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 June 23, 2008   •   VOL. 46, NO. 12   •   Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

Come Holy Spirit
Father Leo Edgerly, pastor at Corpus Christi Parish in Piedmont, will present a weekend retreat for women called, “The Holy Spirit At Work in Our Lives,” July 11 – 13 at Vallombrosa Center, 250 Oak Grove Ave. in Menlo Park. Through the use of Scripture participants will reflect on how the Holy Spirit was first made known to the Chosen People. $195 private room/ $475 double. Information: Sister Ingrid Clemmenson, O.P. at (650) 325-5614 or visit www.vallombrosa.org.

Celebrating Berry
Brian Swimme, a cosmologist, teacher at the Sophia Center at Holy Names University (HNU) in Oakland and author will deliver the keynote address, “Journeying Through the Cosmos with Thomas Berry,” at HNU’s 11th Annual Sophia Center Summer Institute, on July 17 at 7 p.m. This year’s institute, to be held July 17 – 20, will be a celebration of the life of Thomas Berry whose work has informed much of the teaching at the center over the past 24 years. HNU is located at 3500 Mountain Blvd. in Oakland. Information: (800) 794-436-1046 or www.hnu.edu/sophia..


June 24, 31, July 7
Rosary and Prayer Group
. 6:30 p.m. (1st Rosary), 7 p.m. (2nd Rosary) in the chapel next to the parish office at St. Jarlath Parish, 2634 Pleasant St., Oakland.

June 25 – 27

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Triduum
. 9 a.m. at St. Anne Church, 1600 Rossmoor Pkwy, Walnut Creek. The devotion will consist of Mass, homily and novena prayers. Information: the parish office at st_annes@comcast.net or (925) 932-2324.

June 25, July 1, 8

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.

Saturday, June 28

Honoring St. Paul. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at St. Margaret Mary Church, 1219 Excelsior Ave., Oakland. Participate in a day of recollection at the start of the Pauline Year 2008-2009. Film, guest lecturer, pot-luck lunch. Vigil Mass at 5 p.m. in the parish hall. Information: www.stmargmaryoak.org/Classes.htmor latin4all@sbcglobal.net.

July 12, Aug. 15

Taize – Prayer Around the Cross This Summer
. 8 p.m. at Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, Motherhouse Chapel, 43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont. Refresh your soul with a moment of peace and quiet away from the busyness of life. Listen to music, join others in prayer and song around the cross. Maria Shao, (408) 839-2068 or maria49830@aol.com.

Sunday, July 13

Young Adult Mass. 5:30 p.m. at Christ the Light Parish, 707 Jefferson St., Oakland. All are invited to attend.

Monday, July 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.

Saturday, July 26

Thanksgiving Gathering
. 3 p.m. at Old St. Mary’s Church, 707 Jefferson St., Oakland. Join Emeritus Bishop John Cummins for a celebration of 155 years of Catholic Life at the Mother Church of the East Bay (1853 – 2008). Buffet reception to follow. RSVP: (510) 769-7660.

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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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Saturday, June 28
Social Justice Retreat. 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. in Vista Room at St. John Vianney Parish, 1650 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek. Day of prayer, fellowship and renewal. Speakers include Deacon Matt Dulka, Maryknoll regional director for mission education and promotion, and Joe Hastings, who works with Catholic Relief Services promoting global solidarity in West Coast dioceses. $10 donation suggested. Refreshments and lunch included. RSVP by June 26 to John Watkins at (510) 267-8379 or jwatkins@oakdiocese.org.

July 10, 24, Aug, 7

Summer Evening Series: Awaken to the Sacred With Creativity
. 6:30 p.m. registration, 7 – 9 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Chiara’s Lantern. These evenings will be spent exploring simple and creative processes that lead to a deeper appreciation of the sacred within. $20 per evening. Opportunity to further explore the theme with overnights, July 10-11 and Aug. 7-8. $110 private room/$90 shared room. (925) 837-9141, x 315, or www.sandamiano.org.

Friday, July 18

Christian and Jungian Insight
. 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Brother Don Bisson, FMS, presents this day retreat on the spiritual quest and will include reflection on the practices of letting go of our false self to enter the mystery of our true self. $75 cost includes lunch. (925) 837-9141 x 315, or www.sandamiano.org.

July 18 – 20

Men and Women’s Retreat
. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. With facilitator Victoria MacDonald learn how to recognize God’s sacred presence in the midst of your everyday life and explore various spiritual practices which can foster the soul’s readiness to awaken to the sacred. $205 private room/ $175 shared room. Information/reservations: (925) 837-9141 x 315, or www.sandamiano.org.

July 20 – 27

Soul Sisters – Women Called to Connect, Bond and Heal in a Broken World
. At Vallombrosa Retreat Center in Menlo Park. Participants will explore the feminine divine and how women have a significant role to play in bringing balance and healing to the world of war and suffering. Speaker: Edwina Gateley, a poet, theologian, artist, writer, lay minister and modern-day mystic and prophet. $610 private/$590 shared/ $510 commuter. Information/registration, (650) 325-5614 or www.vallombrosa.org.

Saturday, Aug. 2

A Spa Day for the Soul. 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at St. Anne Church, 32223 Cabello St., Union City. A day of reflection for women facilitated by June Kirk pastoral associate at St. Anne. Kirk, who completed her MA program in pastoral ministry at Holy Names University in Oakland in 2005 and the spiritual direction program at Mercy Center in Burlingame in 2006, also facilitates staff retreats, youth retreats and offers individual spiritual direction. $40 cost includes materials and supplies, a salad luncheon and afternoon treats. Wear casual clothes and shoes to comfortably experience all the elements of this spa day. Reservations: (925) 325-0144 or e-mail junemkirk@aol.com.

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Wednesday, June 25
Lay Ecclesial Ministers Council Region 1 Informational Meeting
. 1 p.m. at St. Stephen Church, 1101 Keaveny Court, Walnut Creek. Begins with Mass followed by refreshments and discussion in the parish center. All Lay Ecclesial Ministers in Region 1 are encouraged to attend. Annette Roux, (925) 939-3826 ext. 3 or Anna Horen, (925) 474-2722, gizzymo3@sbcglobal.net.

Wednesdays, June 25, July 2, 9

Father Corapi DVD Catechism Series. 7 – 8 p.m. in Cauchi Hall, St. Agnes Parish, 3966 Chestnut Ave., Concord. Father John Corapi, S.O.L.T. teaches The Catechism of the Catholic Church in this series. Information: David Zarri, (925) 686-9277 or davidzarri@earthlink.net.

Saturday, June 28
Planning a Loved One’s Funeral – Informational Workshop
. 3 – 5 p.m. in the Stack Center at Our Lady of Grace Church, 3433 Somerset Ave., Castro Valley. Learn about the Catholic Funeral Rite from Father Kevin C. Mullins, OSA, pastor of Our Lady of Grace Parish. His presentation will cover the vigil, Mass, and committal and allow an opportunity for answers to your questions. Representatives from Holy Angels Funeral and Cremation Services and Holy Sepulchre Cemetery will speak and answer questions regarding what goes into funeral and cemetery arrangements and what your burial and cremation options are. RSVP to Joy Pichay, (510) 537-6600 or e-mail: joyp@catholiccemeteries.org.

June 30 – July 13

Lay Leadership Training. This summer program for Vietnamese lay leaders will be held on weekdays from 7 – 9 p.m. and on weekends, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Father Anh Tran, S.J., will discuss St. Paul during the first week. The following week Father Anthony Chinh Dao, O.P., will present “Catholic Conscience.” Registration/information: Sister Rosaline Nguyen, (510) 628-2153, rnguyen@oakdiocese.org; or Thanh Dong, (510) 295-8495, thanhmdong@att.net.

July 4 – 6

16th San Francisco International Marian Conference
. At Crowne Plaza Hotel Conference Center, 1221 Chess Dr., Foster City. Eight international speakers: Father Robert Faricy, S.J., Rome; Deacon Alex Jones; Janice Connell; Father John Struzzo, CSC; Father Michael Sears. Also healing services, reconciliation, Eucharistic Adoration, youth and children programs. Information/registration: (800) 456-4197 or www.sraphael.com.

July 7 – Aug. 31

Summer Session at Pacific School of Religion
, 1798 Scenic Ave., Berkeley. Week-long courses, which will meet in the mornings, afternoons and evenings, will be offered in such areas as functional theology, religion and the arts, and spirituality. Classes are designed for people from all walks of life: clergy, lay leaders, teachers, artists, spiritual seekers, retirees. Courses can be audited or taken for continuing education units or academic credit. Information/registration: Kap Stann, (510) 849-8239 or www.psr.edu.

Friday, July 11

Suicide Survivors. 7 p.m. at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 1640 Addison St., Berkeley. “Raising the Rail: Suicide and the Golden Gate Bridge.” David Hull, who is surviving the suicide of his daughter, Kathy, will recount what he has learned about her death and “that bridge”; Kevin Hines, who survived from a jump from the Golden Gate Bridge, will discuss his story and the need for outreach and mental health services to prevent suicide. Free admission. Free will donation to The Bridge Rail Foundation (www.bridgerail.org). Sponsor: Father Bill O’Donnell Social Justice Committee.

Saturday, July 12
Healthy Eating, Healthy Living: A Diabetes Conversation
. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at St. Columba Church, 6401 San Pablo Ave., Oakland. Join the St. Columba Health Cabinet for a presentation on nutrition, cooking and exercise as well as lunch and sampling nutritious recipes. Space is limited, register early. Free. Fax name and address to (510) 654-7615.

July 13, 20, 27, Aug. 3
Summer Lecture Series on The Eucharist
. 9:30 – 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Rosary Parish Hall, 703 C St., Union City. “Source and Summit of Our Faith,” presented in English, by Armenak K. Hermez, M.A. All are invited and encouraged to attend. Each session is $7 (collected at the door). Camila Magdaleno, (510) 471-7419 or cmagdaleno@olrchurch.org.

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Saturday, July 19
YAM Trip to Angel Island. All day event sponsored by the Young Adult Ministry at the Catholic Parish of Christ the Light in Oakland. For more information, Wylie, (510) 409-1249.

Annual Mini-Luau
. 5 p.m. cocktails, 6 p.m. dinner, at St. John Church, 264 E. Lewelling, San Lorenzo. Authentic Hawaiian food; entertainment by Hula Ikaika Ohana O Kaawai E Honu Iti E. Tickets: $25. Reservation deadline: July 10. Linda, (510) 276-1131 or Cheryl, (510) 278-2906. Sponsor: St. Gerard Women’s Club of St. John Church.

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June 26, July 10
Grief Support. 7:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Dr., Pleasanton. Open to all who are grieving regardless of religious affiliation. Joan, (925) 828-6864.

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Sunday, July 13
Opening Weekend Reception for Sammons Exhibit
. 2 – 4 p.m. at Hearst Art Gallery, St. Mary’s College, Moraga. The rarely seen works of Carl Sammons, a prolific plein air artist who began as a sign painter in Iowa and then gained fame as a Bay Area landscape painter, will be featured in this exhibit from July 12 through Sept. 21. The reception will feature a jazz performance by The Michael Coleman Trio/Beep! at the Gallery and Art Patio Exhibition. Information: (925) 631-4379 or www.hearstartgallery.org.

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Saturday, June 28
The Meridians of St. Leanders 7th Annual Summer Sports Collectors Show. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at St. Leanders’ Ryan O’Connell Hall, 575 West Estudillo Ave., San Leandro. A variety of vintage sports memorabilia (1880-2008) will be for sale. Proceeds from the show will benefit St. Leander Parish and local charities. Door prizes will be given away. Admission: $3; those under 5 or over 65 are admitted free. (510) 538-6245.

Sunday, Aug. 3

Car Raffle. After the 12:30 p.m. Mass in St. John the Baptist Church, 11150 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito. First prize is a new Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid or $20,000 cash. If less than 1,000 tickets are sold, the winner will receive half the proceeds. Tickets are $50 each, five for $200. Tickets can be purchased by sending a check to St. John the Baptist Church at 11150 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito, CA 94530. More information/tickets: www.sjtech.org. Proceeds will help fund improvements in the church sound system.

Thursday, Aug. 7
19th Annual Salad Luncheon and Bingo
. Noon at St. Joseph Church Hall, 43148 Mission Blvd., Fremont. $8 donation includes lunch and two bingo cards. Tickets: Eleanor Chesterman, (510) 657-2758. Make checks payable to: CDA Ct. #1508. Prepaid tickets may be picked up at the door on Aug. 7. Sponsor: Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court Father Francisco de Lasuen, #1508. Proceeds go to the Court’s charities.

Sunday, Aug. 10

Summer Wine Festival. 2 – 5 p.m. in Soda Center at St. Mary’s College, 1928 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga. The annual festival will feature wine-tasting, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction. Proceeds will benefit the Lasallian Scholarship Fund which awards scholarships to children and grandchildren of St. Mary’s College alumni. Event participants are also invited to purchase wines directly from more than 20 featured wineries. RSVP before July 31 for the early-bird price of $35. Tickets purchased after July 31 will be $45 each. Tickets for designated drivers are $20 each. Event is only for those ages 21 and over. To purchase tickets: St. Mary’s College Alumni Office, (925) 631-4200.

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Social Action

June 25, July 9, 30
Oakland A’s Food Bank Wednesdays
. At McAfee Coliseum, Oakland. June 25: 7:05 p.m., A’s vs. Philadelphia Phillies; July 9: 7:05 p.m., A’s vs. Seattle Mariners; July 30: 12:35 p.m., A’s vs. Kansas City Royals. Help strike out hunger. Bring two nonperishable food items or a cash donation of $5 to Wednesday home games from June to September, and you’ll receive a free ticket to a future game. Food drive barrels will be located at the Coliseum BART Plaza and at gates C and D. Information: (510) 635-3663 or www.accfb.org.

Fridays, June 27, July 1, 8, 15
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.

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Saturday, Aug. 16
Assumption School, San Leandro. Class of 1998 – Ten Year Reunion. 6 p.m. at the Englander in San Leandro. Dinner and dancing. $17 per person. RSVP by July 30. Susan at yellowhairwarior@aol.com.

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Monday, July 14
1st Annual Dominican Golf Tournament
. At the Metropolitan Golf Course in Oakland. Includes a silent auction and a raffle following the awards ceremony. $150 registration fee includes green fees, carts, BBQ, tee prizes. Putting contest starts at 8 a.m. and shotgun start at 9:30 a.m. Sponsor: Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley. Proceeds help raise fund needed to continue DSPT’s mission of educating and preparing its’ religious and lay students to become future leaders of the Church. Information: Advancement@dspt.edu or (510) 883-2085.



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