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 April 21, 2008   •   VOL. 46, NO. 8   •   Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

Sister of the stage
Adrian Dominican Sister Nancy Murray, sister of actor Bill Murray, will present her acclaimed one-woman show, “Catherine of Siena: A Woman For Our Times,” at St. Dominic Church, 2390 Bush St. in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m. on May 9 and 10. Tickets: $15 each. Presented by the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley. Information: (510) 883-2085 or Advancement@dspt.org.

Walking the walk
Franciscan Father Louis Vitale, recently released from federal prison where he was held for five months for protesting torture, will speak about “Torture and Conscience” at 7:30 p.m. on April 25 at the First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way in Berkeley. Sponsors include: Pace e Bene and Bay Area Religious Campaign Against Torture (BARCAT). Freewill donation to Pace e Bene requested. (510) 499-0537.


April 23, 30, May 7
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 24, May 1, 8

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, 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 Honoring 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.

Monday, May 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.

Friday, May 16

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.

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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 25 – 27
Gay and Lesbian Catholics Retreat
. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. The U.S. Catholic Bishops in their 1998 pastoral letter, “Always Our Children,” affirmed: “You are also of God, gifted and called for a purpose in God’s design.” This retreat will focus on the giftedness and mission of gay and lesbian people of faith. Presentations, opportunities for prayer time, small group sharing, healing prayer, and Sunday Eucharist. (925) 837-9141, ext. 315, or www.sandamiano.org.

Monday, April 28

Parish Ministers Retreat with the Risen Jesus
. 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. The focus will be on Scriptural reflection on Jesus’ risen presence, peace, Eucharist and Evangelization. Presenter: Sister Molly Neville, S.N.J.M., director of evangelization and stewardship, Diocese of Monterey. $70 cost includes lunch. (925) 837-9141, ext. 315; www.sandamiano.org.

Tuesday, April 29

Sacred Healing Retreat. 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Vallombrosa Retreat Center in Menlo Park. This retreat will focus on the Divine Light of Jesus to balance, align and heal the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels of the whole human system, and will explore ways to access the healing graces of God through guided meditations and self-healing techniques. $50. Presenter: Sister Joan Prohaska, O.P., a Dominican Sister of Mission San Jose. (650) 325-5614; www.vallombrosa.org.

Saturday, May 3

Interior Castle of St. Teresa. 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Vallombrosa Retreat Center in Menlo Park. Participants will spend time with Teresa of Avila, a 16th century Spanish mystic and Doctor of the Church, whose teachings and writings have been a source of inspiration and guidance for countless women and men in their quest for God. Presenter: Carmen de la Vega Neafsey, M.A., Theology, Jesuit School of Theology, has studied the life and spirituality of Teresa of Avila for more than 30 years. (650) 325-5614; www.vallombrosa.org.

May 9 – 11

Mother’s Day Retreat – Will and Grace
. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Participants will open the narrow door of will-ing-ness and experience a flood of grace-full-ness. Presenters: Mary Ann Lemire Mattos, assistant principal at De La Salle High School in Concord, along with Father Rusty Shaughnessy, O.F.M. (925) 837-9141, ext. 315; www.sandamiano.org.

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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.

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 “Virtues, Vices, and Catholic Life.” (510) 797-0241.

Thursday, April 24

Franciscan Vision Lecture Series
. 5:10 – 6:10 p.m. in the FST Classroom, Franciscan School of Theology, 1712 Euclid Ave., Berkeley. Father Kenan Osbourne, professor emeritus of systematic theology, will talk about “Asian Theology Today and the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition.” Clare Ronzani at cronzani@fst.edu or (510) 848-5232, ext. 14.

Friday, April 25

Shakespeare’s Amazing Secret
. Noon – 2 p.m. at Glad Tidings Bookstore, 6700 Santa Rita Road, Pleasanton. Author Joseph Pearce, who has written numerous biographies of major Catholic literary figures, will sign his new book, “The Quest for Shakespeare: The Bard of Avon and the Church of Rome.” (925) 847-9787.
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. 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.

Saturday, April 26

East Bay College Connection Fair
. 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s College, 1928 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga. A regional college fair for high school students and their parents, teachers, and counselors with more than 150 colleges and universities represented. Numerous informational sessions will be available on financial aid, historically black colleges, the student athlete, and students with learning disabilities. Several workshops will also be available in Spanish. Parking is limited: please use the free shuttle provided at the Orinda BART Station, which will depart every 20 minutes between 12:30 and 4:30 p.m. Information: www.stmarys-ca.edu/ebcc.

Mondays, April 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. Nora Petersen, (925) 939-7911, ext. 107 or npetersen@sjvianney.org.

Tuesday, April 29

The Bishop’s Annual 2008 Public Policy Breakfast Forum: “Youth Violence: A Call to Action.” 7:30 – 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Parish, 4025 Martin Luther King, Jr., Way, Oakland. Speakers include: Oakland Bishop Allen Vigneron, Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley, and Marguerite A. Wright from the Center for the Vulnerable Child at Oakland’s Children’s Hospital. Panel discussion will analyze the problem of youth violence. Free. RSVP: www.cceb.org/community_events.php.

Living Into Leadership
. 4 p.m. in Chapel of the Great Commission, Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Ave., Berkeley. Bowen “Buzz” McCoy, lecturer, the Annual McCoy Memorial Lecture on Religion, Ethics and Public Life, which honors Dr. Charles S. McCoy, Pacific School of Religion professor and founder of the Graduate Theological Union’s Center for Ethics and Social Policy (1923-2002). Open to the public, no admission charge. Book-signing and reception to follow. RSVP: (510) 849-8241.

April 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 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.

Friday, May 2

Martyr of the Amazon. 7 p.m. at Newman Hall/Holy Spirit Parish, 2700 Dwight Way, Berkeley. Sister Roseanne Murphy, S.N.J.M., discusses her new book about the life of the late Sister Dorothy Stang and her transformation from a traditional pre-Vatican II nun to a resourceful and fearless champion of the rights of the poor and the environment in Brazil. Sponsor: Father Bill O’Donnell Social Justice Committee of St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Newman Hall and the St. Mary Magdalen Social Justice Committee. Free admission. (510) 499-0537.

Thursday, May 8

The Last Christians of Iraq, Lecture and Slideshow
. Noon at 223 Moses Hall, UC Berkeley. Presenter: Father Pierre de Charentenay, S.J., editor of Etudes, scholar, and former director of the Catholic Office of Information and Initiative for Europe. Co-sponsors: Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley; The Religion, Politics and Globalization Program and the Institute for European Studies, UC Berkeley.

Tuesday, May 13

Catholics@Work. 7 a.m. at Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Dr., Danville. Leo Severino, producer of “Bella,” the 2006 Toronto Film Festival “People’s Choice Award” winner, will talk about the tremendous challenges he and his partners faced from traditional Hollywood culture to bring Christian values to the screen. Cost: $20 for members, $25 for non-members. (925) 389-0704 or www.catholicsatwork.org.

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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.(510) 635-7252.

Pasta and Bingo Family Night Out
. 5:30 p.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Parish Hall, 604 Mellus St., Martinez (enter hall on Henrietta Street.). $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.

St. Agnes’ 20th Annual School Auction
. 5:30 p.m. in the Silvio E. Garaventa Center at Carondelet High School, 1133 Winton Dr., Concord. $45 per person. Sandra Bellafronte, (925) 687-2917.

The 2008 St. Joseph Elementary School (Alameda) PTG Auction
. 6 – 11 p.m. at the Albert H. DeWitt Officers’ Club, 641 West Redline Ave., Alameda. Evening includes cocktails, appetizers and big band music. Proceeds will go towards SJES kitchen renovations. Chris Green, (510) 865-4618, greenlish@alamedanet.net.

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: $60; 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.

Thursday, May 1

Italian Catholic Federation Br. #223 Risotto and Chicken Dinner
. 6:15 p.m. (no-host cocktails), 7 p.m. (dinner) at St. Theresa Hall, 30 Mandalay Road, Oakland. $17 for adults, $8 children 7-12 years of age; price includes salad, dessert, wine and coffee. Reserve by check, payable to I.C.F. Br. #223, and mailed to Holly Raineri, 1074 Annerley Road, Piedmont, CA 94610; (510) 451-0608. Deadline: April 25.

Saturday, May 3

Italian Catholic Federation Primavera Dinner Dance
. 6 p.m. in parish hall, at St. Michael Parish, 372 Maple St., Livermore. Dinner by Chef Tony Martinelli. $30 per person includes wine with full course dinner. “Dance to Music of JB Smooth Sounds.” Raffle prizes. Reservations deadline: April 28. Helen, (925) 462-3798 or Rose, (925) 846-4227. Proceeds benefit Tri-Valley Scholarship Program and other ICF charities.

Our Lady of Guadalupe School Casino Night – “A Black and White Affair.”
6:30 p.m. – midnight at Holy Spirit Church Hall, 37588 Fremont Blvd., Fremont. Casino games include blackjack, roulette and craps. Entry packages range from $35 to $100 and include entry, casino money, and drink coupons. (510) 657-1674.

Saturday, May 10

Mother’s Day Spaghetti Feed
. In the gym, St. John the Baptist Parish, 264 E. Lewelling Blvd., San Lorenzo. 5:30 p.m. no-host bar, 6 p.m. dinner. All you can eat. $10 adults, $6 children 6-12, five years and under free. Also DJ, dancing, raffle, door prizes. Bill Katen, (510) 278-6138 or Alfred Masgrove, (510) 828-2584.

Thursday, May 25

Assumption School Women’s Social and International Food Faire
. 6 – 9 p.m. at Assumption School Gym, 1851-136th Ave., San Leandro. An evening of great food, music and shopping. Proceeds benefit the Marnelle Vieira-Ducey Memorial Scholarship Fund. $25 per person. (510) 357-8772 (leave a message for Shirley Brazis or Mary Schirmer).

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Thursday, May 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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Tuesday, April 22
The 20th Annual Student Art Show
. Opening night: 6 – 8 p.m. at Dominican Hall Lounge, Bishop O’Dowd High School, 9500 Stearns Ave., Oakland. Show dates: April 21-25, Show times: daily 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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Saturday, April 26
St. Elizabeth High School, Oakland
. Alumni Dinner Dance and All Class Reunion. Contact the SEH Alumni and Development Office, (510) 532-6473.

Saturday, May 17

All Saints Elementary School, Hayward
. 60th Anniversary. Call the school at (510) 582-1910 or parish office at (510) 581-2570 for more information.

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Monday, April 28
Catholic Charities of the East Bay 24th Annual Golf Classic
. At Discovery Bay Country Club in Byron. Noon tee-off. $250 per player. Green fees, cart, lunch, dinner and auction and prizes. Guests welcome for dinner and action only at 5:30 p.m. $100. (510) 768-3115 or golf@cceb.org.

Monday, May 5

17th Annual Salesian Golf Tournament
. At the Mira Vista Country Club in El Cerrito. 10 a.m. registration, noon shotgun start. $700 foursome; $175 individual player includes 18 holes, cart, tournament jacket, dinner and raffle opportunities. Proceeds benefit tuition assistance. Henry Moe, (510) 234-4433, ext. 1104 or hmoe@salesian.com.



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