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 April 7, 2008   •   VOL. 46, NO. 7   •   Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

Arias for education
Famed opera singer Frederica von Stade will be a featured entertainer for the April 29 fundraiser, “Opera Returns to Broadway” at the Flood Mansion, 2222 Broadway in San Francisco. Proceeds will help St. Martin de Porres School in Oakland. Children from the west Oakland school will participate in a short program. The evening will include a silent and live auction and a buffet supper. Tickets: $100 per person. For more information: bdawson@rscj.org.


April 9, 16, 23
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.

April 10, 17, 24
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.

Monday, April 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.

Tuesday, April 15

Memorial Mass for Sister Ethel Mary Tinnemann, SNJM. 5 p.m. in McLean Chapel, Holy Names University, 3500 Mountain Blvd., Oakland. Reception to follow in Montclair Room.

Friday, April 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.

Friday, April 25
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.

Saturday, April 26
Crowning and Mass in Honor of Mary. At St. Francis of Assisi Church, 860 Oak Grove Road, Concord. The Rosary will be recited by the Catholic Daughters of the Americas at 9:30 a.m. followed by Mass at 10 a.m. Everyone is invited.

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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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Mondays, April 14, 28, May 5
Introduction to Genesis. 7 – 8:30 p.m. in Mullen Commons Vista Room, St. John Vianney Parish, 1650 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek. Presenter: Zach Flanagin, professor of Biblical Studies at St. Mary’s College in Moraga. Information: Nora Petersen,, (925) 939-7911, ext. 107 or npetersen@sjvianney.org.

Tuesday, April 8

Executive Failure – How Power Corrupts Good People
. 7 a.m. at Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Dr., Danville. Andre Delbecq, the J. Thomas and Kathleen McCarthy University Professor of Organizational Analysis and Management at the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University, will discuss leadership spirituality. The breakfast event begins with a full buffet breakfast and is preceded by Mass at 6:30 a.m. at the same location. $20 for members, $25 for non-members. (925) 389-0704 or www.catholicsatwork.org.

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.P.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.

Thursday, April 10

Poverty Truth Commission
. 5:30 p.m. at Mudd Building Room 100, Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Ave., Berkeley. The Justice Collaborative of the Graduate Theological Union will convene the first Bay Area Poverty Truth Commission. Individuals will testify on violations of their economic human rights resulting from living in poverty in the United States. Includes a reception, music, art exhibits, and networking. Information: povertytruthcommission@googlegroups.com.

Friday, April 11

East Bay Sanctuary Covenant: Celebrating 26 Years in Berkeley
. 7 p.m. at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 1640 Addison St., Berkeley. The evening will include the screening of the film, “Dying to Live” (30 minutes), which documents the plight of recent immigrants and a panel discussion by EBSC staff that includes the history of the sanctuary movement. (510) 527-0324.

Friday, April 11 – 12

Married Love and the Gift of Life Conference
. At the San Bernardino Pastoral Center in San Bernardino. Sponsored by the California Association of Natural Family Planning, this event is designed to empower all Catholics, especially those in Church ministry, to articulate Church teaching on married love and the gift of life. Speakers include Dr. Janet Smith, consultor to the Pontifical Council on the Family and Father McGivney Chair of Life Ethics at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, who will address “Theology of the Body and Humane Vitae” and “Contraception: Why Not?” and Dr. Mary Davenport of El Sobrante. Information/registration: www.CANFP.org or 1-877-33-CANFP.

Sunday, April 13

The Rapture. Noon to 1:30 p.m. at St. Augustine Church, 400 Alcatraz Ave., Oakland. Speaker: Father Michael Guinan, O.F.M., renowned scholar and professor at the Graduate Theological Union (GTU). Contact: Walt Sears, (925) 963-9341.

Reception in Honor of 2008 Goldman Award Winners
. 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. at The Women’s Building, Audre Lorde Room, 3543 18th St., #8 (between Guerrero and Valencia), San Francisco. Light refreshments served. Limited space. RSVP as soon as possible but no later than April 7 to: Kris East at KEast@Maryknoll.org or (510) 276-5021 or at http://maryknoll.us/othergame. Sponsor: Orbis Books/Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers and Lay Missioners/FoodFirst.

April 15, 29, May 13

East Bay Theology on Tap
. At the Kerry House, 4092 Piedmont Ave., Oakland. Social at 7 p.m., speakers at 7:30 p.m. April 15: Bill Sheahan, S.J. on “Unpacking the Theological Foundations of Catholic Social Teaching”; April 29: Father Leo Edgerly on “How the Spirit Works in Our Lives”; May 13: Father Tom Scirghi, S.J., on “Cathedrals and Casinos, Part II.” Sponsor: St. Leo Parish in Oakland and the Kerry House. Information: www.churchofstleothegreat.org.

Thursday, April 17

Islam, Love and Justice: A Message of Hope in a Conflicted World
. 6:30 p.m. at Pacific School of Religion, Chapel of the Great Commission, 1798 Scenic Ave., Berkeley. Omid Safi, associate professor of religious studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will give this year’s presentation of the Annual Surgit Singh Lecture in Comparative Religious Thought and Culture. Public reception at 5:30 p.m. and dessert reception immediately following lecture in the Richard S. Dinner Boardroom, Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, Graduate Theological Union. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.gtu.edu.

Saturday, April 19

SPA (Spiritual Path Awareness) Day for Women
. 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the large hall at St. Bonaventure Parish, 5562 Clayton Road, Concord. Guest speaker, Father Patrick Crowley, will present ways to revitalize one’s spiritual routine. $30 includes continental breakfast and lunch. Tickets/information: Dot Price, (925) 287-0246. Sponsor: St. Bonaventure’s Women’s Christian Fellowship.

Tuesday, April 22

Lecture Series on Catholic Identity
. 7-8 p.m. at DeLaSalle Theater, Carondelet High School, 1133 Winton Dr., Concord. Presenter: Jerome Baggett, assistant professor of religion and society at Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. (925) 686-5353, ext. 311.

Friday, April 25

Torture and Conscience
. 7:30 p.m. at First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley. Father Louis Vitale, O.F.M., recently released from five months in federal prison for protesting torture, will speak. Sponsors include: Pace e Bene, Bay Area Religious Campaign Against Torture (BARCAT), including St. Joseph the Worker Parish and social justice groups from St. Mary Magdalene and Newman Hall/Holy Spirit parishes, all in Berkeley. Freewill donation to Pace e Bene requested. (510) 499-0537.

St. Catherine of Siena: Woman of Courage for People of Courage
. 9 a.m. at St. Mary Magdalen Parish, 2005 Berryman St., Berkeley. A day to honor the Dominican doctor of the church. Includes Morning Office two presentations, Mass, and recitation of the Rosary. All are welcome. Bring a bag lunch. Tea and coffee will be served. (510) 526-6562 or (510) 526-4811. Sponsor: St. Albert Chapter of the Dominican Laity.

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Saturday, April 12
St. Mary’s College Guild Fashion Show Luncheon
. 11 a.m. at Soda Activity Center, St. Mary’s College, 1928 St. Mary’s Way, Moraga. $50 per person. Make checks payable to St. Mary’s College Guild and mail to: Mrs. Mary Power, 1860 Eagle Peak Ave., Clayton, CA 94517. Information: (925) 672-6761.
Fashion Show/Tea. 12:30 p.m. at Aitkins Community Center in Castro Valley. Fashions from Coldwater Creek in Pleasanton. $20. Sponsor: Young Ladies Institute (Y.L.I.) #166, Hayward. Reservations: Joanne, (510) 886-3329.

Thursday, April 17

Dominican Guild of the East Bay Salad Bar Luncheon and Bingo
. Noon at St. Joseph Hall, 43222 Mission Blvd., Fremont. $8 ticket includes luncheon and two bingo cards. Prizes for the bingo and raffle. Proceeds benefit the charitable works of the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose. Sister Evelyn, (510) 657-2468.

Saturday, April 19

Salesian High School 12th Annual Silent/Live Auction and Raffle
. 6:30 p.m. at Salesian High School Gymnasium, 2851 Salesian Ave., Richmond. Includes no-host spirits, hors d’oeuvres, silent and live auction and raffle. $25 per person (before April 14), $30 per person (after April 14). Tickets: Linda O’Neill, msoneill@pacbell.net or Shannon Looper, SHSauction2008@sbcglobal.net.

Sunday, April 20

Pancake Breakfast. 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Mercy Church, 301 West Richmond Ave., Point Richmond. $8 per person. Raffle. Susan Brooks, (510) 237-9464. “Join us for 9:30 a.m. Mass.)

Saturday, April 26

Card Party and Salad Bar Luncheon
. 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at St. John Church Community Center, 264 East Lewelling Blvd., San Lorenzo. $12 per person donation. Advance paid reservations required. Sponsor: St. Gerard Women’s Club. Information/tickets: (510) 278-2405.

. 4:30 p.m. at St. Mary Parish, 2039 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek. Begins with liturgy and includes social, dinner by Taqueria El Balazo and silent auction. Tickets: $25 adults, $12 children. Reservation deadline: April 13. (510) 635-7252.

Pasta and Bingo Family Night Out
. At St. Catherine of Siena Parish Hall, 604 Mellus St., Martinez (enter hall on Henrietta Street.) 5:30 p.m. social (following the 4:30 p.m. Mass), 6 p.m. dinner. Tickets: $9 adults, $5 children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased after Masses or by contacting Tom Cook, (925) 229-2665. Sponsor: Italian Catholic Federation Branch #13.

Mercy Retirement Center’s Casino Royale Nite
. 7 – 11 p.m. at St. Paschal Parish, 3700 Dorisa Ave., Oakland. An evening with games of chance, hosted cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and dessert. Tickets are $60 and include live music performed by Jazz 4U. Fundraiser for the Center’s Charitable Care Program. Katherine Cook, (510) 534-8540, ext. 322.

Wednesday, April 30

I.C.F. Branch 72 Casino Bus Trip
. Departing at 8 a.m. from Good Shepherd Church, 3200 Harbor St. in Pittsburg, to Jackson Rancheria. Returning to the parish at 5 p.m. Cost: $30 (adults 21+), $22 back. RSVP by April 15 to Joann Thilgen, 4661 Teakwood Court, Oakley, CA 94561 or (925) 625-0863.

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Thursday, April 17
Catholic Divorced Widowed and Separated of Contra Costa
. 7 p.m. at St. Mary Church, 2039 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek. Meetings are free and all are welcome. Joan, (925) 939-1007.

April 17 – June 5

Series on Grief. 7:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton, 4001 Stoneridge Dr., Pleasanton. Pre-registration is required for this eight-week series. Space is limited. All are welcome regardless of religious affiliation. Joan Bell, (925) 828-6864.

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Saturday, April 12
Evening at the Play: “Steal Away” by Ramona King
. 6:45 p.m. (reception), 8 p.m. (showtime) at Black Repertory Group Theater, 3201 Adeline St., Berkeley. $25 donation. Sponsor: The Isabel Kellum Scholarship Committee of St. Columba Parish in Oakland. St. Columba Parish Office, (510) 654-7600.

Spring Performances: Golden Gate Boys Choir and Bellringers
. 7 p.m. at Swiss Park, 5911 Mowry Ave., Newark. Meal and concert. The GGBC&BR is an independent, non-profit organization committed to the tradition of boy choir training. (510) 887-4311, ggbcbr@aol.com, or www.ggbc.org.

Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir’s Annual Free Gospel Concert
. 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) at First Congregational Church of Oakland, 27th and Harrison streets. Free admission. A free will offering will be taken. (510) 873-0338 or www.oigc.org.

Sunday, April 13

My Favorite Things Cabaret
. 4 00 7 p.m. at St. Paschal Baylon Parish, 3700 Dorisa Ave., Oakland. The Cabaret will be 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. Prizes for best costumes. Tickets: $20 each. Buy a block of 10 tickets, get the 10th ticket free. (510) 636-0335.

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Bible Study

April 7 – May 19
Revelation – God’s Gift of Hope. 7:30 p.m. in the Pope John XXIII room at St. Charles Borromeo Parish, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. In Revelations John gives insight into the life God has planned for those who are faithful. All are welcome. Information/reservations: upcatholic@aol.com or (925) 447-4549, ext. 114.

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