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 September 22, 2008   •   VOL. 46, NO. 16   •   Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

An activist’s story
Jesuit Father John Dear, peace activist, organizer, retreat leader and author/editor of 25 books on peace and justice, will talk about and sign his latest book, “A Persistent Peace: One Man’s Struggle for a Nonviolent World,” on Oct. 8, at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 1640 Addison St. in Berkeley, at 7:30 p.m. Suggested donation: $10, benefits Pace e Bene Nonviolence Services. Information: Ken Preston, (510) 268-8765 or kenpreston@paceebene.org.


Sept. 23, 30, Oct. 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.

Sept. 24, Oct. 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, Sept. 27
A Celebration of Marriage
. 5 p.m. at St. Augustine Church, 3999 Bernal Ave., Pleasanton. A special liturgy to celebrate wedding anniversaries. A special blessing for engaged couples will be included. Reception in the parish hall. Ted and Sue Selna, (925) 426-6025 or Todd and Cheryl Barnes, (925) 828-7002.

Saturday, Oct. 4
Blessing of the Animals. 11 a.m. at St. Leo the Great Church, 176 Ridgeway Ave., Oakland. All animals are welcome. Please have a carrier or leash. (510) 654-6177.

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.

Marian Rosary Night
. 6:30 p.m. at Holy Spirit Parish, 37588 Fremont Blvd., Fremont. The service begins in the church with the Rosary recited in many languages and Marian songs sung between each decade. Then a candlelight procession, while reciting the Rosary, will take place around the church grounds. Bring statues of Mary and Rosaries to be blessed.

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. hospitality, 9:30 a.m. talk; 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.

Parish Mission. 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. at St. John Vianney Parish, 1650 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek. Presenter Marianist Father Eugene Contadino, director for the University Marianist Outreach at the University of Dayton, will discuss Mary’s appeal. The priest will also speak at all weekend Masses (Oct. 4-5). An International Rosary will be held Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. in the church. Nora Petersen, (925) 939-7911.

Monday, Oct. 13
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.

Oct. 23 – 26
The Next Men’s Cursillo Weekend. At Holy Redeemer Center, 8945 Golf Links Road, Oakland. Nita Volker, (925) 828-9442 or Carolyn Steele, (925) 648-4890.

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Saturday, Oct. 4
Oakland Diocesan Council of Catholic Women Presents Their Woman of the Year. 10 a.m. at St. Paschal Baylon Parish, 3700 Dorisa Ave., Oakland. Begins with registration, Mass and installation with Bishop Allen Vigneron, lunch and recognition. $22.50 per person. Kay Horsell, 7687 Tuscany Dr., Dublin, CA 94568 or (925) 829-0949.

Parish Tea
. 1:30 p.m. in the courtyard (between the church and school auditorium off Kearney Street) at St. John the Baptist Church, 11150 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito. Featuring homemade traditional tea sandwiches, scones and assorted sweets. Donation: $20 for adults, $10 children 12 and under. Reservations (by Oct. 1) to Roberta Montgomery, (510) 237-5293 or rjm2343@sbcglobal.net. No tickets available on day of the tea. Proceeds to help support St. John Parish and its sister parish in Haiti. Wear your best hat (shade not guaranteed).

Saturday, Oct. 11
St. Mary’s Center’s 35th Anniversary Gala
. 5 p.m. at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 4700 Lincoln Ave., Oakland. The celebration honors Founders, Sister Mary Ondreyco and Jim Rodgers, and a Dreamer, Glenn Isaacson who is helping the Center realize its dream of a permanent home. Tickets: $100. Proceeds help transform lives, build community and create change. Reservations: (510) 923-9600, ext. 222.

Saturday, Oct. 18

12th Festival in Honor of Our Lady of Fatima
. 4 p.m. Rosary, 5 p.m. Mass, followed by free dinner and dance at Sacred Heart Church, 4025 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, Oakland. Raffle. Ben Navarra, (510) 658-7685 or Herminia Villezar, (707) 649-9079.

Italian Feast
. 5:30 p.m. at St.Catherine Parish Hall, 604 Mellus St., Martinez. No-host cocktails followed by chicken, sausage and polenta dinner at 7 p.m. $16 adults, $6 children 6 – 12 years, free five years and under. Sponsor: Italian Catholic Federation Branch #13. Tickets: (925) 229-2665 or send check payable to ICF c/o 1362 Rolling Hill Way, Martinez, CA 94553.

Sunday, Oct. 19
Sunday in Spain Celebrating the Land of St. Dominic – Annual Dinner Auction Benefitting Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, Berkeley (DSPT). 2 p.m. at DSPT Campus, 2301 Vine St., Berkeley. Event includes Tapas appetizers, wines of Spain, a rendition of classic flamenco guitar and a demonstration of traditional Spanish paellas by Eduardo of Venga Paella. Dinner at 3 p.m. with benedictions by Dominican Father Michael Sweeney, DSPT president, live auction at 3:30 p.m. Tickets: $100 per person or $750 for table of eight. RSVP by Oct. 3. (510) 883-2085 or advancement@dspt.edu.

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Oct. 3 – 5
Franciscan Spirituality Retreat
. At San Damiano Retreat Center in Danville. Presenter Franciscan Father Allen Ramirez, OFM, Conv. will discuss the ongoing tradition of the Franciscan movement throughout the ages to respond to the love of God. $205 private room/ $175 shared room. (925) 837-9141, ext. 315 or www.sandamiano.org.

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. 11
Young Adults Retreat Day
. 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. “Renewing Our Spiritual Direction” will be presented by the Young Adult Leadership Team headed by Kevin Alsup. Registration at 9 a.m. $45 cost includes lunch. (925) 837-9141, ext. 315, or www.sandamiano.org.

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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.

Sept. 24, Oct. 1, 8
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.

Wednesday, Sept. 24
Open House. 9:30 – 11 a.m. at 3202 San Pablo Ave., Oakland. St. Mary’s Center is hosting a tour of their latest program – Closer to Home. The Transitional Housing program, designed as an interim step between shelter and permanent housing, is one more way of reaching seniors with few options because of extreme poverty. Part of St. Mary’s Centers’ Village. All are welcome.

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. Representatives from Holy Angels Funeral and Cremation Services and Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward will also speak and answer questions. RSVP to Omy Ronquillo, (510) 537-6600 or omyr@catholiccemeteries.org.

Saturday, Oct. 4
The Iraqi Refugee Crisis
. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at St. Mary Magdalen Parish, 2005 Berryman St, Berkeley. A day of study and action with featured speakers: Blauvelt Dominican Sister Arlene Flaherty, who traveled to Syria and Lebanon with a Catholic Relief Services delegation and met with Iraqi refugees; and Dominican Father John Morris, professor of theology at St. Mary’s College in Moraga. $20. Bring your lunch. RSVP to Sister Stella Goodpasture, (510) 261-2349 or stellamsj@igc.org.

Tuesday, Oct. 14
Mission Forum: What’s Happening in the Holy Land?
7:30 p.m. at Maryknoll Mission Center, 16300 Foothill Blvd., San Leandro. Maryknoll Father Pete Ruggere, who has lived in and studied the situation in the Holy Land, will provide an update.

Social Justice and the November Election
. 7:30 – 9 p.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. Father Dan Danielson, retired diocesan priest and national speaker, will speak on the key principles of social justice and the moral priorities to consider when you go to the polls. $5 free will donation to offset speaker fees. Julie, upcatholic@aol.com or (925) 447-4549, ext. 114.

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Parish festivals

Sept. 26 – 28
St. Agnes Annual Fall Fest
. At 3966 Chestnut Ave., Concord. Sept. 26: 6:30 p.m., pasta dinner and a family movie; Sept. 27: carnival games, food, entertainment, 5 p.m. Mass, BBQ dinner provided by Back Forty Texas BBQ, live music and dancing; Sept. 28: pancake breakfast after the 9 and 10:45 a.m. Masses. Raffle through Sept. 28. (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 behind the church, 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.

12:30 – 4:30 p.m. at St. Perpetua Parish, 3454 Hamlin Road, Lafayette. 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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Saturday, Sept. 27
Music Ministry Workshop and Concert
. At St. Joseph Parish, 9961 Elk Grove-Florin Road, Elk Grove. Nationally known presenter Pedro Rubalcava will host workshops in English, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., and Spanish, 12:30 – 4 p.m. Concert from 7 – 8:30 p.m. with reception to follow. No fee. (916) 685-3681.

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.

Friday, Oct. 10
Ateneo Chamber Singers Concert
. 7 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, 11150 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito. $20. Proceeds benefit multiple charitable institutions including St. John Parish and the Carmelite Monastery in Pampanga, Philippines. J.M. Mercado, (415) 424-1259, or korusleine2008@yahoo.com.

Saturday, Oct. 11
Praise and Worship Concert
. 7 p.m. at St. Anne Church, 32223 Cabello St., Union City. A night of praise and worship, music, preaching and healing with Bo Sanchez. Donations welcome. Anna, (925) 252-1925.

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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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Saturday, Sept. 27
Knights of St. Columbus (Council 9206 at St. Joan of Arc Parish) Charity Golf Tournament. At San Ramon Golf Club, 9430 Fircrest Ave., San Ramon. 7:30 a.m. shotgun start, best ball format. Continental breakfast and lunch included. Open to serious golfers and duffers. Wine tasting, dinner and auction at 6:30 p.m. in the gymnasium at St. Joan of Arc Church, 2601 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon. Golf and dinner: $140 per person; wine tasting, dinner and auction only: $40. Information/registration: www.kofc9206.org.

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. 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. Lance Gouthro, (925) 687-7363, lance.gouthro@yahoo.com or Lisa Lutterman, (925) 609-9365, lisajonline@yahoo.com.



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