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 September 8, 2008   •   VOL. 46, NO. 15   •   Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

Dan Cawthon will portray Father Damien de Veuster in the one-man play by Aldyth Morris, “Damien,” which celebrates the life of the “Leper Priest of Molokai,” on Sept. 19 at St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St. in Alameda, at 7:30 p.m. $10 adults, $5 students. (510) 522-0181 or www.leperpriest.com.

Hope in Haiti
Margaret Trost, author of the just-published book, “On That Day Everybody Ate: One Woman’s Story of Hope and Possibility in Haiti,” will read from her book and share the experiences which inspired her to begin a feeding program for children in Haiti on Sept. 12 in the parish hall at Christ the King Parish, 199 Brandon, Pleasant Hill, at 7:15 p.m.


Monday, Sept. 8
Healing Mass. 7:30 p.m. at St. Edward Church, 5788 Thornton Ave., Newark.
Abba Father Prayer Group. Bert/Norma, (510) 793-1750. Every second Monday.

Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30
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.

Sept. 10, 17, 24
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.

Friday, Sept. 19
Taize – Prayer Around the Cross. 8 p.m. at Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, Motherhouse Chapel, 43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont. Listen to music, join others in prayer and song around the cross. Maria Shao, (408) 839-2068 or maria49830@aol.com.

Saturday, Sept. 20
Magdalene Vespers. 7:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Berkeley. This vespers is a meditation on St. Mary Magdalene and includes music, dance and prayers that celebrate the Earth and evoke the call to preserve. $35 donation. Tickets at Sagrada Sacred Arts at 4926 Telegraph Ave. in Oakland. (510) 653-7196 or www.sagrada.com or mail@sagrada.com.

Sunday, Oct. 5
100th Anniversary Celebration of St. Louis Bertrand Parish. 10 a.m. Mass at 1410 100th Ave., Oakland. Presider: Bishop Allen Vigneron. Preceded by procession from site of parish’s first worship space at 96th Avenue and A Street in Oakland to the current church. (510) 568-1080.

Oct. 6, 7, 8
Life’s Journey Parish Mission. At St. Theresa Parish, 30 Mandalay Road, Oakland. 9 a.m., following the 8:30 a.m. Mass; same talk repeated at 7 p.m. each day. One-hour talks by Jesuit Father Tom Allender are on topics from his book, “God Loves an Unmade Bed, Spirituality for the Imperfect.” Open to all. Donations welcome. (510) 547-2777, ext. 20.

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parish festivals

Sept. 13 – 14
St. John Parish Festival. At 264 E. Lewelling Blvd., San Lorenzo. Sept. 13: noon – 10 p.m.; Sept. 14: noon – 7 p.m. Featuring the band, Jungle Rhythm, performing Sept. 13. Information: stjohnfestival@ymail.com or visit http://myspace.com/stjohnfestival.

Sept. 20 – 21
St. John the Baptist Parish Festival. At 11150 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito. Sept. 20: 6 p.m., complete dinner including hors d’oeuvres with live music; silent and live auction. Tickets: $45 ($50 after Sept. 15). Children: $10; Sept. 21: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., international food booths, kids’ carnival games with prizes, live entertainment, drinks, country store, garden plants, more. (510) 232-5659.

Sept. 26 – 28
St. Agnes Annual Fall Fest. At 3966 Chestnut Ave., Concord. This annual event kicks off Sept. 26 with a pasta dinner and a family movie from 6:30 p.m. The festival continues through the weekend featuring carnival games and food, live entertainment, bouncy house for the kids and a wine toss. All are invited for 5 p.m. Mass on Sept. 27 followed by a BBQ dinner provided by Back Forty Texas BBQ and stay for live music and dancing. There will be a pancake breakfast on Sept. 28 after the 9 and 10:45 a.m. Masses. From Sept. 1 – 28 a raffle will offer 28 chances to win a grand prize of $1000. (925) 689-0838.

Sept. 27 and 28
St. Clement Parish/School Festival. 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. at 750 Calhoun St., Hayward. Live entertainment, music and dancing, food and games. A souvenir program will be published to commemorate this event. To send greetings, congratulations, and best wishes or to advertise your business, call Nel Penaflor at (510) 331-1996. A raffle will be held with a grand prize of $1,000. (510) 582-7282.

Our Lady of Grace Fall Festivale 2008. Sept. 27: noon – 10 p.m.; Sept. 28: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. at 3433 Somerset Ave., Castro Valley. Food, entertainment, games! Highlights include BBQ Chicken Dinner on Sept. 27 and pancake breakfast and pasta dinner on Sept. 28. Win the Raffle Grand Prize of $3000, more prizes. Parking available behind the church; enter through the San Miguel gate. (510) 537-0806 or www.olgfestival.com.

Oct. 4, 11, 18, 19
The 2008 St. Ignatius Parish Festival. At 3351 Contra Loma Blvd., Antioch or as indicated. Oct. 4: The Rocco and Josephine Battaglia Classic Bocce Tournament, 8:30 a.m. at Chicibu Park; Oct. 11: Kick-off dinner, 6 p.m. at church social area; Oct. 18: Casino Night Dance, 6 – 10 p.m. at church social area; Oct. 19: International Food Fest, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at church parking lot. Raffle: $2000 grand prize. (925) 778-0768.

Sunday, Oct. 5
St. Anthony’s October Festival and Raffle. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at 1535 16th Ave., Oakland. Music, games, food booths and raffle. Free entry for all. (510) 534-2117.
OktoberFest. 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. at St. Perpetua Parish, 3454 Hamlin Road, Lafayette. Parish’s annual fundraiser includes food, traditional and non-traditional drinks, games for kids and adults alike, and a silent auction of donated gift baskets. (925) 283-0272 or www.stperpetua.org.

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Sept. 19 – 21
15th Annual St. Bonaventure Catholic Community’s Women’s Retreat. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. “If Today You Hear His Voice,” featuring Linda Schubert, well-known speaker, author and member of the Charismatic Renewal. $195 double occupancy/$225 single occupancy. Martha Sardelich, (925) 825-9080.

Oct. 3 – 5
Healing from the Spiritual Aspects of Trauma and Abuse. At Vallombrosa Retreat Center, 250 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park. Explore healing through open discussion, sharing with others, and counseling with Lynette Danylchuk and Kim Kubal. $200 private/$180 double. (650) 325-5614 or www.vallombrosa.org.

Saturday, Oct. 4
Blessing of the Animals. 2 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat Center, 710 Highland Dr., Danville. The Franciscan Friars will bless your feathered and four-legged friends. Free and open to the public. (925) 837-9141.

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Monday, Sept. 8
Meet Author Greg Mortenson. 5 p.m. at University of San Francisco Main Campus, McLaren Conference Center, Golden Gate Avenue between Masonic and Parker, San Francisco. The co-author of “Three Cups of Tea” escaped kidnappers and fatwas issued by enraged mullahs to build schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Free and open to the public. No reservations. (415) 422-6357.

Tuesdays, Sept. 9, 16
Shooting Stars. 7 – 9 p.m. in the Religious Resource Center of St. Perpetua Church, 3454 Hamlin Road, Lafayette. Dr. Ron Olowin will talk about “Infinity and Our Nostalgia for the Stars” and show his cosmological images. (925) 283-0272 or www.stperpetua.org.

Wednesdays, Sept. 10, 17, 24
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. David Zarri, (925) 686-9277 or davidzarri@earthlink.net.

Thursday, Sept. 18
Franciscan Vision Lecture Series. 5:10 – 6:10 p.m. at Franciscan School of Theology, 1712 Euclid Ave., Berkeley. Franciscan Father Mel Jurisich will speak on “Ministry in Today’s Church: The Call to Audacity.” Soup supper follows. Reservations: Clare Ronzani, cronzani@fst.edu or (510) 848-5232, ext. 14.

Sept. 19 – 21
Women of Grace Conference. At Hyatt Regency Sacramento, 1209 L St., in Sacramento. Join women from throughout the country for this weekend gathering. Speakers include Johnnette Benkovic, Women of Grace founder and host of EWTN’s The Abundant Life. Keynote talk by best-selling author Raymond Arroyo. (800) 558-5452, ext. 235 or www.womenofgrace.com.

Monday, Sept. 22
Catholic Priorities and The Vote. 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. at St. John Vianney Church, Mullen Commons Vista Room, 1650 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek. Father Dan Danielson, retired priest of the Oakland Diocese and popular national speaker, will speak on moral priorities to consider when you go to the polls. Nora Petersen, (925) 939-7911, npetersen@sjvianney.org.

Saturday, Sept. 27
Diocesan-Wide Workshop for All New Parish Council Members. 9 a.m. – noon at Santa Maria Church, 40 Santa Maria Way, Orinda. No fee, but registration is required. Register: e-mail cpotter@oakdiocese.org or call (510) 267-8358 to leave a message with your contact information.

Sunday, Sept. 28
Planning a Loved One’s Catholic Funeral – Informational Workshop. At St. Bernard Church Parish Hall, 62nd Ave. and E. 16th St., Oakland, after every Mass. Learn about the Catholic Funeral Rite from Father Roberto Flores. His presentation will cover the Vigil, Mass and Committal. Representatives from Holy Angels Funeral and Cremation Services and Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward will also speak and answer questions. Refreshments will be served. RSVP to Omy Ronquillo, (510) 537-6600 or omyr@catholiccemeteries.org.

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Thursday, Sept. 11
Benefit Dinner Cruise for Apostleship of the Sea
. 6 p.m. departure from Alameda’s Mariner Square. Join Bishop Allen Vigneron, Father George Mockel, and the bishops of the Episcopal and Lutheran churches for this benefit. $125 per person. Proceeds go to the International Maritime Center, an outreach ministry for seafarers of all faiths at the Port of Oakland. (800) 256-1914 or www.sfbayfarer.org.

Italian Catholic Federation, Branch 223 Ravioli Dinner. No-host cocktails at 6:15 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. at St. Theresa Hall, 30 Mandalay Road, Oakland. Dinner includes cold cuts, salad, bread, wine, dessert and coffee. $17 for adults, $8 children 7-12 years. Reservations by check, payable to I.C.F. Br. #223, and mailed to Holly Raineri, 1074 Annerley Road, Piedmont, CA 94610. (510) 451-0608. Limited seating.

Saturday, Sept. 13
Book Review. 1 p.m. in conference room at St. John the Baptist Parish, 11150 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito (enter on Kearney Street in back of the church). Title: “The Teacher’s Funeral,” by Richard Peck. Reviewer: Mercy Sister Anne Maher. Donation: $14. Benefit for Cameron Early Intervention School. Reservations: Theresa Parella, (510) 525-4534, June Felker, (510) 524-9827.

Saturday, Sept. 20
Sacred Heart High School (Los Angeles) 100th Anniversary Gala Dinner Honoring the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose. 6 – 11:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Los Angeles. Proceeds will benefit the building fund. Reservations: Margaret Espinosa Arreola, (562) 902-2505 or margaretarreola@live.com. Silent auction donations: Cecilia Soto-Loftus, (310) 589-5599 or ccsotous@yahoo.com or Angela Cornejo, (323) 646-1700 or fleurdang@hotmail.com.

Sunday, Sept. 21
Pancake Breakfast. 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, 301 West Richmond Ave., Point Richmond. $8 per person. Mass: 9:30 a.m.

Champagne Brunch Benefitting Oakland’s St. Vincent’s Day Home
. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at 1086 Eighth St., Oakland. Champagne Brunch donated by Scott’s Seafood Restaurant. (510) 832-8324.

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Thursday, Sept. 18
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.

Saturday, Oct. 4
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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Sunday, Sept. 21
Robert Moses’ Kin Dance Company. 2 p.m. at LeFevre Theater, St. Mary’s College, 1928 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga. This dance company has a reputation for artistic excellence and choreographic innovation. $25 general, $20 seniors (65+), $12 SMC faculty staff and non-SMC students, $2 SMC students. Reservations: (925) 631-4381 or www.stmarys-ca.edu.

Through Sept. 30
Voices of Musica Sacra. Mondays, 7 – 9:30 p.m., at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1924 Trinity Ave., Walnut Creek. Auditions for all voice parts throughout the end of September for the fall season. John Kendall Bailey, music director. (925) 680-7089 or www.vmschorus.org.

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Bible Study

Sept. 8 – Nov. 3
St. Michael/St. Charles Monday Night Bible Study Group. 7:30 – 9:15 p.m. at St. Charles Parish, Pope John XXIII Room, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. This study begins with a “walk” through the Mass and ends with celebrating the liturgy. In between participants will focus on different sections of the Mass and see how it developed from the Scriptural text. $10 donation for materials. Julie, upcatholic@aol.com or (925) 447-4549, ext. 14.

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Friday, Sept. 12
St. John Vianney “Open” Golf Tournament. 1 p.m. shotgun start, scramble format, at Boundary Oak Golf Club, 3800 Valley Vista Road, Walnut Creek. A banquet including silent auction and raffle prizes will be held after golf at the Msgr. William J. Mullen Commons at St. John Vianney Church, 1650 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek. Catered by Zio Freado. “Open” because it is open to all levels of players and age groups. $140 for golf and banquet, $40 banquet only. Donations appreciated for silent auction or raffle. David Mechler, (925) 997-2868 or Dave@msfrank.com; or Joanna Mechler, (925) 963-6170 or Joanna@sjvmullencommons.org.

Saturday, Sept. 27
De La Salle Alumni Association of Northern California 4th Fil-Am Golf Tournament. 11 a.m. shotgun start at the Deer Ridge Golf Course, Brentwood. $125 registration fee includes green fees, carts, dinner, prizes. Proceeds to benefit charitable institutions in the Philippines and the “House of Hope,” a holistic rehabilitation center for youth and victims of social injustice. Contact: Deacon Joe Sicat, jocatgo2@sbcglobal.net or Art Dancel, Art.Dancel@Sun.com.

Monday, Oct. 13
Queen of All Saints 4th Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament. At Diablo Creek Golf Course, Concord. Registration, putting contest starts at 8:30 a.m. $100 cost includes green fees, cart, bag lunch, and dinner at church hall catered by Rocco’s Pizzaria. A silent auction of sports memorabilia from “Vella’s Locker Room” hosted by John Vella, Oakland Raider great. All level players welcome. Proceeds benefit various church/school projects and the Concord George Miller Center for the disabled. Lance Gouthro, (925) 687-7363, lance.gouthro@yahoo.com or Lisa Lutterman, (925) 609-9365, lisajonline@yahoo.com.

Monday, Oct. 20
St. Mary’s High School, Berkeley, Annual Golf Tournament. At Olympic Club, San Francisco. Includes dinner and auctions. Benefitting the new Thomas M. Brady track and field complex at St. Mary’s High. Joanne Hughes, (510) 559-6227 or jhowe@stmchs.org. or register online, www.stmchs.org(click on Advancement/Alumni).

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Oct. 3, 4, 11
St. Mary’s High School, Berkeley
. At 1294 Albina Ave. Oct. 3: Class of 1941 Reunion, 11 a.m. Mass followed by lunch. RSVP by Sept. 30 to Joanne Howe, (510) 559-6227 or jhowe@stmchs.org; Oct. 4: Class of 1988 Reunion, 6 p.m. social, 7 p.m. dinner. RSVP by Sept. 26 to Joanne Howe, (510) 559-6227 or jhowe@stmchs.org; Oct. 11: Class of 1998 Reunion, cocktails, 6 – 8 p.m. RSVP by Oct. 6 to Joanne Howe, (510) 559-6227 or jhowe@stmchs.org.

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