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 May 5, 2008   •   VOL. 46, NO. 9   •   Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

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Lisa Fullam, an assistant professor of moral theology at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, will present “Issues of Conscience: Election Day Challenges” for the May 13 L.I.F.E. (Lessons in Faith Experience) series at St. Charles Borromeo Parish, 1315 Lomitas Ave. in Livermore. This session begins at 7:30 p.m. A $5 free will donation is appreciated. For more information, contact Julie at upcatholic@aol.com or (925) 447-4549, ext. 114.


May 7, 14, 21
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.

May 8, 15, 22
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, 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
Celebrating Mary Through the Glorious Mysteries. 7:30 p.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Parish, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. Featuring the Contemplative Rosary of Bob Hurd. Anyone in the diocese interested in joining us for praying the Rosary is welcome. Julie, (925) 447-4549, ext. 114 or upcatholic@aol.com.

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, May 23
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.

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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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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, with Father Rusty Shaughnessy, O.F.M. (925) 837-9141, ext. 315; www.sandamiano.org.

May 23 – 25

Grief Retreat: Blessed Are Those Who Mourn
. At San Damiano Retreat Center in Danville. When a person loses someone (or something) of importance to them, grief is a natural response. This retreat will help participants process their grief through presentations, small group discussions and experiential activities. Presenter: Carol Kaplan, MFT. $195 private/$165 double. (925) 837-9141 or www.sandamiano.org.

Sacred Healing Retreat: “Your Faith Has Healed You — Go in Peace.”
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. $195/$175. Presenter: Sister Joan Prohaska, O.P., a Dominican Sister of Mission San Jose. (650) 325-5614.

Friday, May 30

Marian Day of Renewal — Jesus and Mary: Two Hearts, One Love
. 9 a.m. registration, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Spend a day with Father Evan Howard, O.F.M. in looking at the message of love from Scriptural and psychological points of view. The day will end with Eucharist. $30 includes lunch. (925) 837-9141 or www.sandamiano.org.

May 30 – June 1

Marriage Encounter Weekend
. Give your spouse the gift that money cannot buy – a weekend away for the two of you to get to know one another better. Contact Ray and Roberta Montes at (510) 351-2649 after 6 p.m. or visit www.wwme.org.

June 13 – 15

Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat
. Are you or someone you know hurting from an abortion? Experience God’s healing mercy at this retreat sponsored by After the Choice ministry in the Diocese of Oakland. Includes the sharing of stories, Scripture-based spiritual exercises, and sacramental healing concluding in a memorial service and Mass. $150 per person, $200 per couple. Financial assistance is available. Colleen at (510) 267-8335 or cknutsen@oakdiocese.org, or visit www.rachelsvineyard.org. Inquiries and participation are strictly confidential.

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Monday, 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.

May 5, 7, 14, 15

Cathedral of Christ the Light Town Meetings
. Father Paul Minnihan, provost of the Cathedral of Christ the Light, and Sister Rosemarie Hennessy, head of the cathedral ministry planning process, discuss the ministry of the new Cathedral at these town hall meetings. May 5 at Corpus Christi Church in Piedmont, 7:30 p.m.; May 7 at Most Holy Rosary Church in Antioch, 7 p.m.; May 14 at Our Lady of Grace Church in Castro Valley, 7 p.m.; and May 15 at St. Joan of Arc Church in San Ramon, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, May 7

St. Mary’s College State of the Economy Con-ference: “Educating Our Workforce for Personal and Regional Success.” 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at Soda Center, St. Mary’s College, 1928 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga. Speakers include Howard Roth, chief economist for the California Department of Finance. Advance registration required. $35 fee covers cost of conference, breakfast and lunch. Cherie Grant, (925) 631-4604 or cgrant@stmarys-ca.edu.

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.

Monday, May 12

Imaging and Imagining Islam
. 5:30 p.m. reception, 6 p.m. program, at Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., 2nd Floor, San Francisco. Munir Jiwa, director, Center for Islamic Studies, Graduate Theological Union, will challenge the stereotypical views of Islam and discuss the coexistence of tradition and modernity. Free for Club members, $15 for non-members, $7 students, $8 S.F. Council members. Reservations: (415) 597-6700.

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.

East Bay Theology on Tap
. At the Kerry House, 4092 Piedmont Ave., Oakland. Social at 7 p.m., speaker at 7:30 p.m. 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.

Sunday, May 18

JustFaith Introductory Workshop
. 1 – 5 p.m. at St. Isidore Parish, 440 LaGonda Way, Danville. (Doors open at 12:30 p.m.) Learn about JustFaith and about the Church’s faith traditions. $15 includes snack buffet. Registration deadline: May 15. John Watkins, (510) 267-8379 or jwatkins@oakdiocese.org or www.oakdiocese.org/pastoral/socialjustice.

Tuesday, May 20

World Youth Day Meeting
. 7 p.m. at Our Lady Queen of the World Parish, 3155 Winterbrook Dr., Bay Point. Pilgrims planning to see the Holy Father in Sidney, Australia, are invited to this diocesan-wide meeting on, “What to Expect of the WYD Pilgrimage.” (510) 267-8389.

May 23, 24 and 25

2008 Northern California Catholic Charismatic Convention
. At the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara. Teaching team leaders include Deacon Bill Brennan from Stockton, Father James Tarantino from Tiburon, and Sister Linda Koontz from Texas. Information: (925) 551-5827 or visit www.ncrcspirit.com.

May 23 – 26

Building the Foundations for Asian American Ministry and Theology
. At Redemportist Renewal Center, Cortaro, Arizona. Jonathan Tan, an assistant professor of religion and culture at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, will conduct this three-day seminar. $350 single/$300 each for double. Information/registration, contact the Redemportist Renewal Center, P.O. Box 569, Cortaro, AZ, 85743-9645. (866) 737-5751 (toll-free) or visit www.desertrenewal.org.

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Wednesday, May 7
St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County 2008 Friends of the Society Breakfast Event. 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. at 675 – 23rd St. in Oakland. Fundraiser for the Visitation Center for Women and Children and Men’s Champion Guidance Center, both of which are in Oakland and serve over 27,000 homeless and underserved women, children and men. Guest speaker: Alameda County Supervisor Alice Lai-Bitker. RSVP by contacting Laurette Dulkie, (510) 636-4261.

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.

Mother’s Day Dinner
. 6 – 7 p.m. social hour, 7 p.m. roast beef dinner at St. Jarlath Parish Hall, 2620 Pleasant St., Oakland. Music and dancing after dinner. First 50 ladies receive an orchid. $15 adults, $12 children. Tickets: Sam Arucan, (510) 383-9537; Mel Goulart, (510) 533-8212, parish office, (510) 532-2068.

Thursday, May 15

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. $25 per person. (510) 357-8772 (leave a message for Shirley Brazis or Mary Schirmer).

Saturday, May 17

St. John School Car Show
. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the school parking lot at 270 E. Lewelling Blvd., San Lorenzo. Music, raffle, prizes, and snack bar. Admission for spectators is free. Proceeds benefit St. John School. Darrell Lorenzi, (510) 733-2505 or delorenzi@aol.com.

Black and White Ball
. 6:30 p.m. at St. Stephen Church Parish Hall, 1101 Keaveny Court, Walnut Creek. $50 per person. Choice of entrée, wine included; live music by “Vocal Ease,” 50/50 raffle, auction items. Proceeds benefit the St. Stephen Roof Fundraising Campaign. Annette, (925) 939-3826, ext. 3.

Sunday, May 18

Gardens Galore XIV. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at seven gardens in Alameda. Sponsored by the St. Joseph Garden Club of Alameda. Reservations are $20 in advance, $25 the day of the tour. An optional boxed lunch is available for an additional $9. There will also be a Boutique, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., with a large selection of handcrafted items from local Bay Area vendors. Proceeds benefit St. Joseph Notre Dame High School and St. Joseph Elementary School, both in Alameda. Information/reservations: (510) 864-8503.

May 30 – June 1

St. Barnabas School 50th Anniversary Party
. May 30: 7 p.m.: Reunion Gathering at New Zealander Pub. All former students, teachers, staff and families over 21 are invited to this no-host event. Attendance is casual, no RSVP is needed; May 31: 1 – 3:30 p.m.: school carnival, 4:30 p.m.: Mass, 5:30 p.m.: celebration that includes dinner, music, and memories; June 1: pot-luck lunch at Crab Cover after 10:30 a.m. Bring a blanket and a dish to share. (510) 521-0595.

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Sunday, June 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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May 9 and 10
Presenting: Catherine of Siena
. 7:30 p.m. at St. Dominic’s Church, 2390 Bush St. in San Francisco. Adrian Dominican Sister Nancy Murray, a sibling of actor Bill Murray, will bring the famed Dominican mystic and spiritual teacher to life in her acclaimed one-woman show, “Catherine of Siena: A Woman For Our Times.” Tickets: $15 each. Presented by the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley. (510) 883-2085 or Advancement@dspt.org.

May 11, 18, 25

Sunday Afternoon Recitals
. 3:30 p.m. at Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, 1111 Gough St., in San Francisco. May 11: St. Dominic’s Church Choir, Simon Berry, director; May 18 and 25: Christoph Tietze, organist. A free-will offering requested at the door. (415) 567-2020, ext. 213.

Thursday, May 15

A Spring Concert. 7:30 p.m. in the theater at Bishop O’Dowd High School, 9500 Stearns Ave., Oakland. The concert will feature the Instrumental Ensemble, String Orchestra, Concert Band and the Symphonic Band. A wide variety of musical selections will be performed. $8 admission for adults, free for all students. Band and Senior Class Awards will be distributed at the concert.

May 17, 18

Voices of Musica Sacra
. May 17: 8 p.m. at Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church, 40 Knox Way, Orinda; May 18: 7:30 p.m. at Piedmont Community Church, 400 Highland Ave., Piedmont. “Faure Requiem” and other works by Faure, Durufle, Saint-Saens & Contelloube. Kendell Bailey, music director. Suggested donation: $20 adults, $15 students/seniors, children 5-12 free. www.vmschorus.org or (925) 944-5239.

Sunday, May 18

In Celebration of Spring
. 3 p.m. at St. Stephen Parish, 1101 Keaveny Court, Walnut Creek. The concert will feature both Abraham Aviles lyric tenor, and the Pacific Brass Quintet. Suggested donation: $10. No fee for children ages 12 and under. Refreshments and fellowship to follow.

May 18, 26

Golden Gate Boys Choir and Bellringers
. May 18 (Spring Concert I): 2 p.m. at Calvary Christian Center, 1516 Grand St., Alameda, $10; May 26 (Memorial Day Concert): 11:30 a.m. at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, 1977 Reliez Valley Road, Lafayette, free; May 26 (Music Camp Open House):12:30 p.m. at Oakland Diocesan Youth Retreat Center, 1977 Reliez Valley Road, Lafayette, free. The Golden Gate Boys Choir and Bellringers is an independent, non-profit organization committed to the tradition of boy choir training. Information: (510) 887-4311 or (415) 431-1137 or ggbcbr@aol.com, www.ggbc.org.

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Social Action

Fridays, May 9, 16, 23
20 Decades for Life. 7 a.m. in front of Planned Parenthood Center, 1357 Oakland Blvd., Walnut Creek. Members of St. Mary Parish in Walnut Creek pray 20 decades of the Rosary for life. David, (925) 686-9277 or davidzarri@earthlink.net.

Saturday, May 10

FESCO’s 11th Annual Shelter Shuffle
. 9 a.m. at San Leandro Marina. Sponsored walkers help raise funds to shelter and support homeless families with children in Alameda County. The Family Emergency Shelter Coalition was founded over 20 years ago by a group of churches and community to help to keep families in crisis together as they rebuild their lives. (510) 886-5473 or www.fescofamilyshelter.org.

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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, 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.

Monday, May 12

St. Vincent’s Day Home Annual Golf Tournament
. At the Sequoyah Country Club in Oakland. 9:30 a.m. registration, putting contest, BBQ lunch. Noon shotgun start. $250 single golfer (18 holes, cart, lunch, dinner and auction). Guests welcome for dinner, 5:30 p.m. $75 (Martini bar hosted by Shakers, raffle, dinner and auction). Proceeds benefit the Day Home children. (510) 832-8324, or event chair, Wayne Ingbritson at wingbritson@yahoo.com.

Saturday, May 31

St. John School 2nd Annual Golf Tournament and Tri Tip Dinner Pool Party
. 1 p.m. at San Ramon Golf Course. $125 per player includes green fees, cart, goodie bag, dinner/pool party, and a chance to win a Chevy Malibu. $25 per dinner guest. No-host bar. 21 and older. Print registration: www.stjohnslz.org or (510) 276-6632.

Saturday, June 21

St. Leander School 2nd Annual Golf Tournament
. At Metropolitan Golf Links, Oakland. 11:30 a.m. check-in, 12 p.m. tee off, 6 p.m. dinner. Cost: $140 per golfer includes green fees, golf cart, tee prizes, BBQ buffet dinner, goodie bag. Non golfers welcome at dinner, $30 per person. Payment deadline: May 9. Check payable to St. Leander Golf Tournament, 451 Davis, San Leandro, CA 94577.



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