.” Luncheon from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.; seminars discussing Ex Corde from 1:45 – 3:15 p.m. Lecture by Archbishop Miller from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in LeFevre Theatre. Mass in the chapel at 5:15 p.m. Contact: Ted Tsukahara, (925) 631-4176.

April 8, 15, 22
God and Sex: Understanding What the Church Teaches and Why. 7:30 – 9 p.m. in the Doolan Center at St. Edward School, 5788 Thornton Ave., Newark. Father Jeffrey Keyes, C.C.P.S., pastor, will discuss: “Catholic Moral Teaching” on April 8; “The Spousal Significance of the Body,” on April 15; “Virtues, Vices, and Catholic Life” on April 22. Information: (510) 797-0241.

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Friday, March 14
St. Callistus Church Annual Salad Bar Luncheon. 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the church hall at 3580 San Pablo Dam Road, El Sobrante. All are invited. $8 each (at the door). Raffle and door prizes.

St. Patrick’s Day Fish Fry. At Father Howard Community Center, 1640 10th St., Oakland. Dinner served: 4:30 – 8:30 p.m.; lunch available 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (if pre-ordered by March 12). Dinner includes: catfish or red snapper, potato salad, green beans, bread, dessert. To pre-order lunch call: (510) 444-1081 (1 – 5 p.m.); (510) 532-5003 (daytime); (510) 538-4242 (daytime); (510) 535-0912 (after 6 p.m.) Music and Dancing. $12 adults, $6.50 children (10 and under).

Saturday, March 15
Fashions on the Green X. Noon at San Ramon Royal Vista Golf Club, 9430 Fircrest Lane, San Ramon. Fashions provided by House of Fashions, Alamo. $30 per person. Information/reservations: Kay Horsell, (925) 829-0949 or 7687 Tuscany Dr., Dublin, CA 94568. Sponsor: Oakland Diocesan Council of Catholic Women.

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance. At St. John’s Community Center, 264 East Lewelling Blvd., San Lorenzo. Doors open at 6 p.m. Menu includes corned beef or chicken, cabbage, carrots, potato. Music provided by DJ Clyde Ortiz. $15. Reservations: The Spores, (510) 278-4316 or Bill Katen, (510) 276-6138.

Sunday, March 16
Turning the Tables – A Volunteer Event at St. Mary’s Center. 1:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Center, 925 Brockhurst St., Oakland. The non-profit organization, which serves seniors and children in Oakland, will honor over three decades of volunteers at its new home. Limited seating. RSVP to Julie Merrill, (510) 923-9600, ext. 222, or Sister Marilyn Medau, ext. 220.

March 26
Spring Salad Bar Luncheon. Noon at St. Jerome’s Rohan Hall, 308 Carmel Ave., El Cerrito. Proceeds will benefit the students of St. Jerome and St. John schools. Tickets: $12 per person. Reservations are necessary and may be obtained by calling Annette Bishop, (510) 526-9742 or June Felker, (510) 524-9827. Deadline: March 22. No tickets will be sold at the door. Sponsor: Mother of Perpetual Help Institute #159, Y.L.I.

Saturday March 29
Swingin’ Bingo. 7 p.m. at St. Michael Parish Hall, 372 Maple St., Livermore. $10 per person (includes 1 bingo packet for 10 games). Listen or dance to DJ – JB Smooth Sounds. Fundraiser for Children’s Hospital, Oakland, Cooley’s Anemia Research and ICF Scholarship Branch 285 Tri-Valley Scholarship Program. Beverages, cookies and chips will be available for purchase. Reservation deadline: March 27. Call Helen W., (925) 462-3798 or Mary G., (925) 447-8471. If unable to attend, donations will be accepted. Send to Helen Wirtenson, 4071 Moselle Court, Pleasanton, CA 94566.

Saturday, April 5
St. Michael Parish Annual Dinner Dance and Auction. 5:30 – 11 p.m. at Robert Livermore Community Center. $45. Proceeds benefit St. Michael K-8 grade school, youth ministry, Hispanic ministry, English and Spanish Faith Formation programs and adult education. Tickets/donations: (925) 447-1585.
Third Annual Queen of All Saints Casino Night. 6 p.m. to midnight at the Concord Hilton. The evening includes dinner, dancing, gambling, live/silent auction, and raffle. All process to support QAS School. $60. Reservations/information: Mary Gatz, (925) 685-8700.

Sunday, April 6
A Spring Gala. 4:30 – 7 p.m. in parish hall at Santa Maria Church, 40 Santa Maria Way, Orinda. Main fundraiser for A Friendly Manor (26-bed housing) and A Friendly Place (drop in hospitality center for homeless women in Oakland). Cocktails and light buffet. Silent auction and basket raffle. $25 donation per person. Contact: Terry Saltiel, (925) 945-7833 or Barbara Broach, (925) 934-6725.

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Thursdays, March 13, 27
Grief Support Group. 7:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton, 4001 Stoneridge Dr., Pleasanton. Joan Bell, (925) 828-6864.

Thursday, March 20
Catholic Divorced Widowed and Separated of Contra Costa. 7 – 9:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 2039 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek. For anyone struggling from a loss due to separation, divorce or death. Meetings are free. Joan S., (925) 939-1007.

Tuesday, April 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 75, 3500 Mountain Blvd., Oakland. Facilitated by a licensed psychotherapist. Survivors and their families are welcome. Claire Jeanette, (510) 843-6971.

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March 27, 28
Damien: Passion, Faith and Fury. 8 p.m. in the Soda Activity Center, St. Mary’s College, 1928 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga. Dan Cawthon, performing arts professor at St. Mary’s College, stars as Father Damien in Aldyth Morris’ powerful play about the Belgian-born priest whose devotion to the people of the leper colony on Molokai brought him international acclaim and excruciating personal conflicts. Tickets: $25 general; $20 seniors (65+); $2 SMC students; $12 SMC faculty, staff and non-SMC students. (925) 631-4381 or www.stmarys-ca.edu. Sponsor: Committee for Lectures, Art and Music.

Sunday, April 13
My Favorite Things Caberet. 4 00 7 p.m. at St. Paschal Baylon Parish, 3700 Dorisa Ave., Oakland. An Easter season parish and family celebration. The second half of the program will be a sing-along medley of all songs from the movie, “The Sound of Music.” All ages are invited. People are encouraged at attend in costumes related to the movie. There will be prizes for best costumes and more. Tickets: $20 each. Buy a block of 10 tickets get the 10th ticket free. (510) 636-0335.

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